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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.

Sports roundup: Football team wins at Coffeyville

Friday, October 19th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The No. 4-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team completed its best start to a season since 2014 with a dominant defensive performance Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Coffeyville.

The Blue Dragons overcame offensive season lows in first downs and passing, to defeat Coffeyville 24-14.

The win also came without coach Rion Rhoades, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected the week before.

The Blue Dragons have won five consecutive games, and now sit 7-1. The Blue Dragons remain unbeaten in the Jayhawk Conference at 5-0.

Hutchinson’s defense had a season-high nine quarterback sacks and two interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown.

Monty Montgomery had four tackles and three quarterback sacks. He also intercepted a Coffeyville pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Dezmon Jackson’s first touch of the game went for a 90-yard touchdown. Jackson’s run tied three others for the second-longest run from scrimmage in Blue-Dragon history.

Freshman quarterback Mason Schucker had a rough night, going 10 of 22 passing for a season- low 88 yards and an interception.

The Blue Dragons travel to Dodge City next Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff time.

Women’s cross country – The No. 6-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s cross country team captured another win of the season with three runners placing in the top 10 at the Fort Hays State Open.

This is the Blue Dragons second team championship this season.

The Blue Dragons scored 51 points, with freshmen Lisayo Ewoi and Gabby Collins, and sophomore Sarah Patterson placing in the Top 10.

The HutchCC women’s cross country team is off for two weeks before competing in the Region 6 Championships in Winfield.

Men’s cross country – The No. 10-ranked men’s cross country team had its three-race winning streak snapped by two points. The men’s team finished second overall at Fort Hays State.

The Blue Dragons were edged out by Jayhawk Conference and Region 6 rival Colby, 55-57.

Freshman Andrew Kibet also lost his three-race winning streak, placing second to Cloud County runner, Dennis Kiptoo.

The HutchCC men’s team will compete in the Region 6 Championships on October 27.

Soccer – The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team had its ninth straight shutout of the season, in a 2-0 Jayhawk West victory on Saturday over Dodge City.

The Blue Dragons improve to 11-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in Jayhawk West play.

It didn’t take long for HutchCC to get on the board when freshman Sydney Blackwell scored her seventh of the season.

Sophomore Brailey Moeder gave the Blue Dragons an insurance goal when she found the back of the net for her 10th goal of the year.

The Blue Dragons will play host to Pratt at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night for Sophomore Night at the Salthawk Sports Complex.

Volleyball – The volleyball team traveled to West Plains, Missouri, to play a series of matches at the Grizzly Invitational at the West Plains Civic Center.

Sophomore libero Raychel Reed became the fourth Dragon in program history to reach 1,000 career digs during the weekend. The Blue Dragons dropped three of the four matches, but every loss went at least four sets.

 

Take it on the run

Friday, October 19th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

More than 8,000 miles from home, Andrew Kibet is one of Hutchinson Community College’s top cross country runners.

Kibet, a freshman, grew up in Eldoret, Kenya a total of 8,440 miles from his new home in central Kansas.

Hutchinson, was a place for Kibet to explore his dreams.

“I was excited to come to a new place, but it’s hard, with the U.S. being so big,” Kibet said.

Growing up, Kibet came from a town – and a country – of long-distance runners but ended up playing volleyball in high school at Kitany Secondary.

When asked if he missed playing volleyball, Kibet said with a smile, “Not much.”

Kibet thought about coming to the United States to study and compete, but never thought about running long distance, like cross country. Many men’s college races are 8,000 meters, or nearly five miles.

“I’ve never thought of running distances,” Kibet said. “I grew up mainly running the 1,500 and 800. This was the first cross country (race) I ever did.”

Kibet did not take long to adjust to distance running.

“Track is speed and (cross country is) endurance,” Kibet said.

Kibet also knows that his success, and the Blue Dragons cross country team, wouldn’t be as good without the help of his teammates.

“It’s a great team,” Kibet said. “I can’t do it alone. It’s about teamwork. It’s the most perfect team when it comes to training.”

Coach Justin Riggs has been impressed and for good reason. Kibet won the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic at Fun Valley Sports Complex, and he also won the Missouri Southern State Stampede, while finishing second at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open.

“Andrew has been good, really good,” Riggs said. “He’s worked really hard and is also naturally gifted. Where he grew up, the altitude and training was at 7,000 feet, that makes a big difference. It’s a blessing.”

The Blue Dragons will compete next on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Region 6 Cross Country Championships.

Roundup: Volleyball wins three in Texas

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

On Friday, the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team travelled to Texas, where the Blue Dragons played four matches in two days. The Blue Dragons were smoked by Blinn College 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 in the first match. The Blue Dragons then won match two against Hill College 14-25, 25-19, 25-22, 27-25, making the Dragons 1-1 in the tournament.

Saturday, the Blue Dragons started the day off with a four-set win against North Central Texas, winning the first two sets and the fourth set, 25-13, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21.

The Blue Dragons then went on to play Monroe College going into yet another five-set match. The Dragons managed to beat the Mustangs 21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 16-14.

Football –Hutchinson faced one of the three teams unbeaten in the Jayhawk Conference league Saturday at BG Products Stadium.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons made scoring nearly impossible for Butler Community College until the fourth quarter. The No. 7 Blue Dragons added another victory against No. 12 Butler, 27-13.

The defense was key for the Blue Dragons, allowing only 29 total yards and negative-five rushing yards. The Blue Dragons only allowed 189 yards and forced Butler to punt on the first 10 possessions.

Defensive lineman Clarence Hicks had a total of five tackles, four of those tackles for loss. Kelvin Clemmons had a total of three of Hutch’s seven deflected passes.

Offensively, the Blue Dragons totaled 416 yards with 176 yards on the ground. Freshman Khalil McClain caught six passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Mason Schucker, the Blue Dragon quarterback completed 19 of 33 passing for 241 yards. Sophomore Dezmon Jackson ran for a totally of 108 yards with 18 carries and a touchdown.

Hutchinson will host Highland at noon this Saturday at Gowans Stadium.

Soccer – The women’s soccer team posted another win Saturday against Northwest Kansas Tech at the Salthawk Sports Complex, 7-0.

The Blue Dragons’ win moves them to 8-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the Jayhawk West.

Sophomore Brailey Moeder started the domination against Northwest Tech with a goal not even two minutes into the game, assist from freshman Naomi Waithira. Freshman Angela Rader followed with her first goal of the season, with another assist from Waithira. Addi White, Ashley Venegas and Amy Turner also scored the first half, as the Blue Dragons led at half 5-0. Sydney Blackwell, Kaitlyn Sabala and Waithira had assist on the last three goals of the half.

Golf – The No. 10-ranked men’s golf team shot a 302 on Tuesday, moving up one during the final round and finishing 11th in the 54-hole tournament.

Hutchinson had round of 303, 307, 302 over the three days.

Freshman Charlie Crockett had his sixth under-par round with a 1-under 71. Crockett finished as the low for Hutchinson at 8-over 224. Following behind him was Charlie Herbert shooting a 228.

Peyton Austin and Nathan McCulloch both had 79s. Austin tied for 44th at 230 and McCulloch tied for 47th at 231.

Athlete of the week: Lexi Hogan

Thursday, October 4th, 2018


The week: Hogan had a monster week as the Blue Dragons won four out of five matches. She opened the week with nine kills and a .389 hitting percentage in a sweep at Independence. She added 47 kills in four matches in Texas, including 18 kills and a .429 hitting percentage in a five-set win agaisnt Monroe.

The season: Hogan, a 5-foot, 11-inch sophomore from Garden City, ranks third on the team with 150 kills. She has also been in on 21 block points.

Championship aspirations: Football team improves to 5-1 again

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College football team is off to a hot start again this season.

The Blue Dragons are sitting at 5-1 after a big win over Butler Community College on Saturday night at Gowans Stadium. This 5-1 start might look familiar to some folks, as the Blue Dragons started 5-1 during the 2017 season as well.

Although the 2017 Blue Dragons started 5-1, they eventually went down a rocky path. Out of the last six games the football team played last year, they only won two games and finished 7-5. The team hopes to avoid a slide like that again this year.

Blue Dragons coach Rion Rhoades is more optimistic about this year’s finish. The character of the football team is better than it has been in years’ past. The team also seems to be more prepared and there seems to be more trust between the players and coaches as well.

The team is also still relatively healthy, compared to last year’s team, which lost five of their top 12 offensive linemen. As the season continues, the team hopes to remain healthy and keep their attention on the game.

“Our focus is to just continue to get better at what we do. Getting off to a good start is proven to be an important thing for us. We’ve just played a lot better when we get out of the shoot and score some points right off the bat and get some stops,” Rhoades said.

With only five regular season games left, starting with Saturday’s homecoming game against Highland at Gowans Stadium, the Blue Dragons must continue to work hard.

Leading the way is freshman quarterback Mason Schucker. Schucker, a true freshman from Searcy, Arkansas, is currently tied for first in the Jayhawk Conference with 10 touchdown passes. He has just three interceptions.

“Everybody on the team is excited about being 5-1,” Schucker said. “They know we have a good shot of finishing out the rest of the season really well. We know that it could lead to bigger things as well and everybody’s just really excited to play each week, each game and get out there and practice and get better every day.”