For those of you who haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, here is a link to our NEW Seward County Saints and Lady Saints Athletic Website You will notice the rolling feature story header where the 5 most recent articles will rotate every 5 seconds or so. The athletics calendar where you can see everything that is going on in Seward County sports. The rolling scoreboard located above the calendar that will give you the last 5 completed games scores and if you click on them, the box score to that game. The new search feature in case you are looking for a specific Saint or Lady Saint or you have a different search in mind. The new Saints Twitter feature in which game scores will be updated while the games are going on and as soon as games are finished, and if you wish to do so, you can sign up so that every update is sent to your mobile phone as a text message. The poll section where you can let everyone know how you feel about different SCCC/ATS topics. The new photo gallery feature, illustrated in the facilities section, where you can easily click through pictures of a certain section or game once they begin. Please let me know if you have any ideas for additional features, or things that would help you keep a better track on SCCC/ATS athletics. Enjoy and thank you for your continued support of Seward County Athletics!
Seward County #1 tennis player Diego Abreu has chosen to further his career at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he will finish his Business degree and play for the Highlanders. The Highlanders play as a Division 1 Independent and finished 11-6 last season including a perfect 5-0 mark at home in Newark. NJIT loses 4 players from last year’s team and returns just 3 players all of which the same age as Abreu so he looks to see significant time on the court for them. In his one season at Seward Abreu played in the #1 slot for Coach Darin Workman and the Saints pitting him against some of the best players in the country week in and week out. He had 4 wins in the fall of 2008 and posted a pair of wins during the Spring 2009 season.
After an All-Region Freshman season and a Sophomore year in which she captained her team to their first ever National Tournament, Seward County outfielder Jamie Gilbert has decided to sign and play at McPherson College next season. She will join coach Mike McCormick and a young Lady Bulldog team who had 12 freshman on their roster last season while finishing 8-8, good for 4th place in the KCAC. Gilbert will bring a wealth of experience to the young club after playing in 108 games for the Lady Saints in her two seasons batting .332 while driving in 36 runs and stealing 29 bases in 30 attempts.
Two Seward County Lady Saints stood out in star-studded events this weekend as Rachel Barnes was in Florida at the NJCAA Coach’s Association All-Star Game in Pensacola while Megan Lassley was at the College Coach’s Network All-Star Game in Tulsa. Barnes score 33 points in her two games at the event designed to host the country’s top 35 players. She scored 11 in her first game and then led all scorers with 22 in the second contest. Lassley was her usual self in the College Coach’s Network Top 120 event as she divvied up 23 assists to her teammates in a three game span. The Lady Saints sparkplug had 3 points and 8 assists in her first game, 5 and 7 in her second, and 4 and 8 in her third game. These two Lady Saints will look to take Head Coach Toby Wynn and Seward County one step further and into the National Tournament this season as they open their regular season in just under 4 months at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal.
Seward County sophomore center fielder Keegan Morrow and infielder Kade Kauk have signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at four year schools this week. Morrow, a speedster from Oklahoma City has signed to with the 2008 Division 2 National Champions Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Morrow will look to get the Trojans back to national prominence in 2010 after they took the National Championship with a 58-6 record in 08’ before going 33-18 last season. Keegan hit .352 for the Saints in 2009 following up an All-Conference Freshman campaign in 2008. The southpaw was 4th on the Saints in batting average, doubles, and triples this season while pacing the running game with 13 steals. Fellow Oklahoman Kade Kauk has also made his college choice as he will stay closer to home and attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He will join a Bronchos squad that went .500 in Lone Star Conference play this season and narrowly missed the conference tournament in Abeline. Kauk batted .244 for the Saints in 2009 after hitting at a .288 clip as a freshman in 2008. He finished his Seward County career with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, and 15 RBI’s. The duo now brings the Saints to 9 players that have signed to continue their playing careers next season.
With just over three months until the Seward County Lady Saints basketball team will hit the court for their 2009-2010 season, Head Coach Toby Wynn has “just about” wrapped up his recruiting class for the year. Five graduated seniors have signed on the dotted line with the Lady Saints for the upcoming season including Sumr Robinett, Morgan Skomal, Kendra Spresser, Kameri Turner, and Tameka Sanchez.
Sumr Robinett is a 5’11 forward from Sublette and should help fill some of the void left by University of Arizona signee Amanda Pierson from last season’s team. “Sumr is a very good athlete who can really jump, score inside, and run the court. I am really looking forward to watching her grow as a player and improving her game” Coach Toby Wynn said.
Morgan Skomal is a 5’10 wing player from Haven that will give the Lady Saints some extra versatility this season. “Morgan is someone that can play a variety of positions. She is a very high energy person and plays extremely hard. Her ability to step out and shoot the 3pt. shot will be a big asset to her game” Wynn said.
Kendra Spresser joins the Lady Saints program from Hoxie and is a 5’6 guard. Although she was one of Wynn’s later signees, he contends that Seward found a diamond in the rough on this one. “We are very fortunate to get Kendra in our program as she was a late signee. Kendra is a great athlete can play multiple positions, shoot the basketball, and really score. She has great upside to her game and will fit in very well here” the 5th year Head Coach said.
Kameri Turner will stay close to home and play for the gals in green this season as she joins the Lady Saints from Perryton High School. Turner is a 5’8 guard and brings a multidimensional game to the Greenhouse for the upcoming season. Wynn said of the former Rangerette “Kameri is going to be a very good addition to our team. She can really shoot the ball and score. Her athleticism also allows her to get to the basket and create her own shot.”
Tameka Sanchez chose Seward County after an All-WAC season at Liberal High School. The 5’6 guard bring extreme athleticism and flexibility to coach Wynn and the Lady Saints for the 2009-2010 season. Wynn said of Sanchez “Tameka is excellent defender who can guard multiple positions on the court. She is a very athletic girl that can run and will fit in well with our style of play. Her work ethic is very good as well and that will allow her to improve her game in all areas.”
These five new Lady Saints will team up with seven returning players from last year’s Region VI runners-up as they try to return to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second time in four seasons. Seward County will participate in pre-season scrimmages in October before suiting up for keeps on November 6th in the Pepsi Classic to open their regular season against Hesston College.
Three more Seward County Saints Baseball sophomores have decided on their future plans as outfielder Mikel Huston, infielder Trent Martinez, and pitcher Kevin Schultz have signed their national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at four year universities. Huston a native of Greeley, Colorado will play in the Big East Conference next season for Coach Brian Cleary and the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats finished the season 29-29 last season and will undoubtedly benefit from having Huston’s bat in their lineup next season. The sophomore outfielder hit a team hit .417 this season for the Saints while lacing 13 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs while producing an OPS of over 1.000. Martinez finished his Seward career having played in 93 games and compiling a .285 batting average. He drove in 47 runs in his two seasons with the Saints and smashed out 28 extra base hits. He will head South to Corpus Christi where he will play for the Islanders next season at Texas A&M Corpus Christi next season in the Southland Conference. Schultz will head to NAIA power University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma next season. He will join a Drovers team who won a school record 37 games in 2008 and broke 23 USAO records. Head Coach Mike Ross will welcome Schultz in his first season after replacing legendary coach LJ Powell who retired after 12 years with USAO.
Seward County CC Baseball signee Jace Moore has found his way from tiny Moscow, Kansas to the pages of the most notable sports magazine in the world. The Moscow graduate found his mug shot in the June 29th issue of Sports Illustrated magazine in the “Faces in the Crowd” section, which focuses on amateur athletes in the US. Moore was noted for his 9-0 season record with the Wildcats in 2009 as well as for his power lifting state championship that he captured at the 181 lb weight this year. Moore will join Hall of Fame Coach Galen McSpadden and the Saints in August when they begin practice for their 2010 campaign. To check out Moore in last week’s SI CLICK HERE or pick up the June 29th magazine on newsstands.
The NJCAA has announced that the Seward County CC Men’s Tennis Team has been named the NJCAA National Academic Champions by compiling a 3.39 team GPA, the highest of any team in the nation. This is the 2nd time that the Saints have won this prestigious award in the decade as they also captured the title in 2002. Along with the Saints Tennis team receiving this award, three other Seward County athletic teams finished in the nation’s top 15. Women’s Tennis finished 9th, Women’s Basketball 12th, and Baseball 13th as well as Volleyball 18th.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Athletic Director Galen McSpadden has announced that a total of 99 students-athletes passed an average of 16.75 hours with an overall GPA of 3.21 for the Spring 2009 semester. Sixty student-athletes made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with nine receiving a perfect 4.0 GPA. Attached is a list of student-athletes who have made the Spring 2009 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. To qualify, a student-athlete must have passed a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average. There were also 39 students from the athletic support teams who passed an average of 14.08 hours with a combined 3.05 GPA for the semester. Eighteen made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with four receiving a perfect 4.0 GPA.