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Basketball teams have been road warriors so far in conference play

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Cassidy Crites
Staff writer

For the first month of basketball season, the Hutchinson Community College teams have had anything but a home-court advantage. Out of the Blue Dragons’ first eight conference games, six have been away.

In November, the Sports Arena hosted two different volleyball tournaments. First was the KCAC volleyball tournament. The arena also had the opportunity to host the NJCAA National Volleyball tournament. These events took place over two different weekends, resulting in road games for the basketball squads.

However, there are positives to having so many road games at the beginning of the season. The Blue Dragon teams play four straight home games in the middle of January.

Women’s coach John Ontjes wasn’t fond of playing so many road games but has found the positives in the situation.

“There has been a disadvantage with how many new kids we have on our team not playing at home, but picking up a few road wins now will help when we return the home games in January,” Ontjes said.

Despite all the traveling, both men and women’s Blue Dragon teams are off to a good start. The women post a 6-2 overall record and 4-2 in the conference after Wednesday’s win against Colby. Their two losses have come from Seward County Community College and Cloud County Community College, both on their opponent’s court.

The men are 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Their one loss came from Cloud County, also at the Thunderdome.

While some athletes feel the effect of not playing on their court, Ontjes does not feel as though it has altered the way the girls play.

“It would’ve been nice to start the conference with two home games, but I don’t think it’s made that big of an impact on the way we played. The kids we have didn’t know the difference,” Ontjes said.

Up next the Blue Dragons hit the road again to face Garden City on Saturday. Hutch rounds out the eight-game start Dec. 6 at Butler.

Women fall in the semifinal game

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team played Seward County in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament on March 2.

Hutch lost the game 72-65 against a tough Seward opponent.

The Dragon’s record is now 29-4.

Two Hutch players scored 17 points in the semifinal game: They were Taylor Stahly, Newton, and Kirea Rogers, Wichita.

Amazingly, 15 of Stahly’s points were threes.

She also became the second Dragon player in history to reach 100 three-pointers in a season.

Overall, the Dragons were barely out-rebounded, 26-27.

The Dragons enjoyed a 20-9 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
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Men onto Region VI championship

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, shoots the ball over two defenders during the semifinal game.

HCC Sports Information - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, shoots the ball over two defenders during the semifinal game.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team obtained the No. 1 seed in the Region VI tournament, so they had a bye in the first round of the tournament.
After beating Garden City, the Dragons played Cowley in Park City in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament on March 2 and won 91-87.
Hutch’s record is now 29-3.
The leading scorer for the Dragons was Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, with 26 points.
Behind Haynes-Jones was Shakur Juiston with 16 points.
Hutch was barely out-rebounded, 50-51.
The Dragons built an early lead and their lead continued to grow.
Hutch took their first run minutes into the game to build their lead to 27-9.
During their 15-0 lead, the Dragons held their opponents scoreless for seven minutes.
With four minutes left in the first half, the Dragons held the lead 38-18.
Cowley then went on an 11-3 run to cut down the Hutch lead, 43-34 to end the first half.
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Women fall in the semifinal game

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team played Seward County in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament on March 2.
Hutch lost the game 72-65 against a tough Seward opponent.
The Dragon’s record is now 29-4.
Two Hutch players scored 17 points in the semifinal game: They were Taylor Stahly, Newton, and Kirea Rogers, Wichita.
Amazingly, 15 of Stahly’s points were threes.
She also became the second Dragon player in history to reach 100 three-pointers in a season.
Overall, the Dragons were barely out-rebounded, 26-27.
The Dragons enjoyed a 20-9 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, the Dragons held the lead 20-13.
In the second quarter, Seward was able to catch up and tie the game at 24 with six minutes to play in the half.
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Men clinch first Jayhawk Conference title since 2004

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, shielding the ball from his opponent during the game on Feb. 20 at home in the Sports Arena against Barton. Hoffman aided the Dragons in their win by scoring 20 points and stealing the ball three times.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, shielding the ball from his opponent during the game on Feb. 20 at home in the Sports Arena against Barton. Hoffman aided the Dragons in their win by scoring 20 points and stealing the ball three times.

Closing the regular season, the No. 7-ranked Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played the Garden City Broncbusters at their place on Feb. 22.

Hutch won their 11th game in a row.

The score was 93-84.

That brings the Dragons’ record to 27-3 overall and 16-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

This win gives the Dragons possession of their first conference title since 2004.

Since the Dragons hold the title of the Jayhawk West Conference, they qualified for the NJCAA tournament come March.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York, with 26 points.

Ahmed also added 12 rebounds, 2 steals.
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Women: 6th straight Region VI title

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, goes past a few defenders and gets fouled in the process during a recent home game.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, goes past a few defenders and gets fouled in the process during a recent home game.

For the final, regular season game, the Blue Dragon women’s basketball team played the Garden City Broncbusters in Garden City on Feb. 22 and won.

The score was, 62-52.

The Dragons record is now 26-3 overall and 16-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

This win helped Hutch take their 6th consecutive conference title.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Kirea Rogers, Wichita, with 19 points.

Rogers added 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.
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Men win nine straight

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian -  Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, breaks past a defender and drives to the basket during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, breaks past a defender and drives to the basket during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played Cloud County at home on Feb. 13 for the homecoming game.

The Dragons won, 79-45, which brought their record to 25-3 overall and 14-3 in the Jayhawk West conference.

It was Hutch’s ninth win in a row.

The leading scorer for Hutch was Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, with 21 points and he also added five rebounds.

Just behind Hoffman was Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, New York, with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

This was Ahmed 10th double-double of the season.

Overall the team had 47 rebounds, 21 assists, and 10 steals.

Over the first nine minutes of the game, the Dragons held Cloud County to only three points, while Hutch scored 22.
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Women take No. 1

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives the ball to the basket to score the ball during the Feb. 1 game against Garden City. Rogers scored 19 points for Hutch.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives the ball to the basket to score the ball during the Feb. 1 game against Garden City. Rogers scored 19 points for Hutch.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team took on Garden City in the Sports Arena on Feb. 1.

The Dragons won 77-70, which aided them in taking sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Hutch improved their record to 22-1 overall and 12-1 in the Jayhawk West conference.

The Dragon that scored the most points was Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, with a ca

Kirea Rogers, Wichita, added 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Dragons haven’t lost a game played in the Sports Arena in 131 games.

Hutch took the lead early, but the Broncbusters made three three-pointers in the first quarter keeping the score close.
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Men beat Broncbusters

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, breaks past an opponent towards the basket during a game on Feb. 1 against the Broncbusters of Garden City. Hoffman scored a game-high of 23 points and shot 63%. Hutch won the home game 83-64.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, breaks past an opponent towards the basket during a game on Feb. 1 against the Broncbusters of Garden City. Hoffman scored a game-high of 23 points and shot 63%. Hutch won the home game 83-64.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played the Garden City Broncbusters on Feb. 1 and won 83-64.

The No. 15 Dragons improved their record to 21-3 overall and 10-3 in the Jayhawk West conference.

The top two scorers for the Dragons were Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, and Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York.

Hoffman had 23 points and Ahmed had 16 points.

Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, added 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

The Broncbusters jumped out to an early lead of 8-5, but the Dragons went on a 9-0 run with a three-point play from Pinder and back-to-back threes from Hoffman.

The score was 13-8 with 13 minutes remaining in the half.
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Women win 10 straight

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Hannah Wallace/Collegian -  Kyla Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana, concentrates on the basket while preparing to shoot a free throw against Seward County on Jan. 20.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Kyla Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana, concentrates on the basket while preparing to shoot a free throw against Seward County on Jan. 20.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team took on Cloud County on Jan. 30 and won 62-51.

This was Hutch’s 20th win of the season, advancing their record to 20-1 overall and 10-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, with 18 points and 9 assists.

Daisha Terry, Macon, Georgia, scored 14 points for Hutch, while Lakin Preisner, Americus, scored 13 points and seven rebounds.

Hutch barely outrebounded their opponents, 40-39.

The Dragons weren’t able to score until about the six-minute mark in the first quarter.

With three minutes remaining, Cloud County held the lead 12-6 as Hutch ended the quarter on a 7-1 run to tie the game 13-13.
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