The student voice of Hutchinson Community College
February 26, 2021
Aaron Strain takes a break from politics to talk about his favorite video game series, “The Legend of Zelda”.
The Barn, a restaurant in Burrton serves a family atmosphere along with good food. Page 3
The Hutchinson Community College’s agricultural department worked though the frigid temperatures. Page 5
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Sophmore Matt Mayers starts stong for the Blue Dragon men’s basketball team. Page 6
Shining light on lesser known Black stories Photos by Emily Branson/Managing Editor
Photos of the Chester Lewis Memorial murals in downtown Hutchinson, located across from the Fox Theater.
Important but non-mainstream Black historical figures By Zariah Perilla Staff Writer
Born: 1929 Died: 1990 Best known for helping desegregate the Wichita area, Lewis helped reform the NAACP and became president of the Wichita chapter. He was born in Hutchinson, and he mentored and counseled Lewis Black children in the area. Lewis attended the University of Kansas and received a law degree in 1953. In 1983, he was one of four lawyers who successfully led a class action lawsuit on behalf of Blacks who had experienced racial discrimination as train porters.
Born: 1930 West is famous for inventing GPS (global positioning systems). She was
valedictorian at Virginia State University, and went on to get her Masters. West worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division during the mid1950s. She was the second black woman ever West to be employed there and collected data from satellites. In 2018 she was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame by the U.S. Air Force.
Herbert Smitherman Sr.
Born: 1937 Died: 2010 Smitherman was an innovative chemist who worked for the consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble. While some thought Smitherman was the inventor of Crest Toothpaste, Folgers Coffee and Smith other products, he actually helped to improve these already estab-
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lished products. He went to Tuskegee University and earned a Masters and Bachelors in chemistry. Smitherman joined Procter & Gamble in 1966 as its first Black hire with a doctorate in physical organic chemistry. He helped create the National Organization for Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCHE).
Leroy Wilton Homer Jr.
Born: 1965 Died: Sept. 11, 2001 Homer was the first officer on United Airline Flight 93, which was hijacked during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It crashed in Pennsylvania, killing him, 37 passengers and six other crewmates. He entered the United States Air Force Academy as a Homer member of the class of 1987. Homer served in the Gulf War and later supported operations in Somalia. On 9/11, Homer was flying with Capt. Jason M. Dahl from
The happenings around campus
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Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. The plane was hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists as part of the 9/11 attacks. At the National 9/11 Memorial, Homer. is memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-67, along with other crew and passengers on Flight 93.
Born: 1920 Died: 1982 Boykin invented many things. The most famous being electrical resistors, used in computing, missile guidance and pacemakers. He attended Fisk University and in the early 1960s, Boykin was a senior project engineer at the Chicago Telephone Supply Corporation. It was Boykin here that he did much of his pacemaker research, but Boykin subsequently sued CTS for $5 million, asserting that his former employer had obtained a patent and tried to take credit for the device.
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Taste of spring a reminder to stay healthy
The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, February 26, 2021
Our view With the winter weather (somewhat) subsiding, it brings some much-needed Vitamin D and sunshine to our lives. People are actually able to go outside and enjoy the outdoors without being freezing cold in two minutes. This being said, it is extra important to get some fresh air as much as possible. Getting outside or even just opening a window can be incredibly beneficial for your health. With COVID-19 still being a real issue, keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy is just as important as ever. This pandemic has left many feeling empty and exhausted, and any little bit of self-care would be so uplifting in these times. Don’t forget that there are people that love and support you, and that there are always people to reach out to when you need it. -Collegian Editorial Board
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The inked ineptitude of tattoo haters Columnist
Brooke Greene Tattoos have been seen in a variety of cultures for centuries, whether tribal, symbolic, sentimental or modern, ink has worked its way through our history in many ways. To some it holds great importance. To others, it is either frowned upon or not desired. While opinions are accepted, some should stay in the minds of those who feel one way or another about somebody’s tattoos. They are expensive, painful, and time-consuming, and while not every-
one has a reason for the ink on their body, they did nonetheless put it there, on their body, willingly. This decision is not impactful to somebody’s work ethic, intelligence, beauty, or class and shouldn’t be seen as any different than other decisions a person would make regarding their appearance. “Why would you do that to your neck?” “You have such beautiful skin.” These are comments from a customer in my section at work one evening. My response, “Your body is a temple, right? Decorate it.” While he was not thrilled about my response, I thought it justified, as it is nobody’s business but my own as to what I choose to etch onto my skin and where, as this tattoo holds great significance to me. I got it with all of my girlfriends when we branched off to attend different colleges. The customer’s ignorant commentary merely baffled me for a couple of days, until it was given more thought. I am a waitress on the weekends. This is nonetheless a lower class, entry-level job
that requires little to no experience to pursue. It is a job that is not necessarily viewed with value or honor. With that in regard, I am attending Hutchinson Community College this year to obtain my associates degree in journalism, and next year, I will switch to complete HutchCC’s law enforcement program. I have always felt strongly about defending others. The roots of my childhood drive me to want to protect my town and those I love. Yet, if I am a cop with tattoos, I am seen as a badass. If I am a waitress with tattoos, I am seen as low class. The difference? Nothing. Just a dedication to the art that has meaning to me and a few hundred dollars. Some call it a waste, I call it an investment. Tattoos are one of those things that do not need to be insulted or seen as trashy. People hang up ugly art in their house all the time, and would your house guests tell you that they don’t like it? Probably not, yet it is hung there anyways. If you don’t like the art on a tattooed person’s skin, maybe try to view it as that ugly painting in your
friend’s house that you have hidden your commentary from at every get-together. Tattoos are more than just art, or a silly choice of something permanent. To some, it covers up scars that they feel less confident about themselves with. Tattoos have been used to cover self-harm scars, surgical scars, bad accident remains, convert amputations into illusions of beauty, decorate the span of women who have had double mastectomies, or decorate the heads of bald people battling cancer or other genetic diseases that cause hair loss. If the tattoo makes somebody feel more confident, then that is what matters most. There are a million different reasons to get a tattoo, but the one to judge that person’s decision to get in the tattoo chair should definitely not be you. Kindness matters, what you say to others matters, if you would not say it to somebody you love, don’t say it to a stranger. Brooke Green is a Hutchinson sophomore studying journalism
The Legend of Zelda, the best video game series I’m taking a break from my usual “everything sucks” political columns to write about an iconic, and my favorite, video game series. Feb. 21 marked the 35th anniversary of the original Legend of Zelda’s release in 1986. Its 19 perfect main installments and several terrible spin-offs continue to entertain players with engaging stories, beautiful soundtracks and groundbreaking gameplay. The clearest memories of my early childhood were of family gatherings at my grandparents’ house. After us grandkids grew tired of riding a swing attached to a skinny branch that amazingly never broke off its tree, we would race to an upstairs bedroom, plop down in front of a late-90s CRT TV, and flip
on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES. We had all the classics: Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, and Final Fight. But none looked more exciting to me than The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past, the third game of the series. Unfortunately, being the youngest of my cousins, I didn’t get to play much of it while they were around. As cousins moved on with their lives, the SNES was left alone in the room, only played when my brother and I visited with our parents. We figured out where all the secrets on the map were and made strategies to play the most of the game we could in an afternoon. I guess we developed an early form of speedrunning.
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Aaron Strain The Legend of Zelda franchise, or LoZ, evolved with gaming technology, featuring a release on all the main Nintendo consoles. Released on the 8-bit NES, the original LoZ set the industry standard for fantasy action-adventure games- like what Mario Bros. did for platformers.
The McGuffin of LoZ is the Triforce, a sacred relic left behind by goddesses after creating the realm, called Hyrule. When its three pieces are together, the Triforce fulfills its possessor’s wishes, whether good or bad. So, of course, it falls into the wrong hands occassionally. The hero (Link), who is sometimes young, sometimes hot, sometimes toon and sometimes not, saves the princess (Zelda) from the bad guy’s clutches, but sometimes he doesn’t. The timeline’s a whole, messy thing. As for my personal story, I lost interest in the SNES, opting for my Gameboy Advance and DS. Then, several years ago, the house caught on fire and had to be rebuilt. While
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(a totally non-biased review) the old house was still standing, I pulled out the SNES and its games. After learning about its hardware from YouTube videos and buying replacement parts, I tried restoring the console to working condition after years of neglect. Unfortunately, I’m not good at soldering, so I just bought another console on EBay instead. This Monday, when I saw that the Legend of Zelda series turned 35, I raced downstairs, plopped down in front of an LCD TV, and flipped on the Super Nintendo.
Aaron Strain is a Hutchinson student studying journalism. They are the Collegian’s Opinion Page Editor.
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Burrton’s Barn bonanza By Sarah Newberry Staff Writer
BURRTON - Built from the ground up in 2015, the Barn, a restaurant in Burrton, has been a place where the community can feel like they’re at home. With a grain bin from her family farm, a hanging rooster decoration from her aunt, and her grandpa’s toolbox, Leslie Matlack works hard to achieve that homey feel. The Barn is a place that can make you feel like you can kick back your feet and relax. Matlack likes that about the Barn. She said it makes her feel sentimental. Located off of the US 50 Highway, it is a place where locals gather who want homecooked food. Although when the idea of the Barn came around and where it would be, Matlack could never have anticipated the turnout. “We didn’t expect it to be as big of a deal as it is,” Matlack said. the Barn offers a unique variety of homecooked food, ranging from slop bucket nachos to chicken in a waffle cone. All of the items on the menu come from fresh ingredients and freshcut meat, never frozen. However, the restaurant’s most popular menu item is the chicken fried steak, and Matlack said she has no idea why. “Everybody loves that chicken fried steak,” Matlack said. Sara McMillian, one of the servers that have been there since the beginning, said her favorite food at the restaurant is about anything fried. The idea for the Barn came around when Matlack and her husband were talking and thinking of setting up a deli-type restaurant downtown. But the building that they looked at was not structurally sound, so they built the restaurant themselves, and business has been booming ever since. “We want to be here for the community and provide a place for them to meet, congregate, and have fellow-
Photos by Emily Branson/Managing Editor theBarn, located on US 50 highway in Burrton, is a favorite restaurant of locals and those in the region.
ship,” Matlack said. Matlack tries to make people feel welcome, and it doesn’t matter what you are wearing or where you have been, because farmers come in all the time from working in the fields. The people who work there also feel welcome and like working there. “I love working here and have been since it opened,” McMillian said. McMillian began helping set up the restaurant. Still, it got so busy that she felt like she had to help by being a server. “I’ve been in the restaurant business my whole life, and it just felt natural to me,” McMillian said.
People looking for paws Students prefer adopting pets from shelters By Laci Sutton Staff Writer
Adding a new furry friend to the family is an exciting event. Owning a pet takes a great deal of responsibility and a lot of planning. One must decide what animal would be best for their lifestyle, then decide if they want to rescue from a shelter or buy from a pet store or breeder. Hutchinson Community College nursing student Lexie Karst, an Ellsworth native, has two dogs and one cat. Two of Karst’s animals have been rescued and one came to her from a breeder. “I think it is better to rescue than buy at pet stores, because it gives an animal in need a second chance,” Karst said. Justina Patton, a Hutchinson freshman, has also rescued her companions. “Both of our dogs have been rescued,” Patton said. “This is our preference because it is typically cheaper and we can give them good homes when their current situation may not allow for that.” Patton has two dogs, a German Shepherd/ Poodle Mix and a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix. Many families treat
One of the dogs owned by HutchCC student Justina Patton.
their animals as they are another family member, Patton and Karst included. Jazzmyn Martinez is a HutchCC freshman from Hutchinson. “Animals are best friends, family, and even therapists at times,” Martinez said. “They provide a happiness that nothing else can.” Having pets can be very fun, but it also takes a lot of work. They are living creatures and must be cared for and nurtured. “Take care of them how you would want to be taken care of,” Martinez said. “Feed them regularly, keep them hydrated, take them to play/exercise, care for them when they’re sick, but most importantly don’t ignore them. They’re living beings who deserve love, kisses, and cuddles.” With the recent cold snap that sent most of the nation into below-freez-
ing temperatures, many pet owners had to be extra cautious to keep their animals safe and warm. “When the weather doesn’t allow them to be outside we will keep our dogs inside the house where the heating and air conditioning are,” Patton said. “We also keep their time outside limited by quickly letting them out, with just enough time to use the bathroom.” For pets that spend the majority of their time outdoors, it’s crucial to ensure they have proper shelter. The United States Humane Society recommends using dry, draft free shelters that are just large enough for them to move comfortably but small enough to keep their body heat. It is recommended to cover the floor of the shelter with straw or cedar shavings to keep the shelter dry and warmer for the animals. Owners should check the animal’s water dishes daily to ensure they haven’t frozen over in the night. The USHS recommends using plastic water dishes to help with this issue. Drastic temperatures can have detrimental effects so owners should frequently check their animals for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Before getting a pet, make sure to do research and make certain that they’re a good fit for wherever you live.
Roundup: Volleyball team holds five-match streak By Adam Kolb Co-sports editor
Held to just four kills over the first three sets, leading hitter Jenna Thorne came to life when the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team needed her. Down two sets to one in its Blue Dragon Classic match against Mineral Area, Missouri, Hutchinson’s leading hitter tallied eight kills and three blocks over the final two sets to help the Blue Dragons rally for a five-set victory over the Cardinals. Hutchinson won its fifth match in a row after a 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-7 victory over the Cardinals. This was Hutchinson’s second five-set win this season as the Blue Dragons improved to 11-5. Women’s Track She had to wait a day until it was official, but multi-event athlete Rebeca Reymundo is a NJCAA Indoor Track and Field national qualifier. Reymundo finished fifth in the Region 6 pentathlon on Friday with a score of 2,217 points. Reymundo’s score was good for 12th place, which punched her ticket to the NJCAA Championships. The Blue Dragons finished eighth at the Region 6 Indoor Championships at Pittsburg State’s Plaster Center. Hutchinson scored 32 team points, and the Blue Dragons were third in the Jayhawk West standings with 78 points. Reymundo is the only Blue Dragon women’s national qualifier, and is a two-year qualifier in the pentathlon. The NJCAA Indoor Championships will be March 5-6 in Pittsburg. Men’s Track Freshman Zach Biel and sophomore Teagan Flanagan both punched tickets to the NJCAA Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Region 6 Championships in Pittsburg. Biel cleared a career-best 6 feet, 6 ¾ inches in the high jump. He was the Region 6 runner-up and won the Jayhawk West Championship. Biel also became the fifth Blue Dragon national qualifier. Flanagan qualified in his second event this season when he finished sixth
in the 3,000 meters. Already qualified in the 5,000, Flanagan ran a 3,000 time of 8:47.28. Biel and Flanagan helped the Blue Dragons finish seventh in the Region 6 men’s standings. Hutchinson scored 40 points, and finished third in the Jayhawk West standings with 92.5 points. Women’s Basketball Sophomore Nafatoumata Haidara posted her first career double-double and helped the No. 21-ranked women’s basketball team move into a first-place tie in the Jayhawk West on Monday night at the Sports Arena. Haidara led three Blue Dragons in double figures and the Blue Dragons held Dodge City to 30.2 percent shooting in a 68-50 win over the Conquistadors. The victory was Hutchinson’s 15th-straight over Dodge City at the Sports Arena. Sophomore Tor’e Alford scored 14 points on 4 of 7 3-point shooting. Sophomore Kate Ogle was the third Blue Dragon in double figures with 13 points, on 5 of 7 shooting, and added seven rebounds. The Blue Dragons improved to 6-2 overall and are now tied with Seward County atop the Jayhawk West standings with a 5-2 record. The Blue Dragons have a short turnaround with a road trip to Northwest Kansas Tech at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Goodland. Men’s Basketball The Blue Dragons shot better than 50 percent for the fourth-straight game and posted a season-high offensive output for the second-straight game, and moved into a tie for first place in the Jayhawk West Monday night. Sophomore Matt Mayers led five Hutchinson players in double figures as the Blue Dragons defeated Dodge City, 102-95. Sophomore Majok Kuath had 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Sophomore Stephan Gabriel had 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Jaden Okon and Isaiah Budjoso had 10 points each, while Mayers led the way with 35 points and 13 rebounds. The Blue Dragons improved to 6-3 overall and tied Dodge City for first place in the Jayhawk West at 5-3 heading into Wednesday’s road contest at Northwest Tech.
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HutchCC’s volleyball team celebrates victory against Mineral Area on Saturday at the Sports Arena.
Above: Natatoumata Haidara (22), beats the Dodge City defense and goes for the shot. Below: Matt Mayers (21), gets dunk for the Blue Dragons.
Hutchinson Community College’s Chloe Price sets the ball. Photos by Kyran Crist/Online editor
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Photos courtesy Sarah Sergeant Top: Hutchinson Community College’s Macie Weigand carries calf across HutchCC campus farm in freezing temperatures. Bottom right: One of many cows at HutchCC campus farm
Cold driving cattle crazy
By Kyran Crist Online Editor
It appears, for once ,the crazy weather changes and temperatures were not exclusive to Kansas, but rather something most of the US experienced, causing schools and some workplaces to close while the temperatures dipped to way below freezings. Though some work was forced to come to a stop because of the weather, one that could not and had to brave the frigid weather is farmers around the country. Hutchinson Community College has a campus farm, giving agricultural majoring students, and others, a hands-on experience in the farming and livestock industry. “It was hard. We all made sure that we had our insulated coveralls and winter coats on, and tried to minimize our time exposed to the cold as much as possible,” said Pat Arkfeld, HutchCC Cowherd Manager. “Preparation began several days in advance to the negative-degree
days. Myself, as well as the student workers here, at the farm had to check and make sure all the water bowl heating elements were working so that the cows would be able to have access to water. We also began bedding the cows close to a windbreak in lots and lots of wheat straw that we were so fortunate to have from the summer’s wheat harvest.” Farming and agriculture can’t take days off in the heat or bitter cold. “Farming doesn’t stop. It doesn’t have snow days everyone still has to go out in the snow and help out,” said Sarah Sergeant, a Lebo sophomore and agriculture native. “It really is a thankless job, people don’t realize what all has to get done no matter the weather.” The cold weather decided to come at what seemed to be the worst time, as calving season is in the swing. “Unfortunately, both the weather and the moon phase changed at the same time, and with several cows with due
dates around the time the temperature was expected to take a turn for the worse, we were all expecting to have calves during the extreme cold,” Arkfeld said. Sergeant said cows were equipped to handle cold weather, but newborn calves weren’t. “So a lot of the student workers out there had been checking in all through the night every couple of hours to see if any cows had been born, and if they had they’d bring them up to the warming box,” Sergeant said. Pregnant cows near the barn made for checking on newborns simpler, Arkfeld said. “We made sure to tend to the cows that already had calves and made sure everything had enough to eat,” Arkfeld said. “The point behind making sure everything had lots to eat is that when a cow digests feed, she produces more body heat so it helps keep herself and her calf next to her warm. With it being so cold, one or two people would stay all night on the couches here
in the office, getting up every hour to check to see if anything was getting close to having a calf or if there was a calf that needed to come in to get warm.” Even through the dangerous colds that some days barely inched above 0 degrees Fahrenheit, not a single calf died. Arkfeld said due to the perseverance of faculty and their student workers such as Jacob Schmiedler, Riley Krehbiel, Steven Hayse, Will Banks, Kasey Johnson, who worked through the challenging weather, ensuring the safety of the newborn calves and mothers. “I attribute this success to some awesome student workers that took pride in this program and fought the cold and lack of sleep to ensure the cattle were taken care of at all cost. I also believe that without this heated office building and several rolls of paper towels, we could have not made it through these record low temperatures.” Arkfeld said, “We were very lucky to survive
this crazy weather as several neighbors to the farm were not as lucky and lost several calves to the cold. All and all, we survived but I hope to never have to endure that extreme of negative
temperatures again.” All animals and workers alike are happy and enjoying the warmer temperatures brought this week and happy to be over with the bone-chilling cold.
Frigid temps cause dorm residents to second guess walking to union to eat By Sam Bailey Editor In Chief
“Walking in a winter wonderland” isn’t just an iconic line in Frank Sinatra’s song “Winter Wonderland”, but is what dorm students at Hutchinson Community College had to debate doing to get food from the cafeteria, as record-low temperatures swept the midwest the past week. Students living in the residence halls largely rely on the campus cafeteria to eat their meals, and the nearly 10-minute walk from their rooms can be a frigid task in freezing weather. These temperatures cause many students to find alternative food sources, especially when classes were cancelled like they were Feb. 15-16. “I mostly stayed in my apartment and ate what I had on hand, because I didn’t want to get out in the cold,” said Montezuma sophomore Victoria Powell. Powell lives in the Dragon’s
Photo by Emily Branson/Managing Editor The icy Hutchinson temperatures recently had HutchCC students debating if they should even walk to the union to eat or stay warm in their rooms.
Landing apartments off campus, so she has more supplies to make food than the average dorm resident. Dorm resident and Derby sophomore Kylee Dunn said when she doesn’t have class, she mainly goes to get food outside of the cafeteria. “It depends on if I have ramen
here, or I usually go to a drive-thru,” Dunn said. While dorm students have a meal plan through the cafeteria on campus, they also have access to $150 worth of food from Papa John’s per semester that they can have delivered to the dorms. This money comes from students’ allotted Dragon Dollars.
This allows for students to get food without driving or walking to the cafeteria. Many out-of-state students don’t have cars at the dorms and have to walk, or get a ride from someone if they want to get food and not spend extra money for services like DoorDash. The delivery service from Papa John’s can be a game changer. “I order Papa John’s about every week or every other week,” Powell said. “I would probably be more inclined to order it if it were cold, so that I would not have to leave my apartment.” Many students use their Dragon Dollars at Papa John’s regardless of the weather. When asked if she orders Papa Johns and if she uses it more when it’s cold, Dunn said, “Yes, I order it when it sounds good.” Cold temperatures can make finding food for college students a daunting task and many dread the walk to the cafeteria in intolerable weather. The long walk to the cafeteria has even led to the discus-
sion of what it would be like to have the cafeteria closer to the dorms. “Since I live in the Dragon’s Landing apartments, it would almost be more inconvenient for me if the caf were in the dorms, but for the dorm students (the majority of students in the res hall) it would be much easier,” Powell said. When asked if she would eat at the cafeteria more often were it in the dorms, Dunn said, “For sure, it would be a lot more convenient.” Being able to have a full cafeteria in the dorms may not be possible, but the idea of having food available in the dorms is still a nice thought many wish was a reality, especially when it’s well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit outside. While the walk to the cafeteria can seem like a trip that simply isn’t worth it, there are options available to students who wish to eat other food. A Papa John’s pizza may sound gourmet compared to the long trek across campus to the cafeteria.
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Mayers playing at high level for Blue Dragons By Bailey Pennycuff Co-Sports Editor
Photo courtesy HutchCC Information Sophomore Matt Mayers going up for a layup in a Blue Dragon men’s basketball game against Neosho.
Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball player, sophomore guard Matt Mayers, has had a phenomenal season so far. The 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore from Hastings-On-Hudson, Westchester, N.Y., is averaging 22.4 points per game, and 10.4 rebounds. That makes Mayers the second-leading scorer in the Jayhawk Conference Division 1, and the third leading rebounder. He’s been scoring in a plethora of ways, too. Some more startling statistics include his 69.7% from the field, and a whopping 50% from the 3-point line. “I am humble about my performance,” Mayers said. “I just plan on keeping on working hard. It’s really a blessing to be having a season at all right now.” Mayers has been on a tear of late. In a Feb. 17 loss at Cowley, Mayers scored 44 points, the fourth most in Blue Dragon history for a single game. In that game, he sank 15 of 20 shots and
all 14 free-throw attempts. He followed that with a 35-point effort Monday during a 102-95 win over Dodge City. Mayers has a deep love for the game, and he considers it a large part of his life. “Growing up, I played a little soccer and football, but basketball is something I’ve had a strong passion ever since a young age,” Mayers said. “Basketball has made me into a better individual within the team on and off the court.” Most student-athletes could oblige with the statement that it is difficult to juggle a full scholastic load along with practice every day, and games that take up all their nights. “My academics are important to me because college teaches me life lessons every day,” Mayers said. After his time at HutchCC, Mayers plans to continue to play collegiate basketball. Mayers and the other Blue Dragons will travel Saturday to Seward County to face the Saints at 8 p.m.
NFL black QBs inspire HutchCC football By Joel Muhs Staff Writer
Football is a team sport that requires many pieces and cooperation to run at its finest, but there is arguably no other position that rivals the value and importance of the quarterback. Quarterbacks don’t just play the game, they need to know the game. Quarterbacks need to know exactly which route their receivers are going to run, what players the offensive line is going to block, the type of defense the opposing team is running, and, in most cases, where they are going to throw the ball before it’s snapped. Simply put, a good quarterback under center is crucial to a football team’s success. With the quarterback being so integral to the team’s success, that means all eyes are on that position. Especially in the NFL, those eyes have traditionally been on white quarterbacks. Most of the greats that the game has to offer at that position are white, such as Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas and Drew Brees. However, there has been a shift in recent years. “Quarterbacks now are more athletic vs. when I was in school. There was more of pocket guys,” said Hutchinson Community
College running backs coach and former college quarterback Gregg Cross. Cross is referring to the emergence of dual-threat QBs as of late, especially in the NFL. “You had a few in college football, but it wasn’t many. And now every team is looking for guys to not only be Ogbonna a dual-threat but be able to escape and extend plays,” said Cross, who played in the Jayhawk Conference at Fort Scott before finishing his college career at Pittsburgh. Guys like Brady, Brees and Rodgers still toss the magic bean around in the NFL to this Cross day, but black QBs such as Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson have brought a new and electric swag to the position. “I think it’s good that more African-American QBs are getting the spotlight that they deserve,” HutchCC sophomore quarterback CJ Ogbonna said. “I like the way DeShaun Watson plays because he plays with a swag that no one can copy. He has fun when he plays and he also led the league in passing yards this past
season.” Black quarterbacks aren’t a new NFL trend. Randall Cunningham was the 1990 NFL MVP in Philadelphia, and Doug Williams was the Super Bowl XXIII MVP in Washington’s win over Denver. But with the number of eyes that are upon guys like Mahomes, Watson, Wilson and Jackson, they have a big say in the football world, especially among the youth. “I mean, just to continue to follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be successful playing this sport,” Cross said. “I think these guys are good leaders on and off the field and they give motivation to younger guys who are just like them. The NFL is in great hands with these guys leading the league,” Ogbonna said. There has been a plethora of new talent at the quarterback position that has emerged in the NFL in recent years, with many of those players being Black. Although they all have ground to make up before they catch the true titans of the game, there is no reason to believe a guy like Mahomes or Watson can’t achieve GOAT status by the end of their careers. “It’s very cool that most of the top QBs in the NFL are African American and ar eplaying at such a high level,” Ogbonna said. “It makes me feel good.”
Athlete of the week
(Feb. 14-20) Matt Mayers, men’s basketball The week: The Blue Dragons played just one game last week, and it was a tough one as they lost Mayers 113-99 at Cowley, but Mayers put together one of the great games in Blue Dragon history. He scored 44 points, the fourth most in school history, on 15 of 20 shooting, and was a perfect 14 of 14 at the free-throw line. He added 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. The season: Mayers, a 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore from Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y., is averaging 22.4 points a game while shooting nearly 70% from the floor. He’s also averageing 10.4 rebounds a game.
Baseball team gets no-hitter By The Collegian staff
The Hutchinson Community College baseball team had its first no-hitter in 13 years Wednesday, as five pitchers combined on the no-hitter during a 10-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tabor junior varsity at Hobart-Detter Field. Ryan Schlotzhauer, Luke Hornberger, Zane Covey, Caden Pogue and Sammy Sanchez combined for the no-hitter. Each pitcher threw one inning in the run-rule victory.
Blue Dragon sports schedules and results. All home games and events in caps. Baseball
(All dates doubleheaders unless noted) Feb. 2, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, L 8-7 Feb. 23, TABOR JV, W 13-3, W 10-0 March 4, at Coffeyville, 1 p.m. March 6, COFFEYVILLE, 1 p.m. March 9, at State Fair, Missouri, 2:30 p.m. March 11, BARTON, 1 p.m. March 13, at Barton, 1 p.m. March 16 COWLEY, 2 p.m. (1 game) March 18, at Seward County, 1 p.m. March 20, SEWARD COUNTY, 1 p.m. March 23, REDLANDS, OKLA., 1 p.m. March 25, BUTLER, 1 p.m. March 27, at Butler, 1 p.m. March 30, at Cowley, 2 p.m. (1 game) April 1, at Pratt, 1 p.m. April 3, PRATT, 1 p.m. April 8, GARDEN CITY, 1 p.m. April 10, at Garden City, 1 p.m. April 15, at Cloud County, 1 p.m. April 17, CLOUD COUNTY, 1 p.m. April 20, at Rose State, Okla., 2 p.m. April 27, STATE FAIR, Mo., 2:30 p.m. (1 game) April 29, COLBY, 1 p.m. May 1, at Colby, 1 p.m. May 6, at Dodge City, 3 p.m. May 8, DODGE CITY, 1 p.m.
Jan. 27, COFFEYVILLE, women, W 92-34; men, L 88-68 Jan. 30, NEOSHO COUNTY, women, W 10058; men, W 83-70 Feb. 3, at Butler, women, L 56-50; men, L 6665 Feb. 6, at CLOUD COUNTY, women, W 76-44; men, W 73-52 Feb. 10, at Independence, women, L 70-64; men, W 79-77
Feb. 13, ALLEN COUNTY, women, W 80-49 ; men, W 80-62 Feb. 17, at Cowley, women W 84-61; men, L 113-99 Feb. 22, DODGE CITY, women, W 68-50; men, W 102-95 Feb. 24, at Northwest Kansas Tech, women W 69-63; men, W 94-61. Feb. 27, at Seward County, 6 p.m. March 3, PRATT, 6:30 p.m. March 6, at Garden City, 2 p.m. March 9, BARTON, 5:30 p.m. March 13, at Colby, 2 p.m. March 15, at Dodge City, 5:30 p.m. March 17, NORTHWEST KANSAS TECH, 5:30 p.m. March 20, SEWARD COUNTY, 5:30 p.m. March 24, at Pratt, 5:30 p.m. March 27, GARDEN CITY, 5:30 p.m. March 29, at Barton, 5:30 p.m. March 31, COLBY, 5:30 p.m.
March 26, COFFEYVILLE, 7 p.m. April 3, at Butler, 7 p.m. April 11, ARKANSAS BAPTIST, 1 p.m. April 18, at Fort Scott, 1 p.m. April 25, GARDEN CITY, 1 p.m. May 2, at Independence, 5 p.m. May 9, HIGHLAND, 1 p.m. May 16, DODGE CITY, 1 p.m.
March 22-23, at Trophy Club, Texas March 29-30, at Jayhawk Conference Tournament, Manhattan April 12-13, at Jayhawk Conference Tournament, Crestview North, Wichita April 19-20, at Jayhawk Conference Tournament, Newton April 26-27, at Region 6/District 3 Championship May 10-13, at NJCAA Championships, Lubbock, Texas
April 2, at Johnson County, 5 p.m. April 5, at Barton, 2 p.m. April 7, GARDEN CITY, 2 p.m. April 10, BUTLER, 2 p.m. April 14, at Cowley, 5 p.m. April 17, COFFEYVILLE, 2 p.m. April 19, DODGE CITY, 6 p.m. April 28, BARTON, 6 p.m. May 1, NEOSHO COUNTY, 2 p.m. May 3, at Garden City, 6 p.m. May 5, COWLEY, 6 p.m. May 8, at Kansas City, 2 p.m. May 12, at Dodge City, 1 p.m.
Feb. 5, FORT SCOTT, W 3-0; W 27-0 Feb. 23, NORTHERN OKLAHOMA-ENID, W 15-1, W 14-0 Feb. 26, at North Central Texas, noon Feb. 27, at Murray State, Oklahoma, noon March 2, FRIENDS JV, 2 p.m. March 9, HESSTON, 1 p.m. March 11, BARTON, 2 p.m. March 13, NW KANSAS TECH, 1 p.m. March 18, at Independence, 1 p.m. March 20, at Garden City, 1 p.m. March 25, BUTLER, 2 p.m. March 27, at Colby, 2 p.m. March 31, at Ottawa JV, 1 p.m. April 8, at Pratt, 2 p.m. April 10, at Dodge City, 1 p.m. April 15, SEWARD COUNTY, 3 p.m. April 17, at Barton, 1 p.m. April 22, INDEPENDENCE, 3 p.m. April 24, at Butler, 2 p.m. May 1, PRATT, 1 p.m.
Track and field
April 2-3, at Friends University, Wichita April 7-10, at K.T. Woodman Classic, Wichita State April 15-17, at Kansas Relays April 17, at Tabor College, Hillsboro
April 24, at Southwestern College, Winfield April 29-30, May 1, at Region 6 Championships, Arkansas City May 11-13, at NJCAA Championships, Levelland, Texas
Jan, 25, at Garden City, L 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 Jan. 28, PRATT, W 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 Jan. 30, at Laramie County, Wyoming; vs. Eastern Wyoming, L 22-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-17, W 17-15; vs. Trinidad State, W 25-14, 25-8, 25-16; vs. North Platte, Neb., W 25-20, 25-14, 25-16. Feb. 1, BARTON, L 25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 29-27 Feb. 4, at Independence, W 25-8, 25-17, 2025, 25-12 Feb. 5-6, at West Plains, Missouri; vs. Trinity Valley, Texas, W 25-18, 28-26, 25-22; vs. Missouri State-West Plains, L 25-23, 25-22, 25-23; vs. Jefferson, Mo., W 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 15-5; vs. New Mexico Military, L 250-20. 25-19 25-13 Feb. 11, DODGE CITY, W 25-5, 25-13, 25-15 Feb. 15, at Seward County, ppd. Feb. 18, BUTLER, W 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 25-12 Feb. 19, CENTRAL NEBRASKA, W 25-17, 25-12, 25-20; INDIAN HILLS, IOWA, W 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 Feb. 20, MINERAL AREA, MO., W 25-21, 2025, 20-25, 25-18, 15-7 Feb. 23, at Colby, W 3-1 Feb. 25, GARDEN CITY, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at Seward County, 2 p.m. March 1, at Pratt, 6:30 p.m. March 4, at Barton, 6:30 p.m. March 8, INDEPENDENCE, 6 p.m. March 11, at Colby, 6:30 p.m. March 15, at Dodge City, 6:30 p.m. March 18, at Seward County, 6:30 p.m. March 22, at Butler, 6:30 p.m.