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Seward County Community College lost its second straight menís tennis dual Saturday afternoon against No. 6 nationally-ranked Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan. The No. 8 Saints dropped a 2-7 match to the Tigers, as Cowley swept SCCC in doubles play, and won the top four singles competitions. Seward County picked up two wins in match play as Ivan Michelli and Charlie Salter each collected straight-set victories in No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. The Tigers, who finished last season seventh at the NJCAA Tournament, also knocked off the Saints in their last dual on April 16, 2005 (2-7). Seward County is now 23-26 overall in total games played this season.

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The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team went on the road and defeated No. 7 nationally-ranked Cowley College, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon in Arkansas City, Kan. Four singles players collected victories and the Lady Saints won 2-of-3 matches in doubles competition. It is the second junior college dual that Seward County has won and the third overall match win for SCCC this year. Freshmen Valerie Stevens and Alyssa Larson each posted wins in singles play and together at No. 2 doubles. Seward County is now 21-22 overall this season in total games played.

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The public is invited to view a traveling exhibit on Native Americans in Kansas that is on display in April in the library at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The exhibit reflects their lives, their heritage and what it means to be Indian in todayís society. Nineteen award-winning portraits capture the diversity of the stateís Native American communities. This exhibit was produced by the Mid-America All-Indian Center with partial funding from the Kansas Humanities Council.
April is National Community College Month.
Freshman Mikel Huston led the Seward County Community College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over Barton County Community College on Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Huston hit a two-run RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game and followed with a walk-off game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Seward County a 9-8 come-from-behind victory in game one. The Saints completed the four-game conference sweep over the Cougars with a 6-4 win in the nightcap, as Huston went 2-for-3 with two RBI. The first-place Saints have now won 11 straight games and improve to 22-12 overall and to 13-3 in league play. Barton County has now lost five straight games and is 16-15 overall and 11-9 in the Jayhawk West.

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The Seward County Community College softball team won its sixth straight game with a Jayhawk West Conference/Division I Region VI doubleheader sweep over Cloud County Community College at Lady Saints Softball Field on Sunday afternoon. Seward County needed just over an hour to knock off Cloud County 10-0 (five innings) in the opener behind 10 strikeouts from freshman Courtney Auger. SCCC scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings in game two while completing the sweep with a 17-2 victory. Seward County remains in first place in both the Jayhawk West and Division I Region VI with a 20-13 overall record, 6-0 Jayhawk West record and an 11-1 record in Region VI play. Cloud County drops to 1-16 overall, 0-6 in conference play and to 0-6 in Region VI competition.

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A number of impressive individual performances led the Seward County Community College baseball team to a Jayhawk West doubleheader sweep over Barton County Community College on Saturday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Sophomore Tomas Cruz pitched a complete game in game one leading Seward to a 3-2 victory, and Erik Hansen and Mikel Huston combined went 6-for-7 at the plate in an 11-5 victory in game two. Seward County has won nine-straight games, and continues to lead the Jayhawk West Conference with an 11-3 league mark and a 20-12 overall record. Barton County began the weekend series tied for second place, but drops to 16-13 overall and to 11-7 in conference play.

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Courtney Auger broke the Seward County Community College single-game strikeout record for the third time this season on Friday, striking out 18 batters to help the Lady Saints sweep Colby Community College in a Division I Region VI doubleheader in Colby. Auger pitched a nine-inning complete-game shutout with 18 Ks in game one, where Seward broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning to win 4-0 on a grand slam by freshman Cara Russell. SCCC completed the sweep with a 5-0 victory in game two, with Russell throwing a complete-game shutout. Seward County has now won four straight games and improves to 18-13 overall and 9-1 in Division I Region VI competition. Colby has now lost four of its last six, and is 12-15 overall and 2-6 in Division I Region VI play.

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April is national Community College Month and Seward County Community College is sponsoring a number of events to highlight the month.
April 2 is Counselor Appreciation Day, which will recognize those counselors in the area who helps us recruit students.
The week of April 6-12, the Wellness Center will be available for individuals who would like to see what the Wellness Center has to offer.
Southwest Kansas technical School will hold an open house from 12 noon-4 p.m., Sunday, April 6 in conjunction with a car show.
Student Support Services will host a seminar to help individuals from the community as well as SCCC students move successfully into the workplace from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in SW229 CD.
The Admissions Department will hold the first enrollment clinic for the fall 2008 semester 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10.
The library will host Cowboy Poet Shindig with Ron Wilson from 12:10-12:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the library.
The Drama Department will present ďYouíre a Good Man, Charlie BrownĒ at 7:30 p.m., April 17-18.
Community patrons my pick up a free carnation in the bookstore for their office assistant, Wednesday, April 23 while supplies last.
The Athletic Department will hold its annual athletic banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the gym. Advanced tickets are required.
The Agricultural Department will hold its banquet at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26 in SW229C/D. Advanced tickets are required.
The formal concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26 in the theater.
A Sunday Brunch will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 27 in the cafeteria.
A Spring Fiesta for the whole family will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, April 27.
The Pops Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, in the theater.
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in SW229D.
For more information about any of these events, call 620-624-1951.
Seward County Community College Admissions has scheduled orientation and enrollment clinics for students attending SCCC in the fall.
The first clinic will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10. This is a studentís opportunity to schedule summer and fall classes, meet with an academic advisor, meet new classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarships and housing.
Other clinics are 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3; 8:#0 a.m., Tuesday, May 20; 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 19; 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 9; 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22; 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4; or 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7.
Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must schedule the COMPASS assessment prior to enrollment. Original copies of ACT or SAT scores must be on file prior to enrollment.
To sign up for a clinic, call 620-417-1100 or go online to www.sccc.edu/go/eec.

Seward County Community College Student Support Services will offer a free seminar for individuals who would like to learn how to ďMove Successfully into the WorkplaceĒ at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 in SW229C/D.
Individuals will learn how to dress for success and act in the workplace and learn the importance of being on time and being professional. In addition, individuals will learn what it takes to develop strength and perseverance to be successful in the workplace.
For additional information or to sign up in advance for the conference, call 620-417-1605.
April is National Community College Month.

Seward County Community College, KSCB and Pizza Hut will be hosting a reception for the Saints menís basketball team on Tuesday, April 1, at the south Pizza Hut in Liberal from 7-9 p.m. It will be a night for all fans and supporters to come and celebrate with SCCC players and coaches after the Saints third-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a FREE color autographed team poster. KSCB will host its final evening of ďThe Green LineĒ as live interviews will take place with players and coaches from 7-7:30 p.m. In addition, Tuesday night at Pizza Hut is pizza buffet night, where all children under 11 eat FREE (2 children/1 paying adult).
Jennifer Collins hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning of game two to help give Seward County Community College a Jayhawk West Conference and Division I Region VI doubleheader sweep over Garden City Community College on Wednesday afternoon at the Tangeman Sports Complex in Garden City, Kan. The Lady Saints defeated GCCC in game one, 7-4, behind a dominating pitching performance from freshman Courtney Auger. SCCC completed the sweep with a 7-6 victory in the nightcap, as Collins belted the go-ahead home run with the Lady Saints trailing by two runs in the seventh inning. Seward County improves to 16-13 overall, 4-0 in the Jayhawk West and to 7-1 in Region VI competition. Garden City drops to 12-7 overall, 1-3 in the Jayhawk West and to 2-2 in the Region VI.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced its 2007-2008 Fall Academic Teams-of-the-Year in the March edition of the JUCO Review. The Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team finished the fall semester ranked 8th among all NJCAA volleyball programs with a 3.53 team grade point average. All eleven SCCC volleyball players were named to the SCCC fall academic honor roll, with three student-athletes receiving a perfect 4.0 GPA. Seward County was the highest ranked team from the Jayhawk West, and was second among all Region VI volleyball teams. On the court the Lady Saints also had a successful season finishing with a 30-15 overall record, ranking third in the Jayhawk West Conference and third at the NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

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The Seward County Community College menís tennis team dropped a dual to No. 9 nationally-ranked Barton County Community College, 1-8, on March 15, at the Seward County Tennis Courts on campus at SCCC. The highlight for the Saints was the No. 1 doubles victory by sophomores Victor Mesquita and Mirko Perkusich over Noe Losmozos and Arthur Latypov, 9-7. Seward County is now 21-17 overall in games played this season. The No. 8 nationally-ranked Saints will take on No. 6 Cowley College in their next dual on Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. in Arkansas City, Kan.

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The No. 9 nationally-ranked Barton County Community College Lady Cougars tennis team came into Liberal and defeated the No. 17 Seward County Community College Lady Saints in a dual on March 15, at the Blue Bonnet tennis courts in Liberal. Seward County posted both victories in No. 5 and No. 6 singles play, as the Lady Cougars took all three doubles matches and the top four singles match-ups. The Lady Saints drop to 15-19 overall in games played this season. Seward County will continue to face top contenders in its next match on Saturday, March 29, taking on No. 7 Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan.

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Seward County Community College freshman pitcher Courtney Auger needed only 17 games in a Lady Saintsí softball uniform to break the all-time school record for strikeouts in a single-season. Auger, who is averaging 10.1 strikeouts/seven innings, has now struck out 136 batters this season. The Lady Saints finished their spring break trip with a 2-3 record, sweeping a doubleheader from South Mountain Community College (19-10, 5-3) and losing games against No. 1 (D-II) Phoenix College (0-8, five innings), No. 6 Central Arizona College (0-7) and No. 3 Pima Community College (2-5). Seward County is now 14-13 overall this season.

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The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College is sponsoring its Childrenís Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 29 in the art room of the Shank Humanities Building for children in grades 1-6.
The cost is $10 and includes all supplies and drinks. Children are asked to bring a sack lunch.
Please reserve a space by contacting Art Instructor Susan Copas by Friday, March 28 at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu.

The Seward County Community College baseball team continued its winning streak last weekend with a four-game Jayhawk West Conference sweep over Butler Community College on the road in El Dorado. The Saints swept Fridayís games 8-7 and 14-11 (eight innings) and finished winning two games on Saturday (6-1, 5-2). After taking the final three games of a four-game series against Rose State, the Saints have extended their winning streak to seven games with their first conference sweep of the season. The conference-leading Saints improve to 18-12 overall and to 9-3 in the Jayhawk West. Butler, who shared the conference crown with the Saints last season, drops to 13-16 overall and remain in seventh-place in the conference race with a 5-11 league record.

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Seward County Community College finished a historic season on Saturday night defeating No. 19 Three Rivers Community College, 81-63, in the NJCAA Division I Menís Basketball Tournament to claim a third-place finish at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The Saints led from start-to-finish and had big performances from sophomore Darko Cohadarevic (19 points, eight rebounds), sophomore Nick Burns (20 points, five assists), and freshman Reggie Chamberlain (19 points, 4-of-6 three-pointers) who helped the Saints tie the second most single-season victories in Seward County history with a 32-6 overall record. Saintsí first-year head coach Bryan Zollinger finished a monumental season winning a Jayhawk West championship, Region VI Tournament title and finishing third at the NJCAA Tournament. Three Rivers completes its season with a fourth-place finish and a 29-8 overall record.

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Seward County had its run for a NJCAA National Championship come to an end on Friday night with a 65-77 loss to South Plains College. The Saints will move forward and play in the 3rd/4th place game on Saturday, facing No. 19 Three Rivers Community College. With a victory, the Saints will equal the programís all-time best finish at the NJCAA Tournament (3rd - 1998), and this yearís team will tie the second most wins ever in a single-season (32 - 1994-1995). Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic will play his final game in a Saintsí uniform on Saturday night. The 6-foot-8 Serbian is averaging 17.7 points per game in the NJCAA Tournament, where he has also shot 54 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range. Cohadarevic and 6-foot-0 freshman Reggie Chamberlain (21.0 ppg., 26-of-27 free throws in NJCAA Tournament) are both strong candidates for NJCAA All-Tournament recognition.

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The South Plains College Texans ended the Seward County Community College Saintsí hopes of a NJCAA national championship on Friday evening with a 77-65 victory in the semifinals at the NJCAA Division I Menís Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. The Saints never led in the contest, although they trailed by one point with 13:12 left in the game. Jonathan Hall had a standout game for South Plains leading all players with a near triple-double, including 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic scored a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds, and freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain added 18 points (4-of-6 3-pointers), with six assists and two steals for the Saints.

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Seward County used a second-half surge to move into the NJCAA Tournament Final Four with a 68-61 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on Thursday night at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson. The Saints have won 18 of their last 19 games, and advanced to the semifinals after holding NEO to 21 points below its offensive season average. Four Saints scored in double figures, including a team-high 15 points from freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain. Chamberlain is averaging 22.5 points per game and is shooting 26-of-27 (.963) from the free throw line during the NJCAA Tournament. The Saints committed 24 turnovers against NEO, marking their most giveaways since their Jayhawk West Conference opener on Jan. 2. Seward Countyís defense was also the story, limiting NEO to just 1-of-12 from long range, and also forcing 25 Norse turnovers. Donald Dixon sparked the Saints with 11 points off the bench.

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The Seward County Community College menís basketball team advanced to the NJCAA Tournament Final Four with a 68-61 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The Saints played the majority of the game without leading scorer Darko Cohadarevic who got into foul trouble, but came away with the victory using a strong second-half push to remain unbeaten in tournament play. Seward County improves to 31-5 overall this season while NEO drops to 27-8 overall.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team hosted Rose State College for a four-game non-conference series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints dropped the first game of the series, 1-2, but bounced back winning the final three games, 6-2, 12-3, 7-4, to improve their overall season record to 14-12 overall. Rose State drops to 7-15 overall this season. Sophomore Erik Hansen went 8-for-11 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI in the series to lead Seward County. Hansen is now among team leaders batting .393 this season, raising his batting average 82 points following the four-game series with the Raiders.

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The Seward County Community College softball team dropped a doubleheader against No. 1 nationally-ranked Eastern Arizona College, 4-0 and 9-1 (five innings), on Tuesday afternoon in Thatcher, Ariz. The Lady Saints are scheduled to play seven games in Arizona during their spring break trip this week. Seward County drops to 12-10 overall and Eastern Arizona improves to 33-6 overall this season.

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Seward County provided what may possibly be the upset of the NJCAA Tournament in the first round on Tuesday night with a 90-84 overtime victory against No. 2 nationally-ranked Chipola College (32-2). Freshman Reggie Chamberlain scored a season-high 30 points (18-of-19 free throws) and sophomore Darko Cohadarevic tallied 25 points (4-of-6 three-pointers) to lead the Saints in the victory. The Saints used only seven players in the contest, with each player scoring at least one field goal, and each player playing in more than 22 minutes. Seward County shot an impressive 85 percent from the free throw line, connecting on a season-high 40-of-47 in the game. Chipola, who finished as NJCAA Tournament runner-up in 2007, will continue play in the losers bracket on Thursday afternoon. The Saints have now won 17 of their last 18 games overall.

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It didnít take long for the fans in Hutchinson to witness perhaps the game of the tournament as the Seward County Community College menís basketball team upset No. 2 nationally-ranked Chipola College, 90-84 in overtime, in the feature game on opening night at the NJCAA National Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. In front of a nearly packed 7,600 capacity arena, Reggie Chamberlain scored a season-high 30 points, and set a new Seward County single-game record with 18-of-19 from the free throw line, and sophomore Darko Cohadarevic added 25 points (4-of-6 three-pointers) to help the Saints knock off Chipola, who finished last season as the NJCAA Tournament runner-up. Seward County has now won the third most games in school history (30-5 overall) while the Indians fall for just the second time this season (32-2) and will now compete in consolation bracket play for the remainder of the tournament.

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The doubleheader lasted just over two hours and 45 minutes, partly because of Tomas Cruzí seven-inning complete game shutout helping the Seward County Community College baseball team to a 1-0 victory in game-one against Cloud County Community College on Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The final doubleheader of the conference series also didnít last long due to game temperatures that ranged from 35-39 degrees, with a wind-chill of 27 degrees during much of the afternoon. The Thunderbirds rallied in game-two to claim their only victory of the series, 2-1. Seward County is now 11-11 overall and 5-3 in the Jayhawk West. Cloud County remains in last place in the Jayhawk West with a 2-10 league record and a 4-20 overall mark.

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Seward County Community College head baseball coach Galen McSpadden earned his 400th Jayhawk West Conference win on Saturday in the Saints 2-0 victory at home against Cloud County Community College. The No. 25 nationally-ranked Saints completed the conference doubleheader sweep against the Thunderbirds with a 10-3 victory in game-two. Seward County used a 6.2 inning performance from Christian Kowalchuk in game-one as the sophomore lefty picked up his first shutout of the season. The Saints improve their overall record to .500 at 10-10 overall and are now 4-2 in the Jayhawk West. Cloud County continues to struggle this season and is now 3-19 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

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Seward County enters the NJCAA National Tournament winning 16 of its last 17 games overall. The Saints won their fourth Region VI Tournament championship last Tuesday against No. 9 nationally-ranked Cowley College, 71-61. With less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 61, freshman Bruno Mendes drove the lane and made a lay-up that was the eventual game-winning basket. SCCC secured the Region VI title by making 8-of-8 from the free throw line down the stretch. Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading all players in the championship with 25 points and 10 rebounds. SCCC freshman Reggie Chamberlain, and sophomores Ervin Williams and Nick Burns were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Bryan Zollinger becomes the first coach in SCCC history to lead his team to a conference and Region VI championship during his first year as head coach.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and NJCAA Region VI handed out their yearly awards on Wednesday, and the Seward County Community College menís basketball team was well represented. First-year head coach Bryan Zollinger was named the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year, and freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain was named the Conference Freshman of the Year to lead a list of three Saintsí players who received recognition. Seward County sophomore Darko Cohadarevic was named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region VI while sophomore Ervin Williams was named Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region VI. Chamberlain also was selected to the First Team All-Conference list.

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The No. 17 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College womenís tennis team opened its season with a pair of duals in Kearney, Neb., last weekend. The Lady Saints suffered a 0-9 defeat against the University of Nebraska Kearney, but then posted their first match win against Concordia University, 6-3. SCCC finished competition with a 5-7 record in singles and a 1-5 mark in doubles. Following a successful fall season that saw the Lady Saints post a perfect 4-0 mark in dual competition, SCCC is trying to make its third straight trip to nationals this spring.

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The Seward County Community College menís tennis team opened its spring season last weekend with a dual against University of Nebraska Kearney and against Concordia University, both four-year institutions. The Saints dropped their opening match 3-9 against UNK, and picked up a match victory, 10-0, against Concordia. All nine SCCC tennis players saw action, as Seward County went 10-6 in singles competition and 3-3 in doubles play. The Saints began the season ranked No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 30 poll.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team split the final doubleheader of the four-game Jayhawk West Conference series against Colby Community College on Sunday afternoon in Colby, Kan. The Saints edged out the Trojans 7-6 in extra-innings, before falling 4-6 in the nightcap. The Saints didnít commit an error on the day, but a strong pitching performance by Scott Hornstra in game-two left the Saints leaving with a four-game split against Colby in their first league series of the season. Seward County is now 8-10 overall and 2-2 in the Jayhawk West. Colby is now 8-8 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

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The Seward County Community College softball swept Colby Community College 7-1 and 9-0 (5 innings) in a Jayhawk West and Division I Region VI District doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Lady Saintsí sixth-year head coach Andrea Gustafson won her 200th career game in Seward Countyís game-two victory, and freshman pitcher Courtney Auger struck out 17 batters, breaking the school single-game record that she set in the season-opener. The Lady Saints have now won four straight games, including three games that were all ended after five-innings due to the mercy run-rule. Seward County improves to 12-8 overall, 2-0 in the Jayhawk West and to 5-1 in Division I Region VI District play. Colby falls to 7-8 overall, 0-2 in league play and to 0-4 in Division I Region VI District competition.

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Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference officials announced its Jayhawk West and East All-Conference selections, and the NJCAA Region VI announced its post-season awards on Wednesday afternoon. Seward County Community College sophomore Tegan Cunningham was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. Cunningham was at the top of the First Team Jayhawk West All-Conference list, and freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten received Second Team All-Conference recognition. Cunningham was also selected First Team All-Region VI and Rhoten was tabbed a Honorable Mention All-Region VI selection.

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The Central District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CDAAHPERD) elected Seward County Community College Director of Wellness and Aquatics Kelly Cook to the president-elect position recently. During the 2008 'Take the Lead' convention in Omaha, Neb., Cook was elected by an assembly of peers from nine states in the district, which include Wyoming, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

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The Cinderella season continued for the Seward County Community College menís basketball team on Tuesday night as the Saints won the NJCAA Region VI Tournament championship with a 71-61 triumph over tournament No. 1 seed Cowley College at Wichita State Universityís Charles Koch Arena. Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Saints with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Seward County won its fourth Region VI title with a stellar performance over the No. 9 nationally-ranked Tigers. The Saints never trailed in the game and secured the victory shooting a season-high 54 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range, and by making eight consecutive free throws in the final 37 seconds of the game. The Saints advance to the NJCAA National Tournament where they will face No. 2 nationally-ranked Chipola College (32-1) in the first round on Tuesday, March 18, during the feature game at 8:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan.

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Seward County will look to win its fourth NJCAA Region VI Tournament title on Tuesday night. Seward defeated Cloud County Community College 69-54 on Monday to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2002. The Saints played dominating defense and used a big run in the second half to set up their first match-up this season against a nationally-ranked opponent. The Saints have now won 15 of their last 16 games overall, and enter Tuesday on an eight-game winning streak. Saintsí first-year head coach Bryan Zollinger has been a member of two Region VI Championships at SCCC. He was a player in 1985 during Seward Countyís first-ever title, and he was an assistant coach in 1995 during the Saintsí second Region VI championship. Seward County is limiting its opponents to 57.7 points per game during three Region VI Tournament games this post-season.

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The Seward County Community College menís basketball team advanced to the Region VI championship game with a 69-54 victory over Cloud County Community College on Monday night in the semifinals at Charles Koch Arena at Wichita State University. A dominating second-half effort pushed the Saints to their third win against the Thunderbirds this season. Seward County first-year head coach Bryan Zollinger has led the Saints to a conference championship, a 28-5 overall record and now to the programís first appearance in the Region VI championship game since 2002. SCCC will take on No. 9 nationally-ranked Cowley College in the tournament championship on Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m. The winner of tomorrow nightís game will represent the Region VI at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., March 18-22 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Cloud County ends its season in the semifinals for the third consecutive season with a 21-12 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College softball team went 2-2 at the Pratt Tournament last weekend in Pratt, Kan. The Lady Saints earned wins over Lamar Community College (12-0, five innings) and Independence Community College (10-2, five innings) on Saturday afternoon, before falling twice to Pratt Community College on Sunday. SCCC finished round-robin play with a 2-1 loss to Pratt Sunday morning, and then lost 4-2 in the championship game to the Lady Beavers. It was the fourth straight season that Seward County has faced Pratt in the championship game, with Pratt winning three of four titles over SCCC. The Lady Saints are now 8-8 overall this season.

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The third annual Xtreme Challenge brought more than 140 students and sponsors from eight area high schools to the campus of Seward County Community College recently. Academic challenges and campus tours were presented for visiting students during the morning, followed by an awards ceremony to recognize winners.

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Seward County advanced to the NJCAA Region VI Tournament Semifinals with a 63-60 victory over Garden City Community College on Sunday evening. The victory was the fourth for the Saints over Garden City this season. It has been six seasons since the Saints last made an appearance in the Region VI Tournament semifinals. In 2002, Seward County finished its season as tournament runner-up with a loss to Coffeyville C.C. The Saints have now won 13 of their last 14 games overall. With three 3-point field goals against Cloud County on Monday, the Saints will break the programís all-time single-season record for team 3-point field goals. In addition, the Saints are now 6-1 this season when playing on a neutral court.

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The Seward County Community College menís basketball team advanced to the Region VI Tournament semifinals with a 63-60 victory over Garden City Community College on Sunday evening at Wichita State Universityís Charles Koch Arena. It was the Saintsí fourth win over conference-rival Garden City this season, which eliminated the Broncbusters from post-season competition. Reggie Chamberlain scored a game-high 16 points, and Darko Cohadarevic pulled down 15 rebounds (seven offensive boards) to lead the Saints to their 14th victory over the last 15 games. Seward County will face tournament No. 6 seed Cloud County Community College in the Region VI semifinals on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Thunderbirds advanced with an upset victory over No. 3 seed Independence Community College, 70-68 (O.T.).

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The Seward County Community College baseball team traveled to Colby Community College this weekend for its Jayhawk West Conference opening four-game series. The Saints came away with a doubleheader split on Saturday dropping game-one, 6-10, and then crushing the Trojans 19-6 (six innings) in game-two. Seward Countyís game-two offensive-outburst was the most runs scored by the Saints in 123 games, dating back to a five-inning 19-2 road victory over Dodge City Community College in 2006. Freshman right-handed pitcher Bobby Doran earned his first collegiate victory, and sophomore first baseman Will Gowdy went 6-for-9 in the doubleheader with a double, home run and six RBI. Seward County is now 7-9 overall this season and 1-1 in the Jayhawk West. Colby is now 7-7 overall and 5-1 in Jayhawk West play.

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There will be a new womenís basketball Region VI Tournament champion this season as defending champ Seward County Community College was eliminated by Cowley College, 67-52, in the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament on Friday evening at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita. Cowley, the tournament No. 5 seed, out-rebounded Seward County (51-34) and held the Lady Saints to a season-low 31 percent shooting from the field. Four Cowley players scored in double figures as they advance to the semifinals on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. Cowley will face Cloud County who defeated Coffeyville C.C. 77-47 in the other quarterfinals match-up on Friday night. Seward County ends its season with a 23-9 overall record, and Cowley improves to 21-11 overall with its seventh straight victory.

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The Seward County Community College softball team scored 26 runs with 26 base hits in a Division I Region VI District doubleheader sweep against Barton County Community College on Thursday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints earned a 5-3 victory in game-one, and a 21-4 (five-innings) blowout win in game-two. Sewardís 21 runs marks the third most runs ever scored in a game in Lady Saintsí history. Seward County has now won 11 of the last 12 games over Barton County, and improves to 12-3 against the Lady Cougars since 2005. The Lady Saints improve to 6-6 overall and Barton County falls to 3-6 overall.

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Seward County punched its ticket to the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita with a lopsided 101-59 victory over tournament No. 15 seed Labette Community College on Wednesday night at the Green House. The Saints notched their fourth 100-plus scoring game, and held LCC to below 60 points as SCCC continues to prove they are one of the top offensive and defensive teams in the Region VI. Seward County has now won 12 of its last 13 games overall. Standing between the Saints and a semifinal appearance is a familiar foe, Garden City C.C., who the Saints have already defeated three times this season.

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The Lady Saints advanced into the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament with an 81-48 victory over Allen County on Wednesday night at the Green House. It was the 16th straight victory for the Lady Saints in a First-Round Region VI Playoff game. Seward County has now won 11 of its last 12 games overall, and SCCC finished off a perfect 9-0 record while playing at home during the 2008 portion of their schedule this season. Sophomore Tegan Cunningham played her final game at the Green House on Wednesday night. In 30 career games at the Green House, the All-American averaged 18.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Cunningham is closing in on another SCCC all-time record as she needs just 15 rebounds to become the Seward County career rebounding leader.

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For only the fourth time this season, the Seward County Community College menís basketball team scored over 100 points as they dismantled Labette Community College 101-59, on Wednesday night in the First Round of the Region VI Tournament played at the Green House in Liberal. Seven Saints scored in double figures as they have now won 13 of their last 14 games overall. SCCC used a 46-33 rebounding advantage, and forced 26 turnovers to help lead them to the programís third first-round Region VI victory in the last four seasons. Seward improves to 26-5 overall this season, and tournament No. 15 seed Labette ends its campaign with a 5-26 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team advanced into the quarterfinals of the NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament with a dominating 81-48 victory over No. 13 tournament seed Allen County Community College on Wednesday night in the First-Round Region VI Playoffs at the Green House in Liberal. It was the 16th straight first-round victory for the Lady Saints dating back to 1993. Seward County used a 30-7 run at the end of the first half and the start of the second half to eliminate Allen County from the post-season. The No. 4 tournament seeded Lady Saints improve to 23-8 overall, and Allen County ends its season at 12-19 overall.

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Seward County Community College returned to Lamar Community College on Tuesday to finish a four-game non-conference baseball series that started with the Saints sweeping the Runniní Lopes on Feb. 24. The Saints started Tuesdayís doubleheader with a 4-2 victory, but committed four errors in game-two while allowing three unearned runs in an eight-inning 3-4 loss at Merchantsí Park in Lamar, Colo. Seward County (6-8) will now prepare for the start of Jayhawk West competition starting this Saturday with a four-game conference series at Colby Community College (4-6). Lamar is now 10-7 overall this season.

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Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger threw back-to-back complete games on Tuesday afternoon to lead Seward County Community College to a Division I Region VI District doubleheader split with No. 8 Butler Community College at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints scored three runs in the fifth inning to collect a 5-4 victory in game-one, but dropped the nightcap after allowing three unearned runs in a 3-2 defeat. Seward County is now 4-6 on the season while Butler is currently 7-3 this season.

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The public is invited to Latte in the Library from 12:10-12:50 p.m., March 12, at the library at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. Lydia Augustine of Liberal will entertain with her flute.
Starbuckís latte and biscotti will be served to the first 30 people.
The public is invited to view a traveling exhibit on the Mexican Americans in Kansas, 1900-1950, that is on display now through March 25 in the library at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The exhibit shows that the connection between the United States and people of Mexican descent goes back several centuries. Mexican immigrants have come to Kansas for a variety of reasons. This exhibit explores the jobs, which brought most early Mexican workers to Kansas, including sugar beet production and working on the railroads. The culture and traditions of Mexican Americans are also highlighted, including fiesta, the Quinceanera, and Las Posadas. This exhibit was produced by the Kansas State Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibit Service.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees established the tuition and fee amount for next year, approved an interagency agreement and heard an overview of a possible new program during its regular board meeting Monday, March 3.
The board unanimously voted to retain the current credit hour tuition and fees for the 2008-09 academic year. This decision will keep the tuition and fee rate at the same level as is currently applied. In-state student tuition is $40 per credit hour, border county tuition will remain at $50 per credit hour and out-of-state and international student tuition is $63 per credit hour. Fees for all students remain at $22 per credit hour. The boardís decision holds the tuition and fee amount at SCCC at a rate equal or less than the tuition/fees at peer colleges such as Dodge City, Garden City, Pratt and Colby.
The board approved a three-year interagency agreement with Kansas Rehabilitation Services regarding costs and responsibilities of services for disabled students. The Kansas Board of Regents endorsed the agreement and has encouraged each Kansas community college or university to sign the agreement designed to offer consistent services throughout the state.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, gave an overview of the Process Technology Program with Pratt Community College. SCCC partnered with PCC in submitting a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a Regional Energy Lifecycle Training Center by establishing a Process Technician program as a portion of the grant. If implemented, the program would include both work experience and general education and process technology courses. Reed said SCCC is looking at a process technology program emphasizing fuel alternatives or something related to the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Steve Cauble, board member, gave the other board members a list of questions they need to fill out as part of the ongoing Academic Quality Improvement Program, which is the program that helps SCCC maintain its accreditation.
Many departments on the SCCC campus are now working with their counterparts at the Southwest Kansas Technical School to prepare for the merger of the two institutions. One major issue is changing the classes from clock hours to credit hours. Since the Kansas Technical Education Authority is working on changes to the technical education programs statewide, Dr. Duane Dunn told the board that SCCC was not going to be making many changes to the existing programs at the technical school until it sees which direction the tech ed authority is going.
The college will also be administering an interest survey to area high school students. The survey will be administered to students at area high schools, and is designed to obtain student interest in a variety of programs and extracurricular activities. The results of the survey will be used to determine whether sufficient interest exists for new program development.
In other action, the board
1. approved the employment of Donna Fisher, director of financial aid;
2. accepted the resignation of Desiree Maxwell, director of admissions;
3. authorized the administration to pay $80,000 to USD 480 on July 1, 2008 and upon approval of the Southwest Kansas Technical School consolidation agreement by the Kansas Board of Regents;
5. ratified an articulation agreement with Pittsburg State University with an emphasis on technology programs; and
6. approved the addition of a director of assessment and research position effective July 1, 2008.

The next board meeting will be Monday, April 7. Spring break will be the week of March 17, with no classes in session, and the campus offices closed on Friday, March 21.
Seward County won the Jayhawk West Conference with a 69-58 victory on the road against Colby Community College last Sunday on the final day of the regular season. It is the fifth conference championship in 39 seasons of menís basketball at SCCC, and the first conference title under a first-year head coach. Bryan Zollinger leads the Saints into the Region VI Tournament where they have received the No. 1 seed from the Western Division. Seward County finished the regular season winning 12 of its last 13 games overall, and with four players all averaging at least 12 points per game. The last five seasons, Seward County has not advanced past the quarterfinals with a combined 3-4 record in four trips to the Region VI Tournament.

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The Lady Saints ended the regular season with a 63-55 victory on the road at Colby Community College on Sunday afternoon. Seward County finished in sole-possession of second-place in the Jayhawk West and earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Division entering the Region VI Tournament. SCCC enters post-season play after winning 10 of its last 11 games overall and recording a perfect 8-0 record at the Green House in conference play. Tegan Cunningham finished the regular season as the leading scorer in the Jayhawk West (21.4 ppg.) and sophomore Audra Binford has shot 47 percent (15-of-32) from 3-point range in the last five games. Seward County will be trying to improve on its 0-4 record against Jayhawk East opponents this season.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team split its final non-conference doubleheader with Texarkana College on Sunday afternoon at a neutral field in Dallas. The Saints picked up their second win in the four-game non-conference series against the Bulldogs with a 6-5 victory in game-one on Sunday, before dropping the final game 8-4. The Saints won their fifth game of the season on a Caleb Nine RBI single to center field in the eighth inning to score Michael Drzazga in extra-innings. The No. 25 nationally-ranked Saints are now 5-7 overall and Texarkana is now 9-6 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College menís basketball team won the Jayhawk West Conference championship on Sunday afternoon with a 69-58 victory over Colby Community College at the Colby Community Building on the final day of the regular season. Seward County collects its fifth menís basketball Jayhawk West title (1985, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2008) in the programís 39 year history. This yearís title marks the first-ever conference championship won by a first-year Saintsí head coach. After being named the seventh head coach in Seward County history on April 24, 2007, Bryan Zollinger has now led the Saints to a conference title and to the No. 1 seed in the Jayhawk Western Division. Seward County improves to 25-5 overall and finishes the Jayhawk West Conference with a 13-3 league record. Colby ends its season with a 7-23 overall record and a 3-13 conference record.

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The Seward County Community College womenís basketball team finished its conference season with a 63-55 victory over Colby Community College on Sunday afternoon at the Colby Community Building. Seward County secured a second-place finish in the Jayhawk West Conference and a No. 2 Western Division seeding for the upcoming NJCAA Region VI Tournament while winning 10 of its last 11 games overall. SCCC finishes the Jayhawk West Conference schedule with a 22-8 overall mark and 13-3 conference record. Colby also advances into the post-season after finishing in fifth-place in the Jayhawk West with an 11-19 overall record and 6-10 conference mark. The Lady Saints will open play in the Region VI Tournament playing a First-Round Playoff game on Wednesday, March 5, hosting Jayhawk East No. 7 seed Allen County Community College (12-18, 5-13) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off at the Green House in Liberal.

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Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger continued her standout season for the Seward County Community College softball team on Saturday afternoon by throwing a five-inning complete-game no-hitter against Trinidad State Junior College, to lead the Lady Saints to a 17-0 run-rule victory in game-one of the non-conference doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field. Seward County completed the sweep with a 9-5 victory in game-two. Sophomore Pre-Season All-American Jennifer Collins led the charge at the plate for the Lady Saints going 5-for-7 with seven RBI to help Seward County improve to 3-5 overall this season. Trinidad State drops to 7-12 overall.

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Sophomore Tomas Cruz pitched a seven-inning complete-game shutout in the Seward County Community College baseball teamís 2-0 victory in game-one against Texarkana College on Saturday afternoon in Dallas, Texas. The Bulldogs picked up the doubleheader split with a 12-8 victory in the nightcap of the neutral field non-conference doubleheader. The Saints will conclude their four-game series with the Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 2, at noon. Seward County is now 4-6 overall this season and Texarkana is now 8-5 overall.

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