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RASK Force fills campus with positive notes

Motorcycle Class returning to campus

Circle K works with RASK Force to spread over 400 kind notes across campus

Starting on Friday, April 6th, HutchCC will bring in beginning motorcycle enthusiasts

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The student voice of Hutchinson Community College

March 16, 2018

Vol. 59 Issue 18

HutchCC Child Care Center shares the love By Merissa Anderson Collegian Editor

A few blocks north from main campus, next door to the Elland Hall dorms, sit the quaint building and playground area of the Hutchinson Community College Child Care Center. Julie Wisbey, Child Care Center Coordinator, has spent the last 23 years of her time working at HutchCC caring for the young children of students, staff members and surrounding area teachers. “We have children ages 3 and potty trained up to 6-years old,” Wisbey said. “We are open 7:30 to 5 Monday through Friday, and our main goal is to prepare children for their future.

They need to learn to communicate with each other, they need the social skills, they need the introduction to the letters. It’s not as direct as a preschool but we do introduce them to the things they’ll need for kindergarten.” For students with children, there are several scholarships available for possible financial help. “I want campus to know that we’re here and that we’re here to support the staff and students that have children,” Wisbey said. “We want them to know that their child is in a safe and happy space while they’re working. I want even the people that don’t have children to know that so if they know someone who has a child, they’re

Julie Wisbey/Courtesy Photo Several toddlers, between the ages of three and six, lay under a table to draw whatever their imagination creates on pieces of paper. The kids are involved in various activities throughout the day.

comfortable recommending us to them.” Although the center can care for up to 38 children at a time, with the help of three full time employees and several work study students, this year they have a smaller group with 17 kids. The day’s activities for the children are always educational and fun for all involved. “We have a lot of free play because a lot of learning happens when they’re playing,” Wisbey said. “We give them a breakfast snack in the morning, we have circle time with music and movement and we have stories that happen outside and a lot of discussion about the things they want to accomplish for the day. We have two groups where one group is outside and the other is inside and we switch them so they get to do both. Then we’ll all come in and do an activity of some sort, like painting. Then we have more free play and get ready for lunch.” Just before lunch, some children leave early and load up on a bus so that they can attend a preschool of their parent’s choice for the second half of the day. “There’s a lot of rules we have to follow but seeing the kids be successful and watching them grow up is a really great feeling,” Wisbey said. “To see them and to have them still remember me is amazing.” As much as Wisbey and the other employees enjoy spending time with the kids, there are times that the young ones can pose challenges. “Dynamics of personalities can be difficult,” Wisbey said. “Each child is different and they all have their own

Merissa Anderson/Editor Julie Wisbey, Child Care Center Coordinator, has been with the center for over 23 years and enjoys being able to see her students grow up and remember her. ment online to be her goal language development and personality and what you when caring for the children self expression through comcan say to one child doesn’t of HutchCC students and munication, strengthening work with the next child staff. motor skills and encouragsometimes. And it can be a “The HCC Child Care ing cognitive development challenge to figure out how Center, located on HCC through a variety of ‘learning to address a certain issue by doing’ activities while with a certain child. It can be campus is dedicated to promoting a healthy self continuing to grow at each challenging but it’s rewardimage and to developing child’s own developmental ing.” social skills through interaclevel,” The Child Care CenWisbey make the Child tion with others, enhancing ter website states. Care Center mission state-

games,” O’Sullivan said. He also explained in further detail what he does. “I coordinate the activities, making sure they are where they need to be when scheduled, communicate

should they arise, deal with inquiries and occasional complaints from fans, etc.,” O’Sullivan said. Since HutchCC is now in the NJCAA Tournament, O’Sullivan said he pre-

with coaches and game officials and NJCAA officials as necessary, provide solutions for problems

sumes that there will be an increase in ticket sales and more enthusiasm from the Hutchinson community.

Men prepare to compete in 21st NJCAA Tournament By Brenna Eller Opinion Editor

The NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is coming to the Sports Arena again, starting Monday. Not only that, but Hutchinson Community College received one of the eight at-large-bids and has been seeded 11 in the tournament against Cape Fear, which the Blue Dragons will play at noon Tuesday. The Blue Dragons will now have been in the NJCAA Tournament 21 times. Joe O’Sullivan, the Tournament Director,

gave some information on the workings of being in the NJCAA Committee. There are other people with specific jobs such as team host, scorer’s table, press credentials and assignments, locker room and equipment, statisticians, entertainment, opening ceremonies, awards, public address, game officials (provided needs and security by committee), house committee, and others. “They all do a great job without much involvement from me. My job is to manage all aspects of the tournament directly involving the

“Many of our fans have been coming for many years, and they can recite from memory the years in which Hutchinson won the tournament,” O’Sullivan said. “They are familiar with many of the teams who are returning, and the coaches and players from those schools who went on to fouryear schools and to professional basketball.” Even if the Blue Dragons hadn’t gotten into the Tournament, there still would’ve been a large audience. “That has been proven

over the 70 years the American Legion has sponsored this tournament in Hutchinson, even when HutchCC didn’t make it,” O’Sullivan said. Since the American Legion hosts for all 24 teams, the Sports Arena has been appointed a “neutral court” so that there is no bias and no such thing as a “homecourt advantage”. Therefore, committee members like O’Sullivan are impartial to certain teams, although O’Sullivan said that he is glad Hutchinson has made it to the Tournament.


Upcoming events

Are you planning on attending the NJCAA Tournament next Tuesday?

March. 17 — Softball vs. Labette (Doubleheader) 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. March. 18 — Reno Choral Society and Concert Choral present: Messiah in the B. J. Warner Recital Hall at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. March. 19-24 — NJCAA Tournament at noon in the Sports Arena. March. 20 — Baseball vs Cowley 2:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m. March. 21 — Softball vs Sterling JV (Doubleheader) 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

“I can’t go to the Tournament because I have class on Tuesday and I usually don’t go to the basketball games.”

“No I wasn’t planning on going because I’m not into sports.”

“No I don’t think I’m going because I think we gotta pay for it, but if I can I will.”

— Kyndra Packard, Kingman

— Alec Ratzlaff, Hutchinson

— Kenny Armstrong Curaco, Caribbean

“I’m actually not because I’ll be working. I think the games are pretty cool though and they work really hard to get to where they’re going.” — McKenzie French, Buhler

“ I will be there, but I won’t be able to watch because I’m working the parking lot.” — Alex Stika, Hutchinson


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Entertainment March Madness Pulse Don’t stop going to the movie theater Columnist

Jack Greenwood A disturbing trend has emerged from growing technology. Now, many people across the world would rather stay at home to watch a new release movie on Netflix, than go to the theatre when it first comes out. I’m here to say that isn’t acceptable. The movie theater isn’t just a location for a movie, it’s an experience and a positive piece of American culture. For centuries, people have lined up at the theater to see a new-release film. Movie cinemas have created an atmosphere that includes everything Hollywood, from popcorn, to movie posters, to bonus features before the movie. If you’re a movie junkie like me, the movie theater is a safe haven. When I was

younger, I went to the movies anytime I had a hard day or needed an escape. At home, you never can escape your daily life with the temptations of your phone and other distractions. The movie theater is a safe place to go and immerse yourself in the movie you’ve chosen. It is true, when you go to the movies, you feel like a part of the film. I realize that movie theaters can be pricey. However, I would personally rather spend money to see a movie in theater, than to watch it on Hulu or Netflix. While I enjoy streaming shows just as much as anyone, I believe the movie theater still provides an experience they simply cannot. As technology grows, many things in our culture change or die off. In many ways, these are positive movements, such as in the medical world. But that doesn’t mean we have to lose some of our most fun traditions along the way. So go and immerse yourself in a movie at your local theater. Enjoy a nice popcorn while watching the film. Take note of the previews that play for another potential visit to the theater. And finally, allow yourself to escape into the cinema world.

B & B Theaters Hutchinson Mall showtimes: (this week)

Kourtney Sweet/Cartoonist

Black Panther

A Wrinkle in Time

Courtesy Photos

Love, Simon

Friday:4:10 p.m., 7:10, 10:10 p.m. Saturday: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 p.m. Sunday:1:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m. Mon-Wed:4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

Friday:4:20 p.m., 7:20, 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00 p.m. Sunday:1:20 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m. Mon-Wed:4:20p.m., 7:20 p.m.

Death Wish

Friday: 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:20 p.m. Saturday: 12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:20 p.m. Sunday: 12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m. Mon-Wed: 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m.

Tomb Raider


Friday:4:40 p.m. Saturday:4:40 p.m. Sunday: 4:40 p.m. Mon-Wed:4:40 p.m.

The Strangers: Prey at Night

Friday: 3:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Saturday:12:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Sunday:12:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m. Monday-Wednesday: 3:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m.

Friday:4:30p.m.,7:30p.m., 10:20 p.m. Saturday:1:30p.m., 4:30, 10:20 p.m. Sunday:1:30p.m.,4:30 p.m.,7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday:4:30p.m. 7:30 p.m.

I Can Only Imagine

Friday: 4 :00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.,7:40 p.m., 9:40 p.m. Saturday: 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:40, 9:40 p.m. Sunday: 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:40 p.m. Mon-Wed: 4:00, 7:00, 7:40 p.m.

Friday: 3:00 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m. Saturday:12:50 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m. Sunday:12:50, 3:00, 5:10, 7:40 p.m. Monday-Wednesday: 3:00, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.

The unfortunate events of Brenna My CSI experience

On Sunday, March 4, I was at home in Little River when I had one of the weirdest experiences ever. I thought I had found a dead body. I was taking photos for my Monday night Basic Photography class, and knew of some areas outside of Little River that had high potential for my Rules of Thirds project. It was after church that I decided to go out for a walk in the refreshing spring-like weather with my mom. We went down to an old path that I used to walk almost daily in the summertime. As we were walking through, my mom noticed another path in the trees. Since there are still no leaves on the trees, you could see everything. I’d never seen completely through the trees before. So we walked along the mowed path and ended up at this really old beaten up car.

At first I was just bewildered because I had never seen the car in the many times I had traveled along this area. I was taking pictures and lined the focus on the graph lines in my camera. Walking around to the left side of the rustic four-door, I saw something in the back seat. There was a long vertebrae with some other small bones around it. I was stunned into silence thinking about the possibility of a murder or missing person. The ribs were a little off, so it didn’t exactly look human. A lot of people hunt where I’m from, so my mom and I weren’t jumping to any

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conclusions. I came to school and showed my classmates the picture of the bones in the backseat. One of them told me I needed to report it. In Little River, some people just like to mess with others. My mom had asked people who live near the trail if they had seen the car. The man she asked said that it probably belonged to his neighbor who likes practical joking or just left an animal in there. In the meantime, my best friend and I went back on Tuesday to investigate further. It was super windy out, causing my car to shake on the highway. When we got to the scene of the crime, we carefully


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opened the door like I should have the first time. She used one foot to press on the handle while I pulled it back with my foot. After looking over everything, and since her dad is a vet that works with big animals, she has seen some bones and animal parts. We concluded that it was indeed not a body. Above is a picture of the old rustic I was half relieved that car I stumbled upon in the path I didn’t need to make a huge outside of Little River and below deal of this and alarm the are the bones that my friend and I police for no reason, half found in the torn up back seat. disappointed because it would be pretty cool to be the one to discover a body. On the bright side, my friend and I decided we needed a day to just be girls and shop. We took the long way back to Hutch, which was going through McPherson to kill some time. So we went to a couple of retail stores and then headed to Applebee’s for supper. Overall it wasn’t too bad Brenna Eller/Opinion Editor of a time.

Staff Editor: Merissa Anderson Opinion page editor: Brenna Eller Sports editor: Lucas Barlow Adviser: Brad Hallier Staff members: Pablo Sanchez, Emma Cox, Amanda Carney, Cassidy Crites, Jack Greenwood, Allie Schweizer, Kourtney Sweet

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Motorcycle safety class brings in RASK Force spreads campus kindness community members and students By Merissa Anderson Collegian Editor

By Pablo Sanchez Staff Writer

The purpose of the Motorcycle Safety program at Hutchinson Community College is to provide service to the community and surrounding areas and is offered by the Kansas State Department of Education. Collette Edwards, HutchCC College Administrative Assistant to Steve Porter, the Vice President of Workforce Development and Outreach directs students to instructors for the class and disperses the Motorcycle Safety class registration pamphlets. “Classes begin Friday evening (April 6) at 5:45 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.,” the pamphlet states. “There are eight hours of instruction on Saturday and Sunday, for a minimum of 20 hours of instruction.” “We have been doing it since the 2000’s,” Edwards said. “At the end of the course, the instructors will give you a signed DE-99 – that is a state form – and you’ll take it to the (Department of Motor Vehicles), and all you should have to do is present that and pay the fee to have the endorsement placed on your license. The DMV does reserve the right to re-test, but I’ve never heard of that happening.” According to Edwards,

time is split between the classroom and the range. Friday evening, students will be in the classroom. Saturday they’ll be on the range practicing driving maneuvers, and then they will have some time again in the classroom. Sunday, they will go back and practice a little bit more, and then will be tested on their skills at HutchCC. There are 25 questions on the exam, and its all multiple choice. The students need at least an 80 percent to class, and can retake the test but must wait at least 24 hours. Classes are estimated to fill quickly. “The maximum we can have in a class is 12,” Edwards said. “We teach probably between 250 and 300 students a year. We have taught nearly 5,000 in the 10 years that we have been teaching.” According to Porter, the student to teacher ratio is one-to-six, so you could have a class of 12 students, which means you have to have two instructors. “If we do a double weekend, we’ll have four instructors with a class of 24,” Porter said. “They’re only together on Friday night, but when we go to the range, there’s never more than 12.” Porter said. The motorcycle training program is state-ap-

proved. After completing the motorcycle course, students will receive a certification card form the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Some insurances will recognize it for discounts, but not all will. Additionally, the class is United States Armed Forces approved, according to the pamphlet. “We provide the bikes and helmets, but if you want to bring your helmet you’re more than welcome to,” Edwards said. “We have a few exceptions. On Easter, we don’t practice and we sometimes run into conflict with the Sports Arena but, on most weekends, we do run classes.” “We provide the bikes and helmets, but if you want to bring your helmet you’re more than welcome to,” Edward said. “We have a few exceptions. On Easter, we don’t practice and we sometimes run into conflict with the Sports Arena but, on most weekends, we do run classes.” Students are encouraged not to ride the motorcycles until they feel comfortable so that they are not a hazard to others on the range or on the road. For more information, contact Collette Edwards at 620-655-3550, email at or vist motorcycle.

Within the last week, many may have noticed the variety of kind notes spreading like wildfire throughout campus. The notes were part of a collaboration between the Random Acts of Selfless Kindness (RASK), a student based group, and Circle-K, a campus club. The small, but growing, unofficial group is headed by Ryan Diehl, Program Improvement Coordinator. Tyler Pauly, HutchCC Student, is also active in teh group. “Any individual or campus organization is encouraged to do RASKS of their own,” Pauly said. “Many clubs have been approached with the idea of participating in RASK. My job as part of the RASK

e ake th m u o Y better a d l r wo anks h T ! e plac ng for bei you!

Over 400 kind-worded sticky notes were placed around campus by RASK and Circle-K

Force is to bring ideas and suggestions to clubs I am involved in. Our initial plan was that clubs would serve as the backbone of RASK and the movement would spread from there.” Circle-K decided to join in after recieving the weekly campus-wide emails sent by RASK which highlight anonymous student submissions of random acts of kindness they witness. “Someone mentioned that positive notes always make thier day,” Samantha Wilson of Circle-K said. “We decided we’d just get a ton of sticky notes and fill them with positive words and thoughts.” The results of the notes were immediate. “It was amazing to see how happy our notes were making people! I’m still seeing them on social media.”

“I think the RASK project is awesome! It’s definitely brought even more happiness to campus.”

-Sam Wilson

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

“The greatest way individuals can promote n lub ca RASK is by sharing Your c lved o their experiences through get inv tact n the submission form and too! Co K social media.” S the RA

Do everything you can with whatever you have wherever you are!

-Tyler Pauly

“The weekly email is so that we can get kindness to spread more on campus.”

-McKenzie French

Students interested in receiving a flyer can find one in the Shear’s Technology Center. The flyer provides a registration page and important info on the class.

Collectively, Circle-K and RASK were able to disperse over 400 notes according to Wilson. “We want to help campus groups spead campus,” McKenzie French, RASK member said. “We want to help initiate the kindness and get more involvement from students too, not just from clubs.” In addition to the notes, links in the weekly emails show submitted photos of kindness rocks, animaguri (knitted stuffed animal) hunts in the library and hundreds of photos of the sticky notes across campus. “There is no act of kindness to small to be celebrated,” Pauly said. “I hope that RASK will create a lasting atmosphere of kindness and compassion on campus and in the greater community.”

Don’t just fly... SOAR!! And never give up!

mail, e e c r o F ess@ kindn du, c.e hutchc info. re for mo

Submit y our own RASKS on link inclu the d the weekly ed in RASK Force em ails!

Campus Career Connections job fair rescheduled for April 12 By Amanda Carney Staff Writer

Hutchinson Community College’s Career Connections Job Fair that was originally supposed to take place Feb. 22 has been rescheduled for April 12. April 12 is a Thursday. The

fair will go from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The choice to postpone the fair and not school on Feb. 22, due to icy roads, was a difficult challenge. However, Christopher Lau, the fair’s director, made the call to not have anyone make

the drive for the fair, especially as some people were to come in from Wichita. “The fair wasn’t incredibly hard to reschedule,” Lau said. “It was more making sure the Sports Arena was available for the fair. Surrounding areas also had

career events going, so we had to make sure we didn’t overlap with our career fair.” The career fair is not only a chance for students to search for potential jobs, but it is also a great place for students to win prizes.

“The career fair is a great place for students to find a job, but also for students to practice handing out their resumes and practice job interviews,” Lau said. The career fair has great opportunities for anyone who is finishing up with

a technical degree from HutchCC, or anyone looking for a job. The career fair also gives students a chance to dress up, connect with potential employers and other students, and just give students practice for future job interviews.


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Women’s basketball dancing another Texas two-step

Allie Schweizer/Collegian Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball players celebrate a 3-point basket during a game earlier this season at the Sports Arena. While the Blue Dragons didn’t win the conference or Region 6, they still garned an at-large bid to the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Championship. They’ll play Monday against San Jacinto.

HutchCC will get chance to shake off Region 6 defeat By Lucas Barlow Sports Editor The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team ended last week with a devastating loss to Independence Community College in the Region 6 tournament semifinals. The Blue Dragons then had to wait almost a full week to find out if their season would continue or end. However, on Monday, the Blue Dragons got the news the whole team want-

ed to hear. Hutchinson received one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Tournament. Hutchinson is seeded No. 18 and is set to face No. 15-seeded San Jacinto-North College, from Pasadena, Texas. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. For the Blue Dragons, they will be making their eighth appearance in the national tournament, and seven of those eight are

under current coach John Ontjes. However, this is the first time they’ve been as an at-large bid. Two long winning streaks throughout the season were the key in getting the bid. One was 13-game streak that saw the Blue Dragons not losing in almost two months, the other was a seven-game streak that was important late in the season. The Blue Dragons have reached three NJCAA national championship games under Ontjes, in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Men earn at-large bid to play at home again By Lucas Barlow Sports Editor It’s official. The defending NJCAA national champions are back in the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship. Hutchinson Community College can now rest easy as the Blue Dragons earned one of eight at-large bids for the tournament. After losing the Region 6 tournament championship – to a very good Coffeyville squad – March 7 in Park City, the team had to wait all the way until Monday to find out if they were going to get one of the remaining at-large bids. However, the Blue Dragons don’t get much time relax, as the first games will start first thing next week. The Blue Dragons earned the No. 11 seed in the tournament this year. They will play their opening-round game on Tuesday, game

Basketball, baseball to make for a busy Tuesday By The Collegian staff Tuesday will be a busy day for Hutchinson Community College athletics, and students are encouraged to take advantage. The men’s basketball team will open the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s

Championship at noon against Cape Fear, North Carolina. Student tickets will be available for $5, starting at 1 p.m. today at Parker Student Union and the dorms. Student ID must be presented, and students may buy just one ticket per ID. Cash will be the only form of

payment accepted. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the HutchCC baseball team has a game against Cowley at Hobart-Detter Field. Free hot dogs will be available for students, and there will be about 100 Blue Dragon bucket hats handed out to students while supplies last.

time is set for noon. Hutchinson will take on the Region 10 champions from North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College. Of course, the Hutchinson Sports Arena will be the stage of the action. The Blue Dragons will be making their 21st appearence in the NJCAA Tournament, including their fourth straight, which is a record for Hutchinson. Out of coach Steve Eck’s nine seasons, this is his fifth time he’ll enter the tournament. Last year, the Blue Dragons received an at-large bid after losing the Region 6 championship, and the end result was a national championship. Hutchinson is 48-25 overall in NJCAA Tournament games. The Blue Dragons also played in 10 semifinals and six championship games, winning the title in 1988, 1994, and 2017.


• Continued from Page 5 keep the Blue Dragons in the game. Cassidy Prucha had the big hit in the fifth inning, as she had a RBI double. Izzy Godinez and Ashton Reynolds followed with

RBI singles. The Blue Dragons outhit Hesston 13-7, and Stockman earned her second win of the season. Hutchinson improved to 14-2 overall with the win. The Blue Dragons will play at home Friday against Coffeyville, and the next day, against Labette.

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Baseball bops North Iowa

HutchCC softball sweeps Hesston By The Collegian Staff

Allie Schweizer/Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Ryan Stoecklein hits a home run during a Friday doubleheader against Cloud County at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons swept the doubleheader and took three out of four games from the Thunderbirds.

HutchCC sets hitting records in offensive slugfest

See Softball, Page 4

By The Collegian Staff

It looked like a football score. It was, in fact, baseball. Hutchinson Community College set a school record for most runs scored in a game, and the Blue Dragons needed almost all of them, as HutchCC beat North Iowa 28-24 on Wednesday at Hobart-Detter Field. The previous record was 26, set in 2017 against Cloud County. The Blue Dragons hit six home runs, tying a single-game record. North Iowa also set a record for most runs scored against HutchCC. Riley Metzger led the Blue Dragons with two home runs, a double and six RBIs. Logan Santori tied a single-game record by scoring four runs, and Santori added four hits, a home run and four RBIs Wednesday’s win came on the heels of three wins against Cloud County late last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Blue Dragons dominated the rest of the series, winning 9-6, 11-1 and 9-8. Putting Wednesday in perspective, the Blue Dragons scored 29 runs in four games against Cloud County, one more than the total against North Iowa. The Blue Dragons are now 11-8 overall and continue conference play this week against first-place Butler.

The Hutchinson Community College softball team, ranked No. 18 in NJCAA Division 2, continued its hot start to the season Tuesday, sweeping Hesston in a doubleheader at Fun Valley Sports Complex. The Blue Dragons won the first game 8-4, and then completed the sweep with a 10-7 win. Kiara DeCrane smacked a pair of home runs in the first game, but the game started slow for the Blue Dragons. Hesston led 2-0 going to the bottom of the third inning, but a two-run triple by Brynne Stockman tied it up. Raven Bass and DeCrane hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning, and DeCrane homered again an inning later. D.J. Cannon was the winning pitcher, as she improved her record to 8-0. In the second game, Hutchinson again started slow, down 3-0 in the third inning. Stockman came in to pitch in relief and helped

Athlete of the week (March 4-10) Raven Bass, softball

Allie Schweizer/Collegian Miguel Reyes Jr. throws a pitch against Cloud County on Friday at Hobart-Detter Field. Reyes threw a complete game, allowing one unearned run on five hits during Hutchinson’s 11-1 win.

The week: Bass had a powerful week at the plate in helping the Blue Dragons win three out of four games. She accu- Bass mulated seven hits in 10 atbats, inlcuding two doubles and one home run against Cloud County and another against Garden City. She added five RBIs and also walked twice. Bass also played flawless defense. The season: Bass, a sophomore from Odessa, Missouri, is one of the Blue Dragons’ top hitters. Through 14 games, she was batting .410 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.

Blue Dragon sports schedules, results. All home games, events in caps.


Feb. 10, at Coffeyville, W 11-1 Feb. 11, at Coffeyville, L 7-6, W 10-1 Feb. 15, at Northeast Texas, L 7-1; W 9-7 (10 inn.) Feb. 16, at Northeast Texas, L 15-11 Feb. 18, INDEPENDENCE, W 19-12 Feb. 27, REDLANDS, W 13-5; W 6-5 March 1, COLBY, W 3-2; L 10-3 March 3, at Colby, L 5-1, L 12-9 March 6, vs. Seminole State L 5-2 March 8, at Cloud County, L 3-0; W 9-6 March 9, CLOUD COUNTY, W 11-1; W 9-8 March 14, NORTH IOWA, W 28-24 March 15, BUTLER, 2 p.m. March 17, at Butler, 1 p.m. March 20, COWLEY, 2 p.m. March 22, at Barton, 1 p.m. March 24, BARTON, 1 p.m. March 27, Cowley, 2 p.m. March 29, DODGE CITY, 2 p.m. March 31, at Dodge City, 1 p.m. April 3, at Independence, 2 p.m. April 5, at Garden City, 3 p.m. April 7, GARDEN CITY, 1 p.m.

April 10, at Barton, 5 p.m. April 13, at Longview, 1 p.m. April 14, at Longview, noon April 19, PRATT, 1 p.m. April 21, at Pratt, 1 p.m. April 24, at Redlands, 2 p.m. April 26, at Seward County, 3:30 p.m. April 28, SEWARD COUNTY, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball (postseason)

March 1, CLOUD COUNTY, W 93-83 March 4, vs. Independence, W 74-59 March 6, vs. Barton, W 74-69 March 7, vs. Coffeyville, L 82-80 March 20, CAPE FEAR, noon

Women’s basketball (postseason)

March 1, PRATT, W 82-22 March 5, vs. Garden City, W 55-37 March 6, vs. Independence, L 70-50 March 19, vs. San Jacinto at Lubbock, Texas, 2 p.m.


March 5-6, at Bethany College Classic

March 19-20, at UNK Invitational March 26, Jayhawk Conference tournament April 9, Jayhawk Conference tournament April 16-17, Jayhawk Conference Championship April 23-24, Region 6/District 3 tournament


Feb. 9, PRATT, W 16-1, W 8-0 Feb. 10, COLBY, ppd. Feb. 14, at Barton, W 6-1, W 9-4 Feb. 23, at Murray State, ccd Feb. 27, at Bethel JV, W 28-6; W 7-2 March 1, at Oklahoma Wesleyan JV, W 5-2; L 6-3 March 2, at Rose State, W 4-0, L 6-2 March 8, at Cloud County, W 9-1; L 6-2 March 9, at Garden City, W 5-0; W 9-4 March 13, HESSTON, W 8-4; W 10-7 March 16, COFFEYVILLE, 2 p.m. March 17, LABETTE, 1 p.m. March 21, STERLING JV, 1 p.m. March 23, at Johnson County, 2 p.m. March 24, at Fort Scott, 2 p.m.

March 28, TABOR JV, 3 p.m. April 3, at Independence, 2 p.m. April 6, HIGHLAND, 2 p.m. April 7, KANSAS CITY, 1 p.m. April 11, at Sterling JV, 3 p.m. April 13, at Allen County, 2 p.m. April 14, at Neosho County, 1 p.m. April 17, COWLEY, 3 p.m. April 24, BETHANY JV, 5 p.m.

Track and field (outdoor)

March 10, Butch Reynolds Invitational, El Dorado March 15, at Southwestern Invitational April 4-5, at Tiger Multi Event, Arkansas City April 6-7, at Friends Invitational April 14, at Gorilla Relays, Pittsburg April 19-21, at Kansas Relays April 21, at Tabor Invitational April 28, at Southwestern Relays May 3-5, REGION 6 CHAMPIONSHIPS

March 16, 2018 Hutchinson Collegian  
March 16, 2018 Hutchinson Collegian