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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.”

Record-breaking kicker

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

Sebastian Garcia, from Greer, South Carolina, is now the record holder for longest field goal in Hutchinson Community College football history.

Garcia set the school record with a 48-yard field goal in the third quarter against Fort Scott, Saturday, September 15 at Gowans Stadium during a Blue Dragon win, 61-21.

Garcia’s kicking and football career was only started after a talk with his dad. Garcia’s first interest was soccer, until her talked with is dad, expressing his football interest. Garcia decided to try spring football his freshman year at Wade Hampton High School.

“I decided to try kicking and punting because I had a good leg in soccer and figured it could transfer over to football,” Garcia said.

Garcia developed into an outstanding kicker and punter throughout his high school career, thanks to the help of his high school kicking coach Jim Hendricks, a University of Florida alumnus. Not only did his high school coach greatly influence Garcia, but so did some of the camps he participated in, Ray Guy and Chrissallor Kicking being a few.

Garcia not only holds the the record for longest field goal in Blue Dragon history, but he also holds the record for longest field goal in Wade Hampton history. Garcia set a 52-yarder field goal while at Wade Hampton, to go with his 48-yard field goal at Hutchison Community College.

Garcia broke the record held by three Blue Dragon kickers. It was last tied in 2013 by Ryan Weese, when he made a 47-yarder at Butler.

Garcia remained cool and collected when attempting a record breaking field goal.

“I just went back to basics of kicking and struck the ball,” Garcia said.

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades recognizes what an outstanding individual and player Garcia is, on and off the field.

“Sebastian is not just a really good kicker, he’s a really good guy,” Rhoades said. “He is fun to be around. There is not a player on the field that cares more about their job than Sebastian, almost to a fault. Sometimes he works too hard.”

Garcia not has only set the field goal record in high school and now in college, but he was also named the NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

Longest field goals in HutchCC history

Sebastian Garcia, 48 yards, 2018

Kevin Coleman, 47 yards, 2004

Michael Mesh, 47 yards, 2012

Ryan Weese, 47 yards, 2013

Life in the fast Lane: HutchCC soccer coach reaches milestone win

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

Hutchinson Community College head soccer coach Sammy Lane recently reached a milestone in his career.

Lane and the HutchCC women’s soccer team defeated Pratt Community College on Saturday 2-0, earning Lane his 200th win as Blue Dragons coach. Lane, the only coach in team history, has worked hard over the years to create a name for the women’s soccer team, and his hard work is paying off.

For Lane, the best thing about reaching 200 wins was the messages he received.

“The wins mean an awful lot, but to get the messages from some of the girls was really touching,” Lane said. Here’s a sampling of what former players had to say to Lane after Saturday’s win, via social media or text messaging.

“Congrats on the 200th win Sammy! So thankful I could be a part of your success at Hutch! Thanks for teaching me everything you know! Miss playing for you” – Jordan Downing, HutchCC, 2015-2016, text message

“Thanks for always believing in me and having my back!! Happy to be playing and doing well but always a Blue Drag at heart!!” – Dayna Johnson, 2015-2016, text message

“I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without you” – Ashley Burnett, 2009-2010, and current PrattCC coach, text message

“He is one of a kind, the kind that always teaches us life is n’t always easy but we’re going to have to face it anyway. This coach helped me succeed in many ways, on and off the field. Congrats on your 200 wins, nobody deserves it more!” – Chloe Flynn, 2016- 2017, Twitter

“Huge congrats on 200 wins!! Thanks for pushing me to my absolute limits and making me a better person on and off the field. Never thought I would say I miss you yelling at me for laughing all the time :/ You deserve this !” – Meagan Grantham, 2016-2017, Twitter

“Best coach I’ve ever had. Hands down. Taught me a lot of valuable lessons.” – Adriene (Similton) Engstrom, 2005-2006, Facebook

“Congrats! I can still remember you yelling down the sideline ‘come on you old Pollock.’” – Jenny Mossman, 2005-2006, Facebook

All-Time Blue Dragon Coaches 200-Win Club
Jaime Rose, softball, 413
Ronda Shirley, volleyball, 347
John Ontjes, women’s basketball, 314
John Burgi, baseball, 314
Kyle Crookes, baseball, 292
Steve Eck, men’s basketball, 260
Charles Sesher, men’s basketball, 259
Becky Endicott, volleyball, 237
Becky Endicott, softball, 236
Ryan Schmidt, baseball, 221
Sammy Lane, soccer, 200

Roundup: Blue Dragon football hammers Fort Scott

Friday, September 21st, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The No. 12 Hutchinson Community College football team had its best performance Saturday afternoon against Fort Scott at Gowans Stadium, as the Blue Dragons won 61-21.

The Dragons rushed for more than 300 yards and had a total of six different players score.

Freshman quarterback Mason Schucker threw for a season-high four touchdown passes, completing half of his passes for 245 yards. The Blue Dragons were up at half 38-7.

Sophomore running back Dezmon Jackson had seven carries for a career-high 133 yards. Freshman Jonathan White rushed for 78 yards with 18 carries.  Drake Bolus then ran for 53 yards with one touchdown. Jaylin Erwin had three catches for 23 yards and two scores.  Cephas Smith had two catches for 61 yards.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons put the heat on Fort Scott. The Blue Dragons had three interceptions and four quarterback sacks.

Freshman defensive back Art Green had two interceptions being the second Blue Dragon with two interceptions in one game, becoming the second Blue Dragon with two interceptions in one game. Letayveon Beaton had the other interception, making this the third interception of the season for him.

Soccer – The women’s soccer team defeated Hesston College 4-1 Saturday at Hesston.

The Dragons are now 5-0-1 and 3-0-1 in conference standings.

Yet again, the Blue Dragons led early. Brailey Moeder scored this goal with an assist from Naomi Waithira. Waithira also scores with just less than 10 minutes in the first half. Hutch leads 2-0.

Starting the second half Ashely Venegas scores, making it 3-0. Followed by Hesston goal nine minutes later. Addi While bounces back with a goal making the score 4-1, Hutch wins.

HutchCC will travel to Pratt Saturday at 6 p.m.

Volleyball – The volleyball team improved to .500 Saturday against Garden City at the Sports Arena. Blue Dragons move to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Jayhawk Conference with the three-set sweep.

Set 1: HutchCC got an early lead 7-3 lead, but the Busters scored three-straight to make it a one-point game. Delilah Vigil came back with kill followed with a Vigil and Elena Takova stuff block, putting the Blue Dragons up 17-8.

Set 2: The Blue Dragons lead early 7-3. A Busters double block put them within three points of the Blue Dragons, but Hutch then went off with a 13-1 run. Eden Hiebert started the run with back-to-back kills. Chole Partridge the scored nine points on a service run. Takova ended set with a kill for a 25-8 win.

Set 3: Hutch started off with a 9-5 lead. Garden City came back with three-straight kills. Hiebert followed with a kill and ace serve. Partridge followed with a kill, making it 21-15. Takova also ended this set with a kill. Dragons win 25-19.

Men’s cross country – The men’s cross country team made Blue Dragon some recent history at Missouri Southern State on Saturday. The Blue Dragons won the Missouri Southern State University Stampede team title on Saturday, with 41 points. This has not happened 2000.

HutchCC had four runners place in the Top 10 on Saturday.

Freshman Andrew Kibet won his second race of the season with a time of 24 minutes, 42.6 seconds, dominating the meet. Kibet won the race by 1 minute and 23.05 seconds.

Freshman Sylvestre Kiraber placed sixth for the Blue Dragons with a time of 26:15.3. Freshman Brett Hillabrand placed eighth with a time of 26:42.8. Sophomore Jared Stark placed 10th with a time of 26:43.6. Sophomore Conner Kaufmann placed 17th with a time of 27:22.3.

Women’s cross country team – The women left everything on the line Saturday at the Missouri Southern State University Stampede.

Lisayo Ewoi lead the way for the Dragons, and won the MSSU Stampede. Not only did Ewoi win, but she also shattered Blue Dragon women’s cross country record, with a time of 18 minutes, 29.1. Only two women in the Blue Dragon history have broken the 19-minute plateau.

HutchCC placed fourth out of 20 teams Saturday. Cowley placed first with 61 points, with Southwestern placing second behind them with 76 points. The Blue Dragons and Friends tied for fourth with 104 points and Allen finished fifth with 179 points.

Sophomore Aileen Gomez finished 19th overall with a time of 19:46.0. Sophomore Sarah Patteson a 21st-place time of 19:46.0. Freshman Gabby Collins ran a time of 19:49.0, placing 24th.


The next time the Blue Dragons will run will be at Emporia State Invitational.


Marvelous Moeder: Hutch native one of conference’s top goal scorers

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Brailey Moeder scores on a penalty kick against Barton.

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

Hutchinson Community College soccer player Brailey Moeder is not your average player.

She was a former Hutchinson High School standout and came to play soccer at HutchCC under coach Sammy Lane. Moeder was not always a standout soccer player, though. Throughout high school, Moeder worked hard and showed her coaches what a talented player she is. Now, as a sophomore forward for HutchCC, Moeder is one of the top forwards and goal scorers in the Jayhawk West Conference.

As Moeder’s sophomore year of college rolled around, she continued to standout. Out of the first six games the women’s soccer team has played this season, Brailey started in five of them. In those six games, she scored six goals, with two of them being a game winning goal. She has six assists and made one penalty kick, tying the game against Barton in a thrilling 3-3 tie.

Moeder has been a key player in the soccer’s team success this season and Lane has noticed.

“Brailey has stepped up for us,” Lane said, “I admire that.”

There is one game, in particular, where Moeder has stepped up the most. When the Blue Dragons played Barton Community College in early September, Brailey had a standout game.  Late in the game, with the soccer team trailing 3-2, the Blue Dragons were awarded a penalty kick, and Moeder was the brave soul who decided to take the shot.

Moeder ended up scoring the goal, tying the game against Barton.

“It gave me chills, to be honest. It was a lot of pressure and it was amazing,” Moeder said.

Throughout the years, Moeder has improved tremendously as a soccer player, but not without a little hard work. For Moeder, it was nice to finally see that hard work pay off saying, “There’s always room for improvement. I’m not just going to settle for what I thought was a good goal. That’s not me, I want to be better than that.”

Moeder has worked hard throughout the years to become the soccer player she is today. The results are something that Brailey is pleased with and hopes to see more of in the future.

Sports roundup: Blue Dragon volleyball sweeps aside Dodge City

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team came out hot Monday night at the Sports Arena, sweeping Dodge City Community College.

With the win, the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team improved to 3-1 in the Jayhawk West. Sophomore Lexi Hogan tied a career high of 10 kills and sophomore Elena Takova, had eight kills and five blocks to help with the three-set sweep.

Set 1 – The Blue Dragons opened up strong, out hitting Dodge City. A Tara Davis kill gave the Blue Dragons an early 8-3 lead. Dodge City scored the next three points, but after a Takova/ Hydeah Hinesman block, HutchCC took a 16-7 lead. Later, a Takova kill finished off the set.

Set 2 – When tied at 5 apiece, freshman Lauren Wilson had two kills, which gave the Blue Dragons an 11-6 lead. Dodge City later pulled within one point but a service error stopped their rally and HutchCC reeled off, giving them a 2-0 match lead.

Set 3 – Takova carried the Blue Dragons, earning four of her five blocks in this set. Dodge City took an early lead, but HutchCC rallied on a 9-2 spurt to take the lead. HutchCC finished the match on a 10-1 run.

The Blue Dragons remained behind Colby Community College, Seward County Community College and Butler Community College in the standings, but none has played as many conference matches as Hutchinson has.

Soccer – For the first time on Saturday, the women’s soccer team played a night home game at Salthawk Sports Complex, and the game against Barton Community College turned out to be a dandy, as the teams played to a thrilling 3-3 tie.

There were two combined goals in the first two minutes of the game, but the Blue Dragons found they were down at halftime and then by two goals with 37 minutes left in the game.

Late in the game, when the Blue Dragons were awarded a penalty kick, with sophomore Brailey Moeder scoring the game-tying goal.

Football – The HutchCC football team suffered a tough loss on Saturday, falling to No. 2 Iowa Western 33-24 at Gowans Stadium. The Blue Dragons started out strong with touchdown from Khalil McClain, halfway through the first quarter.

At halftime, the Blue Dragons trailed 17-7. The Dragons tried to rally back, but were unsuccessful. After an Iowa Western safety late in the fourth quarter, the Blue Dragons fell too far behind. The final score was 33-24.

Golf – The Blue Dragon golf team headed to Amarillo, Texas on Monday. Freshman Charlie Crockett had sensational debut for the team. Crockett finished 7-under through 36 holes.

After 36 holes, the No.8 ranked golf team is currently sitting in sixth place. The Dragons were six shots off the team lead after 18 holes and trailed St. Mary’s by 13 strokes after two rounds.