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Three days after leading Seward County Community College to its 12th Jayhawk West Conference baseball championship, Austin Terhune has been named the RINGOR NJCAA Pitcher of the Week. Terhune, a freshman from Perryton, Texas, pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout in the Saints’ 9-0 victory over Pratt Community College in their final conference game of the season. Terhune also recorded a save in Seward’s 7-4 mid-week victory over non-conference foe Clarendon College. The regular season conference crown is the No. 10 nationally-ranked Saints’ seventh during the past eight seasons.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that Seward County Community College softball player Jennifer Collins has been named the RINGOR NJCAA Division I Softball Co-Player of the Week. It is the second time this season and third time during Collins’ career that she has received national player of the week recognition. Collins, a 5-foot-8 sophomore first baseman from Coquitlam, B.C., led Seward County to eight victories last week, including seven wins by run-rule, while batting .577 (15-for-26) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI. Collins shares this week’s honor with outfielder Toni Dance, from Iowa Western Community College, who batted .552 and continued her current 24-game hitting streak.

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In the final game of the regular season, the Seward County Community College baseball team dropped Dodge City Community College 21-9 in a non-conference nine-inning game Tuesday evening at Cavalier Field in Dodge City. The Saints hit six home runs and played 19 players in a final tune-up game before the Region VI First-Round Playoff Series beginning Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawk West Conference champion Saints (38-16) will host Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Neosho County Community College (22-28) in a first-round best 2-of-3 series starting Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at Brent Gould Field. Seward County and Neosho County will be scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, with the “if necessary” game scheduled for Sunday. All games played in the post-season are nine-inning contests.

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Texhoma students won the junior open class at the District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members are Layton Berry, Brandon Burdge, Randall Pugh and Patton Pugh.

Texhoma students won the senior open class at the District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members are Ashley Harrison, instructor; Nick James, Cody James, Brittany Beattie and Savannah Pugh.

The Satanta Future Farmers of America Team won the Southwest District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members were Kendal Clawson, Kurtis Clawson and Kyla Clawson. SCCC Block and Bridle students helped with the event.



The Seward County Community College baseball team swept Pratt Community College 2-0 and 9-0 on Sunday afternoon to secure its 12th Jayhawk West Conference championship and its seventh conference title in the last eight seasons. The Saints swept the four-game conference series over the Beavers with a combined score of 31-1 at Brent Gould Field this weekend to record a 26-6 mark in Jayhawk West league play. Seward County picked up a pair of shutouts on Sunday from Tyler Binkley and Austin Terhune while the Saints’ batters recorded 16 hits in the doubleheader.

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The Seward County Community College softball team won its seventh and eighth games in a row heading into the post-season with a Division I Region VI doubleheader sweep over Neosho County Community College, 14-4 and 14-6, with both games ending premature due to the five-inning mercy rule. Six Lady Saints, who have helped lead the Lady Saints’ program to 87 wins in two years, were honored between games on Sunday afternoon during sophomore recognition at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Freshman Cara Russell ended game one in the fifth inning with a walk-off grand slam, and sophomore Jennifer Collins hit two homers on the day to help give Seward County the four-game series sweep over Neosho County.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Jennifer Collins went 6-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBI to help lead the Lady Saints softball team to a pair of five-inning run-rule victories, 8-0 and 23-4, over Neosho County Community College in Division I Region VI action on Saturday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Collins continued her offensive tear on Saturday after going 4-for-7 with six RBI against Barton County on Friday. SCCC tied a school record with 23 runs in game two, a feat that the Lady Saints’ program has done twice before, including once this season (vs. Brown Mackie) and once last season (at. Cloud County). Seward County has now won six straight games and improves to 36-17 overall and to 18-4 in Region VI competition. Neosho County has lost four straight games and is now 13-30 overall and 6-16 in Region VI play.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team moved one step closer to winning its 12th Jayhawk West Conference championship with an 11-1 (five innings) and 9-0 conference sweep over Pratt Community College on Saturday afternoon in Liberal at Brent Gould Field. Sophomore ace Tomas Cruz pitched a complete game in the opener, and Christian Kowalchuk tossed his first complete-game shutout of the season while striking out nine batters in the nightcap. Seward County (35-16, 24-6) will clinch at least a share of the conference title with one win over the Beavers (17-31, 9-21) on Sunday, and two wins will secure the Saints an outright regular season championship.

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Sophomore Jennifer Collins collected four base hits and drove in six runs, while the Seward County Community College pitching staff didn’t allow an earned run during the Lady Saints 10-0 (six innings) and 2-1 Jayhawk West Conference and Division I Region VI doubleheader sweep over Barton County Community College on Friday afternoon in Great Bend, Kan. The Lady Saints secured second place in the Jayhawk West and have now won four straight games. SCCC improves to 34-17 overall, 13-3 in the Jayhawk West and to 16-4 in Region VI play. Barton County drops to 22-29 overall, 5-9 in conference play and to 8-10 in the Region VI.

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Seward County Community College head basketball coach Bryan Zollinger has been named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association JUCO Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. In Zollinger’s first season with the Saints he led them to a 32-6 overall record and to a Jayhawk West title and Region VI Tournament championship. The Saints went on to finish in third-place at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson with a 3-1 national tournament record. Zollinger’s debut season at his alma mater tied for the school’s best post-season finish (3rd Place – NJCAA Tournament) and tied for the second most wins (32) in a single-season in Saints’ history. Zollinger will receive the KBCA Coach of the Year award as part of the KBCA All-Star Game Festivities on Aug. 6, in Topeka at Washburn University.

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A five-run third inning gave the Seward County Community College baseball team all they would need to defeat Clarendon College in a mid-week game at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints knocked off the Bulldogs 7-4 in a nine-inning game that featured 14 pitchers and 29 positions players for both teams combined. Inclement weather forced the two teams to play a nine-inning game starting at 6 p.m. instead of the regularly scheduled doubleheader. Freshman Roldan Ochoa earned his first career victory in a predetermined two-inning performance during his first collegiate start on the mound for the Saints. Seward County, who moved up to No. 10 in the latest NJCAA Top 20 poll, improves to 33-16 overall this season. Clarendon drops to 32-17 overall on the year.

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Seward County Community College moved up to No. 10 in this week’s RINGOR NJCAA Division I Baseball Poll, jumping two spots after receiving a No. 12 ranking the past two weeks. It is the Saints’ highest ranking in the Top 20 poll since receiving a No. 5 ranking on May 7, 2003. Last week Seward County went 3-3 with a non-conference doubleheader split at Clarendon College (received votes, 34-13) and with a four-game conference split on the road at Hutchinson Community College (received votes, 37-9). SCCC enters its final week of the regular season with a 32-16 overall record.

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Seward County Community College volleyball coach Bert Luallen has announced the signing of five incoming student-athletes for the 2008-2009 school year. The five high school seniors that inked official NJCAA National Letters of Intent with the Lady Saints volleyball program are Heather Carter (Mesquite, Texas), Lindsey Miller (Dumas, Texas), LaKendra Sanders (Lewisville, Texas), Amanda Savage (Wichita, Kan.) and Taryn Westerman (Liberal, Kan.). Seward County finished the 2007 season with a 30-15 overall record, marking the 10th most wins in single-season SCCC history. The Lady Saints’ program will also return four players from last year’s team.

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The Seward County Community College softball team swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader against Dodge City Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger struck out 13 batters in the Lady Saints 9-1 victory in game one (six innings). Seward completed the doubleheader sweep with an 8-0 victory behind a complete-game shutout from freshman Cara Russell in game two. Seward County improves to 32-17 overall and to 11-3 in the Jayhawk West. Dodge City falls to 10-28 overall and to 3-13 in conference play.

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ERICA HERRERA WINS REGION VI TITLE AT NO. 5 SINGLES
Seward County Community College sophomore Erica Herrera won a Region VI Tournament championship at No. 5 singles leading the Lady Saints tennis team to a second-place finish at the Region VI Tournament last weekend in Wichita. The Lady Saints will now prepare for their third straight trip to the NJCAA Tournament, May 3-9, in Tucson, Ariz. Barton County Community College won the tournament with 22.5 points. Behind Seward County (16 points) was third-place Johnson County Community College (14.5 points), Cowley College (13.5 points) and Hutchinson Community College (0 points). Freshmen Valerie Stevens and Alyssa Larson picked up runner-up finishes in No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. SCCC completed the tournament with a 10-10 overall record, including a 7-6 record in singles and 3-4 mark in doubles play. Seward County is now 50-49 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team ended its season on Saturday afternoon with a fourth-place finish in the Region VI Tournament in Wichita. The top three teams advance to the NJCAA Tournament, May 11-16, in Plano, Texas. Barton County won the Region VI Tournament with 21.5 team points. Also earning a berth at the national tournament is second-place Johnson County Community College (18.5 points) and third-place Cowley College (16 points). The Saints (10.5 points) finished ahead of Hutchinson, who did not record a team point in tournament play. Seward County finished with a 10-14 record at the tournament, including a 7-9 singles record and 3-5 doubles mark. The Saints overall record on the season was 57-61.

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The Saints Bookstore and Phi Theta Kappa have joined forces at Seward County Community College to bring more trees to the campus – and more money to students.
To celebrate the end of the 2008 academic year, the bookstore will add points to the Spring Celebration fund for every textbook that students sell back. At the close of the term, the bookstore will total these points and translate those points to dollars to purchase trees for campus.
“We recognize the commitment that students at Seward County Community College have to the environment,” said Jerri Lynn Lyddon, director. “With this event, we can help translate that commitment to actual plantings. Current students are paid for selling their books to the bookstore – and students next semester can save money buying these books for their classes.”
The Saints Bookstore plans to total the points and determine how many new trees the student book sales have generated on May 16. The college will then plant trees within a few weeks to welcome students back to campus.
“We are proud of our partnership with PTK and Seward County Community College,” Lyddon said. “We are excited to help bring more trees to the campus.”
Seward County Community College came away with a 10-9 victory in 10 innings over Hutchinson Community College in the final game of the four-game conference series on Sunday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. After being shutout 5-0 in game one on Sunday, the Saints held off the Blue Dragons as Mikel Huston drove in Trent Martinez for the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning to remain one game ahead of Hutchinson for first place in the Jayhawk Western Division. The Saints (32-16, 22-6) will close Jayhawk West Conference play next weekend hosting eighth-place Pratt Community College (16-28, 9-19) for a four-game series at Brent Gould Field. Second-place Hutchinson (32-13, 21-7) will travel to play fourth-place Colby Community College (24-22, 14-14) in its final conference series next weekend.

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The Seward County Community College softball team dropped a doubleheader at Butler Community College, 1-0 and 10-2 (5 innings), on Saturday afternoon in El Dorado at East Park. The two victories move the Lady Grizzlies closer to their third straight Jayhawk West Conference title and second-straight Division I district championship. The Lady Saints dropped a heart breaker in game one as Courtney Auger suffered the loss after allowing only one base hit. In game two Butler’s offensive prowess was too much for SCCC as the Lady Grizzlies scored 10 runs on 11 hits. Seward County is now 30-17 overall, 9-3 in the Jayhawk West and 14-4 in the Division I Region VI. The No. 9 ranked Lady Grizzlies have now won 22-straight games and 35 of its last 36 games overall. Butler is now 41-4 on the season, 14-0 in the Jayhawk West and 17-1 against Division I Region VI opponents.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team held its one-game lead in the Jayhawk West Conference with a doubleheader split against Hutchinson Community College on Saturday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. The Saints took the opener 5-2, behind a complete-game effort on the mound from sophomore Tomas Cruz. The Blue Dragons evened the series with a 4-0 win in the nightcap. Freshman Adam Roy hit a three-run home run in the first inning to help the Dragons split the opening-day doubleheader. The No. 12 nationally-ranked Saints (31-15) remain in first place of the Jayhawk West with a 21-5 record, and Hutchinson (31-12) is one game behind the Saints at 20-6 in league play.

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The Seward County Community College softball team was forced to postpone its Division I Region VI doubleheader against Neosho County Community College this afternoon due to unplayable field conditions. Heavy rain fall in the Chanute area forced today’s doubleheader to be postponed until the Lady Panthers visit Liberal next weekend in Liberal. Seward County (30-15, 14-2 in D-I Region VI) will now host Neosho County (9-24, 4-12) for a four-game series on April 26-27, at Lady Saints Softball Field. The Lady Saints will be in action Saturday, April 19, against the No. 9 Butler Community College Lady Grizzlies (39-4, 12-0, 15-1) in El Dorado at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to a day of fun and food Sunday, April 27 when Seward County Community College celebrates the end of National Community College Month with a Spring Fiesta.
The day kicks off with a 1 p.m., Saints Baseball game at Brent Gould Field at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. Carnival games, food, music, campus tours and prizes will begin at 2 p.m. at the center of campus and it’s all free. The public can participate in the many activities from 2-5 p.m.
Students who are members of the Seward County Community College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise are, back row from left, Heather Zerr, Savannah Salley, Joe Walter, Collin Fisher, Olian Thompson, Derek Bennett, Alex Almanza, Billie Adkison, Quinton Bartel; and front row, Lisa Garcia, Amber Bond, Jazmin Hernandez, Clarissa Arteaga, Yessenia Pacheco, Ana Dominiguez and Vicky Galan.
Students who are members of the Seward County Community College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise are, back row from left, Heather Zerr, Savannah Salley, Joe Walter, Collin Fisher, Olian Thompson, Derek Bennett, Alex Almanza, Billie Adkison, Quinton Bartel; and front row, Lisa Garcia, Amber Bond, Jazmin Hernandez, Clarissa Arteaga, Yessenia Pacheco, Ana Dominiguez and Vicky Galan.)<%
)()%>The Seward County Community College Students in Free Enterprise team won the 2008 Regional Competition in Seattle, Washington, competing only against university teams. The team will compete at nationals in Chicago in May.
Team members included Joe Walter and Quinton Bartel, bothof Turpin, Okla.; Clarissa Arteaga of Tyrone, Okla.; Heather Zerr of Ulysses; and Johnette Schwab, Jazmin Hernandez, Olian Thompson, Collin Fisher, Amber Bond, Savannah Salley, Vicky Galan, Alex Almanza and Yessenia Pacheco, all of Liberal.
For the regional competition, the SCCC team presented both an oral PowerPoint presentation and a written annual report of its projects to 33 judges, who represented corporate officers and recruiters from many of the different SIFE corporate sponsors.
The SIFE team has embarked upon several new projects this year, said advisor Kim Thomas. Three of those projects were presented to our judges along with two continuing projects. The first of the three newly implemented projects included Entrepreneurship Workshops, which were conducted with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. The workshops included PowerPoint presentations on how to build a business plan, the first financial year and taxes and creating chatter in the area of marketing. Each of these workshops was offered in both English and Spanish. In the second project, the SIFE team joined forces with the fair board to implement changes to our Seward County Five State Free fair. Students helped review, revamp and reorganize the fair. In addition, they sold fair board ads and booths. The last new project was a market economic venture. The team helped teach a small village in Haiti the fundamental concepts of market economics. We introduced them to a new form of irrigation, which allowed the community to put a community garden into place.
Other projects for the year were projects with sustainability because they were continuing projects. For the past four years the team has presented success skill workshops to the college’s Colvin Adult Learning Center. The presentations were presented in both English and Spanish to help accomplish the goal of training the students’ fundamental workforce skills. The seminars included how to dress for success, how to build a resumé and how to interview effectively.
“We were pleased with the attendance and the positive feedback we received,” Thomas said. “Next, we presented to Southwestern Heights high school students for the third consecutive year. Our presentation was an interactive business ethics seminar. Our business advisory board provided us with positive feedback concerning these seminars, which inspired us to continue them and also encouraged us to expand our audience. We have plans of expanding into other high schools with the project.”
Finally, the SIFE team places a lot of emphasis on sustaining its own growth. Students are fortunate to have book scholarships provided through the SCCC Development Foundation, which helps in recruiting. In addition, students participate in numerous campus recruiting activities.
The Seward County Community College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Clarendon College on Wednesday afternoon in Clarendon, Texas. The No. 12 nationally-ranked Saints won the opener, 13-12, but was defeated 19-15 in game two. On a day with the wind blowing out, both teams combined to tally 59 runs, 67 base hits and 16 errors while the doubleheader lasted nearly five hours and 45 minutes. Seward County, who is leading the Jayhawk West with a 20-4 league record, has now won 19 of their last 21 games overall, and they will now prepare for a pivotal Jayhawk West four-game series this weekend against second-place Hutchinson Community College (30-11, 19-5) in Hutchinson.

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The public is invited to two spring concerts this month on the Seward County Community College campus.
The Formal Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., April 26 in the SCCC Theater, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Singing Saints Concert Choir and cameo performances.
The Pops Concert is at 7:30 p.m., April 28 in the SCCC Theater, featuring Sound Express Show Choir and cameo performances.
Members of the Wind Ensemble are Lydia Augustine, Okoya James, Trina Fosdick, Ty Pittser, Carina Diaz de Leona and Jacob Day, all of Liberal; Tiffany Bowen and Loren Dillon, both of Hooker, Okla.; Lacy Garcia, Lakin; Elisa Labra, Plains; Derek Bridenstine and Jacob Hampton, both of Turpin, Okla.; and Diana Askew, Hugoton.
Choir students include Ben Allen, Hillary Brown, Cherie Carter, Angie Chacon, Carina Diaz de Leon, Victoria Jacob, Sergio Padilla, Jacob Riggs, Melissa Sabillon, Olian Thompson, Kayla Wright, Dennis Owens, Adam Semisch, Rosendo Armendariz, Monica Kerbo, Wesley Clark, Virginia Grant, Trina Fosdick, Jennifer Hataway, all of Liberal; Christina Canterbury, Tyrone, Okla.; Marisa Chavez, Beaver, Okla.; Ciara Greenwood, Chelsea Lackey, both of Hugoton; Trisha Keahey of Meade; Rachel McDonald, Courtney Sander, Cara Wright, Derek Bridenstine, all of Turpin; Pam Pierce, Satanta; Rene Thomas of Bartlesville, Okla.; Jimmy Ortiz, Ulysses; Tammy Wardlaw, Lubbock, Texas; Jenica Moore of Moscow. Featured soloists will be Brown, Diaz de Leon, Wardlaw, Bridenstine, Ortiz, Kerbo, Thomas and Fosdick.
Tickets are $2 per performance and may be purchased in advance in the SCCC Humanities Office, 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417- 1451.
SCCC students and courtesy card holders are free with an ID.
Money raised will go to the SCCC Development Foundation.
Seward County Community College men’s basketball players Darko Cohadarevic, Bryson Hampton and Reggie Chamberlain signed their official NCAA letters of intent on Wednesday afternoon, which marked national signing day for NCAA basketball programs. Cohadarevic signed with Texas Tech University, Hampton signed with the University of California – Riverside, and Chamberlain signed with Wichita State University. All three SCCC basketball players held a press conference in the All-American on the campus of SCCC to announce their official decisions on where they would continue their academic and basketball playing careers. The Seward County men’s basketball program has now had 47 players in their program sign with a NCAA Division I program, including 10 players over the last three years.

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Seward County Community College freshman Stephani Rhoten signed an official NCAA letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon with Creighton University for the 2008-2009 season. The freshman from Canyon, Texas, held a press conference in the All-American Room on the campus of SCCC to announce her official decision on where she would continue her academic and basketball career. Rhoten joins a list of 42 Seward County women’s basketball players that have signed with a NCAA Division I program since 1993. Third-year head coach Toby Wynn has now mentored 11 Division I performers in his coaching tenure at Seward County. Other 2007-2008 SCCC players that have sign with NCAA programs include Tegan Cunningham (Oklahoma State University) and Kasia Gawor (University of Texas – El Paso).

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The Seward County Community College softball team improved its overall record to 30-15 overall and its Division I Region VI record to 14-2 with a pair of forfeit victories over Cloud County Community College on Tuesday afternoon in Concordia. The Lady Thunderbirds were unable to field a complete team due to an injury prior to the start of the doubleheader, which gave SCCC its 29th and 30th overall wins on the season. The official final scores for the forfeit victories are 7-0 and 7-0.

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As part of National Community College Month, Seward County Community College sponsored a counselor appreciation day recently. High School counselors are those individuals who help encourage students to continue their education beyond high school. Above, SCCC student Audra Binford explained her experiences as a student at SCCC.

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MacKenzie Farmer and Ryan Doll participate in Children’s Art Day at Seward County Community College in Liberal. MacKenzie is the daughter of Dustin and Jennifer Farmer and Ryan is the son of Dale and Tammy Doll, both of Liberal. Children work on different design projects with members of the SCCC Kylix Art Club.

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The Seward County Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa collected $1,400 recently from a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Phi Theta Kappans, who are members of SCCC’s honor society, present a check to Lisa Nelson, area representative for the American Cancer Society.

Seward County Community College is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 27, in the SCCC Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.
In recognition of Office Professionals, the public is invited pick up a free carnation for an office assistant at the Saints Bookstore on the Seward County Community College campus, from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. A limited number of carnations will be available.
April is national community college month.
The Seward County Community College baseball team defeated Garden City Community College 5-1 in game-one on Sunday afternoon, before the Broncbusters snapped the Saints 16-game winning streak with a 4-1 win in the nightcap at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Seward sophomore right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz won his team-leading eighth game of the season while striking out nine batters in the opener. Garden City received strong pitching performance in game two as sophomore Bryce Butt allowed just six hits and struck out 10 batters to break the Saints winning streak. The No. 12 nationally-ranked Saints (27-13, 18-4) remain a half a game in front of Hutchinson Community College (28-11, 18-5) for first place in the Jayhawk West. Sixth-place Garden City is now 19-19 overall and 10-12 in conference play.

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The Crusader student newspaper staff from Seward County Community College earned awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Wichita April 6-7. Pictured, front row, from left, Chelsi Valdez, Luke
Wempe, who was named Collegiate Journalist of the Year for two-year newspapers, Dacee Kentner. Back row, from left, adviser Anita Reed, editor Cayla Thomlinson, Mayra Valdez, and Jessica Lulf.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Darko Cohadarevic has been selected to play for the NJCAA Division I All-Star basketball team that will compete in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sunday, April 20, against the NJCAA Region I All-Star team. The NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 3rd Annual National All-Star Game, sponsored by New Balance, will also feature a game between the NJCAA D-III All-Stars and the NJCAA D-II All-Stars. Cohadarevic a 6-foot-9 post from Belgrade, Serbia, is one of 24 All-Americans that have been selected to showcase their skills and abilities in this NJCAA and NCAA sanctioned event.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team has moved its four-game Jayhawk West Conference series against Garden City Community College to Sunday and Monday. Heavy rain conditions in the Liberal area has moved the first day of the Saints and Broncbusters series to Sunday, April 13, with a 1 p.m. scheduled first pitch. The final two games of the series will be played on Monday, April 14, with a 4 p.m. start time. First place Seward County enters the weekend tilt with a 26-12 overall record and a 15-game winning streak. The Saints, who moved up to No. 12 in the NJCAA poll on Wednesday, currently own a 17-3 conference record while Garden City is in sixth-place in the Western Division with a 9-11 league record and 18-18 overall mark.
Seward County Community College softball players Jennifer Collins and Courtney Auger have been named the RINGOR NJCAA Division I Softball Co-Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, respectively. It is the second straight week that Auger has received top pitcher of the week recognition, and it is the second time in Collins’ career that she has been named the National Player of the Week. The duo led the Lady Saints to a 7-1 record last week that included a doubleheader sweep against then-No. 20 Otero Junior College. Collins and Auger also broke SCCC all-time records as Collins broke the school-record for career doubles (35) and Auger moved into the lead for all-time career strikeouts.

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The public is invited to two spring concerts this April on the Seward County Community College campus.
The Formal Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., April 26 in the SCCC Theater, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Singing Saints Concert Choir and cameo performances.
The Pops Concert is at 7:30 p.m., April 28 in the SCCC Theater, featuring Sound Express Show Choir and cameo performances.
Tickets are $2 per performance and may be purchased in advance in the SCCC Humanities Office, 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417-1451.
SCCC students and courtesy card holders are free with an ID.
Money raised will go to the SCCC Development Foundation.

The Seward County Community College Nursing program has received official notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing of the licensure results for the 2007 graduates.
The SCCC Associate Degree Nursing program pass rate for first-time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) was 95.24 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 81.57 percent, and the national average pass rate was 78.64 percent.
For the third year in a row, the SCCC Practical Nursing program pass rate for first-time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) was 100 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 92.06 percent, and the national average pass rate was 84.28 percent. The SCCC Practical Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1979 and there have been 15 graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam (1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007).
“I am very proud of our graduates and the hard work necessary to achieve these results,” said Steve Hecox, director of Nursing at SCCC. “Our nursing faculty are very dedicated individuals who strive to provide the best learning experiences possible for the students. We certainly appreciate the support of the SCCC administration and Board of Trustees as well as the support provided by the employees of Southwest Medical Center, our medical community, and other clinical affiliates located in Liberal and in the surrounding communities.”
Other full-time nursing faculty include Nancy Bansemer, Sandra Brisendine, Veda King, Susan Ingland and Tracey Stuckey-Gardner.
For additional information about the Nursing program, contact Steve Hecox at steve.hecox@sccc.edu or call 620-417-1400.
Tickets are now available for the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” that will be presented by the Seward County Community College Drama and Music departments at 7:30 p.m., April 17-18 in the SCCC Showcase Theater, Shank Humanities Building.
Frank Challis, director of theater, and Lori Geis, vocal music instructor, will direct this revised production based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The musical features the antics of the Peanuts gang in their everyday situations, and Schulz often uses both child and adult humor to convey his wit and wisdom. Some of the most remembered songs include the title song “The Kite,” “Little Know Facts,” “The Book Report,” “Happiness,” and Snoopy’s big production number of “Suppertime.”
Reserve your seats by calling 620-417-1451 or pick up tickets at SCCC Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal.
April is National Community College Month.
The Seward County Community College baseball team made the biggest move of any team in the nation in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 poll, jumping to No. 12 in the nation after ranking 20th last week. The Saints (26-12) continued their 15-game winning streak last week with a four-game conference sweep on the road against Dodge City Community College. It is the highest regular season ranking for Seward County since ranking 11th on April 14, 2004. Seward County is in first place in the Jayhawk West Conference with a 17-3 league record. They are currently two games ahead of Hutchinson Community College (25-11, 15-5) for the top spot in the Western Division.

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Seward County Community College head women’s basketball coach Toby Wynn has announced the signing of Dodge City High School senior Liz Gunther to a National Junior College Athletic Association letter of intent on Tuesday, which was the first official day NJCAA basketball programs could sign incoming student-athletes for the 2008-09 season. Gunther was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2008, and she was a Hutchinson News Class 6-5A First Team All-State selection. Seward County will look to replace five sophomores from its 2008 roster that helped lead the Lady Saints to a 23-9 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams have had their matches cancelled for Thursday, April 10, in Wichita, against Johnson County Community College. No make-up date has been schedule for this match.

The Saints and Lady Saints will now prepare for the upcoming NJCAA Region VI Tournament scheduled for April 18-19, in Wichita at the Riverside Tennis Facility.
The Seward County Community College baseball team has cancelled its non-conference doubleheader with Luna Community College scheduled for today due to heavy rain accumulation. The first-place Saints will be in action this weekend hosting a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader against Garden City Community College (16-18, 9-11) on April 12-13 at Brent Gould Field.
The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team traveled to Oklahoma City last weekend to participate in the Seminole State Tennis Festival where they faced two nationally-ranked opponents on Friday and Saturday. Seward County finished 1-3 overall, with a 9-0 dual victory over Eastfield Community College, a 0-9 loss against No. 4 Collin County Community College, and a 1-8 loss verses No. 5 North Central Texas College. Freshman Valerie Stevens was the top performer for the Lady Saints on the weekend posting a 2-1 record at No. 4 singles. Seward County is now 40-39 overall in total matches played this season.

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Courtney Auger led the Seward County Community College softball team to its seventh straight victory in game one on Tuesday with a 7-0 complete-game shutout. Garden City Community College finished with a Division I Region VI doubleheader split with a 4-2 win in the nightcap at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Seward County has now won 14 of its last 16 games overall and is 28-15 overall and 12-2 in Region VI competition. Garden City is 20-11 overall this season and in third-place in the Region VI standings with a 7-5 record.

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Seward County Community College sophomore women’s basketball player Tegan Cunningham will add another prestigious honor to her already long list of accolades after the National Junior College Athletic Association named her a Second Team NJCAA All-American on Tuesday afternoon. Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 guard from Doncaster, VC, Australia, has now been named to five All-American lists in her two seasons as a Lady Saint. Cunningham joins Kim Ortega-Davis as the only two-time NJCAA and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Americans in the storied history of the women’s basketball program at Seward County. Dating back to 1999, Seward County has 22 All-American selections, including 13 NJCAA selections and nine WBCA All-Americans.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced its 2008 men’s basketball All-Americans today and Seward County Community College sophomore Darko Cohadarevic was selected honorable mention. Cohadarevic, the Region VI Tournament Most Valuable Player, led the Saints averaging 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season. He guided the Saints to their first NJCAA Tournament appearance in a decade, where he garnered All-Tournament recognition averaging 18 points and over six boards per contest. Cohadarevic becomes the fifth Seward County men’s basketball player to earn All-American recognition, joining Devonne Giles (2003, 1st Team), Jamal Brown (2001, 1st Team), Kevin Houston (1998, 1st Team) and Carlo Walton (1995, 2nd Team).

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The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team faced four nationally-ranked opponents last weekend in the Seminole State Tennis Festival in Oklahoma City. The Saints defeated No. 1 (D-III) Eastfield Community College 9-0, and then suffered defeats against No. 4 Collin County Community College (0-9), No. 7 Seminole State College (3-6) and No. 10 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (3-6). Singles players Roberto Gomez and Charlie Salter led the Saints each going 3-1 in singles competition. The Saints are now 47-47 overall in total matches played this season.

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Galen McSpadden won his 900th career game, and Seward County Community College swept a Jayhawk West Conference series on the road against Dodge City Community College this past weekend at Cavalier Field in Dodge City. The Saints have now won 15 straight games, following four wins against Dodge City (7-5, 16-2, 5-4, 2-0). McSpadden, the 27-year veteran coach of the Saints, won his 900th career victory at SCCC in game two on Sunday, and has now led Seward County to a 26-12 overall record this season. The Saints currently lead the Jayhawk Western Division with a 17-3 overall mark. Dodge City falls to 15-25 overall and to 6-14 in the Jayhawk West.

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The 2008 Seward County Community College athletic awards banquet will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the SCCC Green House. All of the SCCC athletes, cheerleaders, dancers, managers and trainers will be recognized and honored for their contributions to the athletic programs at Seward County. The cost of attending the banquet is $12, and all reservations must be made by Friday, April 18. Great Western Dinning is providing the meal for the banquet. Former SCCC women’s basketball player Jessica Trahan (1997-1999), who is currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College, has been named the featured speaker for the banquet.

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Jennifer Collins went 7-for-7 at the plate and Courtney Auger threw a complete-game with 13 strikeouts as both players broke career records during Seward County Community College’s doubleheader softball sweep over No. 20 Otero Junior College at Lady Saints Softball Field on Sunday afternoon. Seward County swept Otero, with both games ending in a five-inning run-rule. The Lady Saints won the opener 9-1 and finished the sweep with a 10-2 victory in the nightcap. Seward County has now won 13 of its last 14 games overall, and posted its second and third victories over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. SCCC improves to 27-14 overall this season, remaining in first-place in the Jayhawk West with a 9-1 mark. The Lady Rattlers fall to 34-9 on the season.

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The Seward County Community College softball team swept Brown Mackie College 23-0 (five innings) and 17-0 (five innings) on Friday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in a non-conference doubleheader. The Lady Saints tied a school record with 23 runs in game one, as Courtney Auger tossed her second no-hitter of the season with 11 strikeouts in the five-inning victory. Seward County finished the sweep out-hitting the Lady Lions 18-2, as seven SCCC players recorded a multi-hit game. Seward County has now won 11 of its last 12 games overall this season. Brown Mackie drops to 0-14 overall this season.

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Almost a month ago, the Seward County Community College softball team lost two straight games in the Pratt Tournament to the host-school Pratt Community College, giving the Lady Beavers the tournament title. This time around the Lady Saints got revenge on the home field of Pratt C.C. Seward County swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader over Pratt on Thursday afternoon, 6-2 and 17-8 (six innings), at Jerry Angood Field. SCCC used another dominating pitching performance from Courtney Auger in game one and six extra-base hits, including three home runs, in the nightcap. The conference victories put the Lady Saints back into the lead in the Jayhawk West with a 9-1 league mark. SCCC has now won nine of its last 10 games overall and improve to 23-14 on the season. Pratt drops to 17-13 overall and to 9-3 in the Jayhawk West.

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In celebration of Community College Month, Seward County Community College Wellness Center will open for a free tryout the week of April 6-12. Individuals may come to the center one time that week to check out the weight machines or the walking track.
The hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; or 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
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Seward County Community College Students Josiah Cervantes and Sean Williams work with the new equipment in Human Physiology lab that measures blood pressure and electrocardiograms.

Seward County Community College baseball coach Galen McSpadden is closing in on another coaching milestone needing just four wins to reach career win No. 900 in his 27-year tenure as head coach of the Saints. McSpadden currently owns a overall record of 896-487 (.648). The Saints enter this weekend’s four-game series at Dodge City Community College in first-place of the Jayhawk Western Division with a 13-3 league record, having swept their last two opponents in the middle of their 11-game winning streak. Seward County travels to play the Conquistadors April 5-6 at Cavalier Field in Dodge City for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team swept six singles matches and three doubles matches on Tuesday afternoon over Hutchinson Community College at the HCC Tennis Courts. Sophomore Erica Herrera won her third straight singles match 6-1, 6-0, and freshman Juliana Boas also shined in her singles victory (6-1, 6-0) over Shannon Rohlman in No. 3 singles. The No. 17 ranked Lady Saints improve to 30-22 overall in total matches played this season.

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The No. 8 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College men’s tennis team had little trouble defeating Hutchinson Community College 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the HCC Tennis Courts. In all matches outside of No. 1 singles, the Saints defeated the Blue Dragons by a combined score of 84-2. The Saints used straight-set 6-0, 6-0 victories from Victor Mesquita, Roberto Gomez, Luis Cabizuca and Michael Pettus in singles play, and two straight 8-0 victories from Cabizuca and Caio Rodrigues and Charlie Salter and Pettus in doubles competition to cruise past the Dragons. Seward County improves to 32-26 overall in total matches played this season.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced its weekly Top 20 Division I baseball poll today and the Seward County Community College Saints received a No. 20 ranking. It is the first regular season poll that Seward County has made an appearance in this season, after ranking No. 25 in the NJCAA pre-season poll on Feb. 1. The Saints are currently 22-12 overall, and have won 11 straight games dating back to March 18. Seward County’s winning streak is the longest by any Region VI program this season. The last regular season ranking for SCCC was in the final poll of 2007 where they were selected No. 19 on April 25.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that Seward County Community College freshman Courtney Auger has been named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week, for March 24-30. The 5-foot-8 Edmonton, Alberta native led the Lady Saints to a perfect record 6-0 record last week while going 4-0 with a 0.61 earned run average with 40 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. Her week was highlighted by breaking the Seward County single-game record with 18 strikeouts against Colby Community College in a nine-inning 4-0 victory at Colby. Auger becomes the eighth Seward County player in the program’s history to be named NJCAA Player/Pitcher of the week, and is the 10th all-time selection in SCCC softball history.

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The Seward County Community College Saints Bookstore and Student Activities will be hosting an informal reception for the Saints men’s basketball team on Thursday, April 10, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the student union on campus at SCCC. The 3rd place game from the NJCAA Tournament will be played on the big screen television and there will be refreshments available. This will also be the first opportunity for fans to purchase the official 3rd Place NJCAA Tournament t-shirt (t-shirt design – see attachment) that the Saints Bookstore has printed for sale. Saints 3rd Place t-shirts (adult sizes small-XXL) will sell for $14. Fans and supporters will also be able to get autographs from the players and coaches.
Freshman Courtney Auger threw a one-hit shutout to lead the Seward County Community College softball team to a 2-0 game-one victory over Hutchinson Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Hutchinson defeated SCCC in game two, 9-3, as they tallied 17 base hits in the seven inning contest to split the Jayhawk West doubleheader. The Hutchinson victory snapped Seward County’s seven-game winning streak, and it was HCC’s first victory over the Lady Saints in over three seasons, breaking the Lady Saints’ seven-game streak over the Lady Dragons. Seward County is now 21-14 overall, 7-1 in the Jayhawk West and they remain 11-1 in Division I Region VI play. Hutchinson is now 18-11 overall and 5-5 in league play.

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The Seward County Community College Nursing Department will host a conference on “Medical Errors/Documentation & Assessment/Management of Respiratory Disease, April 23-24 in SW229 C/D of the Student Activities Center on the SCCC campus.
Speakers for the conference are Terry Siek, chief nursing officer, Hays Medical Center, Hays, and Karen Hawes, Internal Medicine Associates, Manhattan. The conference will cover clear and concise documentation; legal ramifications of documentation and medical errors; changes in antibiotic use; alternate treatments to antibiotics; symptoms of influenza and pneumonia; high-risk populations; relationships between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and tobacco use; symptoms of out-of-control asthma; and vaccinations for high risk populations.
The cost is $95 if postmarked by April 16 and $105 after April 16.
For more information, call 620-417-1401 or go by SCCC’s Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington.
The public is invited to a Cowboy Poetry Shindig featuring Ron Wilson of the Lazy T Ranch from 12:10-12:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the library at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Latte & biscotti will be served to the first 30 people.
Wilson was officially proclaimed “poet lariat” not laureate by former Gov. Bill Graves. He has performed at the Kansas Family Festival and various national and international meetings and has won several awards.
The shindig is co-sponsored by the SCCC Library and Liberal Memorial Library.
April is National Community College Month.
The National Junior College Athletic Association and American Baseball Coaches Association has named Seward County Community College’s Galen McSpadden as the head coach of the NJCAA Baseball All-Star team that will compete against the Taiwan National team June 20-22, 2008, in a three-game series at USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tenn. The NJCAA All-Star team will be comprised of the top freshmen and sophomores that played at NJCAA institutions during the 2008 season. McSpadden also helped organize the first-ever NJCAA Freshmen Baseball All-Star Series in the summer of 2007, which was also held at USA Stadium in Millington.

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