After hyping the game the first time that the Seward County Lady Saints and Garden City Lady Broncbusters met and a 19 point Seward win being the outcome, when those around the Jayhawk Conference began to hype last night’s game between the two, the Lady Saints were determined to quickly squash any upset talk as well.
Garden City came into the matchup 11-3 in conference play while Seward entered at 13-1. Technically the Lady Busters still had a shot at taking a share of the conference crown, but first they would have to go through the 13th ranked team in the country. Early the game was close, both teams unable to get much going on offense going against each other’s tough defensive pressure. The Lady Saints began to separate themselves midway through the first half however as with the score just 19-13 in favor of Seward, Kendra Spresser came off the bench to knock down back to back three pointers and give the gals in green a 25-13 lead with just under 10 and a half to go in the half. Seward dominated the remaining 10 minutes of the half, closing the first period on a 27-10 run to have the home crowd sitting on their hands at the break as the Lady Saints were doubling up the Lady Busters 46-23. In the first half, Seward outshot the home team 50-29% in getting out to their 23 point advantage.
While the Seward defense letup somewhat in the second half, the game was already decided as the Lady Saints shot 48% to Garden’s 41% as they opened up their lead even a little bit more. Even with the majority of the Seward starters on the bench for the last part of the second half, the Lady Saints were able to stretch their lead out to over 30 points before taking it home 84-56 with the win. Seward outrebounded Garden 55-25 in the victory even with the Lady Busters possessing the tallest front line in the conference. Seward picked up 21 offensive rebounds and finished the game shooting 49% from the field while Garden had just 8 and shot 35%.
Rachel Barnes finished with 24 points and a career high 15 rebounds while Sheila Washington had one of her better scoring nights of her career with 15. Kendra Spresser finished with 14 and 6 rebounds and Morgan Skomal collected 8 points and 8 boards. Along with playing solid defense on 6’4 Marisela Rodriguez all night, forcing her into 6 of 16 shooting, Nadia Rosario chipped in with 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots of her own.
Seward is now 27-2 on the season and have wrapped up at least a share of the Jayhawk West Conference title with a 14-1 mark. They will conclude the regular season Saturday night and can claim the championship to themselves when the Butler Lady Grizzlies come to town for sophomore recognition night. They will then hose the first round of the Region VI Tournament Tuesday against more than likely Allen County. Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is Sharp, McQueen PA and free tickets are available there as well both Pizza Hut locations, Express Lane, and Browne’s Coffee House.


The Seward County/Garden City rivalry was renewed Wednesday night in the Perryman Center as the visiting Saints looking to complete the season sweep of the Busters on their home floor. After a good start, the Saints were unable to hang on to the lead and eventually dropped the game to Garden 85-82 when all was said and done.
After a rather sloppy affair the first time these two hooked up, Wednesday night was much more visually pleasing early as Seward County jumped out to a hot start and led the Broncbusters of Garden City 19-11 seven minutes in. The Busters would chip away at the Seward lead and eventually tie the game and take the lead going into the half as the Saints were simply unable to come up with defensive stops when it seemed that they were getting the momentum on their side. Garden led 46-44 at the break behind a much better offensive attack than fans saw the first time out of the guys in brown and gold as they shot 51% in the first 20 minutes. Seward was right there with them and shot 46% in the half as well as finding their way to the free throw line 19 times, connecting on 15 to find themselves down just 2 at the break.
Garden controlled the early part of the second half and found themselves up 9 seven minutes after the break. They would continue to stay at arm’s length from the Saints most of the way until Seward picked up their defensive intensity late and found themselves down just 4 as time wound down on the clock. Marky Nolen and Marcus James would score inside sandwiched between a Garden three point play and Seward was down just 3 with two minutes left. The Busters would be the beneficiary of a number of whistles down the stretch and did an admirable job at the free throw line while the Saints seemed to connect on just one of two when they got to the line late as Garden stretched their lead to 5. With under 10 seconds to go, Latiq Agard finished at the rim and was fouled to bring the Saints right back in it down just 3. Agard intentionally missed the free throw in the hopes that the Saints could recover it and get a three point opportunity to tie the game. The shot hit the front iron but the Saints were not able to come down with it and they were forced to send Garden guard Bobby Wesley, an 80% free throw shooter to the line to seal the game. Wesley missed both attempts and the Saints were given a second chance. With 3.2 seconds remaining on the clock, Donte McCarter brought the ball up the court, pulled up from 35 feet but missed just long as he looked to send the game to overtime and the Saints fell 85-82.
Latiq Agard led the Saints with 19 points and 7 rebounds while Marcus James ended the night with 15 and 7 boards. Marky Nolen had a solid second half and finished with 14 while Robert Sigala had 13. Garden got a career night out of forward Eric Griffin who finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds on 10 of 11 shooting, including a big late basket to put the Busters up 5 with under a minute to go. Guard Chris McHenry scored 20 for Garden on 6 of 20 shooting and 2 of 12 from the three point line. Seward shot 70% from the free throw line but did leave 13 points at the charity stripe as they found their way there 44 times, knocking down 31 of the attempts.
With the loss the Saints are locked into the #3 seed in the Jayhawk West Standings with one game to play. Seward will host its final regular season home game Saturday night when the 15th ranked Butler Grizzlies come to town for sophomore recognition night before hosting the first round of the Region VI Tournament at home on Tuesday as Kansas City Kansas CC will come to town in a rematch of last year’s first round game. Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is Sharp, McQueen PA and free tickets are available there as well both Pizza Hut locations, Express Lane, and Browne’s Coffee House.


Due to the current field conditions and the encroaching weather, the Seward County Saints Baseball home openers scheduled for this weekend against Cloud County have been postponed and rescheduled for Monday & Tuesday, March 1-2, weather permitting. The games will be played at their originally scheduled times of 2:00 on Monday & 1:00 on Tuesday.
Lets just say the Seward County Saints Baseball team will be ready to open a new chapter of their 2010 season and forget about the first when they start Jayhawk West Conference play on Saturday. After opening the season 1-3 with a pair of double dips against Northeaster and Clarendon, the Saints headed to Texas last weekend to take on Midland in a four game set before tangling in an ice bowl double header with New Mexico JC Monday.
The start of their trip would more less set the stage for a somewhat forgettable three day span as in game one against Midland the Saint seemed to be in business in their first at bats after a pair of batters reached with two outs. After David Morgan singled, Luke Campbell was hung up between 3rd and home where he was tagged out and the Chaps avoided an early deficit. Midland took advantage of that momentum as they would score 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning to take the 4-0 lead. It didn’t get any better for Seward as after a 1-2-3 inning in the top half, Midland tacked on 2 more runs to make it 6-0 after starter Jared Wagner walked the leadoff hitter and allowed him to score for the second straight frame. The Saints would get it going in the 3rd as 3 hits and 4 free passes turned into 5 runs, highlighted by back to back bases loaded walks and a two out, 2 RBI single from Todd Glime to cut the deficit to 1. A two out solo home run by Midland DH Casey Jackson would make it 7-5 in the bottom half of the inning and Seward would go down in order in their half of the 4th. Still in the game at just 7-4, Seward started the 4th inning with a defensive miscue that would lead to 4 unearned runs and would put them behind the eight ball with just 9 outs to go as they were down 11-4. The 5th inning was over as quick as it started as both teams went down in order and with just 2 frames to go, Seward would put up their last charge in the 6th. Ty Jacobs would single to lead off the inning and Glime would walk behind him and with one out Kelby Tomlinson would drive in the high school teammates and later score himself and the Saints were down just 3 at 11-8. Reliever Tyler Hill would give the Saints a chance in the 7th as he sat down the Chaps in order again in the bottom of the 6th but with the tying run at the plate, the two Saints pinch hitters failed to get the ball out of the infield as they fell by the count of 11-8. Tomlinson finished with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s for the Saints while the middle of the Midland lineup did the work for them as their 3-4-5 hitters finished with a combined 8 RBI’s including 4 from catcher Nick Smelser.


Game two wouldn’t alleviate any pain from the first game mishaps as the Saints would quickly find themselves in a 6-0 hole after two innings as the bulk of the Midland order was at it again. The Chaps would score 4 in the first after taking advantage of a 1 out error and three straight hits to take the 4-0 lead exactly as they had in game one. With 2 outs, 2 strikes, and nobody on in the 2nd, Midland would get a single from Austin Taylor and a bomb to follow from Trey Whaley and put the Saints in a 6-0 hole. Kelby Tomlinson and Luke Campbell would pick up RBI singles in the 3rd as the Saints got back in it but after zeros for both teams in their next two at bats, Midland would score 4 more in the bottom of the 5th as they put on a hitting display with three consecutive doubles to put the game out of reach at 10-2. Seward would scratch a run out in the 9th as Jared Broadbent tripled and was driven in by Josh Dawson but that was it as the Saints went down again 10-3. Eight of the nine Saints starters had a hit in the game but only Dawson was able to put together a multiple hit game as he finished 2 for 4. Ty Jacobs threw 3 and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief to close the game for Seward. An interesting side note from the day for Seward pitchers was that none of the four used by Head Coach Galen McSpadden in the two games were able to record a strikeout of a Midland hitter.


The Saints hoped Sunday would be a new day and a new day it was as sophomore Hayden Holub took the mound against Midland starter Steven Valles. Both pitchers were on early as a two out single by Luke Campbell was the only tick on the scoreboard for either team through two innings as the game was tied 0-0. The Saints broke through in the 3rd as four consecutive hits camped by RBI doubles from David Morgan and Jared Broadbent gave Seward their first lead of the series at 4-0. Holub would work his way out of traffic in the bottom of the inning and would throw the next three innings without allowing a hit and seeing just one man over the minimum. The Saints were unable to tack on until the top of the 7th when a one out Campbell double was followed by an RBI single from Dawson to bring him in and put the guys in green up 5-0. Holub would do the rest as after a leadoff walk would spark hope for the Chaps, the sophomore induced a 6-4-3 double play to erase the baserunner and would get a pop out two batters later to end the game as he finished off the complete game, 2 hit shutout. The CG shutout was the first for a Saints pitcher in over 10 months as current Texas Tech right hander Bobby Doran did it last for Seward April 19th last season in a 3-0 win over Hutchinson. Campbell, Broadbent, and Dawson combined in the middle of the Seward order to go 7 for 11 with 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored in the win.


Midland took the early lead in game four as Matt Moreno would lead off with a double and would later score on a sac fly from Trey Whaley to make it 1-0 Chaps. Todd Glime would blast a solo shot to lead off the 3rd inning to tie the score at one but Midland would quickly reclaim the lead in the bottom half with a flurry of activity on the base paths to score 3 runs and make it 4-1. Chap starter David Walking would go on to retire 14 straight Seward hitters after the Glime home run and Midland would tack on another run in the 7th to win 5-1. The Saints would finish with as many errors as hits with 3 as the first four in the Seward order just couldn’t figure out Walking as they went a combined 0 for 16 in the loss. Seward starter Jose Gonzalez threw 6 1/3 innings giving up 5 runs while Paul Pulley came in for a perfect inning and 2/3 to finish it for the Saints.


With the weekend over it was a new day as the Saints traveled up to Lubbock to take on New Mexico JC in a double header at Lubbock Christian University. With their metal bats feeling like icicles in their hands, Monday was not a day for hitters as through the first three inning Seward had managed just 2 base runners and the T-Birds just a 3rd inning walk against Saints starter Cameron Maldonado. Seward got on the board first in the bottom of the 4th inning as Jared Broadbent laced a one out triple to right followed by a double from David Morgan to score him. With two outs, 1st baseman Josh Dawson came up big with a single up the middle to score Morgan and put the Saints up 2-0. That is all that the Saints big righty Maldonado would need as he retired 5 straight batters to close the game as Seward came away with the 2-0 win. Maldonado gave up just 3 hits in the complete game shutout while striking out 6 T-Bird hitters. Seward managed only 5 hits against T-Bird starter Levi Saenz but made them count as Broadbent finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and Dawson collected 2 hits as well as his RBI.


The Seward bats started out much better in game two of the double header as Kelby Tomlinson and Quay Grant started the game with back to back singles to put the Saints in business. The middle of the Saints order couldn’t capitalize however and would leave the pair stranded on the sacks as the inning came to a close. Seward starter Michael Alger would retire the T-Birds in order in each of the first two innings of the game but the Saints were able to push nothing across themselves and the game was scoreless after two. Neither team could muster anything through the 3rd or 4th innings and the game stayed 0-0 into the 5th. Seward would dent the scoreboard first as Tomlinson doubled with one out and Grant drove him in just one pitch later and the Saints were up 1-0. New Mexico JC would answer though as a leadoff single and sac bunt moved 2nd baseman Carlos Senluis to second base with one out. Alger induced a ground ball to make it two outs but after a walk to shortstop Josh Pfeil, Jordan Buckley was able to come through with a two out knock to tie the game at 1 apiece. A leadoff single was stranded by Seward in the top of the 6th and the T-Birds went down 1-2-3 and the game was still 1-1 after six. Tomlinson and Grant were at it again in the top of the 7th as the two reached and set up a 2nd and 3rd, one out situation as the meat of the Seward order came into the box. Another costly RISP strikeout and pop out would end the Saints threat but Alger was able to keep NMJC off the board in the 7th as well and the game headed to extra innings. San Diego State transfer Matt Skipper quickly dispatched of the Saints in their half of the 8th as it took just 7 pitches to set them down 1-2-3 and it was now the T-Birds chance to put the game away with the snowflakes falling on the diamond. Buckley singled with one out but remained at first with two outs after a fly out by left fielder Will Corey. A two out walk would push Buckley to second and with two outs and an 0-2 count on the hitter Nicholas Hinojos, a slider hung in the zone and was bounced through the infield to score Buckley and end the game 2-1. Tomlinson and Grant provided most of the offense for Seward as they combined to go 5 for 7 atop the lineup while the rest of the Saints offense combined managed just a 2 for 25 day. Alger went 7 strong innings for Seward in his initial outing of the 2010 season yielding just one run on 5 hits. The T-Birds 9 hole hitter Buckley tormented the Saints in the game going 3 for 3 and accounting for both NMJC runs.


The Saints are now 3-7 in the early season after the 2-4 road trip but are scheduled to play their first home games this weekend as the Cloud County T-Birds are set to come to town to open up Jayhawk West Conference play. Saturday’s games are set to begin at 2:00 with Sunday’s double header slated for 1:00. With already wet field conditions and impending weather moving into the area today, make sure to stay tuned to for schedule updates.
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team moved to 5-0 on the season Saturday afternoon by defeating Clarendon 8-1 on their home turf. Seward took advantage of very poor defense from Clarendon and received another strong outing in the circle from sophomore pitcher Erin Roufosse.
Seward had traffic in the 1st as they took the bats first but left the bases loaded after a strikeout, failing to score. Clarendon went down in order for both of the first two innings and the game remained scoreless after 2. The Lady Saints got it going in the 3rd inning as Marisa Coats laced a one out double and was later driven in by Kelsea Blackstock’s double to make it 1-0 Seward. Blackstock was then knocked in by Brittany Kent’s two out single and she later scored on an error by left fielder Brittany Davis to make it 3-0 gals in green. Clarendon’s first batter in the 3rd inning would reach on a Seward error and would later come around to score on a single to chip the lead to 3-1. Seward tacked on in the 4th as Lynda Musick walked to lead off the inning to set the table later on for a two out, 2 RBI double from Coats as Seward took a 5-1 lead. Clarendon wouldn’t threaten again as they couldn’t push a runner past second base for the final 4 innings and Seward added 3 insurance runs in the 7th thanks in part to RBI singles from Blackstock and Kent to come away with the 8-1 victory.
Roufosse retired the final 8 Lady Bulldog hitters she faced en route to her 3rd win on the season as she finished the contest with 4 strikeouts, 0 walks, and just 5 hits allowed. The middle of the Seward order did the bulk of the work in this one as Coats, Blackstock, and Kent combined to go 7 for 11 with 6 RBI’s in the win.
Game two of the double header was cancelled due to freezing temperatures and a decision on a potential makeup has not been set. Seward is now 5-0 on the season and is scheduled to go to Frank Phillips Wednesday for a double header against the Lady Plainsmen in Borger, weather permitting. They will return home this weekend as Trinidad State and Otero come to town on Saturday and Sunday.

The Seward County Lady Saints coasted to their 26th win of the season Saturday night in the Greenhouse while donning their pink headbands and socks for “Think Pink Night” festivities. While the game was filled with little drama as the spread was 43 points at the end of the night, Rachel Barnes hit an elusive milestone in the win as she scored her 1,000th career point early in the second half, joining a group of just six others in school history to accomplish the feat.
Seward came out hot in front of a big Greenhouse homecoming crowd, taking a 21-2 lead out of the gates. Helping the Lady Saints to that big lead were Kendra Spresser who lit it up from outside, draining 3 of 4 three point attempts and Shelia Washington who used her driving ability to get to the basket and score against an undersized Dodge defense. The Lady Saints would cool off a little bit during the final 10 minutes of the half but would still go to the locker room leading 42-23 behind a balanced scoring attack. In the first half Seward held Dodge to just 5 field goals and 19% shooting while they knocked down 16 shots at a 39% clip.
The Lady Saints would turn it up even a couple notches higher in the second half as they scored 51 points in the final 20 minutes while holding Dodge to just 27. Sumr Robinett and Megan Lassley both had 8 second half points while Rachel Barnes scored 18 after the break. Barnes reached a milestone that not many have with her 15th point of the night. Eight minutes into the second half with a layup down low, the sophomore reached the 1,000 point plateau, joining a club of only 6, the last being Tegan Cunningham to join this elite group. Seward would continue to build on their lead until the end where they finished with the 93-50 victory. They shot 56% in the second half to Dodge’s 26% and forced 26 Lady Conq turnovers in the game.
Seward dominated every statistical category in the win besides free throw shooting where the Lady Conqs had a 77-61% advantage. The Lady Saints outshot Dodge 47-22%, had 7 three pointers to just one for Dodge, outrebounded them 51-40 including 22 on the offensive end, had 23 assists to 6 for Dodge, and had 17 steals to just 1 for the Lady Conqs. Individually Barnes led the way for Seward scoring 23 points and pulling down 13 rebounds while Megan Lassley finished with 15 points and 5 assists and Kendra Spresser finished with 13 and 4 helpers. Sumr Robinett reached double figures with 10 to go along with 7 rebounds and Nadia Rosario ended the game with 8 points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes of work. Sheila Washington scored all 9 of her points in the first half but also chipped in 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win and every other Lady Saint had at least 1 basket in the game. Dodge star Robin Parker struggled for the Lady Conqs, going just 2 for 17 from the field, finishing with just 8 points while Treshay Adams led the team in purple with 13 points in the defeat.
The win moves Seward one game closer to the Jayhawk West crown as they are now 13-1 in conference play and 26-2 overall on the year. They have two more regular season games this week, at Garden City on Wednesday before returning home Saturday to take on Butler on sophomore night. Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is Sharp, McQueen P.A with free tickets available there as well as Express Lane at 15th and Western, Spencer Browne’s Coffee House, and at both Pizza Hut locations.

After sweeping #15 Pratt on Tuesday, the Seward County Lady Saints softball team didn’t have much time to relish the victories as less than 24 hours later they were on the field again as this time the Lamar Runnin Lopes were in town to take on the defending Region VI Champions. At the end of the day, the Lady Saints didn’t look real worn out to onlookers as they had all smiles on their face after a double header sweep to move them to 4-0 on the young season.
Game one was scoreless through the first two and a half innings as both pitchers wriggled out of jams with traffic on the bases as Seward came to hit in the bottom of the 3rd. The top of the Lady Saint lineup strung together three straight hits including a leadoff double from Alicia Reyes capped by a pair of RBI groundouts to put the home team up 2-0 after three. Pitcher Erin Roufosse had a quick 4th inning for Seward, retiring the Lopes in order but the Lady Saints would go just as quickly in their half of the inning and the game remained 2-0 after 4. Lamar put together their biggest threat of the game in the 5th as Casey Plowman would double and a pair of two out walks would load the bases for left fielder Monique Brown. Brown wouldn’t capitalize on the chance as she rolled a grounder to third base and Brianna Baron chucked it across the diamond to record the third out of the inning and squash the Lamar threat. It was still 2-0 in the top of the 6th as Sheena Hardman led off with a single for Lamar and later came around to score on a Seward error to cut the deficit in half 2-1. Seward would answer however as they nearly batted around in their half of the 6th inning scoring 4 runs on RBI singles from Lynda Musick, Reyes, and Shelby Casey to put themselves comfortably in front 6-1. Roufosse would do the rest as she worked around a 2 out bean ball to get Hardman to pop out and end the game as Seward took their 3rd straight 6-1. The Lady Saints outhit Lamar 11-5 in the game thank in large part to the top of their order in Reyes, Casey, and Marisa Coats who combined went 7 for 12 in the win. Roufosse gave up just the one unearned run to pick up her 2nd victory of the season while striking out 4 and walking 3.
Looking to start 4-0 for the first time in Head Coach Andrea Gustafson’s reign with the Lady Saints, Seward laced up the cleats for game two hoping for a repeat performance. Pitcher Sydney Cicchetti came out blazing again for Seward as she retired the Lopes in order in the first and gave the Lady Saints a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of free passes and RBI’s from Kelsea Blackstock and Brittany Kent. Neither team could scratch out a run in the 2nd and the score was 2-0 when Lamar broke out their bats in the 3rd. The Lopes took advantage of a leadoff walk and three singles to score three runs of their own and Seward found themselves trailing for the first time this season. They wouldn’t trail for long as their top hitter Marisa Coats doubled to lead off the inning and was later driven in on a sac fly from Blackstock to tie the score at 4 apiece. Cicchetti would sit the Lopes down in order in the 4th and 5th to give Seward a chance to retake the lead in the bottom half of the 5th. After a one out single from Blackstock, Kent bounced into a fielder’s choice to find her way to first. With two outs she stole second and was driven in with a clutch two out RBI from Leah Sitter to put the Lady Saints up 4-3. The Lopes weren’t ready to go down easy however as they answered the Lady Saints run with one of their own in the top half of the 6th as they scratched out a two out run on an RBI single from 2nd baseman Hillary Hunter to tie the game back up at 4. Seward had had enough of the close game however and put together a 6 hit 6th inning to score 4 runs to make it 8-4 and out of reach for Lamar. In the inning the Lady Saints picked up an RBI single from Coats and a 2 RBI double from Sitter to take the 4 run lead. A worn out Cicchetti reached deep and finished the game popping up three straight Lopes as Seward came away with the 8-4 win to move to 4-0 on the year. In the win Seward picked up 2 hit efforts from Reyes, Coats, Blackstock, and Sitter while Blackstock and Sitter also combined to knock in 5 runs.
Seward now sits 4-0 for the first time in over 7 years as they look to back up a 40 win campaign in 2009. Their next tests will be in the Lone Star State as they go to Clarendon to take on the Lady Bulldogs in a double header Saturday before returning south Tuesday to take on the Lady Plainsmen of Frank Phillips in Borger. Their next home contests will come next weekend as they host top 25 Trinidad State on Saturday at 1:00 followed by a double header tilt with reigning Region IX Champions Otero on Sunday at 2:00.

It was “just one of those days” Tuesday as the Seward County Saints baseball team traveled to Clarendon to take on the Bulldogs in a midweek double header. The Saints didn’t muster much in game one as they managed just 5 hits and 1 unearned run in the first game they had metal bats in their hands this year and game two was better but still didn’t come out as they would have liked as they couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead as they fell 7-6.
In game one the Saints went quietly in the 1st before having to hold back an early charge from Clarendon as they loaded the bases with just one out against Seward starter Hayden Holub before the sophomore battled his way out of the inning unharmed. In the 2nd, the Saints would get their first two hitters on but couldn’t move them any further than that as a pair of groundballs and a strikeout ended the threat. The Bulldogs would score 3 in the bottom of the inning as John Mihic was hit to open the inning and later came around and scored after a double from Danny Loya. Loya would score on a single from center fielder Gabriel Thibodeau and Thibodeau would be driven in by Edwin Arroyo to put the Saints in a 3-0 hole. The Saints went in order again in the 3rd and another leadoff HBP followed by a double and a sac fly would push them deeper in a hole down 5-0. Neither team could get much going through the middle innings and the game remained 5-0 as the 6th inning came around. Seward would scratch out a run in the 6th after an error by shortstop Luis Jiminez and an RBI single by David Morgan but the Saints would pop out with the bases loaded and two outs and they looking to get a big hit to get back into the game. Clarendon would match the Saints run in the bottom of the inning and Seward would be unable to pick anything up as they left two runners on in the 7th as they fell 6-1. Clarendon lefty Ryan Griffen stymied the Saints all day allowing just 3 hits and 1 unearned run in 6 innings of work. Thibodeau sparked the Clarendon offense from the top as he went 4 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Morgan finished with the only Seward RBI in the game going 1 for 2 with that two out single and only four other hits would be managed by the Saints in the game.
Looking for the split in game two, the Saints came out swinging and eclipsed their total offensive output in the first game just 5 batters in. After a one out walk to Quay Grant and a two out walk to Josh Dawson, Jared Broadbent and Jace Moore would lace RBI singles and Ty Jacobs would reach on an error by Luis Jiminez to put Seward up 3-0 early. Clarendon would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning as Gabriel Thibodeau led off with a single and after a walk to Edwin Arroyo the Saints defense let them down with an error to score Thibodeau to make the score 3-1. Both teams would go 1-2-3 in the 2nd and Seward failed to score again in the 3rd and after 2 and ˝ it was Saints 3 Bulldogs 1. The bottom of the 3rd wasn’t pretty for the Saints as a one out error led to 4 Bulldog runs and Seward found themselves in a 5-3 hole. Both teams threatened but couldn’t score through the middle innings and after 5 ˝ innings of play the score remained 5-3 Clarendon. A leadoff walk and hit by pitch to start the Clarendon half of the 6th followed by a sac fly and another Seward error led to two runs to extend the Bulldog lead to 7-3. Kelby Tomlinson would walk to get something going for Seward in their last at bats and would later score on an error from Clarendon right fielder Danny Loya. Broadbent would double and Jordan Dallalio would be hit by a pitch to put two on for the Saints and Ty Jacobs would bring them home with a double to pull Seward to within one at 7-6. With Jacobs in scoring position and two outs, a ground ball to shortstop would end the game as the Saints would fall 7-6. Seward outhit the Bulldogs 8 to 6 in the game but 3 errors turned into 5 unearned runs and was the different in the 1 run defeat. Broadbent finished 4 for 4 for the Saints and knocked in a run as well as scored a pair while Luke Campbell picked up a pair of knocks to finish 2 for 4 on the day.
With the losses the Saints fall to 1-3 on the early season while their slate won’t get any easier as they will take on Midland in a four game set this weekend followed by a double header in Lubbock against New Mexico JC Monday.

After starting the season unranked in the NJCAA polls after finishing 7th at last year’s NJCAA National Tournament, the Seward County Lady Saints had something to prove to the rest of the country. With two dominating wins over 15th ranked Pratt Tuesday at home, they probably opened a few eyes to realize that this year’s Lady Saint team is back for more.
After their season opening tournament in Texas was cancelled, the Lady Saints opened up their 2010 season Tuesday with a non-conference double header against D2’s #15 team, the Pratt Lady Beavers. Seward found themselves in a little bit of trouble early in game one as the Beavs loaded the bases in the 1st inning but Seward pitcher Erin Roufosse was able to pitch her way out of trouble as she struck out the side and left the sacks jacked to thwart a Pratt threat. In the Seward half of the first, the Lady Saints would take advantage of a Pratt error as Brianna Baron drove in Shelby Casey with two outs to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Apparently 1 wasn’t enough for Seward as they blew the game open in the 2nd with a 6 run inning as they batted around and collected a 2 RBI triple from Brittany Kent to conclude the scoring and take a 7-0 lead. Pratt would pick up a run in the 3rd as they rapped three straight hits but Roufosse would again end the threat with a strikeout as Pratt would leave two on to end the inning. With the score 7-1 going to the bottom of the 4th inning, the Lady Saints decided that they didn’t feel like playing a full seven innings since they still had one more game to go in the day and subsequently scored 4 runs in the inning, highlighted by a 2 RBI triple from Leah Sitter to give themselves an 11-1 lead. After giving up a leadoff single, Roufosse would mow the Beavers down after that finishing the game in style with her 9th strikeout as the Lady Saints picked up the 11-1 run rule win. Eight Lady Saints got a hit in the affair and seven picked up RBI’s including a pair of knocks from catcher Marisa Coats and 2 RBI games from Kent and Sitter.
The Lady Saints wouldn’t take their foot off the gas in game two as they sent freshman pitcher Sydney Cicchetti to the mound for her first collegiate start. The rookie didn’t show any sign of nervousness as she started her career setting the bar high by punching out the first three Pratt batters in order. Seward went quietly in the first as well and after two more K’s for Cicchetti in the top of the 2nd the game remained scoreless going to the bottom half of the inning. Seward coaxed a pair of one out walks to set the table for the bottom of their lineup as Lynda Musick walked up with two on and two out. The freshman outfielder took advantage of her first RBI opportunity and knocked in both runs with a shot over 3rd baseman Naomi Hill’s head to put Seward on the board first 2-0. Cicchetti again fanned the side in the 3rd inning but Seward couldn’t capitalize on a pair of Pratt errors in the bottom half of the inning as they left two runners in scoring position and the score remained 2-0 after three. Pratt went 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th inning and Brittany Kent followed a Kelsea Blackstock leadoff single with an RBI triple to put Seward up 3-0. That was the score in the 5th when Alicia Reyes found herself all the way to third base after a single and a two base error by Pratt left fielder Lety Perez to set up another run scoring opportunity for the Lady Saints. Shelby Casey wasted no time with the runner on third and one out as she drove an 0-1 pitch to center field for a sac fly to put Seward up 4-0 as Reyes would come in to score. Another quick offensive half of an inning for Pratt in the 6th set Seward up to tack on insurance runs in their half of the 6th, and that they did as a two out Pratt error would give Serena Erpelding the opportunity to knock in Leah Sitter to put the gals in green up comfortably 6-0. Laboring as her pitch count rose over 100 in the 7th inning, Cicchetti would allow just a single in the last inning to Pratt and strike out Perez looking to end the ballgame. The Lady Saints freshman hurler would finish the game with 12 strikeouts, allowing just 3 hits in the complete game shutout. Offensively Seward’s bottom half of the lineup carried them in this one as their last four hitters combined for 4 of the teams 6 hits and 4 of the 5 RBI’s in the game.

Maybe it was the thought of playing the two extra innings, maybe it was something in the air but as the Seward County Saints baseball team looked to close in on a double header sweep Saturday against Northeastern JC, a 7-3 seventh inning lead quickly turned South as they ended up losing game two of the double header 11-9 after taking game one 8-2.
Seward couldn’t have written a better script for their 2010 season to start as leadoff man Kelby Tomlinson walked to start the game and Quay Grant tripled to score him immediately after. Grant then scored on a wild pitch and Seward had a 2-0 lead before the Plainsmen had even grabbed their bats. NJC provided no threat to Seward starter Jared Wagner in the first two innings and the 2-0 lead stood into the bottom of the 3rd. With one out, four straight Plainsmen reached base culminating in a pair of runs to tie the game at two. The Saints would quickly answer as Jared Broadbent sent a 3-2 pitch over the outfield fence to put Seward back up 3-2. After Wagner worked his way around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 4th the Saints struck again as Grant and Broadbent both hit two run bombs in the inning to open up a 7-2 advantage. Wagner and reliever Cameron Maldonado wouldn’t allow another hit for the final three innings and Seward would draw a bases loaded bean ball in the 6th to score another run as they came out on top of an 8-2 decision. Saints pitchers allowed just 2 hits to Northeastern in the win as Wagner tossed 5 innings and Maldonado finished the final 2. Jared Broadbent didn’t start his season too shabby as the sophomore went 3 for 4 in the opener with a pair of home runs and 3 RBI’s. Closely following that performance was Quay Grant who picked up the tough part of a cycle with a home run and a triple in three plate appearances while he also knocked in 3.
Game two started very well for the Saints much as game one did. Tomlinson again walked to lead off the game and was quickly driven in as Luke Campbell sent a ball screaming over the wall to make it 2-0 Saints. David Morgan and Jared Broadbent singled after Campbell’s bomb and the Saints were in business again. After a wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet, Josh Dawson had an RBI groundout to put Seward up 3-0. However, the Plainsmen would score a trio of runs themselves in the bottom of the 1st on 4 hits including an RBI triple from right fielder Ben Netzel. The 3 theme would continue in the 2nd as a one out NJC error set the table for Campbell’s second home run in as many innings as the sophomore smashed a 1-2 offering towering out of the park to put Seward up 6-3. Seward starter Logan Hall would then settle in as he retired 14 of his next 16 hitters after a pair of singles to lead off the 2nd, as he threw up 5 straight 0’s for the Saints and after a 2 out RBI double by Campbell in the 4th, Seward found themselves up 7-3 going to the bottom of the 7th. That’s when the cherry turned sour on Seward and after a couple of singles and an error, Tyler Patterson launched a three run bomb for Northeastern to tie the game at 7 apiece. Before the inning was over the Plainsmen had put together a 5 spot to take an 8-7 lead as the teams went to the 8th. Seward came out swinging in the 8th and Broadbent and Dawson started the inning with singles and were followed by a walk to Jordan Dallalio to load the bases with no outs. Todd Glime evened the game with a sac fly to center field but that is all the Saints would get as their rally was thwarted by a pair of fielders choices to end the half inning tied at 8. 8-8 it was in the bottom of the 8th before NJC had their first two batters reach base and then score off of Saints reliever Tyler Hill. When the dust settled in the inning, the Plainsmen had scored three and Seward trailed by that same margin as they went up to the plate for their last at bats. Campbell would single for his fourth hit of the game to lead off the inning and after a pair of strikeouts would come around to score on an RBI single from Dawson. With the tying run at the plate, Seward was unable to do anymore damage and fell 11-9. Campbell finished the game with those four hits and a career high 6 RBI’s in the loss while Dawson finished with a pair of hits and RBI’s. In his first collegiate action, Dallalio finished 2 for 4 and Broadbent rounded out the quartet of Saints with multiple hits in the game with 2.

Seward County Lady Saints forward Rachel Barnes has been named the NJCAA National Player of the Week as well as Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week after putting together one of the finer weeks of basketball in school history. On Wednesday against Pratt the sophomore from Windsor, Connecticut scored a career high 34 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, with 6 steals in the Lady Saints 99-69 win over the Beavers. Barnes found her way to the charity stripe 17 times, 2 short of the school record and also banged in 4 three pointers in the contest. On Saturday night in a must win road matchup for Seward at #20 Cloud County Barnes saved her best for last. She scored just 5 first half points as the Lady Saints clinged to a four point halftime lead but followed that up with one of the most memorable halves by any Seward basketball player in memory. Barnes scored 24 2nd half points to finish with 29 as well as 9 rebounds as Seward blew past the T-Birds to take the inside track to the Jayhawk West title. For the week Barnes averaged 31.5 points and 11 rebounds to help push her Lady Saints to 25-2 on the season. Barnes and her Seward teammates will take on Dodge City Saturday night for “Think Pink” and Homecoming nights in the Greenhouse at 6:00.
For the second time in as many weeks Seward County Saints forward Latiq Agard has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week. Agard earns the award this week after posting back to back 20 point efforts against Pratt and Cloud County. Wednesday night against Pratt the sophomore scored his 20 on 7 of 13 shooting while ripping down a season high 13 rebounds even while battling with 6'11 Iliwa Baldwin underneath. In Saturday's big road win against Cloud County, Agard found his way to the free throw line 16 times, just 3 short of the school record, while scoring 20 and picking up 4 rebounds. Agard and his Saints will take on Dodge City Saturday for Homecoming as they look to lock up home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Saturday will also be Latiq Agard poster night so make sure to come out, enjoy the festivities and grab a free poster of Agard and have him sign it at halftime of the women's game.
Seward County Women’s Tennis Coach Darin Workman has announced the signing of his daughter, Liberal High School player Caitlin Workman, for the 2010-2011 season. Caitlin Workman played in the #1 doubles slot for the Lady Skins this fall and is a four time varsity letterman. She made the switch this season to doubles after spending the majority of her first three seasons in singles action which she said she enjoys more. “I like playing singles more than doubles but I just want to do whatever is best for the team. If that is playing both, playing one or the other I am ok with that” she said. Coach Workman is excited about the prospects of coaching his daughter saying “it will be fun as long as she listens to me better on the court than she does at home” he laughed. “She is a good player but we feel like she has a lot of things to improve on before moving on to the four year level” he continued. Workman will be the first Liberal High School tennis player to play for the Lady Saints in 6 seasons while the men’s team currently has two with Landon Harp and Aaron Shaffer. Caitlin will join the team in August and don the green and white for the first time as a Lady Saint in match action later that fall.
As if going to Concordia to play Cloud County wasn’t hard enough as it is, Saturday night the Seward County Saints had to go in and play the T-Birds who were maybe the hottest team in the conference having won three straight going into the contest. The Saints however, weren’t going to let them make it four and battled through some adversity to come out on top 72-67 in Bryant Gymnasium.
The first half of this one was pretty even as the two teams battled back and forth throughout the first 20 minutes of the game and saw just a one point differential at halftime as the Saints held a 28-27 lead. Seward hit 46% of their first half shots to Cloud’s 41 but the Saints left some points at the charity stripe going just 7 for 13 from the line. The T-Birds also kept themselves close by hitting the offensive glass hard and forcing a number of Saint miscues on the offensive end.
Cloud came out hot in the second half and took a 7 point lead just 5 minutes in as they flipped the script on the Saints. The T-Birds would push the lead to double digits halfway through the second period but just when it looked like the Saints were out of it they put together an 11-0 run to retake the lead with just under 8 minutes to go. The last 8 minutes of the game were close with both teams battling hard to try and take an advantage late but Seward’s pressure defense forced a number of turnovers down the stretch and solid late free throw shooting would give the guys in green a 5 point win as time expired. Seward got to the free throw line 30 times in the second half alone, capitalizing on 25 of those attempts. The Saints were also able to hang on thanks to the T-Birds struggles from the outside as a team that somewhat lives or dies on the 3 ball went just 2 for 13 from beyond the arc in the second half and 3 of 20 in the game.
The Saints were led by Donte McCarter who scored 23 points thanks in large part to getting to the free throw line a school record 19 times, knocking down 16 of those. Also finding his way to the charity stripe often in the contest was Latiq Agard who got there 16 times, 4th most in school history, converting on 12 of those tries and finishing with 20 points. Jon Tassin finished a nice night with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Marky Nolen chipped in with 7 points.
With the win, the Saints pick up their 20th win of the season compared to just 7 losses and move to 9-4 in conference play with a solid hold on earning a home playoff game with just 3 regular season contests to go. They will enjoy their only week off of the season before hitting the court again Saturday for Homecoming as they take on a Dodge City team that they definitely owe a little revenge to after the Conqs won by 13 in the two teams first meeting on their home court 3 weeks ago. Saturday’s buyout sponsor is Pizza Hut with free tickets available at both Liberal locations.

It was a game that was circled on many people’s calendar even outside the Seward and Cloud fans. Saturday night’s Jayhawk West Conference game between #15 Seward County and #20 Cloud County had implications on more than just the Lady Saints and Lady T-Birds. With a win Seward would hold a crippling stranglehold on the rest of the league while with a Cloud win, the Lady Saints would drop back into the pack and would open the door for a number of teams to throw their hat into the mix for the conference crown.
Seward raced out to a four point halftime lead despite getting just 5 points from their leading scorer Rachel Barnes but countered that with hardnosed defense and aggressive work on the offensive boards. The two teams were nearly identical in the first half offensively as Cloud outshot Seward 44-42% but the Lady Saints took advantage of a number of turnovers from Cloud while also finding their way to the free throw line 12 times where they outscored the Lady T-Birds by 4.
In the second half the Lady Saints simply grinded out the win by continuing their torrid pace and forcing turnover after turnover which led to a large number of points for the gals in green. “I felt like we wore them down in the last 10 minutes” Seward Head Coach Toby Wynn said about his team’s effort. Seward would go on to outscore Cloud 40-32 in the second half as Rachel Barnes rebounded from a slow first half to put together one of the best halves of basketball that Seward County has ever seen. The sophomore scored 24 second half points to finish the game with 29 nearly single handedly pushing the Lady Saints to the 78-66 victory.
Barnes paced the Lady Saints with a team high 29 points and 9 rebounds while Vaneza Junior finished a solid night with 11 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. “Vaneza turned that game for us on the defensive end” Wynn said. “She got two big steals to get the momentum back on our side after they were making a run” he continued. Kendra Spresser and Nadia Rosario both finished with 10 and Megan Lassley nearly cracked double figures with 8. Seward forced 23 Cloud turnovers while only giving the ball up 12 times themselves. They outscored Cloud 22 to 8 at the free throw line and picked up 14 offensive rebounds to the T-Birds 10.
The win moves Seward to 25-2 on the season and more importantly 12-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play. They will now enjoy a week of rest before heading back to the court Saturday against Dodge City. Saturday will not only be homecoming in the Greenhouse but it will also be “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness night where the Lady Saints will don pink and help raise breast cancer awareness as well as collect money to donate to the Kay Yow WBCA Breast Cancer Fund.

Wednesday nights Jayhawk West Conference game against Pratt could have been a very easy one for the Seward County Lady Saints to overlook. After all, the Beavers came in just 3-21 on the season and Seward’s biggest game of the season was just around the bend as Cloud County was ahead on the schedule for Saturday. Well, let’s just say that the Lady Saints wouldn’t waste long letting everyone in the Greenhouse, especially the Beavers, that they weren’t looking over this one as they jumped out to 18 points in the first four minutes before going on to nearly clip the century mark in the 99-69 win.
Seward started at a furious pace, rarely letting Pratt get the ball past half court, let alone a good looks at the basket as they raced out to an 18-2 lead just 4 minutes in. The lead was still 16 two minutes later when Morgan Skomal connected from distance to give the gals in green a 19 point cushion. The Lady Saints took their first 20 point lead at the 6:30 mark of the first half when a driving Shelia Washington found Skomal underneath for an easy layup. Seward would push the lead to as many as 23 on just one of many first half buckets from Rachel Barnes and would end the half up 51-30 behind 16 Barnes points and 58% shooting as a team.
Barnes would start the second half much as she closed the first scoring inside on a dish from Nadia Rosario on the Lady Saints first possession. However, Seward slumped offensively through the next 7 minutes, failing to put a shot from the floor in the hoop and Pratt continued their strong play on the offensive end of the court as they went on a 12-3 run to cut the Seward lead to 14 at 56-42. The Lady Saints decided they had had enough of making the game somewhat interesting for their home crowd and went on a 13-1 run of their own, capped by a pair of free throws from Rosario to give them their largest lead of the game at 26. Pratt’s Phylicia Freeman tried to keep the Beavers in it by herself, connecting on three straight baskets including a pair of three’s to get their deficit to back under 20 with 8:06 to go. Seward wouldn’t waste much time in getting that 20 point lead back as Megan Lassley and Rosario connected on back to back possessions and the Lady Saints were back up 22. Up by 20 with 2:35 to go, Seward closed the game on a 14-4 run, including 8 points from Barnes and 4 three pointers from the gals in green to fall just short of the 100 point mark as they came away with the 99-69 win.
Pratt had their best offensive night in conference play scoring 69 points on 46% shooting while Seward scored 99 on 47%. The Lady Saints knocked down 8 three’s in the game and outscored Pratt at the line 23-17. Much of Seward’s 30 point margin of victory came thanks to their 26 forced turnovers and their 19 offensive rebounds compared to just 14 and 5 for Pratt.
Individually the Lady Saints were paced by a career high 34 points from Rachel Barnes who also had 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Morgan Skomal continued her offensive onslaught with a 15 point performance off the bench and has now had her top two career scoring games in the Lady Saints last two wins. Nadia Rosario and Megan Lassley reached double figures with 11 and 10. Narrowly missing a double double was Sumr Robinett who finished with 9 points and a team high 9 rebounds. Pratt star Phylicia Freeman gave her best effort for the Beavers scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while Abbey Rudd had a career game with 17 points.
The win sets up Seward’s showdown with Cloud County in Concordia Saturday night as the 24-2, 11-1 Lady Saints will take on the 23-2, 9-2 Lady T-Birds with huge conference title implications on the line. Seward will enjoy an off week after that match up before returning home to take on Dodge City Saturday for homecoming in the Greenhouse.

It started bad and got worse for the Saints as Seward wrapped up a three game home stand Wednesday night against Pratt. The Saints trailed wire to wire and spent most of that time in a double digit hole. Down by 11 with under 3 minutes to go, Seward battled back to within 4 points but would get no closer in the 76-67 loss.
The Beavers came out hot as they did the first time these two locked up, pulling out to a 12-2 lead 5 minutes in. Donte McCarter knocked down a three to cut the deficit to 7 but as happened most of the night Pratt answered with a three of their own to push the lead back to 10. The two teams would go back and forth for most of the remainder of the half as Seward would cut into the lead but couldn’t seem to get stops when they needed them and found themselves down by 10 as time winded down. The teams would both go scoreless in the last three minutes of the first half and Tony Smith would knock down a three at the horn to put the teams in the locker room with Pratt holding a 33-26 advantage. Seward was outshot 48-33% by the Beavs in the first half but worked hard on the glass picking up 11 offensive rebounds to keep them in the game.
Seward came out energized in the second half quickly cutting the Pratt lead to just 2, four minutes in but Pratt would respond with a 6-0 run to recapture an 8 point lead. Trea Beck would get hot from the three point line and the Saints momentarily found themselves in a 14 point hole at 51-37 and would be looking up at that same deficit with 8 minutes to go in the game. a 7-0 run capped by 5 straight points from Jon Tassin had the Saints back in the game down just 7 one minute later but as they had done all night Pratt locked in from long range and pushed their lead back to double digits moments later. The Pratt lead stood at 11 with 3:13 to go but the Saints weren’t ready to quit fighting. They chipped the lead away to 7 with under 2 minutes to go and 4 with under a minute to go with a Robert Sigala free throw. That was as close as they would get however as Pratt drilled 6 free throws in a row down the stretch and finished the game on an 8-2 run to put the Saints away 76-67.
The conference’s leading offense in Seward was held to just 67 points from the Pratt zone as they shot just 37% in the game. The Saints were just 3 for 27 from the three point line in the contest including an 0 for 11 mark in the second half as they tried to come back. Another deflator on the night was the fact that Seward was in the double bonus for nearly 10 minutes in the second half but couldn’t seem to connect from the charity stripe when they most needed it as they missed 9 second half free throws and shot just 59% in the game from the line.
Individually the Saints were led by another strong performance from Latiq Agard inside who backed up his KJCCC Player of the Week nomination with a 20 point, 13 rebound effort while battling with 6’11 Illiwa Baldwin and 6’7 Jay Valerius down low all night. Marcus James was the only other Saint to find his way into double figures as he finished with 10 and 7 rebounds and Tony Smith could never find a way to get it going as he finished with just 7 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
The Saints fall to 8-4 in conference play and 19-7 on the season and will hit the road Saturday to take on a red hot Cloud County team in Concordia.

Seward County sophomore Latiq Agard has been named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week after his performance in a 2-1 week for the Saints. Agard continued to be the model of consistency for the Saints averaging 18 points per game, just above his season average. His best game of the week came against Colby when he scored 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting to help Seward to a last second win over the Trojans. He shot 54% on the week in the three games and found his way to the free throw line 25 times by his hard work inside. Agard and his Saints will now travel to Cloud County to play one of the conferences hottest teams on the road Saturday night.
Seward County Lady Saints Tennis Head Coach Darin Workman has announced the signing of Salitza Abrantes from Keene, Texas to join the fold of his nationally ranked team for 2010-2011. Abrantes is an outstanding athlete who lettered in 5 different sports during her time at Keene High School. In fact, so far during her senior year, she has already been named her county MVP in cross country and all-county in both volleyball and tennis with two sports to go this year. Abrantes finished 3rd in her district tournament as a freshman and has qualified for the regional tournament both her sophomore and junior years. Last season as a junior, Abrantes was a regional finalist in doubles after finishing 2nd in her district tournament. Along with being a superb athlete, Abrantes is also very active inside of her high school as she is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta, as well as a Student Council Officer.
As a Saints fan, if you see the name Tony while reading something about Seward winning a basketball game your mind automatically thinks to the Saints do it all point guard Tony Smith. However, Saturday night in the Greenhouse it may have just been a different Tony that lifted Seward to their 67-64 victory over Colby.
The matchup on paper didn’t look to be a very good one as a Colby team that came into the Greenhouse looking for their first win since November squared off with the Saints who were 11-0 at home this season. Most of the first half played out as expected as Seward took a comfortable lead after some early jostling back and forth and were up 20-13 halfway through. The margin would stay about the same late as Latiq Agard finished off a Marcus James pass inside to keep Seward up 6 with 1:42 to go in the half. Up 5 with time winding down, Seward failed to clear the boards on a missed shot by Colby and saw the ball end up in the hand of the Trojans leading scorer for the half Regis Schafer who drained a fade away three as time expired to send his team to the locker room down just two at 34-32.
Colby would quickly tie the game as the second half started and would go on to take the lead as Schafer connected on another triple to give the Trojans their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Colby held the lead almost the entire second half and would have a 7 point lead with 4 minutes to go as Michael Morris finished inside off a Schafer dish. The Saints would chip away and Latiq Agard would sink the back end of a two shot foul to cut the lead to 3 but Colby’s Aireus Stephenson would score on the Trojans next possession to re-give them the 5 point cushion with 1:46 to go. Tony Smith would connect on a long range bomb to put Seward down just 62-60 and after a 1 of 2 from the line from Colby, the Saints were down 3 at 63-60 with 1:14 to go. Seward had a shot blocked on their next trip down the court but after a Colby timeout Marky Nolen stripped Stephenson of the ball and took it to the rack to cut the lead to 1 with under a minute to go. Nolen fouled Stephenson on Colby’s next possession but the sophomore was able to connect on just one of two chances and Colby was up 2 with 43 seconds remaining in their upset bid. With the shot clock winding down on the Saints ensuing possession, Nolen found Agard down low and the big man was able to finish to tie the game at 64 with 23 seconds left. As Colby tried to hold for the last shot, Nolen again created havoc for Stephenson as he stole the ball and passed ahead to Robert Sigala who went up strong to the basket, got fouled and made the shot to give Seward their first lead since the 18:15 mark as the Greenhouse crowd erupted. Sigala made his bonus shot to put the Saints up 3 and Stephenson missed a decent look from 30 feet as the buzzer sounded to end the game and let Seward escape with the 67-64 win.
Neither team shot the ball extremely well in the contest as Seward edged Colby just 43 to 41% from the floor in the game while Colby kept themselves in the game by knocking down 8 three pointers to just 2 for the Saints. Colby could have single handedly cost themselves the game at the free throw line where they went just 8 for 17 but the Saints weren’t much better at just 13 for 24. The inside combo of Latiq Agard and Marky Nolen pushed the Saints over the top on the night as Agrad scored 24 and Nolen 12 to lead the way for Seward. Donte McCarter had 8 points and 6 assists and Marcus James had 7 points and 6 rebounds on the night. Tony Smith continued a recent scoring slump as he picked up just 5 after seemingly breaking out of the drought Wednesday with 20, but did help out on the boards for the 3rd straight game as the point guard finished with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Now for the feel good story of the night. Last year on February 6th Saints then freshman guard, Robert Sigala tragically lost his 13 year old brother Tony to a devastating battle with cancer. This year on February 6th, the Saints now sophomore guard had one of his best games of the season playing in memory of his little brother Tony, scoring the game winning bucket for the Saints to cap off a 9 point, 4 rebound, 3 assist performance while playing 26 minutes without a turnover for coach Bryan Zollinger. “I played my best for him” Sigala said after leaving his locker after the game where he had a picture of Tony hung up. “With all the stuff we have been fighting through mentally with these guys, tonight was really a big win for us” said Zollinger after his teams win. The Saints are now 19-6 on the season and 8-3 in conference play with the win. They will wrap up a three game home stand Wednesday as they host the Pratt Beavers who will undoubtedly be hungry after a home loss Wednesday night to Cloud County. Free tickets for Wednesday’s game with Pratt courtesy of the buyout Sponsor Billy’s are available at: Billy’s, Hutch’s North, Jerry Harding State Farm Insurance, KSCB, and the South Pizza Hut in Liberal. Wednesday will be Robert Sigala poster night so make sure to grab your poster of Robert and have him sign it at halftime of the Lady Saints game outside the concession stand.

When you look at a stat sheet and see that your starters only scored 33 points in a Jayhawk West Conference game, you would probably assume that you are in trouble. Fortunately for the 9th ranked Seward County Lady Saints Saturday night, their bench outscored the Colby bench 58-8 as Seward rolled to a 91-38 win over the Lady Trojans to move to 23-2 on the season.
This game played out as expected as Seward took the lead on their first possession of the game and never trailed in the contest. The game was relatively close early as Colby trailed by just 3 four minutes in when Seward went on a 7-0 run highlighted by back to back baskets by Rachel Barnes to take their first double digit lead. With 7:50 remaining in the half the Lady Saints led by just 9 after a Danisha Cole free throw for Colby but Seward would turn it up a notch on defense and not allow the Lady Trojans to score for the remainder of the half as they close on a 22-0 run to take a 48-17 lead into the locker room. On the coattail of a career high 27 point game Wednesday night against Barton, Vaneza Junior threatened to do it again as she led the way for Seward at the half scoring 13 points and picking up 5 steals.
The second half would start nearly the same way that the first did as Rachel Barnes would find Nadia Rosario down low for a layup to give Seward their 50th point of the game. The Lady Saints would lead 54-26 when the Seward starters came out of the game but don’t let the word ‘reserves’ fool you as the Lady Saints non-starters came out on fire going on a quick 11-0 run to push the lead up to 39 at 65-26. Four different players scored during the 11-0 run as Liz Ginther, Morgan Skomal, and Tameka Sanchez buried three pointers followed by a Kendra Spresser jumper to give the Lady Saints that lead. The foursome would continue to scorch the nets down the stretch as they opened the lead to as many as 55 with a minute remaining and would eventually come out on top of the 91-38 final score giving them their 23rd win of the season.
The win was the largest margin of victory against a Division 1 NJCAA opponent since February of 2002 when the Lady Saints defeated Colby 112-59. Making this Seward win a little bit easier were 37 Colby turnovers and 20 offensive rebounds for the Lady Saints. Seward shot 46% from the floor and 31% from the three point line. An interesting side note to this one is that neither team shot a free throw in the second half, an oddity in college basketball.
Individually the Lady Saints were led by a career high 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists from Kendra Spresser as well as a career high 16 points and 8 rebounds for Morgan Skomal. Vaneza Junior scored 13 first half points and finished with the same as the Seward starters played just 5 minutes of the second half before getting a rare opportunity to kick back and rest for the final 15 minutes of the game as they adamantly cheered on their teammates from the bench as they blew the game open late. Tameka Sanchez had the best game of her young career, posting career highs in points (6), rebounds (5), and assists (4) in the win. While playing just 16 minutes in the game, the Seward County starters still managed to outscore Colby’s starters 33-30.
The win moves Seward to 23-2 overall and 10-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play. They will hit the court again Wednesday as they host the Pratt Beavers to wrap up a three game home stand before heading on the road for a much anticipated matchup with Cloud County in Concordia. Free tickets for Wednesday’s game with Pratt courtesy of the buyout Sponsor Billy’s are available at: Billy’s, Hutch’s North, Jerry Harding State Farm Insurance, KSCB, and the South Pizza Hut in Liberal. Wednesday will be Sheila Washington poster night so make sure to grab your poster of Sheila and have her sign it at halftime of the Saints game outside the concession stand.

Seward County Saints forward Marky Nolen has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week after a slew of solid performances in an otherwise forgettable week for Seward. Nolen’s week began on Sunday as he did all he could to try and help Seward to its 12th straight win but his 20 point, 6 rebound effort wasn’t enough in a loss to Dodge City. Wednesday the freshman again came up big as he torched Garden City for 25 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs as Seward picked up the 78-73 victory. Nolen finished the week averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds per game and is currently 3rd on the team in scoring at 12.5 per and leads the Saints in rebounding with 6.2 per game. Nolen and his Saints return to the hardwood tomorrow as they host Colby in the Greenhouse at 8:00.
Collegiate Baseball Magazine has named three Seward County Saints baseball players some of the best in the country in their recent college preview issue. Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson who has committed early to play at Texas Tech University next season was named one of the top 25 shortstops in the NJCAA after impressing many this fall with his glove work, speed, and hitting with his 6’3 frame. Tomlinson was the fastest player to run at the Jayhawk Conference Showcase for all sophomores in the league and is widely considered one of the top players in the region for the upcoming season. Last season Tomlinson was the Saints top utility man as he hit .275 with 15 runs driven in and showed a good eye at the plate as the only Saint to walk more than he struck out. Outfielder Luke Campbell was tabbed one of the top 35 outfielders in the nation after slugging a team best 11 home runs and 57 RBI’s last season. The Arvada, Colorado native also led the team with 16 doubles on the year and was second on the team with a 1.106 OPS. While he had an All-Conference freshman season, Campbell has come back even stronger this season and should be one of the top power hitters in the region. Saints righty Jared Wagner was also named in the report as one of the top 50 right handed pitchers in the nation after a solid fall campaign for Seward and a freshman season last year where he went 3-0 with 1 save. Wagner was the Saints top man out of the bullpen late last year as he struck out 12 in 19 1/3 innings of work. The trio and the rest of their Saint teammates open their season next Saturday at home against Northeastern JC in a rematch of last year’s season opening series in which the Saints won 3 out of 4 games.
It was one of those cliché ‘must win games’ Wednesday night in the Greenhouse as Seward County took on defending conference champion Barton County and the Saints did just enough to come out on top as they withstood a late three point barrage from the Cougars to pick up their 18th win of the season 89-82.
The two teams were desperate for wins as Seward came in losers of 3 of their last 4 and Barton 5 of their last 6. The Saints looked to remain in the picture for a conference title while Barton would be happy just to have a shot at a home playoff game in March. Both teams came out hungry and executed on the offensive end early as the score was tied at 7 three minutes in. Seward would take the first decisive lead of the game when they followed that with an 8-0 run capped by a drive and dish by Tony Smith who found Donte McCarter for the finish to put the Saints up 15-7 with 15:22 to go in the first half. The Saints would take their largest lead of the half at 13 with 7:16 to go as a picture perfect high-low dish from Marky Nolen to Marcus James connected and finished with a James throw down to get the home crowd fired up. A late bucket from Ronald Baker would cut the Seward lead by a pair but the Saints would still go into the locker room up 10 points 42-32 as they looked to get back on track against the Cougars.
After a slow shooting start for the Cougars, they opened the second half on fire as they quickly erased the big Seward County lead coming out on a 10-2 run and then taking a lead of their own with 15:28 to go as they connected on their 5th three pointer of the half in less than 5 minutes of play. A slashing Isaiah Thaw would tie the game up for Seward at 51-51, a bucket that would spark a 10-2 run for the Saints, thanks in part to three straight Robert Sigala assists to put the home team up 61-53 with under 12 minutes to go. The pesky Cougars just wouldn’t go away unfortunately for Seward and they showed they could make a run of their own, going on a 9-0 jot to take a one point lead and force yet another Seward County timeout. Tony Smith found Sigala open up top and the sophomore buried a three on the Saints first possession out of the timeout to re-give them the lead but it wouldn’t last long as Barton’s leading scorer Karon Burton would hit a fade away jumper moments later to knot the score back up at 70 apiece. After trading baskets and seeing their 6th tie of the game, Seward had seen enough as Smith and Jon Tassin connected on three’s as part of a 10-0 Seward run to put them up 82-72 and finally out of arms reach from Craig Fletchall’s Cougars. The game would get to as close as 5 in the last minute but the Saints free throw shooting outlasted the Barton rally as the guys in green were able to leave the gym with a good feeling for the first time in their last three tries, coming out on top 89-82.
The Seward County offense, ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring, followed up their worst offensive performance of the year with an 89 point showing thanks in part to 16 or more points from four of their five starters. Tony Smith led the way with one of his better games in the last month scoring 20 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing out 7 assists without a turnover, all team highs. Marcus James played strong inside, throwing down a couple of dunks and getting fouled on a few others which would have made Barton defenders poster material as he scored 19 on the night. Jon Tassin had his best shooting night of his career connecting on 4 of 5 long range shots en route to scoring 17 points and Latiq Agard continued to be a model for consistency scoring 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor. Despite being bruised and battered inside in a pair of road games this weekend, Marky Nolen came off the Seward bench in Wednesday’s win to score 8 points, grab 8 rebounds, dish out 5 assists, and pick up a team high 4 steals in a stat sheet filler for him.
The win was the Saints 18th of the year as they move to 18-6 and 7-3 in conference on the campaign. They will now host a struggling Colby squad Saturday night before Pratt comes to down Wednesday . Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is McDonald’s with free tickets available at both Liberal locations. Saturday night will be Tony Smith poster night so make sure to pick up your free poster of the Saints star guard at any of the entrances and have him sign them for you outside the concession stand at halftime of the women’s game.

It was a game that Head Coach Toby Wynn called the most important game of the season. The 9th ranked Seward County Lady Saints coming off of only their 2nd loss of the year, hosted the defending conference champion Barton County Lady Cougars in the Greenhouse Wednesday night to open up a three game home stand. If it was in fact the most important game of the year for Seward, their future is looking bright as they blew out the gals from Great Bend 87-64 after leading by as many as 34 in the game.

The game started just as the Lady Saints drew it up on the chalkboard, racing out to a 5-0 lead with a layup inside by Nadia Rosario and a three ball from Vaneza Junior, previewing what was to come on the night. Barton would fight back to tie the game at 9 minutes later but the game wouldn’t be knotted for long as Seward would hold the Lady Cougars scoreless for the next seven minutes as they went on an 18-0 run behind 8 points each from Junior and Rachel Barnes to take any hope out of the Greenhouse visitors. Seward would end the half up 39-23 capitalizing on 19 Barton turnovers and a 17 first half points from Junior.

Seward would quickly extend the lead to 24 in the second half as Megan Lassley and Kendra Spresser hooked up on a fast break layup and the lead would reach 31 minutes later after Spresser picked the pocket of former Liberal High School guard Hannah Rotolo and took it coast to coast for the layup. The Lady Saints would take their largest lead of the game with 7:54 to go as Sheila Washington drove to the bucket and scored an easy two. Barton would cut into the lead in garbage time to make the score appear closer than the game was but Seward still came out on top 87-64 as the final horn sounded.

If you were to look at the box score alone and not know the score prior to looking you might think that this one was a close battle as Seward shot 49% to Barton’s 48% while Barton shot better from the three point line and free throw line at the same time as outrebounding the Lady Saints 37 to 29. The place that made the score as lopsided as it was, was the 29 Lady Cougar turnovers to just 11 from Seward County. Individually Seward was paced by a career high 27 points from Vaneza Junior who took advantage of numerous fast break run outs and easy layup chances to go 10 for 13 from the field including 3 of 5 from long distance. Rachel Barnes and Nadia Rosario had no problem with the nations #2 shot blocker Annie Kassongo as the pair combined for 40 points on 16 of 23 shooting as they had their way with Barton inside. Kendra Spresser was the only Lady Saint to score off the bench but outscored the Barton bench all by herself putting up 14 on 5 of 8 shooting in the contest. While not getting into the scoring column on the night, Megan Lassley did a job defensively on the Lady Cougar guards as she helped force 11 turnovers from Barton’s starting backcourt and came away with 5 steals for her effort.

Seward glides to 22-2 on the season and 9-1 in Jayhawk Conference play. They will take on a pair of conference bottom feeders in their next two contests as 3-20 Colby comes to town Saturday followed by 3-20 Pratt on Wednesday before their much anticipated showdown with Cloud County in Concordia next Saturday. The buyout sponsor for Saturday’s game with Colby is McDonald’s with free tickets available at either Golden Arch location. Saturday will be Rachel Barnes poster night in the Greenhouse so make sure to pick up your free poster of the All-American at either entrance and have her sign it at halftime of the Men’s game outside the concession stand.
The Seward County Lady Saints finished off a perfect first half of conference play Saturday night in El Dorado as they knocked off Butler to move to 8-0 in Jayhawk West action. Monday night, in a hard fought battle, the Lady Saints dropped their first conference game as they were stymied by Hutchinson’s solid defense as they were held to 26% shooting in the 67-55 loss.
Saturday night the 10th ranked Lady Saints traveled to the Power Plant to take on Butler and got much more of a battle than they were looking for. The Lady Grizzlies jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the game and after Seward regained control, got the lead back late in the first half on a pair of triples from Abby Fawcett. Seward would close the half on a 12-3 run to take a 6 point lead into the locker room and wouldn’t look back from there. They extended that run to 16-3 to open the second half and Megan Lassley’s sharpshooting from the outside would thwart any Butler rally in the 2nd 20 minutes. The Lady Saints would eventually push their lead to 16 and finished another solid offensive performance by outscoring the Grizzlies 86-73 on their home court to take home their 10th straight win on the year.
Rachel Barnes was her normal self scoring a game high 27 points and grabbing 8 rebounds while Nadia Rosario dominated a much smaller Butler team inside with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Lassley connected on 3 three-pointers and finished with a nice line of 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals while Vaneza Junior, Sheila Washington, and Morgan Skomal all scored 8 points apiece.
The win set up a much anticipated rematch with #24 Hutchinson in the Sports Arena on Monday night as the Lady Saints looked to all but wrap up the Jayhawk West Conference just 9 games in and the Lady Dragons looked to just stay afloat in the conference race coming off of a big win over Cloud County on Saturday. The game started well for Seward as Vaneza Junior would put the Lady Saints up 5-0 with a layup 3 minutes in and then Rachel Barnes would put the gals in green up 9-2 with a finish inside a minute later as Seward had visions of last year’s blowout win in their mind for déjŕ vu. However, the Lady Saints would go without a field goal for over 8 minutes through the middle part of the half as Hutchinson was able to battle back to within two at 11-9. The action would heat up offensively as the two teams alternated scores and Seward found themselves up one at 16-15 with 6:54 to go in the first half. Hutchinson would outscore Seward 12-2 in the next 4 minutes to take a commanding 9 point lead but the Lady Saints would finish the half on a 7-0 run capped by 3 Morgan Skomal points to slash the deficit to 2 as the teams hit the locker rooms.
The start of the second half made a mockery of the importance of momentum going into the locker room at halftime as Hutch opened on a 10-0 run and held Seward scoreless for over 4 and a half minutes to take a 12 point lead. The Dragon lead would jump to 16 with under 9 minutes to play but just when all looked hopeless for Seward, the Lady Saints gave a last big push, going on a 11-0 5 minute run to chop the Hutch lead to just 5 as a new ball game was on with 5 minutes to go in the game. Unfortunately for Lady Saints fans the Lady Dragons would score 7 quick points to push the lead back to double digits and that is the margin the score was at when the final horn sounded at 67-55.
With one of the top rated defenses in the country Hutchinson shut down the Seward County offensive attack holding them to just 26% shooting overall and just 5 for 23 from the three point line on the night. Although Hutch did turn the ball over 24 times on the night, 17 offensive rebounds and a 55-29 advantage on the boards helped push them out to the win. While most would expect Hutch stars Heather Robben and Ariella McGhee to lead them to a big victory over their rival Seward, it was freshman Blessing Uba who dialed it up a notch and scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win for the Lady Dragons. Vaneza Junior led Seward with 14 points while Rachel Barnes and Nadia Rosario both had 10.
The loss was just Seward’s second of the season as they drop to 21-2 on the year but still lead the Jayhawk Conference with an 8-1 record a little more than halfway through. The Lady Saints will now return home for a sustained home stand as they will see their next 3 games in the comfort of the Greenhouse, a place where they are 8-1 this season. That home stand will start Wednesday against Barton County as the teams will square off for the second time this year after Seward downed them 70-56 in early December. Holiday Inn Express and the Southwest Times are the buyout sponsors with free tickets available at both of those locations as well as Days Inn, Hutch’s, and First National Bank.

The Seward County Saints went into this weekend’s short 2 game road swing to Central Kansas having won 11 of their last 12 games and at 6-1 atop the Jayhawk West Conference. After falling to Butler Saturday night in the Power Plant and to Hutchinson Monday night in the Sports Arena, the Saints come back home at 6-3 with their recent 10 game win streak the furthest thing from their mind.
Saturday night at Butler, Seward controlled much of the early part of the game, getting a 10-4 lead early and hanging on to the advantage until late in the first half. The Saints led 36-35 with just over a minute left in the first half when Butler erupted on a 7-0 run to lead the guys in green by 6, 42-36 going into the locker room at half. The momentum carried right into the second half as Butler strung together a 17-1 run midway through the half to blow open a 22 point lead and all but finish off the Saints bid to stay in 1st place in the Jayhawk West after the first round of play. Seward would make it a respectable final score but it was far too little too late as the Grizzlies took down the Saints 84-74.
Butler was sparked by Saint killer Caleb Walker who scored a season high 25 for the Grizzlies, his third straight double figure scoring effort against Seward dating back to last season. The Saints got strong games inside from Marcus James and Latiq Agard who scored 19 and 18 points respectively while guards Robert Sigala and Donte McCarter also found their way into double figures with 21 points combined. Seward was outrebounded 39 to 21 in the contest including 16 offensive rebounds for Butler. The Saints were in major foul trouble most of the game as Marky Nolen and Jon Tassin fouled out nearly halfway through the second half and James fouled out later on in the contest.
With the Butler game behind them, the Saints had a chance to start a busy three game week on the right track as they headed to the Sports Arena to take on rival Hutchinson Monday night. With a win the Saints would put themselves right back in first place in the Jayhawk West and in the driver’s seat for a conference crown. Unfortunately, Seward had a bad case of the Monday’s and came out of the battle licking their wounds and trying to right the ship as they open up a three game home stand Wednesday.
The game started well for the Saints as they looked to beat the 9th ranked team in the country for the second time this season as they took a 10-4 lead 6 minutes in with a combination of solid defense and a lackluster start from the Dragons. Seward pushed their lead to 9 as Tony Smith and Donte McCarter got to the basket on back to back possessions to make it 15-6 but it still seemed as if they might have missed an opportunity to make the lead even bigger as Hutch was simply out of sorts on the offensive end for the first 12 minutes of the game. The Saints would keep a 9 point lead with 6:44 to go when Steve Eck’s Blue Dragons snapped out of it and went on a 15-2 run in the next five minutes to erase the Seward lead and take a 4 point lead of their own with just over a minute remaining to play in the half. Smith would connect on a straight away three ball to cut the Dragon lead to 1 but as the horn sounded to end the first half the Saints lapsed on defense and gave an open three point look to Joe Mitchell who took advantage of the look at tickled the twine to put his team back up 4 at 26-22. The teams jostled for the first 5 minutes coming out of the break as Latiq Agard would trim the lead to 3 with a strong finish at the tin but that is as close as Seward would get as Hutch went on a 21-8 run through the middle part of the half to stretch their lead to a game high 16 points. The game would never get much closer as the Saints fell 62-48 as Hutchinson revenged an earlier loss in Liberal to win their 8th straight Jayhawk West game.
Seward was held 23 points under their previously low scoring game with the 48 point performance as they shot just 33% in the game and misfired on 16 of 19 three point attempts on the night. The Saints were also hampered by 18 turnovers to just 9 assists in the game and also foul trouble as the guys in green were whistled 21 times on the night to Hutch’s 13. Latiq Agard was the only Saint to reach double figures in scoring as he finished with 18 and 5 rebounds. Donte McCarter and Tony Smith chipped in 8 a piece but both struggled from the field going a combined 7 for 21 from the field and 2 for 13 from the three point line. Smith did have the best rebounding game of his career as he climbed high for 9 boards and Jon Tassin had 10 rebounds to go along with 7 points in the loss.
The Saints fall to 17-6 overall and 6-3 in Jayhawk West play as they sit in 3rd place in the conference with a chance to make up some ground with 3 straight games in the Greenhouse starting Wednesday. Wednesday night the defending conference champion Barton County Cougars will come to Liberal with tip off set for 8:00. Holiday Inn Express and the Southwest Times are the buyout sponsors with free tickets available at both of those locations as well as Days Inn, Hutch’s, and First National Bank.