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What we’re doing about the allegations against football coach Rion Rhoades

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

A statement from Collegian advisor Brad Hallier: We are aware of the allegations surrounding the Hutchinson Community College football team and coach Rion Rhoades, and players not showing up for practice, from other media reports. After much discussion with students, we felt we should address how the student journalists are handling the situation.

We want to emphasize that we are not sweeping this story under the rug or hoping it goes away. However, the Collegian also has a policy of not using anonymous sources, unless there’s a perceived threat of physical safety, like in the case of a rape victim going public with a story. In that case, we would protect the victim’s identity.

This does not mean we think the story is false or incorrect. It means we want something concrete before we report it.

Another reason The Collegian has this policy is because of the lack of trust between the public and the media, which seems to be at an all-time high.

Student reporters have contacted football players, and so far, none has been willing to talk to us on the record. We respect that decision.

Many news outlets have policies regarding the use of anonymous sources. Our policy is not better than another’s, and it’s not worse. This is how we choose to handle anonymous sources.

We would like to encourage any football player, or any person who has first-hand knowledge of what was said and what happened to please call me at 620-665-3427, or email me at

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

Defending champs are back

Monday, March 12th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team, which won last year’s NJCAA national championship, will be given the chance to defend its title.

The Blue Dragons were granted one of eight at-large bids by the NJCAA on Monday during a live tournament selection show. The Blue Dragons finished the regular season 28-6, and runner-up in Region 6 and the Jayhawk Conference. Coffeyville earned Region 6’s automatic bid with a thrilling 82-80 win the championship game Wednesday.

The Blue Dragons are the No. 11 seed and will play Cape Fear at noon on March 20 at the Sports Arena.

This will be Hutchinson’s 21st NJCAA Tournament appearance and will be there for the fourth time in five years. Hutchinson has reached the last two national-championship games, losing to Salt Lake in 2016 and beating Eastern Florida State last season.

HutchCC women get bid to NJCAA Tournament

Monday, March 12th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team’s season isn’t finished after all.

Monday morning, the Blue Dragons learned they got one of the eight at-large bids to the NJCAA Tournament next week in Lubbock, Texas. The Blue Dragons are the No. 18 seed in the 24-team field and will take on 15 seed San Jacinto at 2 p.m. Monday in Lubbock.

This will be the sixth time in seven years the Blue Dragons will be at the national tournament, and the seventh time overall under coach John Ontjes. They were national runner-up in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and they finished third in 2013.

Last year, the Blue Dragons lost in the second round.

Hutchinson didn’t have one of their stronger teams under Ontjes this season, but they still went 27-6 overall and 21-5 in the Jayhawk Conference. That placed the Blue Dragons second, two games behind Seward County.

Hutchinson’s at-large prospects seemed to take a hit with a 70-50 Region 6 semifinal loss to Independence, which then lost to Seward County in the championship game.

But the Blue Dragons still made it.

The Hutchinson-San Jacinto winner plays again at 6 p.m. March 20 against No. 2 Gulf Coast.

Blue Dragon bummer: Coffeyville repeats as Region 6 champion

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

PARK CITY – Hartman Arena was the stage for the third installment of the Hutchinson Community College-Coffeyville men’s basketball clash.

The highly-anticipated Region 6 Tournament championship matchup did not disappoint the fans. The game featured 16 lead changes, 15 ties and no more than an eight-point lead for either team.

However, it was the Red Ravens who had the final lead as the clock hit zeros. Coffeyville defeated Hutchinson 82-80 and repeated as Region 6 champions, earning an automatic bid to the NJCAA Tournament in Huchinson.

The Red Ravens won two of the three matchups against the Blue Dragons this season, by two points each time.

“Coffeyville was tougher than us tonight,” HutchCC coach Steve Eck said. “We couldn’t score inside very well tonight either, and the whole team was in foul trouble, which really hurts us.” With 34 seconds left in the game, Coffeyville sophomore guard T.J. Washington drove to the lane, making a near-impossible go-ahead lay up, putting the Red Ravens up by a point.

After a Hutchinson timeout, the Blue Dragons turned the ball over, forcing them to foul the Red Ravens. The Blue Dragons’ top scorer, Devonte Bandoo, had to exit the game with his fifth foul and the Coffeyville made one of his two free throws, putting the score at 82-80. Tiylar Cotton’s potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired was wide-left, giving the Red Ravens their second consecutive regional title.

James Rojas, a freshman forward for the Blue Dragons, had another outstanding game, scoring 14 points at the half, and finishing with 21 on the night. Sophomore Robert Whitfield also dropped in 14 first half points.

The leading scorers for the Blue Dragons, J.J. Rhymes and Devonte Bandoo, didn’t reach double figures till mid second half.

Hutchinson shot 41 percent from the field, while Coffeyville shot an even 50 percent. Washington was the highest scorer for the Red Ravens with 19 points.

Although, the Blue Dragons fall to 28-6, their season might not be over yet. They will have to wait until Monday, to find out if they will get one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA National Tournament.

“It’s a great conference. Every night we have to battle, so we’re all waiting for a call,” Rojas said.

The Blue Dragons were in the same situation last year when, of course, they won the national championship.

“I hope we make in,” Eck said. “We made it to the regional championship and played a great team, but you just never know.”

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.