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NJCAA bid for the win

Squad places second

Page 6 The HutchCC women’s basketball team received a bid and redeeming themselves on Monday.

Page 3 On Sunday, the HutchCC spirit squad went to the Region 6 competition and got second place.

Photo by Steve Carpenter/HutchCC Sports Information

The student voice of Hutchinson Community College

March 15 , 2019

Vol. 60 Issue 18

Women’s History Month

English language always important to HutchCC’s Clasen

By Emily Fehrman Social Media Editor

As a child, Hutchinson Community College English professor Kelly Clasen grew up in a world of books, getting many of her biggest role models from them. Having lived on a farm, she was fortunate that her mom took her to the library in Hutchinson weekly, checking out just as many books that was allowed. “Any girl involved in a horse story, was probably my heroine. Any adventure like Nancy Drew” Clasen said. The English language has always been Clasen an interest to Clasen, from her days as a young child reading Nancy Drew, to getting a bachelor’s degree in journalism at The University of Kansas. When Clasen was working at The Dallas Morning News as a copy editor and the economy for journalism began to struggle, they were starting to tighten the budget and began layoffs. So she set out to get her master’s degree, but at the time there, was no intention to get a doctorate. “It was more of a means of professional advancement,” Clasen said. “I thought ‘I’ll just go back to school for two years, and when I come back, all of this will have blown over and I can work for more money because I’ll have a masters.’ But really that was

M.A. English - University Of North Texas - 2006

just the beginning of the downturn in journalism.” To pay her way through that second year of graduate school, Clasen had started teaching as a teaching assistant. “I just enjoyed it, it was so different from what I had done at the newspaper, that I knew it would be the career path for me. And that if I wanted to become a fulltime college professor, I would need that PhD,” Clasen said. Having that opportunity early in her graduate career to be in a classroom showed her that this was something she would be more satisfied and happier doing. The eight hours a day at the desk was not for her. After being at the newspaper for four years, Clasen would find herself struggling with looking at the clock and counting down the time until she could go home. “But when I was in the classroom time just flew by, and every hour was a new challenge,” Clasen said. “The constant pressure of being on your toes and having to prepare everyday for something new keeps things fresh and is what drives her still to this day.” The master’s degree was more like two years of fun for Clasen, but the doctorate was a different ballgame all together, requiring an intensely-focused research program. Fortunately, she loved literature and research, so it was a win-win for her.

Ph.D. English - University Of North Texas - 2011

See Clasen, Page 4

Photos by Kenneth Ryan/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College professor Kelly Clasen is shown going over her students’ work in English Composition II. Clasen teaches English Composition classes and Introduction to Cultural Studies: Fairy Tales.

Clasen’s degrees AA -- - Hutchinson Community College - 1998 B.S. Journalism - University Of Kansas - 2000

Upcoming events

March 16 — Outdoor Track at Blue Dragon Invitational 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Gowans Stadium March 16 — Softball vs. Colby (DH) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Fun Valley. March 18-23 — 2019 NJCAA Tournament 8 a.m.- 9 a.m. at the Sports Arena. March 19 — Baseball vs. Cowley (1-9) 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. at HobartDetter Field. March 23 — Baseball vs. Dodge City (DH-7/9) 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Hobart-Detter Field. March 23 — Softball vs. Pratt (DH) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Fun Valley.

The happenings around campus

Blue Dragons weekend forecast

Friday —High: 46 Low: 26 Saturday—High: 55 Low: 32 Sunday —High: 54 Low: 32 Go outside this weekend and enjoy the spring weather while it lasts! It will be summer before you know it.

Inside Scoop Page 2 - Full House star: Lori Loughlin who played ‘Aunt Becky’ caught in fraud scandal. See editorial for more insight.

Page 4 - “Does Anybody Really Know”

that the HutchCC Badinage went to Chicago?


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Will you pay for our Say hi to Brenda, the 3D printer tuition, Aunt Becky? Our view Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a rich family that would bribe your whole way into college without you having to pay a cent? Must be nice right? Well, it’s also highly illegally and Aunt Becky is quickly figuring that out. Lori Loughlin is in hot water after she, her husband, and many other wealthy people were charged in a college admissions cheating scandal that spread nationwide. In an affidavit that was shown to the public on Tuesday, investigators shared that Loughlin and her husband, “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the (University of Southern California) crew team, despite the fact they did not participate in crew, thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” She, among many other wealthy parents, have been charged by the FBI and the U.S Attorney’s office in the district of Massachusetts,

As you’ve probably noticed, this week I will not be publishing “The Women’s Corner” column. Which is something I’m kind of bummed about, but I have a topic that literally rattles my cage to the point where I’m ready to fight someone at the drop of a hat. And, for those who know me, I am not a fighter. I may talk big, but seriously, my 12-year-old brother could probably take me. However, parents at kids’ dodgeball games are the most insane and competitive people I have ever met. And they need to calm the hell down. So grab your popcorn, sit down, and relax while I rant and call these immature parents out for their behavior. This past Tuesday, I was attending my little brother’s dodgeball game. Now, this is the only sport

and some have even been jailed. Loughlin is officially being charged with “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud,” according to an indictment on Tuesday. What does this situation have anything to do with any of us? Well, if you were to have applied to the colleges that have been used, and were in the lead for a scholarship or an acceptance, your spot could have been taken due to these bribes by rich parents wanting their kids to have the best. All of the 33 cases of this scandal cost 33 other students a chance to attend these prestigious schools, and gave it to those who got it in an indecent way. Not only have these people stolen spots from other potential students, but they are attending a college that they don’t necessarily deserve to go to, just because they have rich parents. Whether the student had anything to do with the situation or not, it is still seen as not morally correct to keep their position when it came from a form of

Izzy Caldwell/Cartoonist illegal activity. And what resonates with us the most, is that they are essentially going to school for little to nothing because of their financial situation. For most of us, we envy their position because most

of us are only relying on our own money to pay for tuition and plus charges. We are essentially paying on our own unless some of us are lucky enough to snag scholarships while we attend. With the FAFSA

already making it unfair to receive financial aid because it’s based on our family situations, it doesn’t help when stories like this arise where another wealthy person is getting in through the back door because of

their money. But maybe next time, Aunt Becky will learn to Wake Up San Francisco, not Wake up her cellmate, a paraphrased quote by staff writer Shea Hubbs.

was about to throw hands with me last year. But in this instance, it was more than just one adult that was acting immature. The games are simple. A game runs for 45 minutes with the kids playing as many games in that time span. There are two teams, both with coaches, and two high school aged refs. So, the game is in progress and it’s been going well. The kids seem to be having fun and it’s just all around a good vibe. But this wouldn’t be my column topic if it ended in sunshine and rainbows. Everything was fine, when a kid dodged a ball just barely. From where I was sitting, it didn’t look like it hit him, and the refs saw it, but didn’t think it hit him either. But some adults above me disagreed very loudly and wouldn’t shut up. They continued to yell out that the kid was

“clearly out” and how he needed to “get off the court”. The game continues but these people keep making sly comments about every little thing that is questionable. But I think what really sent me off was that they came for my brother. As a ball was thrown at him, he ducked just enough where it didn’t hit him. And I’m not just being biased because he’s my brother, because it clearly didn’t hit him. But these trash people yelled through the gym, “Get off the court! You’re out!” with agreements from the rest of their little posse. Oh boy, did my anger spike. Listen here, you middle-aged couple and the grandma to follow, you need to sit down and shut up. This is a kids dodgeball game! It is just for fun and should be played as such. Your incessant comments

about our team are immature and unnecessary to the point where you are setting a poor example for your child and making complete fools of yourselves. You are not the refs. You are not on the court. You are not your child. So calm yourself down and reevaluate your actions, because you are acting worse than kindergarteners. What topped this whole thing off, was to see how the kids followed in their childish parent’s footsteps. I’m just going to come out and say it – baiting in dodgeball is a coward move and should be treated as such. These parents kept rooting the kids on to bait our team, making them come get a ball while they stood there and waited for us to come and get it so they could hit us. Now, not only has the Hutchinson Recreation Commission stated before

that baiting is no longer accepted, but it is clearly bad sportsmanship and some might even say cheating. The night ended with a baiting situation that just ended with a tie between the two teams. But in my mind, there was a clear winner. This situation literally makes no sense to me. Why can’t we just let kids play sports to have fun, instead of turning it into the biggest deal in the world? For future reference, let your kids have fun and don’t make people hate you by being a a--hole to everyone you disagree with because you aren’t getting your way. Thank you, and goodnight.

Dodgeball? How ‘bout dodge the parents Columnist

Tabitha Barr I actually enjoy watching. It’s a fast-paced game that has no practices before hand and is just for fun. To me, that’s what sports should be – fun. But people tend to twist the fun into a competitive situation that makes it as fun as doing homework. And there just so happened to be these types of people in the audience that night, and it’s what sparked this column topic. Now. this has happened before. And I seriously thought that some mom

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production

Jump in to ‘Apex Legends’ Game company Respawn has released a new Battle Royale game called “Apex Legends”, which came out on Feb. 4, and ever since it came out, it has taken over “Fortnite”. That makes me extremely happy, because I highly dislike “Fortnite”. Battle Royale games are taking over the industry, and if you don’t know what a Battle Royal is, it is a massive or medi-


Pablo Sanchez um-size map that involves over hundreds of players.

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The only game mode available for Apex Legends is doing triples with your friends because the game is based of a team based style and you three need to work together to get a win. I recommend trying Apex out. The download size is not that big, so you don’t have to worry about making room or deleting any games you like to play. There is a total of

eight characters, and all of these characters have different abilities. For example, if you decided to play as Bangalore, her special ability is her calling in a rolling thunder of missiles that creep up on the landscape she has other ability’s but you can check that out yourself. Each character has different abilities that will help you change the tide of your gameplay to


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,

your advantage or your disadvantage but it also depends on how you play and how you help your team. Unlike most Battle Royal games, when you get ready to jump off the aircraft that you are on, you have the option of just jumping single. Well, Apex does have that option, but it is optional to jump by your self, and once you are loading in the game,

it will let you know if you are “jump master”. That means you take your squad with you whenever you chose to, or if you don’t feel comfortable jumping, you can simply just change it to someone else. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and get a win. Pablo Sanchez is a Hutchinson sophomore studying Psychology

Tabitha Barr. Editorial cartoonist: Izzy Caldwell.

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The Dragons’ spirit By Brenna Eller Editor In Chief

No matter the weather or road conditions, the Hutchinson Community College spirit squad has always been at the football and basketball games to cheer on the Blue Dragons and to share their spirit with the Hutchinson crowd. This past Sunday was the Region 6 Cheer and Dance Championships at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, where the Blue Dragons finished second place in the Large Co-ed Cheer Division and placed third in the Team Hip-Hop Division. First-year coach Kala McElhaney placed third and Austin Chambers and Lindsey Peuser got second in their Partner Stunt Competition. “I think we did great,” said sophomore and team captain Ally Boothe. “We did the best that we could, and that’s all that our coach wanted from us.” Boothe praised the team, saying that she was for not giving up even though the squad fell on their full up. “We finished the routine out strong, and I believed that it was a first-place routine,” Boothe said. Garett Stark, another sophomore, gave his input on the team’s competition. “I’m overall happy on how we did,” Stark said. “We put in a lot of time and work to achieve what we put out there on the mat,” Stark said. Even though the Blue Dragons didn’t get first place, Stark said he believed the squad gave it their all and made themselves and their coach proud. “Cowley College took first and they hit a really solid routine and hit more basic skills than we did, but it was a really close one that could have went either way,” Stark said. When asked if there were any areas that needed improved, Boothe said, “I think that quads were our biggest struggle mentally. We physically could do it, but we all got in our heads too much sometimes. I think we did a solid job though.” Stark said he thought the Blue Drag-

Courtesy photo /HutchCC cheer squad Hutchinson Community College’s cheer squad performs at the Region 6 competion on Sunday at Kansas Wesleyan Unviersity in Salina. The Blue Dragons finished runner-up. ons were impressive, especially with so many newcomers. “We practiced everything in our routine so many times that I’m not really sure if we could have spent anymore time practicing it,” Stark said, “and the fact that we have guys on our team who just joined at semester and have never cheered before were making our stunts work is really mind blowing.” For Boothe, it was her final competition and final event as a Blue Dragon. “I’m going to miss cheering at the games and competing,” Boothe said,

“I’ve been competing competitively since I was 10-years old, and it was sad to know that Saturday was my last time competing.” Not only is Boothe going to miss cheering and competing, but she is also going to miss the cheer squad that she calls family. “I loved the bond we all shared and we all worked together to come out to do great things,” Boothe said. After thinking on it, Boothe has decided not to cheer after she graduates HutchCC because she wants to focus

more on her education and said that the next two years will be the hardest in college. “It is sad to know that I am done, because I would do it for the rest of my life if I could, but my body wouldn’t be able to keep up,” Boothe said. Like Boothe, it is Stark’s last year and he will be sad when it is over as well. “I will definitely miss all the people I met, easily staying in shape and cheering on the ‘Drags’ during their games,” Stark said.


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By Shealynn Hubbs Staff writer Editor’s note – Shea Hubbs works at Hutchinson Credit Union as a teller and is versed in banking needs for young adults. As teens become adults, there are a lot of things these young adults have to do that they aren’t used to doing. One of those things is filing income taxes annually. Something that’s usually neglected in American school systems yet so vital to adult life. Whether you must file a federal income tax return depends on your gross income, filing status, age, and whether you are a dependent. A dependent

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Income taxing 101

is a person, other than a taxpayer or spouse who entitles the taxpayer to claim a dependency exemption. Each dependency exemption decreases income subject to tax by the exemption amount. If you are an unmarried dependent student, you must file a tax return if your earned and/or unearned income exceeds certain limits. Unearned income includes interest, dividends and capital gains. Most likely you can file the simplest tax form, the 1040EZ and simply enter your income and wages. When do you file and how? Your taxes can’t be filed any later than April 15, unless you file for an exten-

sion, or if the 15 falls on a weekend. In order to file your taxes, you will need your tax form, normally this will be a 1040EZ for the simplest filing. You will also need pay stubs or an employer generated W-2. Where can you file taxes? VITA is a volunteer program provided by certified IRS accountants that fill do your taxes for free. In 2018, VITA volunteer tax preparers helped prepare more than 1,300 tax returns. The VITA tax site, located at The Salvation Army, opened on Jan. 29, and is free of charge for persons whose combined household income does not exceed $54,000. The hours are Tuesdays from

8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. You can also use sites like TurboTax if you have a simple return for free. If you have something more complicated and you’ve made more than a certain amount, it might be easier to sit down with an accountant. Paying in for taxes. If you have made over a certain amount of money or didn’t have enough taken out of your checks, you may have to pay income tax. There’s a few different ways you can pay if you’re required to. Just like you pay other bills, taxes can be paid online as well. Check or money orders can be sent in. You

can do a wire transfer directly to the IRS. Using a credit card is also possible but it will come with fees. It’s often best to file taxes, determine if you’ll need to pay in or if you’re getting a return. If you get a return. There are a few different ways to get it. You can set up direct deposit into your bank account or wait and get an old-fashioned check. For some places like H&R Block, they will give you a debit card, but if you try to transfer that money into your personal account, they charge a $35 fee. Taxes sound complicated and scary and that’s normal for a new adult. Doing research and talking to other adults can

help ease your worries. Talk to your employer and make sure you have all the forms you need before going to an accountant. There are many online resources that can help teach even more about taxes and the process. Adults will gladly help too so don’t be shy. And don’t neglect filing taxes. Don’t be like Nicolas Cage, Martha Stewart, Dolce & Gabbana, Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, or hundreds of other people that have be convicted of tax evasion. You will be caught and end up having to pay more than you even had to begin with. On the web: ultimate-tax-guide-youngadults/

Chicago is the inspiration By Jared Shuff Staff writer Badinage, one of two vocal jazz ensembles at Hutchinson Community College, recently returned from an eventful trip to the Chicago area. During their time in and around the Windy City, members of the group were able to experience the city, work with other musicians, and perform their own repertoire for the New York Voices. The New York Voices have been a group since 1987, performing all over the world and releasing multiple albums. Last Saturday, the vocal jazz quartet held its 10th annual Jazz Festival at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois. It also happened to be the 30th anniversary of their debut album. Badinage was one of many talented ensembles that performed earlier in the day. The group performed pieces written by jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Andy Bleything, Ben Pankratz and Bailey Graber are all second-year members of Badinage. They shared some details of their trip and performance. “There were several high school groups and several other college groups (at the festival),” Bleything said. The group was able to work on their set the day before the festival during a visit to Elmhurst College. While visiting the college, members of Badinage were given a

Courtesy Photo/Jared Shuff Hutchinson Community College’s vocal jazz group Badinage group recently took a trip to Chicago to sing for the New York Voices. tour of the campus, treated with lunch, and even got to sit in with the concert choir for a rehearsal. Bleything had a positive experience performing at the festival, stating that the group did a strong job representing HutchCC. Pankratz and Graber agreed that the performance went well, but as musicians felt that there is always room to improve. “We have this extremely high standard

for ourselves,” Graber said. Pankratz believes that despite the lack of sleep and the chilling weather, Badinage gave a performance to be proud of, especially given the difficulty of their repertoire. “We’re out there to perform real jazz, not just contemporary pieces. The literature is crazy,” Pankratz said. While the main focus of the trip was music, the group also took time to explore Chicago. The group went to the observation

deck of Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower – walked to The Bean, and visited the Art Institute of Chicago. Graber shared her favorite moment in the city. “Definitely the art museum. It was so cool, especially seeing the (pieces) that are really famous, the ones you see in pictures,” Graber said. No trip to Chicago is complete without a few slices of deep-dish pizza from Giordano’s, a Chicago staple. The trip back to Kansas on Sunday came with a few bumps – taxi services that canceled last minute, numerous gate changes and delayed flights made the return pretty stressful. By the time they made it back home, the group was exhausted. Badinage returned Sunday afternoon and had a successful concert the next day. There is no rest for musicians. Bleything plans on attending Wichita State next year, majoring in aerospace engineering. Graber and Pankratz are still uncertain about their futures, with Graber looking into psychology and Pankratz possibly going into mechanical engineering. Both expressed interest in attending Kansas State University. While none of them are music majors, they all believe that performing in Badinage has been a positive influence on them. “I think that being involved in music is stimulating for the mind,” Bleything said.

‘Momo Challenge’ was just an online hoax By Kat Collins Staff writer “Momo” is an urban legend on social media. The picture of a creepy woman is a Japanese statue, with the head and upper body of a woman, but has claw-like hands for feet. “Momo” has been in the media in years past, for a challenge called the “Momo Challenge”, which was later said to be a hoax. “Momo”, lately, has been in the media for being put in children’s videos and “Fortnite” video. The legend indicates that you are going to be killed by Momo if they don’t do some damage to themselves. This is a problem for many parents, and making parents fear for their children’s safety, and many parents are worried about what their kids are watching on Social media. Amber Williams is a cook at the Dragon’s Den at Hutchinson Community College, and her son’s friend in school had seen one of these videos, telling some of the students in his or her class. Amber had said that what she was told by

her son what was in this video, and she said it showed the viewer, “How to cut your wrist so that the doctor couldn’t suture

it back up.” That was very alarming to Williams. “It scares me because it could hurt my children

or just any child really,” Williams said. “Which I wouldn’t want to happen to anybody. And it’s planting fear into the children’s

minds, and encouraging them to do it. It’s just horrible.” In the end, “Momo” isn’t real. All that needs

to really happen is to remember that this is an urban legend. It’s a figment of our imagination.

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Career Connections comes to HutchCC


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For several years she worked on a project that explored the role of women’s writers in American Literature. So it was a thing that kept her interests sustained while also helping her push forward in the program. It also helps that she enjoyed and believed in what she was doing. Becoming a mother at age 37 was another accomplishment for Clasen. When you pursue the doctorate route, a lot of people sacrifice that element of their personal life. Another thing Clasen is proud of is the number of scholarly articles she has published in her field of American literature. Though she doesn’t write as much as she’d like,

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now that she teaches at HutchCC, she still enjoys research and likes to look for research projects like that. “Sometimes, I think there’s a misconception that if you teach at a community college, you only teach the same things over and over,” Clasen said. “We do teach the same classes from year to year, but we introduce new texts, we change our lesson plans, we learn every year. Sometimes classes are really great and some of them really push us. It’s never the same, from day to day, week to week, semester to semester. Which is incredibly challenging but also incredibly rewarding.”

By Rachel Lyons Staff Writer

On April 4, Hutchinson Community College will host its Fourth Annual Career Connections Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sports Arena. This event is an opportunity for students to connect with more than 150 local employers. Michelle Wortham, Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Student Services, said prospective employers will have a variety of openings, including full-time positions for those ready to start a career, paid internships and seasonal positions. Students attending should dress appropriately for an interview setting as the event provides “an opportunity to practice interview skills in a more relaxed atmosphere”. Although classes will not be dismissed for the job

What: Career Connections Job Fair When: Thursday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Sports Arena Register: fair, students are encouraged to attend during their free time. Not only are students encouraged to attend, but so are alumni and those in the Hutchinson Community. Notable employers that will be in attendance include: Kroger Accounting Services- Hutchinson (KASH), Kansas Highway Patrol, Textron Aviation, and Presbyterian Manor of the Plains.

HutchCC’s Annual Student Literary Magazine, “The Tulgey Wood” is accepting submissions now

Attention all HutchCC students: get your published in the Annual Student Literary Magazine, “The Tulgey Wood” by April 2. Accepted submissions: Poetry, black and white or color art, fiction/non-fiction, and black and white or color photograph. Send your work digitally to: Hannah Knoche at Include your full name and contact information as well.

Rojas reigns over Jayhawk West By Rebecca Carney Co-Sports Editor Hutchinson Community College sophomore forward James Rojas, a 6-foot, 7-inch sophomore from Jamestown, New York, has been named Jayhawk West player of the year. Rojas, who missed five games in January because of an injury, had been practically unstoppable since. Since his return, Rojas averaged 21.1 points a game, while shooting 51 percent from field. He had a career high of 30 points in a double-overtime victory over No. 3 Coffeyville in the Region 6 Tournament semifinals. Rojas was also selected to the All-Jayhawk West first team. Rheaquone Taylor, a sophomore out of Jamaica, New York, was selected to All-Jayhawk West second team. Fred Odihambo and DJ Mitchell were selected to the All-Jayhawk West honorable mention. Women’s basketball – Blue Dragon sophomores Dejanae Roebuck and Jada Mickens were selected to the All-Jayhawk West first team. Freshman Mikayla Vannett was to the All-Jayhawk West second team and freshman Abby Ogle was selected to All-Jayhawk West honorable mention. Baseball – The Blue Dragons’ baseball team traveled to El Dorado to take on the Butler Grizzlies for second time this on Saturday. The Blue Dragons were supposed to host the Grizzlies Saturday at

Athlete of the week

(March 3-9) James Rojas, Men’s basketball

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College catcher Natalie Semmel tags out a Hesston base runner Saturday during the Region 6/District D first-round series Saturday at Fun Valley Sports Complex Hobart-Detter Field, but a 13-run explosion in the on Saturday to play a douto score again. The Blue because of field conditions, first inning powered by a bleheader in Great Bend. Dragons gave up 16 runs the Blue Dragons were the Dylan Nedved grand slam. The Blue Dragons dropped throughout the game and home team at McDonald The Blue Dragons travel to the first game, 13-12. the final score was 16-4. Stadium. Barton on Saturday for a The second game was The Blue Dragons The Blue Dragons won doubleheader. not as close as game one. next scheduled game is the first game 5-4. The Softball – The HutchCC The Blue Dragons scored Saturday, a doubleheader Blue Dragons also took softball team traveled to an early four runs in the to be played at Fun Valley the second game 15-1 after Barton Community College top of the first but failed against Colby.

The week: Rojas was determined to take the Blue Dragons back to the national tournament, and although Rojas the Blue Dragons fell in the Region 6 championship game, Rojas was amazing. He first had 28 points and nine rebounds in a quarterfinal win against Pratt. He added 30 points and eight rebounds in a double overtime win against Coffeyville, and then Rojas had 29 points and 11 rebounds against Seward County. The season: Rojas, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., averaged 19 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Blue Dragons.

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

(doubleheaders indiciated by a 2) Feb. 2, at Coffeyville, W 11-8 L 9-7 Feb. 13, COFFEVYILLE, 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. 21, at Rose State, L 4-2 W 7-5 Feb. 22, at Rose State, W 12-7 Feb. 26, vs. Labette at Pittsburg, W 18-2 W 7-1 March 1, at Crowder, L 9-3 L 6-5 March 7, at Butler L 3-2 L 11-9 March 9, at Butler L 5-4, L 15-1 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. 24, at Seward County, L 94-75 Feb. 27, ALLEN, W 98-88^ March 3, vs. Pratt at Park City, W 91-74^ March 4, vs. Coffeyville at Park City, W 94-89 2OT^ March 6, vs. Seward County at Park City, L 81-76^ ^ - Region 6 Tournament

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 7054 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 59-31 Feb. 16, at Colby, W 75-62 Feb. 20, BARTON, W 87-49 Feb. 24, at Seward County, L 77-69 OT Feb. 27, ALLEN, W 89-40^ March 2, vs. Independence at Park City, W 74-62^ March 4, vs. Butler at Park City, L 61-60^ March 18, vs. Western Nebraska at Lubbock, Texas, 6 p.m.* ^ - Region 6 Tournament * - NJCAA Tournament

Feb. 5, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, L 11-4 Feb. 13, CLOUD COUNTY, W 6-4, W 6-1 Feb. 25, at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, L 16-15, W 4-1 March 8, at Friends JV, W 14-6 March 9, at Barton, L 12-11, L 16-4 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.

March 11-12, at Washburn Invitational March 25, at Jayhawk Conference tournament April 8-9, at Tiger Invitational April 15-16, at Jayhawk Conference tournament April 22-23, at Jayhawk Championship April 29-30, at District 3/Region 6 tournament May 15-18, at NJCAA Tournament

March 7, at Southwestern March 16, BLUE DRAGON INVITATIONAL, ccd. April 3-4, at Tiger Multi-Event April 5-6, at Friends April 12-13, at KT Woodman April 18-19, at KU Relays April 27, at Southwestern May 2-4, at Region 6 May 16-18, at NJCAA championship



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Texas redemption

Photo by Bre Rogers/Collegian Hutchinson Community College basketball players (from left) Makaylan Johnson, Milan Schimmel, Kelsey Brett, Lauryn Mapusua, Sara Cramer and Ti Kimbro celebrate a basket during the Blue Dragons game earlier this month at Seward County. The Blue Dragons, despite two losses to Seward County and in the Region 6 Tournament to Butler, received an at-large bid to the NJCAA Tournament in Lubbock, Texas.

Blue Dragons eager for Texas trip to show they can win the big, close games By Amanda Carney Co-Sports Editor Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team will get a second chance, with this season and with the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The Blue Dragons earned an at large bid into national tournament, despite a Region 6 Tournament semifinal loss to Butler. Butler won the tournament, earning an automatic bid, and Seward County earned an at-large bid as well Even though Seward County earned an at-large bid, and a couple teams ranked below the Blue Dragons were revealed as getting at-large bids before they did, Blue Dragons coach John Ontjes was not worried about not getting in. “I wasn’t nervous about getting an at-large bid. We took second in our conference and only lost three games.” Ontjes said. The Blue Dragons will be going to Lubbock, Texas on Monday determined prove their game. The Blue Dragons will play Western Nebraska as a No. 13 seed at 6 p.m. Monday. The Blue Dragons are beyond ecstatic to get a second chance. “It’s pretty sweet getting to go because we lost,” freshman guard Abby Ogle said. “We’ve lost all the important games that we have needed to win, but we still get to go to the national tournament.” “It means everything to us,” added freshman Makayla Vannett. “We were really bummed that we lost against Butler, even the freshman.” Ogle and Vannet are not the only people excited to get into the national tournament, so is Ontjes. The Blue Dragons have lost their first game in each of the last two tournaments. Before that, they reached four semifinals and three national championship games from 2012-2015. “We are just excited to continue to play and we’ll get to

Photo by Bre Rogers/Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Milan Schimmel glides to the basket for two points during a Region 6 Tournament game against Allen Community College. compete against a very talented Western Nebraska team,” Ontjes said. The Blue Dragons and Western Nebraska have had a couple similar opponents throughout the season. These opponents being Seward County, early in the season for Western Nebraska and Iowa Western in the middle of the season. Western Nebraska lost to those two teams by a combined 17 points. Hutchinson lost twice to Seward County, once in overtime, and beat Iowa Western by 21. “I think we need to take care of the ball better.” Ogle adds. Ontjes said that he hopes with having a few close games under

their belts that there will be no more panic in close games. “We haven’t had many close games and it has been unfortunate that the two games we have lost have lost have been close games. And we did not handle the situations very well,” Ontjes said.

Blue Dragons history at the national tournament: 1977, fourth place; 2009, 1-2; 2012, runner-up; 2013, third

place; 2014, runner-up; 2015, runner-up; 2017, second round; 2018, first round


No. 20 Western Nebraska (29-3) vs. No. 13 Hutchinson (30-3) 6 p.m. Monday Lubbock, Texas

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