Rhymes lauded as best in conference, region

April 6th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Now that the basketball season is over for this year, the end-of-season awards are being announced.

Hutchinnson Community College sophomore J.J. Rhymes was named the 2018 Jayhawk Conference and Region 6 Player of the Year, some of the highest honors a Blue Dragon can win. His co-star Devonte Bandoo, along with Sal Nuhu, also achieved post-season conference and region honors.

Rhymes was Hutchinson’s leading scorer, as well as the conference’s, with 19.6 points per game. He almost shot 50 percent on the season, coming in at 47 percent. He finished in the Blue Dragon Top 10 scoring list, with 1,295 career points. Rhymes had 18 games of 20-plus points, six of which were 30 or more. He also scored a game-winning buzzer-beater against Butler on Dec. 6, to give the Blue Dragons an 82-80 victory. He tallied a career-high 41 points that night.

Bandoo was the other major offensive threat, as he became one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the conference. The sophomore averaged 16.7 points per game, which was third-best in the conference. He shot 49.3 percent on the season, and 43 percent from 3-point range, fourth best in single-season history. He also ranks 15th on the Blue Dragon career scoring list, with 1,079 points.

Like Rhymes, Bandoo was awarded first-team all-Jayhawk Conference and all-Region 6.

Nuhu is the last Blue Dragon to receive postseason recognition. He was awarded honorable mention all-Jayhawk Conference selection. Nuhu was a great defender for Hutchinson, as he blocked a team-high 56 shots this season, which was fifth in the conference.

He blocked five shots in a single game on Nov. 2 against Garden City. He also averaged 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, shooting 48.1 percent on the season.

Josh Gooch gives input on recent football accusations

April 6th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Hutchinson Community College Athletic Director Josh Gooch said that he was aware of the recent news stories regarding accusations that football coach Rion Rhoades allegedly displayed racism towards black players, and Gooch said he met with some football players and coaches to discuss the allegations.

Gooch, in an email response, said he could not comment on the meeting because it was a “personnel-related matter.”

The Collegian has contacted some HutchCC football players about the accusations, but none have been willing to provide on-the-record comments.

The Collegian’s policy is not to use anonymous sources unless a person’s physical safety is at risk. The Collegian uses only named sources otherwise, for credible and ethical purposes.

“Hutchinson Community College will not tolerate any form of discrimination. We have a robust nondiscrimination environment,” Gooch said.

He also pointed out that there is a “Notice of Nondiscrimination” at the bottom of the college’s main web page, HutchCC.edu.

Rhoades has been the Blue Dragons’ coach since Dec. 2006. Gooch came with Rhoades as an assistant and left in 2010 to become the head football coach at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. Gooch returned a year later as an assistant coach and became an AD on July 1, 2015.

Gooch was asked if anyone had lodged a formal complaint against Rhoades – or any football coach – regarding conduct toward players or assistants of any race. He said he could not comment again because it is a personnel-related matter.

Gooch said that if a player or athlete at HutchCC feels he or she has been subjected to racism by a coach or teammate, there are options to take.

“Jake Gunden is the College Equity and Compliance officer,” Gooch said. “Any individual who feels they have suffered discriminatory incidents should contact Mr. Gunden, and he will provide the appropriate guidance on how the individual should proceed and will be the college’s contact.”

A look at every current athletic roster at the college indicates that all 12 teams are multi-racial.

“Athletics enriches and enhances this diversity and our college community,” Gooch said. “This diversity was recently highlighted in a University Business article in which Hutchinson Community College was featured. Our coaches recruit, train, and mentor all of our athletes no matter their ethnicity, religion, or country of origin. HutchCC athletics adds depth and richness to the diversity tapestry of Hutchinson Community College.”

Final production of the year takes the stage

April 5th, 2018

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

“21 Guns,” “Wake me up when September Ends,” “Holiday,” are just some of the legendary Green Day songs incorporated into the stage musical, “American Idiot”, which will round out a strong year for Hutchinson Community College’s theatre department.
The musical follows the self proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia,” Johnny, in his quest to escape the suburban life, with his two buddies, Will and Tunny. However, after leaving the city, Johnny finds himself in a passionate affair with a rebellious woman only known in the show as ‘Whatsername’.
Shortly after, Johnny conjures up a troubling alter ego in St. Jimmy, who encourages drug use and damages Johnny’s relationship.
The musical uses music from two of Green Day’s albums: “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown”. It debuted on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for three Tony awards, including Best Musical. Throughout its original run, lead singer of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, would play the character St. Jimmy.
The show contains sensitive material including drugs, military propaganda and sex, among others. The cast didn’t hesitate to take on these subjects and prepared to do the story justice.
The show is high energy and physically demanding. At times, the cast sings while performing extreme choreography. To prepare, the cast did cardio and endurance workouts for part of their rehearsals.
The musical finishes out an impressive year for HutchCC theatre, with previous successful productions in September and November with “Gruesome Playground Injuries” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”.
The show runs April 12-14 at Stringer Fine Arts Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. Students and faculty can get in free with an ID but are advised to reserve tickets ahead of time.

Over before it started: How I spent my spring break

April 5th, 2018

The wonderful week of spring break has come to an end, and, to be honest with you, I miss it.

I am sure you’re expecting some type of story about going on vacation, but you will not get that from me, because I stayed in Kingman and worked. It wasn’t eventful at all, but it was nice being able to sleep in and get a few more extra hours at work.

I wish I took more advantage of the week to spend time with my friends, but break didn’t really mean break when you have a ton of homework to do (I may or may not have pushed it off to the last moment).

I was going to catch up on my reading, but I refused to miss out on binge watching “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, which then led me to think of Brenna Eller in the hopes she was able to avoid any potential issues on her spring break.

My nights were spent staying up way too late, causing me to be super tired the next day. Thankfully, I work in the evenings, so it didn’t affect my work performance.

I also took advantage of the break to rearrange my room for maybe the 10th time. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy change from time to time. Plus, I have a much better set up.

But enough about my room. I also got a new phone.  No more cracked, green glitch, slow working piece of garbage.

The break went by way too fast. We only have about five or six weeks left, and then it will be the end of another semester, which means spending summer nights with the people we care about most.

Emma Cox is Kingman freshman in journalism

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My Spring Break Experience

April 5th, 2018

I already know what you’re all thinking.

“Oh no! What awful thing happened to her on vacation? Another bag mishap or fall?”

Well to answer all questions, I did not have an awful trip in Michigan. That’s right, Michigan is where I went for Spring Break. My sister, Danielle, and her husband, Jake Jamison, live there in Harrison Township, which is close to Detroit.

This year, Spring Break started off slow because I worked the weekend before and during, then had a day to relax and lounge, which is a fancy way of saying I stayed in my pajamas all day and ate a bunch of junk food. On my way to babysit my nephew Wednesday, I had to wait for construction on Highway 4.

There, I had stopped right when people had gone to follow a pilot car to the next stop. Lucky me, I was first in the waiting line. The guy that was working the traffic decided to talk to me because he was bored. I had been jamming hard core to some music right before getting stopped and immediately turned down the music.

He casually pointed out that my tires were bald and I told him I was aware and everyone keeps telling me, “It’s all right though, it’s just the outer layer.” Thanks, that makes me feel 100% better. He also told me that my car was squeaky and his truck did the same thing. I was just wanting to get the heck out of dodge, because these are the types of situations I love to avoid, but he kept joking around with me and I just laughed awkwardly like I do when I don’t know what to say.

Then, I watched my baby nephew, which was fantastic, because I spent the day with him watching “Monsters Inc.” and we went on a walk. When my sister, Leisha and her husband, Olán got home, we went to hit some baseballs at his gym. I haven’t done this since softball last year in high school, so I really should’ve done some practice swings or something, but I went full throttle and hit as hard as I could.

I did pretty well, but noticed I wasn’t wearing gloves and my hands were starting to burn. Yep, I got a nice blister on my left hand. It had already peeled off so driving home that night was a bit painful, but it wasn’t too bad.

Thursday was the day that we headed for Michigan. We drove, so this meant five family members all in the same vehicle. We left later than planned and ended up leaving at about 6:30 p.m.

Michigan takes about 16 hours to drive to so we were already behind. When we got into Missouri, it was about 1 a.m. Since I am the night owl of the family, I got to drive the last couple hours to Hannibal where we stayed for the night. The next day, we took a detour and went to Chicago, where I navigated with grace of course, and got to see Wrigley Field and ate at a pizza place that was pretty interesting. When we got to Michigan, it was 2 a.m. and we were exhausted, so we said hello to Danielle and Jake and went straight to bed.

The next freezing day, they took us around Michigan, and we got to see some of Detroit and the GM Renaissance Center, which was the largest building in there. Jake works for GM, so he took pleasure in being our guide. Danielle showed us where she worked and we all had fun eating at their favorite restaurant. Saturday night, Danielle, Kylie and I played games until 4 a.m.

On Sunday, we went to church and enjoyed the rest of the day napping (for me) and touring again. Later that night, I found out that I had classes Monday that I was unaware of. I guess I’m used to Easter Monday being off. I was upset at myself and had to email all of my teachers and let them know I was missing class, and I had an exam on Tuesday that I had been studying a bit for, and emailed her about missing the exam. Let’s just say I was not happy about missing this much, but at the same time, liked the distraction from life.

That brings me to Tuesday night before writing this. I was just getting settled into bed in Little River with a plate of pizza in one hand, a pop in the other while moving a blanket out of the way. That went badly and my pop went all the way to my wall, it sprayed so much. I had a lap full of fizzy liquid and my can was still foaming all over my hand. So my bed needed to be changed and I got upset thinking about the decent week I had had with no unfortunate events. I spoke to soon.

On the bright side, and despite my sore muscles from the batting before the trip and blister that is still on my hand, I got to see my sister and her husband for the first time since Christmas and had a good time. Also, on our way to Michigan, we had just missed four total accidents by only a little bit. So, someone was definitely watching over my poorly-scheduled family.

Brenna Eller is a Little River freshman in journalism

RASK inspires weekly amigurumi scavenger hunt

March 23rd, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Following the recent involvement of the RASK Force (Random Acts of Selfless Kindness) on campus, Leanna Coon, Writing Paraprofessional at Rimmer Learning and Resource Center, along with Desiree Coon, IT Support Analyst, have worked together to hand crochet and hide tiny stuffed animals known as amigurumi.

Since the idea came about in February, the pair has hidden five amigurumi and hope to continue the event weekly.

“Desiree had the idea to put out little critters for RASK because it would be a way to cheer people up, and market Rimmer by tying it to Facebook.” Leanna Coon said. “We have clues posted before we hide each amigurumi with a note that has the website address so that people can post their photos and share them with us online.”

One such found amigurumi was a cat that was picked up by an anonymous passerby and then passed around campus before coming back into the hands of Hannah Gomez, a front desk writing tutor at RLRC.

“It wasn’t originally found by me, but it was passed around to me after traveling campus,” Gomez said. “It was so squishy, and it brought me a lot of joy to look at how cute it was.”

Included on the amigurumi is a note with a happy quote and instructions on how to post their find on the the Rimmer Facebook page, Hutch CC Rimmer Services.

A faculty member’s young daughter, upon hearing about the amigurumi scavenger hunt, used the posted clues to seek out a crocheted Ariel hiding in the ocean section of the library.

Shortly after, her smiling face was posted and the amigurumi’s purpose was fulfilled.

“I think (the amigurumis) and RASK is a good idea to make people more mindful of others’ feelings, and just make their day a little better.” Leanna Coon said. “I like knowing that it’s going to cheer somebody up and having a little project that I can complete relatively quickly.”

Depending on the size of the amigurumi, it can take between a few hours to several days to complete one for the scavenger hunt that is free and available to all students on Wednesdays.

Mourning about morning people

March 23rd, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person who does not like being bothered first thing in the morning.

I will never understand those people who wake up in the morning so chipper and happy. It takes me about an hour and a cup of coffee to be fully aware of what I need to do. Sometimes, I’m still too tired to function so I’m just dragging myself around and nodding off in class.

I beg of you, if you see me walking around campus in the morning, don’t talk to me because I will either ignore you of flat out be rude.

Another thing that I can’t wrap my head around is how there are some people in this world who only need one alarm set in the morning to get up. I didn’t’ know that was possible. I have to have at least five, at most eight, alarms set so I will hear at least one of them and get up. They start at 5:20 a.m. and go on to about 7:05. Sometimes, I’m lucky if I actually get up to those.

I guess what I am getting at is that I love my sleep and I am grumpy in morning. I purposely stay up until about 2 a.m. when I don’t have classes, so I can sleep most of the day since I don’t have to work until the evening. There are some nights that I just can’t get sleep at all, and the coffee just won’t help.

My case Wednesday wasn’t very good though. I didn’t sleep well at all. I got up at 6:30 a.m., I made a cup of coffee, but of course I couldn’t enjoy it because, me being me, got perfume in it. Yes, you read that right. I got perfume in my coffee. So, here’s to hoping Friday morning will go smoothly and I can enjoy my spring break.

End of the road for Blue Dragons

March 22nd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The dream is finally over for the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team.

The daunting challenge of winning back-to- back national championships proved too difficult for

the Blue Dragons as they exited the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in the second round Wednesday night at the Sports Arena, falling to Florida SouthWestern State 80-65.

“They’re a good team,” Blue Dragons coach Steve Eck said. “We got their best shot tonight, and it showed.”

Many would say this is one of the more “rollercoaster-esque” seasons in recent years, as Hutchinson

experienced many highs and lows throughout the past six months. They also graduate one of

the most dynamic duos in sophomores J.J. Rhymes and Devonte Bandoo. However, the Blue

Dragons have nothing to be disappointed in, as they finish another great season with a, overall

29-7 record and fourth straight appearance at the national tournament.

The Sports Arena was the place to be Wednesday night, as the 11th-seeded Blue Dragons took on the sixth-seeded Buccaneers from Florida SouthWestern State in a highly-anticipated second-round game. Right from the beginning, it was apparent that the Buccaneers were hungry to knock off the defending national champions on their home court. The game was tight for a majority of the first half, with the Blue Dragons staying within 10 points, but after a

media timeout late in the half, things started to get ugly for Hutchinson.

Up 37-29 at the half, the Buccaneers did not slow their scoring in the second half, as they repeatedly knocked down

shots. Florida SouthWestern used its quick transition game and lethal scoring ability to put the

game to rest early.

After the first media timeout of the half, the Buccaneers were up almost by 20, and the Blue Dragons didn’t have enough firepower to get back in it. Hutchinson’s season was over 14 minutes later.

The Buccaneers shot an impressive 52.5 percent, while the Blue Dragons were held to 38.9 percent.
“Florida SouthWestern is well rounded, they run good offense, they play tough defense and it was tough to score out there,” Eck said.

Eck also stated that the height mismatch was difference maker and that the Buccaneers were no doubt the best team they’ve played all year.

The Blue Dragons graduate six sophomores this year- each of them playing vital parts on this year’s squad. However, Bandoo and Rhymes will go down as two of the best players in Hutchinson history. Rhymes finishes seventh in Blue Dragon leading scorers (1,295 points), while Bandoo finishes 15th (1,072 points). “I wouldn’t want to go out with any other group of guys,” Rhymes said in an emotional post-game interview. “We had our ups and downs, but their family that I wouldn’t want to trade for anything else, and I thank them for

that.

“I also want to thank God for giving me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what he

has for me in the future.”

All of the sophomores leave will leave HutchCC with 64 total wins, a conference championship and of course, the 2017 national championship.

HutchCC cheerleaders compete in Region 6 Championships

March 22nd, 2018

Hutchinson Community College’s cheerleaders had a chance to compete Region 6 Cheer and Dance Championship, two weekends ago in Salina.

It was a big event for the teams, as cheer competitions like this are rare.

“We only compete at the one competition. Some of the other teams compete at more competition each year,” said cheer coach Holli Rowe.

Every year, three judges are hired for cheer and three judges are hired for dance. The teams then do their routines, and the judges give their scores. Only Region 6 cheer and dance teams compete at this competition.

HutchCC cheer squad end up placing second, right behind Garden City, who took first.

Sophomore Laurelle Augustine, who is a cheer captain along with sophomore Tristin Padgett, said she thought the cheer team did well enough to win the competition. Yet, Augustine said she was proud of the squad.

“We had so many people quit on us this year, and we had to change the routine so many times,” Augustine said.

The dance team finished fifth in the team routine and second in hip-hop. The team also had two individual competitors, as Aubrey Myers came in fourth and Jasmine Merrell was second.

Roundup: Baseball, softball bats wake up, winter weather wipes out golf

March 22nd, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team had its best weekend of the young Jayhawk Conference season, as the Blue Dragons took three out of four games from Butler Community College.

The Blue Dragons swept a doubleheader last Thursday at Hobart-Detter Field, winning 14-10 and 15-10. Two days later, the Blue Dragons and Grizzlies split a pair of 5-4 games.

The Blue Dragons got the weekend off to a bright start, as Logan Santori, Bobby Morgensen and Garret Stephens belted home runs. Santori added two doubles and drove in seven runs.

The next game, HutchCC belted 16 hits, as Santori, Zach Baxley and Riley Metzger had three apiece. Stephens, Metzger and Scott Wolverton hit home runs.

The Blue Dragons nearly came back from a 5-1 hole in the second game, but came up short. Dylan Nedved had three of the eight HutchCC hits.

Santori again led the Blue Dragons in the finale, hitting two more home runs and driving in three runs. Mike Brown was the winning pitcher, and Dayden Lane picked up his second save.

The Blue Dragons (14-10 overall, 7-5 Jayhawk West) also had a Tuesday game moved to Cowley College due to poor field conditions in Hutchinson. Cowley won 9-3.

Softball – The Blue Dragons continued their strong season by winning three of four conference games over the weekend.

HutchCC swept Coffeyville easily, 11-2 and 13-5, and then split with Labette, losing 9-8 and winning 2-1.

Kiara DeCrame picked apart Coffeyville pitching, going 7 for 7 in the two games. She score four runs and drove in seven more. DeCrame also smacked a pair of homers in the second game.

Hutchinson blew an 8-7 lead in the first game with Labette, but came back in the next game behind a four-hitter from Destiniy Schulze.

The Blue Dragons have a four-game, two-day road trip starting today, playing at Johnson County. Saturday, they’re at Fort Scott.

Golf ­– A snowstorm wiped out this week’s tournament in Nebraska. The Blue Dragons were to play in a 54-hole tournament in Kearney, but it was cancelled.

This is the second straight spring tournament the Blue Dragons have had called off due to bad weather.

The Blue Dragons are next scheduled top play Monday at Colbert Hills Country Club in Manhattan.