The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference announced its Jayhawk West and Jayhawk East All-Conference selections, and Seward County Community College was well represented with nine players and their head coach receiving recognition. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz was named the Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player, and head coach Galen McSpadden was selected the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Saints to a 42-19 overall record and to the programís seventh conference title in the last eight years. Cruz and sophomore catcher David Masters were both selected First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region VI while sophomore shortstop Erik Hansen was tabbed First Team All-Conference.

Other Saints receiving all-conference honors include center fielder Keegan Morrow (second team), first baseman Will Gowdy (honorable mention), designated hitter Michael Drzazga (honorable mention), right fielder Mikel Huston (honorable mention), left-handed pitcher Austin Terhune (honorable mention) and left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk (honorable mention).

McSpadden has enjoyed a monumental season during his 27th year as head coach of the Saints. During the past year, the veteran coach has been inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame, won his 900th career game, was named head coach for the NJCAA All-Star Team that will compete against the Taiwan National Team this summer, and received his fourth Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year award. In addition, McSpadden currently ranks 12th all-time on the NJCAA active coaching list with 916 wins.

Cruz, a 5-foot-10 Amarillo native, anchored the Saintsí pitching staff with an 11-3 record and a 2.22 earned run average in 81 innings pitched. He struck out a team-high 85 batters and walked only 11 in 14 appearances. Cruz tossed seven complete games and two shutouts while becoming the first Saintsí pitcher to win 11 games since 2004.

Masters (Odessa, Texas) became the top backstop in the conference in his only season with the Saints after transferring from the University of Texas Arlington. He led the team with 73 base hits, nine home runs and 48 RBIs. Masters also recorded a .378 batting average, 45 runs scored and 15 doubles.

Hansen, a six-foot sophomore from Laramie, Wyo., played every infield position in his career at Seward County, but was a mainstay at shortstop as a sophomore. He batted .329 with 13 doubles, two home runs and 37 RBIs.

Morrow, a freshman from Oklahoma City, had a breakout season leading the team batting .386 with 66 hits, 11 doubles, a home run and 31 RBIs. He led Seward County with 48 runs, six triples and with 7-of-7 in stolen bases.

Gowdy was recruited to SCCC as a pitcher for his freshman season in 2007. A 6-foot-5 right-handed batter from Amarillo, Gowdy transformed into an everyday first baseman as a sophomore while batting in the middle of the Saintsí lineup. Gowdy batted .302 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 42 RBIs.

Drzazga, a six-foot, 210 pound designated hitter from Ontario, played in 52 games for the Saints this past season. He tallied 21 extra-base hits, including 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs and posted 30 RBIs with a .294 batting average.

Huston sparked the Saints midway through the regular season and finished batting .364 in 40 games played. A 6-foot-1 freshman from Greeley, Colo., Huston posted the game-winning base hit in two conference games against Barton County C.C. (3/30) and in a pivotal game 4 against Hutchinson (4/20). He also recorded 22 runs, 40 base hits, nine doubles, one triple and 25 RBIs.

Terhune is a product of nearby Perryton, Texas, and was one of the Saints go-to pitchers throughout the season. He was selected the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week after throwing a one-hit complete-game shutout against Pratt C.C. where he struck out 11 batters. He then gave Seward a decisive game 3 victory against Neosho County in the Region VI First Round Playoffs while pitching a nine-inning complete game and not allowing a walk with seven strikeouts. Terhune equaled a career-best with 11 strikeouts in the Saintsí elimination-game victory against Fort Scott C.C. at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Terhune went 8 2/3 innings allowing just five hits and one walk with 11 Ks.

Terhune was second on the team with a 2.70 ERA and with four complete games. He collected a 6-2 record with a save, two shutouts, 73.1 innings pitched, and he tallied 63 strikeouts with just 17 walks allowed.

Kowalchuk is a two-time selection to the Jayhawk West All-Conference list after garnering first team honors as a freshman. He was second on the team with 66 strikeouts and posted a 6-5 record and 4.13 ERA. Kowalchuk pitched in 72 innings while adding two complete games and one shutout.

Kowalchuk finishes his two-year career ranked in several all-time Seward County career pitching categories, including tied for seventh in wins (14), sixth in strikeouts (137), third in innings pitched (149) and tied for eighth in complete games (8).