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The Seward County Saints raced out to a good start and never let up Saturday night as they went on to hammer the defending Region VI Champions Butler Grizzlies 86-65 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score looked. The Saints would take a 12-2 lead in the first 2:45 of the game and would lead by 21 as the teams went to the locker rooms at half. After the break the guys in green would continue to pour it on, going up by as many as 31 midway through before finishing off a Grizzlies team who had beaten both Hutchinson and Cloud County, by a 21 point spread.
The matchup would start with a bang for Seward as Rafriel Guthrie would can a left win three pointer to open up the scoring and after Josh Gibbs scored on Butlers first possessions the Saints would go on a 9-0 run in just 1:45 with buckets by four different players to put Seward up 12-2 at the 17 minute mark. The Grizzlies would claw back into the game, holding the high flying Saints to just 3 points in four minutes while hitting 3 three pointers of their own en route to cutting the Seward lead to just 15-12. Butler would get to as close as two as the midway point of the half hit but the Saints would quickly extend upon their lead as Daveon Boardingham completed a three point play and Phil Hawkins scored in transition to make it 25-18 Seward with 8:22 to go in the half. Later on, Marquez Patterson would hit a trailing Marky Nolen at the top of the key for a three pointer to put the Saints up 32-21 and they weren’t done there. They would find themselves up a dozen with 3:14 left in the half and would go on a 9-0 run in just 1:20 with a barrage of action coming from Nolen and Jeremy Jones to take a 21 point, 47-26 lead. The Grizzlies would break up the run with a basket inside but the Saints would score the last hoop of the half and would take a 49-28 advantage into the half after 20 minutes of play. The Saints blistered the nets in the first half, shooting 58% as a team and turning the ball over just 3 times while holding Butler to 39% and forcing almost twice as many Grizzly turnovers (16) as field goals made (9) in the period.
The two teams would play even through the first five minutes of the second half as the Saints continued to lead by 21, 59-38 as the 15 minute mark hit. The Grizzlies would only get to within 17 and no closer as the Saints kept putting the offensive pressure on them. A mid-half 13-1 stint for Seward would all but seal the deal on Butler as the Grizzlies would find themselves down 72-43 with just 10:21 remaining in the game. A few minutes later the highlight of the night would come as Butler attempted to put a full court press on the Saints out of a timeout, to which Seward quickly threw the ball over the top to Jones to create a two on one with he and Boardingham. As Jones glided up the court it was pretty evident what his intentions were as Boardingham took a step back, got an approach and took off into the air as Jones lobbed the ball up, which found the big man’s hands and was flushed home, over Butler’s Andrew Victoria who could do nothing but put his head down as he became the business end of what basketball fans like to call a ‘posterization’. The play electrified all of those who hadn’t yet left the blowout and would put Seward up 31 with under eight minutes to go and while Butler would cut into the lead as time wound down, the Saints would still find themselves on top of an 86-65 victory as time expired.
Seward’s offense was clicking in the win as they finished the game shooting 52% from the field as 6 players reached double figures on the night. The Saints would force 32 Butler turnovers, more than making up for the 21 offensive rebounds the Grizzlies would grab in the contest. Leading the way individually for the Saints would be Boardingham who scored a career high 18 points and had 6 rebounds while Jones finished a quiet night for his standards with 14 points and 7 assists. Nolen would notch his 5th straight double-double in the win, chalking up 13 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 5 assists and 4 steals while Hawkins, Guthrie, and Irvin Hollinger all reached double figures as well.
The win leaves Seward in 1st place in the Jayhawk West as the first half of conference action comes to a close. They are now 19-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play with the only team that has handed them a loss in the past 58 days coming to town on Wednesday. The Saints and the Hutchinson Blue Dragons will square off for the second time this season as Seward looks to avenge their earlier defeat in the Sports Arena while Hutch will try and knock the Saints back to the pack in the conference standings. With the game falling on the 33rd day of 2011, during the game on Wednesday, SCCC/ATS will celebrate being named the 33rd best community college in the country by Washington Monthly with a number of festivities and giveaways including free t-shirts and mini-balls. The night will also be Jeremy Jones poster night so make sure to pick up your free poster of Jeremy at any of the entrances and have him sign it at halftime of the Lady Saints game outside of the concession stand. Free tickets will be available courtesy of our buyout sponsor McDonald’s, at either of their Liberal locations through Wednesday.
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It wasn’t the easiest game on the eyes unless you are a fan of missed shots and defense but the Seward County Lady Saints wrapped up their first half of Jayhawk West Conference play Saturday night in the Greenhouse with a 55-47, come from behind, overtime victory over conference leading Butler to put themselves right back in the race at 5-3. Seward would face a large deficit most of the first half before cutting it to a 22-20 game at the break and would then hold a sizeable lead of their own through the majority of the second half. However, another late game scoring drought of almost 5 minutes would put them behind the eight ball and they would trail by 4 with under four minutes to go and 3 with under 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Ashlynn Knoll would complete a three point play with 26 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime where the Lady Saints outscored the Grizzlies 12-4 to come away with the win.
Two teams desperately needing wins for two different reasons collided Saturday night in the Greenhouse in Liberal as the 6-1 Butler Grizzlies looked to come to town and complete the sweep of the top three teams in the Jayhawk West Conference after already defeating Hutchinson and Cloud County earlier in the season, while on the other side of the court, Seward County was looking to bounce back from a tough road loss in the final seconds of Wednesday night’s contest with Garden City with a victory over Butler to stay in the race and in the top half of the conference standings. It was Butler who looked hungrier early as they would keep Seward without a field goal for nearly four minutes to start the game while taking a 5-1 lead. The Lady Saints would jump back into things with an elbow jumper from Kelsey Willson to cut it to 7-5 with 14:31 to go in the half but the Seward offense would go ice cold for the next 4:30 as they would be held without a point as the Grizzlies pushed their lead to 14-5. Seward would start to find their way on offense but would give up matching buckets to Butler and would remain down by nine, 18-9 with 8:28 left in the half. Mariah Lee would connect on four straight free throws to get Seward back to within two possessions but the lid went back onto the North basket and Butler would again take advantage by pushing their lead to nine, 22-13 with 2:36 remaining in the period. Following a timeout, the Lady Saints would respond to the words of their Head Coach as Lee would score 6 points in a 7-0 Seward run to close the half and they would go into the break down just 22-20. While the two point deficit wasn’t what the Lady Saints were looking for after 20 minutes, the stat sheet would show that they were lucky to be in such a minimal hole as they shot just 22% in the half while being outrebounded 27-17 including 9 offensive rebounds for Butler in the first 20 minutes of action. On the positive side of things for Seward was their box-and-one defense that held the region’s top scorer, Abby Fawcett, who averaged 19 points per game coming into the night, without a single point in the first half and frustrated her to the point of standing near half court without moving on many of Butlers possessions.
Seward would carry over the momentum that they went into the half with, right into the final 20 minutes of play as a Morgan Skomal three pointer two minutes in would give the Lady Saints their first lead of the night. Fawcett would finally get on the board after grabbing a long rebound and hitting a pull up jumper on the break to give Butler the lead back but Seward would score the next 7 points to cap a 17-2 run and go ahead 30-24 after a drive and score from Autumn Miller. Seward’s defensive effort would continue to stymie the Butler attack and they would build onto their lead on the other end, taking their largest lead of the night at 37-28 after a finish on the inside from Lee with 8:31 remaining. As Lady Saints fans saw Wednesday night in the Perryman Center in Garden City, just when it looked like the gals in green were in control of the game with a big late lead, the brakes were put on their offense and that happened again Saturday night as Seward was held without a basket for nearly five minutes as Butler quickly erased the Lady Saints lead of nine and then took a four point lead of their own at 41-37 with 5:25 to go in regulation. Neither team would score during the next two minutes until Knoll buried a 12 foot turn around in the lane to make it a two point game with 3:22 left. Seward would force a tough three pointer from Butler on their next trip down the court and Hannah Rotolo would pull down the rebound and take it all the way to the hoop where she was fouled and hit one of two free throws to make it 41-40 in favor of the Grizzlies with 2:30 to go. The Lady Saints would get a pair of three point looks after a steal but wouldn’t be able to connect on either and Butler would take advantage by scoring on a give and go on their next possession to go up 43-40 with 1:39 remaining on the clock. Seward would fail to score on either of their next two chances and would look to be in big trouble as Butler had the ball with 47 seconds left and up by three. The Lady Saints decided not to foul and let the clock run down which proved to be a good choice as the Grizzlies inexplicably turned the ball over trying to get away from the Seward pressure and gave the Lady Saints one more breathe of air with under 30 seconds left in the game. With the game in the balance, the Lady Saints turned to Knoll who took a one on one opportunity and drove to the basket where she finished at the rim and was fouled where she would be sent to the line with a chance to tie the game up at 43. Knoll, Seward’s leading free throw shooter and who had only missed five free throws to that point in Jayhawk West Conference action, stepped up cool, calm, and collected and found nothing but the bottom of the net on her attempt and tied the game up at 43-43. The Seward defense would hold in the final 20 seconds and would get a stop to send the battle to overtime with things all knotted up at 43.
It was all Seward in the extra period as a frustrated Fawcett would be called for an offensive foul as she tried to wriggle free of the defense that had blanketed her all night, and Lee would nail both free throws from the foul to put the gals in green up 45-43. The teams would trade baskets before Miller canned a huge right wing three with 2:34 to go to put Seward up 50-45 and put the crowd and all the momentum on the home teams side. A pair of free throws from Rotolo would push the Seward lead to 7 with 50 seconds left and Butler would score just once more as the Lady Saints put the game away at the free throw line to go on to win 55-47.
In the game that defenfse was the name, Seward held all 13 Grizzlies that played in the game to single digits in scoring with Tiera Andrews leading the way with just 8 and their leading scorer Fawcett to just 2 points in the game on just 3 field goal attempts. Seward would be outshot by Butler 30% to 27% and would be beaten badly on the boards 58-45, including 20 offensive rebounds for the visitors from El Dorado, but Seward would turn the ball over just 13 times in the 45 minutes while Butler committed 24 turnovers on the night. Lee led Seward in scoring in the win, going for 17 points and 8 rebounds while Knoll and Skomal both chipped in 10. While Hanna Bognar didn’t score in the game for Seward, she made more than a small impact on the defensive side of the ball as the 6’2 freshman from Hungary had 9 blocked shots and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes of play against a Grizzlies lineup that featured pair of 6’4 players on the inside.
The end of the game marks the end of the first half of conference play where the Lady Saints now sit in a 4th place tie with Barton at 5-3 and 15-7 overall on the year. Seward’s road will not get any easier as they will take on the team that benefitted from them knocking Butler out of 1st place, the rival Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons, who will come to the Greenhouse Wednesday night at 6:00 for the teams second meeting of the year. With the game falling on the 33rd day of 2011, during the game on Wednesday, SCCC/ATS will celebrate being named the 33rd best community college in the country by Washington Monthly with a number of festivities and giveaways including free t-shirts and mini-balls. Free tickets will be available courtesy of our buyout sponsor McDonald’s, at either of their Liberal locations through Wednesday.
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Ray Nolin of TransAm Trucking, Olathe, spoke to students in the Truck Driving program about future jobs. The next six-week Trucking program is Feb. 28-April 8. For information, call 417-1696 or email michael.mccarthy@sccc.edu. February is Career and Technical Education Month.

February 6-12 is SkillsUSA Week, recognizing students, teachers and industry who are working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. Seward County Community College/Are Technical School students David Winkler, Brandon Bruner & Caleb Crawford sport their new Carhart SkillsUSA state officer jackets.  The jackets are donated from Carhart. Winkler of Plains, Kansas is the state treasurer, district and vice president. He is in the Diesel Technology program. Bruner of Hooker, Okla., is the state parliamentarian, district historian and local secretary. He is in Diesel Technology and the new Natural Gas Compressor Technology program. Crawford of Texhoma, Okla., is the state vice president and district and local reporter. He is in the Auto Mechanics program.  The photos were taken in the new Natural Gas Compression Technology shop. <b>February is also Career and Technical Education Month</b>.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library is proud to present the traveling exhibit Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas.
As a young girl growing up in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart loved a challenge. Aviation proved the perfect associate and provided Earhart with a continuous quest for accomplishments.
This exhibit explores offers a glimpse of Earhart’s passions for flying, women's issues, and aviation safety. Using historic photographs, documents, and newspaper articles, Earhart’s life is detailed from childhood to her disappearance on July 2, 1937.
Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas was produced by the Kansas State Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service. The exhibit is open to the public for the entire month of February.
For more information, contact the SCCC/ATS Library at 620-417-1160.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Seward County Historical Museum and USD #480 are partnering to educate local intermediate grade students on Kansas History on Feb. 4.
Approximately 160 fourth graders will have the opportunity to visit the Coronado Museum to learn about Kansas history. The Sigma Chi Chi, SCCC/ATS Criminal Justice Club, volunteered to assist museum personnel with tours, stories about Kansas History and a Kansas Jeopardy game that will entertained and educated the students throughout the day.
After the program, students will receive promotional items to commemorate Kansas History. Students will also be challenged to participate in an essay competition entitled, “What I learned about Kansas History”. Some of the prizes for the winners of the essay competition include tickets to a college basketball game, t-shirts, pizzas and other memorabilia. The students will have one week after visiting the museum to submit their papers.
The program is a service-learning activity that is designed to educate all ages on Kansas history.
Despite an unusually slow start, an almost unnoticed scoring error, a ruckus crowd going against them, and a good basketball team on the other side of the court, the #20 Seward County Saints moved to 6-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play and 18-3 overall Wednesday night by defeating geographical rival Garden City 72-65 thanks to a strong finish to keep them in 1st place in the conference standings. Neither team was particularly strong early and the two would scrap to a 30-30 tie at the break. Garden would have the advantage midway through the second half but the Saints would come back late thanks to an aggressive attack that led to a number of free throws where they would eventually salt away the game 72-65.
An ugly start from both sides is just what the Broncbusters of Garden City wanted as they knew that it would probably not be in their favor if they stood toe to toe and tried to trade punches with the high flying Saints. They got just that as both teams matchup zone defenses flustered the offensive flow of each other and Garden City would have themselves a 15-6 lead midway through the half. Seward would get things going though and after a three pointer from reigning Conference Player of the Week Jeremy Jones and midrange jumpers from Marquez Patterson and Marky Nolen the Saints were right back in the game at 15-13. Seward would eventually tie things up and the teams would remain close for the rest of the half, trading hard fought basket for hard fought basket. At the break the teams would go into the locker rooms back at square one with things deadlocked at 30-30.
With their home crowd fired up that their Busters were hanging in there with the 1st place Saints, the atmosphere in the Perryman Center became louder and louder as the second half minutes ticked by. Garden City would use that backing to jump ahead of the Saints early in the period but Seward wouldn’t let them get too far away. The Saints would find themselves down 52-49 midway through the half when mysteriously after a pair of empty possessions for each team, they were down 54-49 on the scoreboard. After the error was pointed out to officials and the scorer’s table, and a discussion ensued between the group with both teams stats keepers having the score at 52-49, the score was left at 54-49 because the official book had the score as so. Neither team scored in their next trips and the game was stopped again as the scorekeepers decided that they had in fact made a mistake and the score was corrected to the dismay of the unruly Garden crowd. With things back to order the Saints would turn up their aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. After forcing a number of low percentage opportunities for the Busters, the Saints would get the opposite on their side of the floor, getting to the free throw line with regularity. After knotting the game up at 60, a three pointer from Rafriel Gurthrie would put the Saints on top before a one handed thunderous dunk from Daveon Boardingham on an alley-oop from Jones stretched the lead to 5. Seward would salt the game away at the free throw line where they finished the half 23-36 and would go on to win 72-65 in front of a now disappointed Garden student section.
The Saints finished the game shooting 46 free throws on the night, the most that a Seward County team has shot in a contest since their 2008 National Tournament upset of Chipola. Seward would shoot just 36% in the game, their second lowest mark of the year, but would force 18 Garden City turnovers and would outscore the Busters 29-11 from the free throw line in the win. Jones again led the Saints with 21 points and 4 assists while Boardingham had a big night inside against the undersized Busters, scoring 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, including 10 points and 6 rebounds in the second half. Nolen was the nails that held the Saints together in the win however as the sophomore brushed off a number of inappropriate chants sent his way from the Garden crowd to score 13 points and rip down 18 rebounds, the most boards by a Saints player since Darko Cohadarevic set a school record with 24 early in the 2007 season. Nolen has now posted a double-double in 4 straight games dating back to the Saints win over Pratt on January 15.
The road win for the 20th ranked Saints moves them to 18-3 overall on the season and 6-1 in conference play with just one game left in the first round of conference action. Next up for the guys in green is a matchup Saturday night with defending Region VI Champions Butler who ended Seward’s season one year ago. Saturday will be Marky Nolen poster night so make sure to pick up your poster of Marky at any of the entrances and have him sign it at halftime of the Lady Saints game. First National Bank is our buyout sponsor for the night and will be providing free tickets at any of their Liberal locations throughout the week.
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Wednesday night the Seward County Lady Saints headed up the road to Garden City to take on a Garden City Lady Broncbusters team that has been ravaged by chemistry problems of late and in a tailspin towards the bottom of the Jayhawk West Conference standings. However, with their problems apparently past them, they raced out to a 4 point lead on Seward in the first 20 minutes of play before the Lady Saints came back to take a 7 point lead late in the game. After executing with regularity the best they had in weeks, Seward would hit a dry spell for the final 4:45 of the game and their 7 point lead would begin to shrink and finally with just 2 seconds on the clock it would be gone as Garden City’s Bailey Hemmert hit an open 8 footer from the baseline to give the Lady Busters the 68-67 win.
So far this season it has been the Seward County defense that has led them to a 14-6 start to the year. After leading the region in scoring a season ago, the Lady Saints offense has been slowed to just 65 points per game this season. Wednesday night in the Perryman Center in Garden City however, the Seward offense was in high gear early on in their rivalry matchup with the Garden City Lady Broncbusters. The Lady Saints and Lady Busters would trade baskets through much of the first half with neither team taking more than a two possession lead. Seward would take it right at Garden City’s big front line led by 6’4 Marisela Rodriguez and would have success as Ashlynn Knoll finished the first half with 12 points while Mariah Lee pitched in 7 on 3 of 5 shooting. Unfortunately for Seward, Garden City was even hotter shooting the basketball as a Lady Saints defense that had given up just 33% shooting to their opponents on the season, allowed the Lady Busters to shoot 55% in the first half including 4 of 7 from the three point line and at the half it was the 1-5 Lady Busters who had the 43-39 halftime lead.
Both teams defenses would pick up in the second half and it was Seward’s resistance that was just a touch better as Hannah Rotolo caused havoc to the Garden City backcourt picking up steal after steal leading to instant offense for the Lady Saints to help them take a 62-60 lead with 7:00 remaining on the clock. The Lady Saints would build on their lead as Autumn Miller hit a three pointer and Kayla Thomas found Knoll inside for a short jumper to put Seward up 67-60 and looked to have them in control of the game with just 4:45 left. On the next Lady Buster possession Knoll and Miller would collide as both went in for a steal and it would create an easy 3 on 1 opportunity for Garden to which they picked up an uncontested layup to make the score 67-62. Seward would get methodical on the offensive side of the court for their next three trips and while the clock was draining away which was a good thing, their lead would as well as a Garden bucket would cut it to 67-64 with 2 minutes left in the game. The Lady Saints would get back into their offensive flow and would get two looks inside that had been falling all night but neither would touch the nylon and a Lady Buster hoop inside by Rodriguez would make it a one point game, 67-66 with less than a minute to go. Another chance inside for the Lady Saints would fall by the wayside and Garden City would have the basketball with 25 seconds left in regulation. After setting up a play following a timeout, the Lady Busters would call another timeout with 15 seconds left after not liking what they saw from the Seward defense. Out of the timeout Garden would be forced to shoot a long jumper with 8 seconds to go and it would miss its mark but a fight for the rebound would see the ball land out of bounds and a 50/50 call would go in favor of the home team as the Lady Busters kept the ball with 7 seconds left. Off the inbounds Hemmert would find her way open and as the clock ran down and would send up a shot from the right baseline with 3 seconds left that would find nothing but the bottom of the net to put Garden City up 68-67 with just 1.9 remaining. A well designed play would work to perfection for Seward as they looked to get the ball 94 feet and into the basket in just 1.9 seconds as Rodriguez ran over Rotolo on a screen but it would be just Garden City’s 6th foul and therefore the Lady Saints would not yet get to shoot the bonus free throws. Again with the ball at the opposite end of the court that they needed to be on after the foul and the timeout, the Lady Saints would be unable to even get the ball inbounds and would be called for a 5 second violation without giving themselves a chance to score and the Perryman Center would erupt as the Lady Busters went on to beat Seward for the first time since 2003, 68-67.
Seward would finish the game shooting 42% as a team but would allow Garden City to shoot an even 50% which marked by far the highest that they had allowed any opponent to shoot all season. Knoll would finish the game with 19 points and 5 rebounds while Lee wasn’t far behind with 18 of her own. Rotolo would chalk up a matching 8 points and 8 steals while Thomas ended the night with a career high 9 assists and just 1 turnover.
The loss is a costly one for the Lady Saints as they now fall to 4-3 and back in the pack in the Jayhawk West standings. Now sitting in a tie for 4th and 5th place, the Lady Saints path will not get any easier as they host the two teams on top of the conference standings at 6-1 on Saturday and Wednesday. Saturday night Seward will entertain Butler who will be coming in off of a big win against Cloud County Wednesday night while next Wednesday the Lady Saints will match up for the second time with rival Hutchinson on the Greenhouse floor. The buyout sponsor for Saturday nights tilt with Butler is First National Bank with free tickets available at any of their Liberal locations throughout the week. Wednesday night’s game with Hutchinson will have a number of special festivities centered around Seward County CC/Area Technical School being named the 33rd best Community College in the country recently and fans will have a chance to win t-shirts, mini basketballs and more with all prizes centered around the number 33.
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It’s not unusual for friends and neighbors across Southwest Kansas to share things – tools, clothing or recipes, for example, as well as all kinds of information.
It’s also pretty common for students at every level to share things like classroom assignments or help with homework.
Now, there’s another kind of sharing going on, involving Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Garden City and Dodge City community colleges.
The three institutions are working as partners in teaching upper level mathematics courses–courses that would be difficult and costly to conduct frequently on an individual basis.
The partnership includes instruction in Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations—each a highly focused, technical and intense course in terms of concepts and content. In such classes, students use TI 84 plus or TI 89 graphing calculators, and require close attention and guidance from their instructors. In most cases, those who enroll are engineering majors, or education majors planning to teach secondary level mathematics.
“These courses just aren’t practical for a small community college to offer every semester, since you’re usually talking about just two or three students per class,” said Kevin Brungardt, dean of academics. “Joining forces with our neighboring schools has been the solution.”
In each class, the students use a common textbook, and each school coordinates its own schedule and semester class dates with the others. Instruction takes place over a polycom system, basically an Internet-based two-way audio and video communication network that works essentially like two-way, interactive television.
Most classes involve four to 10 students, based at two to three locations. The polycom technology allows students to see the instructor and students at the instructor’s site.
One thing that hasn’t suffered, though, is collaboration between students. Class members often work together even if they don’t attend the same campus, communicating over the polycom system.
Using the polycom system, SCCC/ATS math instructor Bonnie Merrihew taught Calculus II and III last year for students at all three colleges.
“On occasion, class had to be cancelled due to technology issues, because if one site can’t connect for any reason, the class didn’t happen,” Merrihew said.
However, Merrihew didn’t feel that the long-distance aspect kept class members from learning together.
“Distance wasn’t an issue on this,” she said. “We all got to know each other, and the students talked between sites often before and during class.”
The originating point for instruction rotates between the schools, with teachers on each campus handling classes on a cyclical basis. The portability of polycom makes it easier to schedule class locations at each of the three colleges, since all that’s required is a room with internet access.

The search for Amelia Earhart can finally be called off! The famed aviator will be talking about her thrilling flights at 12 noon, Monday, Feb. 7 at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library and at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 at the Liberal Memorial Library.
Scholar/performer Ann Birney of Ride into History will take the audience back to 1937, just before Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.
Immediately following the performance at the college, Ann Birney will give a workshop on historical performances and how to choose a historic figure to research, interpret and create.
Each performance is free and open to the public.
Earhart twice set out to fly around the world at the equator before she disappeared. The first time, heading west from California, she wrecked her twin-engine Lockheed Electra taking off from Hawaii. Birney, as Earhart, will take the audience to April 14, 1937. Earhart is waiting for her airplane, her silver “flying laboratory” to be repaired so that she can try again. This time, she tells the audience, she will go east instead of west, hoping to reverse her luck with the reversal in direction.
Earhart came into the public eye when she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air in 1928. Among her other records, she became the first woman and second person to solo across the Atlantic, the first person to solo over the Pacific, the first person to fly from Hawaii to California, and the fastest woman to fly non-stop across the U.S.
Birney is a member of Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe that has performed throughout the U.S. Birney’s interpretation of Amelia Earhart is based on extensive research. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas and, like Earhart, is a native Kansan. Birney has been doing her Chautauqua-style performances of Amelia Earhart since 1995. In March of 2000 she became the first person to do an historical performance for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where she was described as “what living history should be—accurate, natural, evocative, and accessible.”
Ride into History interprets several characters, two of which, Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane, are integral to the myth of American individualism.
The KJCCC has announced that Seward County guard Jeremy Jones is the Verizon Wireless Player of the Week for his performances in a pair of wins for the Saints last week. The sophomore from Chicago, Illinois averaged 23 points and 3 assists per game in a pair of Seward wins over Cloud County and Dodge City. On Monday in a big conference matchup in Concordia against the T-Birds, Jones scored 28 points including 7 three-pointers, just one shy of tying the school record, and also had 4 steals in leading the Saints to an 80-57 blowout win. On Saturday against Dodge City Jones helped the Saints breeze to a 92-65 win with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists to keep Seward on top of the Jayhawk West standings.
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Jones has now led the Saints in scoring in four straight and 7 of their last 8 games overall. Jones will look to keep up his streak Wednesday in Garden City when the Saints hit the Perryman Center to take on the Broncbusters at 7:30.
After starting nearly all of their previous five Jayhawk West Conference games slowly, Seward County Lady Saints Head Coach Toby Wynn stressed to his team in practice this week the importance of getting out of the gates strong. Well, the eight Lady Saints dressed for Saturday night’s game with Dodge City must have gotten the message as Seward would more than double up the Lady Conqs in the first half before cruising to the finish line with a 69-42 win to pick up their 14th win of the season.
The first two possessions of the game wouldn’t start the prettiest for the Lady Saints who were taking on a Dodge City team looking to break a seven game losing streak. The Lady Conqs would get four shots on their first trip down the court before the Lady Saints could clear the boards and would get another three on their next trip after Seward turned the ball over on their initial try. However, after all of that, Seward trailed by just two points and would quickly even the game up on a well executed pick and roll between Morgan Skomal and Mattie Yanke. That would get the Lady Saints rolling and they would go on a 7-0 run to take the 7-2 lead and would hold the Lady Conqs without a field goal until the 14:42 mark when Kayla Payton hit a three pointer to make it 7-5. Seward would get the lead to 5 but Dodge would chip away as the Lady Saints went cold from the field. The gals in green would go five minutes without a basket as Dodge cut the Seward advantage to just 10-9. After that it was all Lady Saints, as six different players would score for Seward in the next five minutes of action while keeping Dodge off of the board entirely to push the score to 22-9 in favor of the home team. After a Dodge City basket Kelsey Willson would make a three pointer from straight away to put the Lady Saints up 14 and that is where the spread would stand until the final seconds of the half when Yanke buried a corner three to put Seward up 32-15 as the teams hit the half. The Lady Saints defense was suffocating in the first 20 minutes, holding Dodge City to just 4 field goals and 19% shooting in the period while shooting 44% themselves and turning the ball over just 6 times.
Dodge City would get the first points of the second half but Seward would get the next nine to take their largest lead to that point at 41-17. After the Lady Conqs got to back within 17, Ashlynn Knoll would finish on the break and Autumn Miller would hit a corner three on Seward’s next trip to put them up 49-27 with 11:29 to go in the game. The Seward lead would continue to swell through the middle part of the second half and after a bucket inside by Mariah Lee with a dish from Kayla Thomas the Lady Saints led 60-32 with under six minutes remaining. The Lady Saints would pull up the reigns from there and coast to the final horn where they would win the game 69-42.
Coming into the matchup having struggled mightily on the offensive end as of late, the Lady Saints shot a season high 47% from the field on 25 of 53 shooting while keeping up their pressure on the defensive end, allowing just 26% shooting to the Lady Conqs while forcing 24 turnovers. Skomal led the Lady Saints with 16 points and 5 rebounds while Willson pitched in 11 off the bench for Seward. Knoll and Lee each scored 10 and Hanna Bognar retook the Jayhawk West lead in blocked shots over with 5 rejections in the contest.
Next up on the slate for the Lady Saints is a trip to the Perryman Center on Wednesday at 5:30 for a tussle with a dangerous but underachieving Garden City squad who will enter the matchup at just 1-5. After their trip up highway 83 on Wednesday, the Lady Saints will return home to wrap up the first half of conference play when they host Butler on Saturday in the Greenhouse.
SEWARD COUNTY/DODGE CITY BOX SCORE
In a series that has been historically close between the Seward County Saints and the Dodge City Conquistadors, Saturday nights Jayhawk West Conference tilt between the two was expected to be a good one. However, before halftime even hit you could see some fans heading to the exits as Seward took control early and never let up, blowing the Conqs out 92-65 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score represented.
Early on it looked as if this one was again primed to be another hard fought battle between Seward and Dodge. Rafriel Guthrie would get two quick buckets for the Saints while a Dodge City score on their opening possession followed by a three would give them a 5-4 lead. Jeremy Jones would knock down a pair of shots to put Seward up 8-5 but the Conqs would stay close and five minutes into things it was Seward 10 and Dodge City 9. The Saints would score the next 6 points, including 4 from Marky Nolen to go up 7, 16-9 at the 13:02 mark but Dodge would keep within striking distance and trailed by just 4, 18-14 one minute later. From that point on, there weren’t a whole lot of highlights for the visitors from Dodge. The Saints would score 8 straight points with 4 from Phil Hawkins and 4 from Markee Mazyck to go up a dozen and they were not done yet. Up by 14 with just over four minutes to go in the half, it was Saints forward Daveon Boardingham’s turn to take over. The 6’8 New Jersey native would score on back to back possessions for Seward to put them up 43-25 and would later on grab an offensive rebound and get fouled where he knocked down both free throws to give the Saints their first 20 point lead of the evening with 2:33 to go before the half. The Saints would continue to rack up the points and would go into the half up 52-29 to the dismay of the guys in purple and gold. Seward would finish the half shooting 49% from the floor while Dodge’s offensive woes would continue, shooting under 30% at 10 of 36.
The Saints lead would reach 30 early in the second half when a pair of free throws from Hawkins put them ahead 66-35. Dodge would never get closer than 26 after that point and Seward’s lead would reach as many as 33 twice in the final 15 minutes. While many of the Conqs starters remained in the game late, Seward would turn to their bench to close things out and all 11 players active for the game would eventually find their way into the scoring column. With all said and done relatively early in the contest, it was just a matter of what the final score would be and as the clock hit triple zero’s the Saints would find themselves on top 92-65.
As expected with the final score, the stat sheet would show that the Saints dominated nearly every phase of the game. They outshot the Conqs form the field, the three point line, and the free throw line as well as outrebounding them and committing less turnovers. The Saints offensive attack was balanced in the win with no players reaching the 20 mark plateau but five different players scoring 12 or more. Jones led the way with 18 points and 4 assists while Hawkins matched his career high with a 17 point effort after being held off the scoreboard for the first time in his Seward County career Monday against Cloud County. Guthrie would finish with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Boardingham ended the night with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Nolen would keep his seat as ‘chairman of the boards’ as he led all players with 10 rebounds to go along with 12 points, marking his 3rd straight double-double.
Seward County continues to send back all comers as they have now won 12 of their last 13 games dating back to November, with their only loss coming on the road by five points to #1 Hutchinson. The win moves the Saints to 17-3 overall on the season and keeps them atop the conference standings at 5-1. Next up for Seward will be a tough road battle at Garden City on Wednesday with an early start time of 7:30.
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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Liberal High School will bring West Side Story to life at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17-19 and 2 p.m., Feb. 20 in James Maskus Auditorium at LHS.
Members of the Jetts are Brian Francis as Riff, Benn Mann as Tony, Jimmy Bert as Action, Chase Tatum as A-Rab, Killian Doze as Baby John, Allen Semisch as Diesel, Brandon Ridge as Big Deal and Makyla Johnson as Anybodys.
The Sharks include Angel Rodriguez as Bernardo, Giovanni Macedo as Chino, Orlando Galvan as Pepe, Sandro Juarez as Nibbles, Luis Morales as Luis and Jonathan Zamora as Anxious.
The Jetts’ girls are Megan Henderson as Graziella, Lauren Sarchet as Velma and Kelsi Oyler as Minnie.
The Sharks’ girls are Flor Parral as Maria, Jamie Fitzgerald as Anita, Keny Del-Val as Rosalia, Katie Burnett as Consuelo, Dalia Comacho as Francisco, Josephine Stockwell as Margarita and Anysia Limon as Estella.
The adults are Gary Collins as Doc, Tony Claus as Shrank, Matt Teel as Krupke, and Lindsay Brauer as Gladis Hand. Yahaida Zubia does the Somewhere solo.
Neighborhood kids include Trey Duerson, Michael mages, Jessica Salgado, Veronica De La Torre, Yessenia Vasquez, Irene Sandoval, Clarissa Carrillo, Tycanda Millsap, Sarai Marin, Maria Avelino, Betheny Thompson, Vicky Calderon and Elena Duria.
Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Tickets are available in the SCCC/ATS Humanities Building at 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417-1451. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Liberal High School and SCCC/ATS students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named its fall 2010 semester President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Honor Roll and Part-time Dean’s Honor Roll.

Students who complete at least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above and maintain a grade point average of 4.0 shall be eligible for the President’s Honor Roll.


Dustin Rakestraw Chetopa, KS
Kendra Spresser Dresden, KS
Rey Lujan Hugoton, KS
Alexander Olinger Hugoton, KS
Jeffrey Wilson Hugoton, KS
Andrew Rittscher Kismet, KS
Kristina Brisendine Liberal, KS
Cody Buchman Liberal, KS
Kelsey Darnell Liberal, KS
Rafael Diaz-Lozada Liberal, KS
Paul Donovan Liberal, KS
Kimberly Fuller Liberal, KS
Trevor Gonzales Liberal, KS
Barbara Hanna Liberal, KS
Zachary Miller Liberal, KS
Austin Parnell Liberal, KS
Jesus Pereda Liberal, KS
Rebekah Pewthers Liberal, KS
Kaisha Pittser Liberal, KS
Adam Regier Liberal, KS
Hannah Rotolo Liberal, KS
Aaron Schaffer Liberal, KS
Jose Torres Liberal, KS
Thuy Truong Liberal, KS
Adriana Vazquez Liberal, KS
Jace Moore Moscow, KS
Andrew Augerot Scott City, KS
Jena Eder Sharon Springs, KS
Courtney Lohr St. Francis, KS
Gregory Klaus Sublette, KS
Paige Eslick Ulysses, KS
Marycarmen Perez Ulysses, KS

Talayna Frantz Beaver, OK
Shelby Hansen Beaver, OK
Eric Alcon Guymon, OK
Crystal Chamblee Guymon, OK
Matthew Chamblee Guymon, OK
Jesus Muniz Guymon, OK
Ezequiel Rascon Guymon, OK
Maverick Elam Hardesty, OK
Jeremy Mendenhall Turpin, OK
Brylee Courkamp Tyrone, OK

Madison Winkelman Dumas, TX
Kelsea Blackstock Lubbock, TX
Anna Castanon Perryton, TX

Courtney Geesing Montrose, CO
Taylor McDougall Sherwood Park, AB
Stephanie Bernthal Valentine, NE
Alicia Denny Wolf Point, MT
Sheina Fernandes Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fanny Benincasa Saint Jean D Illac, France
Maria Muehlfeld Berlin, Germany
Luis Pauyac-Martinez Lima, Peru


The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes those students who maintained a 3.5 or greater grade point average and completed at least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.


Tate Weidner Copeland, KS
Jerry Ryman Elkhart, KS
Shawn Brown Fowler, KS
Charlotta McMurphy Garden City, KS
Brenda Morales Garden City, KS
Nancy Baez Hugoton, KS
Kurston Ghumm Hugoton, KS
Diana Gill Hugoton, KS
Ashley Goode Hugoton, KS
Daisy Grewell Hugoton, KS
Heather Haller Hugoton, KS
Deborah Kelling Hugoton, KS
Cassandra Quillen Hugoton, KS
Kristen Schnittker Hugoton, KS
Emily Willis Hugoton, KS
Jonathan Yowell Hugoton, KS
Derienne Daniels Johnson, KS
Tesk Nichols Johnson, KS
Rudy Alfaro Kismet, KS
Emery Ball Kismet, KS
Maria Aguilar Liberal, KS
Lexi Amos-Lyddon Liberal, KS
Jose Alfredo Anaya Liberal, KS
Hillary Anderson Liberal, KS
Arlette Austin Liberal, KS
Luis Barboza Liberal, KS
Andrea Berry Liberal, KS
Rahulkumar Bhakta Liberal, KS
Donna Brown Liberal, KS
Zachary Carpenter Liberal, KS
Brenda Carrillo Liberal, KS
Elder Carrillo Liberal, KS
Erik Castaneda Liberal, KS
Christopher Chaney Liberal, KS
Anabel Chavez Liberal, KS
Mui Chi Liberal, KS
Kicki Cole Liberal, KS
Brandi Colvin Liberal, KS
Obdulia Covarrubias Liberal, KS
Lluvia Diaz Liberal, KS
Thelma Gaby Diaz Liberal, KS
Chelsea Droste Liberal, KS
Kingsley Emuedue Liberal, KS
Erica Gant Liberal, KS
Virginia Gastelum Liberal, KS
Samantha Gillespie Liberal, KS
Kauana Goncalves Liberal, KS
Mariana Gonzalez Liberal, KS
Marina Guardiola Liberal, KS
Jonathan Hanna Liberal, KS
Conny Hernandez Liberal, KS
Morgan Johnson Liberal, KS
Christian Leyva Liberal, KS
Rosio Mares Liberal, KS
Jasa Marsh Liberal, KS
Gilberto Mendoza Liberal, KS
Sugely Mendoza Liberal, KS
Michael Milhon Liberal, KS
Heidy Molina Liberal, KS
Victor Moreno Liberal, KS
Anh Thu Nguyen Liberal, KS
Thuy Nguyen Liberal, KS
Irma Ortega Liberal, KS
Cameron Parsons Liberal, KS
James Pierce Liberal, KS
Karla Ramos Liberal, KS
Sandra Regalado Liberal, KS
Magdalena Rivera Liberal, KS
Enrique Rodriguez Liberal, KS
Jose Rodriguez Liberal, KS
Gisela Sandoval Liberal, KS
Brooke Scheuerman Liberal, KS
Dallas Smith Liberal, KS
Robert Sprenkle Liberal, KS
Macy Tottey Liberal, KS
Joshua Towner Liberal, KS
Margarita Trejo Liberal, KS
Daniel Valles Liberal, KS
Janette Vargas Liberal, KS
Adrian Vasquez Liberal, KS
Lindsey Waide Liberal, KS
Demetrious Werner Liberal, KS
Shawna Wiebe Liberal, KS
Andrew Williams Liberal, KS
Dustin Little Meade, KS
Dana Loewen Meade, KS
Crysta Tuttle Meade, KS
Taylor Wiens Meade, KS
Jaime Maldonado Moscow, KS
Sandra O'Toole Plains, KS
Allen Semisch Plains, KS
Courtney Reza Rolla, KS
Jeramie Schwindt Rolla, KS
Miriam Peregrino Scott City, KS
Isaac Fuentes Sublette, KS
Gentry Hibbard Sublette, KS
Meriell Martinez Sublette, KS
Zac Walker Sublette, KS
Terri Abernathy Ulysses, KS
Ruby DeHerrera Ulysses, KS
Chelsea Gray Ulysses, KS
Misty Ortivez Ulysses, KS
Maygan Twilleger Ulysses, KS

Laura Gomez Adams, OK
David Spell Allen, OK
Diana Frederick Beaver, OK
Kalee Goodson Beaver, OK
Samantha Sharp Beaver, OK
Kayla Thomas Delaware, OK
Matthew Hemphill Forgan, OK
Trevor Julian Gotebo, OK
Mary Braley Guymon, OK
Aaron Gibler Hooker, OK
Bethany Stewart Idabel, OK
Samuel Pack Newcastle, OK
Kelsey Willson Ripley, OK
Abbey Keyes Texhoma, OK
Hipolito Castillo Turpin, OK
Kaitlyn Nickel Turpin, OK
Joseph Hoffman Tyrone, OK
Christa Kopel Tyrone, OK
Russell Robertson Tyrone, OK
Adrienne Sanborn Tyrone, OK
Tyler Sherrill Tyrone, OK


Edward Williams Castle Rock, CO
Jordan Martin Eaton, CO

Terra Hennigh Booker, TX
Ashlynn Knoll Canyon, TX
Jordan Dallalio Carrollton, TX
Jennifer Maloy Darrouzett, TX
Madeline Taylor Denton, TX
Mattie Yanke Gruver, TX
Corey Clark Higgins, TX
Salitza Abrantes Keene, TX
Julia Burris Perryton, TX
Wade Holcomb Perryton, TX
Judith Huntress Perryton, TX
Shawn Cole Redding, CA
Clarence Jones Augusta, GA
William Wilkins Cullman, AL
Jon Mestas Farmington, NM
Breanna Diaz Las Cruces, NM

Raphael Simard Machado Itajai, Brazil
Tak Yee Leung Yuen Long NT, Hong Kong
Lucas Izkovitz Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
Rafael Raw Brasilia, DF, Brazil
Antoine Freitas Lauro De Freitas, Brazil
Juraj Stepanovic Liberec, Czech Republic
Leah Sitter Maple Ridge, BC
Felipe De Souza Cruz Rio De Janerio, Brazil
Alexander Richards St Austell, United Kingdom
Hanna Bognar Tata, Hungary
Regine Beauchard Port Au Prince, Haiti


The Part-time Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes those students who complete no less than six nor more than eleven credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above. These students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or greater for honor roll eligibility.

Joseph Smith Derby, KS
Halee Fullerton Elkhart, KS
Tonya Livingston Elkhart, KS
Afton Lutters Elkhart, KS
Cody Orth Elkhart, KS
Jonathan Owens Elkhart, KS
Whitney Parks Elkhart, KS
Audrey Ritter Elkhart, KS
Krista Stroud Elkhart, KS
Lindsey Walls Elkhart, KS
Magen Witcher Elkhart, KS
Brian Fishman Garden City, KS
Kristina Murry Garden City, KS
Rachel Crane Hugoton, KS
Marilyn Eddleman-Cosby Hugoton, KS
Edwin Elliot Hugoton, KS
Alyx Ellsaesser Hugoton, KS
Devin Hagman Hugoton, KS
Valeria Licon Hugoton, KS
Eunice Lunceford Hugoton, KS
Nataly Martinez Hugoton, KS
Lindsey Miller Hugoton, KS
Chase Mills Hugoton, KS
Hiram Olinger Hugoton, KS
Katie Omo Hugoton, KS
Alexa Ralstin Hugoton, KS
Roberta Tackett Hugoton, KS
Melissa Taylor Hugoton, KS
Becky Willsey Hugoton, KS
Scott Campbell Johnson, KS
Broc Ellis Johnson, KS
Seth Holliday Johnson, KS
Sarah Martin Johnson, KS
Lorena Navarro Johnson, KS
Alyssa Amerin Kismet, KS
Blake Abbott Liberal, KS
Beatriz Alaniz Liberal, KS
Rhonda Anderson Liberal, KS
Thomas Benson Liberal, KS
Kristina Brown Liberal, KS
Caitlyn Bullis Liberal, KS
Jennifer Daniels Liberal, KS
Juan Diaz de leon Liberal, KS
Ruby Diaz de leon Liberal, KS
Enrique Estrada Liberal, KS
Angela Fabbro Liberal, KS
Liberty Feenstra Liberal, KS
Mitchell Foster Liberal, KS
Alexis Franco Liberal, KS
Alma Garcia Liberal, KS
Laura Garcia Liberal, KS
Grecia Goitia Liberal, KS
Ana Gonzalez Liberal, KS
Gabriela Grajeda Liberal, KS
Joshua Hammock Liberal, KS
Cheyenne Holder Liberal, KS
Glenda Kelley Liberal, KS
Mikayla Knudsen Liberal, KS
Ashley Limbocker Liberal, KS
Iliana Macias Liberal, KS
Velvet Martin Liberal, KS
Heather McElroy Liberal, KS
Shaunell Mecum Liberal, KS
Irving Morales Liberal, KS
Sara Moreno Liberal, KS
Ana Quezada Liberal, KS
Ana Ramirez Liberal, KS
Amanda Sallaska Liberal, KS
Diana Sanchez Liberal, KS
Brittany Shelton Liberal, KS
Martin Swanson Liberal, KS
Briseyda Urias Liberal, KS
Cheri VanDoren-Cook Liberal, KS
Alma Varela Liberal, KS
Esmeralda Vasquez Liberal, KS
Alma Vergara Liberal, KS
Alexa Wentworth Liberal, KS
Amber Rekward Manhattan , KS
Sue Blumenstock Manhattan, KS
Leah Johnson Manhattan, KS
Randi Priest Manhattan, KS
Katheryn Tanner Manhattan, KS
Desiree Thompson Manhattan, KS
Adam Gleason Meade, KS
Michaela Gleason Meade, KS
Allissa Harshberger Meade, KS
Kyre Larrabee Meade, KS
Tonya Loewen Meade, KS
Britney Reimer Meade, KS
Raechelle Romero Meade, KS
Jessica Thompson Meade, KS
Mackenzie Dobie Moscow, KS
Gwendolyn Friesen Moscow, KS
Emily Hittle Moscow, KS
Zane May Moscow, KS
Shanda Walker Moscow, KS
Emily White Moscow, KS
Charity Amerin Plains, KS
Dakota Jacobs Plains, KS
Deni Jacobs Plains, KS
Rebi Jacobs Plains, KS
Jordan Lee Plains, KS
Billy Walston Plains, KS
Bragen Denton Rolla, KS
Garrett Anton Satanta, KS
Kelsey Blair Satanta, KS
Stephanie Caro Satanta, KS
Amber Evans Satanta, KS
Dawn Freeman Satanta, KS
Megan Kuehler Satanta, KS
Jazmin Longoria Satanta, KS
Sarahi Miramontes Satanta, KS
Jonathan Penner Satanta, KS
Pamela Roberts Satanta, KS
Jennifer Sloan Satanta, KS
Megan Sloan Satanta, KS
Preston Ungles Satanta, KS
Allee Young Satanta, KS
Brittany Alvarado Sublette, KS
Derek Birney Sublette, KS
Angelia Gale Sublette, KS
Joseph Lower Sublette, KS
Karsyn Meairs Sublette, KS
Anna Messerly Sublette, KS
Emily Meyer Sublette, KS
Bianca Perez Sublette, KS
Daryan Whaler Sublette, KS
Jolene Williams Sublette, KS
Royce Williams Sublette, KS
Kristen Binney Ulysses, KS
Lucero Chacon Ulysses, KS
Hollace Dillon Ulysses, KS
Pamela Eveleigh Ulysses, KS
Pedro Galindo Ulysses, KS
Diana Gutierrez Ulysses, KS
Jade Helmle Ulysses, KS
Joell Martin Ulysses, KS
Linda Martinez Ulysses, KS
Marivell Mendoza Ulysses, KS
Tyra Olson Ulysses, KS
Maria Perez Ulysses, KS
Melody Small Ulysses, KS
Tabatha Brooks Wamego, KS
Houston Sorell Wamego, KS
Kristen Wheeler Westmoreland, KS
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Janice Mills Balko, OK
Lacie Ratliff Balko, OK
Macy Millikan Beaver, OK
Andrew Stone Beaver, OK
Megan Campbell Forgan, OK
Kyle Merhoff Greensburg, KS
Janette King Guymon, OK
Mandie Slack Guymon, OK
Tyler Humble Hooker, OK
Lydia Mathis Hooker, OK
Kanadi Paden Hooker, OK
Tanesha Cayton Keyes, OK
Abigail Parra Turpin, OK
Jentri Cooper Tyrone, OK
Guadalupe Garcia Tyrone, OK
Jessica Hitchcock Tyrone, OK
Celestina Padilla Tyrone, OK

Lyudmyla Battin Perryton, TX

Jennifer Conlon Denver, CO

Micheal McCallion, a junior at Elkhart High School, receives a $100 scholarship from Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president. Representatives from SCCC/ATS traveled to Elkhart for a recent basketball game.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball.
The college in Beaver Friday, Jan. 28 for the high school basketball games against Texhoma.
College representatives will be in Tyrone, Okla., Monday, Jan. 31 for the high school basketball games against Goodwell.
College representatives will be in Turpin, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 1 for the high school basketball games against Guymon.
SCCC/ATS will be at Southwestern Heights, Friday, Feb. 4 for the high school basketball games against Stanton County.
SCCC/ATS will be in Hugoton, Tuesday, Feb. 8 for the high school basketball games against Holcomb.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Eldon Eagan accepts a scholarship on behalf of his son, Taylor, from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Ambassador Shelby Hansen. Taylor’s name was drawn at the SCCC/ATS night recently during the Forgan/Guymon game.
The KJCCC has announced that Seward County Lady Saints freshman forward Mariah Lee has been named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week for her performance in a pair of wins last week against Pratt and Colby. Lee led Seward to a 2-0 week by averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and shooting a perfect 12 for 12 from the free throw line. On Wednesday Lee scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds, and a pair of blocks in a 64-46 win for the Lady Saints while Saturday against Pratt she was at the forefront of Seward’s comeback win against Pratt when she scored 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting and had 7 rebounds. The Seward freshman leads the team at 11.3 points per game and is second in rebounding with 5.9 per contest as well as field goal percentage, shooting at a 46% clip.
In a battle to see who would become the first four win team in the Jayhawk West Conference, the Seward County Saints showed the Cloud County Thunderbirds who was boss, at least for now, in a dominating 80-57 win in Bryant Gymnasium in Concordia Monday night. The Saints would bolt out to a 13-0 lead and would take as much as a 27 point lead in the first half before coasting to the finish line to the tune of a 23 point win in a battle for first place in the conference.
Seward got the scoring going in the marquee matchup between two of the conference’s best teams as Marky Nolen scored on the Saints first possession and set off a bombardment of offense by the guys in green in the opening minutes of the game. In fact, Nolen would score 8 points in the first 3:15 of the game and the Saints other Markee, Mazyck would bang home a three from the wing and Seward was up 11-0 and then 13-0 after a drive and score from Rafriel Guthrie at the 16 minute mark. The T-Birds would go on a quick 7-0 run of their own to cut the Saints lead to 6 which is where the spread stood until Jeremy Jones hit a three from the wing off a dish from Phil Hawkins to make it 21-12 Seward with 10:57 to go in the half. The make by Jones would ignite his fire as the Saints sophomore would drill two more three pointers on Seward’s next two trips down the floor to stretch the lead to 11. Both offenses would slow down considerably through the next four minutes but Jones wasn’t done with his aerial assault as he splashed home his 4th and then 5th three of the half with 4:21 to go to put Seward County up 36-17 in the game. As Cloud began to turn their attention to Jones on the outside, he decided he would share the wealth with his teammates and would dish assists to Guthrie who would nail two more three balls for the Saints to put them up 25 and as the sharing circle continued, Guthrie would find Irvin Hollinger on the block who would promptly slam one home to give the guys in green a 44-17 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the first period. As the first half came to a close it was Seward on top 48-22 against the T-Birds who hadn’t yet lost a home game in Bryant Gymnasium all year.
The Saints wouldn’t slow down as the second half started as Daveon Boardingham got into the act with an offensive rebound and finish in the paint to give Seward their 50th point of the game and the Saints offensive prowess would continue to shine through as Jones scored 5 straight to give the Saints their largest lead of the game at 59-28 with 15:55 to go. With it pretty clear that the T-Birds were about to suffer their first conference loss of the 2011 season, the Saints kept on piling up the points, taking as much as a 33 point second half lead before eventually going on to win by 23, 80-57.
While the Seward offense was the element on display in the game, it was their defense that shined even brighter on the stat sheet as they held a high scoring Cloud County team who scored 96 on Pratt just one week ago, to just 29% shooting and the 57 points in the game. The Saints also took care of the ball in the win, turning the ball over just 8 times after coughing it up 19 times in their overtime win over Pratt on Saturday night. Jones would lead the way individually for Seward, leading the team with 26 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the 3-point line and 8 of 15 overall. Nolen notched his second straight double-double while playing just 21 minutes as he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds after the hot start and Daveon Boardingham narrowly missed a double-double of his own with 11 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
The Saints win their 11th game in their past 12 tries and are now 16-3 overall on the season. More importantly the win now pushes the Saints to the top of the Jayhawk West standings where they stand alone for the moment at 4-1. They have their first half bye on Wednesday and will return to the court to take on Dodge City on Saturday at 8:00 in the Greenhouse. Sunflower Bank is our game buyout sponsor on Saturday and will be supplying free tickets at their Liberal bank location as well as at McDonald’s and Hutch’s throughout the week.
CLOUD COUNTY BOX SCORE
In one of the toughest road venues in the Jayhawk Conference, in Bryant Gymnasium at Cloud County, the Seward County Lady Saints fought hard to the very end but would fall by a score of 56-48 thanks in large part to a 19-2 T-Bird run to close the first half and start the second half. The Lady Saints would trail by as many as 5 in the first half before storming back to take a late 7 point lead in the half but Cloud would start their run then and Seward would never recover as that would eventually prove to be the difference in the 8 point defeat.
Two defensive minded teams in Seward and Cloud were ready to go toe to toe in a battle between two of the historically upper echelon teams in the Jayhawk West Conference. Each team would pick up a field goal and a pair of free throws early but couldn’t find their rhythm as they were tied at 4, four minutes in. Another Cloud free throw would give them the lead but a corner three from Mattie Yanke would put the Lady Saints up a pair, 7-5. Seward would hold the two point advantage to the 12:13 mark when Cloud would knot the game up for the fourth time on the night. The Lady T-Birds would keep their momentum rolling and would go on a 8-1 run to the 8:40 mark and would take their largest lead of the half at 15-10. Mariah Lee and Morgan Skomal would score inside to cut the deficit to one and after a Cloud basket in the paint Ashlynn Knoll would continue her hot start with a three from the top of the key to tie the game up at 17. The teams would trade made shots and would stay tied at 19 with under six minutes to go in the half when the Lady Saints would make their move. Hanna Bognar would score four straight points and Knoll would score four as well as Seward went on a 9-2 spurt to take their largest lead of the half at 28-21 with just :31 seconds to go in the half. Just when it looked like the Lady Saints would go into the break smelling like roses the Lady T-Birds decided they would change that as a pair of free throws and a last second three would cut the Seward advantage to just two, but the Lady Saints would still go into the locker rooms up 28-26 at the break.
After closing the first half on a 5-0 run the Lady T-Birds would continue their blitz on the Lady Saints as the second half started as Satavia Taylor hit a three pointer to give Cloud the lead just :09 seconds in and it wouldn’t get any better for the gals in green. Cloud would run their lead all the way to 40-30 before Seward could pick themselves back up off the ground and with just 15:40 to go in the game, the Lady Saints knew it would be a tough task to come back on enemy territory now. However, the young Seward group would push back against the conference leading T-Birds as Kayla Thomas sunk a jumper, Skomal knocked down a pair of free throws, and Lee finished one inside to cut the T-Bird advantage to just 40-36, now with under 12 minutes remaining. Cloud would get the lead back to 9 before the 10 minute mark hit but Seward would continue to scratch and claw as Kelsey Willson hit both attempts from the line with 6:38 to go to bring Seward back to within four at 48-44. The Lady Saints would step things up a notch on the defensive end of the floor and would get it to a one possession game when Willson sunk two more free throws to make it 50-48 with just 2:41 remaining in the second half. Cloud would quickly score out of a timeout to push their lead to four and the Lady Saints offense simply couldn’t get anything going in the final two minutes as four untimely turnovers would be their undoing as the Lady T-Birds would bury their free throw chances when the Lady Saints were forced to foul in the final minute and would go on to win 56-48.
The Lady Saints would struggle to just 30% shooting on the night while committing 26 turnovers in the game. Knoll would be the only Seward player to reach double figures in scoring as she finished with 13 points to go along with 7 rebounds in the game while Bognar was the Lady Saints next highest scorer as she finished with 7 points and a team high 8 rebounds. Thomas played all 40 minutes of the game for the second time in three nights and finished with 5 points and 5 assists and Skomal chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat. The win for Cloud County Head Coach Brett Erkenbrack was his 500th in his 22nd year at the helm for the Lady T-Birds.
The loss drops Seward County to 13-6 overall on the year and 3-2 in Jayhawk West Conference action. They will now get a much needed four days off before hitting the court again on Saturday when they will host the struggling Dodge City Lady Conquistadors in the Greenhouse at 6:00. Saturday will be Morgan Skomal poster night so make sure to grab your free poster of Morgan at the entrances and have her sign it at halftime of the Men’s game outside the concession stand. Free tickets for Saturday’s game are available at Sunflower Bank, McDonald’s, and Hutch’s, courtesy of our buyout sponsor Sunflower Bank.
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With two teams going head to head that combined to average nearly 180 points per game, the 55-55 on the scoreboard when the clock hit 0.00 would have been more likely to be the halftime total rather than the total at the end of regulation like it was. Seward jumped out to a seven point lead over Pratt in the first half of their Jayhawk West Conference tilt on Saturday night in the Greenhouse but the Beavs would storm back late in the second half to force overtime before Seward would go on to win 69-66 in the extra period.
Two teams going in different directions met on Saturday in the Greenhouse as the Seward County Saints looked to remain in the thick of things at the top of the Jayhawk West standings and the Pratt Beavers looked to steer clear of an 0-3 start in conference play. With that on the line, both teams started very sluggish in the first half of this one with a game more resembling an NFC North football battle than a matchup of the top two scoring teams in the league. Five minutes into the game things were all knotted up at 6 when Jeremy Jones knocked down a three pointer for the Saints and Marky Nolen grabbed a long rebound on the subsequent possession for Pratt and drove it the length of the court for two to make it 11-6 Seward. The Saints would tack onto their lead later on when Markee Mazyck grabbed an offensive rebound inside and was fouled on the put back try and then went to the line and made both free throws to put Seward up 15-8. The Saints remained up 6, 17-11 at the 8:44 mark when they let Beaver sharpshooter Nikolas Skouen loose where he hit a right wing three to cut the lead in half and after the teams traded a pair of free throws the Norwegian drilled another three ball to tie things up at 19 with 7:44 to go in period number one. With just under three minutes to go in the half Terry Taylor would give Pratt their first lead since early in the game at 23-22 but Seward would close the period with a fury, outscoring Pratt 8-0 in the final 2:06 to take a 30-23 lead into the half. The two offensive minded teams combined to shoot just 28% in the first half while Seward managed just 4 field goals inside the three point arc in the 20 minute frame.
The teams would play even for the first five minutes of the second half as the Saints lead remained at seven 37-30 with right at 15 minutes to go on the clock. Pratt however would own the next five minutes of the game as they outscored the Saints 13-4 highlighted by another pair of three point makes for Skouen to erase the Seward advantage and take one of their own as they now led 43-41 as the clock hit the 10 minute mark. The Beavs would take their largest lead of the game moments later on a put back from Cortez Barnes to make it 45-41 but Jones and Nolen would quickly flip the script as the two led a two on one break and Nolen threw Jones a pass off the backboard to which Jones thundered home with a dunk and was fouled where he completed a three point play to cut the Pratt lead to one. Nolen would then pick up an offensive rebound and score to put Seward up one and Jones would rip away his third steal of the game from the Beavers on their next trip down the floor and he would take it all the way and score to put the guys in green ahead 48-45 with under 7 minutes to play. The Saints looked to be in control when Daveon Boardingham took a pass from Nolen and hammered it home to put them up 54-49 with 1:38 to go but the pesky Beavers weren’t ready to give in just yet. Pratt would hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 3 and then picked the pocket of Jones and were fouled where they hit two more free throws to make it a one point game, 54-53. Pratt would foul the Saints and send them to the line in crunch time but Seward wouldn’t respond as they missed both shots of the double bonus and the Beavers wouldn’t let that slip by unnoticed as they immediately took the ball down and scored to the chagrin of the Greenhouse crowd to take a one point 55-54 lead of their own with 14 seconds to go in regulation. On the Saints ensuing trip down the floor Jones would be fouled on a drive and would be sent to the line for a pair of free throws. He hit the first one to tie the game at 55 but missed the second into the waiting hands of Boardinham who threw the ball off a Pratt player as he was falling out of bounds to keep the ball in the hands of the Saints with 7 seconds to go. Seward would call a timeout to set up a play on the final possession of regulation but couldn’t get a long three or a tip in try to fall and the game would be sent to overtime knotted up at 55.
Scoring would be at a premium early in the overtime period as the teams would trade baskets and remain tied with 2:30 to go. That’s when a slashing Jones found Boardingham underneath on the block and the Seward freshman showed his athletic ability with a two handed slam to put Seward up 59-57. The Boardingham dunk would start an 8-0 run for the Saints and it looked as if all was said and done with Seward up 65-57 with just 30 seconds left and the Beavers top 4 scorers all fouled out of the game. The resilient Beavs again wouldn’t roll over though and a quick wing three would cut the Seward lead to 5. The Saints would be fouled and make just one of two free throws and Pratt would get another three point play on a bucket and a foul to cut the Seward lead down to 66-63 with 19 seconds to go. Seward would again make just one of two from the line after a Pratt foul and the Beavers third straight three point play would get them to within one with 12 seconds left in the first overtime. Jones would be fouled immediately on the inbounds and would make both free throw attempts to put the Saints up 69-66 and Pratt would be unable to connect on a guarded three pointer as time expired and Seward would escape with the 69-66 win.
The Saints would shoot a season low 33% in the win while holding Pratt to just 34% from the floor. Seward struggled mightily from the outside in the game, connecting on just 3 of 20 from deep while going 0 for 12 in the second half and overtime. The Saints did force 30 Beaver turnovers and would outscore Pratt 26 to 15 from the free throw line in the contest. Jones again led the Saints in scoring with 22 points while also chipping in 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in the win. Nolen picked up his 4th double-double of the year as he finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 steals.
The win was the Saints 15th of the season in 18 tries and makes them 3-1 in Jayhawk West Conference action. The Seward win, coupled with an upset win by Butler over #1 Hutchinson on Saturday night means that the Saints will now play for a share of first place Monday night when they travel to Concordia to take on the Cloud County T-Birds who are off to a surprise 3-0 start. The Saints will then get the week off before returning to the court Saturday at home when they host Dodge City at 8:00.
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As they have found out by now, the Seward County Lady Saints Basketball team has a lot of pressure to win on their home court thanks in large part to the success of their predecessors. Now throw in a team playing with just seven total players, one sophomore, and a 20 year long winning streak against their opponent Saturday night and the pressure mounted even larger on the backs of the Gals in Green on Saturday. After a slow start in which they trailed nearly the entire first half, the Lady Saints would snap out of it and overcome the odds during the final 20 minutes of play as they came back to beat the Pratt Lady Beavers 63-55 to move to 3-1 in conference play on the season.
Trying to win against Seward, something they hadn’t accomplished since 1991, the Pratt Lady Beavers came out strong against the Lady Saints Saturday night in the Greenhouse. They would capitalize on a slow start from Seward and would hold a 14-6 lead 7 minutes into things. The teams would go back and forth but the Lady Saints could never seem to get the big defensive stop they were looking for as they would cut the lead to 4 a number of times just to see the Lady Beavers push it back to 6 on their next trip down the floor. With the spread still at 6, 20-14 with 4 minutes to go in the first half, Seward would turn up the pressure on the defensive end and would turn it into success on the offensive side of the floor as Hanna Bognar would bang one off the window inside to cut it to 4 and Mariah Lee would knock down a pair of free throws to make it a 2 point game, 20-18 with 2:30 remaining on the clock. Pratt’s Cari Guyton would score on the inside to again give the Beavs a 4 point advantage but Lee would be fouled on Seward’s next trip and would make both foul shots to keep the Lady Saints within one possession at 22-20. The Lady Saints would get a stop and Mogan Skomal would find Bognar inside again and for the first time since the opening minute of the game, the two teams were tied up. Skomal would get a steal on the other end and would pass it ahead to Kayla Thomas to give the Lady Saints their first lead of the game with under 30 seconds remaining in the half but Pratt would get a hoop of their own before the horn to knot things up at 24 as the teams hit the locker rooms.
Pratt would get the first bucket of the second half but Seward’s Ashlynn Knoll would quickly score for the home team to keep the game tied. Then it was the Lady Saints Mattie Yanke’s turn to get in on the scoring as the Seward freshman scored off of a pass from Skomal to put them ahead and then knocked down a corner three for the Lady Saints on their next possession after a Pratt basket to give Seward a 31-28 lead with under 18 to go in the game. The Seward defense would cause a pair of turnovers and would score on their extra possessions and would take their largest lead of the contest at 36-30 with 16:37 remaining. The Lady Beavers outside shooting would draw them close again though as Laramie Lawrence hit a three from the top to make it a three point game and then scored again on Pratt’s next trip to make it 36-35. Bognar would get one to fall for Seward to put them up 38-35 but the Beavers Kinsley Hilst would score on two straight Pratt possessions to give the lead back to the visitors at 39-38 with 13:40 to go in the game. Lee would dominate the next three minutes of the game for Seward after that as she would score 8 points in the span and would give the Lady Saints a 6 point, 47-41 lead and would swing the momentum completely to the gals in green as the under 10 media timeout was called. Unfortunately for the Beavs, Lee wasn’t done yet as she scored out of the break for her 10th point in three minutes and that would be followed by another corner three by Yanke to give the Lady Saints a double digit lead of 52-41. Still leading by 11 after a hoop from Kelsey Willson with 4:17 left, it looked as if Seward would be able to coast to the finish line but Pratt had other ideas. The Beavers would go on a 6-0 run to cut the Lady Saints lead to just 5 with 1:31 left and the spread would remain the same with under a minute to go after Seward would go 2 for 4 in a pair of trips to the charity stripe and Guyton scored on the inside for Pratt. Lee would hit both of her free throw chances after she was fouled with 21 seconds remaining to put Seward up 7 and after a missed Beaver three point attempt Thomas would hit one of two from the line to put the Lady Saints up 8 and they would go on to win by that same margin as they continued their dominance over Pratt with a 63-55 win.
Seward would shake off a slow first half start to shoot 54% in the second half and 46% overall while holding the Beavers to just 36% shooting in the game. Leading the way for Seward was Lee who finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Yanke and Bognar both chipped in 10 a piece. Thomas would end the night with 8 points and 6 assists while playing all 40 minutes at point guard for the first time for the Lady Saints and Knoll finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Skomal had an interesting stat line at nights end as she finished with just 2 points but 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocked shots, and 4 steals for the Lady Saints.
Seward County is now 13-5 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Jayhawk West where they will take on a tough road test Monday in Concordia against the conference leading T-Birds of Cloud County. Their first half bye comes Wednesday which they desperately need to heal injuries of their top two guards, and will then suit up again on Saturday at home against struggling Dodge City.
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Raphael Giaimo, a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, presents a $100 scholarship to Elizabeth Hoffman at the Hooker High School Basketball Night recently. Hoffman is a Hooker High School junior.

Dalton Beasley is the winner of the $100 Shoot For Success Scholarship at the Moscow Basketball Night recently. In the photo is Jace Moore, sophomore at Seward County Community College/Area Technical school, presenting the scholarship to Jeannie Aton, mother of Dalton Beasley.  Dalton is a junior at Hardesty High School and is on the basketball team.

Jazmin Longoria, a senior at Satanta High School, is the winner of the $100 “Shoot For Success” scholarship presented by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.   Marcia Hatcher, SCCC/ATS Business Division Chair, presents the scholarship to Jazmin.
With just 8 players dressed for their game against Colby Wednesday night in the Greenhouse the Seward County Lady Saints knew that it was not going to be the same kind of game that it was in the teams last meeting when Seward took it to the Lady Trojans 92-38. Trailing at halftime, the Lady Saints turned to their defense that held Colby to just 22% shooting and 19 points in the second half to lead them to a 64-46 victory and chalk up their 12th win on the year.
Both teams started slow but Seward started especially slow, failing to find the hoop with a shot until nearly 4 minutes into the game as they trailed 4-2. Both teams continued to struggle with execution on the offensive end of the floor as Autumn Miller drove to the basket and scored to make it 7-6 in favor of Colby at the 14:29 mark of the first half. The score would remain the same until Kelsey Willson got to the line and knocked down a pair of free throws and then mid range jumper on the Lady Saints next possession to put them up 10-7 with 12:50 remaining in the half. A Colby three pointer would tie the game back up moments later and the two teams would remain deadlocked at the 6:58 mark 13-13. Still tied as the clock went under 4 minutes, Seward would go on a 7-1 run highlighted by three’s from Miller and Kayla Thomas to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game at 26-20 with one minute remaining in the half. Looking like they would take some momentum into the locker rooms, it was Colby who thought that might sound fun as the Lady Trojans closed the half on a 7-0 run including a three pointer from Tayler Puttergill with time running out to send themselves to the break ahead 27-26. In a relatively visually unpleasing half for both teams, the Lady Saints and Lady Trojans combined to shoot just 27% from the field.
A stern halftime message from Lady Saints Head Coach Toby Wynn must have caught his players attention as Seward quickly took the lead back to start the second half with a three point play from Ashlynn Knoll down low to put them up 29-27. The teams would then go back and forth down low looking like well oiled machines as Liga Vente would pick up a pair of hoops for Colby in the paint and Morgan Skomal and Hanna Bognar would score for Seward in the pivot. The Lady Saints would push their lead to 4 after Knoll buried a pair of free throws and then the Lady Saints forward would hit on a pull up to put them up 6, 38-32 with 14:41 to go. There wouldn’t be a whole lot to watch for the next 4 minutes as the teams combined for 6 turnovers and 0-10 shooting as the score remained the same as the 11 minute mark came and went. Thankfully for Seward, they would find their way to the line and convert during a 6:30 stretch without a field goal saw Colby shave just one point off of their lead and with 7:16 left in the ballgame the Lady Saints continued to lead 44-39. Colby’s Kelli Crittenden would nail her second three pointer of the half to make it a one possession game with the score 44-42 but that seemed to be the trigger the Lady Saints needed to kick things into gear. Seward would go on a 13-2 run in the next 4 minutes as they would blow it open with just 2:37 to go on the clock. A Mattie Yanke three pointer would all but seal it for the gals in green as they went up 16 and would go on to win by a final of 64-46.
The Lady Saints implausibly outrebounded the much larger Colby squad 63-42 in the win and did so thanks to a solid group effort as each player finished with at least 6 rebounds. Thomas and Lee led the Lady Saints offensively with 14 points each while Knoll narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Skomal had her third straight strong effort since returning from an injury as she finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds while Miller and Willson both had 5 points to go along with their 6 rebounds. The 6’4 Vente led Colby with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting while the rest of the Lady Trojans combined to shoot just 18% in the Seward win.
Seward is now 12-5 overall on the season and 2-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they again be on Saturday when they entertain the Pratt Lady Beavers. They will tip that one off at 6:00 with free tickets available courtesy of our buyout sponsor Billy’s BBQ at the restaurant throughout the week.
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It wasn’t your typical Seward County Saints basketball game Wednesday night in the sense that the final score resembled what sometimes is seen on the scoreboard shortly into the second half, but nevertheless Saints Coach Bryan Zollinger will take it as his team moved to 2-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play in the Greenhouse last night with a 67-64 win over the upstart Trojans of Colby.


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Two very different teams opposed each other on Wednesday as Seward’s high flying offense which leads the conference in scoring took on a Colby team that prefers to keep the score down and leads the Jayhawk in scoring defense on the season. The Saints, as they typically do, opened the game strong, scoring on three of their first four possessions and before the Trojans knew what hit them Seward led 7-0 just 1:30 into things. Things would slow down but the Saints would extend their lead to 10 at the 13:13 mark when Daveon Boardingham picked up an offensive rebound and put it back in to make the score 17-7 in favor of the home team. Seward would find themselves struggling to find their rhythm however as the midway mark of the first half hit and Colby would take advantage, slicing the Saints lead from 10 down to 4 out of the first half media timeout. The 11-5 Colby run would catch the Saints attention and they would quickly distance themselves again from the Trojans. Phil Hawkins and Rafriel Guthrie would knock down left wing three’s sandwiched around a pair of Jeremy Jones free throws and again the Saints found themselves with a 10 point cushion at 30-20 with 5:23 to go in the half. Colby would pick up a couple of buckets to bring the Saints lead back to 6 but Marquez Patterson would finish on a drive to the lane and Jones would hit a last second three for Seward to give them their largest lead of the first half as they went into the locker rooms up 11, 35-24.

The Saints again began the period strong as the second half kicked off, quickly pushing their lead up to 45-28 thanks in large part to 6 quick points from Patterson. Colby would begin to whittle away at the sizeable margin but as the 10 minute mark hit, Seward still held a double digit lead of 49-38. The teams would go back and forth for the next 3:30 and Seward’s lead would be down to 8 before Marky Nolen connected with Irvin Hollinger down low on a finish to put them up 10, 57-47 with 6:38 remaining. A couple of minutes later Hawkins would hit two free throws to put the Saints up 61-52 and it looked as if Seward would cruise to the finish line for their 10th win in a row over Colby. The problem was, the Saints took that a little bit too much to heart and looked as if they had thrown their high powered offense into cruise control a little bit too early and the scrappy Trojans saw this as their opportunity. A Trojan runner in the lane would fall and back to back corner three’s for the powder blue would go down and in a span of 75 seconds the Saints lead was cut from 9 to 1 as they led just 61-60. After a Seward timeout Hawkins would be fouled and sent to the line where he would hit both free throws to put the guys in green back up by 3 but Colby would answer quickly and it was again a one point game with 2:04 to go. With under two minutes to go, the Saints committed their 21st turnover of the game and it was costly as Colby would take it down and score to take their first lead of the game 64-63 with 1:20 left in regulation. Looking to regain the lead, Seward turned the ball over yet again on their next possession and a 50/50 call on the other end of the floor would thankfully go against Colby on a charge to give the Saints the ball back with 57 seconds left on the clock. Down by one with under a minute left on the clock, the Saints remained patient on offense in what was possibly going to be their last possession. Jones penetrated to the basket as the shot clock hit 10 but was cut off and forced to dish it back outside to Patterson. Without hesitation, the Liberal native hoisted up a three pointer from the left wing and found nothing but the bottom of the net to the delight of the home crowd and the Saints again went up 66-64 with just 29 seconds remaining in the game. Down by 2, Colby would get the ball into the hands of their top shooter Carson Konrade but he was unable to connect from the corner on a three point attempt and the ball would land out of bounds off the miss and the Saints would have it with 6 seconds left. Jones caught the inbounds pass and was fouled where he went to the line with a chance to ice it but he made just one of the two shot bonus to give Colby one last prayer. With time expiring the Trojans leading scorer Hurley Johnson would miss a three from up top and the Saints would escape with the 67-64 win.

Oddly enough, the final score would resemble exactly the score the last time the two met in the Greenhouse nearly one year ago with the Saints coming back to win late 67-64 thanks to the heroics of a hometown star who created a three point play, that happened to wear #3, that time it was Robert Sigala, this time, a different hometown star made the big three that wore #3, Marquez Patterson. Patterson would finish the game with 13 points and 3 assists while Jones was the only other Saint to reach double figures as he ended the night right at his average with 16 and 4 assists. Guthrie and Boardingham would each finish with 8 and Raphael Giaimo would chip in 6 points inside for Seward. The Saints 67 points were a season low while their 22 turnovers were the most they have had in a game this year.

The win makes Seward 14-3 on the year as they have now won 9 of their last 10 contests. More importantly, the win over Colby puts them at 2-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they currently sit 3rd behind Hutchinson and Cloud County. The Saints will wrap up their three game home stand on Saturday when the struggling Pratt Beavers come to the Greenhouse at 8:00. Saturday’s buyout sponsor is Billy’s BBQ, located in the Village Plaza in North Liberal, which will be providing free tickets until game time. Saturday will be Isaiah Thaw poster night so make sure to pick up your poster of the Saints forward and have him sign it at halftime of the Lady Saints game outside of the concession stand.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be participating in The ‘National’ College Goal Sunday program. College Goal Sunday provides assistance to families who are applying for financial aid. Volunteers will assist individuals in filling out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 in the SCCC/ATS library.
By delivering help to families in our community, College Goal Sunday helps ensure that students get the help they need crossing the paper barrier as they qualify for financial aid, said Donna Fisher, SCCC/ATS director of financial aid.
College Goal Sunday is open to all college-bound students regardless of age. Whether a prospective student is going to be a recent high school graduate or someone returning to education later in life, College Goal Sunday will help them complete the FAFSA, accurately and on time.
Four prospective students will also have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.
For information, contact Fisher at 620-417-1111 or donna.fisher@sccc.edu.

For the 2011-2012 school year you will need financial information from 2010. You may need to refer to:

· Your Social Security card. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
· Your driver’s license (if any)
· Your 2010 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
· Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) 2010 Federal Income Tax Return.
IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ Foreign Tax Return, or Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
· Your Parents’ 2010 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
· Your 2010 untaxed income records
· Your current bank statements
· Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
· Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Are you a health-care provider in Southwest Kansas or the Oklahoma Panhandle? If you are, sign up to attend the Allied Health Job Fair at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and meet our students in Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing or Medical Assistant.
The allied health job fair will be from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 in SW 229 C/D of the SCCC/ATS Student Activities Center.
Whether you have jobs available today or in the future, our students want to now about your organization and potential careers.
Registration is $20 per table and includes lunch.
Call 620-417-1170 or sign up.

After a disappointing loss to #1 Hutchinson on Wednesday, the Seward County Saints were looking to rebound at home Saturday night with a win over the Barton Cougars in the Greenhouse in their Jayhawk West Conference home opener. After a slow start and trailing most of the first half, the Saints did just that with a big second half to come away with an 82-70 victory to improve to 13-3 overall on the season.
With both teams desperately looking for a win after dropping their conference openers, it was Barton who came out of the gates stronger, leading most of the way in the first 20 minutes of action. The Saints never let the lead get far though and a right wing three pointer from Marky Nolen at the horn would actually give the Saints a 36-34 lead as the teams went into the half. The second half was all Seward as they pushed their lead to 6 early on and would never relinquish it again. They would hold the Cougars to just 31% shooting in the final 20 minutes and an ice cold 0 for 11 from the three point line while dialing it up a notch on their side of half court, torching the nets for 57% shooting as well as getting to the free throw line 29 times, knocking down 20 of those attempts. The highlight and possible icing on the cake of the game came midway through the second half when a beautifully designed play out of a timeout worked to perfection when Jeremy Jones threw a backside lob pass to Daveon Boardingham who flushed it home with two hands to put them up 8 at that point in time. The Saints would cruise to the finish line and be on top of a 82-70 spreads as the final horn sounded.
The Saints again had no problems offensively as they shot 51% for the game from the field and also found their way to the free throw line 36 times, converting on 23 of those attempts. Leading the way individually was Rafriel Guthrie who scored 19 including 10 for 12 from the line in the win while Jones scored 13 in 34 minutes for the Saints. Irvin Hollinger and Marquez Patterson both had big first halves and combined for 21 points in the game while Nolen narrowly missed a double-double with 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Seward improves their overall record on the year to 13-3 and picks up their first conference win in two tries to go to 1-1 in Jayhawk West play. Their next contest will come against a much improved Colby squad who already has more conference wins than they did all of last season. That game will be on Wednesday in the Greenhouse with the opening tip set for 8:00. Wednesday will be Chris Chaney poster night so make sure to grab your poster of Chris at any of the entrances and have him sign it at halftime of the women’s game outside of the concession stand. Wednesday’s buyout sponsors are the High Plains Daily Leader/Southwest Times and Crop Production Services in Plains. Free tickets are now available thanks to those sponsors at Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Pizza Hut, First National Bank, and businesses all around Plains.
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If you have followed the Seward County Lady Saints basketball team this year, it is no secret that one thing blaring in the programs unusually slow start has been its lack of experience. Saturday night against the Barton Cougars that was not the case as the Lady Saints came out on top of a 77-66 decision thanks in large part to a career high 21 points from sophomore Morgan Skomal and 15 points from Seward’s only other sophomore Hannah Rotolo.
Although they shot just 36%, Seward would control most of the first half thanks to knocking down 13 of 17 free throw attempts and forcing 14 Cougar turnovers. At the half the Lady Saints went in with a comfortable 38-29 lead but Barton would make things very interesting in the second half, looking to win in the Greenhouse for the first time since 2007. The Cougars would step things up on the offensive end in the final 20 minutes and would close the Lady Saints lead to as little as four midway through the period. Untimely turnovers and 14 more points from the free throw line in the second half by Seward would prove to be too much in the Cougs comeback bid and the Lady Saints would pull it out in the end 77-66 to put a smile on the face of their home crowd as they picked up their first conference win of the 2011 season.
Incredibly the Lady Saints were bested by the Cougars in almost every category on the stat sheet. Seward shot just 39% from the floor to Barton’s 45%, the Cougars shot 36% from three point land to Seward’s 21%, and Barton outrebounded the Lady Saints 41 to 30 among others but the difference came in turnovers and from the charity stripe where Barton gave the ball away 24 times and made just 14 of their 24 free throw attempts. Seward on the other hand turned the ball over just 11 times after committing the most turnovers in nearly 20 years in their last game and the Lady Saints knocked down 27 of 36 from the line, their second best shooting percentage of the season.
Individually for Seward it was Skomal’s career high 21 that paced them, the sophomore hit 5 of 10 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line in the win. Rotolo put up 15 against her old squad and also added a game high 5 assists and 4 steals in the victory for Seward. Mariah Lee had a nice game inside for the Lady Saints, scoring 11 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while Autumn Miller and Kelsey Willson both added 9 for Seward.
The win moves the Lady Saints to 11-5 overall on the season and evens up their Jayhawk West conference mark at 1-1. Seward will continue their three game home stand on Wednesday when they welcome an improved Colby Lady Trojans team to town at 6:00. Wednesday’s buyout sponsors will be the High Plains Daily Leader/Southwest Times Newspaper as well as Crop Production Services in Plains.
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The Seward County Saints were hoping that history would repeat itself Wednesday night in the Sports Arena in Hutchinson as they faced the NJCAA’s #1 ranked team in the Blue Dragons who were hoping to break a trend of losing to the Saints like they had the past two times they were ranked on top of the polls. The only other two times the Blue Dragons were ranked #1 in the country (1992 & 1975), they were beaten by the guys in green the following week and were dropped in the rankings. After trailing by 10 points at halftime, the Saints turned things around quickly in the second half and led most of the way during the final period but were unable to finish as the Dragons closed on a 6-0 run to come away with an 80-75 win to remain undefeated on the season.
Both teams came out ready to play in this highly anticipated matchup between two top 25 teams. Hutch would get the crowd fired up with three early dunks while the Saints went at their scoring in a little different way as Marky Nolen and Jeremy Jones connected from deep and with matching free throws the teams were tied at 7 three minutes into things. The Dragons would control things for the next five minutes as their pressuring defense would push the Saints streak without a field goal to almost seven minutes. During the span, Hutch had no trouble scoring and promptly went on an 11-2 run during that time to take an 18-9 lead into the 11 minute mark of the half. Seward would fight back as Markee Mazyck scored six straight for the Saints and after a finish inside by Irvin Hollinger the Saints were back to within one at 23-22. The lead wouldn’t remain that small for long though as good ball movement for Hutch and an arsenal of weapons for the Dragons proved hard to guard for the Saints as Hutchinson would score the games next 10 points to take their largest lead of the night 33-22. The teams would play nearly even for the final two minutes of the half and going to the break the Dragons had to feel good as they led their rivals from Seward County 38-28.
Any momentum that the Dragons thought they might have had going into the locker rooms at half was quickly turned on them as a stern halftime speech from Seward coach Bryan Zollinger caught his teams attention as they stormed out of the break on a 14-2 burst led by 7 points and 3 assists from Jones in just four minutes to flip the script on the Dragons and give the Saints their first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 42-40. Hutch would knot things back up on their next possession but Jones refused to let them get out in front as he poured in 7 more points to keep the game tied at 51-51. Down one after a layup inside by Oklahoma signee Robert Goff moments later, Rafriel Guthrie would knock down a three pointer from the wing and was fouled where he completed the unusual four point play to give Seward their largest lead of the night as they led 56-53. Hutchinson’s William Nelson would can a three ball on the Dragons next possession to tie things back up at 56 and the two teams would go back and forth to the five minute mark still tied up, this time at 68. After empty possessions for both sides, Guthrie would connect with Nolen underneath for two to give Seward the lead back 70-68 with 4:17 to go. On the next trip down the court for the Dragons, Joe Mitchell would get the whistle on a controversial continuation three-point play to give Hutch a one point lead. The Saints would turn the ball over the next time they touched it and a Seward foul and a Hutch free throw would put them up two. Daveon Boardingham would get fouled on the Saints next trip but the big man would hit just one of two free throw attempts as Hutch remained ahead by one 72-71. After another bucket by Mitchell to put Hutch up three again, Jones would draw a foul and hit both free throws to make it 74-73 in favor of the Dragons. After a defensive stop, the Saints took the lead after Guthrie hit a runner from 10 feet out to put them up 75-74 with 2:24 to go. Just when it looked like the Saints might knock off the Dragons from their #1 spot for the third time, Hutch turned up the dial a notch and Seward simply couldn’t answer. Mitchell would knock down a three pointer to put Hutch up 77-75 with 1:47 left and Seward would never score again as a lack of execution late caught up to them as they fell by the final score of 80-75 after a trio of clutch free throws from the guys from the Salt City.
The Saints allowed the Dragons to shoot 57% as a team in the game while they shot just 42% themselves. Hutchinson outrebounded Seward 40-28 and turned 11 offensive rebounds into 11 second chance points in the win. Jones had his third straight big game for the Saints, nearly single handedly keeping them in the game early in the second half as he finished with 26 points and 6 assists while Guthrie who was originally ruled out of the game with an injury earlier in the week battled through the pain to score 12 points for Seward. Nolen finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds while Boardingham had a matching 7 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.
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The loss snaps a seven game winning streak for the Saints and drops them to 12-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play on the year. They will look to bounce back Saturday when they open their conference slate at home against Barton at 8:00 in the Greenhouse. Free tickets will be available throughout the week courtesy of our buyout sponsor The Bank of Beaver City.

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Carpenter
When you have as many first half turnovers as shots taken it is hard to win a Jayhawk West Conference basketball game. Throw in the fact that you are playing against a top 20 team in a building that they haven’t lost in for nearly two and half years and you are in a nearly impossible situation. In the end, the Seward County Lady Saints turnover problems were just too much to overcome in their conference opener against #19 Hutchinson as the Lady Blue Dragons cruised to a 73-56 win in the Sports Arena Wednesday night.


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The game started very slowly for both sides as Hutchinson’s high powered attack was unable to find the bottom of the net from the field for nearly five minutes to open the contest but the Lady Saints were not able to take full advantage of the Lady Dragon misfires as they led just 2-1 at the 15:22 mark. That is when Hutch got things going, hitting back to back three pointers to take a 7-2 lead before the teams traded layups to bring the score to 9-4. Morgan Skomal would hit a corner three for the Lady Saints to draw them to within two but the Lady Dragons would go on a 6-2 run to extend their lead to 13-7 nine minutes into the game. Seward would fight back and after a Autumn Miller’s second three pointer of the half found the cords, the two teams were tied up at 15 with just under nine to go in the half. The next three minutes and change would prove costly to the Lady Saints as their offense went cold and Hutchinson took control. Seward would manage just a trio of free throws in the span while Hutch put up a seemingly endless barrage of shots that didn’t miss as they went on a 10-3 spurt to take a 25-18 lead that they would never again relinquish. Later on in the half Miller would again connect on a three to cut the Blue Dragon lead to 28-25 but Hutch closed the final four minutes on a 13-6 run, including a buzzer beater as the horn sounded to stretch their lead to 41-31 as the teams hit the locker rooms.

Hutchinson scored the first two points of the second half but Ashlynn Knoll would get the next three for Seward to cut the deficit to eight and it looked as if the Lady Saints might be ready to make a run. Unfortunately for those in green at the Sports Arena, Hutch wouldn’t have any part of that as they outscored Seward 12-3 in the next 5:30 thanks in large part to burying 10 of 10 free throw attempts to take their largest lead of the game at 55-38. The Blue Dragons would push their lead up to as much as 22 before eventually wrapping it up 73-56 to send Seward to their first loss in a conference opener this century.

The Lady Saints committed 32 turnovers in the game, another unwanted distinction that takes Seward fans back to the 1990’s to find a time in which that happened in a ballgame. Seward did outshoot Hutch from the field, knocking down 41% of their shots while holding the Lady Dragons to a season low 36% from the field. A big discrepancy came at the charity stripe where Seward made just 12 of 21 attempts compared to Hutch who hit 22 of 26 chances. Knoll led the way individually for Seward, leading the team in points with 14, rebounding with 7, and steals with 4. Mariah Lee, playing through an injury was the only other Lady Saint to reach double figures as she finished with 10 points and 3 rebounds.

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Seward will head into Saturday night’s affair with Barton at 10-5 and 0-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play as they look to continue their success against the visitors from Great Bend who they have defeated in three of the teams last four matchups. Plenty of free tickets are still available courtesy of our buyout sponsor The Bank of Beaver City and will remain available during the banks business hours though Saturday. The night will also mark the first of eight sophomore poster nights as Saturday will be Hannah Rotolo poster night. Make sure to pick up your poster of Hannah at the entrances and have her sign it for you at halftime of the Men’s game outside of the concession stand.



Photos courtesy of Stephanie Carpenter

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met on Monday, Jan. 3 to review purchase recommendations and receive updates on the strategic plan.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, provided the board with a report on the services the college provides to students with disabilities. Donovan reported that the college provides services to students with physical and learning disabilities with assistance ranging from tutoring, extended test time, and counseling to adaptive services, such as desk arrangements, enhanced computer screens, and classroom access. Students must request the services through the dean’s office and the college then ensures that the students are provided with appropriate assistance. As part of the institutional goal regarding meeting students’ needs and the strategic vision element of addressing diversity, Donovan indicated that her office is monitoring student satisfaction with the services provided as well as the different types of assistance requested.
Al Shank, Jr. provided the Board with a proposal for property and casualty insurance. The college realized an increase in workers compensation ratio for 2010 but the other aspects of the institutional insurance realized a decrease. The board approved the renewal of institutional insurance through EMC Insurance Group, Inc. at a cost of $260,921 for the year 2011. This coverage includes property, liability, crime, workers’ comp, and auto.
The board approved the employment of Norma Jean Dodge as the director of business and industry. Dodge has previous experience with the office of business and industry at Garden City Community College, as well as with customized training and industry training with entities in southwest Kansas.
The board approved the purchase of replacement equipment for the Wellness Center and authorized the business office to purchase computers for the computer labs used in the computer science department in the simulation and game design courses. The computers were bid by Dell Computer Corporation and the treadmills were bid by Advanced Exercise Equipment.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, reported on a collaborative effort with Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College and SCCC/ATS to expand the effectiveness of the adult learning programs in southwest Kansas. The three colleges will work with the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure success in the GED programs and citizenship courses provided to the area.
Rapp also clarified that the SCCC/ATS cosmetology program is continuing with new enrollment of students for the spring semester including the nail technology program. The college is seeking individuals who have an instructor license through the Kansas Board of Cosmetology in order to meet the attendance requirements for the students to sit for their licensing exam. The SCCC/ATS cosmetology program operates with two full-time instructors and enrollment is near capacity; however, adjunct instructors are essential for student assistance and lab instruction.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, notified the board that the Natural Gas Compressor Technician program will begin classes this month with a full enrollment of students. The program is a non-credit program, which includes an internship with industry partners.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, reviewed the impact of a potential change in the state aid distribution formula for community colleges. The new formula is a legislative requirement to address career and technical education programs offered at community and technical colleges. The factors that impact SCCC/ATS include the county residency of the students, the specific course in which the student is enrolled, and the percentage of the college’s enrollment generated from Seward county residents. Dunn explained that to implement the formula, the legislature would need to appropriate approximately $50 million additional dollars for FY2012 and without that appropriation SCCC/ATS could face a revenue decrease of over one million dollars. The new formula has not been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents but is expected to be reviewed and modified by the Regents and forwarded to the legislature for action.
An “All-Saints” enrollment day is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11 with spring semester courses beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12. Campus will be closed Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The next regular Board of Trustees meeting will be Monday, Feb. 7.


Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a senior fitness class for adults over sixty.
The course, which is by arrangement, will assess muscular strength, aerobic endurance, flexibility, agility/dynamic balance and body mass index. Each individual will then be given a fitness workout for the SCCC/ATS Wellness Center.
Call Alli Lyon at 620-417-1142.
After cruising into the Holiday break having won five straight contests, the Seward County Saints looked to get 2011 off to a similar start in Chanute last weekend but their task was going to be a tough one as they lined up against 9th ranked Missouri State-West Plains on Saturday before dancing with the host team, the Neosho County Panthers Sunday for the second time this season. The Saints dominated their contest against, then 13-1 West Plains, opening up as much as a 22 point second half lead before going on to win 90-78 on New Year’s Day and then erased a 10 point halftime deficit against Neosho in the second half on Sunday to come away with a 103-91 win to move to 12-2 on the season.
Following a three week layoff that saw Saints players travel to all corners of the country, it was a question on how the guys in green would come out to open 2011 on Saturday against a very talented #9 Missouri State-West Plains club in their opening game of Neosho County’s New Years Classic. Seward would quickly show that there would be no rust on their motors as they raced out to a 44-34 first half lead, connecting on 53% of their shots from the floor while holding the Grizzlies to just 39% in the half. The Saints would stretch the lead to over 20 in the opening minutes of the second half and would hold a sizeable lead throughout as they went on to pull the upset over the Grizz 90-78.
Jeremy Jones led the Saints in scoring and rebounding as he finished with 22 and 6 while Rafriel Guthrie poured in 18 for Seward in the win. Marky Nolen scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds in 19 minutes of work and Daveon Boardingham scored 10 points in just 11 minutes. Phil Hawkins extended upon his team lead in assists with 6 to lead Seward in the game while also chipping in 7 points and 5 rebounds.
MISSOURI STATE-WEST PLAINS BOX SCORE
In a Sunday afternoon matinee affair, the Saints locked up with Neosho County for the second time this season after embarrassing the Panthers 102-59 in the opening weekend of the season. Neosho looked bound and determined to not let that happen again and looked unstoppable on the offensive end of the court in the first half, shooting 61% including draining 10 three pointers en route to taking a 56-46 lead into the locker room at half. The Saints would flip the script on the home team in the second half, connecting on 23 of 36 shots to quickly erase the 10 point deficit and build a lead of their own before going on to win by double digits 103-91.
The Saints shot a season high 59% as a team in the win and also drilled 10 of 18 three point attempts, good for 56%, the highest a Seward team has shot from the three point line since hitting 11 of 17 in last season’s Jayhawk Shootout against Coffeyville. Jones shattered his previous career high of 26 with 32 points in the win, as he found the bottom of the net on 13 of 19 shots while also dishing out a team high 5 assists. Guthrie was again second to Jones in scoring for Seward as he reached double figures for the 11th time in 14 games, scoring 19 points in the victory. Hawkins was an efficient 7 for 8 from the floor, good for 17 points while Boardingham chalked up his 3rd double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
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The pair of wins push the Saints winning streak to 7 and moves their overall record on the year 12-2. Seward’s win streak will be put to a stiff test Wednesday night as they travel to Hutchinson to take on the #1 team in the country, the 14-0 Hutchinson Blue Dragons in the Sports Arena at 7:30. Hutch moved to #1 in the polls for the first time since 1975 today while Seward jumped into the nation’s top 25 for the first time this season as they check in at #25 as they prepare for the showdown with the Dragons on Wednesday.
The Seward County Lady Saints went one up and one down on their annual Holiday trip last week as they fell to St. Petersburg 75-48 before knocking off Hillsborough 67-51 on their home court to pick up their 10th win of the 2010-2011 season in their final tune-up before conference play begins Wednesday in Hutchinson.
Against a good St. Petersburg team on Wednesday, Seward could simply never find their footing. They shot just 23% from the field in the first half but held the 12-4 Titans to just 30 points and trailed by just 7 going into the locker rooms 30-23. The Lady Saints picked up the pace in the final 20 minutes but were run off the court by St. Petersburg who torched the nets for 45 second half points on 52% shooting from the floor and 71% shooting from the three point line as they blew the game open late and went on to win 75-48.
The Lady Saints shot just 28% as a team in the game while turning the ball over 29 times and being outrebounded by the Titans 43-35. Hanna Bognar was the only Lady Saint to reach double digits in the scoring column as she led Seward with both 10 points and 7 rebounds in the ballgame. Mattie Yanke scored 7 points and had a matching 7 rebounds in the defeat while Ashlynn Knoll scored 8 points and had 4 rebounds.
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Going from the high point of their season with a pair of big wins in the Pizza Hut Classic over Northeastern and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to arguably the low point in the blowout loss to St. Petersburg, the Lady Saints looked to rebound with a win Thursday afternoon against Hillsborough. Seward again came out of the blocks slow but stymied the Hawks on the defensive end of the floor, holding them to just 7 first half field goals on 19% shooting to take a 32-22 lead at the half. In the second half the Lady Saints began to find their rhythm and hit 52% of their shot attempts to go on to win going away 67-51.
Knoll led the charge for Seward, scoring 19 points and pulling down a career high 15 rebounds in the victory. Autumn Miller connected on a trio of three pointers in the win for the Lady Saints and finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Hannah Rotolo and Bognar narrowly missed double-doubles for Seward in the game as Rotolo ended the night with 9 points and 8 rebounds while Bognar finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
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The 1-1 trip to the Sunshine State for Seward brings their overall mark to 10-4 on the year as they now turn their attention to Jayhawk West Conference Play where they look to begin defense of their crown on Wednesday in the Sports Arena in Hutchinson where they will take on the 24th ranked Lady Blue Dragons at 5:30.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this spring.
Courses include:
Welding/Beginning & Advanced, 1/10-1/31, MR, 7-10 p.m., TA115, $95;
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50;
Floral Design, , 1/18-3/29, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., T116, $95;
Automatic Transmission, 1/18-4/5, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., TA120, $95;
Intro to Woodworking, 1/19-2/14, MW, 6-9 p.m., TA130, $95;
Spanish/Basic Computer, Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-12 noon, A136, $30;
Certified Medication Aide, 2/2-3/30, M-F, 4:30-7:30 p.m., T134, $375;
Beginning Cake Decorating, 2/7-3/29, Mondays, 7-10 p.m., AA154, $95;
Fundamentals of Sewing, 2/7-3/31, Thursdays, 7-10 p.m., T116, $95;
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced, 2/7-2/28, MR, 7-10 p.m., TA115, $95;
ETC Safety Training, Thursday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., TBA, $85;
Forklift Training, Friday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., TBA, $70;
Computer Excel, Saturday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-12 noon, A136, $30;
Commercial Driver License Seminar, Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50;
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced, 3/7-3/31, MR, 7-10 p.m., TA115, $95;
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50;
Certified Medication Aide, 3/15-4/29, M-F, 1-4 p.m., T134, $375;
Refrigeration Certification, Friday, March 25, 8 a.m., TB125, $75;
Certified Nurse Aide, 3/31-6/3, M-F, 4:30-7:30 p.m., T134, $425;
CMA Up-Date, Fridays, May 13, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., T116, $85;
Home Health Aide, 6/1-6/7, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., T134, $125.
Some courses require textbooks and supplies for an additional cost.
For additional information, call 620-417-1173 or email joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be in Elkhart Friday, Jan. 14 for the high school basketball games against Walsh.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be in Satanta Tuesday, Jan. 11 for the high school basketball games against Moscow.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Would you like to explore your creative side? Let Seward County Community College/Area Technical School introduce you to a variety of courses that will help explore your creativity.
Through the Art Department a student can enjoy Jewelry Making, Ceramics, Glass Blowing, Interior Design, Photography, Drawing, Painting or Watercolor.
Students interested in writing can take News Writing I.
Through the Drama Department, a student can take Acting or Stagecraft.
Students can take learn to play a music instrument or piano or the can learn to sing through the Music program.
Students can learn to be creative on the computer through Graphic Design, Digital Photography/Computer Graphics, Web Page Design, Digital Image Editing, 3D Modeling or Web Animation.
Find a complete course listing at www.sccc.edu or come by 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a variety of computer courses this spring, both online and in the classroom.
One-credit hour online courses include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Three-credit hour courses include Computer Based Spreadsheets, XHTML Programming for Web Development, Advanced Computer Concepts and Applications and Programming Logic and Design and Visual Basic I, which need to be taken together.
Computer short courses include Basic Computer Skills, 1/31-2/21, 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays; Introduction to Keyboarding, 2/8-3/1, 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays; Microsoft Word, 3/21-4/11, 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays; Excel, 4/13-5/4, 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays; PowerPoint, 3/22-4/12, 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays; Introduction to Digital Photography, 2/3-2/24, 6-9:30 p.m., Thursdays; and Photoshop Basics, 3/3-3/31, 6-9:30 p.m., Thursdays.
Individuals who need a very basic course might enjoy Basic Computers and Technology at 11 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For information, email Mindy Holder at mindy.holder@sccc.edu or go online to www.sccc.edu to enroll. An application for admission is also available online.

Five allied health programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are now accepting applications for the fall 2011 semester.
Individuals who consider the Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Medical Assistant or Medical Laboratory Technician programs can find excellent employment opportunities with competitive salaries upon successful completion of these one- or two-year programs.
For more information about these programs, call 620-417-1401 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1401 or go online to sccchealth.com.