APRIL 1 Ė APRIL 30, 2006

The 2005-2006 academic and athletic year is almost complete and with April now finished, four Seward County Community College athletic teams will finish their seasons in hope of winning Regional and National Championship trophies. The Seward County menís and womenís tennis programs have both qualified for their respective NJCAA National Tournaments with the men finishing in second place in the Regional Tournament and the women placing third. The Seward County baseball and softball teams will compete this weekend in their NJCAA Region VI Tournaments with the baseball winner moving directly into the NJCAA World Series and the softball champion hosting the District C Playoff the following weekend to advance to the softball World Series.

Saints menís tennis Head Coach, Darin Workman, had never coached a Saints team in his eight years at Seward County that had received as high of a national ranking (No. 6) as this years Saints team. Now after last weekend, Workman can also say that this yearís team will be his first to continue their season into the NJCAA National Tournament. The Saints menís tennis team placed four singles players and two doubles pairs into Regional Championship finals. Freshman, Ruben Mora (No. 3 singles), sophomore, Bruno Falcao (No. 5 singles) and doubles pair, Thiago Lins and Rogerio Yamamota (No. 2 doubles) all claimed Regional championships for the Saints.

SCCC finished in second place at Regionals with 18 points, just one point shy of Regional Champion, Barton County Community College. The Saints, Barton County and Johnson County C.C. will all compete in the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas, May 15-19.

Workmanís Lady Saints tennis team is heading back to the National Tournament where they competed advanced in 2004. The womenís tennis team finished in third place at Regionals with 17.5 points, behind Regional Champion, Johnson County C.C. (23 points) and runner-up, Cowley College (18 points). The Lady Saints had players that competed in four Regional Finals in Wichita. Freshman, Uthala Abdullah, won her final at No. 4 singles and Uthala also won a championship with her twin sister, Amina Abdullah, at No. 2 doubles. The Lady Saints will compete at the womenís National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, May 7-12.

The Seward County softball team has finished their regular season with a 34-20 overall record finishing in a tie for second place in the Jayhawk West (12-4) and in sole possession of second place in District standings (11-5). Also this past month, sophomore right handed pitcher, Becky Holland, was named NJCAA Pitcher of the Week on April 26. Holland also earned National Pitcher of the Week during her freshman season. Holland also grabbed headlines last week announcing her signing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Alva, Okla.), an NAIA softball program who is currently 29-22 overall and fifth in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The Lady Saints also finished the regular season with seven players earning post-season recognition as All-Conference performers. Sophomores, Kati Jo Gabaldon (outfield) and Becky Holland (pitcher) were named to the Second Team All-Conference list and sophomores, Allison Bellar (first base) and Sarah Wittwer (pitcher) were named Honorable Mention All-Conference. Freshmen, Meisha Patterson (shortstop), Sarah Venegas (utility player), and Haley Martin (outfield) also were Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk West selections.

The Saints baseball team finished their regular season in a tie for fifth place in the Jayhawk West Conference with a 17-15 conference mark. The Saints are now heading back to Wichita for the eight-team Region VI Tournament, after defeating Fort Scott Community College on Sunday and Monday in a First Round best-of-three playoff series. SCCC defeated the Greyhounds 6-4 and 11-7, despite dropping game-one of the series 5-4. The Saints (31-25) will now play Hutchinson (43-11) at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 6 at Lawrence Dumont Stadium to start the double elimination tournament. Seward County is one-of-two Region VI baseball programs (Cowley College) that has qualified for the eight-team tournament in Wichita in each of the three years (2004-2006) the tournament has been in its new format.

Saints left-handed pitcher, Michael Jarman, was named NJCAA Pitcher of the Week on April 19, marking the fourth time a SCCC baseball player has earned National Player of the Week recognition. Jarman joined a list of seven Seward County players who received All-Conference recognition this past week. SCCC shortstop, Jeff Brewer and freshman, third baseman, Toby Davis, earned First Team All-Conference while Jarman and sophomore outfielder, Brian Majors, were tabbed Second Team All-Conference. SCCC players who earned Honorable Mention All-Conference were sophomore left handed pitcher, Brett Davis, freshman right fielder, Erik Hegstad, and sophomore catcher, Tyler Henry.

Three Lady Saints basketball players signed National Letterís of Intent this past month as Kalie Radcliff (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), Sierra Radke (University of Missouri Kansas City) and Brio Rode (San Francisco State University) all made their commitments official signing the dotted line for the 2006-2007 year.

Seward County Saints menís basketball standout, Adam Tanner, also announced that he will play basketball next year at NCAA D-I program Denver University. Last year DU finished their season in third place in the Sun Belt Western Division with a 16-15 overall record and a 7-8 conference mark. DU finished their season in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament losing in the semi-finals to eventual champion, South Alabama.