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90 Years in the Making C a mpu s bu i l d i n g h i s t or y

Bringing back the fanny pack Stu d e nt at h l e t i c t r a i n e r s

Poppin’ Tags

T h r i f t s t ore s h o p pi n g

Blue Dragon Basketball

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Meet the Staff The Dragon’s Tale is published three times a year by the Magazine Production class of Hutchinson Community College, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS, 67501. When Compiled, The three issues serve as an overview of the activities and the people of HCC during the school year.

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On the Cover: J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., draws a foul as he puts up a shot. The Blue Dragons played North Lake College on Nov. 3 and won 87-62. Photo by Allie Schweizer

Allie Schweizer Nickerson

Dustin Curiel Hutchinson

Haydnn Neufeld Hutchinson

Jack Greenwood Valley Center

Jacob Bruch Hutchinson

Megan Ryan Inman

Sami Rios Hutchinson

Serena Williams Hutchinson

Shannon Leininger Newton

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Table of Contents on campus 90 Years in the Making

4 Dating on a Dime 6 Shawn Johnson 8

i n t h e c l a s s ro o m

12 Sweet Art 16 Bringing Back the Fanny Pack 18 We Walk the Thin Blue Line

in the community

America’s Heroes

24 Poppin’ Tags 28 Dragon Feed 32 Showcasing Local Talent 34 on the f ield

Bailey Bartel, Buhler, plays the delivery game during a media timeout at a Blue Dragons basketball game. Photo by Allie Schweizer

40 Women’s Basketball 44 Cheer 48 Dance 50

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Men’s Basketball

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on campus 90 Years in the Making Campus building history

Dating on a Dime

Students make time for signif icant others

Shawn Johnson

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Dillon Lecture Series speaker

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Looking down from the first floor of the Rimmer Learning Resource Center shows the basement where the library is located. Students gathered to work on assignments and study in the on-campus space. Photo by Megan Ryan

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In the Making Student walks into Lockman Hall for class. Building was built in 1938. Photo by Megan Ryan

Students walk to class unaware of the history across campus. STORY  Jack Greenwood DESIGN  Megan Ryan

Every building has a story. However, most students aren’t aware of the unique history behind some of the buildings on the Hutchinson Community College campus. In the spring of 1928, citizens of Hutchinson approved the building of a two-year institute to be named Hutchinson Junior College. The following fall, the college’s first classes were held on the second and third floors of the former Hutchinson High School. Enrollment included 187 students.


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LOCKMAN HALL Years later, in 1938, the board of education bought land on Plum Street and founded Lockman Hall, which is still at the center of the campus. A wing was added to the building in 1975. Lockman Hall formerly housed the stage where theatre productions were held, before Stringer Fine Arts was built. Posters from the old productions are still in the far corner of Lockman. STRINGER FINE ARTS The current fine arts building was opened in January of 1989 and featured two theater



Parker Student Union was named after Jack and Richard Parker. The building was completed in 1996. Photo by Megan Ryan





Classes were held for the first time, at Seventh and Walnut. Enrollment was 187 students.

Lockman Hall is the oldest building on campus. The board of education acquired land on Plum St. and built Lockman Hall in 1938. Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

Sports were still prevalent, in the 1940’s. Intramural sports allowed students to have fun and compete.

A group of guys take silly picture. The group was called the Follies, and was very popular in the 50’s.

Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

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Formal and informal dances were quite normal during this time period. Courtesy of HutchCC 1960 Dragon’s Tale

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spaces, B.J. Warner Auditorium and the Gallery Theater. The building also features practice rooms for music students wanting a space to play their instrument or practice singing. Additionally, Stringer is also home to art students and many pieces of their work can be found in the hallways or in display cases. The building also gave theater students spaces to build set pieces, create costumes and props, and store furniture used for productions. Additionally, Stringer is also available for the community and is often used for ceremonies and guest speakers. Rumors of a ghost in the theatre have swirled around the building. Witnesses have spoken about lights going out mysteriously and hearing voices late at night. JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY Along with the creation of Lockman Hall, a library was established in the basement of

the north wing of the building. It contained two reading rooms which could seat 125 students for studying and reading. The original library collection contained close to 18,000 books and periodicals. As the college grew, a need for a new library space did too. In 1966, a new library was built and opened south of Lockman Hall. The new library was named for President John F. Kennedy and featured larger spaces to house resource materials, books and study centers

for students. The library has since also become Rimmer Learning Center, named for John Rimmer, a major contributor to the college. This learning center now features classrooms, computers for students, among other technology resources. The downstairs library, in addition to housing the books and periodicals, also contains computers and classrooms. History surrounds students as they make their way to class along the sidewalks of HutchCC as the story of campus continues.   Students study in the basement of the library. The Library is a useful tool for students and hours vary upon the day. Photo by Megan Ryan

   The science hall, is another place for students to study on campus. Building was renovated in 2010, and renamed Richard E. Smith Science Center. Photo by Megan Ryan

New building is introduced to the HutchCC campus. The Science hall was build in 1966, but depicted in the 1970s. Courtesy of HutchCC 1973 Dragon’s Tale

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New technology is being introduced to HutchCC and finding its way into the classroom. Courtesy of HutchCC 1981 Dragon’s Tale


HutchCC adds new art work to the campus. Courtesy of HutchCC 1997 Dragon’s Tale


New blue prints are presented for the remodelling of HutchCC library. Courtesy of HutchCC 2002 Dragon’s Tale


Demolition starts on the remodeling of the Science Hall. Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing


Campus History


HutchCC adds a new look to the Sports Arena. Building was completed in 2017 Photo by Allie Schweizer

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Shawn Johnson Oly mpic gold medalist visits Hutchinson to speak at the Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series


STORY  & DESIGN  Samantha Rios

Shawn Johnson was the 149th speaker of the Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College. The DLS hosts about four speakers every year for the student body and community. Johnson spoke in front of approximetely 2,500 people about her experience as a gymnast in the 2008 Olympics. 1. Shawn Johnson, Dillon Lecture speaker, talks about her experience as an olympian. Johnson won the balance beam competition in 2008, in Bei jing. 2. The audience listens during the Dillon Lecture Series on Nov. 7.

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3. Audience members, Ambreonna Martin and Addileah Johnson stay after the speech to get a photo with Johnson. 4. Johnson tells the crowd a story about the importance of being proud of yourself no matter what the outcome is in a competition. In her speech, she described how people reacted to her receiving a silver medal compared to how they reacted to her receiving a gold medal. 5. Johnson talks to guests after the lecture. She stayed after to answer questions and take pictures with audience members. Photos by Samantha Rios

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DatingD i m e on a

Students reflect on managing time with significant others while completing their studies STORY  Jack Greenwood DESIGN & PHOTOS  Shannon Leininger


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College, the place people go to get a higher education and prepare for their future careers. It’s also the place many go to find themselves and who they are, and sometimes that means finding someone else in the process. According to USA TODAY, an estimated 28 percent of people will find their future spouse on a college campus. College, however, is a difficult time full of stress and can put strain on any relationship. Some students around campus have found resourceful ways to maintain a healthy relationship. “Everyone is so busy with classes and activities but you have to make time for

each other,” Jocelyn Reed, Hutchinson, said. “If you want your relationship to be healthy, honesty is the most important thing. Understand that in college, people are finding themselves and growing together is a big thing. Supporting one another is a huge part of it too, like if your significant other wants to do basket weaving, you’ve got to support that.” Time concerns are sometimes an issue for young couples, with school, work, and activities. However, some are more than happy to find ways to work around busy schedules. Haley Southern, Newton, said, “I’m the only one in college right now and he has a


of HCC students have a significant other

26.8% of students find it hard to meet people on campus

real job. Dating and hanging out is kind of based on his job schedule. Since he works 8 to 5 and it’s an hour drive to Hutch, I don’t end up seeing him until 6 on Monday through Friday.” Finding that special someone is different for every person. Reed said, “I met my boyfriend in elementary school but we were always friends until last year when we started dating.” Every case is different though. Merissa Anderson, Lindsborg, said, “I didn’t even plan on having a boyfriend in college. But I started hanging out with my partner in Public Speaking and it naturally

students prefer to stay in rather than going out for a date



Dinner at a restaurant

22.1% 26.2% Hang out at home

24.8% 7.4% 19.5%

Bowling at The Alley

Go to the movies 149 HCC students surveyed

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College Budget

Dat e Ideas turned into a relationship.”

Arcade games at The Alley Music at Metropolitan Coffee Complete a Netflix series Study date at the park Stargazing Go for a walk or bike ride Ice Cream date Childhood movie marathon Fishing at Carey Park Blue Dragon’s sporting events Visit the Zoo Go to the Cosmosphere

Another factor many students have to consider is money. Dating doesn’t always have to be fancy dinners, some students prefer fast food dates to nice restaurants. “Little Caesars and Taco Bell are life savers for food dates. You can get some food then go to a nice place like Rice Park or Carey Park and it becomes an ideal date,” said Hunter Grin, Hutchinson. Similarly, Southern said, “Me and my boyfriend usually go to Freddy’s or we study together.” Finding similar hobbies or activities is easier than many realize. Reed stated her boyfriend loves to work out, so they do couples dates at Planet Fitness while Anderson and her boyfriend enjoy shooting and go hunting together. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO

are also common date night ideas among college students. Of course, nerves strike quite often when trying to pursue a relationship with someone. “Be yourself. Don’t act like you’re a big shot if you’re actually shy and if you’re weird, be weird,” Grin said. “The right person will respect that and enjoy you for you.” “Don’t worry so much,” Reed said. “People want to make such a good impression and people want to think they’re interesting, but it will all happen naturally. Don’t force anything.”    Post-hunting smiles are found on the faces of Merissa Anderson, Lindsborg, and boyfriend, Cole Hiatt, Abilene. Anderson and Hiatt’s relationship was the result of a partner project in a Public Speaking class. Photo courtesy Merissa Anderson

Paint at Lit Studios Third Thursday events Bowling Ping Pong at PSU

  Enjoying hot chocolate and coffee, Haley Southern, Newton and Jon Weber, Hesston disscuss their evening plans before heading back to Hutchinson. Southern and Weber have become acustomed to having to manage their time, due to going to different high schools when they began dating in 2015.

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  A couple of employess at Metropolitan Cof fee promote their new coffee mugs. The Metro is typically stated to be one of the best places in town for casual dates due to their live music, sweets, drinks and a variety of games.

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in the classroom We Walk the Thin Blue Line Criminal Justice Program

Sweet Art

Student prof ile - Kourtney Sweet

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Student athletic trainers learn while on the job

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Mariah Hernandez, Hutchinson, walks along the sidelines during a football game. It’s the trainer’s job to attend to the players by providing water or helping with injuries. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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we walk the thin

blue Line

Students come to Hutchinson Community College to become paramedics, diesel mechanics, accountants, and many other occupations. One major that is often overlooked is criminal justice. Sheldon Stewart, Criminal Justice Instructor, emphasized the importance of jobs that students can apply for after completing this program. Stewart was an active officer for 25 years prior to his teaching career that started 4 years ago. “The students can expect to be given a lot of information in this course,” Stewart said. “It will be overwhelming at times, as the job is stressful itself.” Stewart said that he loves to have fun, when appropriate. In his few years at HutchCC, Stewart has made big changes to help better the program and get it on the right track. When his modifications are finished, the courses will line up so that students will take them in order, with many of the same

classmates. This will enable the students to build off each other during their time at the college. According to Stewart, the way he is setting up the program it will be easier for students to progress through with classes that build off one another. The criminal justice program also has a student club, the Thin Blue Line Club. It is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience with exercises such as using handcuffs, practicing traffic stops, and building searches. Easton McCune, Wichita, Kiley McManaman, Topeka, and Stewart started the club last year, and this is their first active year. Stewart said they follow a two-part mission, “to be active in the community, meaning to make the law enforcement’s relationship with the community how it should be, and also to give students the opportunity to do hands-on activities outside of the classroom.” McManaman said that this club is to help

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STORY  Haydnn Neufeld DESIGN & PHOTOS  Serena Williams

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Teaching tools:

Justin Allen, Salina, holds his hands up along with his pant leg. Officers are required to ask the criminal to remove all weapons prior to checking the perpetrator themselves. Photo by Serena Williams

Rubber gun used f o r p ra c t i c e i n reinactment scenes.

Footprint casting taken from a student’s shoe print in the dirt. Casting is the most commonly used collection method for impressions.

Octavio Salas, Salina; Savannah Huddleston, Hutchinson; Ismael “Daniel” Garcia, Salina; and Ty Hepner, Hutchinson, all point their weapons at a transgressor from their “police vehicles.” The hands-on classroom experience for criminal justice students enabled by the Thin Blue Line Club. Photo Illustration by Serena Williams

students gain the confidence to feel wanted in law enforcement, and to get comfortable experiencing things hands-on. “Sheldon would want people to know that TBL Club is a very easy-going club,” McManaman said. “It isn’t on the demanding, strict side that some would perceive it to be.” Going out on ride-alongs with law enforcement are a great experience McManaman said; and required if you take the practicum class with Stewart. Ride-alongs are something that will help prepare you for many possible situations in your future career. “I haven’t personally experienced a car chase, but we have chased a donkey that had been missing from the prison Mustang Program,” she says. “It was my second ridealong experience in my second year of college, and it took us an hour and a half to catch it. The prisoners were actually on horseback and lassoed it up.” McManaman is also part of cadets for Reno County, a program for students ages

16-21 who live in Hutchinson or attend HutchCC, and who possess high moral values. This program is designed for students who strive to better themselves and their communities, and helps to get them more involved with local law enforcement and potential experiences they could encounter. During one of her times as a cadet, McManaman ran into a particular situation that has stuck with her since. “we got a call that it was an animal. It was a homeless guy trying to take a nap behind Home Depot, and in the process he found the dead body of another homeless man. This helped me for what I could potentially see in my career,” McManaman said. When completing the criminal justice program, students can enter the workforce as a police officer and earn roughly $30,000 to $45,000 per year. If a student chooses to pursue a higher degree, they can expect higher pay to come with the job they are working toward. Here at HutchCC, students have two

Criminal Justice

Rubber knife that is used during reinactment drills.

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degree-seeking opportunities. The Associate of Arts Degree requires 64 credit hours, and is recommended for students wishing to pursue the workforce straight out of earning their degree, and also students wanting to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree. The Associate of Applied Science Degree also requires 64 hours, and is designed for students who already have law enforcement academy certification. Having that certification will also take 12 credit hours off of the 64 that are required. With a degree in criminal justice, students could find the opportunity for up to 20 different jobs. These jobs range from correctional and probation officers, to the well-known police officer, and go as far as a fish and game warden. The higher the education, the more opportunity awaits. The criminal justice program is one with a lot to offer, from hands-on experiences to lots of information, and a little fun when

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necessary. Sheldon Stewart has begun to transform the program into something even more student-beneficial. The potential that awaits those entering into this major is something to look forward to.

  Kiley McManaman, Topeka, directs traf fic to safely park and exit at a “Trunk or Treat,” in South Hutchinson. Wearing a neon vest helped to distinguish her as a traffic coordinator in the October 2017 event. Photo Courtesy of Kiley McManaman

Octavio Salas, Salina, and Sheldon Stewart, Criminal Justice Instructor/Coordinator, put Easton Mccune, Wichita, in handcuffs during a reinactment drill. Stewart directs the application of the handcuffs. Photo by Serena Williams

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McCune, Wichita pats down and handcuffs Ty Hepner, Kingman, during a reinactment as Savannah Huddleston, Hutchinson; McManaman, Topeka; and Octavio Salas, Salina, watch the activity. McCune was one of the founders of the TBL Club. Photo by Serena Williams

Criminal Justice

Members of the Thin Blue Line Club reinact a scenario. The Club meets once a week. Photo by Serena Williams

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In 2D Design class, Kourtney Sweet, Salina, helps Megan Fuqua, Wichita, pick out a color scheme for a project. Sweet is often known for sharing her artistic insight with others. Photo by Jacob Bruch

Sweet Art

Creative mind on campus involves herself in many activities. STORY & DESIGN  Jacob Bruch


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hen it comes to student artists at Hutchinson Community College, Kourtney Sweet, Salina, is one of the most recognizable. She has immersed herself into student

life around campus and leads the Artists’ Coalition as the art club’s student president. She is also the resident cartoonist for “The Collegian” student newspaper. If there is an art event on campus or around town, Sweet is probably involved in

some way. During Hutchinson’s downtown monthly event, Third Thursday, she can usually be found selling artwork for the Artists’ Coalition. Sweet also helps teach art classes for kids at the Hutchinson Art Center. Being the Artists’ Coalation president, Sweet is in charge of planning the art club meetings and organizing fundraising events to make money for the club to go on field trips to look at art galleries around the state. “Kourtney is very much a positive influence upon the art culture around campus,” Kim Parsons, art instructor and Artist’s Coalation sponsor, said. “She is not only incredibly involved with Artists’ Coalition as the president, but she also brings an enthusiasm for creating art that encourages others to participate as well.” As “The Collegian” cartoonist, Sweet is tasked with coming up with a new idea and design for a cartoon each week its published. “Art is pretty much my main source of entertainment and it influences what I find entertaining and it really helps me express myself when words fail me,” Sweet said. She is most well known for her digital cartoon artwork. Sweet said she really began getting into art when she was about ten years old after seeing online art inspired by her favorite video game. The piece in question was by someone working under the

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For Halloween, Sweet put her artistic ability into making a creepy costume. She utilizes her creativity for many projects even outside of the classroom. Photo courtesy of Merissa Anderson

  Sweet works on a sketch preparing for a figure painting. She enjoyed exploring all different kinds of art mediums. Photo by Jacob Bruch

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alias, Beagle Tsuin. “When I realized just a random person drew that, I realized I could do that stuff too, so I did, and it has changed the way I view the entire world,” Sweet said. “There is a form of constant satisfaction when you’re a creator of anything whether it’s music, visual art, writing or anything.” She said she creates art because she has ideas and scenarios she wants to physically see instead of waiting for someone else to do it. Sweet’s art background is vast, she has been featured in a handful of art shows, she’s had her work on display at the Salina Art Center, in the John F. Kennedy Library on campus,w and in the weekly newspaper. Sweet said she is most inspired by watching different animations from other artists and marveling at their concepts because she mostly identifies with illustrative digital art, and she loves illustrating characters and stories. “The HutchCC Art program has opened my eyes to different mediums I’ve never considered before, my favorite is definitely monoprinting,” Sweet said. After HutchCC, Sweet plans to go to fouryear college and discover what she wants to do in art whether it’s art therapy or some kind of concept artist.

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Student Athletic Trainers learn while on the job STORY  Serena Williams DESIGN & PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

“Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with a physician. The service provided by Athletic Trainers comprise in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions,” according to the National Athletics Trainers’ Association. With any sport, an athletic trainer is there on the sidelines of the field, court, or track. They are ready to jump into action at an instant of an injury. Fanny packs and coolers are supplied with essential tools to tackle the job at hand. Their job is to care for the athletes. Bailey Bartel, Buhler, decided to study athletic training because as a kid she loved sports. Bartel soon realized she didn’t feel she was good at them. She knew she still wanted to be involved in athletics but als o wanted to include the medical field. Adding the two passions together clicked and

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athletic training has been a passion ever since. A big factor when going into the program is knowing and owning your time management. It can, at times, become a juggling act. Not only are there classes to be taken but an athletic trainer is to be present at weight training, practices, and games. All the hard work is a payoff and the hands-on experience is crucial. Hank Goertzen, Buhler, agrees. “I’d s ay I s p e n d about 55-60 hours in the classroom and at practices or games a week. If you include the time I spend doing homework too, that’s about another 15 hours or so a week,” Goertzen said. Going into this degree is not for the faint of heart when it comes to dedication. Ryan Hilty,Coordinator of Sports Medicine, took over this position in March of 2016. He has been with Hutchinson Community College much longer, starting in the 90’s as the softball team’s assistant coach. Head Athletic Trainer, Amanda Beadle, started with the college in February of 2016. She directs the routine procedure of the department for the college’s 12 intercollegiate teams.

“Everyone is someone’s child,” Beadle said is a quote she lives by daily. “This job can be taxing not only physically, but mentally. There are certain kids that push buttons, but I try and remember every one of these kids has someone (mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles) who love them and who have


entrusted their health-care to me.” There are plenty of highs about the program - being there to help aide when someone is hurt or going with the team to a championship. Along with that comes the harder aspect. “Then there are the awful lows of having to tell an athlete, they have suffered an injury and need to sit out for the season,” Beadle said. Athletic trainers are constantly with each team. They are along for the ride but ready to assist as much as they can to get the athletes

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Bailey Bartel, Buhler, bandages up a players wound. Bartel transferred at semester to Iowa State University to work as a student athletic trainer and continue pursing her degree in Sports Medicine. Taylor James, Jetmore, and Ryan Hilty, Coordinator of Sports Medicine, check out football player Deveonte Wyatt, Decatur, Ga., after he was injured on the field.

Hank Goertzen, Buhler, and Mariah Hernandez, Hutchinson, use bottles of hydrogen peroxide to clean up a players blood off the gym floor. The trainers must wear gloves when dealing with blood to protect themselves from any possible infections.

Amanda Beadle, Head Athletic Trainer, stretches football player Devin Miller, Sugar Hill, Ga. This is Beadle’s second year at HutchCC.

Athletic Trainers

1 (Far Left). Allyssa Mohney, Assistant Athletic Trainer, cleans blood off the face of a basketball player from the opposing team. Mohney came to Hutchinson Community College from Arkansas University in Jonesborro.

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healthy and ready to play. Student athletic trainers in the program can look forward to a variety of events. Those include 3A state football and basketball championships, Salt City Bowl game, NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament, NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament and the NJCAA National Track and Field Meet. “The program is set up with three certified athletic trainers on staff and currently twelve students. The students are assigned sports on a weekly rotational basis. Students are

given a scholarship for their commitment to the betterment of Blue Dragon athletics,” Beadle said. “While here, they learn a variety of taping and wrapping techniques along with how to set up and operate various modalities within the athletic training room.” “The student athletic trainers that we have working for us are vital to our program and they help us make our job easier,” Hilty said. “I appreciate every one of them and the time and dedication that they give to the program.”



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1. Kelli Petrie, Burlington, wraps ice on a football players knee. Petrie decided to be an athletic trainer because she wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps. Her dad went through the same program that she is currently in with Ryan Hilty, Coordinator of Sports Medicine. 2. Mariah Hernandez, Hutchinson; Hilty; and Chandler Stubbs, Inman, attend to an injured football player on the field. The athlete had a cramp and needed to be stretched out. 3. Kaylee Matlack, Burrton, wraps the ankle of football player Devin Miller, Sugar Hill, Ga. Matlack’s favorite sport to work with is football and she is pursing her degree in sports medicine.



4. Victoria Coopman, Pomona, takes cups of water to the basketball team during a time out. Coopman’s major is sports medicine and she wants to be an athletic trainer at the collegiate or professional level. 5. Derek Vanous, Belleville, fills up the water bottles for the football team. Vanous is majoring in pre-physical therapy and decided to be an athletic trainer to practice for his future career. 6. Hank Goertzen, Buhler, gets into the Medical Kit after a player was injured during a basketball game. The Med Kit is equipped with all kinds of medicine, second skin, gauze, splints, tape, band aids, biofreeze, icebags, prewrap and much more. 7. Breann Altis, Eureka, checks to see if any football players need water. Altis is pursing her degree in physical therapy.


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in the community America’s Heroes Veteran’s Day Luncheon

Poppin’ Tags

Students f ind value in secondhand items

Dragon Feed

Students gather at local church

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Hutchinson Art Center

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Sitting in front of the Parker Student Union, the American Legion Riders from Post 68 welcomed others that attended the Veteran’s Luncheon on Nov. 10. There were over 80 veterans that attended the luncheon. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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America’s Heroes


Luncheon Provided for Local Veterans STORY, DESIGN & PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

Hutchinson Community College hosted a Veteran’s Day Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10 in the “Parker Student Union” Blue Dragon Room. This is the second year that HutchCC has held the luncheon. This year a decision was made to honor not only student and staff veterans, but also veterans from within the community. Invitations were also sent to veterans of the local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services. The Mennonite Friendship Communities brought some of their servicemen to the event. Residents from the local nursing homes and assisted living

were also bussed in. The American Legion Riders from Post 68 rode to the luncheon on their motorcycles, each decorated with a big American flag proudly flying on the back. They parked their motorcycles in front of the PSU to welcome in all the other veterans. Student club members from the Thin Blue Line, Student Government Association, and Student Fire Fighter Association were on hand to help the veterans enter the building. Overall, there were over 80 people in attendance. Dr. Carter File, HutchCC President, gave a brief welcome to all the veterans in

attendance. SGA member Seth Yenni, Lindsborg, led the Pledge of Allegiance. “The Star Spangled Banner” was performed by Sara Schlickau, Pretty Prairie. Former HutchCC President and current Kansas State Senator Dr. Ed Berger also attended and delivered the keynote address. Berger talked about each war and its conflicts, asking the service men and women from each war to stand as they were all recognized. HutchCC would like to thank all veterans for their service.

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    Tom Dearing starts to take down his flag off the back of his motorcycle. Dearing is a United States Airforce veteran.

    Sara Childs, a United States Army veteran, attends the luncheon. Childs was one of the few female veterans in attendance.

    Bill Stratford, a United States Army veteran, attends the luncheon. Stratford is a resident from the Mennonite Friendship Communities.

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1. Garrison Wortham, Hutchinson, holds his hat over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Wortham was helping as a member of the Thin Blue Line Club. 2. The American Legion Riders from Post 68 rode their motorcycles to the luncheon. Each motorcycle was decorated with an American flag and parked in front of the Parker Student Union to welcome in all other veterans. 3. Tom Dearing leaves the luncheon on his motorcycle. Dearing is a United States Airforce veteran.


all recognized. 5. Berger shakes Nancy McGaughey hand. Berger went around the room and introduced himself to the veterans, thanking them for their service.

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1. Dr. Carter File, Hutchinson Community College President, welcomes all the veterans in attendance. This was the second annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon hosted by HutchCC. 2. Seth Yenni, Lindsborg, leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Yenni is a member of the Student Government Association. 3. Marine, Jeremy Ehart goes through the line to get soup. Ehart is the Commander of The American Legion in Hutchinson. 4. Kent Rudman starts to take his flag down off the back of his motorcycle. Rudman is a member of The American Legion Riders from Post 68 and rode his motorcycle to the luncheon. 5. Mak McGaughey salutes the flag as the National Anthem is sung. McGaughey is a Vietnam veteran.


6. Korea Veteran, Jack McMillian attended the luncheon. McMillian is a resident at the Mennonite Friendship Communities. 7. The Blue Dragon room was full of veterans on Nov. 10. Overall, there were over 80 people in attendance. 8. Mak McGaughey puts his arm around his wife, Nancy, as they head to get their food. They are both part of the Hutchinson American Legion Riders Post 68.


9. James Aikins, Hutchinson, proudly stands with his right hand over his heart during the National Anthem. Aikin is a HutchCC student and veteran.

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10. Bruce Branson properly folds Old Glory after taking the flag down off the back of his motorcycle. Branson is a United States Air Force veteran.

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Poppin’ Tags Fresh finds out and about STORY Shannon Lieninger DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY  Dustin Curiel

Sporty, casual, or comfortable can be used to describe the outfit of a typical college student. This look is common on the Hutchinson Community College campus. Students who break that mold express themselves through their style. In most cases, an outfit can be based off of a few basics and transformed into one’s own unique style as they are paired with different pieces. Many of these staple items can be

found locally, but they can also be preloved items for a fraction of the typical cost. While filled to the brim with endless second-hand finds just waiting to be reimagined and sold at a reasonable price, a thrift store is a great place to start when aiming at trying out a new style. Whether it be discovering that perfect ringer tee with an ‘80s vibe, a pair of name-brand jeans with the perfect fit, or a vintage army jacket from

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   The retail store front for Eliza Moonbeam Vintage showcases items that can be found in the vintage clothing store in downtown Hutchinson. The business is owned by Hutchinson native, Azaara Eells.

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Thrift shops are great places to find deals on vintage and current clothes Mid Western Sport Tog Jacket

Vintage clothing like this Mid Western Sport Tog leather jacket can be found in thrift stores, this jacket was found going for $25 in salvation army, but was going for upwards of $250 online.

David Cremieux Button Up Shirt This David Cremieux button up was found at Goodwill for $3.00 when new at places like Dillards they’re typically sold for $100+.

1940s Kimono

While different than thrift shops, Vintage stores often offer items with a story, this wwWWII era Kimono was brought back to the united states after the war and is projected to fetch $50+ on the market.

the ‘70s, a thrift store can often contain many hidden gems. When shopping, keeping basic clothing or accessory pieces in one’s closet could be classified as the first step to create a certain appearance. Basic items can easily be dressed up or dressed down. “When I do go [shopping], I like to start at thrift shops because the prices are really great and sometimes you can find some really cool pieces,” said Meg Fuqua, Wichita. “Some staples I think everyone should have in their wardrobe would be a pair of wellfitting jeans, a solid neutral-colored shirt, and a nice sweater.” Hutchinson has several thrift and vintage stores with a variety of trendy or old school clothes. Some of these stores include Goodwill, the Et Cetera Shop, Salvation

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   Sean Martinez, Hutchinson, browses a rack of clothes at the Hutchinson Salvation Army location. Thrift stores like these are where vintage stores get a lot of stock from.

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   Josiah Blanton, Hutchinson, poses on a ledge in downtown Hutchinson. Hutchinson is filled with at least five different retail stores selling vintage and thrifty items.

   Inspired by the musicians he listens to, Blanton dons himself with a leather jacket, black jeans, and a stripped t-shirt. Items like this jacket can be expensive from an outlet store but can be picked up for cheap at thrift stores.

Army, Eliza Moonbeam Vintage, and a handful of others. Granted, thrift stores may appear to be overwhelming with their endless racks. With a few pointers, a secondhand store could be easier to navigate through in order to find pieces that express their style than one may think. “When I go to thrift stores I look through every single thing,” said Azarah Eells, owner of Eliza Moonbeam Vintage. “I don’t just look through my size or the women’s section, I

look through the plus size or even the little kids’ section because you can find something you may like anywhere and I think that’s the main key to finding cool stuff.” Going into a thrift store with an idea of what style can make the experience less complicated. “My advice is to find something that you gravitate towards and then compare it with what you want to look like,” Josiah Blanton, Hutchinson, said. “Like for me, I base my style based on the genres of music I listen to and

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Wearing an all black suit, Martinez was ready to attend a wedding. Thrift shops are common places people go to get suits or dresswear at a cheaper price.

what the artists would wear, or something similar to it.” Coinciding with the expression of personal style, the phrases, “look good, feel good” or “dress for success” come as factors when breaking out of the typical college student style. “I’m not contesting that wearing a $1,000 suit will help your depression, but when you spend the time putting a little work into your appearance, it boosts your self-image,” Sean Martinez, Hutchinson, said. “The most

important thing however, is when you’re following that saying, don’t try and look nice so other people praise you, do it for yourself.” Occasionally, step outside of the box and find a unique piece from a thrift store or try wearing your grandad’s coat. Whatever one’s style may be, whether it’s function over flair or flair over function, the important thing to remember is confidence and being comfortable in one’s own skin goes a long way.

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  Sean Martinez, Hutchinson, poses during a photo shoot in Central Park in Manhattan, New York. Some travel far and wide to find unique clothing.

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HutchCC students gather at Eastwood Church of Christ 3.


STORY  Dustin Curiel DESIGN & PHOTOS  Samantha Rios

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1. Autumn Waltob, Hutchinson, f lips blueberry pancakes in preparation for the hungry crowd. Waltob at tendesEastwood Church of Christ and volunteeresevery month to cook for the Dragon Feed. 2. Cameron Crandall, Nickerson, pours chocolate milk to go with his meal. The baseball team attends the Dragon Feed every month.

The desolate streets of Hutchinson often haunt the youth of the town, offering limited places to go with seemingly nothing to do. students often find themselves frustrated with the complexities of meeting other students or people their age outside of class. Luckily for Hutchinson Community College students, organizations on-campus and off band together to host events geared toward this demographic. In 2009 the Eastwood Church of Christ in Hutchinson established one of these events, Dragon Feed. It is essentially a free dinner held on the last Monday of every month, and the meal is open to HutchCC students, staff, and faculty. As students walk into the Eastwood Church’s community center during the event they’re immediately greeted with the smell of that night’s menu and a number of church members welcoming everyone in a friendly fashion. The room is filled with round tables for parties to sit at and a multitude of people help serve the food, amongst these is Eastwood’s own Michelle Schmucker. Schmucker said that before Dragon Feed Eastwood Church had tried their hand at hosting other events for students. Beginning with what they called Club Dragon, which met on Sunday nights with the purpose of entertaining students. After a few other program attempts they finally decided that they should just feed students. After Schmucker’s son began attending HutchCC it was easier for them to get the word out for their events and made it easy to grow, citing only a handful of people attending the first Dragon feed compared to the 100+ attendees they now reach every month. They typically begin preparation for the meal in the morning and welcome any help they can get because the monthly event is run entirely by volunteers. Due to a funeral dinner the morning of the November 2017 Dragon Feed, they had to begin prep around 3 p.m.

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3. Robert Gardner, St. John, hands a plate full of food to Jose Vasquez, Bronx, N.Y. The church served breakfast for dinner during the month of Nov. 4. Sherrie Parker, Hutchinson, serves pancakes for the students. Parker said she enjoyed volunteering and interacting with the students. 5. Lexi Hogan, Garden City; Payton Gawitch, El Dorado; and Claira Creach, Misson, grab syrup and jelly to go with their pancakes.


and two hours later, they were ready to feed the crowd. As students typically don’t have much money the church wanted to offer a free alternative to cafeteria food for the students who eat it constantly. The women’s basketball team began attending each month when it first started. “I hope sometime down the road that the kids will look back and if they need somebody in their life they can say “I remember those people and they fed me” and so they can go wherever they are, go to the church and see if maybe they need some help, and to let them know that we’re here.” Schmucker said. The hospitality and food is a change of pace for students that rely on the cafeteria food, as well as those looking for a new way to meet other students outside of campus.

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The Hutchinson Art Center displays the art work of its members. The center has helped promote the study and development of interest and education in the fine arts since 1949.

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Showcasing Local Talent

Art Center promotes fine arts within the community STORY  Megan Ryan PHOTOS & DESIGN  Samantha Rios

A creative boom has taken over downtown Hutchinson, allowing local musicians and artists to be heard. One venue that has the ability to do both is the Hutchinson Art Center (HAC). They offer entertainment to a wide spread demographic. “From elementary kids to elderly folks in their late 80s to 90s,” HAC Director Patrick Calivillo said about their wide demographic. “They are able to accommodate everyone that walks through the door.” Not only does the art center offer a new artist exhibition every month which features local and regional artists, but they also allow beginning artists to feature work in the gift shop. Calivillo said, “We have a committee that has to approve everyone that wants to

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excited for this to happen.” The HAC is also one of the venues people can schedule to perform in for Third Thursday, encouraging live music. This is a way to draw people into the HAC. Having many new possibilities to take advantage of, they will also feature “Art Chats” for Third Thursday. “We will have a panel of three individuals that are either “creatives” or people involved in the community. With a moderator, we will have an hour conversation about Hutchinson and the arts community Arts Community,” said Calivillo. This panel will allow the city to get to know the people who are wanting to help renovate this town into something more innovative and creative.

The HAC is a non-profit organization whose goal is to aid the development of artists by promoting education. There is a variety of ways to get involved with this nonprofit, like volunteering, becoming a member or a docent for students wanting to teach, or lecture. This year the HAC is partnering up with Hutchinson Community College media Communication and Production department to do a short documentary series. Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson, is among some of the students who have been working on the project. Curiel said, “When I first started working with the HAC, I was helping them shoot the construction of their Christmas parade float, and later the parade. Currently I am working with them on a series called ‘Artists

Hutchinson Art Center

show their work. We are working on our consignment gallery, and I will add that in order to show in it, the artist must be a member with the HAC which will take place in the new year.” Another unique addition to the art center will be the participation in Third Thursday. “I approached R-Cat and they approved my proposal with K-Dot and starting in February Third Thursday, R-Cat will be giving free shuttle bus rides from downtown main all the way to the HAC and back. It will be a continuous route and will end by 8 p.m. as well,” Calivillo said. “This is something Hutchinson has needed for a long time. Also, by having this it opens 3-4 blocks worth of businesses down main that felt like they were too far north to participate. We are really

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1 1. The center is located off 5th and Washington. They recently remodeled the building this past year. 2. A sculpture by Rebecca Ross called “Lucita” was displayed in November. 3. Italy Haden Thomas, Nickerson, volunteers at the art center to help do arts and crafts during Third Thursday. The center particpated in the downtown event. 4. The class draws the model during a Friday morning drawing class. The center hosts classes for the community every Friday.


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Kathie Moorie paints model, Jennifer Randall, at one of the drawing classes. Anyone can volunteer to be a model for the drawing class.

in Their Space’ which follows the artists that get featured at the HAC.” Each video gets debuted during a reception for the featured artist at the HAC. This project is possible because of the collaboration between people in the community. “I wanted to get involved with the HAC because I grew up going there what seems like every Saturday for art classes and I really wanted to repay them for everything I learned,” Curiel said. One way Curiel is giving back to the HAC, was by becoming an intern. He is able to help the HAC like a volunteer, but he does more to be involved, such as providing video that

gets played during event. “I’ve always been a proponent of putting into your community what you want out,” said Curiel. Volunteers are always needed to help by either hanging artwork for shows or helping kids do crafts during Third Thursday. “I really want a younger generation to get involved with the art center. That’s why I’m having more events that are focused around a younger audience,” said Calivillo. With a small staff of three people, pulling off bigger events is where volunteers come into play. “We have our first Consignment Art Auction on January 27th, doors open at 9

a.m. and auction starts at 11 a.m. Needing volunteers for events such as these helps it run more smoothly. This event will help bring more people, and iconic revenue to the HAC,” Calivillo said. To become a member, those interested can go into the art center or online and fill out the form. “I suggest becoming a member strongly because there is so many things that we are going to do and it would be great to bring in that younger audience as well,” Calivillo said. Downtown Hutchinson continues to expand and is a lively area for artists to showcase their talents and for locals to enjoy the arts.

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  Joan Eberly’s painting called “Persephones’s Husband” is displayed at the art center.

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on the field Blue Dragon Basketball Men’s basketball

Working Hard to Reach the Top Women’s basketball

Dragon’s Blue & Red Cheer Team

Bringing Sassy Back

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Dragon Dolls dance team

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The Blue Dragon basketball team gets into a team huddle before the season opener on Nov. 1 against Friends University JV. The team won the season opener for the 11th consecutive year with a score of 102-56. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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Men’s Basketball drops in rankings and continues to work their way back up in hopes to make top ten

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STORY, DESIGN & PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

The reigning 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Champions started their season off strong. The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team came out ranked No. 1 and won their 11th consecutive season opener. The Blue Dragons have aspirations of earning their third straight Jayhawk Conference title. If the they win the Jayhawk Conference championship this year it will be the 5th time in program history. The team has had a successful season so far but it has had its fair share of ups and downs. “There are no easy games, unless you make it easy,” said Steve Eck, Head Men’s Basketball Coach. The Blue Dragons carry an overall record of 17-4. The first loss to Cloud County dropped the Blue Dragons down in the NJCAA Division 1 rankings from No.1 to No.6. They then took a second loss against Cowley and fell two more spots from No.6 to No.8. The team continued to slip down in the rankings, falling to No.13 but then moved back up to No.12 after beating Seward County and Cloud County.

“Being ranked is nice but we have to keep winning to try to get back in the top ten,” said Eck. “But right now we are just taking it one practice at a time.” Some of this season’s highlights so far include the Blue Dragons largest comeback in program history, coming back from 26 points down against the Butler County Grizzlies. J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., scored 41 points to lead the comeback and shot a 3-point buzzer beater to win the game. “The biggest highlight hopefully hasn’t come yet,” said Eck. Devonte Bandoo, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was the first Blue Dragon of the year to be named the Jayhawk Conference Division 1 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. It was his first career conference player of the week award. Bandoo is ranked 8th in the conference with 299 points. Rhymes was the next Blue Dragon to be honored with the Jayhawk Conference Division 1 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week title, the first in his college career. Just a few short weeks later, he earned the player of the week title again. Rhymes continues to

score game highs. He leads the conference in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game with an overall total of 436 points. Rhymes has hit the 30-point plateau for the fifth time in his career this season and also reached 1,000 career points after scoring his 19th point in the game against Pratt. “What makes us stand out as a team is our depth. We have weapons from the first man to the last and anyone is liable to make it their game any given night,” said Sal Nuhu, Bronx, N.Y.. Other team rankings include, Rheaquone Taylor, Jamaica, N.Y., leads the conference in field goal percentage (60.9%). Nuhu has the fourth highest blocks in the conference at 34. Curtis Hollis, Arlington, Texas, is the fifth highest field goal percentage leader in the conference (55.3%). “My main focus is just playing my role doing whatever I need to do to win,” said Hollis. The Blue Dragons continue to improve with every game and are hopeful they will be back to defend the national title.

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Steve Eck, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, gets ready to break huddle with his players during a timeout against NE Oklahoma. The Blue Dragons largest lead during the game was 47 points.

Blue Dragon Basketball 2017-2018 Results


  J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., puts up a shot against Pratt. During this game Rhymes scored 28 points and reached 1,000 career points.   Tiylar Cotton, Wichita, puts up a three in his second career start against Pratt, he hit his first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and also hit a career high of 6 assists.

Nov. 1 Friends University JV W, 102-56 Nov. 3 North Lake W, 87-62 Nov. 4 NE Oklahoma A&M W 87-42 Nov. 7 Tabor JV W, 125-61 Nov. 11 Seward W, 76-69 Nov. 15 Cloud County L, 82-79 Nov. 18 Pratt W, 109-100 Nov. 21 Coffeyville W, 99-62 Nov. 25 Neosho W, 76-64 Nov. 29 Colby W, 89-65 Dec. 2 Garden City W, 68-64 Dec. 6 Butler W, 82-81 Dec. 9 Barton W, 81-73 Jan. 3 Cowley L, 81-74 Jan. 6 Allen County W, 103-75 Jan. 10 Independence W, 76-74 Jan. 13 Dodge City L, 72-70 Jan. 17 Seward County W, 83-60 Jan 20 Cloud County W, 95-63 Jan 24 Pratt W, 104-84 Jan 27 Coffeyville L, 72-70 Jan 31 Neosho W, 105-95 Feb. 4 Colby W, 67-62 Feb 7 Garden City 7:30P.M. Feb. 10 Butler 7:30P.M. Scores as of Feb. 6

Blue Dragon Basketball

  James Rojas, Jamestown, N.Y., drives to the basket past his defender from North Lake College. During this game Rojas led the Blue Dragons with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

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1. Dallas Comstock, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, and Steve Eck, Head Men’s Basketball Coach get animated on the sidelines during the Neosho game. There was lots of excitement when the game was tied at 63 in the fourth quarter. 2. Tanner Lackey, Hutchinson, hits a three point shot in the game against Coffeyville. The Blue Dragons gained their second largest margin of victory in series history.



3. Anthony Munson, Staten Island, N.Y., brings the ball down the court and looks to pass during the game against Colby. The Blue Dragons are now 47-4 all-time against Colby and have beat them for the 12th consecutive time. 4. Rheaquone Taylor, Jamaica, N.Y., makes a move toward the basket through the Neosho defenders. Taylor leads the team in total rebounds (135). 5. Robert Whitfield, Raleigh, N.C., draws the ball back for a Dragon dunk. Whitfield leads the team in three point percentage (42.9%) and free throw percentage (86.4%). 6. Sal Nuhu, Bronx, N.Y., hangs in the air right under the rim after making a Dragon dunk. Nuhu leads the team with the most blocks (36). 7. Kia Mitchell, Haverstraw, N.Y., hangs on the rim after a Dragon dunk. Mitchell leads the team with the highest rebound average (5.9).

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Devonte Bandoo, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, slams another dunk for the Dragons. Bandoo is the team leader in three pointers (34).


Curtis Hollis, Arlington, Texas, drops the ball through the rim. Hollis had 10 points during this game against Friends.

J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., hangs in the air, seconds away from a Dragon dunk. Rhymes leads the team in field goals (164).


James Rojas, Jamestown, N.Y., hangs on the rim after a Dragon dunk. Rojas leads the team in offensive rebounds (43).

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The women’s basketball team huddles before the season opener. The Blue Dragons are now 36-8 in season openers.


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STORY & DESIGN Megan Ryan PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

Currently ranked No. 14 in the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s basketball rankings, the Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons have fought their way up. They started the season off with two wins against Bethany College and Lamar Community College followed by two losses against Seward County and Cloud County. Since then, they have won 18 games and only lost 1. The Lady Dragons are continuing their climb up the NJCAA rankings as the season progresses.

  Jada Mickens, Liberal, goes up for a shot against Bethany. Mickens was names KJCCC Player of the week. She also leads the team in total rebounds (224), blocks (26), steals (38) and points (343), averaging 14.9 points per game.

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Lady Dragon Basketball 2017-2018 Results Nov. 1

Bethany JV

W, 81-35

Nov. 7


W, 82-45

Nov. 11 Seward

L, 60-47

Nov. 15 Cloud County

L, 70-63

Nov. 18 Pratt

W, 64-31

Nov. 21 Coffeyville

W, 63-53

Nov. 25 Neosho

W, 75-62

Nov. 29 Colby

W, 90-46

Dec. 2

Garden City

W, 73-59

Dec. 6


W, 59-53

Dec. 9


W, 72-53

Dec. 29 Santa Fe

W, 67-57

Dec. 30 Flordia S

W, 60-56

Jan. 3


W, 78-70

Jan 6

Allen County

W, 77-54

Jan. 10 Independence

W, 56-53

Jan. 13 Dodge City

W, 74-47

Jan 17 Seward

   Allissia Green, Philadelphia, Pa., looks to pass the ball after bringing it up the court. Green currently has 29 assists and 35 points.

L, 62-49

Jan 20 Cloud County

W, 66-64

Jan 24 Pratt

W, 71-47

Jan 27 Coffeyville

W, 62-43

Jan 31 Neosho

W, 91-50

Feb. 4


W, 93-39

Feb 7

Garden City

5:30 P.M.

Feb. 10 Butler

5:30 P.M.

Feb. 14 at Barton

5:30 P.M.

Feb. 17 Cowley

5:30 P.M.

Feb. 24 Independence

5:30 P.M.

Mon. 26 at Dodge City

5:30 P.M.

Results as of Feb. 6, 2018

  Alicia Brown, Leavenworth, gets set for a shot. Brown has a career point total of 493 points and is predicted to hit the 500 mark in the next game.

Lady Dragons Basketball

Feb. 21 at Allen County 6:00 P.M.

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Tia and Brianna Bradshaw, Dodge City, encourage each other on the court and off. They have been playing together since middle school in Jetmore. Wanting to continue their basketball career after high school, they both agreed that Hutchinson Community College was their best option to continue their education and basketball career. “It’s not only a great school academically, but also great in the athletic department,” Brianna said. They didn’t make the decision together as they are both very independent but say they are happy to be able to continue playing together. “Being on the same team has always had its ups and downs because since we are siblings, we do tend to fight sometimes,” Tia said. “Although we don’t get along all the time, it is definitely a blessing to be able to play with her. She continually tries her best to not only better herself but me as well by answering questions I may have or just simply encouraging me which I’ve always really appreciated.” Being the older sister by one year, Brianna has been able to mentor her sister. “Seeing her mature and grow as a young woman and all the accomplishments

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   Tia and Brianna Bradshaw, Dodge City, pose for a picture. Tia is a freshman and Brianna is a sophomore at Hutchinson Community College.

  Brianna Bradshaw, Dodge City, shoots a three. She finished the game against Bethany with 9 points.

she’s achieved, makes me proud to call her my sister,” Brianna said.

  Brianna and Tia Bradshaw, Dodge City, cheer on the team together. The sisters both play the same postition as a guard.

  Tia Bradshaw, Dodge City, goes up for a layup. She leads the team in assists with a season total of 88.

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Coret ta Hopkins, Manvel, Texas, passes the ball. Both players are freshman on the 2017-18 Lady Dragons team.     Dejanae Roebuck, Olathe, puts up a shot between two defenders. Roebuch leads the team in 3-point percentage (37.9) and in offensive rebounds (82).

   Sara Cramer, Dighton, gets set to take a 3-point shot. Cramer leads the team in three pointers (40).

Lady Dragons Basketball

   Kayla Barber, DeSoto, Texas, goes up for a shot against Pratt. Barber had 9 points and a game high of 9 rebounds.

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DragonsBlue&Red PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer Staff DESIGN 


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1  The HCC spirit squad squad performs a paper doll stunt during a home basketball game on Nov. 21. 2  Taylor Perry, Hutchinson, cheered for the Blue Dragons as a freshman during a Nov. 2 basketball game. 3  Laurelle Augustine, Hutchinson, and Bailey Whitcomb, Garnett, carry rubber chickens during a media timeout game. 4  Being held up by other members of the cheer team, Lauren Musick, Hutchinson, smiles for the audience during a Nov. 2 basketball game. 5  Brittany Wetig, Wichita, cheers during a football game on Aug. 26. 6  Completing a flip during a basketball timeout is Franklin CamposPeraza, Wichita. 7  Pumping up the crowd during a home football game is Kiaira Hutchins, Wichita.


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K a l e n S t e w a r t , Hutchinson, cheers on the Dragons to a victory at the Sports Arena. The Dragons won the game 125-61.

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S a s s y Back


 Kayli Esser, Wichita, jumps during halftime performance of the Salt City Bowl game. The Dragon Dolls perform at halftime during every home basketball and football game.

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(Far Left) While on the sidelines, Abby Anderson, Newton, cheers on the Dragons. Before joining the Dragon Doll’s, Anderson was on Newton High’s dance team, the Railiners.

(Left) Captain Jasmine Merrell, and Mia McDaniel, both of Salina, brush off their shoulders during a halftime performance. Merrell helps choreograph many of the Dragon Doll’s performances. (Below) The Dragon Dolls perform their kickline section during a half time performance. Kickline’s are traditionally a crowd favorite among spirit squads.

The Dragon Dolls’ passion for dance and performing brings the team together to entertain STORY  Haydnn Neufeld  DESIGN  Shannon Leininger  PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

Bruce said. “Just like any other team, we are brought together by something that each person has a passion for.” The team brings in choreographers from all over, and sometimes even has members of the squad choreograph the dances themselves. “I’ve always loved to choreograph dances so it’s really easy for me to freestyle,” Jasmine Merrell, Salina, said. “My favorite saying that I often tell people is, ‘let the music take you.’” The Dragon Dolls perform during halftime of all home football and basketball games. The spirit these ladies portray plays a part in their halftime performances and brings light and enjoyment to the sporting events at HutchCC.

Dragon Dolls

With six sophomores and seven freshmen, the Hutchinson Community College Dragon Dolls dance team are a strong force to watch during halftime at sporting events, and other occasional performances. While maintaining a healthy amount of sass and attitude during performances, the HutchCC dance squad also has a softer side. “When we’re not learning or practicing dances, we like to be involved in the community and attend events,” Assistant Coach Paige Bruce said. “We also like to help out at the local schools throughout the year.” The group learns multiple dances at a time and tries to help encourage each other while doing so. “In dance, we help to aspire each other and build each other up,”

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