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Blue Dragons end regular season with a win

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor
The Hutchinson Community College football team’s regular season came to a close as the Blue Dragons cruised to a 27-6 win over Dodge City Community College on Saturday.
The Blue Dragons snapped their three-game losing streak, finishing 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Conquistadors finish 4-7 and 1-6.
After leading by seven late in the first half, the Blue Dragons pulled off one impressive play to head into halftime. Dodge City lined up for a 24-yard field goal when Hutchinson blocked the kick. The play wasn’t over however, because Hutchinson’s Jerry Jacobs picked up the loose ball, and took it back for a 86-yard touchdown. The Blue Dragons led 13-0 at halftime, and they didn’t slow down in the second half.
Hutchinson used an interception, a goal line stop, and a punt return for a touchdown to secure the victory over the Conquistadors.
The Blue Dragon defense held Dodge City to 237 total yards and 51 rushing, but Hutchinson compiled only 206 total yards for themselves. Three running backs, B.J. Emmons, Dezmon Jackson, and Andrew Lee split Hutchinson’s 125 rushing yards. Quarterback Eric Forrest went 12 of 16 on passing attempts, for a total of 69 yards.
Sunday’s win marked Rion Rhoades’ 80th victory as head coach for the Blue Dragons. He also reached this mark faster than any other coach in Hutchinson Community College history.
Next up for the Blue Dragons will be the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 2. They will face the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters at Gowans Stadium. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, playing each other last in the 2010 Salt City Bowl.

Athlete of the week: Connor Kaufman

Friday, November 10th, 2017

For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4

The week: Kaufman, a freshman from Wiggins, Colorado, paced the Blue Dragons at the Jayhawk West and Region 6 Championships on Oct. 30 in Garden City. He finished fifth in the Jayhawk West, finishing the 10-kilometer course in a time of 27 minutes, 18.4 seconds. That was also good enough for 15th in Region 6.

The season: Kaufman will run with the Blue Dragons on Saturday at the NJCAA national meet in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Stark Enterprise: HutchCC cross country faces new challenges as college student

Friday, November 10th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The annual NJCAA Cross Country Championship is near, with the meet Saturday in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Among the many Hutchinson Community College runners who qualified, standout freshman Jared Stark is one of them. He qualified at the Region 6 Championship in Garden City on October 30th with a time of 27 minutes, 28.1 seconds. However, Stark wasn’t always in the spotlight.

Stark grew up in Augusta, where he was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. His mother was his teacher.

Stark began his running career in eighth grade, when he joined a small homeschool track team known as the Wichita Warriors. The Warriors provided opportunities to kids who didn’t attend a high school. A year later, he joined the cross country team when he was a freshman.

“Both of those seasons went really well, and that was about the time I started thinking maybe I could run in college,” Stark said.

After four years of experiencing success with running, Stark earned a scholarship to Hutchinson Community College, even though he was never allowed to run in postseason meets, because he was not on a high school team.

Although never attending a public school, Stark said his experience has been going great.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some great teammates that I’ve become close friends with, and some awesome coaches and teachers to help me along,” Stark said. The only thing that’s been hard for him to adjust to is the hundreds of people walking around on campus.

His first collegiate race took place in Hutchinson, where he was amazed by the other competitors. The speed of the other runners was a major change compared to the runners of the small meets he took part in back home.

“It was a bit surreal seeing just how good all these other runners were,” Stark said. “The level of competition is just so much higher than it was in high school, it’s crazy.”

With the NJCAA championship around the corner, Stark feels not only confident in himself, but the whole cross country team as well.

“I’m very excited about the race,” Stark said. “The pieces are finally all falling into place, and I’m feeling fit and ready to run fast. Our coaches have been doing a great job of getting us primed to run our best, and I think both our men’s and women’s teams are ready to put together some strong races, and have the potential to end up placing really well.”

Along with Stark, 14 other runners will join him at the NJCAA Championship. Women: Maggie Lambert, American Garcia, Macy Linenberger, Sarah Patteson, Saw Ahmara, Aileen Gomez, Caitlin Schlickau. Men: Connor Kaufman, Jared Stark, Frant Clothier, Jeremy Stiebens, Tony Ibarra, Kade Gerlach, Gavin Alexander, Myles Hansen.

Late rally falls short for football

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

By Cassidy Crites

Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College football team fell to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk Conference after losing to Fort Scott on Saturday.

Trying to overcome a 19-point deficit with 10:34 to go in the game, the Blue Dragons scored two quick touchdowns to cut the difference. Hutch had one more attempt at a game winning drive, but were unable to get the first down. Fort Scott went on to upset the No. 20 Blue Dragons 29-24 at Gowans Stadium.

The Blue Dragons fall for the third straight conference game, while Fort Scott improves to 4-5 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.

The Blue Dragon offense finally started to come alive after Fort Scott took a 29-10 lead with 10:34 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Edwards returned a kickoff 31 yards to the Hutch 47. From there Hutchinson tallied six more points on eight plays including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eric Forrest to Jaylen Erwin. Kicking in the extra point pulled the Blue Dragons within twelve points at the 6:47 minute mark to play.

The Greyhounds next drive ended shortly, finding themselves at a 41-yard field goal attempt. Blue Dragon Quen Head blocked the field goal and Jerry Jacobs returned the ball to the Fort Scott 21. The next play resulted in six more points for the Blue Dragons when Forrest found Tavian Allen for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 29-24 with 3:09 to go.

Needing a defensive stop, the Blue Dragons came through, getting the ball at their own 13 with 1:41 left to play. However, the Blue Dragons were unable to get the first down.

In hopes of a comeback, Hutch needed a big fourth quarter after allowing the Greyhounds to overcome the halftime deficit scoring 15 points in the third quarter.

A bad snap recovered by Forrest in the end zone resulted in a Greyhound safety, leaving Hutch’s lead to only 10-9. Fort Scott took the free kick and scored in two plays for 57 yards. Missing the two-point conversion, the Greyhounds took the lead at 15-10 with 10:27 left in the third quarter.

Fort Scott expanded the lead after scoring off of an interception with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

One more interception lead to another Greyhound touchdown, leaving the score 29-10 before the Blue Dragons went on their fourth quarter rally.

The Blue Dragons had 218 passing yards and only 82 rushing yards. Fort Scott totaled 276 passing yards and 26 rushing yards.

The Blue Dragons wrap up regular season at Dodge City next Saturday to face the Conquistadors at 1 p.m.

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Soccer team falls in Region 6 Tournament

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Cassidy Crites
Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team’s fell short at an attempt at a first-round Region 6 Tournament win on Saturday, as the Coffeyville Red Ravens knocked off the Blue Dragons 2-1.

The opening round game of the Tournament was hosted at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
Coffeyville scored the first two goals of the match, leaving Hutch down 2-0 with 30minutes, 10 seconds left in regulation. With 15:54 remaining in the game, freshman Avery McCarter scored, only putting the Blue Dragons down one.

With four seconds left in regulation, Hutch had one final attempt at a shot from the corner. Not being able to complete the shot, the Red Ravens claimed victory.

The Blue Dragons outshot Coffeyville 20-14. Coffeyville’s goalkeeper Brylee Brasher made eight saves. Blue Dragon’s goalie Clara Bergmuller made two saves.

For the first in program history, the Blue Dragons will not reach the semifinals. Hutch completes their season 13-4-1.

Volleyball team wins at Region 6 Tournament

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Halloween night marked the first round of the Region 6 volleyball tournament as Hutchinson Community College hosted Dodge City Community College at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons weren’t frightened by the Conquistadors as they cruised to 3-0 sweep.

Hutchinson dominated most of the night, although they almost dropped the first set. Down 22-18, they made a late comeback, scoring seven unanswered points to win the set 25-22.

From that point on, the Blue Dragons never let the Conquistadors get close. The second set saw Hutchinson go out to an early 17-5 lead, en route to a 25-13 win. The final set of the evening was much like the previous one. With a comfortable eight-point margin, the Blue Dragons capped of the sweep with a 25-17 win.

Sophomore Paige Hiebert led the team once again with 11 kills and a .300 hitting percentage. She also achieved her 10th double-double and moved to fourth on the career kills list with 931, passing Thais Franca (2004-05). Sophomores Nina Pevic and Tatyana Ndekwe, had nine and eight kills, respectively. Katie Jorn led the team in assists with 27, also adding five kills (.333).

After Tuesday’s win over Dodge City, the Blue Dragons (25-12) advance to the NJCAA Region VI semifinals. They will travel to Liberal to play their next match on Saturday, taking on Garden City.

He’s always in the action: Jackson uses HutchCC to needed opportunity

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Community colleges around the country can be considered an important stepping stone to many athletes.

Whether it’s the low tuition costs, the chance to develop yourself academically, or the ability to improve yourself physically, schools like Hutchinson Community College can help these athletes kickstart their collegiate sports career.

After receiving zero NCAA Division 1 offers, defensive back Storey Jackson chose HutchCC to begin his football journey. The Olathe North product led his team to a 10-2 record and a Kansas 6A semifinal appearance in 2015.

Upon arriving at Hutchinson for his freshman year in 2016, Jackson knew he would get a opportunity to earn a starting position the next season, so he decided to find his role on the special teams.

“My first year was so exciting,” Jackson said. “I knew my chance to get a starting role would come next year, so I balled out on special teams.”

He was added to the kickoff, punt and punt return teams. As a freshman, Jackson had to work hard everyday and impress the coaches, all to make a name for himself.

As he began his sophomore season, Jackson accomplished what he set out to do – earn a starting spot.

“I did such a good job as a freshman on the special team units,” Jackson said, “eventually it got me a starting spot on the defense.”

Jackson has turned into a key player for the Blue Dragon defense as he currently leads the team in tackles (61) and assists (36) through nine games for the 6-3 Blue Dragons.

“My sophomore season has being going great so far,” Jackson said. “I’m blessed to be able to impact the team with my skills.”

Jackson also stated he has an offer from Bethune-Cookman University. More offers could also be on the way for the talented defensive back.

Jackson’s time as a Blue Dragon is coming to an end with only two regular season games left and possibly the Salt City Bowl. However, he does want to give a little advice to any newcomers next year.

“Be sure you make or keep a relationship with God,” Jackson said. “Junior college isn’t easy and it’s not for everybody, but with consistent hard work, you can make it successful.”

Athlete of the week: Tatyana Ndekwe

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Oct. 8-14

Tatyana Ndekwe, volleyball

The week: Ndekwe, one of the top middle threats for the Blue Dragons, had three solid performances in three victories. She had 14 kills to just two errors against Dodge City, five kills against Colby, and eight against Pratt. In the three matches, Ndekwe never had a worse hitting percentage than .333. She also had a hand in five blocks against both Dodge City and Colby.

The season: Ndekwe is third on the team with 210 kills, and she’s the team leader with 129 blocks, or more than half the team total.

Sports roundup: Soccer to host Coffeyville in Region 6

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By The Collegian staff
The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team will open the Region 6 Tournament on Saturday at the Salthawk Sports Complex, as the Blue Dragons will take on Coffeyville Community College at 2 p.m.

The Blue Dragons finished second in the Jayhawk West after losing back-to-back one-goal games to Cloud County. Monday’s 2-1 loss in Concordia gave the title to Cloud County.

Should Hutchinson win, it would play Thursday in Topeka against either Barton Community College or Johnson County Community College.

The Blue Dragons wrapped up regular-season play with a 13-3-1 record. Coffeyville is 12-5.

Volleyball – Hutchinson will end the regular season Saturday with a trip to Liberal to take on Seward County Community College.

The Blue Dragons are 24-11 overall and receiving votes in the NJCAA poll. They are 12-3 in Jayhawk West play.

Saturday’s match comes against one of the nation’s best teams. Seward County, ranked No. 4, is 30-1 overall and 15-0 in the conference.

Hutchinson will then open the Region 6 Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Dodge City at the Sports Arena.

Men’s golf – The Blue Dragons finished tied for 10th at the MSSU Men’s Fall Invitational, which ended Tuesday in Monkey Island, Oklahoma.

Playing against four-year schools, the Blue Dragons finished the three-round event with a score of 930, tying with Southern Nazarene and just four strokes behind sixth place Missouri Southern State.
Sophomore Cole Gritton had back-to-back 72s and finished tied for seventh, the highest-placing Blue Dragon.

The Blue Dragons will wrap up their fall schedule Tuesday in Texas.

Men return some talented players in effort to defend title

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Only eight months ago, the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team won a national championship, just the third in school history.

The team accumulated a near-perfect 35-2 record, led by NJCAA Player of the Year, Shakur Juiston. The Blue Dragons beat St. Petersburg, Odessa and Northwest Florida State to advance to the finals. They then handled Eastern Florida State 84-58 en route to a championship.

This season marks Steve Eck’s ninth as coach, and he looks to improve his younger players.

“Our goal is to practice hard, get better everyday, and become as good as we can be,” Eck said.
Eck’s team returns six players in all, but only one starter. He believes returning players, J.J. Rhymes (16 ppg.) and Devonte Bandoo (13.5 ppg.), will be a couple players to lead the Blue Dragon squad.

As practices have been underway for just about a month, Eck looks to build his team in time for the first game.

“We’ll need to establish a good defense, and build an offensive that encourages teamwork,” Eck said. “Forming chemistry and getting the team to play as hard as they can is the most important.”

As defending national champions and back-to-back conference champs, the Blue Dragons are favorites to win the conference for a third time in a row, according to the Jayhawk Conference preseason coaches poll.

“Every team wants to beat us,” Eck said. “We are a rival to everyone and we have a big target on our chest. Each game is important and it’s going to be tough.”

The Blue Dragons open regular-season play as they host Friends University JV on Nov. 1. They begin conference play on Nov.11, when they take on Seward County Community College.