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ollowing months of much anticipated waiting, the Saints Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted its inaugural class. Friday night at the Athletics/Hall of Fame Banquet, four individuals and one team became the first to be enshrined in the hall. Long time coaches Galen McSpadden and Jim Littell as well as former NJCAA Players of the Year Cory Patton and Kim Ortega joined the 2001-2002 Women’s Basketball team as the Class of 2012. Amidst the uncountable memories shared during the evening and the stories and laughs of times past, the one theme that seemed to come out the most was that the group of 21 were home once again as they were honored in the Greenhouse in front of a capacity crowd.

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After a banner season at Seward County, leading his team to a Jayhawk West Championship, a Region VI Championship, and a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, Saints sophomore Deverell Biggs will be headed back home next season after signing at the University of Nebraska. Biggs, an Omaha native, put up stellar numbers in his only season in green and white in 2011-2012. He averaged 14.6 points and over 3 steals and 3 assists per game for the Saints. Biggs finished the season with over 100 steals and 100 assists, making him one of just two players in school history to accomplish that feat.

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The Seward County Lady Saints tennis team will be playing at the NJCAA National Tournament yet again this May after finishing in 3rd place at this weekend’s Region VI Tournament in Wichita. The Lady Saints finished with 15.5 points and got 2nd place finishes from Dariya Dashutina, Leticia Monteiro, and Kurstie Zepeda in singles and a 2nd place finish from Monteiro and Caitlin Workman in #3 doubles.

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For the third straight season the Seward County Saints Tennis team has earned a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Saints finished in 3rd place at the Region VI Tournament over the weekend which qualifies them to head to the National Championships yet again. Seward managed 13 points on the weekend in Wichita, placing 3rd behind Cowley who swept all nine spots and finished with 27 points, and Johnson County who was 2nd with 18 points. Felipe Cruz was the Saints top individual performer, finishing 2nd in the tournament in #2 singles.

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After leading his Saints to a 31-7 season and a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, Seward County Saints Head Coach has been named the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

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The Seward County Saints reminded the Pratt Beavers this weekend at Brent Gould Field that no matter how improved you are, the road to the top still goes through Liberal in the Jayhawk West Conference. The Saints took game one 7-4 and finished the day one sweep with a 6-4 game in the nightcap of the double header and followed that with a 2-0 win in game three and a come from behind 8-7 win in the series finale to finish the series sweep.

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Behind good pitching and timely hitting, the Seward County Lady Saints worked a perfect 3-0 Saturday at the Colby Tournament this weekend before day two of the classic was cancelled due to rain. In their first game the Lady Saints took down Jayhawk East foe Cloud County 2-1 thanks to a good pitching performance from Jill Dickson. Their second game pitted them against Luna and Seward shook off a scare from the Lady Roughriders with two runs in the 5th and another 2 in the 6th to come away with a 6-3 win. In their final game of the day they made things a little bit easier on themselves, winning 9-0 over Southeast in 5 innings thanks in part to a complete game shutout from Brittney Sharkey.

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In the midst of a monster season, it was just a matter of time before Seward County right-hander Gavin Glanz was named the KJCCC Pitcher of the Week. After a complete game shutout against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons on Friday, Glanz has done just that as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Glanz continued his dominance of the league on Saturday at Hutchinson, throwing the shutout against the Dragons, striking out 8 without walking a batter. The complete game win was the second straight for Glanz and the sophomore has now left the Seward bullpen with just 2 innings to cover in his past 5 starts, including 3 nine inning complete game victories.
Seward County sophomore guard Deverell Biggs has brought home enough awards over the past few weeks to fill a small car, but Tuesday, he picked up one that is sure to top the list as the Saints star was named a 1st Team All-American by the NJCAA, becoming the first Seward player to be named a 1st Team All-American since Devonne Giles did so when Biggs was in just 5th grade in 2003.

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Seward County Lady Saint forward Ashlynn Knoll has been showered with awards during her two seasons with the green and white and Tuesday the awards hit a peak as the NJCAA announced that Knoll was named an Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American for her work on the court this season.

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Seward County Saints pitching held a hot hitting Hutchinson team to just 6 runs in 4 games this weekend, helping secure a series win and a move to the top of the Jayhawk West standings on Eastern weekend at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. The Saints won game one 3-1 behind a strong start from Keegan Hucul and finished the Friday sweep with a 7-0 win thanks in part to a complete game shutout from Gavin Glanz. In game three Seward had a golden opportunity to win the series as they were up 4-2 going into the 6th inning but Hutch came back to win 5-4 in walk off fashion in the 7th. In the series finale Seward rode the right arm of TJ Looney who allowed just 4 hits in a complete game win while striking out 9 as the Saints cruised to a 9-1 win to take the series.

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When you win 31 games in a college basketball season, people are going to notice and the voting parties picked to select the NJCAA All-Region VI Team did just that as Seward County sophomores Daveon Boardingham, Deverell Biggs, and Irvin Hollinger have all been named to the All-Region Team. Biggs and Boardingham were named to the 1st Team, marking the first time since the Saints last run at the National Tournament that two Seward players were named to the top squad, while Hollinger was chosen as an Honorable Mention selection. It is the first time in school history that the Saints had two 1st Team picks and another player selected to one of the other All-Region teams.

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After a sophomore season in which she led her Seward County Lady Saints to yet another 20 win season, Seward County forward Ashlynn Knoll has been named 1st Team All-Region. Knoll led the Lady Saints in both scoring and rebounding for the second straight season this year, averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest despite being slowed by injuries. It is the second straight season that Knoll was honored by the region after she was a 2nd team selection as a freshman a year ago. She joins a pair of Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons and Tamara Jones of Garden City as the West members on the 1st Team while Diara Moore of Independence was the only Jayhawk East representative on the regions elite squad.
The Seward County Saints got a much needed Jayhawk West Conference series win against the rival Garden City Broncbusters this weekend at Brent Gould Field in Liberal, taking 3 out of 4 from the Busters to take over first place in the Region VI standings. On Saturday the Saints used a pair of spectacular pitching performances from sophomores Keegan Hucul and Gavin Glanz to lead them to 2-1 and 4-3 and on Sunday the Busters took game three of the series 6-2 before Seward came back to take the series finale 12-7 behind a 4 hit game from Jake Barrios to claim the series.

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