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Seward County sophomore Jill Dickson made school history yesterday, firing the Lady Saints first no-hitter in Jayhawk West Conference play in program history. Dickson’s no-no led Seward to an 8-0 win over Colby in game one of a double header with the Lady Trojans while a 12 hit attack propelled the Lady Saints to a 12-4 game two win to move into a 1st place tie atop the conference standings.

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The Seward County Lady Saints have painted the KJCCC Player and Pitcher of the Week awards green the past two weeks as Stephanie Mark and Jill Dickson took home the honors for their performances on the Lady Saints Spring Break trip while Rachel Shockley and Blaire Taylor earned the awards for their work in three double headers last week for Seward.

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In a unique setup that is likely to be no more after this season, the #17 Seward County Saints got a second chance of sorts Saturday night as they laced up their sneakers one last time to take on #8 Eastern Oklahoma State in the NJCAA National Tournament 3rd Place Game. Less than 24 hours before tip off of the consolation game, both teams had hopes of a National Championship and understandably, there wasn't an overabundance of energy on the floor during pregame warmups as both teams knew their season was over no matter what after the contest. However, in the words of 2012 Jayhawk West Coach of the Year Bryan Zollinger "if they are going to make us play the game, I would sure rather be 3rd place than 4th place". It was obviously that Zollinger's team heard his message as the Saints erased a first half deficit with a 50 point second half to blow out the Mountaineers 77-62 to take home a 3rd place trophy in the tournament.

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The madness is on and the Seward County Saints have joined the fun. After breezing to a 1st round win Tuesday at the NJCAA National Tournament, the Saints had a little bit more of a game on their hands Thursday night as they matched up with Columbia State from Tennessee in the quarterfinals. Seward took an early lead but the Chargers fought back before the break to tie it at 25 and took their first lead of the game early in the second half. However, the resilient Saints pushed back and took the lead midway through the second half before getting another highlight reel play from Trey Starks to put an exclamation point on a 52-45 win as time expired. The Saints advance to the Final Four of the tournament and will now take on #2 Northwest Florida State in the semifinals on Friday at 8:00 with the winner earning the right to play for a National Championship Saturday night in the Sports Arena in Hutchinson.

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After leading Seward County to their 20th straight season of 20 wins or more, Lady Saints Ashlynn Knoll and Anete Kirsteine have been named WBCA All-Americans. Knoll was named to the All-American team this year after garnering Honorable Mention accolades as a freshman in 2010-2011. She led Seward County in both scoring and rebounding during the 2011-2012 season, putting in 13.8 points per night and grabbing 6.3 rebounds. Kirsteine was named an Honorable Mention All-American in her rookie season in the green and white after averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Kirsteine was the deadliest shooter in the Jayhawk Conference, nailing 66 three pointers at a 46% clip which also ranked her 5th Nationally this season.

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For the 5th time in school history, the Seward County Saints are headed to the NJCAA National Tournament after bringing the Region VI Tournament Championship back to Liberal. The Saints picked up a win over Dodge City in the quarterfinals 70-65 before winning an overtime thriller with Cloud County in the semifinals 69-66 to reach the championship. In the title game, the Saints matched up with the Cowley Tigers for the 5th straight year in the tournament and ran away late, going up by as many as 20 before wrapping up a 62-48 win to start the celebration. The Saints will open “The Tournament” on Tuesday at 8:30 against Wallace State-Hanceville.

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After posting their second straight Jayhawk West Conference Championship, the Seward County Saints once again headline the Jayhawk West awards list as released Thursday by the conference. For the second straight year a Saint was named the West Most Valuable Player as Deverell Biggs wins the prestigious honor this season.

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Seward County Lady Saints Ashlynn Knoll and Anete Kirsteine were honored by the Jayhawk Conference on Thursday as Knoll was named a 1st Team All-Conference selection for the second straight season and Kirsteine was picked to the 2nd Team in her rookie year with Seward.

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It was Seward County green and white all over the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week awards this week as Deverell Biggs was named the Men’s Basketball Player of the Week in the conference’s final week of the season, Troy Owen was named the Baseball Player of the Week after the Saints series win over Cloud County, and Bianca Adame and Jill Dickson swept the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards on the Softball side of things with their big performances this week.

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They did it the hard way, but they got it done. After losing their opening game of Jayhawk West Conference play to Cloud County on Saturday, the Seward County Saints roared back to win three straight over the T-Birds to win the series 3-1 to take an early lead in the Region VI standings. Seward was up 4-0 in game one but Cloud scored 6 unanswered to win 6-4. In game two the Saints got out to an 8-0 lead just to see the T-Birds score 6 unanswered again to make it close late in an 8-6 Seward win. Game three the Saints controlled throughout in an 8-3 win and Seward saved their best for last as they run ruled Cloud out of Liberal 11-1 in the series finale.

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The Seward County Lady Saints headed to Pratt this weekend to try and defend their back to back tournament championships at the Lady Beavers annual event. Seward came from behind to win their first two games 7-5 and 8-4 against Ellsworth and Lamar on day one before falling to Pratt 5-0 in their final pool play game on Saturday. On Sunday the Lady Saints faced off against Lamar for the fifth time in the week and took care of them 12-3 in run rule fashion to set up a Seward vs. Pratt championship game. The Lady Saints led late in the game but the Lady Beavers, as they had all weekend, came back late to shock Seward 4-3 to take home the win.

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In their first showdown of the year, in front of a packed Greenhouse crowd, the #2 Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons gave the #6 Seward County Lady Saints their worst defeat of the year. Saturday night in the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, the Lady Saints had revenge on their mind and what a better way to get it than against the 28-0 Lady Dragons on their home court where they haven’t lost in nearly 60 games. A well-executed game plan had the Lady Saints on top by as many as 9 in the first half before ending the half on top by 5. Seward remained on top for the majority of the second half and were still on top by 4 with 6:38 remaining when Hutchinson turned the tables and finished strong to overpower the Lady Saints and go on to win 58-49.

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The #13 Seward County Saints were literally one foul away Saturday night from having to finish their overtime thriller with #19 Hutchinson with just four players on the floor. The Saints were whistled for 36 fouls, had 5 players foul out, and allowed Hutchinson to shoot 46 free throws as they came up just short in their regular season finale in the Sports Arena. The Saints led by as many as 12 in the second half despite the foul troubles that sent all three of their post players to the bench early in the half, but Hutch made a late game comeback before sending the game to overtime where the exhausted Saints were outscored 7 to 2 as Hutch claimed the 73-68 victory.

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Wednesday, on sophomore recognition night in the Greenhouse, the #13 Seward County Saints made school history by capturing their second straight Jayhawk West Conference Championship with a 79-51 victory over the Butler Grizzlies to make them the first team ever at Seward County to win two straight titles.

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I guess it is fair to say that at least on Thursday, the Seward County Lady Saints were about 8 runs better than the Lamar Runnin’ Lopes as Seward took down Lamar 11-3 in 5 inning run rule wins in both ends of their midweek softball double header. The games were eerily similar as game one saw Lamar get on top 3-0 after 3 innings just to see Seward score 11 unanswered to win 11-3 while in game two the Lopes again jumped ahead 2-0 before the Lady Saints came back to win 11-3.

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It’s always an emotional night when the Seward County Lady Saint sophomores are recognized as they play their final Jayhawk West Conference home game. Fortunately for the Lady Saints and Seward fans, they don’t have to worry about not seeing this year’s five Seward sophomores again in the Greenhouse as they will be playing in next week’s Region VI Tournament first round at home. Even better, on this recognition night, it was all Lady Saints in the game on the floor as Seward got a career high 17 points from Kayla Thomas and hit 14 three pointers as a team for the second time in three games to come away with a big 73-48 win over the Butler Lady Grizzlies to complete the season sweep over their Jayhawk West mates from El Dorado.

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