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Athlete of the week: Tia Bradshaw, women’s basketball

Friday, November 30th, 2018

The week: Bradshaw opened up the week with a great performance in HutchCC’s 102-35 win against Lamar, Colorado. Bradshaw had 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in that game. Saturday, Bradshaw had eight points, four rebounds, three steals, three assists and zero turnovers in an 92-48 win against Hesston.

The season: Bradshaw, a Dodge City native, is averaging 6.8 points, 2.6 assists 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 stels a game for the undefeated Blue Dragons, who return to the court on Saturday against Independence at the Sports Arena.

Roebuck’s Reward

Friday, November 30th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team is off to a strong start this season, going 7-0 for the first part of the season. The Blue Dragons are off to a hot start, but this would not be possible without the help of standout sophomore Dejanae Roebuck.

Roebuck, a sophomore forward from Olathe, has been the player to watch for the Blue Dragons this season. While Roebuck is having a successful season so far, the story has not always been the same for her.

Coming in as a freshman, Roebuck didn’t know what to expect. She was not the dominant player fans have seen on the court this season, but more fearful and shy as a freshman.

“As a freshman I was a little more timid,” Roebuck said. “I didn’t really know how to take charge. I think now that I know what to expect, I’m definitely more of a leader on the team.”

Roebuck improving is something the coaches have noticed. Roebuck has improved on her skill in all positions and is someone who the coaches want out on the floor.

“She has definitely come out of her shell. She was timid at times and played on her heels a lot. She was non-aggressive and has gotten stronger and has more confidence,” Blue Dragons coach John Ontjes said. “She has expanded her game to where she can play on the perimeter. She has become a very versatile player for us.”

Roebuck is one of the leaders on the team, but the position wasn’t handed to her overnight. A lot of work and dedication was put into becoming the player she is today. Roebuck worked hard during the off season, practicing and getting extra shots up when she could.

The hard work is showing up, especially in games, as Roebuck is making 55.4 percent of her shots and shooting 43.8 percent from the 3-point line.  Out of the seven games played, Roebuck has started in all of them and is averaging 17.4 points per game.

Along with putting in the extra work outside of practice, Roebuck is someone who her younger teammates look up too. Conference play is starting to gear up for the Blue Dragons and the returning players know what to expect. The freshmen look up to and follow the sophomore’s examples on and off the court.

“I think that as sophomores we know what to expect and we have to help them get a feel for how the game is played and the pace we play at,” Roebuck said. “I think they are definitely coming along pretty well.”

Sports roundup: Blue Dragon basketball still going strong

Friday, November 30th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchison Community College men’s basketball team had another win over Hesston College 103-83.

This was the Blue Dragons final non-conference game, played Saturday at the Sports Arena. They shot just over 60 percent for the game. The Blue Dragons improved to 9-0 overall.

For most of the game, Hesston stayed close to the Blue Dragons. With 13 minutes, 10 seconds remaining, Hesston’s Cal Hartley shot and made a 3-pointe, and Hesston trailied 70-58. The Blue Dragons then went on run, tightening up defensively and pounding the ball in the paint.

Hutch went 2 of 10 from the 3-point range and 23 of 30 from the free-throw line, with a total of 21 turnovers.

Women’s basketball – The No. 13 Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball had an easy win Saturday at the Sports Arena against the Hesston Larks, winning 92-48.

The Blue Dragons forced 19 first-half turnovers, scoring 27 points off of turnovers.

Hutchinson shot just over 42 percent for the nigh, including 2 of 13 from the 3-point range and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.

The Blue Dragons also outrebounded the Larks 56-29.

This was the last non-conference game for the Blue Dragons.

Salt City Bowl – The No.13-ranked HutchCC football team will face the Navarro Bulldogs in the 10th annual Salt City Bowl on Saturday at Gowans Stadium.

This will be the Blue Dragons’ 21st bowl game appearance and Navarro’s 20th bowl appearance but first since 2013.

The Blue Dragons and Bulldogs have only meet twice before, and Navarro have won both times. The first time these teams have meet was part of the Jayhawk Conference- Texas Conference challenge. Navarro win 54-34 at Corsicana, Texas. The Bulldogs also won the second time 41-16 at Gowans Stadium in 2013.

Football awards – Hutchinson Community College freshman linebacker Monty Montgomery, from Grayson, Georgia, was named the 2018 Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Along with him 23 other Blue Dragons, he earned all-Jayhawk Conference football honors for 2018.

Five Blue Dragons were named first team and six were named second team followed by 11 honorable mention statuses.

Montgomery lead the way for the Blue Dragons in tackles with 79. Forty-two of those were unassisted tackles, with 15 tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and four quarterback hurries. Montgomery also had three defensive touchdowns this season.

Sports roundup: HutchCC women start strong

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Tia Bradshaw against Bethany JV.

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team earned its first win over a nationally-ranked team this season on Saturday at the Best Western/Cougar Booster Club Classic at Barton Community College.

Three players scored in double figures and HutchCC shot better than 50 percent for a third straight game. The Blue Dragons move to 3-0 overall.

Freshman Makayla Vannet hit a season high of five 3-pointers, going 5 of 10 from distance to lead the team in scoring.

Sophomore Dejanae Roebuck had a good weekend as well, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the team’s first double-double of the season. Roebuck was 6 of 6 from the line.

Sophomore Tia Bradshaw was 4 of 5 shooting and finished with 11 points and three assists. Abby Ogle, Tijuana Kimbro, Keeley Tini and Jada Mickens all added six points as well.

HutchCC hit 29 of 55 total shots, shooting 52.7 percent.

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team surpassed the 100-point mark for the third-straight game and closed out its stay at the Best Western/Cougar Booster Club Classic with a pair of wins.

James Rojas and D.J. Mitchell both had career highs as the No. 9 Blue Dragons raced past the Redland Cougars 117-85. The Blue Dragons move to 5-0, going 3-0 on a current five-game road trip.

Rojas scored 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting and seven of eight from the foul line. Mitchell had a second-straight big game with 25 points on four of seven from 3-point range.

Five Dragons scored in double figures. Chris Giles added 13 points, while Fred Odhiambo and Josh Perkins added 10 each.

The Blue Dragons will play Murray State and Labette next weekend in El Dorado.

Football: The Blue Dragons dropped their 2018 regular-season finale 54-16 on a frigid Saturday at Gowans Stadium to the Iowa Central Tritons.

The No. 8 Blue Dragons completed the regular season 8-3 and lost to Iowa Central for the first time in six games.

The lone offensive bright spot for Hutchinson Community College was receiver-turned-quarterback Khalil McClain, who rushed nine times for 95 yards and touchdowns of one and 12 yards. He also had one punt return for 33 yards and one kickoff return of 25 yards.

HutchCC suffered its worst defensive game of the season as Iowa Central quarterback Blake Dever threw five touchdown passes and 237 yards on 17 of 28 passing.

The Dragons had two early chances to score with interceptions from De’Mareyae Givens and Latayveon Beaton but were unable to score off either one.

Despite the loss, the Blue Dragons are still bowl eligible. The Salt City Bowl will be played Saturday, December 1 at Gowans Stadium.

In it to win it: Kibet wins national championship

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

As Andrew Kibet crossed the finish line on Saturday at Garden City’s Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, he made history.

Kibet became the first Hutchinson Community College men’s cross-country runner to become a national champion.

Toward the end of the race, Kibet didn’t even know he was going to hold the title of national champion.

“To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to win that race because I gave it my best,” Kibet said. “Let me go to the finish line, whoever will come pass me it is OK, but I will just try to go ahead of pace.”

Kibet came from Kenya, originally playing volleyball and running middle-distance races, to becoming a cross country national champion.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Kibet said. “From being a 1500-meter runner to a cross country champion that was a big achievement.”

Throughout the entire hilly course, Kibet managed to have the right mindset, despite his one loss being a hilly course.

“In cross country it’s about mentality,” Kibet said “So, you need to plan before you cross the finish line. Some people have a finishing kick. In order to avoid that you need to set a pace, so they won’t have the energy at the end of the race.”

The Garden City course was like no other course the Blue Dragon men and women’s cross-country teams had seen before.

“There’s this giant hill that’s almost torture to make them run up,” Hutchinson coach Justin Riggs said.

“It’s like climbing Everest, and the guys had to do this twice.”

Kibet was challenged throughout the race by Cloud County’s Dennis Kiptoo and Colby’s Nehemiah.

He was also challenged by Iowa Central runner Ezekiel Kipchirchir. By mile four, ir was Kiptoo and Kibet.

Kibet then pulled away for the win with a time of 25 minutes, 25.3 seconds. Riggs had only good things to say about the last meet for the season.

“For him to come out on top in that field and those conditions says a lot about him and strength as a runner,” Riggs said.

This is only the start for Kibet. Not only is he a freshman, but he still has track season to come.

The women’s cross-country team also had a memorable season, finishing 12th on Saturday 2018 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships at Buffalo Dunes Gold Club in Garden City.

This is the Blue Dragons best finish since 2004, when they placed ninth. Now it is official time to switch gears and get ready for indoor track season.

“I’m just really proud of (Kibet) and all of our guys,” Riggs said.

“Now it’s time to switch over and start working on track things, which pretty much means focusing more on speed.”

Roundup: Busters steal late win vs. Blue Dragons

Friday, November 9th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

With 18 seconds left Saturday in the biggest game in the season for Hutchinson Community College football team, jaws were dropped.

The Blue Dragons had a chance to win a Jayhawk Conference championship on its home field, Gowans Stadium, against No. 2 Garden City. But Garden City’s Charles West’s 6-yard reception with put Garden City up 24-21, leading the Busters to a victory over No. 4 Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons fell to 6-2 and 6-1 in the Jayhawk Conference.

Sophomore running back Dezmon Jackson had an outstanding performance, breaking the school record for the longest run from scrimmage with a 97-yard touchdown run, giving the Dragons a 14-7 lead early in the third quarter.

Jackson becomes the first Blue Dragon to rush for 1,000 yards since 2012 when Terrell Lane did. Jackson currently has 1,050 yards. Jackson also has had two runs for more than 90 yards, four runs better than and 80 yards and 11 runs better than 20 yards all this season.

Jackson’s 18-yard touchdown gave the Blue Dragons lead 21-17 with 9:30 left to play.

Hutchison’s Clarence Hicks then had a quarterback sack with 6:24 left to play, but Garden City had the ball with 4:11 left.

The Blue Dragons held Garden City’s nation-leading rushing offense to 150 yards.

HutchCC quarterback Mason Schucker completed 12 of 21 passes for 158 yards. Jaylen Erwin had four catches, a season high with 109 yards.

Linebacker Money Montgomery had the third most tackles by a Blue Dragon in one game with 21 tackles, with one forced fumble. Jahmard Morgan had 13 tackles and Jamykal Neal had a career-high 10 tackles.

The Blue Dragon with end their regular season at home on Saturday against Iowa Central, kickoff at noon.

Volleyball – The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team pulled off a win in the semifinals of the Region 6 Tournament in Liberal, a four-set 15-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 win over Colby on Sunday at the Green House in Liberal.

In the championship match the Blue Dragons were defeated by top seed Seward County 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, ending the Blue Dragons’ season. The Saints will advance to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship later this month in Hutchinson.

Colby dominated the first set in game one 25-15. The Blue Dragons followed with 25-21 lead, winning the last three matches.

Seward County won all three matches in game two for the Blue Dragons, finishing their season.

Women’s basketball – The No. 13-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team opened the season by crushing its opponent, the Bethany College junior varsity, 107-32 on Thursday at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons shot almost 54 percent overall and managed 26 steals.

Freshman Milan Schimmel had a 19 points,  four rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Sophomore Jada Mickens had 17 points. Sophomore Dejanae Roebuck had 14 points and four steals.

Freshman Abby Ogle had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Sophomore Tia Bradshaw had nine points, four steals and three assists. Tijuana Kimbro and freshman Makayla Vannet, had eight points.

Men’s basketball –  James Rojas scored 22 points, and Fred Odihiambo added 13 points and nine rebounds as the Blue Dragons pounded Northern Oklahoma College-Enid 109-68 on Tuesday in Enid, Oklahoma.

Chris Giles addd 16 points, while DJ Mitchell scored 19 points off the bench. The Blue Dragons improved to 3-0 with the win.

 

Giles fitting in at HutchCC

Friday, November 9th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

For sophomore basketball player Chris Giles, coming to Hutchinson Community College, or attending any junior college, was never the plan.

Giles, a Dallas native, had his college plans set after graduation from Findlay Prep in 2017: Attend the University of Oklahoma and play basketball there, just like his dad did.

That’s exactly what Giles did for the 2017-2018 basketball season, until he and his family decided that playing basketball at Oklahoma wasn’t quite the right fit for him.

“I had a great time there, but things obviously didn’t work out,” Giles said. “As a family, we decided to come here to Hutch. We felt like that would be the best situation for my future down the road.”

Coming to HutchCC has worked out so far for the sophomore guard. The coaches expect a lot out of Giles, but mostly, they just want him to be a leader on and off the court.

“Lead the team and be a coach on the floor. Obviously, he wants to score some points, but I told him I don’t care if he scores at all. Just lead the team and the points will come,” coach Steve Eck said.

This is not the first time this century a basketball player from Oklahoma has transferred to HutchCC. Bobby Maze, who played for former Blue Dragon coach Ryan Swanson during the 2006-2007 season, also transferred to HutchCC.

Maze played for the Blue Dragons for 2007-2008 season and was named the Most Valuable of the Jayhawk Conference West Division. He also set a school record with 16 assists in a game against Barton Community College.

With basketball season starting to gear up, Blue Dragon basketball fans are starting to get excited. The Blue Dragons have played three regular season games so far, winning all three of them.

Giles has started in all three those of games and has been a huge strength on the court. In the three games the Blue Dragons have played, Giles has averaged 11.7 points, has three assists, two steals and six rebounds. ;

Hey Blue Dragon fans and Hutchinson residents – get your ass to Gowans Stadium on Saturday

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Hey Hutchinson residents and Blue Dragon fans – the game against Hutchinson Community College’s rival Garden City Community College will be on Saturday at noon, so be there or be square.

HutchCC is ranked No.4, and our team is full of amazing talent that barely gets seen. It’s just so sad to think that these guys work so hard to get to where they are and people don’t show up to watch them. If you played sports in high school or are currently playing a different sport, wouldn’t you want people cheering on your team and yelling words of encouragement? Looking into such a small crowd is discouraging for the team, and it probably makes them feel underappreciated.

School spirit has really diminished over the years. Is it due to not having loyalty to your school or because you still only root for your hometown high school team? I can assure you that you don’t have to only cheer for one team. Everyone has their favorite professional or NFL team they like, so why can’t you have a favorite junior college team?

Even if it’s cold out, that shouldn’t necessarily keep anyone from attending a game. You can bundle up, bring hot chocolate or coffee, and dress for the weather. Most football games tend to be chilly. That’s just how it is in the fall.

I know there are some valid reasons for not attending the game, if you work or have a family event/emergency, but if you are doing absolutely nothing on a Saturday and especially are in Hutchinson, you may as well make an experience out of the day and go to the game.

Not only does watching the game at Gowans Stadium give you a chance to socialize with family or friends, but also gives you a chance to get into the HutchCC and local spirit, and show some pride in the school. No one wants to go to a college football game that isn’t hyped up. Having a fun audience makes the whole game exciting.

What happened to student sections? What is a football game, or any game, for that matter without the heckling of the other team? It just isn’t fun at all. The best games are ones that crowds interact in the most.

Another fantastic reason to come to the game on Saturday is because any student or instructor at the college gets in free with their I.D. That should make everyone want to go. That way, you have some money for stadium food or a hot drink.

A big crowd makes coaches and players happy and fired up, so help them out and cheer them on. There should never be home games with a half-empty stadium. so fill in those seats, deck yourself out in blue and red, and show support for your school and the Blue Dragons.

Brenna Eller is a Little River sophomore studying journalism. She is the Collegian Editor in Chief.

Rested Blue Dragons ready for Broncbusters

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College football team has a pretty big weekend ahead.

The 8-1 Blue Dragons are nationally ranked at No. 4 and are scheduled to take on the 8-0, No. 2 ranked Garden City Broncbusters at noon on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. The winner of this game could potentially have a spot in the NJCAA national championship game next month in Pittsburg.

Two weeks ago, the Blue Dragons had big win over Dodge City, and it did not go unnoticed by coach Rion Rhoades.

“It was really good outing for us,” Rhoades said. “I thought our team did a really good job of handling going to Dodge City and doing the things they need to do to get a big win.”

Coming off the win at Dodge, the football team headed into a much-needed bye week.

The Blue Dragons took full advantage of their week off. The team needed an opportunity to get rested, and with any luck, get some much-needed players back on the field. A light week of workouts for the team will hopefully help the team to be physically ready on Saturday.

Standout players Monty Montgomery and Dezmon Jackson both agree that last week was the perfect week for a bye week.

“We’ve had some rough games, the last two games,” Jackson said, “They’ve been very physical and they play very hard. I think this (bye) week will help us get ready for the Garden game.”

The next step is to take down Garden City and keep things under control and where they need to be.

“It can be real easy to get too amped up for a game like this, and I think that could be detrimental. There’s a real happy-medium we have to get to,” Rhoades said. “We’re in it emotionally and we’re invested. We’re excited to play and have energy and enthusiasm, but we have to make sure it doesn’t become a detriment to us. That is something we have to be aware of.”

The winner will also be crowned the Jayhawk Conference champion, as this will be Hutchinson’s final conference game. Garden City still has to play Butler.

Dez-ert storm: Blue Dragon running back has been dominant

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

It’s week nine for the Hutchinson Community College football team, and one it’s one of the biggest weeks for the Blue Dragons.

The No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons will face No. 2 ranked Garden City at noon at Gowans Stadium, one of the biggest games of the season.

Growing up, sophomore, Dezmon Jackson, from El Dorado, Arkansas, went to a small 2A high school, Parker’s Chapel, playing running back on offense and linebacker on defense. Jackson then came to Hutchinson Community College, where he has made a name for himself.

Jackson received his third straight Jayhawk Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week award. Jackson has had four straight games with at least 100 yards and six games with at least one touchdown.

“My last couple of game has been great,” Jackson said. “I’ve had four to five straight 100-plus-yard games so I’m just trying to keep my head on steady and improve my game every week.”

As a sophomore, Jackson has doubled his stats from the 2017 football year, and has a total of 10 touchdowns for the season already.

“I’ve developed so much that I amaze myself,” Jackson said. “I just changed my whole mindset, being that I didn’t play as much I think I should have last year. So, I was just itching to get back out there and every game and that has helped me this year.”

Jackson also has another motivation – New Orleans Saints running back, Alvin Kamara. Kamara is a pervious HutchCC football player.

“It’s a motivation to me mainly because we played the same position,” Jackson said. “So, when I put it into perspective it just drives me to know I can make it out of here.”

Jackson is currently undecided what school he will be attending next year but plans on narrowing down the list soon.

“I have offers to choose from and I plan on narrowing the list by November,” Jackson said.