Archive for October 4th, 2018

Roundup: Volleyball wins three in Texas

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

On Friday, the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team travelled to Texas, where the Blue Dragons played four matches in two days. The Blue Dragons were smoked by Blinn College 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 in the first match. The Blue Dragons then won match two against Hill College 14-25, 25-19, 25-22, 27-25, making the Dragons 1-1 in the tournament.

Saturday, the Blue Dragons started the day off with a four-set win against North Central Texas, winning the first two sets and the fourth set, 25-13, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21.

The Blue Dragons then went on to play Monroe College going into yet another five-set match. The Dragons managed to beat the Mustangs 21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 16-14.

Football –Hutchinson faced one of the three teams unbeaten in the Jayhawk Conference league Saturday at BG Products Stadium.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons made scoring nearly impossible for Butler Community College until the fourth quarter. The No. 7 Blue Dragons added another victory against No. 12 Butler, 27-13.

The defense was key for the Blue Dragons, allowing only 29 total yards and negative-five rushing yards. The Blue Dragons only allowed 189 yards and forced Butler to punt on the first 10 possessions.

Defensive lineman Clarence Hicks had a total of five tackles, four of those tackles for loss. Kelvin Clemmons had a total of three of Hutch’s seven deflected passes.

Offensively, the Blue Dragons totaled 416 yards with 176 yards on the ground. Freshman Khalil McClain caught six passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Mason Schucker, the Blue Dragon quarterback completed 19 of 33 passing for 241 yards. Sophomore Dezmon Jackson ran for a totally of 108 yards with 18 carries and a touchdown.

Hutchinson will host Highland at noon this Saturday at Gowans Stadium.

Soccer – The women’s soccer team posted another win Saturday against Northwest Kansas Tech at the Salthawk Sports Complex, 7-0.

The Blue Dragons’ win moves them to 8-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the Jayhawk West.

Sophomore Brailey Moeder started the domination against Northwest Tech with a goal not even two minutes into the game, assist from freshman Naomi Waithira. Freshman Angela Rader followed with her first goal of the season, with another assist from Waithira. Addi White, Ashley Venegas and Amy Turner also scored the first half, as the Blue Dragons led at half 5-0. Sydney Blackwell, Kaitlyn Sabala and Waithira had assist on the last three goals of the half.

Golf – The No. 10-ranked men’s golf team shot a 302 on Tuesday, moving up one during the final round and finishing 11th in the 54-hole tournament.

Hutchinson had round of 303, 307, 302 over the three days.

Freshman Charlie Crockett had his sixth under-par round with a 1-under 71. Crockett finished as the low for Hutchinson at 8-over 224. Following behind him was Charlie Herbert shooting a 228.

Peyton Austin and Nathan McCulloch both had 79s. Austin tied for 44th at 230 and McCulloch tied for 47th at 231.

Athlete of the week: Lexi Hogan

Thursday, October 4th, 2018


The week: Hogan had a monster week as the Blue Dragons won four out of five matches. She opened the week with nine kills and a .389 hitting percentage in a sweep at Independence. She added 47 kills in four matches in Texas, including 18 kills and a .429 hitting percentage in a five-set win agaisnt Monroe.

The season: Hogan, a 5-foot, 11-inch sophomore from Garden City, ranks third on the team with 150 kills. She has also been in on 21 block points.

Championship aspirations: Football team improves to 5-1 again

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College football team is off to a hot start again this season.

The Blue Dragons are sitting at 5-1 after a big win over Butler Community College on Saturday night at Gowans Stadium. This 5-1 start might look familiar to some folks, as the Blue Dragons started 5-1 during the 2017 season as well.

Although the 2017 Blue Dragons started 5-1, they eventually went down a rocky path. Out of the last six games the football team played last year, they only won two games and finished 7-5. The team hopes to avoid a slide like that again this year.

Blue Dragons coach Rion Rhoades is more optimistic about this year’s finish. The character of the football team is better than it has been in years’ past. The team also seems to be more prepared and there seems to be more trust between the players and coaches as well.

The team is also still relatively healthy, compared to last year’s team, which lost five of their top 12 offensive linemen. As the season continues, the team hopes to remain healthy and keep their attention on the game.

“Our focus is to just continue to get better at what we do. Getting off to a good start is proven to be an important thing for us. We’ve just played a lot better when we get out of the shoot and score some points right off the bat and get some stops,” Rhoades said.

With only five regular season games left, starting with Saturday’s homecoming game against Highland at Gowans Stadium, the Blue Dragons must continue to work hard.

Leading the way is freshman quarterback Mason Schucker. Schucker, a true freshman from Searcy, Arkansas, is currently tied for first in the Jayhawk Conference with 10 touchdown passes. He has just three interceptions.

“Everybody on the team is excited about being 5-1,” Schucker said. “They know we have a good shot of finishing out the rest of the season really well. We know that it could lead to bigger things as well and everybody’s just really excited to play each week, each game and get out there and practice and get better every day.”

Students: register to vote

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Kat Collins
Staff writer

It’s that time of year for the elections, and this year, it’s the midterms.

The Kansas governor race is expected to be close between Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly. Independent Greg Orman is running as a third candidate.

In the “KLC Journal” it was said “That the number of Kansans not voting could fill Kaufman Stadium 18 times.”

Midterms are generally not a popular time to vote. The amount of people not voting would be about Seven-Thousand  people if it was to fit the Stadium 18 times.  It was also said in the KLC Journal, “That about 45 percent of voters fail to show polls for general elections in Kansas.

Denny Stoecklein, director of marketing for Hutchinson Community College, was asked if the college was doing something to help students get registered, and he said, “This is something that has happened in the past and were checking with folks who were involved then to see what the process was. The opportunity to educate students on voter registration and providing the opportunity for them to do so is something the College would welcome and support.”

The college is willing to help students get what they need to know about the elections coming up in the future, and ot’s pretty much better to vote instead of not. So, if you want to vote go to the courthouse and get registered by Oct. 16, and then vote on Nov. 6.

HutchCC Theatre ready for debut

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Rachel Lyons
Staff Writer

Beginning Oct. 18 Hutchinson Community College Theatre will perform Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town”. Twelve actors and one style of performance come together to tell the story of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and two families over a span of 12 years.

Each act discusses a different aspect of life, whether it be mundane every day life, a wedding, or a funeral.

Each act is portrayed using the pantomime style of acting, which resembles traditional miming with the use of little to no props or scenery.

Grover’s Corners is a typical small town. A good mixture of different types of people and gossip.

Lacy Johnson, Production Stage Manager and Joe/Si Crowell, were asked to describe “Our Town”

“Wholesome, (because) it’s old and cutesy, and for the entire family,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s favorite scene in the play is the drug store scene because “it’s cute as heck,” but more than anything, she says, “Please come see it, the arts are dying.”

HutchCC, Hutchinson High School Students, and local patrons may recognize actors Damien Page, Michael Cooprider, Roni Ratzloff, Dafne Oliva, Gee Davis, Alex Miller, Nick Hockett and Keely Schmidt from Pretty Praire theatre productions.

Others on the cast and crew include: Jayden Billinger, Newton; Lacy Johnson, Kansas City, Kansas; Luis Ramirez, Wichita; Gee Davis, Haven; and Rachel Lyons, Goessel. “Our Town” is directed by Deidre Ensz-Maddox, HutchCC Director of Theatre, who also appears on stage.

HutchCC’s production of “Our Town” will be Oct. 18-20, at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., each night in Stringer Fine Arts Center’s BJ Warner Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, high school and non-HuchCC $5, HutchCC students and staff free with ID.

For questions please call (620) 665-3503.

SkillsUSA helping students for their future

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Tabitha Barr
Opinion Page Editor

Skills USA is an organization that started in 1965 to help students better prepare them for their future jobs.

Hutchinson Community college partners with Business and Industry to further the options students can pick from. Through meetings, meeting new people, and competitions, students can gain knowledge and learn what they want to do in their future.

There are more than 100 areas that students can compete in, giving a chance to any student who wants to participate. Their goal is to grant students the opportunity of new knowledge to become “world-class workers, leaders and responsible American Citizens.”

Students who join will get hands-on experience in an area they want to pursue. There are meetings with the whole team, or just a one-on-one meetings with John Pendergrass, who is the sponsor for Hutchinson Community College. These meetings consist giving the students their plan for the year to get them ready for the competition.

This school year’s competition is in April at surrounding Hutchinson areas, mainly the college campus.

During this, students will compete in what area they have chosen, whether that be culinary arts, welding and more. At competition, competitors show up, are given a name tag, locate the designated area based on what the competitor came prepared for, then take a written test to see what they know.

Afterwards, the student will then have to prove they know the material and can do it as well in hands on work.

“It’s not just a written test that you walk away from, you do the written test, and then you go out . . . and perform the task,” Pendergrass said.

The main reason this is important is because at these competitions, a student is most likely being judged by those who can hire them.

These people oversee students who are working hard and proving they can learn and become well knowledgeable in a field they would like to pursue. This is not only just a competition, but a chance to find a job.

If any student would like to join, the team is still open for recruits.

“It’s an ongoing thing,” Pendergrass said.

A student does not have to attend every meeting, but they do need to be a member. These meetings are good for information purposes.

Elections for positions will be held in the next coming months for students who want coordinate and help out the team. The membership does cost a one-time $7 payment before December.

Any student can join the Skills USA team, and it is not limited to certain majors. If a student has the drive to learn more about a specific field, they can do so through this club.

If a student would like to join, contact John Pendergrass to to become a Skills USA team member at pendergrassj@hutchcc.edu or (620)694-2443.

Editorial: What does it mean to be an adult?

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Whether college students or high school students are living with their parents still, the parent or parents will often make the son or daughter pay rent and help them get ready for the real world.

This is a great thing to do and will help them know how to handle money, and what to spend on their need and wants.

If the parent knows that, say their son, is in college, they will often make him not pay rent.

There are, however, students that pay for their car, phone, other utilities, and also help out with groceries at home.

Just like how a regular adult would pay for all the things that they own, so the student should be able to the same right?

Yes, if a college student is unaware on how to spend money, they should either teach themselves, have a family member teach them, or read Pablo Sanchez’s regular money-saving-app stories in this newspaper.

Or just go on YouTube and watch tutorial videos on how to do these things, and who doesn’t like watching YouTube?

Stop blaming the schools for not teaching how to do all the things adults do.

Seriously, grow up and stop blaming the education system and take the time to learn how to write out a check, or set up a bank account, without the need of the parent doing it for you.

Our parents didn’t have classes to show them how to do everything. They learned a lot of this on their own

They won’t always be there to help out. It’s better to figure this stuff out now than in your late 40s.

Registering to vote made easy without human interaction

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

With everything that is going on with our government, I decided it would be a good idea to finally register to vote.

Sadly, I had not been able to vote in the last presidential election, because I didn’t turn 18 until after voter registration had closed.

So I took it upon myself to register to show you fellow youngsters that it doesn’t take that long at all.

For those of you who don’t want to deal with other humans, like me, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or dorm room to complete it.

One of my main reasons for not wanting to register was that I thought I would have to go to the courthouse and deal with people.

But it is as easy as picking up your phone or laptop, going online to www.kdor.ks.gov and completing the following four simple steps.

These are the steps you must complete in the online voter registration process.

1. Verify your voting eligibility.

2. Verify that you have a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card.

3. Enter your personal information.

4. Review and submit your information.

The process was so simple and easy to complete it took a total of 11 minutes.

Once it was over, I honestly thought I skipped a step or that I missed something because it was that fast.

After everything was done I found myself feeling pretty proud of myself.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, but it is just one of those steps to becoming an adult that everyone should really do.

Snapchat actually sent out alerts to some of its users that said “Tap to complete registration” and talks about how important it is to register even if it’s just for the preliminaries.

Now when you drag your friends down to your local voting precinct, make sure you do not take a picture of your ballet due to it being illegal.

It’s okay to be proud of yourself for actually contributing to society, just don’t photograph it.

Emily Fehrman is a Pretty Prairie sophomore studying Journalism

Women’s Corner: the leg-shaving hiatus

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

Now that October is here, the fall weather has set in and cooler temperatures are falling upon us.

Most people love this type of weather because it means sweaters, warm drinks and the upcoming holidays.

Those are great and all, but a perk of cooler weather is being able to wear long pants. Which means the action of shaving my legs becomes forgotten.

My legs will look like Bigfoot’s in no time, and they will most likely stay that way unless a special situation arises.

Shaving my legs is probably something I dread the most in my life. As a woman in the United States’ society, I am supposed to be cleanly shaven at all times and should never have my body hair seen by anyone.

Well I am breaking this “rule”, as some might call it, because winter is when my feminine legs turn into manly legs. Long pants sure can make a difference in a person’s life.

Now, many guys might think this is disgusting, but let me tell you something darling, shaving my legs takes more effort than you think.

It is not just something that happens really quick and it’s over with.

If I am going to shave my legs, I am going to do a pristine job, so that it was all worth it in the end. That means I will be shaving my legs for a good hour.

Guys, can you imagine spending two or three times a week for an hour each, shaving your legs because society tells you that it’s what needs to be done?

Because I’m here to tell you that women are as hairy as men. They just have to hide it. And it’s not fun.

Something as simple as leg hair should not be such a big deal to society.

It is one of the most natural things humans have and why should only women be shamed for having it show to the public?

I know there are a lot of models who have broken through the stigma of women and body hair.

I absolutely love this, because it shows that women are human too. That we are not just objects for others to admire, but are a living being who has a body, a brain, and even more.

So if you see a girl this fall whose leg hair is a little bit, or even a lot a bit, long, don’t judge her.

Don’t tell her that it’s gross. All women do it and it is very natural!

Just go about your day, and think of how happy she is that she didn’t have to spend an hour or more taking a razor to the hair on her legs.

Colder weather means a leg shaving hiatus and I am so down for it.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production