Archive for March 15th, 2018

The unfortunate events of Brenna- My CSI experience

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

On Sunday, March 4, I was at home in Little River when I had one of the weirdest experiences ever. I thought I had found a dead body.

I was taking photos for my Monday night Basic Photography class, and knew of some areas outside of Little River that had high potential for my Rules of Thirds project.

It was after church that I decided to go out for a walk in the refreshing spring-like weather with my mom. We went down to an old path that I used to walk almost daily in the summertime.

As we were walking through, my mom noticed another path in the trees. Since there are still no leaves on the trees, you could see everything. I’d never seen completely through the trees before.

So we walked along the mowed path and ended up at this really old beaten up car. At first I was just bewildered because I had never seen the car in the many times I had travelled along this area.

I was taking pictures and lined the focus on the graph lines in my camera. Walking around to the left side of the rustic four-door, I saw something in the back seat.

There was a long vertebrae with some other small bones around it. I was stunned into silence thinking about the possibility of a murder or missing person. The ribs were a little off, so it didn’t exactly look human. A lot of people hunt where I’m from, so my mom and I weren’t jumping to any conclusions.

I came to school and showed my classmates the picture of the bones in the backseat. One of them told me I needed to report it.

In Little River, some people just like to mess with others. My mom had asked people who live near the trail if they had seen the car. The man she asked said that it probably belonged to his neighbor who likes practical joking or just left an animal in there.

In the meantime, my best friend and I went back on Tuesday to investigate further. It was super windy out, causing my car to shake on the highway. When we got to the scene of the crime, we carefully opened the door like I should have the first time. She used one foot to press on the handle while I pulled it back with my foot. After looking over everything, and since her dad is a vet that works with big animals, she has seen some bones and animal parts. We concluded that it was indeed not a body.

I was half relieved that I didn’t need to make a huge deal of this and alarm the police for no reason, half disappointed because it would be pretty cool to be the one to discover a body.

On the bright side, my friend and I decided we needed a day to just be girls and shop. We took the long way back to Hutch, which was going through McPherson to kill some time. So we went to a couple of retail stores and then headed to Applebee’s for supper. Overall it wasn’t too bad of a time.



Softball team sweeps Hesston after long road trip.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team, ranked No. 18 in NJCAA Division 2, continued its hot start to the season Tuesday, sweeping Hesston in a doubleheader at Fun Valley Sports Complex.

The Blue Dragons won the first game 8-4, and then completed the sweep with a 10-7 win.

Kiara DeCrane smacked a pair of home runs in the first game, but the game started slow for the Blue Dragons. Hesston led 2-0 going to the bottom of the third inning, but a two-run triple by Brynne Stockman tied it up.

Raven Bass and DeCrane hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning, and DeCrane homered again an inning later.

D.J. Cannon was the winning pitcher, as she improved her record to 8-0.

In the second game, Hutchinson again started slow, down 3-0 in the third inning. Stockman came in to pitch in relief and helped keep the Blue Dragons in the game.

Cassidy Prucha had the big hit in the fifth inning, as she had a RBI double. Izzy Godinez and Ashton Reynolds followed with RBI singles.

The Blue Dragons outhit Hesston 13-7, and Stockman earned her second win of the season.

Hutchinson improved to 14-2 overall with the win. The Blue Dragons will play at home Friday against Coffeyville, and the next day, against Labette.


Basketball, baseball to make for a busy Tuesday

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Tuesday will be a busy day for Hutchinson Community College athletics, and students are encouraged to take advantage.

The men’s basketball team will open the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s Championship at noon against Cape Fear, North Carolina. Student tickets will be available for $5, starting at 1 p.m. today at Parker Student Union and the dorms. Student ID must be presented, and students may buy just one ticket per ID. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the HutchCC baseball team has a game against Cowley at Hobart-Detter Field. Free hot dogs will be available for students, and there will be about 100 Blue Dragon bucket hats handed out to students while supplies last.

Collegian Staff

Men earn at-large bid to play at home again

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

It’s official. The defending NJCAA national champions are back in the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship.

Hutchinson Community College can now rest easy as the Blue Dragons earned one of eight at-large bids for the tournament. After losing the Region 6 tournament championship – to a very good Coffeyville squad – March 7 in Park City, the team had to wait all the way until Monday to find out if they were going to get one of the remaining at-large bids.

However, the Blue Dragons don’t get much time relax, as the first games will start first thing next week. The Blue Dragons earned the No. 11 seed in the tournament this year. They will play their opening-round game on Tuesday, game time is set for noon. Hutchinson will take on the Region 10 champions from North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College.

Of course, the Hutchinson Sports Arena will be the stage of the action. The Blue Dragons will be making their 21st appearence in the NJCAA Tournament, including their fourth straight, which is a record for Hutchinson.

Out of coach Steve Eck’s nine seasons, this is his fifth time he’ll enter the tournament. Last year, the Blue Dragons received an at-large bid after losing the Region 6 championship, and the end result was a national championship.

Hutchinson is 48-25 overall in NJCAA Tournament games. The Blue Dragons also played in 10 semifinals and six championship games, winning the title in 1988, 1994, and 2017

Lucas Barlow

HutchCC will get chance to shake off Region 6 defeat

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team ended last week with a devastating loss to Independence Community College in the Region 6 tournament semifinals.

The Blue Dragons then had to wait almost a full week to find out if their season would continue or end.

However, on Monday, the Blue Dragons got the news the whole team wanted to hear.

Hutchinson received one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Tournament. Hutchinson is seeded No. 18 and is set to face No. 15-seeded San Jacinto-North College, from Pasadena, Texas. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.

For the Blue Dragons, they will be making their eighth appearance in the national tournament, and seven of those eight are under current coach John Ontjes. However, this is the first time they’ve been as an at-large bid.

Two long winning streaks throughout the season were the key in getting the bid. One was 13-game streak that saw the Blue Dragons not losing in almost two months, the other was a seven-game streak that was important late in the season.

Lucas Barlow