Archive for March 7th, 2018

Hutchinson Community College- fall to indy

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Tuesday’s game could’ve been Hutchinson Community College’s women’s basketball’s

last of the season.

Played in Park City’s Hartman Arena, the women faced a tough Independence team for a chance to advance to the Region 6 Tournament championship.

However, the Blue Dragons struggled on the offensive side and were plagued by turnovers, as

they lost to the Pirates, 70-50.

The 20-point margin of loss was the worst in five years for the Blue Dragon women, and the last time they had a 20-point loss was in 2007.

After a positive first quarter, where Hutchinson scored 19 points and went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, the next three were inconsistent, shooting only 35 percent from the field. The Blue Dragons committed 29 turnovers, proving to be a game-changer as the Pirates scored 29 points off of Hutchinson’s mistakes.

Independence only committed 12 turnovers.

Tia Bradshaw ended with the most points for the Blue Dragons with 11. Kelsey Brett and Dejanae Roebuck also added eight points apiece. Six other players finished in the scoring column as well.

The Blue Dragons fall to 27-6 on the season. However, with the loss on Tuesday, the season

might not be over for Hutchinson. On Monday, the NJCAA will announce eight at-large bids for

the national tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The Blue Dragons could potentially get one of those


Editorial: Student Section Slump

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Hutchinson Community College has had some amazing athletic talent from all over the country, and even from other countries. So what is the reasoning for the decline of student support?

Is it busy schedules, work, or is everyone just being a bump on a log while there are HutchCC sport events going on? Whatever the excuse, the Blue Dragons should have a lot more student fans in their audience. Lately though, that has not been the case.

The HutchCC men’s and women’s basketball teams have been phenomenal this year, but who was there to witness?

Sure, there may be some party or hang out off campus somewhere, but isn’t it a better idea to not risk anything and still go to a game for fun?

In the fall, the excuse might’ve been that the football games were on Saturdays when students would go to their hometown, but for basketball, there isn’t really an excuse not to go when the games are spread out through the weekdays.

Even though this is a two-year college, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be proud of it. You are a student here at HutchCC, so why wouldn’t you cheer for your school team?

There’s no rule that says you can’t root for your hometown when they have a game, and the Blue Dragons too. Show that same school pride you had for your high school and support your peers.

If you still have too busy of a schedule, then that is a real issue that could possibly be fixed by managing time better and more efficiently for school work.

We aren’t asking you to quit your job or drop all of your homework. Just that it would be nice to see some students at the home games cheering on the teams.

The athletes would probably appreciate it more than you know and might be more excited and pumped up if they hear the crowd.

It’s sad when faculty and family, community members are the majority of a gymnasium. So don’t be a bump on a log. Go out and support your school, people, it’s just that simple.

Athlete of the week

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

(Feb. 25-March 3)

J.J. Rhymes, men’s basketball

The week: Rhymes had two monster games in helping the Blue Dragons finish the regular season and open the posteason with victories. In the regular-season finale, Rhymes had 22 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a 76-58 win at Dodge City. Then, against Cloud County, Rhymes had 22 points and two assists in a 93-83 win.

The season: Rhymes, a Phoenix native, is one of the NJCAA’s best players, as he’s averaging 20.2 points, four rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Handling time management and stress

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Time management – something that most college students don’t have but many have to learn. Now, normally I’m pretty good with time management, but this semester has brought me new challenges.

If you don’t already know, I commute from Wichita to Hutchinson Community College, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That is a 45-minute drive to Hutch and a 45-minute drive back to Wichita, three days a week. However, that’s not it. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have classes from 9:10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. I am also an athletic trainer for the college those days. I am typically in the training room, helping athletes before and after practices. I get to leave after all the practices are done for the day, which can be anywhere from 4:30 to 6:30. Putting me home between 5:15 (if I’m lucky) to 7:30.

Athletic training has brought its own challenges, and I’m sure it will keep bringing them. It has also blessed me with numerous new friends. Not only have a meet a lot more people, I have learned a lot and will keep learning.

This week, I get to go on another new adventure – spring football. Once I get out from classes I will head straight over to Gowans Stadium to help with athletes before practice, then go watch practice and head back to help athletes after practice.

Although I do get Tuesdays and Thursdays off from school, they are not a day off for me. My time is usually spent catching up on the endless amount of homework, and studying from the full school load I have. Not only do I catch up on homework, but I often work on these days too. I can work any were from 10 hours to 20-plus hours a week. Besides work, and homework I barely have time to stay up on laundry and working out.

Between the commute, school, athletic training, work, working out and other obligations I have, I to say I have stepped up my time management game.

Amanda Carney

The unfortunate events of Brenna- my show and tell experience

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

On March 2, after my algebra class, I packed up my car with laundry, and my backpack and headed home for Little River. I had a thought to go to Sandstone Heights Nursing Home to see my mother, who is the office manager. As I was dropping off my stuff at my house, I saw a miniature doll that looked remarkably like my doll just upstairs.

When I was about 3-years old, my dad surprised me with the doll because he thought it looked like me. He got my little sister Kylie one too, but hers didn’t resemble her as much as mine resembled me.

I found my old doll in my room and compared the two. The smaller one had the same colorful striped tank top and faded blue skirt. The only thing missing was the matching faded blue jacket.

Over lunch, I asked my mom about it and she was just as excited as I was. She had found the small doll at a thrift store in McPherson by chance. It was in a basket and she just had to get it because it looked exactly like mine.

This reminded me of the time I presented my doll, which I called the Brenna Doll, to my kindergarten class at show-and-tell. Each week, a student was picked by the teachers to do show and tell. When it was my turn, I knew exactly what I would bring.

My baby stuffed elephant with a little diaper on it that read the year 2000, and the Brenna doll. The only issue, I couldn’t find the skirt to my doll. So I figured I could hide that and everything would be fine. Boy was I wrong.

As you can imagine, my classmates laughed at me as I tried to explain myself, but only made it worse when I showed the elephant with the diaper. At the time I felt like my whole class was making fun of my prized possessions.

When the humiliation was over, I ran to the bus that my mom drove and bawled. I told her what happened and as soon as my friends came onto the bus, I gave them the silent treatment. Some were saying that they didn’t laugh, but I told them they did and I saw them.

I will admit that I shouldn’t have brought the doll with no skirt and elephant with a diaper, but the point was to show and tell about your favorite objects that help describe yourself. I thought my reasoning of bringing the two items was pretty justified. The Brenna doll being similar to my physical features and the elephant representing my love for elephants.

Thinking about it still makes me upset, but I understand why my class laughed. I would probably have laughed too if it were someone else’s toys.

On the bright side, the next time I did show-and-tell was in second grade, and I made sure NOT to bring anything that would embarrass me. Another good thing is that the skirt has been found since the show and tell of 2005.

Brenna eller

Softball splits with Rose State

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team went 1-1 against Rose State College last Friday, in Oklahoma. The Blue Dragons won game one easy, by a final score of 4-0 but struggled in game two, losing by the final score of 6-2.

The Blue Dragons had no trouble scoring in game one against the Raiders. Raven Bass and Shelby Felvus each drove in runs for the Blue Dragons. Kiara DeCrane had two RBIs for the Blue Dragons. D.J. Cannon pitched all seven innings, allowing no runs from the Raiders in game one.

In game two, DeCrane was the only one to drive in runs for the Blue Dragons. Pitcher Destiny Shculze allowed two runs but no earned runs and also had two strikeouts. Pitcher Megan Davis allowed four runs and four earned runs from the Raiders.

The Blue Dragons’ next game will be today, at Garden City Community College, starting at 2 p.m.

Amanda Carney

HutchCC baseball team has tough week against Colby

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team went 0-2 against Colby Community College this past Saturday in Colby. The Blue Dragons struggled to get on the scoreboard in game one against Colby, losing by the score of 5-1.

Bobby Morgensen went to bat three times for the Blue Dragons and managed to get the Blue Dragons on the scoreboard. Pitcher Miguel Reyes Jr. allowed eight hits, five runs and earned runs. Reyes Jr. allowed no walks and three strike outs.

The Blue Dragons also lost in game two to Colby, falling 12-9.

This time around Wyatt Divis, Dylan Nedved, Logan Sartori, Zion Bowlin and Scott Wolverton all drove in runs for the Blue Dragons. However, Colby had an answer to every single run the Blue Dragons scored.

Colby won the Jayhawk West-opening series from the Blue Dragons, winning three of the four games.

The Blue Dragons were on the road Thursday at Cloud County, and will host Cloud County at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sophomore wins two more titles, including 60-meter hurdles repeat

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018








Adriana Janic is once again a national champ.

The sophomore proved she is one of Hutchinson Community College’s all-time greats after her impressive showing at the NJCAA Indoor National Championship. Janic, a Sweden native, repeated as 60-meter hurdle national champion, and claimed her first pentathlon national championship.

Janic is the second women’s track and field athlete to win back-to-back championships in consecutive seasons, since Esther Ikomi did it in the shot put during the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

During the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, Janic ran the third-fastest time with a time of 8.61 seconds. She easily qualified for the finals that would ensue the next day.

Also during the first day of the national championships, Janic broke her previous Blue Dragon pentathlon record with an outstanding 3,751 points. She finished first in three of the five events, including, the 60-meter hurdles (8.6 seconds), the high jump (5 feet, 7 ¼ inch), and the 800-meter run (2:28.84). She placed third in the long jump (18 feet, 1 ½ inch), and fifth in the shot put (30 feet, 1 ½ inch).

Janic placed first by a margin of 245 points, capturing her first national championship of the weekend. The next day, she once again made history.

Janic set another school record, as she blew by the competition in the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.33 seconds, beating her previous record of 8.44.

Janic is the only athlete in Blue Dragon history to capture three national championships. She also scored 25 of Hutchinson’s 28 team points, which gave the Blue Dragon’s an 11th-place finish in the nation.

Lucas Barlow

Editorial: Student activism is making a difference

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The recent tragedies in Florida have reignited the gun control debate and, whether you love or hate the idea, (we’ll keep our opinions secret), the flood of student activism that has emerged is undeniably a great representation of what the freedom of assembly, speech and protest can do in our country.

The fact that children are able to take a stand and make their voices heard while fighting against the decades of being ignored by those with political power, is amazing. They’re using social media as their platform and keeping all news cameras on them in the wake of their peers’ deaths.

You don’t have to agree with them to recognize their power. Already, there have been nationwide walkouts with dozens of schools joining in, student marches on D.C and school shutdowns due to a lack of attendance.

Young people aren’t dumb and they have political opinions despite their inability to vote. Likely, many of these high schoolers are fed up of being told their opinions don’t matter and have instead set out to change the opinions of many. Already, there has been speeches made the president, new bills proposed by various states and companies changing their policies after the shooting and the resulting student activism.

If you don’t agree with them, don’t scold their use of their first amendment, use your own to make your voice and opinions heard. Everybody has an equal opportunity to rally in this country including the students, just do so safely and legally as they have been so far.