So maybe it didn’t have the allure of the usual Seward/Hutch matchup late in the season, but Wednesday night’s sophomore night battle for the Lady Saints had huge implications regarding the gals in greens playoff future and they did their part to secure a 1st round match at home with a three game win and then it was all a waiting game to see if the Beavers of Pratt could do their part to help lock it down for the Lady Saints.
After a nice celebration before the match for the four Lady Saints sophomores and their two sophomore student managers, Seward came out ready to play and quickly took a 4-0 lead on the Dragons in game one highlighted by kills from Daiane Souza and Shelly Malouff. Hutch stormed right back and scored the next five points in the game to take a 5-4 lead of their own and it looked like an old fashioned Seward/Hutch battle was about to break out. However, in this game of runs, the Lady Saints would score the next five points for themselves to take a 9-5 lead and would never trail in the game again. Jade Greene would stretch the Seward lead to six at 13-7 and after a Hutch sideout, it was all Lady Saints through the middle part of the game. Seward would outscore the Dragons 7-1 through the next eight points to go up 20-9 with a barrage of kills from Isabela Silva, Stacie Carver, and Souza to blow the game wide open and would cruise down the homestretch thanks in part to the sophomore connection of Maddy Taylor to Sheina Fernandes to put the game away 25-13.
Seward would again jump up big early in game two behind a fired up Greenhouse crowd. Malouff would score the first point of the game for the Lady Saints and Silva would ace the Dragons to go up 2-0 and Seward would carry the momentum into a 7-2 lead later on. Hutch would creep back in by scoring the next three points and cut the Lady Saints lead to 7-5. An attack error by Hutch and back to back aces from Silva would put Seward back up by five 10-5 and the Lady Saints would hold that lead all the way to the 20-15 mark when the Lady Blue Dragons started to make their push. A pair of Seward hitting errors would pull Hutch to within three at 20-17 but kills from sophomores Carver and Fernandes would again give the Lady Saints a five point cushion 22-17 before a Hutch miscommunication would let a ball fall to the floor to make it 23-17. The Dragons would not go away however, and would score the next three to make it 23-20 but just as their rally got going, a ball into the net on a serve would give the Lady Saints game point at 24-20. Seward would not be able to put the game away on their first game point or their second as the Blue Dragons got to within two at 24-22 but Fernandes would atone for a reception error with a smash off the three meter line to win game two for the Lady Saints 25-22.
Up 2-0 and with all the confidence in the world, the Lady Saints would storm out to another big lead in the opening minutes of game three. An ace from Taylor would cap a 4-0 run to start things for Seward and minutes later back to back kills from Silva and Fernandes would stretch the lead to five at 8-3. The Seward lead would reach seven when Carver and Malouff joined forces on the outside for a combo block to make it 11-4 and it wouldn’t get any better for the visitors from Hutchinson as their deficit hit double digits when the Lady Saints took a 16-6 lead. There wouldn’t be much more drama as game three hit its final stretch as Seward would maintain a big lead as the two went back and forth before Silva finished off her 7th and 8th kills of the night to close out the win for the Lady Saints 25-14 in game three to complete the sweep.
Seward used a balanced attack in the win as five Lady Saints recorded 6 or more kills in the three game victory. Souza led the way with 10 kills and 4 aces while Silva and Fernandes both ended the night with 8 kills and 3 errors apiece. Carver finished her final regular season home game in the Greenhouse with 7 kills and just 1 error and Malouff filled up the stat sheet with 6 kills to go along with her 17 assists and 6 digs on the night. Taylor recorded 20 assists in 41 chances to lead Seward in that category and Madison Winkelman continues to show that she is the anchor of the Lady Saints backline, picking up 16 digs to finish the season at just under 5 digs per game in Jayhawk West Conference play.
While the win was nice taking the Lady Saints to 19-16 (picked up a forfeit win from Laramie County from earlier in the season) and a final record of 9-5 in Jayhawk West Conference play, Seward’s playoff destiny was still not set, in fact, the Lady Saints still didn’t know if they would be at home or on the road next Tuesday, November 2nd. It all came down to Seward fans turning into Beaver fans for an hour or so. At the conclusion of the Lady Saints win, the Pratt/Colby match was tied at 1 game apiece and Seward needed the Beavs to come out on top or else they would be in the middle of a three way tie for 3rd -5th place, a battle that the Lady Saints would lose and finish 5th, consequently being on the road for the 1st round. Pratt would clinch the conference title and oblige the Lady Saints hopes therefore putting Seward in a two way tie with just Barton, a tiebreaker that the Lady Saints would win and after all was said and done, finish as the #3 seed for the Region VI Tournament. With everything now set, the Lady Saints will be at home next Tuesday, November 2nd at 6:30 for the tournament’s first round, do-or-die match. Their opponents, for the 4th time this season will be the Lady Blue Dragons of Hutchinson who will return to the Greenhouse looking to change their fortunes against the Lady Saints who they are 0-3 against this season.

After finishing their 2009-2010 season 31-3 and posting a nearly flawless 15-1 mark in Jayhawk West Conference play en route to taking home the title, the Seward County Lady Saints basketball team has been picked 2nd for the 2010-2011 season in a poll of the league’s coaches Monday at the conference media day.
The Lady Saints who were ranked 9th and ahead of #14 Hutchinson in the NJCAA National poll, find themselves behind the Lady Dragons in the coaches poll to open the year. The pair are followed nearly identically in the vote by the way that the conferences seven other teams finished last season with Garden City coming in 3rd, Cloud County 4th, and Butler, Barton, Pratt, Colby, and Dodge City following them. On the East side maybe the shock of the day came when last year’s Region VI Champions and 3rd place National finishers, the Labette Lady Cardinals were chosen 8th out of 10 teams by the coaches in the East. Independence was chosen as the top team in the league after a 12-6 finish last year and were followed by Johnson County, Cowley, Coffeyville, and Ft. Scott in the top 5. The coaches predicted KCK, Highland, Labette, Neosho County, and Allen County to finish in the bottom half of the conference at spots 6-10.
Seward will have plenty of room on their bench this season as the Lady Saints will likely start the season with just 9 players and just 1 returning lettermen dressed for opening night. The Lady Saints lone returning player that will be ready to go opening night will be Morgan Skomal who is a versatile 5’10 forward that averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds a season ago as a freshman while playing in 32 of 34 games. Skomal is also a deep threat for the Lady Saints as she led Seward last year in shooting from behind the arc as she knocked the three ball down at a 44% clip. Seward will also have Kendra Spresser back this season after averaging 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season but an injury has forced the sophomore guard off of the court for the time being and it is unknown at this point when she will be ready to go in game action this season. To add some experience, the Lady Saints do bring on a pair of sophomore transfers this season in Cierra Harris and Hannah Rotolo. Harris is a 6’1 forward who joins the team from Ekard College in Florida while Rotolo is a familiar name in Liberal after playing her high school days for the Lady Skins at LHS and playing her freshman season for the Barton Cougars before returning to Liberal again. Harris will give the Lady Saints an experienced forward inside that has a surprisingly soft touch with her jump shot as well. Rotolo brings sophomore leadership to the guard position and an experienced player who has been the rigors of a Jayhawk West season before. Last season at Barton she averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.4 steals in 29 games for the Cougars.
Seven freshman will don the green and white for the first time this season and they look to be a strong class with a trio of guards to go along with four front court players. Autumn Miller will vie for time at the point guard spot as she comes to Seward from Louisville, Kentucky. Miller averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game as a junior and looks to be back to form after missing her senior year due to injury. Mattie Yanke is a 5’11 guard from Gruver, Texas. With a tall frame but good touch from the outside, Yanke will look to create problems for opposing defenses this season by stretching them out or taking advantage of her size inside. Kayla Thomas was an All-State pick a season ago for South Gray HS and is a proven winner after leading the Rebs to an undefeated season and a state championship in 2010. She will be looked upon early to make an impact on the Lady Saints and should be able to do that with her good quickness and ability to score from both inside and out of the paint.
The Lady Saints forwards should stack up favorably size wise at least to any in the Jayhawk Conference this season as they throw out there 6’2 Hanna Bognar, 6’0 Ashlynn Knoll and Kelsey Willson, as well as 5’10 Mariah Lee to go along with Harris and Skomal. Bognar is the tallest player on the Lady Saints roster and will look to make a difference inside for the Lady Saints this season. Along with her ability to score inside, Bognar possesses a nice mid range jumper that should come in handy throughout the season. Knoll was a big time scorer in high school at Happy High in Texas and will be looked upon to do the same this season for the Lady Saints. She is one of the better shooters on the team but also has a nose for the ball inside where she averaged 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior last year. Willson will be looked upon for tough minutes inside this year after coming to Seward from Ripley HS in Oklahoma. As a senior she averaged nearly 14 points and 9 rebounds per game and was an All-State pick. Lee brings a lot to the table for Seward and has good strength inside to go with her 5’10 body. She averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game a year ago and also created havoc for opposing offenses by blocking 6 shots per game.
Seward wraps up its preseason schedule today in Alva against Northwestern Oklahoma State and will kick off its season November 5th in the Greenhouse at 6:00 when the Jayhawk East’s Neosho County Lady Panthers come to town to take them on in the Pepsi Classic. The Lady Saints will continue action in the Pepsi Classic Saturday night when they host Ranger College again with the tip at 6:00.

It may be a young bunch this year for the Seward County Saints but Bryan Zollinger’s crew has high expectations and those goals go much higher than the already lofty predictions that the Jayhawk West coaches made Monday when they picked the Saints for 2nd place in the West at conference media day.


Seward followed Hutchinson in the coaches poll and behind them were Garden City, defending Region VI Champs Butler, and Barton rounding out the top 5 and then Dodge City, Cloud County, Pratt, and Colby were the coaches picks to finish 6th through 9th this season. On the East side, it is Cowley that draws top billing with Coffeyville, Independence, and Neosho County expected to finish just as they did last season in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively while KCK, Highland, Johnson County, Allen County, Fort Scott, and Labette round out the rest of the pack.

The Saints return 4 lettermen off of last season’s 24-9 club but bring in two other sophomores to the mix to help add a veteran presence to the squad. Seward looks to have one of the better groups of guards in the conference as newcomers Phil Hawkins and Jeremy Jones look to lead a group of playmakers that will key the Saints offense this season. Hawkins, a 6’0, 200 pounder from Washington, DC will be towards the head of the fight for the starting spot at point guard for Seward while the versatile 6’2 Jones brings one year of college experience at Western Texas College to the Saints this season and has a chance to be one of the top scorers on the team. Liberal natives Chris Chaney and Marquez Patterson as well as Spencer Moore also return to the fold for the Saints in 2010-2011. Chaney returned from a knee injury last season to average 1.3 points per game in 21 contests while Patterson rejoins the mix after sitting out last season and averaging 10.7 points and 2 steals per game as a freshman in 2008-09. Moore a proven winner at Topeka’s Highland Park High School where he won 3 state championships averaged 2.3 points per game last season for the Saints and shot 41% from behind the arc as one of Seward’s top three point threats. Tyler Brashears helped Blue Valley Northwest to the 6A state title game a year ago and will look to lead the Saints to a title game in March this season with a shifty 6’3 frame and a solid stroke from the outside. Oscar Sigala will follow the steps of his brother Robert who played for the Saints from 2008-2010 as he comes to Seward from Southwestern Heights. Sigala averaged 8 points and 8 assists per game last season for the Mustangs while leading them to their first state tournament appearance in 22 years.

For the first time in a few years, the Saints should be able to match up width wise with most of the teams in the Jayhawk West Conference this season. Their lineup of 6 front court newcomers as well as 2 returning sophomores should be a strength of this year’s team. All-Region selection and two time KJCCC Player of the Week pick Marky Nolen will be a key to the Saints success this season. As a freshman in 2009-2010 Nolen averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while proving himself as one of the toughest players in the league at just 6’2. Nolen is joined up front by fellow sophomore Isaiah Thaw who comes into this season as one of Seward’s top lock down defenders as well as averaging 1.2 points and .8 rebounds per game a season ago as a freshman. A strong class of recruits form the majority of the Saints forwards this season. Raphael Giaimo is by far the largest of the group, measuring up at 6’10 and 270 lbs as the season starts and will be one of the most formidable big men in the conference this season. Daveon Boardingham is a 6’7 freshman from Newark, New Jersey and has already won the hearts of many of the Saints fans with an electrifying quartet of dunks at the Basketball Preview Night on Tuesday. Boardingham brings a large put athletic frame to the paint for the Saints and should be able to stretch out opposing defenses with his ability to step out and shoot the ball from the outside. Irvin Hollinger comes to the Saints from Wichita Heights HS and should make an immediate impact on the court as a freshman. At 6’5 Hollinger has the size and length to play with larger opponents but also possesses the ball skills and speed to match up with smaller ones if needed. Markee Mazyck is one of three players on the roster this season from Washington DC and will be expected to play a large role for the Saints early on in his Seward County career. Mazyck has a strong frame at 6’4, 230 lbs and has a feathery touch with the ball in his hands as he showed by winning the WCSAA Player of the Year award twice in high school after averaging nearly 23 points and 9 rebounds per game for Cesar Chavez High. Rafriel Guthrie is another DC native to play for the Saints this year and is a hardnosed scorer inside and also has the ability to step out and shoot the ball outside the paint which will create matchup problems throughout the year. Teddy Nolen joins his cousin Marky in the green and white this year and will hopefully carry his success from the court at Wichita Northwest where he won a state championship to the Greenhouse floor where he and his Saints teammates hope to win a Jayhawk Championship and more this season.

The Saint will open their season Friday, November 5th at 8:00 in the Greenhouse when they tip off against the Colorado Kings in the Pepsi Classic. The Saints will continue action in the Pepsi Classic the following night when the Neosho County Panthers come to town with the tip again at 8:00.

In a must win situation on Monday night in the Greenhouse, the Seward County Lady Saints volleyball team avenged an earlier loss to the Barton Cougars in Great Bend with a 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21 win to keep themselves in the race for a home playoff match as they vaulted themselves into a three way tie for 3rd place in the conference standings.
The Lady Saints came out fired up with a good home crowd behind them, staking themselves out to a lead to start the game on kills from Sheina Fernandes and Courtney Geesing and then an ace from Daiane Souza to make it 4-0. Barton would fight back as they looked to clinch a home playoff match with a win and scored seven of the next eight points to take a 7-5 lead of their own. The Cougs would continue rolling as they took a 10-6 lead but Seward would claw their way back into things midway through the game and things were tied at 13 after another kill from Fernandes. After trading points, Fernandes would pick up her 3rd kill of the game and put the Lady Saints up 15-14 and they would hold the lead to the end. Seward would outscore Barton 10-4 to finish the game including a 5-0 run to finish things out as they came away with the 25-18 game one win to set things up for the night.
Game two was back and forth early with neither team taking more than a two point lead until the Cougars took a 13-10 advantage after an overpass from the Lady Saints. Barton would go up 14-10 on another botched pass attempt by Seward but the Lady Saints would score the next four points to tie things back up at 14 apiece. Seward would take their first lead since 7-6 with a kill to from Isabela Silva to put them up 17-16 and later on they would take their largest lead of the game at 20-17 on three straight put aways from Souza and Fernandes. The Cougs would get the next three points to knot things at 20 and the two would trade the next six points to remain tied 23-23. Tied at 23 the Lady Saints thought they had a kill to put themselves up 24-23 but a call was made against the Lady Saints and so instead of having game point, they were facing game point for the Cougars. Up 24-23 Barton would put things away on their next chance and tie things up at 1 each with a 25-23 game two win.
Fernandes would again get Seward off to a lead in game three with a pair of kills but Barton would come back to make things even at 5-5 in the early going. From that point the Lady Saints would go on a 4-0 run started with a kill from Silva and finishing with a solo block from Fernandes to make it 9-5 Seward. Following suit with the first two games, game three was again a game of runs and Barton would score four straight of their own to tie things at 9 and the teams would remained tied at 11 midway through game three. The Lady Saints would then go on a 5-0 run with a barrage of kills from Fernandes, Geesing, and Shelly Malouff to go up 16-11 and take control of the game. The Cougars would make a comeback attempt to get it to 18-16 but that is as close as they would get as kills from Stacie Carver and Silva would put the Lady Saints up 23-17 and back to back attack errors from Barton would close it out as Seward went on to win 25-17.
Looking to finish the Cougars off in game four, the Lady Saints would take an early 4-3 lead with an ace from Fernandes but for the 4th time in 4 games, Seward and Barton would be knotted at 5-5 ten points into it. The Lady Saints would score five of the next six points to go up 10-6 and would use the momentum to hold a sizeable lead for the majority of the first half of the game. Seward would build their lead up to 5 at 16-11 but Barton wasn’t ready to give up just yet and cut the margin down to a pair at 17-15 after a Lady Saints hitting error. After trading points, the Lady Saints remained up by two 18-16 and decided that they had toyed with the kitties long enough and scored three straight points on a pair of kills and a combo block from Souza and Carver to go ahead by five 21-16. The late run would be enough to push the Lady Saints over the top as they kept their distance from Barton, never leading by less than three before coming away with a 25-21 win on a bullet from Souza to win it.
It was a night of double-doubles for the Lady Saints on the stat sheet as Geesing (12 kills, 12 digs), Fernandes (12 kills, 10 digs), and Souza (12 kills, 10 digs) all accomplished the feat. Madison Winkelman had an outstanding game defensively for the Lady Saints shattering her previous career high in digs with 33 on the night as well as just one reception error in 18 chances. Malouff also set a career high in the win for Seward, notching 29 assists to go along with 8 digs and 6 kills while Carver finished with 7 kills and a team best 4 blocks. Maddy Taylor connected on 32 percent of her set attempts on the night and finished with 20 assists and Silva had a nice night on the outside, finishing with 6 kills and just 1 error.
The win draws the Lady Saints to an even 17-17 overall on the season but more importantly to 8-5 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they sit in a 3rd place tie currently. Their next action will come on Wednesday against Hutchinson on Sophomore Recognition night in the Greenhouse in another must win match if they are to host a Region VI Tournament match next Tuesday. The scenario goes as follows: If the Lady Saints can beat Hutchinson Wednesday and Pratt can avoid an upset from Colby the Lady Saints will finish as they #3 seed in the Region VI bracket and will host Hutchinson again next Tuesday for the first round play-in match. If Seward was to lose Wednesday or if the Trojans went to the Beaver Dome and beat Pratt than the Lady Saints only hope for a home playoff match would be a Garden City upset over Barton on Wednesday. If that didn’t occur then the Lady Saints will be on the road to Colby next Tuesday as the #5 seed in the tournament.

After finishing 31-3 and Jayhawk West Champions last season, the Seward County Lady Saints Women’s Basketball team has been ranked 9th in the country according to the 2010-2011 NJCAA pre-season poll. The Lady Saints return only 2 sophomores from last season’s Region VI Runners-up but bring on a pair of sophomore transfers as well as a talented cast of young freshman to try and help live up to the hype. The defending National Champion Gulf Coast Lady Commodores top the rankings with Central Arizona, and Casper right behind them. Seward is one of three Jayhawk West teams to make it into the poll as Hutchinson opens the year #17 and Cloud County #24. The Lady Saints will open their season November 5th in the Pepsi Classic when they host the Neosho County Lady Panthers at 6:00. For more insight on the 2010-2011 Lady Saints look for a preseason preview on the team coming out tomorrow.
For an incredible 5th time in her career Seward County Lady Saints middle hitter Sheina Fernandes has earned KJCC Player of the Week honors. This time Fernandes was named the POW after a career high 24 kill performance on Tuesday leading the Lady Saints to a victory on “dig pink” night and she followed that up with a 9 kill, 9 dig effort in a loss to Colby in the Community Building. Fernandes averaged over 4 kills per game on the week for the Lady Saints and had a hitting percentage of .416. Fernandes will hope to start off her defense of her player of the week honor strong tonight when the Lady Saints play a pivotal conference battle against Barton at 6:30 in the Greenhouse.
After a huge win over Dodge City Tuesday night in front of an amped Greenhouse crowd, it looked as if the Seward County Lady Saints might have just turned things around in their up and down 2010 season. However, with much riding on their matchup Thursday night at Colby, Seward again fell flat on their faces against the Lady Trojans, falling in 3 games for the second time this season and putting themselves in an uphill battle to host a first round Region VI Tournament game this season.
The Trojans came out confident against the Lady Saints who held a 10-3 advantage over them in 13 previous meetings before Thursday night. Colby got out to a 3-0 lead but Seward would come back and take a 4-3 lead of their own after an ace from Daiane Souza. Moments later things would be knotted at 5 when the Lady Trojans would get on a roll. Colby would score eight of the next nine points in the game and would take a 13-6 lead to which Seward would never be able to erase. The Trojans would extend their lead up to 19-10 before the Lady Saints would respond with a kill from Sheina Fernandes that would set them off on a 8-2 run to draw them to within three at 21-18. Colby would score the next two points but Isabela Silva would send back two Trojan attacks in a row for blocks and again Seward was within three 23-20. That would be all the fight the Lady Saints would show though as Colby would finish things off with two kills to put things away and take a 1-0 lead with the 25-20 game one win.
The two teams would joust back and forth in game two and neither had an advantage with the score 10-10 early on. Seward would go up 12-10 but a pair of errors would draw things back to even 12-12. After trading points to 13-13, Colby would take the lead and start to pull away, scoring five of the next eight points to go up 18-15. They would keep the three point spread to 21-18 and then 23-20 and just when it looked like Seward was going to go behind 2-0 then rallied up for four straight points including a back to back kill and block combo for Fernandes and an ace by Katie Marks to give them a 24-23 lead. From there on it was one of the best games of ‘tug of war’ that Seward volleyball fans have ever seen. Things went tit for tat into the 30’s as the Lady Saints had six chances to close things out while Colby had just three but after Fernandes and Silva combined on a block to put Seward up 31-30, Ana Calito of Colby used the hands of the Lady Saints block perfectly, battering three straight attacks off the block and out of bounds to tie the game at 31, put Colby ahead 32-31, and then close out the Lady Saints chances 33-31 to put her team up 2-0.
Visibly deflated from the marathon game two loss, the Lady Saints quickly found themselves behind 10-3 in the third game. With the score 13-6 Seward slowly climbed back into the game and after a kill from Shelly Malouff and a block from Fernandes, they were within striking distance at 13-11 and right back in the mix. The spread would remain at two through the middle part of the game until Malouff picked up a solo block to draw the Lady Saints to within one at 17-16 but from that point on it was all blue and white. Two straight Seward attack errors would start a 4-0 run for Colby to make it 21-16 and after a Seward sideout, another attack error followed by a reception error would all but seal their fate at 24-17 and on the next point went on to drop the game 25-17 to send them home in a three game sweep by the Lady Trojans.
The Seward offense was dismal in the loss as the Lady Saints managed just a .042 hitting percentage as a team, their lowest output in over two seasons and they had just one hitter with over a .125 kill percentage on the night. Fernandes led the team in kills with 9 to go along with 9 digs and 6 blocks while Souza finished with 7 kills and Courtney Geesing 6 in the loss. Maddy Taylor led the squad with 14 assists while Malouff chipped in 13 in 40 tries. Madison Winkelman led the team with 16 digs and Geesing again cracked the double digit mark with a dozen of her own. Seward did block relatively well in the defeat as along with Fernandes’ 6, Silva finished with 5 to lead the Lady Saints who ended up with 11 rejections on the night.
The loss was a big one for Seward, dropping them to 16-17 on the season and 7-5 in Jayhawk West Conference play. They now face a tough challenge of knocking off Barton on Monday and Hutchinson on Wednesday at home if they are to have even a chance of hosting a first round playoff game. The scenario is relatively simple. If the Lady Saints do win both of those matches next week and Pratt defeats Colby on Wednesday at home then the Lady Saints will be at home as the #3 seed and will host Hutchinson. If Seward loses either of the matches next week or Colby upsets Pratt in the Beaver Dome, the Lady Saints will be on the road on November 2nd, likely traveling to Colby again for the first round.
Monday night will be the Lady Saints official KJCCC ‘Toys for Tots’ night where the Lady Saints ask that all fans attending the match bring a new toy and place it in the collection bin on the South side of the gym to be given to less fortunate children at Christmas time. Wednesday night will be the Lady Saints sophomore recognition night when Sheina Fernandes, Stacie Carver, Maddy Taylor, and Jordan Martin will be recognized along with managers Macayla Rome and Heather Haller for all of their hard work during their two seasons in the green and white.

It all started with a perfect honorary first serve from two time breast cancer survivor Mischel Miller and after a thrilling 5 game spectacle for the Lady Saints largest crowd of the year, things ended perfectly as well as Stacie Carver sent back a Lady Conq offering for her third block of the night to give Seward a 16-14 game five win and put the Lady Saints back into the thick of things in the Jayhawk West Conference standings. Not only was it a great night for Seward County on the court but it was also a great night for breast cancer awareness as fans showed up decked out in their pink gear and helped raise nearly $200 for breast cancer research in the process.
After losing to the Conqs for the first time in over 6 years in their first matchup nearly a month ago, the Lady Saints had something to prove in this meeting with second place Dodge City. They got things started off on the right foot by taking a quick 2-0 lead in game one and after the Conqs tied things up at 2, scored three straight points including a back to back block and kill from Courtney Geesing to go up 5-2. Dodge would get to within one at 6-5 but Carver would pick up kills on two consecutive plays to push the Lady Saints back ahead by three 8-5. Dodge would fight their way back into the contest and would tie things up at 8 and the teams would tussle back and forth and remained tied at 11 apiece. The Conqs would score the next two points to take their first lead of the match at 13-11 and would hold that two point advantage to 17-15 after the Lady Saints third service error of the game. With a struggling Lady Saints team and a confident Dodge City squad, things weren’t looking to bright for Seward but trailing by that 17-15 score, something sparked a fire for the gals in green and they would dominate the rest of the first game. A Daiane Souza kill followed by an ace from Madison Winkelman would tie the game at 17 and a combo block from Sheina Fernandes and Isabela Silva would give Seward a one point lead at 18-17. They weren’t done, after a Dodge hitting error Fernandes and Silva would hammer back to back kills to put the Lady Saints up 21-17 and they would go on to cruise to the finish line with a 25-18 game one win.
Game two was quite a different story for the home team. After the match was tied at 2 early on, the Lady Conqs would score 7 of the next 8 points to go ahead 9-3 and they would never look back. Fernandes would cut the Dodge lead to four at 13-9 and later on Carver would get the deficit to just three at 16-13 with a kill of her own. A Dodge service error backed up by a reception error and ace for Shelly Malouff would draw the home team to within one at 16-15 but a sideout and two straight errors by the Lady Saints would again push the Conq lead to four at 19-15. The Lady Conqs would keep Seward in the game with another pair of service errors late and after Fernandes’ 4th kill of the game, the Lady Saints found themselves down just two at 22-20. The teams would trade the next six points but it wasn’t enough for Seward as the Conqs put things away with a kill on game point to take game two 25-23.
After a 10 minute intermission in which the Lady Saints used to make their way around the stands to collect donations for breast cancer research from the crowd, Seward came out rejuvenated in the third game and got off to a 5-0 start thanks in large part to two more kills from Fernandes as well as a kill and a solo block from Geesing. Seward would continue to build on the good start and the lead as they took an 11-4 lead on a kill from Carver and then stretched the gap to 11 with a pair of rockets from Fernandes sandwiched around a kill from Souza to make it 16-5. The Lady Saints weren’t done adding on just yet as Fernandes and Malouff combined for a block to make it 17-5 and a Dodge City hitting error would give cap off a 7-0 run for Seward to make it 18-5. Up 20-9 following an ace from Katie Marks it looked like things were soon to be wrapped up for the Lady Saints but a furious late game rally by Dodge City, including a 5-0 run after the score was 23-16, would bring them to within striking distance at 23-20 and all of a sudden things were interesting again in the Greenhouse. Souza would stop the Dodge run with her 4th kill of the game and after the Conqs held off the Lady Saints first game point, Fernandes would slam one inside of the 10 foot line to put it away for Seward and give them the 25-21 win to take a 2-1 lead.
With their backs to the wall, the Lady Conqs nearly put on a repeat performance of the second game in game four to suck the air out of the crowd early in the game. Dodge would bolt out to an 11-3 lead this time and would hold a sizeable advantage until a pair of Fernandes kills would bring Seward to within a handful at 15-10 midway through. The spread would remain the same to 18-13 but two straight Conq attack errors and a kill from Souza would draw the Lady Saints to within a pair at 18-16 as they looked for the come from behind win to wrap things up. After a sideout and the teams trading points Dodge would lead 20-17 when the Lady Saints turned to their leader again and Fernandes delivered, smashing back to back shots to the floor for her 19th and 20th kills of the night to bring Seward to within one at 20-19. That would be as close as the Lady Saints would get as Dodge went on to score five of the last eight points in the game to come away with a 25-22 win and force a deciding 5th game between the two regional rivals.
With Seward desperately needing the win to stay in the race for a home playoff match and Dodge looking to win to keep their hopes alive in the conference title race, the two teams battled out to a 2-2, then 3-3, then 4-4, and finally a 5-5 tie before either way able to break free. Tied at 5, a Dodge ball handling error followed by an attack error would give the Lady Saints a 7-5 lead but the Conqs would again draw things even at 7 apiece and then take a lead of their own with a Seward hitting error and then back to back kills from Emma Filaga to make it 8-7 Conqs as the teams changed sides. Seward would tie things at 8 with a kill from Souza but attack errors on two straight points would give Dodge a 10-8 lead and after getting the ball back with the score 10-9, a pair of failed attacks by the Lady Saints would lead to scoring chances that the Conqs did put away a they went up 12-9 to force a Lady Saints timeout. Directly out of the break Fernandes would set a new career high with her 23rd kill of the night to cut the lead to 12-10 and a hitting error from Dodge would make it a one point game at 12-11. The teams would trade points to 13-12 before Malouff and Carver combined for a huge block on the outside to tie things at 13 and then Geesing would use the Dodge block to her advantage as she smashed one off the side of the Conq wall to put the Lady Saints up 14-13 and give them their first match point. Dodge City would score on their first ball on the next play to even things at 14 but another Geesing kill on the next point would again bring Seward to match point as they led 15-14. Standing back to serve, Malouff hit a deep driving serve to break up the flow of the Dodge offense and on their third hit the Conqs were forced to attack from off of the net and Carver would read the attack like a book and with a one handed rejection to the floor, would give the Lady Saints a 16-14 win and would set off an electric celebration on the court and in the stands for Seward as they came away with the five game win.
Fernandes would finish the night with a career high 24 kills in the win and also led the Lady Saints in the block compartment with 4 denials on the night. Souza completed the evening just one kill short of her career high in kills as she picked up 13 to go along with an equal 13 digs in the win. Geesing notched her 8th double-double on the season, finishing with 10 kills and a career high 18 digs and Winkelman would tie her career best performance in the digs department with 26. Maddy Taylor put up a season high 30 assists in the win and fellow setter Shelly Malouff was just two assists off of her career best with 20 helpers on the night. Along with the pinnacle block at the end of the night, Carver put up 7 kills and 2 other blocks to cap off a memorable match and event for the Lady Saints.
The win evens up the Lady Saints record at 16-16 on the season and moves them to 7-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play, good for a 3rd place tie with Barton who will come to the Greenhouse Monday night at 6:30. The loss for Dodge drops them to 23-9 overall on the year and 9-3 in conference play and eliminates them from contention for being the top seed at the Region VI Tournament in two weeks. Seward won’t have much time to relish the big win over Dodge as they now must set their sights to the Colby Lady Trojans who they will take on in the Community Building in Colby on Thursday night. The next week for the Lady Saints will prove to be important as they play the Trojans who are currently ½ game behind them in the conference standings at 7-5 followed by Barton on Monday who Seward is tied with at 7-4 and then their rivals, the Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons on Wednesday at home for Sophomore Night to wrap up the regular season schedule.

The Seward County Community College Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams will be hosting the 6th Annual Saints Bookstore Basketball Benefit Night on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Green House on the campus of SCCC/ATS. Admission to the event is free, with all proceeds going to support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Haskell, Stevens, and Seward Counties. Donations will be accepted at the door and at the concession stand.

The night will officially begin at 5:45 p.m. with both basketball teams signing autographs in SW229 A&B (upstairs conference rooms) for the public to attend. FREE posters of the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will be handed out and the public can have the Saints and Lady Saints autograph their posters. The public will also get a chance to meet the Cheerleading team and Dance team before the start of the benefit night in the gym.

The Basketball Benefit Night will showcase the Seward County Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams as they will be introduced and both teams will scrimmage for 10 minutes at the end of the night. The Cheerleaders and Saintsations Dance Team will also be introduced and perform their first routine of the school year.

There will be a free-throw contest with Saints coaches Bryan Zollinger and Jay Cyriac vs. Lady Saints’ coaches Toby Wynn and Penny Jones. The Saints and Lady Saints will square off in a team three-point contest and fans will be able to get into the action with a pair of contests just for them. Also come with your camera’s ready as there will be a slam dunk contest between four high-flying Saints players to conclude the contest portion of the evening. 100 FREE Saints Basketball T-Shirts will be thrown out throughout the night thanks to the Saints Bookstore.

The Saints and Lady Saints will officially open their seasons Nov. 5, hosting the Pepsi Classic at the Green House.
When the Seward County Lady Saints host the Dodge City Lady Conqs Tuesday night in the Greenhouse, it will be more than just a crucial Jayhawk West Conference Volleyball match that will be on the line. Tuesday will be the Lady Saints annual “Dig Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness night where the Lady Saints will be raising funds and awareness for a disease that claims the lives of over 50,000 women per year.

The Lady Saints will be wearing pink all over their uniforms Tuesday night from warm up shirts that will feature a pink Seward County Volleyball logo to pink ribbons and shoelaces for the event. The Lady Saints encourage all fans attending the match to wear all the pink that they can find and create a virtual “pink out” in the normally green Greenhouse. Breast Cancer Awareness facts and named of loved ones who currently have, have survived, or have passed from this disease that effect over 150,000 women on an annual basis will be displayed in the gym and will be announced over the pa system throughout the match.

Donations for breast cancer research will be collected throughout the night at the concession stand and mail in donations are also welcome. The action on the court will start at 6:30 as the 4th place Lady Saints take the floor against the 2nd place Lady Conqs.

If you have anyone that you would like recognized or remembered Tuesday night, please contact Roy Allen at or 620-417-1553 before 4:00 pm on Tuesday.
In a swift 61 minutes, the Seward County Lady Saints marched to their 6th Jayhawk West Conference win Wednesday night at the Perryman Center in Garden City, defeating the Lady Broncbusters 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 as they look ahead to a tough weekend of competition in Florida.

Even with two players out due to injury the Lady Saints roster of 10 active players dwarfed their opposition who was down to 6 as the opening whistle blew Wednesday. Seward dominated from the get go in game one against the Busters as Sheina Fernandes recorded 3 straight aces early in the first game to put the Lady Saints up 9-4 and they would never look back from there. Seward would stretch the lead all the way to 16-5 before eventually going on to take game one 25-11 with help from 3 kills off the right arm of Isabela Silva. In game two it was Courtney Geesing’s turn to shine and as Maddy Taylor and Shelly Malouff fed her the ball, the Lady Saints outside hitter delivered kill after kill and pushed Seward out to a 9-3 lead early in game two. The Lady Saints continued their choke hold on the Busters as the game went along, opening their lead to 16-8 and then 25-15 as the game came to a close. Looking for a sweep in game three the Lady Saints again look advantage of some sloppy Garden passing as Madison Winkelman picked up a pair of aces to give Seward a 9-5 lead. While not playing at the top of their game, the Lady Saints still managed to push their lead wider and wider as the game went along, going up by 8, 19-11 on a kill from Stacie Carver and then finishing things off after a pair of Garden hitting errors to take home the three game win 25-16.

Sometimes in a sporting event stats don’t tell the story, but in this one they did. Seward put together a team hitting percentage of .387 to Garden’s .093 while the ‘Busters dished up 34 errors in the match to 20 for the Lady Saints. Fernandes led the team in kills as she usually does with 10 in the win while Geesing finished the night with 9 without an error and Daiane Souza chalked up 8 in the victory. The Lady Saints setters were sharp in the win as well, recording their highest set percentage of the year at .436 behind 18 assists from Malouff and 13 from Taylor. Seward also had a season high 12 aces as a team including 4 from Fernandes, 3 from Winkelman, and 2 each from Taylor and Malouff. Leading the team in digs in the win was Winkelman and Geesing who each recorded an even dozen while Katie Marks chipped in 8.

The win takes Seward to 14-13 overall on the season and 6-4, good for a 4th place tie in Jayhawk West Conference play. Next up on the schedule for the Lady Saints is no easy task. Seward will head to Jacksonville, Florida today and will match up with 14th ranked Florida State-Jacksonville on Friday at 3:00 and then face the #1 ranked team in the country, the Miami-Dade Lady Sharks at 5:00. The date with the #1 ranked team in the country during the regular season marks the first time in recent memory that any Saints or Lady Saints team in any sport has gone up against that test. The Lady Saints will play the role of David in the matchup against the Sharks squad that is currently 18-0 and has lost just 3 total sets on the season. The only teams to even take a set from Miami-Dade this year have been defending National Champions College of Southern Idaho, 2nd ranked San Jacinto, and 3rd ranked Salt Lake.
Following up a 13 win weekend at the ITA Regional Tournament in Oklahoma City against some of the nation’s best, the Seward County women’s tennis team wrapped up their fall action Friday by shutting out the Friends Falcons 9-0 and winning 96 of 112 games played on the day.

The 1-2 punch of Dariya Dashutina and Fanny Benincasa dominated at the top of the lineup for Seward, both winning 6-0, 6-1 in speedy victories over Elly Johnson and Sam Hutson. The Lady Saints winning ways continued in the middle of the Seward six as Kauana Goncalves took a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Kylie Combs and Salitza Abrantes dispatched of Stephanie Curtis 6-0, 6-0 to move Seward to 4-0 on the day. Marcila Abrantes dropped Sara McVay 6-2, 6-0 in #5 singles and Caitlin Workman finished up a 6-0 day in singles play with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kassie Welch for the Lady Saints.

Dashutina and Benincasa took their supremacy right over to doubles play where they kicked off the combo play with a swift 8-0 win over Johnson and Combs. In #2 doubles, Seward came away with an 8-5 win behind Goncalves and Salitza Abrantes and Marcila Abrantes and Workman again pulled up the rear for the Lady Saints in fashion with an 8-2 win over McVay and Welch to finish the perfect afternoon.

The Lady Saints finish the fall with an overall record of 56-39 and are expected to be ranked in the top 10 in the country when the national rankings are released later this fall.
After a disappointing showing at the ITA Regionals a week before in Oklahoma City, the Seward County Saints men’s tennis team finished their fall season about as well as you possibly can with a clean 10-0 sweep against Friends University Friday afternoon in Wichita.

The closest matches of the day came early in the dual as Nathan Nelmes, playing in the #1 spot for Seward took a 6-1, 6-2 final over Billy Bloomquist and Felipe Cruz, the Saints #2 man, won 6-2, 6-3 over Colton Heinrich for the Falcons. Raphael Machado won 6-1, 6-2 in #3 singles play over Cory Cockrell while Christiano Mendes would take a 6-1, 6-4 decision over David Alley in the #4 slot for the Saints. Lucas Izkovitz finished up a perfect 10-0 fall with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wes Miller in #5 singles and Alex Richards and Rafael Raw finished the day strong for Seward at the bottom of the ladder with 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 wins respectively in the #6 and #7 slots.

In doubles action the Saints were equally as dominate. Nelmes and Lobo took care of Heinrich and Cockrell 8-3 in #1 doubles play and Cruz and Machado teamed up to drop Bloomquist and Alley 8-2 . Finishing up a perfect afternoon was Mendes and Izkovitz who beat Miller and Harting 8-2 to put an exclamation mark on the Saints sweep.

The 10-0 victory means the Saints finish their 2010 fall season at 83-28 which should bode well for them when the initial ITA rankings come out later this year.
Up against one of the most stacked Ozfest Invitational fields in recent memory, the Seward County Lady Saints volleyball team finished 4th this weekend after putting together just one win in four chances. Seward dropped their first match of the tournament to Midland on Friday before coming back to even their record at 1-1 with a win against Lamar later that night. Saturday was not kind to the Lady Saints as they fell to #5 Western Nebraska in the morning session and then to Redlands later on to conclude the tournament.
Seward opened up their tournament schedule with Midland on Friday and it wasn’t the start they were looking for as the Chaps took the Lady Saints down in three games 25-18, 25-13, and 25-18. In game one the Lady Saints played even with the 22-5 club from Texas early but after the game was tied at 8, it was all Midland from there. Three straight reception errors pushed the Chaparrals to their first decisive lead of the game and moments later their blocking kicked into effect and put them up 19-11. They would keep the distance until the finish of the game as game one went to the visitors 25-18. Game two would be one to forget for the gals in green as Seward fell behind early and would never get close as Midland took that game 25-13. Down 2-0 was not an unfamiliar spot for the Lady Saints to be in and visions of yet another comeback were in line as they took a 10-9 lead midway through. However, Midland would quickly dash those hopes for Seward fans as the Chaps would score 7 of the next 9 points before going on to open up the lead and take home the three game sweep 25-18 with the game three win. Daiane Souza led the Lady Saints with 10 kills in the defeat while Sheina Fernandes picked up 9 kills in 22 chances. The problems for Seward in their match against Midland didn’t necessarily come on the offensive end however as the Lady Saints had just 1 total block as a team and no player with more than 5 digs while committing 9 reception and 4 service errors in the process.
In their second match of the day the Lady Saints squared off with an upstart Lamar team who like Seward, had dropped their first match of the tournament in three earlier in the day. Lamar jumped ahead 7-4 early and would never look back as they built on their lead throughout the first game as Seward’s deficit reached 10 at 20-10 before finally ending at 11 when things were all said and done at 25-14. In game two it looked like the Lady Saints were going to flip the script on the Lopes as they broke an early 8-8 tie with a pair of kills from Fernandes to put them up 10-8 and then built on that momentum to go up 13-9 and then 16-9. The Lady Saints would seemingly have things wrapped up as they served for the game up 24-16, but would fall apart and let the Lopes back into things after 7 straight points made it 24-23 in favor of Seward. With the game on the line, the Lady Saints again turned to their leader and Fernandes didn’t disappoint, finding a hole in the Lamar defense off of a set from Maddy Taylor to put the game away 25-23 and even things up at 1 game apiece. After 22 points in game three, the teams would find themselves deadlocked at 11 as both looked to pull ahead to take the ever so important 3rd game in the 5 game match. It was Lamar who went ahead 17-13 to take control but the Lady Saints would linger and down 21-19 after a kill from Jade Greene, would even things up at 21 with a block and a kill from Fernandes. Things were still tied at 23 and then 24 but a pair of attack errors by the Lopes late would seal their fate and give the Lady Saints the 26-24 win to go up 2-1. With momentum on their side, the Lady Saints looked to close things out in game four against the Lopes but a lack of communication would postpone those hopes. Up 10-8, two straight Lamar serves would find a hole in the middle of the Seward defensive alignment to tie things at 10, but the Lady Saints would overcome the errors to take an 18-15 lead a short time later and looked to have control of the match. The Lopes would slowly but surely slice away at the lead and at 21-21, things would be all square. Lamar would go on to take a 23-21 advantage and then with the game on the line at 24-22 in favor of LCC, Seward would again be left looking at each other as the fourth uncontested ace of the game would finish things off and force a 5th and deciding game as Lamar came out ahead 25-22. In a place they were familiar being in, in a 5th game, the Lady Saints would turn to their big block to take an early 5-1 lead after rejections from Isabella Silva, Aislyn Karney, and Courtney Geesing to take hold of the game. As they had earlier in the match though, the Lopes wouldn’t go away and found themselves down just one at 8-7 as the teams changed sides. The firepower of the Lady Saints offense would take over from there as Souza and Fernandes led a barrage of kills to put Seward up 12-7 and then 14-10 as they looked to finish the match. Lamar would rally for two straight points and make it 14-12 but a serve into the net would finish their day and give the Lady Saints their third 5 game win in 2 weeks with a 15-12 win to even them up at 1-1 on the day. Fernandes would lead the team again with 15 kills while Geesing picked up 11 to go along with 11 digs and Souza would finish with 9. Taylor led the club with 23 assists while Shelly Malouff chipped in 13 in the win. Katie Marks had a team high 3 aces in the victory while Madison Winkelman paced the green and black with 18 digs in the contest. After having just 1 block as a team in their first match of the day against Midland, the Lady Saints had somewhat of a block party in this match against Lamar, racking up 13 blocks in this one including 6 from Karney and 6 from Silva in the win.
Things wouldn’t get any easier for Seward on Saturday as their first test of the day would come against the 5th ranked team in the land, the Western Nebraska Cougars. The Lady Saints were ready for the challenge early as they played neck and neck with the perennial Region IX champions and were within two at the midway point after a well timed tip from Taylor to make it 15-13 Western Nebraska. Facing the same deficit, Silva and Karney combined for a block to cut the Cougar lead to 1 and then a short time later a Western Nebraska service error would draw the teams even at 19 apiece. The teams would trade 2 for 2 and would stay tied at 21 but Western would score the game’s final 4 points to take the air out of the Greenhouse in a 25-21 win in game one. The Cougars would continue their roll right into game two in one that would be forgettable for the Lady Saints. Western Nebraska would go up 7-1 to start off the game and the lead would grow from there. Seward was still within relative striking distance down 14-7 but the Cougars would go on to score 11 of the game’s final 14 points to take the second game 25-10. Just when it looked like Seward was going to roll over and play dead for the Cats, they came out in game three much like they did to start the match in game one. They would take a lead at 5-4 in that third game and would keep the slim advantage midway through the game as Fernandes picked up a solo block to put the gals in green up 11-10. The tides would turn right about then and the Lady Saints found themselves stuck in the mud as the Cougars would storm past them to take a lead of their own at 16-12 and would push the lead to 7 later on at 20-13. Seward would never recover in the match as they went on to lose 25-15 as the Cougars completed the sweep. The numbers were not pretty for the Lady Saints against the Cougars as they had no players with over 5 kills and a team hitting percentage of just .081. The dim light on the stat sheet for Seward was in the blocking compartment where Fernandes finished with 3 solo blocks and Karney was able to chip in a pair. Geesing would finish with 7 digs in the match and Winkelman 6 while Jordan Martin led the team with 8 assists.
In their final match of the tournament the Lady Saints looked to exact revenge on the Redlands Cougars who had knocked them off earlier in the year at the Redlands Labor Day Classic. Seward struggled right off the bat and committed 9 hitting errors and hit just .027 as a team in the first game as they fell behind early and would never recover in route to a 25-17 loss. In game two the Lady Saints would reverse their fortunes, picking up 14 kills and just 6 errors while putting up a strong defense at the net with 3 blocks to come away with a close 25-23 win. Poor passing coupled with relentless Cougar defense would give Redlands a 25-16 win in game three and the ladies from El Reno would close things out with a 25-21 win in game four to send the Lady Saints to a 4th place finish in the tournament. Souza would lead the team with a career high 14 kills while Fernandes and Geesing would be the only other two on the team to get over 5 as they both ended the night with 9 kills but combined for an uncharacteristic 15 errors in the loss. Taylor led the team with 17 assists and Geesing and Winkelman were atop the dig leaders with 11 each.
The 1-3 weekend brings the Lady Saints to an even .500 on the season at 13-13 and just 4-11 in their last 15 matches. Next up for Seward is Garden City on the road Wednesday, before packing their suitcases for a trip to the Sunshine State this weekend where they will take on the likes of #1 Miami-Dade, #14 Florida State-Jacksonville, and more.
In what has become an annual tradition for many Seward County athletes and coaches, the Saints and Lady Saints again took time out of their busy schedules last weekend to put smiles on the faces of some of Liberal’s youth during the Big Brothers/Big Sisters fishing and hot dog night at Tucker Lake.
The evening was supposed to kick off with a classic ballpark or arena feast, a hot dog cookout, but the kids of Big Brothers and Big Sisters simply couldn’t wait to get a worm on the hook and the hook in the water. The entire Seward County baseball team was in attendance helping out with the event, as were members of the Lady Saints basketball and tennis teams. As the splashes began to be heard around the dock, the fish were biting as Saints 3rd baseman Jon Mestas and a pair of youngsters quickly found out as they reeled in the first fish of the night. The action didn’t slow down much as most of the kids there were able to bring in a big one, or maybe a not so big one, before they headed to the tables for a hot dog and chips. After a couple of bites of hot dog, a few of the BB/BS “little’s” there decided that their hot dogs could be put to better use and hooked them up to their line which didn’t seem like a bad idea for the perch and bass inside the lake.
As the night wound down there were ear to ear smiles on nearly everyone’s face in attendance, “big’s” and “little’s”, who enjoyed their night together. Lady Saints assistant basketball coach stressed the importance of her players getting involved in activities such as these by saying “not only is this a good opportunity for us and our players to give back to the community that supports us throughout the year, but these events give our players a reality check sometimes on how lucky they really have it.” Seward’s All-Conference 2nd baseman Jordan Dallalio echoed thoughts along the same lines saying “the people from Big Brothers/Big Sisters are always thanking us for coming to these things and I think a lot of the time we have just as much fun working with the kids as the kids do working with us.”
The other events that the Saints have planned with Big Brothers/Big Sisters this year include a trap shoot on October 22nd, a Bowling and Pizza night February 25th, and a Pheasant Hunt January 15th.

For the second time this season and the 5th time during her Seward County career, Lady Saints middle hitter Sheina Fernandes has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week. Fernandes was a unanimous selection this week in a vote of conference Sports Information Directors, after averaging nearly 4 kills and 1 block per game in three Seward matches this week. Wednesday in a win over Hutchinson, Fernandes banged down a career high 22 kills and had 4 blocks in a come from behind, five game win over the Blue Dragons. On Saturday against Pratt Fernandes again dialed up the pressure on the opposing defense, finishing off 14 kills and again leading the team with 4 blocks. Fernandes will look to start this week off well as the Lady Saints head to Cloud County tomorrow before returning home to host the Ozfest Invitational presented by Landmark Real Estate Center on Friday and Saturday.
After a big win against their arch rivals, the Hutchinson Blue Dragons in the Sports Arena on Wednesday, it seemed as if the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team had turned the corner to get back on track in the Jayhawk West Conference but a three game loss in the Beaver Dome in Pratt on Saturday proved otherwise as the Lady Saints fall to 11-10 overall on the year and 4-4 in conference play.
In game one, the Lady Saints would fall in an early hole and wouldn’t be able to fight their way out of it against a potent Pratt attack. The Beavers dialed up 17 kills with just 3 errors while the Lady Saints had 15 kills but 7 costly errors as they would fall 25-18. In game two Seward’s offense was better but their lack of blocking at the net would put little pressure on the Pratt offense as the Beavers would roll to a 25-21 win. With their backs to the wall in game three, the Lady Saints played well, delivering 18 kills and hitting .441 as a team but again could not slow down the Pratt front line as they fell 25-22 and were swept by the Beavs.
Sheina Fernandes led the Lady Saints with 14 kills while Daiane Souza also reached double figures with 11. Courtney Geesing would finish with 8 kills and just 1 error and Stacie Carver had 6 kills without an error. Maddy Taylor connected on 18 of 39 set attempts while fellow setter Jordan Martin finished the match with 11 assists. Fernandes was Seward’s only threat at the net defensively in the match as she had a part in all 4 blocks for the Lady Saints on the day.
The win drops Seward to 4-4 in conference play on the year and 11-10 overall on the season. They now sit in 5th place in the conference, a full 3 games behind the Beavers and Dodge City who are tied atop the standings. Seward will next hit the road on Wednesday when they travel to Concordia to take on Cloud County for the final meeting between the two in the 2010 regular season. The Lady Saints will then come home to host the 2010 Ozfest Invitational Tournament presented by Landmark Real Estate Center on Friday and Saturday when #5 Western Nebraska, #14 Midland, 18-3 Redlands, and 15-9 Lamar invade the Greenhouse for a weekend full of volleyball.