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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.”

 

 

Rhymes adds another honor as NJCAA names basketball star All American

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

On Tuesday, Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard J.J. Rhymes was named first-team NJCAA All-American. 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 Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship 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 11th 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. Rhymes also was named Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year and was a first-team Region 6 selection.

HutchCC, Gowans will be site of 2020 national track championship

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

Hutchinson Community College will be the host school for the 2020 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the NJCAA announced on Tuesday.

Gowans Stadium will be where the events will take place May 14-16 2020, except for the throwing events. The discus and shot put will be on the grass field northeast of Gowans, the javelin at Don Michael Field, and the hammer throw will be Fairgrounds Park.

Hutchinson also was the championship host in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Hutchinson has become something of a hub for the NJCAA to stage national championships. The men’s basketball championship has been in Hutchinson since 1949. The Division 1 Volleyball Championship was at the Sports Arena last November and will be there the next two Novembers.

The Salt City Bowl football game has been in Hutchinson since 2009

Athlete of the week: men’s golfer Matt Percy

Friday, April 6th, 2018

The week: Percy had a solid day at the first of three Jayhawk Conference tournaments, this one at Colbert Hills in Manhattan. Percy finished in fourth place, three strokes out of first by carding a two-round, 5-over-par 149. He was one of three Blue Dragons in the top eight, leading them to a third-place finish.

The season: Percy, a sophomore from Ottawa, has two other top-20 finishes this season, including a sixth-place finish at the Newman Fall Invitational.