MAY 1 Ė MAY 31, 2006

The 2005-2006 academic and athletic year has ended and the Seward County Community College athletic department had a year full of accomplishments from its athletes and coaches. The month of May brought the end to four sports as baseball, softball, menís and womenís tennis all completed their post seasons. Although menís and womenís basketball and volleyball were in their off-seasons during May, all three sports announced headline news with sophomores signings at four-year collegeís and universities along with the signings of incoming freshmen student-athletes.

Overall in 2005-2006, the Seward County Community College athletic department had the highest percentage of their athletic teams ranked or receiving votes in their respective NJCAA national rankings among all 19 Region VI Community Colleges.

SCCC had a perfect 100% of their athletic teams receive national Top 20 rankings or receiving votes this year with the following teams results: menís basketball (No. 3), womenís basketball (No. 5), menís tennis (No. 6), womenís tennis (No. 15), volleyball (No. 15), baseball (No. 18), and softball (received votes).

The only other Region VI colleges that had more athletic teams ranked or received votes were Johnson County Community College (10-of-14 sports, 71%), Cowley College (8-of-11 sports, 73%), and Hutchinson who also had seven teams ranked (7-of-14, 50%).

The Saints baseball team capped off their 2006 season with a 33-27 overall record and a fourth place finish at the Region VI Tournament in Wichita. The Saints won a thrilling 14-inning contest over Hutchinson in the first game at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, and also picked up a victory against Coffeyville Community College. Saints Head Coach, Galen McSpadden, finishes the season with 838 career victories, where he remains in second place all-time in Region VI history.

The Seward County softball team won their second consecutive Region VI Tournament in May and finished their season with a 37-22 overall record. This year SCCC defended their hardware on the road at Colby Community College where they knocked off the regular season champs twice to claim back-to-back championships. The Lady Saints were defeated at home the following week by Otero J.C., who, for the second consecutive year has defeated SCCC to advance to the NJCAA Softball National Tournament.

In addition, ten Lady Saints were named to the All-Region VI team with four SCCC players being named to the first team.

The Seward County menís tennis program finished their most impressive season in school history with a ninth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, which was the first trip ever for the menís program. Head Coach, Darin Workman, guided the Saints to not only their first trip to the national tournament but also to their highest regular season national ranking in the programs history (No. 6). Ruben Mora, Rogerio Yamamota, Bruno Falcao and Adam Hambleton all made it to the Round of Eight in the NJCAA National Tournament.

Workman had equal success in the womenís program this year with a 10th place finish at the National Tournament. The Lady Saints made their third ever trip to the National Tournament with three players finishing in the Round of Eight.

The menís basketball program announced the signings of five sophomores including Adam Tanner (Denver University), Brandon Cornwell (University of Kansas Wesleyan), Jerrell Green (Morgan State University), Keith Spencer (University of Texas-San Antonio), and Mark Hall (University of California-Riverside).

Womenís basketball Head Coach, Toby Wynn, announced the signing of seven incoming student athletes for their 2006-2007 recruiting class. Wynn and Assistant Coach, Kim Ortega, signed four players from Kansas, two out of state players and one player from Australia. Additionally, sophomore point guard, Meshia Mason, signed a national letter of intent to Wiley College (NAIA) during the month of May.

Lady Saints volleyball Head Coach, Bert Luallen, announced the signings of three of his former players with Kelli Kirkwood (Winthrop University), Allison Owens (Lubbock Christian University), and Megan Sullivan (Ottawa University) all making their commitments for 2006-2007. Luallen has also inked seven incoming freshman for the 2006 season, including three players from Kansas, three from Texas and one newcomer from Oklahoma.

With the summer of 2006 now here, starting again in August look every month for the SAINTS MONTHLY REPORT for the latest in Seward County Community College Athletics.