Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, is beginning a new Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist program during the fall 1009 semester.
This program is designed for those individuals who would like to become a coder, biller, patient account representative or other support for hospitals, dental and doctor’s offices or other short-term or long-term health-care facilities.
Classes for this one- and one-half year program can be taken on-campus and online. Students will learn to read and interpret medical records of patients in a variety of health-care facilities, obtain detailed information regarding diseases, injuries, surgical operations and procedures and learn to assign codes.
Students will understand anatomies physiology, disease processes, finance, patient privacy, computers and information technology.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will take the Certified Coding Associate Exam to receive an entry-level coding credential. Students then have the option of moving immediately into the workforce or continuing their education in a two-year or four-year program in Health Information Management.
For information, contact Sherry Farrell, Health Information Management instructor, 620-417-1364 or

Elkhart and Rolla high schools each earned academic bragging rights as they tied for the Xtreme Challenge Overall High School Award Wednesday at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Fourteen high schools represented by nearly 230 students converged on campus for the fourth annual Xtreme Challenge, an event with academic challenges, games and campus tours during the morning, followed by an awards ceremony in the afternoon.
Some friendly rivalry chatter between the Elkhart and Rolla sponsors set up an emotional finish when the first-place tie was announced. Sponsor Terri Houtz and counselor Robin Koonce of Elkhart had been teasing Rolla sponsors Traci Taylor and Tami Boekhaus, whose high school won in 2008, that Elkhart was going to win the contest this year.
“It was back and forth as we listened to each competitions’ winners, and it was so exciting when Rolla and Elkhart came out on top,” Houtz said. “I love a competition. We have come to the challenge for the past four years, and we always get into it, hoping to come out on top.”
Taylor said she was trying to tabulate points, too, as student winners were announced in each category. “If I had to tie for first, I’m glad it was with Terri,” Taylor said of her friend from Elkhart.
The win meant Rolla High School students got to make an ice cream stop on the way home. However, Elkhart’s motivation was little more foreboding.
“(Mrs. Houtz) told us if Rolla went up on that stage instead of us, we were going to have to walk home,” said EHS senior Tiawna Cayton, laughing. Rolla did go up on stage, but the Elkhart High students thought the tie for Overall High School Award made it a safe bet they’d get a ride home.
High schools attending Xtreme Challenge included Balko, Okla., Bucklin, Deerfield, Elkhart, Forgan, Okla., Keyes, Okla., Liberal, Moscow, Rolla, Satanta, Southwestern Heights, Spearman, Texas, Turpin, Okla., and Tyrone, Okla.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to compete and have a good time,” said visiting high school student Jesse Lane of Rolla. “The prizes that they have really push people to compete.”
Elkhart High School freshman Tanesha Cayton agreed.
“This was my first time to go to the Xtreme Challenge,” Cayton said. “It was a lot of fun and the prizes were great. I can’t wait for next year.”
2009 Xtreme Challenge winners received such prizes as Dell Mini 9 laptops, digital cameras, iPod Shuffles or Nanos, video recorders, GPS, night goggles, Bamboo Fun, and a techie gift basket.
According to coordinators, the students seemed excited by the prizes and demonstrated a desire to do their best in the competitions.
“I was really impressed with the students,” said art instructor Susan Copas after the art department challenges were completed. “They did such good work, and they were so diligent.”
Elkhart senior Jordan Mitchell said he saw an increase in competition in his third year to attend the Xtreme Challenge. “Each year the talent gets more competitive.”
Sponsors have indicated the contest is a good opportunity for students.
“I think it is great for my students to be able to interact with other high school students and also with SCCC students,” Houtz said. “The SCCC instructors always make us feel so welcome when we are on campus.
Taylor feels contests such as the Xtreme Challenge have a far-reaching impact.
“I probably wouldn’t have considered going into teaching if my teacher hadn’t sent me to a similar contest,” Taylor said. “Students just need a taste of success academically, and this contest gives them a new viewpoint. They learn they can do those things they like. They learn they can be successful.”
Taylor also likes the exposure to the college atmosphere for her students.
“They see that college is attainable, and it’s not as scary as it sounds. As they eat in the cafeteria, take a campus tour, go through the contests, and navigate around campus, it makes college less scary. We’ve sent several to Seward, and they’ve gone on to four-year schools and been very successful.”
Success was noted for students at the awards ceremony which concluded the Xtreme Challenge.
Following a presentation by the college dance team, the voice of the Saints Delvin Kinser took the stage in the Showcase Theater to announce the student winners in each category and to emcee some drawings.
Xtreme Challenge prizes were presented by SCCC/ATS instructors and featured the top three high school students in each of nine challenge areas.
• Accounting: First place, Josh Ryman, Elkhart; second place, Angela Gomez, Southwestern Heights; third place, Miguel Araiza, Moscow.
• Administrative Professionals: First, Lindsay Garinger, Southwestern Heights; second, Megan Taylor, Rolla; third, Logan Smith, Elkhart.
• Agriculture: First, Kurtis Clawson, Satanta; second, Jade Greene, Rolla; third, Kyle Hall, Rolla.
• Art: First, Mandy Switzer, Satanta; second, Karen Gallo, Turpin, Okla.; third, Jesse Lane, Rolla.
• Computer Information Systems: First, Lauren Carter, Elkhart; second, Tanesha Cayton, Elkhart; third, Lorena Richards, Turpin, Okla.
• Cosmetology: First, Megan Devore, Liberal; second, Tania Mengelkamp, Rolla; third, René Boaldin, Elkhart.
• Criminal justice: First, Brandon Rusch, Rolla; second, Anthony Hernandez, Moscow; third, Emili Hawley, Southwestern Heights.
• Journalism: First, Tiawna Cayton, Elkhart; second, Jayce Apsley, Satanta; third, Katie Ambrosier, Elkhart.
• Marketing/management: First, Casey Barrett, Rolla; second, Javier Medrano, Satanta; third, Stephan Menges, Bucklin.
The ending ceremony also had drawings for several awards. The Development Foundation scholarships, valued at $100 each, went to William Parks of Tyrone High School, Rance Rankin of Satanta High School, and Harold Robinson of Tyrone High School. SCCC/ATS Office Professionals gave $100 college gift certificates to Kaci Hall of Forgan, Okla., and Holli Randolph of Balko, Okla.
Bucklin High School sponsor Stephen Hokanson won the $100 Hastings gift certificate. Hokanson coaches football and teaches computer science at Bucklin and has attended every Xtreme Challenge since the contest began.
Xtreme Challenge was chaired by accounting instructor Tanya Dowell and business instructor Sherry Farrell. They agreed that, although it was their first year to chair the event, it went smoothly because of the team effort from the college and those involved.
“Actually, I thought it went fantastic,” Dowell said. “It didn’t all fall on any one person’s shoulders. It took everyone.”
Elkhart High School student Katie Ambrosier appreciated the planning that went into the day.
“I loved how relaxed the competition was,” Ambrosier said, “but also how organized everything was. The wonderful prizes were a nice add-on as well.”
Last year, several area high schools were still playing in sub-state basketball tournaments the week of Xtreme Challenge, but this year’s scheduling proved beneficial, as the total number of high schools involved jumped from eight to 14, and the total number of students increased from 140 to more than 200.
Crusader student newspaper photographers took pictures throughout the Xtreme Challenge. To see photos from the day, go online at to photo galleries and click on the Xtreme Challenge folders.
For more information about the SCCC/ATS Xtreme Challenge or any of the academic departments involved, contact business division chair Marcia Hatcher at 620-417-1350.

Dr. Mark E. Sarver, an experienced leader in Kansas, Virginia and West Virginia higher education, has been selected as the new director of EduKan, the state’s first online community college consortium.
Sarver, who has served with McPherson College and Sterling College, will assume his duties April 6 at EduKan headquarters in Great Bend.
EduKan is a virtual online community college, offering a wide range of general education classes and associate degree opportunities through the Internet.
Found online at, EduKan is owned and operated by the Western Kansas Community College Virtual Education Consortium, including Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Sarver’s selection was announced today by Dr. William Wojciechowski, Pratt Community College president and also president of the consortium. He was chosen from a field of more than 20 applicants, using a step-by-step process that began late in 2008, involving representatives from the six member institutions.
Wojciechowski cited the new director’s experience in Internet-based education, budget management and strategic planning. Sarver will also be able to draw on his background as a college administrator and instructor, including work as an off-site and adjunct faculty member.
“We’re looking forward to having Dr. Sarver on board and having him apply his leadership skills to continuing EduKan’s growth and success,” Wojciechowski said. “EduKan serves as a strong example of the way that cooperative, collaborative partnerships can help meet the changing learning needs of the 21st Century.”
He added that the new director would be visiting all six EduKan campuses shortly after taking charge.

Currently, Sarver serves on the adjunct faculty at Sterling College and McPherson College, teaching business courses including Financial Accounting, International Business and Operations Management. He has also taught courses at Mountain State University, Beckley, W. Va.; Sterling College; Averett University, Danville, Va., and other locations, covering leadership, personal finance, organizational behavior, franchise development, marketing and related topics.
Sarver has worked since late 2007 on two manuscripts for publication, and as an entrepreneur in Sterling, helping launch enterprises ranging from a paint and design firm to a garment decorating and marketing partnership. He also serves as a board member for the Rice County Communities in Schools and Main Street Sterling organizations. In addition, he has volunteered in the development of Sterling’s Studio 96, a not-for-profit art center, as well as providing marketing and operations consulting services to a diverse group of businesses.
He served as Sterling College’s vice president for institutional advancement from November of 2005 to November of 2007, taking charge of donor and constituent management, as well as the private institution’s annual fund, major gift solicitation, planned giving, alumni relations and identification of prospects. During his tenure, total annual average gifts to the school grew from $3.3 million to $6.3 million, while the annual fund tripled.
In addition, he was instrumental in launching the franchise development program at Sterling, implementing a prospect research program and building online programs in Christian education and teacher education.
He worked at Mountain State from September of 2001 to November of 2007, serving initially as assistant vice president for enrollment and alumni services, and later as senior enrollment manager for online and independent study programs.
Prior to Mountain State, he served as admissions director from 1999 to 2001 at Bryant and Stratton College, Richmond, Va.; and as president of Sarver Development Industries, Midlothian, Va., from 1993 to 2000. Previously, he was general manager of North American Marketing Corporation, Richmond; and product development and market manager with Virginia Abrasives Corporation, Petersburg.
Sarver is completing a book that focuses on the characteristics of presidents who have completed financial turn-arounds at struggling private colleges. The new director said his personal interests range from golf, tennis, boating and travel to motorcycling and mountain biking. Sarver lives in Sterling with his wife Aimee, a fourth grade teacher at Ellinwood Elementary School, and their daughter Kaylee.

“I’m excited to be putting my experiences to work for EduKan,” Sarver said. “As the senior enrollment manager at Mountain State, I had the opportunity to develop articulation agreements with community colleges that allowed military students to quickly and efficiently complete their bachelor’s degrees. In addition, I was charged with the marketing and promotion of our online programs, as well as distance education programs for the military and corporate clients.”
“I think this experience, and my involvement at Sterling and McPherson, provides me with a unique understanding of the needs of distance education students,” he said. “EduKan is uniquely positioned to provide opportunities for students to begin or continue their education that otherwise might not have the opportunity through a traditional college setting.”
Sarver earned his doctorate of arts and sciences in interdisciplinary studies in 2007 from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, with concentrations in organizational behavior and leadership studies. He completed a master of business administration degree at Averett University in 1995, and a bachelor of science in business administration in 1989 at Longwood University, Farmville, Va.

EduKan, launched in 1999 with 50 students, today enrolls 500 to 1,000 individuals per semester. Sarver will replace the former director, Dennis Franz, who died last fall after an extended battle with cancer. Pat Schneweis, of the three-member EduKan staff, has served as interim director during the transitional period.
The faculty, staff and administrative personnel at the six sponsoring schools work collaboratively, and courses originate at each of the six campuses. Each of the six partner colleges shares in operating EduKan, and each is fully accredited to offer courses and degree programs online, including the following degrees:
• Associate in arts
• Associate in science
• Associate in general studies.
Individuals taking EduKan classes range from students of traditional college age, who rely on the convenience of Internet course work, to working adults who balance their classes with full-time career and family responsibilities.
EduKan also serves full-time and part-time students attending on various college and university campuses, including the six member schools, members of the U.S. military, working professionals and others.
EduKan academic credits, offered primarily in the general education curriculum, transfer effectively to colleges and universities throughout the nation. The consortium offers three or more class sessions each fall, spring and summer semester, originating from the campuses of the six member institutions.
A typical term will include more than 70 courses, in fields such as accounting, advertising, anatomy, art appreciation, business, English, geography, history, marketing, mathematics, psychology, public speaking, the sciences, Spanish and many others. There are also courses in ethics, music, philosophy and sociology, even horse production, web page design and human relations.
The consortium provides all courses with level tuition of $125 per credit hour, making higher learning affordable as well as accessible.
Additional information about EduKan is available at 1-877-433-8526.

Seward County Farm Bureau Association recently donated $800 to the SCCC Development Foundation. The contribution will be added to Farm Bureau’s growing endowment which will be used to fund scholarships for students involved in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School agricultural program. The donation was given during the recent Farm Education Day at SCCC/ATS. Pictured are members of the SCCC/ATS Collegiate Farm Bureau and Southwestern Heights High School FFA looking on as Billie Proctor, Seward County Farm Bureau president, presents the check to Duane Bozarth, SCCC Development Foundation president, and Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.
The Seward County Lady Saints Softball team picked up their 3rd and 4th consecutive victories Wednesday with a double header sweep over visiting Frank Phillips College. Seward got on the board early in game one as Alicia Reyes coaxed a leadoff walk and Katie Glenn singled in front of a two out, two RBI single from Jill Rodgers in the bottom of the first to give the Lady Saints a 2-0 lead. Glenn was in the middle of the action again in the 2nd as she laced a two out RBI double to left center field to give Seward the 3-0 advantage. Seward scored two more in the 3rd in part to a Jamie Gilbert RBI single and Marisa Coats drilled a two run inside the park homerun in the 4th coupled with an RBI single from Shelby Casey to take the lead to 8-0. Courtney Auger finished off her two hit, complete game shutout, with a double play ball to end the game in an 8-0 run rule victory for Seward County. In game two Seward again scored first as Reyes started off the game with a triple and quickly scored on an RBI groundout from Glenn to give the Lady Saints an early 1-0 lead. Reyes was the catalyst again in the 3rd, drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second base and scoring on yet another two out hit from Rodgers. Alicia Gonzales collected her fourth hit in as many trips to the plate on the day with a double in the 4th and Brittany Kent walked behind her to set the table for Reyes who drilled a two out double to the right field fence to score the pair. Rodgers and Casey had RBI knocks in the 5th to open up the lead to 6-0 and after a 1-2-3 6th from Seward starter Cara Russell, Glenn lined a ball to the center field fence and used her blazing speed to race around the bases for her first career home run, in walk off style to secure another 8-0 run rule win for the Lady Saints. The win was the Lady Saints 7th in their last 8 games and their 14th in their last 18 chances. Reyes finished the day reaching base in six of seven plate appearances and scored 5 runs while Rodgers drove in four runs while gong 5 of 6 on the afternoon. The wins take the Lady Saints to 20-11 on the season as they look forward to a Jayhawk West Conference double header Wednesday at Colby.
Due to the dusting of snow that we received in the area Friday, the Seward County Baseball series scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Great Bend against Barton County has been moved to Fort Hays State University on Monday and Tuesday with doubleheaders starting at approximately 4:00 each day. Also, their game scheduled for Wednesday in Lamar has been cancelled but no makeup date has been determined thus far. The Seward County Softball double header scheduled for Saturday in Great Bend against Barton County has been cancelled as well with a makeup date still being discussed. Their scheduled double header at Colby Wednesday is still planning on being played as scheduled.
The Liberal Woman’s Club recently donated $200 to the Seward County Community College Development Foundation recently. Liberal Woman’s Club president, Veronica Zainali, presented the check to Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development. The donation will be used to fund a scholarship for a student attending Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. To make a donation to benefit SCCC/ATS students, contact Tammy Doll, 620-417-1131.

Students in a Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School were named the regional champions at competition in Denver recently where they competed against college organizations. The team will travel to Philadelphia in May for nationals. From left are Shaley Thomas, Tyrone, Okla.; Layne Greeson, Liberal; Cassandra Cole, Liberal; Sponsor Kim Thomas; Kasey Krueger, Liberal; Stephanie Boaldin, Elkhart; Jessica Gokey, Liberal; Yessenia Pacheco, Liberal; Nicole Carranza, Forgan, Okla.; and Valerie Stevens, Midland, Texas. Other students who did not attend but were a part of the project were Claudia Rivero, Scott City; Billie Adkison and Tasha Newton, both of Liberal, and Aurora Padilla of Hugoton.
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team took a spring break trip down to Las Vegas and Arizona just like many other college spring breakers do this time of year. Unfortunately, the Lady Saints had business to take care of rather than fun, to the tune of eight games in just five days against some of the nation’s best teams. Their trip started with a visit to Henderson, Nevada to take on the 13th ranked College of Southern Nevada Monday where they lost a pair of hard fought games to the Coyotes. In game one, the Lady Saints outfield defense was less than stellar as three errors led to three unearned CSN runs. Jill Rodgers had two hits in the loss while Cara Russell went the distance giving up just three earned runs in the 6-0 loss. In game two against the ‘Yotes, the Lady Saints picked up an RBI double by Alicia Reyes in the 3rd inning to plate Tasia McEntire but couldn’t get any more offense going as they lost 4-1 despite a solid pitching effort from freshman Erin Roufosse. Seward had two hits apiece from Reyes, Jessica Gonzales, and Brittany Kent but left nine runners on base in the three run loss. After their travel day Tuesday, the Lady Saints returned to action Wednesday with a slated double header against GateWay Community College in Phoenix. A first inning three run home run from Brianna Baron was all the Lady Saints would need on the day but they also got RBI hits from Marisa Coats, Jamie Gilbert, and Reyes in the 13-0 win. Courtney Auger went the distance in the two hit shutout for Seward as she struck out 13 Gecko’s in the victory. Kent was active in the win for the Lady Saints scoring three runs and stealing a bag in the contest. In game two Cara Russell got the nod and pitched 3 2/3 innings of one hit ball before Roufosse came in to pick up the save. Seward struggled on offense early in the contest leading just 3-0 going into the 5th inning after RBI doubles from Coats and Rodgers. The Lady Saints would break out in the 5th however to put up a snowman and take an 11-0 lead. In the inning Baron and Alicia Gonzales had back to back RBI singles while Coats and Reyes knocked in a pair each with RBI hits. In the win, Serena Erpelding picked up her first two hits as a Lady Saint in a 2 for 3 effort. The Lady Saints then took their road show to Glendale where they faced the 16th ranked Gauchos. Glendale struck in the first against Seward starter Courtney Auger but the Lady Saints would answer that in the 2nd with an RBI double from Shelby Casey and then a two out RBI single from Katie Glenn. After a scoreless third, Glenn would strike again, this time via a 2 RBI triple to left field to plate Baron and Casey. Alicia Reyes would score Glenn on the next pitch with an RBI single which was more than they would need for Auger who dialed up yet another double digit strikeout performance with 10 in the 5-1 win. The two teams found themselves in a pitching battle in game two as Cara Russell took on Glendale’s Kayla Carlson. Down 1-0 in the 6th inning, Sahara Howard singled home Baron who earlier reached on an error from the second baseman to tie the game at 1. With two outs in the Gaucho half of the 6th a misplayed ball by the Seward outfield led to 5 Glendale runs to open the lead to 6-1. The Lady Saints didn’t roll over after the error however scoring a pair of runs in the 7th on yet another RBI double from Coats and a sac fly from Rodgers but the effort was not enough as Glendale went on to win the game 6-3. Friday’s schedule sent the Lady Saints to South Mountain C.C. to take on the Cougars. Seward came out swinging scoring 4 runs on 6 hits including RBI singles from Coats, Casey, and Howard. The Lady Saints added another run in the 2nd after an Alicia Reyes leadoff walk and a single from Katie Glenn allowed for Coats to pick up her second RBI in as many innings. The 5-0 lead was all Auger would need as the sophomore right hander took a no hitter into the 7th inning where with two outs and two strikes, South Mountains nine hole hitter Tomika Thomas singled to left field to break up the no-no bid. In game two, Seward fell behind early 4-0 after two innings but Cara Russell would come to the rescue in the circle as the finished the final 5 2/3 innings giving up just two runs and giving the Lady Saints a chance to come back. And come back they did scoring one in the 3rd, one in the 4th, and three in the 5th thanks to a three run home run from Coats to cut the deficit to just 6-5 going into the final frame. Coats doubled to lead off the 7th and Baron quickly singled her to third. With one out, Jill Rodgers launched an RBI double to score Coats and move Baron to third. Howard gave the Lady Saints the lead with an RBI groundout to short and Alicia Gonzales capped a 3 for 4 day with a two out RBI single to add an insurance run at 8-6. South Mountain would threaten in the bottom of the 7th with runners on second and third and just one out but back to back fly outs ended the threat and sent the Lady Saints back to Liberal happy with the 8-6 win. The success on the week takes Seward to 18-11 on the season, the record in which they will take into Tuesdays home double header with Frank Phillips at Lady Saints Field starting at 2:00.
An early season Jayhawk West Conference series could not get much bigger than the one that the Seward County Saints and Butler Grizzlies had on tap for this weekend. Butler came into the set 9-3 in the Jayhawk West while Seward entered at 5-3 just two games back. The stage was set, the Saints sweep and they are in first, win three of four and they are tie for first, any less than that and they would remain chasing the Grizzlies for first.
Game one started as the Saints planned, a 1-2-3 inning in the top half and a pair of singles and an RBI groundout to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of inning number one. The 1-0 score held until the third when the Saints defense faltered to allow four unearned Butler runs. The Saints took no time to battle back and tie the score as a Travis Parker home run and an RBI groundout from Quay Grant tied the score at 4. Neither team managed a run through the middle innings until the 6th where Butler strung together four consecutive singles to put a 2 on the scoreboard and take a 6-4 lead. Then with two outs in the Grizzlies half of the 7th, a costly drop from the Saints was eventually cashed in for two Butler insurance runs to extend the lead to an insurmountable 8-4 Grizzly advantage. Seward County sent ace Corey Collins to the hill in game two of the double dip and he held the Grizzlies to just one run in the first three innings while inducing six ground ball outs and two strikeouts through the first three frames. Collins effort on the hill let the Saints get off to a 5-1 start after three including leadoff home runs in both the first and 2nd inning by Keegan Morrow and Billy Ninemire respectively and a 2 RBI single from Luke Campbell. Butler evened the score with a trio of singles in the 4th and a two out two run home run by Grizzly DH Steve Jensen in the 5th. The game wouldn’t be tied for long however as Campbell collected his third and fourth RBI’s of the day on a double down the left field line to give the Saints the 7-5 advantage. Butler mounted a comeback in the 6th loading the bases off of Collins but fireman Travis Parker came in to put out the flames with back to back strikeouts and pitched a scoreless 7th to give the Saints the 7-5 win and pick up his fifth save and lock down Collins’ fifth win on the year. The Saints sent Austin Terhune to the mound in game three of the series in a weather delayed Sunday matchup against the Grizzlies in which he picked up his first collegiate victory against last season. Butler struck first in the 2nd inning with a pair of runs but Seward would do some scoring of their own in the 3rd thanks in part to a Jared Broadbent leadoff home run and a pair of RBI singles from Campbell and Mikel Huston to take a 3-2 lead. Ninemire clubbed his second home run of the weekend high over the center field fence to give the Saints a 4-2 lead in the 4th but Butler would score a run in the top of the 5th to make it a one run game. Ninemire struck again in the 5th with a sacrifice fly to plate Campbell and stretch the Seward lead to 2 yet again. Terhune went out to start the 7th inning but was replaced by Parker after a leadoff single by Butler catcher Kyle Ewy. Darren Boss singled for Butler to put runners on the corners with no outs but Parker was able to strike out the next two batters to leave those runners where they stood. Grizzly second baseman Mike Garza picked up a two out single to cut the lead to 5-4 but Parker was able to induce a ground ball to third to end the game and secure the Saints victory. The save for Parker was number six on the season for him which tied him with Chase Campbell for the school’s all-time single season record. With the game one win Sunday, the Saints were set up in perfect position to put themselves into a first place tie with the Grizzlies with a victory in game two. Todd Glime singled in Huston in the second inning to give Seward a 1-0 lead early which looked safe into the third after Ninemire had retired the first seven Butler hitters in order. That success however, wouldn’t last as the Butler bats awoke to the tune of six straight singles and a string of 10 straight Grizzly batters reaching base without an out recorded. At the end of the forgettable inning for the Saints, Butler racked up 11 runs on nine hits as four different Seward pitchers would toe the rubber in the inning with little success. Butler tacked on a run each in the 4th and 5th to take the 13-3 advantage and hand the Saints the run rule loss. “I can’t ever remember getting beat like that at home” Head Coach Galen McSpadden said. “We have to have somebody step up on the mound in relief and late in a series or we are going to continue to struggle” he added. The Saints have lost their last six games in the final game of a series including all three Jayhawk West finales thus far. The split sends the Saints to 18-10 and 7-5 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They now sit in a three way third place tie with Colby and Garden City with the group trailing Hutchinson by 1 game and Butler by 2 games in the standings. The Saints will take their show on the road next weekend as they travel to Great Bend to take on Barton County who sits just 1 game behind them in sixth place.
Continuing on their longest road trip of the season, the Seward County Saints parked in Midwest City, Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon for a double dip with the Bulldogs from Rose State. The Saints fell behind early 2-0 in the 1st inning after Rose State right fielder Brian Carter cashed in on a pair of Seward County walks with a 2 RBI double. Seward roared back in the 3rd however, putting up a 5 spot of their own with a 2 RBI double from Luke Campbell directly followed by an RBI single from Mikel Huston. The score held at 5-2 until the Bulldogs scored a run in the 4th to chip into the lead but Seward County put the game out of reach in the 5th with another 5 run inning, thanks in part to home runs from Huston and David Cruz. Campbell blasted a home run of his own in the 7th to make the lead 12-3 and Rose State scored three in the bottom half but that was not nearly enough as the Saints came away with the 12-6 victory in game one. Huston and Campbell combined to go 5 for 8 with 6 RBI’s in the contest. In game two of the twin bill, Kevin Schultz saw his first action as a Saint on the mound and struggled early as the Bulldogs got off to a 3-0 1st inning lead. Seward got back even after a 2nd inning RBI triple from Tanner Woods and Billy Ninemire’s first career home run in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3. A crucial 4th inning error by Seward shortstop Kelby Tomlinson led to 3 unearned Rose State runs to give them the lead for good. Seward would come as close as 6-4 but couldn’t manage anymore and fell by that score. Wednesday the Saints would travel down the road to El Reno where they had a date set with Redlands C.C. For Redlands starter Ryan Fisher, it would be a date that he would soon like to forget. Seward scored 7 runs in the 1st inning before recording an out, a nice cushion for starter Michael Alger who was set to start his first game as a Saint. Jared Boadbent had the biggest blow of the inning wrapping 2 RBI triple down the right field line to extend the lead to that 7-0 mark. Redlands scored one run in the bottom of the frame but unfortunately for them, that’s the last time they would want to look at the scoreboard in the first game. Seward continued to pound the Cougar pitching, finishing the contest with 20 runs on 19 hits including 3 run shots from both Huston and Broadbent. Every Saints starter had at least one hit and Campbell, Huston, Broadbent, and Trent Martinez all finished with 3 a piece. Alger pitched the complete game allowing just 3 hits and that 1 run in picking up his first win with the Saints. It’s too bad the Saints didn’t save some of those hits and runs for the second game of the double header as they scored just once in the first five innings and found themselves in an 8-1 hole after the 5th frame. A four run 6th highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Huston drew the Saints to within 3 but a pair of Cougar runs in the bottom half would extend that lead back to 10-5. Campbell launched his 5th home run of the week in a three run shot in the 7th but that was just not enough as the Saints fell 10-8. The loss drops Seward to 16-8 overall as they head into a big weekend series with 1st place Butler starting Saturday at Brent Gould Field.
While most college students traveled to Mexico and Florida for spring break, the Seward County Baseball team decided to take a road trip together. However, the road trip wasn’t for fun, it was to take care of business, starting with a stop in Concordia to face fellow Jayhawk West foe Cloud County in a four game series that started Saturday. Game one matched the Saints against Cloud County pitcher Brent Adkisson who entered Saturday with a sub 1 ERA and a 3-0 record. Seward didn’t seem to find a problem with the T-Bird ace however banging him around for 7 runs in three innings including a two run, first inning home run from Luke Campbell, his first as a collegiate, as they jumped to a 7-3 lead early in the game. The Saints built the lead to 8-4 going into the final inning and looked to have things under control but back to back hits and a walk put Cloud back in business in the bottom of the 7th with no outs. The T-Birds eventually pushed four runs across to tie the game at 8 and forced the game to extra innings. Tanner Woods doubled to lead off the 8th for Seward County where he stayed until there were two outs and that’s when Mr. Do It All Travis Parker came to the Saints rescue, driving a 3-1 fastball over the left field fence to give the Saints a 10-8 lead. Parker then traded his third baseman’s glove for his pitchers glove and promptly jumped onto the mound for a 1-2-3 inning to nail down the win for the Saints. Parker finished the game 4-5 with 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored to go along with his 4th save of the season. Catcher Todd Glime had his best day of the early season going 4-4 including a double, RBI, and run scored. In game two Saturday, the Saints were far less dramatic. Mikel Huston laced a two RBI double in the first to follow up back to back knocks from Parker and Campbell to give the Saints an early 2-0 lead which is all Seward starter Corey Collins would need as the sophomore righty improved to 4-0 on the season, tossing 5 shutout innings in the complete game, mercy rule, 10-0 win. The Saints bats exploded in the 4th inning of the 10-0 win as they batted around with Billy Ninemire collecting two hits in the inning as well as two run home runs from both Glime and Parker to cap the 7 run frame. In the third game of the series, Seward took just a 4-3 lead into the 5th inning but had their first four batters of the inning reach base including a 2 RBI single up the middle by Quay Grant. After a strikeout, Jared Broadbent walked and Glime connected on his second dinger of the season in a 3 run bomb over the center field fence to put the game out of reach. Cloud scored a pair of their own in the bottom of the 5th of Seward County starter Austin Terhune but Matt Stevens came into the game in the bottom of the 6th and pitched two quality innings to go along with Grant’s first career home run to lock down the 11-6 victory. Seward was looking for the sweep in game four of the series but cloud wasn’t going to let that happen on their home turf. The T-Birds erased a 2-0 Saints lead in the 3rd, capitalizing on a walk, two hit by pitches, and a pair of 2 RBI doubles to take a 5-2 lead. Seward battled back in the 5th to tie the game at 5 a piece, thanks to Campbell’s second home run of the game but the early season Achilles heel for the Saints came back to bite them as the bullpen couldn’t keep the game tied, giving up two in the bottom of the 5th and two more in the bottom of the 6th to give Cloud the 9-5 victory. Kelby Tomlinson had a pair of RBI singles in the loss as he and Campbell provided for all 5 of Seward County’s run in the defeat. The three wins on the weekend took the Saints to 5-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference, good for second place.
The NJCAA has announced that five Seward County basketball players have been named to the 2008-09 NJCAA All-Region VI basketball teams. Rachel Barnes and Amanda Pierson were named to the team after combining to be the best inside combo in the league. Barnes receives first team honors after averaging 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.6 steals a game as a freshman in 2008-09. Pierson shot 51% from the field on the year as she scored 12 points, grabbed 6.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocked shots per game for the 28-6 Lady Saints. Thijin Moses, Marcus James, and Tony Smith were all named to the All-Region VI Men’s Team after leading Seward to a 23-9 record and finishing in 3rd place in the Jayhawk West Conference. Moses was third on the team in scoring with 13.1 points a game and led the team with 66 three-pointers made. James showed flashes of dominance as a freshman in 2008-09, finishing the season with 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a game while shooting 52% from the field on the year. Smith had his ups and downs in 2008-09 but finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points a game while also dishing out nearly 6 assists a game and grabbing 3.7 rebounds.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
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The Seward County Saints and Lady Saints Tennis Team’s wrapped up a busy couple of days last weekend with a home match with Bethany College. Both teams traveled to Great Bend Thursday to take on Barton County. The #12 Lady Saints squared off with the Lady Cougars and played three great doubles matches with Barton but unfortunately came out on the bad end of all three. Fabiola Wisnesky and Valerie Stevens played in the number one doubles match and lost a nail biter 8-6. Juliana Boas and Alyssa Larson took on the Barton number two team and fell in another good match 8-5. In the number three doubles Antigone Lowery and Sylvia Perez went head to head with the Lady Cougars and lost in a tie break 9-7. In singles action the Lady Saints started off slow but were able to pick up victories from Larson and Lowery to come away with 2 wins in the 9 matches. Boas came back from a 6-2 first set loss to win the second 6-4 and force a third set tie-break where she lost 10-8 after a long battle. Larson defeated Julie Mermis handily, who had defeated her earlier in the day in doubles play, winning by the scores of 6-1 and 6-3. Lowery also avenged a doubles loss by knocking off Brittany Osborne 6-4 6-2 after Osborne got the best of her in the tie-break in doubles play. Perez, playing her first match as a Lady Saints fared well against Melissa McVey, but wasn’t able to come out on the positive end of the battle, losing twice in extra sets 7-6, 7-5. On the men’s side, the #11 Saints squared off with the #13 Cougars in a battle between two of the finest teams in the country. In doubles action the Saints struggled losing by the scores of 8-2, 8-5, and 8-2, but played better in singles action despite going winless on the day. In the number one singles match #31 Diego Abreu squared off against #30 Raphael Namias of Barton. Namias won the first set 7-6 but Abreu came back and won the second set 7-5. In the third set tie-break, the two went back and forth in a classic battle where Namias eventually came out on top 13-11 in a match that lasted almost four hours. Christian Romanzini went into his first match of the Spring season ranked 95th in the country as he took on 15th ranked Ataide Suca. Suca dominated the first set winning 6-0 but Romanzini played much better in the second set losing just 7-5. #48 Carlos Souza struggled against #19 Roman Mendoza losing 6-2, 6-1 in the number three singles match. Ivan Michelli and Petr Grigorev split the first two sets 6-4 a piece before Grigorev took the third set tie-break 10-6. Fernando Soni and Caio Rodrigues both dropped their matches in straight sets, Soni losing 6-3 and 7-5 with Rodrigues falling 6-1, 6-0.
Friday the Lady Saints and Saints returned home to take on NAIA power Bethany College in a dual here in Liberal. The Lady Saints struggled against the Lady Swedes, winning only one set on the day. Juliana Boas and Alyssa Larson came the closest in doubles action, dropping their match 8-5 while the other two were lost 8-4 and 8-0. In singles action, Fabiola Wisnesky lost her first set 6-3 and threatened to force a third set tie-break during the second set but eventually lost 7-6. Valerie Stevens had the best shot at winning Friday as she won her first set against Aimee Harrel 6-4 but lost both the second and third sets 6-4 and 6-3. The Saints Men’s team also returned home as they were set to do battle with the 24th ranked NAIA team in the country in Bethany. The Saints played close with the Swedes in all three doubles matches but weren’t able to come through with a victory losing 8-5, 8-6, and 8-6 but came back with a roar in singles action winning 5 of 6 to come away with the 5-4 win on the day. Diego Abreu defeated former Saint Adam Hambleton 7-6 and 6-4 to pick up the Saints first match win on the season and Christian Romanzini followed up that performance with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win of his own to get the Saints rolling. The Saints continued their winning ways as Carlos Souza won 6-4 7-6 while Ivan Michelli defeated Santiago Gonzales 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 in an exciting match. Fernando Soni wrapped up the Saints fifth straight singles win with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Jose Garcia to secure Seward County’s first team win of the season.
With a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in the balance, the Seward County Lady Saints and the Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons hit the court Monday night at Koch Arena in Wichita in their third matchup of the season. In both teams conference opener in January, the Lady Saints flew out to a 24 point halftime lead and won the game by 18 but in the second matchup between the two, Hutchinson turned the table on the Lady Saints and beat Seward County 66-64 in the Green House. With Seward having won nine straight and Hutch having won 13 of their last 14, Monday night’s championship game was sure to be one to remember. That it was, but defiantly not a good one to remember, especially for Lady Saints fans. Seward County came out of the gate strong taking to a 12-7 lead early but Hutchinson came roaring back on a 9-0 run to take a 16-12 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half. Seward cut the Hutch lead to 16-15 with 7:57 remaining in the first half but were not able to score again in the first period and faced a 28-15 deficit at half. The Lady Saints shot just 5 for 25 in the first half and outside of Rachel Barnes, saw a 2 for 22 shooting mark. Seward came out of the break revitalized and quickly cut the Hutchinson lead down to four points at 32-28 but the Lady Dragons would combine a pair of three balls and a jumper to build their advantage back to 12 at 40-28. The teams traded baskets before Seward put the defensive clamps on and held Hutch scoreless for over four and a half minutes to climb back into the game at 46-41. With 1:29 left to play, Hutch got a steal and a layup to go ahead by six but Megan Lassley was able to bank in a three-pointer and after a Lady Dragons free-throw and a Seward bucket the lead was just two. One of the Lady Dragons best free-throw shooters Brittany Chamberlain clanked the front end of her one and one’s on back to back possessions to give Seward a chance, down by two, with 15 seconds to play but they failed to get a shot off and fell 53-51. The Lady Saints held Hutch to a season low 53 points but were able to shoot just 29.5% during the game. Barnes finished with a game high 18 to go along with 7 steals and 4 rebounds while Amanda Pierson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. After the game, Pierson, Barnes, and Lassley were all named to the Region VI All-Tournament Team for their performances on the weekend. The loss drops the Lady Saints to 28-6 to finish the season.
After doing nothing but splitting so far this season and most likely giving Head Coach Andrea Gustafson a splitting headache, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team came out this weekend in the Pratt Tournament determined to not do that anymore. Seward came out swinging Saturday afternoon against a Lamar team that they had split with two weeks ago in Lamar. In the second inning, five Lady Saints singled including two RBI blows from Brittany Kent and Alicia Reyes to open up a 4-0 lead. In the 6th, Sahara Howard followed up a Brianna Baron single with a two run home run to put the game out of reach at 6-0. The Lady Saints eventually tacked on a couple more runs and rode the right arm of Cara Russell who spun a four hit shutout while striking out a season high nine in the 8-0 victory. In their second game of pool play the Lady Saints scored four first inning runs against the host Beavers of Pratt and would need no more offense in the 5-2 win. Courtney Auger carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning when with two outs, Pratt catcher Breana Mathews decided to ruin the fun and hit the 1-1 Auger offering over the center field fence to break up the no-no and the shutout all in one swing. Auger finished the game with yet another double digit strikeout game with 11 while Marisa Coats and Jamie Gilbert combined to go 7 for 8 in the Lady Saints win. Sunday saw another pair of talented Lady Saints pitchers dominate in a pair of games with Independence. In their last game of pool play, the Lady Saints took on the Lady Pirates and took little time to dispose of their Jayhawk East opponent. Seven straight Seward County hits in the first led to four runs and one more in the second and another quartet in the third gave the Lady Saints a 9-0 advantage. This was more than enough for Lady Saints starter Erin Roufosse who threw a complete game no hitter, striking out nine and walking just one. The no-no from Roufosse was the first of its sort thrown by a Lady Saint this season. In the 9-0 mercy rule win, eight of the nine Lady Saint starting hitters had at least one hit while Coats, Baron, and Howard combined in the middle of the order for 6 RBI’s. With their 3-0 record, the Lady Saints drew the top seed going into bracket play, which set them up for a repeat matchup with Independence in the first game of bracket play. Not exactly what the Lady Pirates were looking forward to. Seward again jumped on Indy with four first inning runs behind two RBI singles from Kent and Jill Rodgers. Rodgers would again be in the middle of the action in the second inning when the Lady Saints poured on six more runs as the freshman first baseman laced another single up the middle for two RBI’s. In the third inning, the Lady Saints continued their onslaught scoring three more times and extending their lead to 13-0 by way of another RBI hit from Rodgers and a two out, two RBI double from Jessica Gonzalez. Rodgers finished her storybook day with a two run home run in the 4th to cap her perfect day and closeout the Lady Saints 16-0 win. Tawnee Steeman pitched the complete game for Seward, striking out five and becoming the third Lady Saint on the weekend to record a shutout. Rodgers and Gonzalez were deadly for the Lady Saints finishing the contest 7 for 7 with 10 RBI’s. The win set the Lady Saints up for a championship matchup with Lamar who they defeated handily Saturday morning. Auger would give up a first inning run but followed that by striking out eight straight batters and 13 on the game without walking one Runnin ‘Lope. However, Lamar would hold that 1-0 lead until the third when Seward County would score on RBI’s from Baron and Rodgers before doubling that score with RBI hits from Coats and Rodgers in the fifth inning. The Lady Saints went on to a 5-0 record in the tournament with a 4-1 win in the championship game and finished the weekend giving up just three runs in five games. They improve to 13-8 by outscoring the opposition 42-3 on the weekend. They will travel to Clarendon Wednesday before returning home Friday to take on perennial power Butler Friday at Lady Saints Field at 2:00.
The date was destiny. After seeing each other play but not facing each other in the opening weekend of the 2008-2009 basketball season, the Seward County Saints and Cowley Tigers brought in two of the conference’s most athletic and exciting teams to the Region VI Quarterfinal game Friday night at Koch Arena in Wichita. Seward struggled shooting the ball in the first half and found themselves in a 29-26 hole, down by three after shooting just 7 of 29 in the first 20 minutes. The Saints again faltered from the field in the second half, especially from beyond the three-point line where they finished just 3 of 20 on the night, but were able to stay in the game thanks to 17 of 25 free-throw attempts falling and actually held the lead with just over 20 seconds remaining in the game at 63-60 after overcoming a 10 point second half deficit. That’s when Cowley star Jack Crowder took the breath out of the Saints faithful as he drained a 15 foot jumper from the baseline with just over 15 seconds remaining in the game to tie the score at 63. Seward had the last shot and Tony Smith’s three-point attempt came up short before a desperation tip-in try from Thijin Moses failed, to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Seward trailed by one before 5’6 Tiger guard Mike Atwater slipped through the defense to tip in an offensive rebound try to put Cowley up three at 69-66. The Saints wouldn’t quit however as unsung hero Thiago Oliveira would put home a layup inside and Smith would cash in on one of two free-throw attempts to tie the game at 69. With just 26 seconds left the Saints again were unable to clear the defensive glass and gave Crowder a put back opportunity that he cashed in on to give Cowley a 71-69 lead. After trading free throws to make the score 72-70, the Saints would again call on Tony Smith to service as the freshman drove to the basket but was unable to finish over 6’9 Jawanza Poland. The Saints quickly fouled Poland who missed both free-throw attempts but a call to the heavens on a desperation heave at the buzzer wasn’t answered and the Saints fell in their season finale 72-70. In the hard fought effort the Saints received 18 points and 6 assists from Smith, 15 points and 9 rebounds from Marcus James, 12 points and 7 rebounds from Jon Tassin, and 11 points and 8 rebounds from Oliveira, all of whom are freshman for the Saints. Seward County finishes the season at 23-9 and will look forward to the return of leading scorer and rebounder Latiq Agard at the start of their 2009-2010 campaign to go along with seven other returners.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Seward County Saints Baseball team finished their conference opening series with a split. Maybe not such a bad sign when you look deeper to realize the Saints won the conference the last two times they did that. In game one, the Saints defense hurt them early as they fumbled two balls on the infield to fall behind 2-0 to the upstart Trojans from Colby. Colby would extend upon their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning but Seward County come back and get within striking distance thanks to a two out, two RBI double from Travis Parker to cut the lead to 5-2. Parker would again knock in a run in the 7th but would be too little too late in the 7-3 Colby victory. In the second game of the day Saturday, the Saints again found themselves down early thanks to a pair of two out first inning doubles but they quickly responded with a run of their own in the second inning thanks to a Jared Broadbent towering shot over the right field fence. Seward starter Corey Collins would respond with three straight strikeouts in the third inning and zero’s in the 4th and 5th to allow a Keegan Morrow fifth inning single to give the Saints a 2-0 advantage. Parker would come into the game on the mound in the sixth to extinguish any hope of Colby getting closer and Kade Kauk’s sacrifice fly in the 6th would add an insurance run as Parker closed the door on the Trojans in the seventh to pick up his third save of the year. Sunday, the Saints fell behind for the third straight game in the first inning and scored two more in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Facing a 3-0 deficit and with the bases loaded, Mr. do it all, Travis Parker walked up to the plate and blasted a 1-1 Max Greve offering over the scoreboard for a grand slam and gave the Saints a 4-3 lead. The lead stayed there until the seventh when Parker proved he was human by giving up the tying run with two outs on a flair over third baseman Kade Kauk’s head to tie the game at 4-4. After Seward failed to score in the bottom half of the inning and Parker held the Trojans scoreless in the top of the eighth, Billy Ninemire doubled down the right field line and was eventually plated by a sac fly from Broadbent to win the game. In the series finale, the Saints found themselves in a familiar situation, getting down 5-0 before they even had a chance to hit. Seward County starter Roldan Ochoa failed to record an out in the four hitters he faced to open the game and was lifted for Matt Stevens who lasted just an inning and a third after that. The Saints battled back to trail just 6-5 after three and had a golden opportunity in the fifth to get back into the game when Keegan Morrow and Mikel Huston laced back to back hits to set the table for the middle of the Saints lineup which promptly popped up three straight times to fail to move the runners past first and second. The Saints day got rapidly worse as four Colby runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh put the game away as the Saints dropped to 11-5 with the 13-5 loss. Trent Martinez connected in the third inning on a three run home run and Huston collected three hits as the lone bright spots for the Saints in the game. Seward will now enjoy a week off before heading back into conference action Saturday and Sunday at Cloud County before heading to Oklahoma to face Rose State and Redlands Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bill Hatcher, a sales professional with Pioneer Hi-Bred, has made a $300 donation to the Seward County Community College Development Foundation. Hatcher was awarded the contribution money as a result of his Pioneer sales agency’s successful customer-focused activities throughout the year.
Pioneer and its sales organization are committed to helping improve the quality of life through local investments in the communities where its customers and employees live and work. Each year, Pioneer Community Investment directs about $5 million to nearly 2,000 nonprofit organizations across the globe, representing agriculture, education, health and other needs.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers, and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

Bill Hatcher, a sales professional with Pioneer Hi-Bred, presents a check to Duane Bozarth, president of the Seward County Community College Development Foundation. Hatcher received the award for his successful activities through the year.
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The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 28. 15, 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 27 at 620-417-1453 or
Proceeds will be used for an art trip to Santa Fe this spring.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is partnering with University of Kansas Continuing Education, the KU Alumni Association, and the Dole Institute of Politics to present broadcasts of a series of free programs to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The final in the series is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the Student Activities Center, S214EW. The program is called “Lincoln’s Challenging 1864 Re-election Campaign” and will feature Jennifer L. Weber.
For more information about the series or the speakers, visit
The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Visual Arts program is sponsoring two slide lectures by noted nature photographer Bob Gress on April 1 in the Shank Humanities Building theater, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The lectures, which are at 1 p.m. 7 p.m., are free and open to the public. Gress will speak about nature photography and the wildlife that he photographs so well.
Bob Gress, a graduate of Emporia State University with a master’s in Environmental Biology, is director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. He and his wife Mary Butel enjoy traveling and have photographed wildlife in wild places across the continent. Bob’s favorite place to photograph wildlife is in the Flint Hills of Kansas. His photos have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and in more than twenty books, including Kansas Wildlife, Watching Kansas Wildlife, The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals and the Kaufman Focus Guide to Mammals of North America.
Gress will share stories and photographs of Flint Hills wildlife from his two most recent books, Faces of the Great Plains, Prairie Wildlife, published in 2003 and The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots published in 2008.
He believes, as depicted in “Faces of the Great Plains, Prairie Wildlife,” that the Great Plains are America’s biological melting pot, drawing creatures from surrounding regions to create a rich diversity of wildlife.
He also believes that Kansas is a bird-watchers paradise, with its key location at the hub of the hemisphere’s migration corridors and exceptional habitat diversity; 470 avian species have been documented within its borders.
The author will be available to autograph both books, which will also be on sale. He will have free posters as well.
The library at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal, will celebrate Kansas in the Library during the month of March with an exhibit on Greek immigrants who settled in Kansas and Missouri. It contains historic photos, text, and primary sources that tell their story. Topics such as traditions and practices, picture brides, War years, Greek exodus to America, discrimination, passages of life, and new roots are featured.
Produced by the Heartland Orthodox Christian Museum, it is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Program sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Humanities Council.
The library will also host Lydia Augustine on Flute from 12:10-12;50 p.m., Wednesday, March 11.
The library will serve refreshments.
Coming into Wednesday’s conference opener against Garden City, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball Team had split every single double header that they had played this season, losing the opening game in the last four. Wednesday at Lady Saints softball field, things would change… well kind of. Seward pounded Garden City starter Taylor Cange early and often as they beat out 15 hits in the game. Two first inning hits and three in the second, including a 2 RBI single from leadoff hitter Alicia Reyes gave the Lady Saints the early 4-0 advantage. They would later tack on three runs in the 4th as consecutive RBI hits from Marisa Coats, Brianna Baron, and Sahara Howard extended the lead to 7-0. After Garden scored three fifth inning runs against Seward County starter Courtney Auger, the Lady Saints bounced back to the tune of four bottom of the 5th runs highlighted by a Jamie Gilbert 2 RBI single, her third hit and third RBI of the game, and a single up the middle by Howard to force the game to be called due to the 8 run rule at 11-3. Unfortunately the Lady Saints couldn’t have saved some of those unneeded first game runs for the second game as Garden scored in the first inning after a leadoff error on the Lady Saints and then tacked on two more runs in the second to open the lead to 3-0. Seward starter Cara Russell cruised through the middle innings but three unearned Lady ‘Buster runs put the game out of reach at 6-0 in the 7th. Seward’s best chance to score came in the 4th when they had two runners on and no outs but a fielders choice and a line drive double play later the Lady Saints were out of the inning with no runs crossing the plate. Seward County is now 8-8 overall and 1-1 in Jayhawk West Conference Play. They will head to Pratt this weekend for tournament play with their first pitch scheduled for 4:00 Saturday afternoon.
Playing for the first time in eight days, some might have thought the Seward County Saints Baseball Team would come out flat against Odessa Monday to start out their four game Texas two-step. The Saints certainly didn’t do that as they pounded out 10 hits and scored nine runs against the Wranglers, while riding 6 1/3 quality innings of work from starter Bobby Doran to win 9-4. Seward got their scoring underway when Jared Broadbent, Todd Glime, and Mikel Huston laced consecutive singles to score a run in the third, before a Travis Parker sac fly plated Glime and a two out Trent Martinez single brought Huston home. The Saints then blew it open in the 5th when Kelby Tomlinson singled in front of a two-run shot from Parker and then back to back bean balls set the table for Keegan Morrow to drive in a run. The Saints came away with six 5th inning runs to take a 9-2 lead while Odessa battled back in the bottom half of the 5th to score two runs, that’s all they would get as Doran and Hayden Holub would shut the door to secure the Saints 7th win of the season. In game two of the double header the Saints took advantage of poor Odessa pitching as well as timely hitting to come away with the 16-12 win. The Saints scored 12 second inning runs as they strung together eight consecutive batters reaching base including five straight bases loaded walks to score runs. Morrow had two RBI singles in the inning and Parker and Luke Campbell both poked 2 RBI hits to extend upon the lead. After Odessa got back into the game at 13-8 in the 4th inning, Seward tacked on three more runs to extend the lead to 16-8 and eventually held on to win 16-12. In the game, Odessa allowed 14 free passes including two pitchers that combined for just 2/3rds of an inning pitched in the 2nd that gave up 7 walks and 11 earned runs.
Day two found the Saints matched up with a quality Midland team but somebody forgot to tell Seward County starter Corey Collins that the Chapparals were loaded with deadly weapons. The sophomore right hander went right after the Chaps, taking a 4 hit shutout into the 7th inning. Midland managed a run in the 7th but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Saints came away with the 4-1 victory. Jared Broadbent laced a single to right field to score a pair of runs in the 2nd and Luke Campbell blasted a 4th inning fastball to center field to plate 2 more on an RBI double to do the scoring for the Saints. The fourth and final game of the Saints road swing didn’t exactly go as planned. After a solid pitching performance in the first game of the double dip, the Saints had close to the opposite result against the Chaps in game two giving up 14 runs on 13 hits in the 5 inning 14-4 loss. Highlights for the Saints in the defeat were two for two days from Quay Grant and Tanner Woods who combined to drive in three of the four Seward County runs in the loss.
The Saints now sit at 9-3 going into Saturday’s Conference opener against Colby with first pitch scheduled for 1:00. The Saints were the only Jayhawk West team with the day off from conference competition last weekend as Colby defeated Pratt three out of four games to take the early season lead in the Jayhawk West at 3-1.
The Seward County Saints scored on their opening possession Tuesday night in their Region VI first round tournament game against KCK and never looked back, quickly dispersing of the visiting Blue Devils 77-54 in the Green House to move on to the second round. Seward dominated the first half of play allowing just 17 KCK shots compared to 33 on their own side. They forced 12 Blue Devil turnovers and drained 6 three pointers to take an 18 point lead into the half. 12 first half Tony Smith points and a solid 6 point 8 rebound first half performance from Thiago Oliveira helped the Saints to that lead that they would never get close to relinquishing. The Saints built their lead to 26 many times during the second half but KCK guard Derrick Denny kept that lead from getting any larger with five second half three-pointers. At the final horn Seward County would have a 77-54 advantage to advance them to the next round of the Region VI Tournament. Five Saints reached double figures on the night, marking the first time since an early January game vs. Cloud County, that the Saints were able to accomplish that feat. Smith led the Saints with 18 points and 4 assists, hitting 4 of 6 field goal attempts and connecting on 7 of 11 free-throw attempts on the night. Marcus James turned in another solid effort, scoring 16 points and ripping down 8 rebounds in the win. Thijin Moses continued his aerial assault on the Jayhawk Conference, splashing home four three’s and finishing with 14 points. Oliveira finished the game with a career high 10 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end. The win propels the Saints to the Region VI Quarterfinals where they will take on the Cowley Tigers, the team they beat to advance to the National Tournament in last season’s finals. The Saints and Tigers will square off at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at the Koch Center at Wichita State University with the winner advancing to the semifinals Sunday.

Finishing the regular season with six straight wins and an average margin of victory of 30 points per game, the Seward County Lady Saints seemed primed for the first round of the Region VI Basketball Tournament that opened in the Green house Tuesday night; they were. KCK was the first to score 2:30 minutes into the game but would lose that lead 30 seconds later and never see it again. After a slow start, Seward County got into a groove, extending their first half lead to as many as 19 points. A Blue Devil bucket at the buzzer would send the Lady Saints to the locker room with a 35-18 lead, which is all the scoring they would need for the night. At the break, Megan Lassley and Rachel Barnes combined for more points than the entire KCK team (21-18) while Seward County forced the Blue Devils into 19 first half turnovers. The Lady Saints quickly jumped on the Blue Devils in the second half and built their lead to 25 just four minutes in. Seward then put it on cruise control through the majority of the second half allowing just 16 KCK points while pouring in 41 of their own, stretching their lead to 42 at game’s end. Lassley led the Lady Saints with 16 points and 6 steals while Barnes pitched in 15 and had 6 steals as well. Vaneza Junior scored 12 points while grabbing a game high 7 rebounds and LaNell Taylor celebrated her birthday with a 10 point effort including draining two of her patented three-pointers on the night. The win was the Lady Saints 26th of the year and vaults them into the Region VI Quarterfinals where they will take on Labette for the third time this season at 3:00 Friday afternoon in the Koch Center at Wichita State University. The two teams have met twice this season with the Lady Saints getting the better end of both games 76-58 and 71-55.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will conduct a Life Guard Training Class beginning at 8 a.m., March 16-19 in the college pool.
Cost is $125, plus the cost of the training manual and resuscitation mask.
For information, contact Kelly Cook, director of Wellness and Aquatics, 620-417-1141 or
Following a tour of the new drafting laboratory and other facilities on the technical school site, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday for its regular board meeting.
Steve Merz, Drafting and Design Technology instructor, showed the board the new classroom, desks and computers for the drafting program. In addition, he explained the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment that was purchased last year with a grant and is used in the drafting program.
The board also saw a demonstration of the new hydraulic lift that was installed in the Automotive Technology I laboratory, and received information on the potential use of facilities for a proposed natural gas compressor technician program.
Marvin Chance Jr. reported on the recent Kansas Association of Community College Trustees meeting and Phi Theta Kappa Honors luncheon recently in Topeka. Jett Eder of Sharon Springs and Sergio Padilla of Liberal were honored along with students from the other 19 Kansas Community Colleges.
SCCC/ATS will host the KACCT quarterly meeting in June. Trustees and administrators from the 19 Kansas community colleges will be in Liberal June 19 and 20.
The Board accepted the retirement of Ed Poley, director of the technical school programs, effective June 30, 2009. The board and administration expressed appreciation to Mr. Poley for his years of service to the area technical school and his commitment to the implementation of the merger.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, told the board about the upcoming Strategic Planning process that will create a working plan for 2010-2017. The plan will be designed to give direction to the administrative team over the next seven years as the college enters its 40th year of providing classes. Community representatives will join college employees to facilitate each of the planning committees. Community members, Trustees, all employees, and students will be encouraged to participate in focus group discussions as part of the planning process. The strategic plan will be presented to the public in June.
The focus group categories will include Helping Students Learn, Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives, Understanding Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Needs, Valuing People, Leading and Communicating, Supporting Institutional Operations, Measuring Effectiveness, Planning Continuous Improvement and Building Collaborative Relationships.
Cynthia Rapp reported that Dr. Deborah Loper with the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission completed her site confirmation visit regarding the merger with Southwest Kansas Technical School. Loper commended the college on meeting the requirements for the merger. She will submit her findings in a written report to the Higher Learning Commission.
The site visit was designed to show that “we are doing what we said we would do as we move forward with the merger,” Rapp said.
The board approved a new distribution of credit hour fees for the summer 2009 semester through spring 2010. The distribution includes $4.50 for scholarships; $11, revenue bond retirement; $1.50, student activity accounts; and $5, technology fee. There is no increase in credit hour fees from the current amount, but the distribution now allows for increased student access to scholarship funds.
Ed Poley, director of the Area Technical School, told the board that enrollment is looking good for the fall 2009 semester in some of the programs that have had low enrollment in the past. A number of students have filled out applications for admission in Construction Trades Technology, Machine Tool Technology and Drafting and Design Technology. He also indicated a recent increase in individuals attending industrial programs on a part-time basis for retraining needs due to employment changes and/or relocation.
In other action, the board
1. Adopted a revision to board policy 201 that includes Dustin Ormiston as the newest member of the board;
2. Adopted a revision to board policy 503 regarding Resolution/Investment of College Fund or Designation of Depositories and Securing Deposits and Investments;
3. Reviewed the list of applied course fees for the fall 2009 semester;
4. Accepted the bid from Tatro Plumbing of Garden City in the amount of $84,500 for new ventilation in the Diesel Technology lab that meets air quality standards; and
5. Accepted the quote form Innerface Architectural Signage of Atlanta, Ga., in the amount of $16,403.55 to change the directional signage and the front sign at the Area Technical School to reflect the name change.
Open positions on campus include Academic and Career Advisor, Student Development Coordinator, Social Science instructor, Drama/Communications instructor, Natural Gas Technology instructor, director of Adult Basic Education, Web site and portal manager and secretary to the Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education Division.
Medical Laboratory Technician site visit for reaccreditation is Wednesday and Thursday. The SCCC Development Foundation will sponsor the Chamber Breakfast at 7 a.m., Friday, March 6 in the Student Activities Center. The University of Kansas Dole Lecture series on Abraham Lincoln will conclude on March 17. Spring break is March 14-22 with no classes offered but campus offices will be open.
The next board meeting is Monday, April 6.
A mockingbird sits on a phone pole and shares a song. Wind-blown tumbleweeds dance across a dusty road. The sun sets in the west, while the full moon rises in the east.
Those are the images Susan Copas sees when she looks across the Kansas plains, as well as the scenes she shares when she picks up her paintbrush.
Copas, an accomplished painter and art instructor from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, will display a series of her works in the March exhibition at Mercer Gallery on the Garden City Community College campus.
The show will open with a public reception from 1 to 3 p.m. March 8, offering a chance for the public to meet the artist. The exhibition will continue March 9-15 and March 22, with viewing hours of noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Mercer Gallery, closed during GCCC’s spring break March 16-21, is located in the west wing of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.
“The dates for this show are pretty short, but the paintings are well worth seeing,” Gallery Director David Kinder said. Copas, who taught and painted in Garden City from 1991 to 1995, has placed paintings over the past two decades in nearly 70 group and solo exhibitions in galleries, on campuses and in art centers across the state.
Among recent shows were High Light, an invitational group exhibition last year at Pittsburg State University; the Shafer Memorial Art Gallery Regional Exhibition in 2007 at Barton County Community College; and a 2007 regional juried exhibition at the Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado, entitled The Fine Art of Living Well.
“I am fascinated by the richness of a natural world that goes largely unseen, or perhaps more accurately, is seen but unnoticed,” said Copas, who has served on the SCCC/ATS art faculty since relocating to Liberal in 1995. “The questions I pose in my work have to do with the division between ourselves and nature,” she said. “We are a part of nature, yet often at odds with it, and this uneasy disjuncture within ourselves suggests a yearning for wholeness.
“My work,” she added, “deals with this borderline area.”
Art viewers have seen her perspectives during exhibitions in Baldwin, Dodge City, El Dorado, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, Highland, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Liberal, Pittsburg, Ulysses and Wichita; as well as Kansas City, Mo., and Guymon, Okla.
At SCCC/ATS, Copas teaches courses in painting, drawing, design, visual communication, art history, art appreciation and related subjects. She also advises the student art club and Telolith, an annual journal of student writing and art. In addition, she teaches children’s art classes at the Liberal-based Baker Arts Center.
“The study of the visual arts has value for all students,” she said. “My goal as an instructor is to provide a quality, up-to-date, visual arts curriculum that incorporates the areas of contemporary and historical art and theory, aesthetics and the practice of art. I strive to cultivate the student’s ability to see and evaluate discerningly, to develop basic art skills through direct contact with media, and provide a stimulating environment that encourages students to explore the arts as a means of self-expression and self-realization.”
She earned a master of fine arts in painting in 1992 and a bachelor of fine arts in the same discipline in 1986, both at the University of Kansas. She has also studied at Penn Valley Community College and the Kansas City Art Institute, both in Kansas City, Mo.
Before joining the SCCC/ATS faculty, Copas served as a GCCC adjunct art instructor in 1992-95, a children’s art instructor for the Garden City Recreation Commission in 1992-93, and an artist in residence for USD 457, Garden City, in 1991-94. In addition, she worked in 1993-94 as director of the Garden City-based Southwest Arts and Humanities Council, and has served as an art director in Ottawa, a gallery assistant in Lawrence, a technical illustrator at KU and a production artist for a Kansas City sign company.
“While my work today is generally based on direct observation, it is always an interpretation based on my questioning of what connection or disconnection is in play,” the artist explained. She employs landscape elements, people and animals, and frequently deals with the concept of cycles.
“My work is narrative in form, making use of the events and subjects that I find around me,” she said. “It often begins with something I have seen, sometimes just outside my window, and I often sketch and paint on location.”
“I also seem to be drawn to coincidences,” Copas added, noting similarities in the shapes of different objects, or the way a random phrase might suggest a visual image.
Her approach began at an early age.
“I received a paint-by-number kit when I was a child, and it was then that I fell in love with the smell and the feel of the paint,” she recalled. “After completing the picture in the kit, I used the remaining paint to make my own creations on pieces of notebook paper that I glued together to simulate a canvas.”
In addition to painting, the artist has developed an interest in printmaking and digital images. Among several ongoing projects, she is currently turning a pair of sequential digital photography courses into blended classes involving Internet and face-to-face learning experiences.
Copas earned the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001 from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and belongs to the Kansas and National Art Education Associations, as well as a number of additional professional organizations.
The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference has announced that five Seward County student-athletes have been named to the 2009 Jayhawk West All-Conference Basketball Team. On the Men’s side, Thijin Moses was named 2nd Team All-Conference after averaging 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in conference play as well as draining multiple three-point shots in 10 of 15 games. Marcus James and Tony Smith were named Honorable Mention All-Conference after both wrapped up quality freshman campaigns. James receives honorable mention honors after scoring 13.8 points and grabbing 6.3 points per contest including a 29 point 14 rebound effort as well as an 18 point 13 rebound game in conference play. Smith finds his way onto the honorable mention list after averaging 14.1 points and 5.8 assists per game which led the conference. On the Women’s side of things Rachel Barnes and Amanda Pierson were named to the All-Conference team. Barnes found her way onto the 1st Team while averaging 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game including five double-doubles in conference play, as well as leading the conference in steals with 48. The freshman from Windsor, Connecticut failed to reach double figures in points just two times during the 16 conference games. Pierson received 2nd Team honors after averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, as well as leading the conference with 49 blocked shots and 57% shooting from the floor during conference play. Pierson failed to shoot at least 50% in just four of the Lady Saints 16 conference games and blocked three or more shots in 11 of those contests. Both the Saints and Lady Saints will take on Kansas City Kansas Community College tonight in the first rounds of the Region VI Playoffs in the Green House. Free tickets are still available at Bank of Beaver City, Stu Emmert, Seaboard Foods, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.
Thijin Moses has been named the KJCCC player of the week for the second time this season for his performance on the court in two Seward County games last week. Moses sparked the Saints to a home court win to clinch tonight’s Region VI Play-In game at home for the Saints by draining 6 three-pointers and racking up 23 points and 6 rebounds in the Saints 76-67 win. He followed up that performance with a 14 point effort Saturday night against Butler in the Saints 77-62 loss to the Grizzlies. As well as being named Jayhawk Player of the Week, it was also learned today that Moses was named to the Jayhawk West’s All-Conference Team as a 2nd team selection. He and his Saints will take on Kansas City Kansas Community College tonight at the Green House with the tip scheduled for 8:00. Free tickets are still available at Bank of Beaver City, Seaboard Foods, Stu Emmert, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.
Coming into their six game weekend schedule, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team had basically split every series they had played all year. In the Cowtown Classic to open the year they went 2-2 followed by splits against Lamar and Western Nebraska. This weekend wouldn’t change anything. The Lady Saints lost their opening game against Northern Oklahoma, Trinidad State, and Otero before coming back to win the second game of all three double headers.
Thursday started the Lady Saints six games in four day slate as they squared off with a solid Northern Oklahoma team. Seward County pitcher Courtney Auger spun a four hitter for the Lady Saints and gave up just one unearned run but that is all Northern Oklahoma pitcher Ashley Smith would need as the Mavericks squeaked out a 1-0 win at Lady Saints Field. Seward County managed just two hits in the game including a one out single in the first inning from Jamie Gilbert who stole second but would be stranded by the middle of the Lady Saints order. Seward was able to get just two runners to second base in the game, neither of which advanced further than that. In game two vs. Northern Oklahoma, the Lady Saints bats were again silenced for the first four innings as they found themselves in a 2-0 hole going into the bottom of the 5th inning. That is when Seward County decided enough was enough and rolled off 6 hits in a span of 7 batters to score 5 runs and take the lead for good. Shelby Casey started the Lady Saints rally in the 5th with a double over the head of NOC’s center fielder and Alicia Reyes cleared the bases with a double later in the inning to give Seward a 3-2 lead. Gilbert singled to put runners on 1st and 3rd when the Lady Saints leading hitter Marisa Coats blasted her team leading 6th double of the season to drive both of those runs in. Northern Oklahoma battled back with two 6th inning runs to cut the deficit to 5-4 but Lady Saints hurler Cara Russell put out the flames with her right arm pitching a complete game in the 5-4 victory.
Saturday the Lady Saints traveled to Colorful Colorado to face a pair of Empire Conference foes in Trinidad State Saturday afternoon followed by perennial powerhouse Otero on Sunday. The Lady Saints bats came alive early against the Trojans of Trinidad Saturday afternoon as they scored two early first inning runs on RBI singles from Cara Russell and Brianna Baron to take a 2-0 lead. Seward would later take a 3-0 lead on an RBI single from Tasia McEntire but Trinidad tied the game with a 3 spot of their own in the bottom of the 4th. The teams traded solo home runs in the 5th inning, Seward’s coming off the bat of Baron, and the score remained tied at 4 going into the bottom of the 7th inning. Trinidad leadoff hitter Samantha Butler doubled to center field and then quickly stole third base to set up a sacrifice fly by Amanda Snyder to give the Trojans the 5-4 walkoff win against the Lady Saints. With their loss for the day behind them, Seward broke out the whoopin sticks Saturday afternoon as they pounded out nine hits and nine runs in a 9-6 victory. The Lady Saints scored 5 early runs but found themselves in a 6-5 hole after a three-run bomb from Snyder, her second in as many innings for Trinidad. Russell came out of the bullpen to shut down anymore scoring from the Trojans and after a Marisa Coats single and a pair of Lady Saint walks, Sahara Howard lifted a ball over the center field fence for a grand slam to give Seward County a 9-6 lead for good. Russell threw the last 3 1/3 innings for the Lady Saints allowing just one hit while striking out five to secure the victory.
Sunday the Lady Saints finished up their Colorado road swing against the 24th ranked Rattlers of Otero. Seward again jumped to an early 2-0 first inning lead behind three straight hits from Alicia Reyes, Alicia Gonzalez, and Marisa Coats to open the game up. The Lady Saints tacked on another run in the 3rd via a solo home run from Coats to take a 3-1 lead but Otero would answer right back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 3. A two out 5th inning error would give Otero a 4-3 lead but Seward showed no quit scoring a 7th inning run via a Katie Glenn leadoff single followed by a sacrifice bunt and a two out single from Coats, her third hit and RBI of the day. However, almost in déjà vu fashion, Otero leadoff hitter Kristen Gertner doubled to center field, advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored in walkoff style on a sacrifice fly, just as the Lady Saints had lost a day earlier in game one. In their weekend finale, the Lady Saints scored three third inning runs on five singles and would need no more as Courtney Auger gave up just a first inning single, as she led Seward County on her right arm to a 3-0 win. The sophomore pitcher struck out 10 Rattler batters and walked just four to even the Lady Saints season record at 7-7. In the win, Alicia Reyes and Jamie Gilbert collected 6 of the Lady Saints 9 hits in the game as both went 3 for 4 in game two. The Lady Saints will now return home to start conference play Wednesday with a double header against Garden City at Lady Saints Field with first pitch scheduled for 2:00.
With a home court playoff game already secured and first place out of reach, Saturday night’s game for the Seward County Lady Saints was one that is sometimes hard to get motivated for. Well, the 25-5 Lady Saints didn’t seem to have much trouble getting up for their Saturday night affair with Butler as they jumped on the Lady Grizzlies to the tune of a 42-22 halftime lead before running away with a 26 point win when the horn sounded. Seward County’s defense came out fierce, holding Butler to just 22 first half points on 7 of 27 shooting from the floor. The second half didn’t get much better for the 14-16 Lady Grizz as they finished the night shooting just 32%. Seward County on the other hand came out of the gates with all pistons firing, shooting 51% on the night. Every Lady Saint scored in the game with eight players scoring 7 or more points. Vannessa Simmons connected on 6 of 9 shot attempts and finished the game with 13 points while Rachel Barnes scored 13 to go along with 9 rebounds. Seward County won nearly every statistical category on the night including field goal percentage 51-32, rebounding 47-33, assists 17-7, turnovers 19-24, and steals 17-7. One stat column that jumped out on the night was that Seward County got to the free-throw line just five times on the night and made just one while Butler reached the charity stripe 18 times, making 9 of them. By virtue of a Hutchinson win over Cloud County, Seward County wrapped up 2nd place in the Jayhawk West with the win pitting them against Kansas City Kansas Community College in the first round of the Region VI Tournament to be played in the Green House Tuesday night at 6:00. The winner of the Seward County/KCK game will take on the winner of the Labette/Butler game on Friday, March 6, at 3:00 at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University. Free tickets for Tuesday night’s Region VI Playoff game are available at the Bank of Beaver City, Stu Emmert’s, Seaboard Foods, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.

Saturday night at the Power Plant, Seward County had a chance to move into a second place tie in the Jayhawk West with Butler, if they were able to knock off the Grizzlies on their home court. The Saints were arguably the hottest team in the Jayhawk Conference going into Saturday nights affair, but their fire was quickly doused by a Butler team that wanted second place all to themselves. Seward County’s offense was dismal against the West’s top defense in the first half as they were able to connect on just 7 field goals and 1 of 9 three-point attempts, falling into a 15 point deficit at the half. Seward’s offense vastly improved in the second half as they were able to score 40 points on 47% shooting but the Grizzlies countered with a 55% shooting effort in the final 20 minutes to hold onto their 15 point lead as they came away with a 77-62 win on their home floor. Just two Saints managed double figure points Saturday night as Tony Smith scored 18 and Thijin Moses followed up his 23 point effort Wednesday night with 14 Saturday. The Saints were outrebounded 47-20 on the night and had no players with over 3 rebounds in the game. The game had virtually no impact on the Jayhawk West standings as Butler would have remained the second seed even with a loss while Seward County would have only fallen to the 4th seed if Pratt was able to upset Barton on their home court. So as it stands, Seward County comes out of Jayhawk West regular season play as the 3rd seed and will square off with Kansas City Kansas Community College Tuesday night at 8:00 for the first round of the Region VI Playoffs in the Green House. The winner of the Seward County/KCK game will move on to the Region VI Tournament in Wichita Saturday afternoon at 3:00 to face the winner of the Cowley/Cloud County game in Arkansas City Tuesday night. Free tickets for Tuesday night’s Region VI Playoff game are available at the Bank of Beaver City, Stu Emmert’s, Seaboard Foods, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.

A number of employees at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received awards recently at the President’s Reception at Baker Arts Center. Back row, from left, are Sharon Hobble, SCCC Trustee; Bonnie Merrihew, Quantitative Literacy Learning Community; Sherry Farrell, 2008 Advising Scholar; Darin Workman, Quantitative Literacy Learning Community; Brad Kearn, 2008 Advising Scholar and Quantitative Literacy Learning Community; Mike Myers, 2008 Advising Scholar; Luke Dowell, Quantitative Literacy Learning Community Facilitator; and front row, Tanya Dowell, 2008 Advising Scholar; Kim Thomas, 2008 Advising Scholar; Todd Carter, Quantitative Literacy Learning Community and Advising Scholars Facilitator; Cynthia Rapp, Administrative Support; Jo Ann Sharp, SCCC/ATS Board President; Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS President. Not pictured were 2008 Advising Scholars Molly Belt, Jessica Murphy and Greg Gardner and 2008 Quantitative Literacy Learning Community Janice Williams.
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