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College

  • Iowa Western to begin title defense Aug. 24
    COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Western Reivers football team enters the 2013 season as defending national champions of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Reivers went 12-0 last year, winning the MFC Conference Championship, as well as the Region XI Championship, on their way to the national title and a No. 1 ranking. Iowa Western defeated Butler (Kan.) 27-7 in the Graphic Edge Bowl Dec. 2, 2012 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
  • SWCC Cross Country season starts Aug. 24
    CRESTON — The cross country team for Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is ready for another season of competition. It starts Aug. 24 when the team travels north on I-35 to Mason City to take part in the Region XI Time Trial at NIACC. The trials are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The Spartans have one more meet before the end of the month when they compete in the Bill Buxton Invitational in Indianola. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Pittmon, Stanton have big days at FM meet
    TABOR—Nick Pittmon’s Friday began with a pancake breakfast in Des Moines and ended with him winning the 4x100 at the Fremont-Mills Invite in Tabor later that evening. The East Mills sprinter began the day competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines in the long jump. He traveled straight to Tabor from Des Moines and helped East Mills win four events. Including the 4x100, Pittmon also won the 100 and 200-meter dashes and was also the final leg in the 4x200, helping set new meet records.
  • SWCC golf season begins this weekend
    CRESTON — The 2013 spring portion of the golf season for Southwestern Community College kicks off this week. The first spring meet of the season will be Friday and Saturday as both the girls and boys team head to Maryville, Mo. to compete in the Graceland Invitational. The meet will start Friday at noon and continue Saturday at 8 a.m. Both SWCC teams will have their first meet in-state April 4 when they travel to Boone to compete in the DMACC Invitational.
  • SWCC outdoor track season begins
    CRESTON — The outdoor portion of the track and field season for Southwestern Community College kicked off Saturday in Des Moines and continues this week. The boys team was in Des Moines for the Viking Relays Saturday. Brandon Bergren of Red Oak, a former cross country, track and basketball athlete, is competing for SWCC. Bergren has also been a competitor at SWCC for the cross country program. At the Relays Saturday, Bergren finished 16th in the 1,500 race with a time of 4:53.92.
  • SWCC cross country season begins this month
    CRESTON — Southwestern Community College will begin the 2012 season Aug. 25, when they take part in the Region XI Time Trials at Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown. The meet starts at 10 a.m. All but two of SWCC’s meets will take place in Iowa. Sept. 1, the Spartans head to Sugar Grove, Ill. to take part in the Waubonsee Invitational, at Waubonsee Community College.
  • SWCC track coach named
    CRESTON — After an extensive external search, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) hired a coach from within to lead the college’s new track and field program.   Bill Huntington, who has been the Spartans cross country coach for the past six years, was announced as the head coach for the program that will begin this fall.   Huntington is wrapping up his duties as dean of students at Orient-Macksburg High School and will start full-time at Southwestern July 9.  
  • Mellott signs with Midland University for bowling
    RED OAK — Red Oak High School bowler Taylor Mellott signed a letter of intent to bowl for Midland University next season. Mellott’s announcement was last Monday at Red Oak High School. “It feels good, I’ve always wanted to do something with my bowling career,” Mellott said. “To have an opportunity like this is awesome. I’m looking forward to growing and joining a program that’s very solid.” Mellott cited location as being one of the key reasons for Midland, located in Fremont, Neb., near Omaha.
  • Esaias signs with Iowa State
    RED OAK — Red Oak High School state champion Seth Esaias will continue his wrestling career when he takes to the mats at Iowa State University, next season. Esaias signed his letter of intent to compete for the Cyclones in wrestling, last Wednesday, at Red Oak High School. “I’ve been interested in Iowa State and Iowa,” Esaias said. “Just coming from Iowa, you’ve always got to root for the home states.”
  • SWCC adding track program
    CRESTON —Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently announced the addition of men’s and women’s track and field starting with the 2012-13 school year. According to Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, the decision to add an intercollegiate sport was made after a lot of thought and consideration by the college’s administration.