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Both Blue Dragons basketball teams swept Doge City, Colby last week. The student voice of Hutchinson Community College

February 22, 2019


Vol. 60 Issue 15

Making an impact

Rick Rigsby speaks at first Lecture Series of the year By Brenna Eller Editor in Chief

Since third grade, Rick Rigsby knew he was a talker, but it wasn’t until he was in college that he decided to pursue a career out of it. Tuesday, Rigsby spoke at the first Dillon Lecture Series of the year at the Sports Arena. Even though Rigsby was a talker as a child, it took him some time to become confident speaking in front of a camera or crowds as an adult. When he got to college, he didn’t expect to go into Communications. “To be honest, I hated math at the time,” Rigsby said, reminiscing about deciding what to do when he was a college student. He decided to be a disc jockey and started an internship with a local television station. His job was to take affirmative action and use his voice strongly, because it wasn’t very common for a black man to get much air-time in the 70s and his boss encouraged him to make a difference. According to Rigsby, it took some practice and a few mistakes before he got comfortable enough to speak to an audience through broadcast. He was told to pretend he was talking to his mom when on-air and it helped push him in the right direction. “I learned that listening is far more important than speaking in terms of communication,” Rigsby said. Rigsby ended up getting four degrees in communication and also became an ordained minister. After speaking at several schools over the years, Rigsby was just as shocked as would be expected when he found out his commencement speech at Cal Maritime Academy in 2017 went viral, and got more than 200 million views.

Photos by Dustin Curiel/Collegian Public speaker, Rick Rigsby was the speaker at the Dillon Lecture Series February 19 and shared many messages in hopes of impacting others.

Before he spoke there, Rigsby didn’t think of himself as someone who made that big of a difference. Rigsby was giving a speech in Tulsa when his wife called and gave him the news that his speech had so many views.

Then, his son told him he needed to hire people to manage him and convinced him to speak for a living. When Rigsby wrote his first book, “Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout”, in 2006, it was not a well-known book. But after the speech went viral, the book became a Wall Street Journal best seller in 2017. When asked why he made a career in public speaking, Rigsby said, “I love it, I love people and love rising to the challenge, I’m an encourager.” Even though he loves what he does, Rigsby said there are obstacles he’s faced traveling and speaking for so many years. “I’ve traveled 70,000 miles since Jan. 2, and I get tired,” Rigsby said. Fatigue plays a role with being a public speaker, and he often experiences loneliness on the road, because his wife and kids don’t get to attend many of his speeches.

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Upcoming events

Feb. 27 — Women’s basketball in Region VI Tournament opening round (TBA) 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 — Men’s basketball in Region VI Tournament opening round (TBA) 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Don’t judge Never show up late Be kind Be a servant Portray excellence

The happenings around campus

Blue Dragons weekend forecast

Friday —High: 46 Low: 35 Saturday—High: 40 Low: 24 Sunday —High: 42 Low: 23

Feb. 28— Baseball vs. Cloud County (DH- 1/9) 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Hobart-Detter Field. Mar. 2— Softball vs. Butler (DH) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Fun Valley.

The other obstacle he faces along with many other speakers is the fear of not being the best he can be. “The Dillon Lecture Series doesn’t want kind of good, they want the best,” Rigsby said, “Because that video went viral, I have to give good speeches.” Rigsby shares many messages during his lectures, many involving his hero and the one who taught him how to be a man; his father. Tuesday, the main theme of Rigsby’s message was “Making an Impact”. With the crowd showing a positive reaction to Rigsby’s speech with laughter, applause, hollering and happy responses, he proved that he had left an impact on people, ranging from kids to elderly in the short time of being in the building. Rigsby has given speeches all over the world and continues at the age of 63, describing himself as a kid at heart. That is his answer to being asked how he feels he can relate to everyone when he is talking. Rigsby emphasized the importance of communicating to a wide audience and being able to relate to all ages and races with his messages explaining that he tries to make the material relatable to everyone and hopes to always give life-altering inspiration. After he went viral, Rigsby started to get called by people who listened to his speech and decided to change their lifestyle. Some were having issues with themselves and others were having marriage problems and instead of turning to the worst outcome, they decided to ask for help, which gave Rigsby more motivation to continue his passionate and humorous messages. If you aren’t familiar with the famous commencement speech given by Rigsby, he gave several pieces of his father’s advice to the graduates and told stories that proved how far he had fallen and how he got back up. Even when he lost his wife and college sweetheart, hitting rock bottom, he didn’t give up because his dad sustained him by saying three words that Rigsby will never forget. He told him, “Son, just stand.” He had two sons with Trina and knew he had to be strong for them and honor his wife’s wishes. Two years later, he was able to find love again and had two more sons. Rigsby’s youngest son is now 18 and his oldest is 36.

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The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, February 22, 2019

‘Snow freaking way Are you Flurreal? Our view We don’t know about you, but we are completely tired of Kansas’ bipolar weather moods. One day, it is in the mid 70s, and the next it is freezing cold with snow and ice all pelting our faces and making us slip on our … butts. We can all agree that this winter is more messed up than all of us college students combined. And that’s saying something. Due to this insane weather, accidents have spiked in Hutchinson and college students are paying the price more than others. When classes don’t end up getting canceled, we are stuck driving in slippery conditions and walking on campus sidewalks that haven’t been salted yet. Too many students have said that they fell on campus during those snow days. Our newspaper staff even had some falls and close calls when delivering the past couple Friday mornings. It can be agreed upon that the crazy weather and the immense amount of snow and ice needs to stop. First of all, Kansas, you need to pick whether you

want to be in the season of winter or spring and stay there. Second, it would be much appreciated if you could stop it with these bizarre snowfalls that come with the lovely addition of ice. We don’t need or want that anymore! We never did! All we want is consistent weather that doesn’t make us more inclined to crash our vehicles. College students are already more likely to get into vehicle crashes due to distracted and unsafe driving and it doesn’t help when ice renders us from being able to stop at a red lights. One of the most dangerous times is turning left at intersections where there are no green arrows available. The intersection at 11th Avenue and Plum Street close to campus is one of the most dangerous spots by the college. All students need to be extra careful around campus streets because they tend to get very busy and unsafe, especially in these insane weather conditions. Please be safe in walking and driving in Kansas’s stupid weather, because we want all of you to graduate without slipping on ice and breaking a hip before we’re 80-years old.

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The Women’s Corner Hey bra, let’s not

This week’s topic has been touched on just a little bit in past editions, but I wanted to write a column solemnly for this predicament. Clothes for women are generally more expensive than men and we have more clothing to buy anyway. But what I don’t get is why the things we wear under our clothes cost so damn much. Especially when we go without them, society looks down at us like we committed the worst sin. The question I have asked myself for the longest time is why are undergar-

Many artists leave their old lives behind once they reach success. Quinn XCII, on the other hand, embraces who he was and is today, both the good and the bad, through this album. Quinn XCII (pronounced Quinn 92) is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. His sophomore album, “From Michigan With Love”, serves as a tribute to his home state. “From Michigan With Love” covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from anxiety to toxic masculinity. Somehow, he finds a way to make the songs that cover these difficult topics upbeat and fresh. With his reggae-style tone, exhilarating production, and refreshing features, I can confidently say there is not a bad song on this album.


Tabitha Barr ments so expensive when they are literally just there to hold us in place? Whether it be underwear, bras, or lingerie, they are all too expensive for what they are made for. When searching online

for prices, I decided to go to kohls.com and see what they had. I searched the word bra and came up with many choices that ranged anywhere from $30 to $60. I don’t know about any of you, but this is normal pricing for bras and I think that it’s quite ridiculous. Underwear at Kohl’s runs around $20 - $35, and that continues to be a norm in today’s market, but it still doesn’t make it any less angering. And don’t even get me started on women’s lingerie. For something that is made with so little fabric, it sure is expensive enough

to be a full length coat. Lingerie can range in prices all over. On Kohl’s, I’ve seen some as low as $20 and as high as $80. Now tell me again how a company can make so much money off of something with so little fabric? Because I am absolutely stumped and I just feel beat. Yes, women like to dress up cute sometimes. Whether it be for themselves or others, it’s nice to feel cute in these types of clothes. It is common for women to be excited when they buy a new bra, underwear and lingerie. Which we should be excited because if we are

spending that much money on these, then we can be as happy as we want. I figured I would look at one more source, and why not go to the most popular of them all. Searching Victoria’s Secret, I just started straight up laughing. When looking at the underwear with the least amount a fabric, you find that the price is for some reason jacked way up compared to those with more fabric. If that’s not ridiculous, I don’t know what is. Something that is supposed to show more skin, should not end up being more damaging to my pay-

Quinn XCII album review


Jared Shuff While Quinn doesn’t shy away from serious material, he still has fun with his music. “Tough ft. Noah Kahan” addresses the concept of toxic masculinity, but in a way that is honestly hilarious. It’s impossible to hear the line “Are you insecure that the steroids

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are causing hair loss?” and not laugh. He wants you to know it’s a serious topic, but he’s not going to force feed it down your throat, or in this case, ears. Quinn XCII opens up about his own anxiety in three different songs, each one addressing a different aspect of anxiety. “Autopilot” focuses on how his anxiety affects him on a day-to-day basis, while “Sad Still” is a call to stop the stigmatization of mental illnesses like anxiety. “Life Must Go On ft. Jon Bellion” is a power anthem for those who feel like their own minds are against them. Plus, it features another one of my favorite artists, the amazing Jon Bellion. Every album needs a

few break-up songs, and Quinn XCII most definitely delivers. If you’re stuck in the middle of a toxic relationship, “Werewolf ft. Yoshi Flower” is the song for you. For a relationship that is burning you out, “Matches” might be the way to go. Holding Hands ft. Elohim covers a fading relationship that neither party wants to let go of, while U & Us makes it clear that one person has decided to move on. Love ballads are just as important as those break-up songs. “When I Die” has Quinn XCII reminiscing on all the little things he’ll remember about his love until the very end. In a somewhat similar concept, “Good Thing Go” serves as a reminder to cherish those


Editor In Chief: Brenna Eller Campus editor: Pablo Sanchez Opinion page editor: Tabitha Barr Sports editors: Rebecca Carney and Amanda Carney Digital Content Coordinator: Cody Schroeder. Social Media Editor: Emily Fehrman Adviser: Brad Hallier Staff members: Kathrine Collins, Jared Shuff, Breann Rogers, Rachel Lyons, Shealynn Hubbs, Aaron Strain, Kenneth Ryan. Editorial board: Brenna Eller, Pablo Sanchez,

little things every day. The song “Abel & Cain” is an acknowledgment that he doesn’t deserve the amazing love he has, and how he needs to work on that. I didn’t cover these tracks in any specific order, but I’m ending it with the last track on the album. “Right Where You Should Be ft. Ashe & Louis Futon” is a different kind of love song, one about loving yourself. No matter how difficult the days may be and how much you want it to end, you are right where you should be. Here. As I’ve said, there are no bad songs on this album. However, I do have a few favorites. “Werewolf ft. Yoshi Flower” is such a funky upbeat song I almost forget it’s about a toxic

check. The same goes with lingerie where something that covers very little of a woman’s body costs insanely way too much. I’ve found that there really isn’t much that can be solved about this problem. I feel like bras, underwear and lingerie will forever be more expensive when there less fabric. It’s just how the fashion companies work but it doesn’t mean I can’t voice my opinion.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production

relationship. Sad Still had me dancing along to the beat while holding back tears. “Life Must Go On ft. Jon Bellion” has such an interesting flow to it as well as a positive message. I highly recommend checking out any other artist signed to same record label, Visionary Music Group. Every artist signed to Visionary Music Group is amazing. Make sure to give “From Michigan With Love” a listen. You deserve to bless your ears with some great music.

Jared Shuff is a Hutchinson freshman studying Journalism

Tabitha Barr. Editorial cartoonist: Izzy Caldwell.

Letters to the editor:

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The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, February 22, 2019

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Let’s celebrate Career and Technical Education month February is a time to celebrate those we love and two early U.S. presidents. February also marks Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. This month celebrates all that that CTE is, including Family and Consumer Sciences, Business, and Agriculture. Throughout the month groups like National FCCLA, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Business Professionals of America (BPA), encourage participation from their members and from the public through social media. During CTE month, BPA, FCCLA, and FFA each take a week to do various

activities that promote their organization. This year, BPA and FCCLA shared the week of Feb. 11-15 and FFA used the week of Feb. 18-22. FCCLA week is the time for members of Kansas FCCLA to attend their District Star Events competitions, and district officer elections. Qualifying for State FCCLA Conference in April, is the first step toward competing at the National Leadership Confer-

ence. Around roughly the same time, Kansas BPA members will attend State Leadership Conference to work towards qualifying for National Leadership Conference in May. The reason for celebrating CTE during the month of love, potential for snow, snow days, and ice, parent-teacher conferences, inaccurate weather predictions by a groundhog, and longing for spring, is to remind us that there is promise for


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those who chose to pursue careers in areas encompassed by CTE including HVAC, welding, machining, and more. It reminds us that not every person in the US wants to endure 13 years of compulsory education and 2-4 years of additional postsecondary education in preparation for a job. There are people who choose to provide skilled labor and use their hands to make our lives better and are happy doing it. These people make anywhere between 50,000-60,000 per year starting out, and have the potential to earn more with years of experience and continued training.

2019 HutchCC Homecoming Photos by Kenneth Ryan/Collegian

Bills in process of passing

A “Commonsense First Step:” Governor Laura Kelly released her budget proposal, aimed at undoing “years of financial crisis, budget catastrophes and devastating cuts to Kansas’ most prized investments… without a tax increase.” The plan includes: By Aaron Strain Staff Writer

Restoring the K-12 budget to constitutionally required levels and increasing higher education funding. The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that the state has not funded schools at constitutional levels since 2010. Fixing the state’s foster care system to provide for the growing number of children in the system which “skyrocketed 45 percent since 2011.” Expanding Medicaid as provided under Obamacare. Oswego Community Hospital closed this week, making it the second rural hospital to close in southeast Kansas in three months. Lacking the Medicaid expansion was cited by the hospital as a primary reason for closure. Undoing the Brownback tax experiment and thereby fixing the state’s finances. Re-amortization of KPERS, the state employee retirement fund. “This will enable Kansas to meet all obligations to current and future Kansas retires while enabling the state to invest in essential services.” Kelly said, “This budget doesn’t fix all the problems created over the last several years, nor does it fulfill all of my administration’s goals. But it is a prudent first step that will set the stage for a brighter, more prosperous future — all without a tax increase.” The full report and plan can be read online at: budget.kansas.gov/ budget-report

More from the Governor An executive order under former Governor Brownback’s administration legally condoned the harassment and firing of employees simply for being LGBT+. Kelly’s first formal act as Governor was the signing of a new executive order which extended the state’s nondiscrimination policy for LGBT+ state workers and contractors, and undid Brownback’s order. Kelly gave a State of the State Address on Jan. 26. She said that Kansas was “on the brink of collapse,” but things were getting better after the undoing of the Brownback tax experiment. “We’re united by a common sense of values: that spirit of neighbor-helping-neighbor, respect for one another, and always doing right by our children.” A Manifesto of Strangeness Representative Randy Garber, R-Sabetha, sparked a national controversy after introducing six socially conservative and discriminatory bills. All of these bills are being introduced across the country and all come from a Facebook friend of Garber’s named Mark Sevier, who goes by many aliases and has a bizarre criminal and personal history. House Bills 2318 to 2323 include the following: Calling abortion a religion, samesex marriage a “parody marriage,” and LGBT+ people “mythical.” Blocking porn on all electronic devices unless a citizen pays a fee and joins a registry. Banning drag queens from some places. Imposing restrictions on divorces.

Defining away the term hate speech. Making it illegal for media companies to censor their own platforms. Creating fees for entering a strip club. Describing a “secular humanist” belief system which calls humans “animated pieces of meat” that “(erode) community decency” through abortion, drag queens, and “homosexual imperialistic power (plays).” These “beliefs” would be codified as the then constitutionally recognized religion of “secular humanism.” According to the logic of the bills, this recognition would then cause a separation of church and state conflict and therefore make abortion and same-sex marriage illegal. A total of six Kansas legislators sponsored every one of these bills. The bills have been decried by several other legislators from both sides, calling them hurtful, dangerous, and offensive. From the Legislature SB 84 and HB 2130 aim to prevent housing and employment discrimination against LGBT+ people. House and Senate leadership, due to the implementation of a “strong chair” form of governance, may not allow the bills to have a hearing. Minor legislative transparency measures. The Kansas legislature is known for being notoriously secretive. According to investigations published by The Kansas City Star, the authors of 94 percent of passed laws in 2017 were anonymous, and Kansas is one of only a few states where this prac-

tice is allowed. Recent changes to the state’s House rules allow for more tracking of the sponsorship of some bills. Committee votes and amendment votes are still not recorded by the House and remain out of the public record. SB 44 would add $90 million to school funding as an inflation adjustment. This plan would be enough to end the litigation against the state’s education funding. SB 43 was introduced with bipartisan support. If the bill passes, Kansas voters will be able register to vote up to and on election day. Currently, in order to vote in a primary or general election, potential voters have to register before an arbitrarily set deadline. HCR 5004, a proposed state constitutional amendment, would grant civil rights to humans at the moment of fertilization and technically ban abortion in the state. However, it would remain legal under federal law. SB 113, if passed, would legalize medical marijuana. Kansas advocacy group Bleeding Kansas criticized the bill for not following public health guidelines and potentially benefiting profits over patients. They instead suggested passing the Kansas Safe Access Act, another proposed legalization bill. Legalization of medical marijuana is supported by 76 percent of Kansans, according to 2017 data from the Dockings Institute. Learn about more upcoming bills, information about your representatives, and how they vote on acts you support by going to kslegislature.org.


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Blue Dragon tales: HutchCC’s mascot explains role

By Pablo Sanchez Campus Editor

Hutchinson Community College’s mascot, Duke the Dragon, delights during home games at Gowans Stadium and the Sports Arena. But who exactly is Duke and why do the fans love him so much? Here is an exclusive Q&A with Duke himself. No, he does not reveal who the person behind the costume is. Hutchinson Collegian: How much does he like interacting with the fans? Duke the Dragon: How much do I like it? I love it and I’m really good at it. I feel like I bring Duke to life and feels like the complete package. I do love the little ones. I like to get them involved as well as the older fans as well. HC: Do any of the kids get scared sometimes? DD: Oh yes, it is normally one or other. They are super excited to see me or they get terrified. HC: Was there any mishaps that happened during the game? DD: I don’t think so. I get my tailed tugged on quite a bit, and I get chased around a bit as well, but I enjoy it. HC: How much preparation do you go through typically? DD: It’s not too much. I’m really good at my job, I get to games early, and it takes a minute to get the suit

Photo by Kenneth Ryan/Collegian Duke the Dragon is Hutchinson Community College’s mascot, and he is well known for his presence at the Sports Arena and Gowans Stadium during basketball and football games. on, and sometimes for the pink outfit game, I had to re-change my clothes, and for football to basketball. As far as that, it takes a bit of time. HC: Do you know how hot it gets in the suit?

DD: It get’s extremely hot, and I’ll come out drenched and I’ll have to keep it cleaned and it smelling good is a task for sure. It is extremely hot, especially for football games, and it is pretty rough.

HC: Is there something in the suit that can keep you cool? DD: I use water inside in the suit, and it is ventilated as much as possible to make it comfortable. HC: Was there any funny mo-

ments that happened with the kids? DD: There was an incident a couple weeks ago where I had to lock myself in the bathroom from the tugging kids that were happy to see me that night.

Students give input on bad driving and bad drivers By Shea Hubbs Staff writer

Poll results

According to Teen Safe, in 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted-driving related accidents. The Department of Motor Vehicles says nine people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. People ages 16-19 are three times more likely to to be involved in an accident caused by distractions. This means texting, loud music, lack of focus, or even just carelessness. AAA says that about 46 percent of teens admit to texting and driving. Though, this doesn’t account for the teens who won’t admit to the act. A poll done by the Collegian might have shown just that. The National Safety Council states that over 1.6 million crashes are caused by phones every year. With today’s technology, it’s easy to be distracted while driving. Though, it’s possible to still be in accidents without using a phone. Messing with the radio, zoning out, loud passengers can all cause distractions and end in accidents. Josh Matchett, Nickerson freshman, said that his main distraction when driving is his phone, yet he isn’t bothered by this. Teens have almost become desensitized to how dangerous this really can be. The time it takes to look at your phone is just enough time for

Do you text and drive? No – 64.6 percent. Yes – 35-4 percent Do you listen to loud music and drive? Yes – 67.6 percent. No – 32.3 percent. How many tickets have you received in the last two years? 0 – 78.7 percent. 1-3 – 18.9 percent. 4-6 – 2 percent. 7 or more, 0.4 percent. Do you get road rage? Every now and then – 63.8 percent. Never – 26.8 percent. All the time – 9.4 percent. Do you actually stop at stop signs? 84.6 percent – I stop completely. 15.4 percent – I slow down but don’t stop if I don’t have to.

Photo illustration by Kenneth Ryan/Collegian Hutchinson Community College students took a survey that indicates more than two-thirds of them experience distractions while driving, including texting, loud music and road rage. a car to stop in front of you or a from the side of the rode, a child everyone from neglecting their light to change. No text, no tweet, could go to chase a ball, another focus, it can start with one person. If being safe isn’t your top or SnapChat is worth a life. driver could be inhibited or a concern, how about your money? It’s easy to make excuses. It’s number of other things that could According to Driving Laws, the avone text, I’m just changing the go wrong when driving. You are song, no one else is on the road. responsible for your actions. Driv- erage texting and driving ticket cost Driving is unpredictable, anything ing is a privilege not a right. Even anywhere from “$20-$400” and up to four points on your driving record. can happen. Animal could run though there’s no way to stop


• Continued from Page 1 He explained that as you get older, you begin to appreciate your parents and grandparents a lot more and understand why they teach you the lessons they do. He hopes that his children will keep sharing his father’s and possibly add some of his own wisdom throughout their lives. One question Rigsby persuaded the audience members to ask themselves everyday was, “How great can I be today?” Boasting about “our grandparents’ generation”, Rigsby made the argument that our grandparents asked themselves the same question and made it happen without the use of technology or someone else helping them. During the lecture, Rigsby said if you want to be better, you have to look at your priorities and change what needs to be changed. “Execute the basics to achieve greatness,” Rigsby said. Rigsby’s third-grade dropout father, who taught himself how to read and write, inspired him and gave him these basics in order to be the best he can be: Don’t judge,

Dustin Curiel/Collegian Rick Rigsby opened the 2019 Dillon Lecture Series on Tuesday at the Sports Arena. don’t show up late, be kind, be a servant, and obtain excellence. To end his message, Rigsby asked a question that was meant to make the audience think. He asked, “How you living?”

And to be honest, most of young adults don’t have that kind of money that they can risk getting a ticket. Once you get onto the road you are responsible for your life and everyone around you. Whether it’s one text or just changing a song, anytime you take your eyes off the road is endangering someone else’s life.

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Scenes from Blue Dragon sports

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College freshman Isabel McCarty smashes a hit during a game against Cloud County at Fun Valley Sports Complex. The Blue Dragons swept the doubleheader.

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Malique Jacobs goes in for two points during a Jayhawk West game against Dodge City.

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Sara Cramer goes in for two points during a game against Dodge City at the Sports Arena. Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Rusty Hilst (center) was honored for his 50 years of broadcasting Blue Dragon athletics on Wednesday at the Sports Arena, which was his final regular-season Blue Dragon game.


• Continued from Page 6 Gabby Collins was among one of the seven that qualified. Collins qualified in the 1,000 meters and in the 4x800-meter relay team, which included Sarah Patterson, Christina Bruce and Saw Ahmara qualified. The team qualified in a time of 9 minutes, 58.91 seconds. Hannah Smith broke her own record in the weight throw. Jewell Bolden (long jump) and Tatyana Hopkins (60 meters) also broke two other records.

Freshman Sheila Too finished fifth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:20.76. Too then finished seventh in the mile with a time of 5:37.90. Patteson placed seventh in the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:15.55. Destini Mathis was seventh with a jump of 3310 3/4. Claire Olson was eighth with a jump of 33.8 3/4. America Garcia placed eighth in the mile run with a time of 5:57.40. Baseball – The No. 20-ranked Blue Dragons completed a three-game

series sweep of Northeast Texas, beating the Eagles 11-7, Sunday. Hutchinson improves to 5-2 overall. The Blue Dragons trailed 7-2 after two innings Sunday after a six-run second inning. L.J. McDonough was relieved by Summers after 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Summers allowed just one hit and two walks over four innings with only one runner reaching second base. Summers worked 4 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and two hits, two unearned runs and

three walks allowed. Philbin entered the game to start the seventh. Zach Philbin struck out seven of the 12 batters, allowing only two hits and one walk. Sophomore Riley Metzger went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Zion Bowlin and Dylan Nedved had two hits each. Zach Baxley and Logan Sartori drove in two runs each. Nedved and Brian Skillman both had doubles. The Blue Dragons stole seven bases in seven attempts.

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team gathers for a huddle before going back out on the court against Dodge City.


The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, February 22, 2019

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Finding a Jewell

Athlete of the week (Feb. 10-16) Elijah Smith, Men’s indoor track

Courtesy photo Hutchinson Community College’s Jewell Bolden (right) celebrates with Blue Dragons track coach Pat Becher during an indoor meet in Pittsburg.

Andover Central grade has found a home on Blue Dragon track team By Rebecca Carney Co-Sports Editor Jewell Bolden is having quite the season thus far for the Hutchinson Community College women’s track and field team. Bolden, a sophomore jumper and hurdler, had an outstanding meet at the NJCAA Region 6 Indoor Championship in Pittsburg. There, Bolden broke the school record in long jump. She jumped a massive 19 feet, 6 inches, breaking the 23-year-old record previous-

ly held by Candice Roberson. This is not the first time Bolden has been this successful in her career. While attending Andover Central, Bolden earned several state championships, and not just in one event either. Bolden’s state championships totaled four in the hurdles, and three in the long jump. Everything has not always come easy for Bolden though, like it might seem. The past year has been especially tough for her. She attended two different schools the past

school year, before finding her home at Hutchinson Community College. First, Bolden attended Southern Illinois, a Division I school, and competed with the team for an indoor season and two meets in the outdoor season. After Southern Illinois, Bolden decided to attend Park University, but did not compete there. At this time, many of Bolden’s family members and friends thought she was no longer going to compete, but Bolden knew that was never the plan for her.

“God blessed me with the talent to run track and jump, and I always try to use my talents to the best of my ability,” Bolden said. “My younger brother and sister also give me motivation to be the best that I can be and never give up.” Bolden had several different options on what school to attend for her sophomore year. There were a couple of different reasons why she chose to be a Blue Dragon. “I like that there weren’t a lot of kids in my events, not to sound selfish. Coach

(Pat) Becher obviously knows what he is doing with hurdles and he was very enthusiastic about me coming here,” Bolden said. “He was very welcoming and more interested. I really liked that, and that he had been here for a long time.” With nationals right around the corner, Bolden is working harder than ever to do well in her events. The NJCAA Indoor Championship will be March 1-2, again in Pittsburg, where Bolden will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump.

The week: Smith had bee n close to qualifying for the NJCAA national indoor meet all Smith year in the 600 meters, and he finally kicked in the proverbial door on Feb. 16 in Pittsburg. He finished fifth in the Region 6 championships and qualified for the national meet by running a time of 1 minute, 20.55 seconds. That also broke a school record, and he became the 18th Blue Dragon to qualify for the national meet. The season: Smith, a native of Anna, Texas, is also a part of the Blue Dragons’ national-qualifying 4x400 relay team, which had a season-best time of 3:17.72 at Pittsburg earlier this season.

Roundup: Women’s basketball rolls on the road, edges near conference title By Amanda Carney Staff writer The No. 10-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team managed yet another road win Saturday, winning 75-62 at Colby. This improved the Blue Dragons to 27-1 overall and to stayed tied for first place with Seward County. The Blue Dragons led 26-24 in the second quarter with 3:37 left. The Blue Dragons then went on a 12-0 run, leading at half 37-24. Coming out of the locker room, the Blue Dragons made a 32-8 run. Colby had an answer, allowing the Dragons to only score two points in the first 5:11 in the fourth. Colby outscored the Blue Dragons 24-13 in the fourth. Makayla Vannett finished with 14 points and four assists. Johnson had 10 points and four rebounds. Dejanae Roebuck had nine points and Abby Ogle had eight points, four assists and three Baseball

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Tia Bradshaw drives to the basket during a game against Barton. steals. road win Saturday at Colby, as the The Blue Dragons lost Men’s basketball - The men’s Blue Dragons won 93-86, improv- Rheaquone Taylor due to an injubasketball team managed another ing to 22-6 overall. ry early in the game and had four

players in foul trouble with six minutes left. Saquan Singleton, Tyler Brown and Chris Giles all had four fouls and James Rojas had three. The Blue Dragons were down 71-69 with 7:01 left in the game. They scored on seven straight possessions. In the last seven minutes Jacobs had seven points, three assists and two steals. Rojas had six points and Brown had five with a 3-pointer that gave the Blue Dragon an 80-74 lead with 3:56 to go. Trailing by one at half 37-36, Hutchinson outscored Colby 57-49 in the second half. Jacobs’ had a career-high 26 points with seven assists and four steals. Rojas had 23 points and eight rebounds. D.J. Mitchell had 15 points. Singleton and Giles had eight points each. Track – Hutchinson Community College will have a total of seven qualifiers when they go back to Pittsburg for the NJCAA national indoor track meet. See Sports, Page 5

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

(doubleheaders indiciated by a 2) Feb. 2, at Coffeyville W 11-8, L 9-7 Feb. 13, COFFEYVILLE, W 7-2. L 17-4 Feb. 15, at Northeast Texas, W 1814 Feb. 16, at Northeast Texas, W 6-3 Feb. 17, at Northeast Texas, W 11-7 Feb. 19, REDLANDS, (2), ppd Feb. 22, at Rose State, Feb. 23, at Rose State (2), 1 p.m. Feb. 28, CLOUD COUNTY, (2), 1 p.m. March 2 at Cloud County (2), 1 p.m. March 7, at Butler (2), 1 p.m. March 9, BUTLER (2), 1 p.m. March 12, at Redlands, 1 p.m. March 14, BARTON (2), 1 p.m. March 16, at Barton (2), 1 p.m. March 19, COWLEY, 2 p.m. March 21, at Dodge City (2), 3 p.m. March 23, DODGE CITY (2), 1 p.m. March 26, at Cowley, 2 p.m. March 28, GARDEN CITY (2), 1 p.m. March 30, at Garden City, (2), 1 p.m. April 3, STERLING JV (2), 3 p.m. April 4, STERLING JV (2), 3 p.m. April 9, at Seminole State, 5:30 p.m.

April 11, at Pratt (2), 1 p.m. April 13 PRATT (2), 1 p.m. April 16, COFFEYVILLE (2), 2 p.m. April 18, SEWARD COUNTY (2), 1 p.m. April 20, at Seward County (2), 1 p.m. April 23, BARTON, 5:30 p.m. April 25, at Colby (2), 1 p.m. April 27, COLBY (2), 1 p.m.

Basketball, men’s

Nov. 2, NORTHEAST NEBRASKA, W 99-62 Nov. 3, NEO, W 68-54 Nov. 6, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, W 109-68 Nov. 9, vs. Spring Creek Academy at Great Bend, W 111-83 Nov. 10, vs. Redlands at Great Bend, W 117-85 Nov. 16, vs. Murray State at El Dorado, W 88-55 Nov. 17, vs. Labette at El Dorado, W 105-98, OT Nov. 20, NORTHERN OKLAHOMA-ENID, W 105-69 Nov. 24, HESSTON, W 103-83 Nov. 28, at Coffeyville, L 78-67 Dec. 1, INDEPENDENCE, W 83-51 Dec. 5, at Neosho County, W 86-81 OT

Dec. 8, BUTLER, W 78-56 Dec. 12, at Cloud County, L 72-64 Jan. 5, at Allen, W 102-86 Jan. 12, COWLEY, W 85-76 Jan. 14, at NW Kansas Tech, W 85-78 Jan. 16, GARDEN CITY, L 70-69 Jan. 19, PRATT, W 60-57 Jan. 23, at Dodge City, W 98-90 OT Jan. 26, COLBY, W 95-76 Jan. 30, at Barton,L 102-87 Feb. 2, SEWARD COUNTY, L 87-79 Feb. 6, NW KANSAS TECH, W 8168 Feb. 9, at Garden City, L 93-58 Feb. 11, at Pratt, W 74-70 Feb. 13, DODGE CITY, W 94-53 Feb. 16, at Colby, W 93-86 Feb. 20, BARTON, W 82-65 Feb. 23, at Seward County, 8 p.m.

Basketball, women’s

Nov. 1, BETHANY JV, W 107-32 Nov. 9, vs. Murray State at Great Bend, W 88-65 Nov. 10, vs. NEO at Great Bend, W 82-57 Nov. 14, at Washburn JV, W 84-53 Nov. 17, at Central Christian JV, W 85-29

Nov. 20, LAMAR, W 102-35 Nov. 24, HESSTON, W 92-48 Nov. 28, at Coffeyville, W 81-45 Dec. 1, INDEPENDENCE, W 53-41 Dec. 5, at Neosho County, W 87-78 Dec. 8, BUTLER, W 78-56 Dec. 12, at Cloud County, W 60-49 Dec. 28, IOWA WESTERN, W 71-50 Dec. 29, ELLSWORTH, W 95-22 Jan. 5, at Allen, W 102-67 Jan. 12, COWLEY, W 60-49 Jan. 14, at NW Kansas Tech, W 105-51 Jan. 16, GARDEN CITY, W 87-56 Jan. 19, PRATT, W 69-38 Jan. 23, at Dodge City, W 65-35 Jan. 26, COLBY, W 98-59 Jan. 30, at Barton, W 93-48 Feb. 2, SEWARD COUNTY, L 70-54 Feb. 6, NW KANSAS TECH, W 100-69 Feb. 9, at Garden City, W 95-53 Feb. 11, at Pratt, W 75-62 Feb. 13, DODGE CITY, W 59-51 Feb. 16, at Colby, W 75-62 Feb. 20, BARTON, W 87-49 Feb. 23, at Seward County, 6 p.m.

Feb. 13, CLOUD COUNTY, W 6-4, W 6-1 Feb. 21, at Neosho County, 2 p.m. Feb. 22, at Allen, 1 p.m. Feb. 25, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, 1 p.m. Feb. 28, at Hesston, 3 p.m. March 2, BUTLER, 2 p.m. March 6, at Barton, 1 p.m. March 7, TABOR JV, 2 p.m. March 12, FORT SCOTT, 2 p.m. March 13, OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN JV, 2 p.m. March 16, COLBY, 2 p.m. March 20, at Independence, 2 p.m. March 23, PRATT, 1 p.m. March 27, GARDEN CITY, 1 p.m. April 3, at Butler, 2 p.m. April 6, DODGE CITY, 2 p.m. April 7, at Seward County, 2 p.m. April 10, BARTON, 3 p.m. April 13, at Pratt, 1 p.m. April 14, INDEPENDENCE, 2 p.m. April 17, at Sterling JV, 3 p.m. April 24, at NW Kansas Tech, 2 p.m.

Feb. 8, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, L 11-4

March 1-2, at NJCAA Indoor Championships


Indoor track