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Baseball team ready for some ‘clubhouse jacks’

Monday, May 7th, 2018

A look inside the current clubhouse and locker room at Hobart-Detter Field.

A broken window and peeling paint are prominent at the current clubhouse and locker room at Hobart-Detter Field.

A wind gust blew off a set of lights near right field at Hobart-Detter Field, damaging a bathroom.

The light pole that lost the lights during a wind storm.

A look at the current clubhouse being built beyond the left-field wall.

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team is expecting a new clubhouse soon. It has been long overdue for this installment at Hobart-Detter Field.

The new amenities featured in the clubhouse, which will be located about 50 feet behind the left-field fence, include – a new maintenance facility for half of the building, and the other half will be used as a locker room, laundry area, bathroom, coaches’ office and umpire locker room.

The clubhouse will also be used by the Hutchinson Monarchs, a summer collegiate wood-bat baseball team.

“The city is funding the building,” said HutchCC baseball coach Ryan Schmidt. “We are extremely excited about the building.”

Schmidt also said that the new building will help compete against others in the Blue Dragons’ conference – the Jayhawk West – that have modern clubhouses and enhance help in recruiting.

“We can’t thank the City of Hutchinson enough for seeing this project through and giving our players a great space to call home,” Schmidt said.

The old clubhouse with its busted windows and chipped paint looks just as bad on the inside as it does on the outside. In addition to chipped paint and broken windows is a foul odor wafting inside the clubhouse.

The team is looking forward to having a location for private meetings and more room for equipment.

HutchCC freshman, Dylan Nedved said, “I’m so excited for it, we’re going to hit a lot of clubhouse jacks. We’re going to put some holes in that roof.”

Nedved said the phrase, “clubhouse jacks” is an inside joke and another way of saying hitting home runs that hit the roof of the clubhouse.

Another freshman, Cameron Crandall, shared his excitement for the new clubhouse.

“I think everyone will realize how much space we have now instead of being crowded in our old one,” Crandall said.

Along with the new clubhouse being built, new light fixtures are expected to be put on the field within a year. Damage from the wind April 18 caused one set of lights to fall on the first-base-side restroom building at the baseball field. Only about one-third of the roof was damaged.

 

 

Postseason looms for baseball

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The four-game series against Seward County Community College wrapped up the Hutchinson Community College baseball team’s regular season.

Each team won both of their games at home, splitting the series.

Hutchinson started the series poorly in Liberal, only managing to score two runs. The Blue Dragons could only get three hits off compared to Seward County’s 11. Game one finished 8-2 in favor of the Saints.

The next game of the day was much more exciting. Both teams batted pretty well, as they each achieved double digit hits. However, it was Seward County that came out on top again, 13-10.

The next day, the teams met again, this time at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons won an exciting first game that went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, a Seward County player committed a crucial error at third base, which led to the Blue Dragons scoring the game-winning run. With game one ending 6-5, Hutchinson used that momentum to put away Seward County in the final game of the series.

Tied after two innings, the Blue Dragons used the next five innings to bury the Saints, outscoring them 5-1.

The Blue Dragons ended the regular season at 34-19 overall and will begin postseason play today.

They face Coffeyville Community College at 2 p.m. for the opening round of the Region 6 Tournament. The best-of-three series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hobart-Detter Field, and if the first games are split, the decisive game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. The series winner advances to the double-elimination part of the tournament, which will be next week at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Lucas

Softball sweeps Hesston

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team began postseason play this past Saturday against Hesston College in a best-of-three game series.

However, three games wasn’t necessary, as the Blue Dragons swept the Larks, 6-2 and 7-6.

Hutchinson started the day off hot, scoring four runs in the first inning of the first game. This was largely due to a Raven Bass home run that scored three of the four runs.

D.J. Cannon sent the last run in thanks to her triple that was smashed to center field.

Hesston couldn’t get much going during game one. Through seven innings, the Larks scored two runs and only managed three hits.
The second game was much closer, but the Blue Dragons again used the first inning to put the Larks in a hole. With the Blue Dragons hitting well, and the Larks committing far too many errors, the score was 5-2 after just one inning in favor of Hutchinson.

Hesston made things interesting by outscoring Hutchinson 3-1 over the course of the next five innings. Tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Blue Dragons managed to escape the Larks by scoring the necessary run.

After the sweep, the Blue Dragons are now 35-9 overall. Their next game in the Region 6 tournament will be against Coffeyville Community College at noon Saturday at Hummer Park in Topeka.

Lucas Barlow

Golf team heading back to national tournament

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team did it again.

For the 18th straight year, the Blue Dragons have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament. They made it after finishing fourth in a rugged District 3 Championship Monday and Tuesday at Sand Creek Station in Newton.

The top four teams qualified, and District 3 is often one of the nation’s toughest. This year was no exception, as top-ranked Indian Hills, Iowa won the district title with a 39-under-par 825. Finishing second was seventh-ranked Dodge City, 27 stokes back. In third was fifth-ranked Iowa Western with an 861. Ninth-ranked Hutchinson was isolated in fourth, 11 shots behind Iowa Western but 19 ahead of fifth-place and 14th-ranked Barton.

HutchCC sophomore Doug Rios-Ceballos was seventh overall with a 2-under 214. He finished third among the Region 6 teams.

The national tournament will be May 15-18 in Lubbock, Texas.

Baseball keeps up offensive tear; softball finishes regular season with easy sweep

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team won its ninth-straight game, after the Blue Dragons easily handled Pratt Community College in two games last Sunday.

The Blue Dragons outscored the Beavers 38-12, as they won 18-8 in game one, and 20-4 in game two. That’s also Hutchinson’s 18th-straight win over Pratt, dating back to the 2014 season.

Freshman Dylan Nedved tied two Blue Dragon single-game records that day. He tied the school record for total bases in a single game with 12. Nedved also scored four runs in game two, which ties the single-game school record.

Sophomore Julian Rip also had himself a day, as he cranked three doubles in game one. That also ties a Blue Dragon single-game record.

This is now the fifth-straight season that the Blue Dragons have reached 30 wins, and is the 25th time in program history.

Hutchinson is now 31-17 overall and 17-11 in the Jayhawk West conference. The Blue Dragons are only one game behind Butler Community College for second place.

Softball – The Blue Dragons sophomores finished the regular season in style, pounding the Bethany junior varsity 21-0 and 14-0 on Tuesday at Fun Valley Sports Complex.

Sophomore Raven Bass belted three home runs in the first game, as HutchCC set a single-game record with seven home runs.

The Blue Dragons smashed three more home runs in the second game, with Natalie Semmel smacked two more home runs, including a grand slam.

The sophomore class have won 71 percent of their games so far, going into this weekend’s Region 6 first-round best-of-three series against Hesston at Fun Valley. They also combined for a 3.54 GPA.

Morgensen has been driving force

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

This is “The Bus”, Bobby Morgensen.

This is a bus.

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

During his first year at Hutchinson Community College, Bobby Morgensen quickly became one of the best baseball players in the conference.

He helped the Blue Dragons get deep into the Region 6 Tournament, until they lost to Neosho County Community College in the semifinals.

He had a great season. But Morgensen did have one mistake that landed him his lasting nickname, “The Bus.”

“Last year, we had a road series at Seward and I accidently missed the bus early in the

morning,” Morgensen said. “I ended up having to drive and catch the bus. Fortunately, I was

allowed to get on. I did get a one-game suspension, but all was forgiven after that.”

As the school year comes to a close at HutchCC, so does the baseball season. But before that, the Blue Dragons have postseason play.

This year’s Blue Dragon squad is once again a top team in the conference as they currently sit third. They’ve also compiled a 32-17 overall record going to the weekend four-game series against Seward County.

With the Region 6 Tournament starting next week, Hutchinson will not only be playing for a

regional championship, but also for a chance to secure a spot in the NJCAA World Series.

With the addition of some solid freshmen this year, the Blue Dragons look dangerous heading into the competition, but experience is a big part of playing well in tournament games, and that’s where Morgensen comes in.

Morgensen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 2016. He committed to Hutchinson to play baseball because he loved the coaching staff, and Hobart-Detter Field was “just beautiful.”

After his outstanding first year, Morgensen was named Jayhawk West freshman of the year, along with All-Region 6 first team. This year is no different, as he is once again playing at a high level. Morgensen currently has the second most runs (56), second most home runs (9), third most RBIs (44) and third most hits (57) on the team. He leads all other sophomores in those categories.

With the most important part of the season on the near horizon, “The Bus” is tuned-up, locked in and ready to go.

“My only goals for the rest of the year are to win Region VI and to advance to NJCAA

World Series in Colorado,” Morgensen said.

If the Blue Dragons can accomplish this feat, it would be the third time in program history,

and the first since 2010.

The talented left fielder has also committed to Florida Atlantic University to further his baseball career. There he can continue to grow and improve himself as a player, because he has potential to be playing the sport he loves for a long time.

Athlete of the week: softball player Izzy Godinez

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The week: Godinez, a sophomore from Hutchinson, had a good week in leading the Blue Dragons to five key wins in six Region 6 games. The shortstop had 11 hits in 26 at-bats, and she had two doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. She also scored six runs.

The season: Godinez is having a strong season, leading a powerful Blue Dragon offense with a .438 batting average. She has four home runs, 27 RBIs, and a team-best 56 hits and team-best 38 runs scored.

Rhymes, Mickens earn All-American status

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

On Tuesday, Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard, J.J. Rhymes was named first-team NJCAA All-American along with Jayhawk Conference Player of the year. His honor marks the third-year-straight that the HutchCC men’s basketball team has had a player in the first-team NJCAA All-American.

Rhymes played as a freshman and contributed to win a national championship in 2017, and this year carried the Blue Dragons to the NJCAA National Tournament again.

Rhymes hit his career-high of 41 points December 6, against Butler 82-80. Rhymes hit the game-winning shot with a 3-pointer as the buzzer went off.

In addition to his career-high, Rhymes became number 11 in Blue Dragon history to score 700 points in a season with 704 total points. He also made the career Top 10 scoring list, placing with 1,295 points.

Rhymes is one of two Jayhawk Conference players to have earned a spot in the All-American this 2018 season. The second being Coffeyville guard Travis Washington.

Softball comes up short against Cowley

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team came close to a signature win Tuesday at Fun Valley Sports Complex, but the Blue Dragons came up short in a doubleheader against Jayhawk East leader Cowley.

Cowley won the first game 6-1, and then edged the Blue Dragons 4-2 in the eight innings in the second game.

Sophomore Destiny Schultz pitched brilliantly for the Blue Dragons in the second game, holding Cowley to two runs over seven innings. In one stretch, Schulze retired 12 batters in a row.

Kameron Pope had two of HutchCC’s six hits in the second game. In the first game, the Blue Dragons had plenty of runners on base but went just 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

The Blue Dragons had come into the doubleheader on a tear, having won 12 of their last 14 games.

The Cowley games wrapped up conference play, and the Blue Dragons will most likely be the No. 4 seed in postseason play, which would mean they’ll be at home for the first round. They’ll take on the No. 11 seed, which will likely be Kansas City on April 28-29 at Fun Valley. The winner of the best-of-three first-round series advances to Topeka for the double-elimination part of the tournament.

Stockman’s mom has served as inspiration after severe accident

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Brynne Stockman understands the challenges softball can bring. The Hutchinson Community College freshman works with the pressure that comes with pitching, and she knows how difficult it is to hit a softball safely among nine opponents.

Stockman, however, has been well-trained off the field in how to handle life’s biggest challenges, as she’s watched her mother struggle with serious injuries due to a horrific car crash that left her with many life-long injuries.

Although Mija Stockman manages the disabilities everyday, she doesn’t let it get the better of her. The strength and determination that Mija Stockman shows motivates many people – there’s a popular Facebook page that regularly updates Mija’s progress – including Brynne, who uses that motivation to be the best person she possibly can be everyday.

The morning of December 20, 2013 was the day that the Stockman family’s lives changed forever. While Mija Stockman was traveling from Lindsborg to McPherson for work as a teacher, she was struck by another car, whose driver was drunk.

Mija was immediately taken to the McPherson hospital, but was quickly transported to Via Christi in Wichita. After she was stable enough, Mija was flown to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Due to severe brain trauma, she was in a coma for many months. Her right eye also had to be sewn shut from the force of the impact and her left eye with limited vision.

Seven months after the initial accident, Mija became healthy enough to return to Kansas. She was transferred to Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, a Kansas City suburb. There, she learned how to walk, eat and drink by herself, but at a slow and steady pace.

“It’s affected our family tremendously,” Brynne Stockman said. “It’s also very hard as a daughter seeing your mom in that condition and not having her around the house throughout my high school years, but I always knew that she was in good hands.”

On April 26, 2016, Mija’s stay in Gardner was complete and she moved to Overland Park to live with her parents. Mija goes to therapy three times a week and does many activities to help, including therapeutic horse riding and volunteering in first grade classrooms.

“It has made my sisters and I much closer, as well as my grandma. I love seeing my mom’s progress and it makes me so happy to see how hard she works to be able to be here with all of us,” Brynne said.

Mija’s crash also influenced Kansas to pass what is known as “Mija’s Law.” First introduced by Kansas Representative Les Mason, it makes the sentences tougher for drunk drivers that cause permanent damage to another person by allowing previous DUI convictions to be considered in sentencing. In Mija’s case, the driver had two previous DUIs. On February 26, 2015, the Kansas House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously, along with the Senate, a month later.

Along with the brain injury, vision loss, and a broken leg, Mija also suffered a mini stroke, which affected the left side of her body and makes it hard to move. In addition, she’s had 10 different surgeries, for various issues, as well. Living far from Brynne means not being at many of her softball games, but she has been to a few as the season continues.

It’s been hard for the Stockman family for the past few years, but Mija’s story is remarkable. Through all of this, Brynne said her mom is still a happy person that doesn’t lose faith.

Brynne said softball has always been her favorite sport, coming from a family with it in their blood, as her older sister, Eryn, played for Emporia State.

“Softball has been my favorite sport my whole life, and ever since my mom’s accident, I have always been motivated to try my hardest in everything that I do,” Brynne said. “It makes me so sad knowing my mom isn’t able to do a lot of the things that she used to be able to do, so I do my best in honor of her. I want to make my mom proud, and I want to tell her about all of the good things I am doing in life instead of just reminiscing on the past and not moving forward.”