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Its time to dust off those old cleats and squeeze into the pinstripes for the Inaugural Saints Baseball Alumni Weekend. Thats right, we are inviting all Seward County Saints Baseball alumns and their families back to Liberal on Labor Day Weekend (September 3-5) to relive the glory days at Brent Gould Field. The weekend will consist of a new facilities tour, a home run derby, a game against the current Saints, a dinner and social after the game, as well as a golf tournament on Sunday morning. For more information click below and follow the links to register!

Under current Head Coach, Galen McSpadden, the Seward County Community College baseball program has amassed a record of 986-546 over the past 29 years, which has included: 1 NJCAA World Series appearance; 5 regional tournament championships; 13 regular season conference championships; 18 All-Americans and 144 All-Conference players. The sustained success of Saints baseball has been a direct result of both the quality of players that have performed on Brent Gould Field as well as the quality of men that have continued their lives after Seward County. Winning has become a tradition for the Saints, and Seward County Community College would like to invite all of those who have been a part of it back to Liberal, Kansas (this Labor Day weekend) for the Inaugural SCCC Baseball Alumni Weekend.



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:



Friday, September 3rd



· 8:00 P.M. - Everyone is invited to meet up at Billy’s BBQ for a late dinner or drinks. Billy’s provides a sports bar atmosphere to socialize with whomever makes it into town early enough. Billy’s is located at 44 Village Plaza (between Dillons and North Pizza Hut).



Saturday, September 4th



· 9:00 A.M.- Optional Campus Tour. For those who have not seen the campus since

the renovations to the athletic facilities, meet at the baseball field

parking lot for a quick 30 minute tour.



· 10:15 A.M.- Alumni Batting Practice. Batting practice will begin for all Alumni

(including those who are not participating in the game).



· 11:15 A.M.- Home Run Derby. Entry fee for the Home Run Derby will be $10

with the winner taking home a prize.



· 12:20 P.M.- Alumni Team Infield.



· 1:00 P.M.- Alumni vs. Current Saints (possible double header depending on

registration numbers)



· 7:00 P.M.- Dinner at Billy’s BBQ and Auction. Optional transportation may be provided. The dinner will include a traditional barbeque style with two or three different meat choices.



Sunday, September 5th



· 8:00 A.M.- Golf Tournament Registration.



· 8:30 A.M.- Golf Tournament.



Attached is the registration form. Please fill out and return along with your $50 fee to the address on the form as soon as possible; or you may also register by sending your information by email to Roy Allen ( roy.allen@sccc.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and pay your fee online at the following link http://alumni.sccc.edu/events/event_details.asp?id=115480. The $50 fee will include a t-shirt, the Saturday night barbeque meal, and the golf green fee as well as a golf cart. Family members are more than welcome. Each additional family member will be an extra $5 for the Saturday night meal and $25 for the golf tournament. To ensure accurate t-shirt orders and event planning, we ask that all forms be returned by August 14th. However, late registration will be accepted. Any proceeds after costs will go directly to the Seward County baseball program. Family members who are not participating in the golf tournament are encouraged to enjoy the new local Adventure Bay Water Park or the newly renovated Southgate Cinema 6 movie theater in Liberal. The college bookstore, located on campus, will also be open to all alumni from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.



The following hotel rates are being offered from several hotels in Liberal. When reserving a room, please mention that you are part of the SCCC Baseball Alumni Weekend. We encourage that you reserve a room as soon as possible as Labor Day Weekend is busy in Liberal.



(WBf = with breakfast) (WoBf = without breakfast) (zip code for GPS = 67901)



1. Holiday Inn Express ($59 a night WBf): 877-786-9480 / 1550 N Lincoln Ave

2. Days Inn ($49 a night WBf): 620-626-7377 / 405 E Pancake Blvd

3. Super 8 ($50 a night WBf): 620-624-8880 / 747 E Pancake Blvd

4. Quality Inn ($59 a night WBf): 620-624-0242 / 720 E Pancake Blvd

5. Liberal Inn ($58 a night WoBf): 620-624-7254 / 603 E Pancake Blvd

6. Southwind Inn ($45.00 a night WoBf): 620-624-6236 / 619 E Pancake Blvd

7. America’s Best Value Inn ($55 a night WoBf): 620-624-6203 / 564 E Pancake Blvd



Come relive those memories of being a part of a winning tradition!!!





CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2010 SAINTS BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND



As the 2009-2010 NJCAA Academic All-American Awards come out, the Seward County Saints and Lady Saints find their names spread all throughout as 10 SCCC/ATS student-athletes have been given the prestigious honor from the NJCAA as awards were released this week.
Highlighting the list of 10 are Men’s Tennis player Carlos Souza, Women’s Tennis player Shaley Thomas, and Women’s Basketball player Liz Ginther who all received Distinguished Academic All-American honors by achieving overall GPA’s of 3.80 or above. The 7 student-athletes named Academic All-American for maintaining GPA’s between 3.60-3.80 were Baseball players Luke Campbell, Josh Dawson, Hayden Holub, and Jared Wagner, Softball player Amy Schartz, Men’s Tennis player Fernando Soni, and Volleyball player Taryn Westerman.
Seven of the student-athletes named to the list were Jayhawk West Champions at Seward County this season while four participated in their respective NJCAA National Tournament in 2010.
CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL 2009-2010 NJCAA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
After 6 of 7 Seward County teams either won the Jayhawk West Conference or advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament this season, it was quite evident Tuesday that practicing their skills on the field and the court weren’t the only things that the Saints and Lady Saints were going during the 2009-2010 school year. It was announced Tuesday that a matching 6 of 7 teams had been named to the NJCAA’s Academic Teams of the Year list to recognize teams composite achievements in the classroom.
At the top of their respective list for the second straight season was Head Coach Darin Workman’s Men’s Tennis team who amassed a 3.74 team GPA this year to take home their second straight NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Championship. The Saints win the award as the nation’s top academic team again this year by blowing away the competition with the next closest competitor being at 3.39.
Workman’s Women’s Tennis team was equally impressive, finishing in 3rd place in the country, just .02 off the national lead with a 3.67 team GPA. The Lady Saints trailed just East Central CC (Miss.) and Scottsdale CC (Ariz.) and put together the highest GPA of any team in the region this year.
The Lady Saints Volleyball team headed by coach Bert Luallen find their way into the sweet 16 academically this season as they pooled their grades for a 3.35 mark this year. The Lady Saints GPA was the highest of any Division 1 team in the region for the 2009-10 school year.
Head Coach Galen McSpadden’s Saints Baseball team checked in at #18 on the list in their sport, posting a 3.04 team GPA. The Saints not only took home the Jayhawk West Championship on the diamond this season but took home the imaginary trophy from the classroom as well as they finished higher than any other Jayhawk West team when it came to academics as well.
Finishing 26th in the country was Toby Wynn’s Lady Saints Women’s Basketball team who backed up a 31-3 season with ironically a 3.13 team GPA. The Lady Saints were the #3 team from the Jayhawk West and joined 6 other teams total from the Sunflower State in the rankings.
Last but certainly not least was coach Andrea Gustafson’s Lady Saints Softball team who found their way onto the list at #39 after a 9th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Lady Saints put together a 3.17 overall GPA on the year and were behind only Colby CC when it came to the Jayhawk West academic standings.
For the fourth straight year, Bert Luallen’s Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team has been awarded the AVCA Team Academic Award. This season the Lady Saint join a record crowd of over 450 different men’s and women’s high school, junior college, NCAA, and NAIA volleyball teams to be given the award. However, the Lady Saints are one of just eight teams at the two-year college level to be given the award.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Lady Saint stand in elite company with the award this season with only seven other schools in their class. Allen County and Dodge City were the only other two Jayhawk schools to earn the award with the other five schools being Dawson CC (Mont.), Linn-Benton CC (Oreg.), North Platte CC (Nebr.), Northeastern JC (Colo.), and Redlands CC (Okla.).
"There is no better way to gauge the success of a sport than to track the accomplishments of the people who participate," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Each of these 450 teams represents 12-15 really smart kids. What a great day for the sport of volleyball" she continued.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced that the Seward County Lady Saints are on its list of winners for the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.
The Lady Saints check in at #12 on the JC/CC list this season after compiling a team GPA of 3.10 over the course of the 2009-2010 school year. Toby Wynn’s Seward squad was the highest ranked team from the Jayhawk Conference on the list, finding themselves just ahead of Johnson County and Ft. Scott.
“Congratulations to these teams who have excelled academically during the 2009-10 school year," WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “Each of these coaches set an extraordinary example for their peers to follow by holding academics in such high esteem with their student-athletes" she continued.
After two successful seasons for Seward County, sophomore sluggers Luke Campbell and Quay Grant have signed their National Letters of Intent to play for Coach Ray Birmingham and NCAA Regional participant, the University of New Mexico for the 2010-2011 season.
Grant played primarily 3rd base for the Saints this season while also serving as Seward’s stopper at the end of ballgames. He finished the season hitting .365 with 13 doubles, 7 home runs, and 51 RBI’s as well as a 3.67 ERA on the hill for the Saints. However, it was Grant’s .446 batting average and 31 RBI’s in 32 games during Jayhawk West Conference play that earned the sophomore 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Region accolades when the postseason awards were announced. Grant says that he has been told that he will also be given the chance to work as a two way player while at UNM.
Campbell will join the hitter friendly confines of Isotopes Park at UNM after having yet another stellar season in the middle of the Seward order for Coach Galen McSpadden. Campbell led the Saints in hitting in 2010, posting a .378 average with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and a team high 65 RBI’s. It was the second straight season that Campbell put up big power numbers for Seward as the Arvada, Colorado native hit .362 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI’s as a freshman in 2009. The two year totals for Campbell stack up favorably against some of the best players in school history as his 20 home runs ranks 8th all-time while his 122 RBI’s but him 4th on the school’s all-time list. Campbell’s play on the diamond this season earned him 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-Region honors.
The pair will join a Lobos team that made it to NCAA Regionals this season and took a run at Super Regionals after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in regional play by knocking off one of the top pitchers in the Pac-10 in Jordan Pries and the Stanford Cardinal in their first game of the tournament. UNM then held a late lead in their winners bracket game against Minnesota but lost the lead late and fell in extra innings before having their season finished by host Cal State Fullerton a day later to make them 38-22 to finish the 2010 season.