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Ever wonder what it would be like to write your own obituary? Find out in this popular class.

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Vol. 60 Issue 17

Heartbreak at Hartman By Brenna Eller Editor In Chief

PARK CITY - D.J. Mitchell crouched on the Hartman Arena court, head hanging in sorrow. A sense of finality set in for Mitchell, who is normally upbeat and enthusiastic on the court and around the Hutchinson Community College campus. The men’s basketball team’s season likely ended Wednesday night, in an 81-76 loss to Seward County in the Region 6 Championship game. The Saints earned an automatic bid to the NJCAA Tournament. James Rojas, who played his last HutchCC game, had the game-high score of 29 points, and he added 11 rebounds, and made four 3-pointers, was sad to see his career at HutchCC end. After the neck and neck game, Rojas said, “I really wanted this one. I needed it.” Starting the game off with a 10-point lead, the Blue Dragons managed to get a couple of 3-point shots in by Tyler Brown and Rojas, who scored several in a row, awakening the Hutchinson crowd. After a few turnovers and defensive mistakes, the Blue Dragons lost the lead for a while, letting the Saints get back in the game. “We just didn’t take care of the ball, and the way we played … we had too many turnovers,”

Photos by KJ Ryan/Collegian Hutchinson Community College freshman, D.J. Mitchell bends over after realization hits that the Blue Dragons were going to lose their shot at the Region 6 Championship at Hartman Arena in Park City on Wednesday.

Rojas said. Not giving up, HutchCC came back to end the first half 36-34. A Brown 3-point shot started off the second half, and it seemed the Blue Dragons were in control. They led by as many as nine points with about seven minutes left, but Seward County reclaimed a three-point lead three minutes later. Rojas responded by tying up the game 70-70

Upcoming events

March 9 — Baseball vs. Butler (DH - 7/9) 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at HobartDetter Field. March 12 — Softball vs. Fort Scott (DH) 2 p.m - 7 p.m. at Fun Valley. March 13 — Softball vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan JV (DH) March 14 — Baseball vs. Barton (DH - 7/9) 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. 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.

with a 3-pointer with 3:53 left on the clock. The atmosphere was intense in the gym as seven times the score was tied, but especially toward the end. After Rojas gave the Blue Dragons a 72-70 lead, the Saints responded with the next five points to take the lead for good. “Seward County is a good team, they’ve got a team of sophomores,” HutchCC coach Steve

Eck said, “We missed some easy shots, and basketball is a game of runs. They got some layups, our defense kind of fell apart for a few minutes there, but we had our chance and that’s all you can ask for.” The Blue Dragons, who beat No. 3 Coffeyville in double overtime in the semifinals, fell to 26-8 with the loss. See Heartbreak, Page 5

The happenings around campus

Chris Giles and Malique Jacobs react on the bench toward the end of the Region 6 championship game against Seward County.

Blue Dragons weekend forecast

Friday —High: 44 Low: 38 Saturday—High: 50 Low: 31 Sunday —High: 46 Low: 26 In comparison this should feel like summer from what we’ve been having lately, so go outside.

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Barr and Rachel Lyons’ column on preparation of spring break .

Page 3- Story on Dillon Lecture Series speaker “Atomic City”, Denise Kiernan.


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Why can’t we all just It’s a knife! get along? Our view Everyone has an opinion that may differ from someone close to them. The world has been this way since day one. Sometimes we need to look past our differences and just see people as people, not their political affiliation. Yes, you can discuss politics and share your views on several subject matters, but there is a point where agreeing to disagree becomes pointing of fingers and shooting judgmental comments at each other. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Conservative, or Liberal, you still probably want others to respect your views as your opinion and to not judge a friendship based on that. Of course there are those in both parties who overdo it and have to make their opinion seem mightier. We shouldn’t be judging people based on their political statuses

and opinions, but as we have since the beginning of time, we still end up judging and putting others down to justify our beliefs being “right”. We aren’t saying we are only one party, we are just saying that you may not agree with what someone says, but that doesn’t mean you should be hurtful to them. Judging people solely on their beliefs is wrong and shouldn’t happen. If you don’t agree with them, don’t talk about politics. It’s that simple. Today, the divide in our country is massive and we are becoming the un-United States of America because of it. It’s sad to think that people can’t just talk to each other and respect one another. This whole “rebellion” thing of not talking to anyone of one particular party is just stubborn and ignorant. Making new friends is hard enough, not to mention when there are people out there that

Izzy Caldwell/Cartoonist will only be friends with those they agree with. It limits opportunities to find true friends and people we could really get along with despite certain beliefs.

Not that you should necessarily be in a relationship with someone you totally disagree with because that might not be very healthy, but what harm is there in being

friends with someone who has different beliefs than you. How is that hurting anyone? This constant anger towards one another is tearing the world apart

and it needs to stop or the future of our children will be a scary one where kids will start talking about politics rather than their favorite band or show.

The Women’s Corner My feminist role model

March is dedicated to one of the most important national holidays there is. National Women’s Month gives us a chance to show off what empowering females have accomplished throughout history, and what we can do in the future. Through history, we see how women fought for rights to be equal to men. It’s still a prominent issue, but we have come far. Because of women who came before me, who paved a road to equality, I can now vote, work and live like any other man. Not even 100 years ago, women were still fighting against the sexist stereotype of being the “stay-athome” mom who cooks,

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Tabitha Barr cleans and takes care of the children. We can see this by watching any older TV show or movie where the wife is the preparer while the husband is the worker. Fortunately, nowadays, both the wife and husband can be the workers and the home keepers. Life is an equal opportunity for both men and women, and I’m

glad that we are finally getting there. For National Women’s Month, I wanted to write about a woman who has struck a chord in the women’s movement, and who has influenced me. I have been following her since I can remember, because she was in a show I watched as a little kid, who could be women in society while also kicking butt. Alyssa Milano played Phoebe in the TV show “Charmed” and her successful career continued on after. She is now a political and personal activist who has started the conversation on many topics. She has been very outspoken about the Women’s March, and how there

needs to be equal opportunity in the workplace, and just all around in life. There was an episode in “Charmed” when she protested for females. It was based on the principle of breastfeeding in public, and she used Lady Godiva as her inspiration. A little crazy, yes, but it made a bold statement. However, her monologue was even more powerful. It ended with, “it’s a shame that women have to take off their clothes to be heard. We shouldn’t have to be exploited like this.” That’s probably one of my favorite episodes, because it goes through a situation that many women face. And Milano perfectly portrayed her character’s emotions because, in-truth,

they were her own. Today, she is still vocal about situations and events that happen in society. She was a huge advocate for the #MeToo movement when Brett Kavanaugh was being questioned about his conduct. She was actually at the hearings and spoke to the public on how Christine Ford’s testimony showed true courage, and that if we all stand together, women can be heard. Milano inspires me because of how spoken she is in today’s society. She is one of many women who are standing up for present and future females so we can be seen as equals and treated as such. “I am not going any-

where. I will not allow you to take feminism from me, from the women I love, from my young daughter. We can rebuild together. We can partner. We can learn. We can make the strongest feminist movement in history. We can do anything if we do it together. The only thing stopping us is the hate. You must confront it within you before we can confront it in America.” Learn, stand, and speak out. This month empowers and brings us together. We are strong.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production

Tired and exhausted: ready for spring break

By this point in 2019, I’m sure I’m in the majority of those who are tired of winter weather. Not only am I tired of winter weather but I’m tired of being cooped up inside all day. I’m ready for warm days that mean spending plenty of time outside, enjoyable walks to and around campus, and not layering clothing just to survive a walk to campus from the dorms. I’m also ready for outside activities to pro-

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Rachel Lyons vide topics for columns because – I’m out of them at this point. Combine writer’s

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block with cabin fever, and pressure to do better in english and math, and you’ve officially sucked the life out of a student. Yes, snow is pretty, but nearly everyone is counting down the days to spring break. Although it may not be a ‘vacation’ for all of us, a few days away from the constant cycle of doing homework, attending classes and finding time to work around our crazy schedules is enough of

a break to recharge dead batteries and renew the desire to do well. At this point, we are not only doing homework to get ready for our current classes, but also preparing for upcoming tests that have taken on more weight in the gradebook. We also are starting to prepare for our finals. Sometime among doing all of this, we must start enrolling for summer and fall classes or filling out graduation paperwork.

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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,

We’ve hit a wall that can only be remedied with time and getting away from our daily routines. Here’s to hoping for warm weather, sunny days and a painless 10 days until spring break, because we all know that after spring break, time will fly by and we will suddenly find ourselves in the midst of finals week.

School Day Countdown to Spring Break:

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Rachel Lyons is a Newton freshman studying Business

Tabitha Barr. Editorial cartoonist: Izzy Caldwell.

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Unusual classes: Death and Dying, a morbid class for ordinary college students

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Nothing leads to an existential crisis quite like the concept of death. The only thing certain about it is that it happens to all of us at some point. Since death is inevitable – as far as we know – it would probably be best to learn as much about it as possible. “Be Prepared,” as the Boy Scouts of America like to say. Death and Dying is a class taught at Hutchinson Community College by Charles Kerschen, who specializes in teaching religion and philosophy. He has taught the class for nearly 14 years, practically since he started working at the college. Enrollment has risen in the class through the years. Originally only teaching two sections of the class a semester, Kerschen now teaches three sections a semester, with about 20-30 students in each class. “I teach more of that class than I do any

other class,” Kerschen said. Kerschen said there are many reasons why students should take Death and Dying. Some take it because it’s an interesting topic, and some take it just for him. He believes it should be a required course for some students. “I think anybody that is in the medical profession or studying for the medical profession should be taking the class. I think that should be obligatory,” Kerschen said. Unresolved issues, past events, and the loss of loved ones are a few other reasons he named when it came to students enrolling in Death and Dying. It gives them a way to understand the dying process. Baylee Maskil, a third-year HutchCC student from Sterling, took the class last semester. She was surprised by just how involved the class was. “It was very interesting with the

different activities we did and movies we watched,” Maskil said. Students write stories and eulogies, watch death-related movies, and even visit an actual morgue. Maskil enjoyed watching movies like “Seven Pounds” and “Schindler’s List” in the class, explaining how they showcased death in different ways. In one activity, students create their own terminal disease, and then write a letter about the disease that they are dying from. Topics can get very intimate and emotional. One student reached out to thank Kerschen for teaching the class. “I had one student that contacted me through Facebook,” Kerschen said. “She had taken the class back in 2008. At the time I didn’t know, but she was undergoing chemo for cancer. She had recovered from that and she just wanted to reach out.” Students in Death and Dying also study

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the end of life through a religious and philosophical perspective. Kerschen makes sure not to put one view of death over another. There isn’t one correct philosophy for everyone, because it all depends on where the person is at in their life. “Death is an intimate subject matter for each individual, and you just have to be there for the person and hold their hand or give them a hug and not dictate to them what should be or shouldn’t happen,” Kerschen said. Maskil thought the class taught a valuable life lesson about death. She gave high praise for the course, as well as a warning for those considering adding it to their schedule. “I would definitely recommend it to other students. It’s a nice class to help you understand death. It may be slightly morbid, but overall a great learning experience,” Maskil said.

Author is telling their stories By Tabitha Barr Opinion Page Editor

Many have heard of the Manhattan Project and the people leading the efforts along the way, but many neglect to hear the story from a perspective that was right in the middle of it, but absolutely clueless to what was really happening. Most people would move on and find other sources that have information of the events, but Denise Kiernan, who was in Hutchinson on Tuesday to speak in the Dillon Lecture Series, saw opportunity and grasped onto it before it was gone. For the author of “The Girls of Atomic City”, it all began with a textbook picture that showed a group of women working on behind-the-scenes of the nuclear project. The cutline beneath then told of how they wouldn’t know the true meaning of what they were doing until a long time later in life. This immediately sparked something in Kiernan as she began to dig deeper into the stories of those who helped during the World War II efforts without knowing exactly how. “This is about complete history.” By seeing and understanding all of the perspectives and memories from everyone, people can gather all of the information together and comprehend how crazy this project was. Some of these stories came from people who had lived on Earth for over 100 years. Kiernan didn’t realize her timing on her research of this topic until later in life when the people she interviewed were getting too old. When she started talking to the women who changed history, all of them repeated a line to her that she still thinks is crazy to this day. Before doing the interviews, the women would ask, “Are you sure you want to talk to me? I didn’t know anything.” By interviewing these fascinating women, Kiernan learned of many stories including their arrival to Oak Ridge, Tenn., the specific jobs they had to work, the ways of how they were kept in the dark about what was really happening, and the obstacles that some faced due to the color of their skin. By interviewing the women who lived through

Photos by Janae DeWeese/HutchCC Marketing Denise Kiernan, an author and journalist of “The Girls of Atomic City”, was in Hutchinson on Tuesday for the Dillon Lecture Series. this, she found many situations to be suspicious in today’s standards. Many were told of the idea of the job and that they would have to move, but nothing more was given to them. There was security and government papers they had to sign to keep everything disclosed. They may not have known what was happening behind closed doors, but most

knew it wasn’t simple tasks being handled, but something much bigger. No one understood the gravity of the situation and conditions that they were working under until much later in life. Most of them went along with the secret conditions because of two reasons. The first is that they knew someone in their family or friends that was

off fighting in the war and they wanted them back home as soon as possible. And the other is that the pay of this job was much greater than their other one. After the war was over, many didn’t know what was to come of themselves or the town they had come to know as their home. But fortunately, the town of Oak Ridge kept thriving and still exists.

It holds the many stories of the women who worked hard at what they did, even though they had no idea what the reason was for it. The stories that Kiernan was able to tell came from very unlikely positions. None of those women were head of situations that happened but each had an important story to tell. “Listen to people, and

not those who are just most important,” Kiernan said. Stories come from the most unlikeliest places that no one had ever thought to look there before. “The Girls of Atomic City” is one of those stories that hits the reader by appealing to the search for the unknown. It’s a powerful story that follows some very powerful women.


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Cheer in spotlights Photos by KJ Ryan/Collegian

Hutchinson Community College’s cheer team huddles up before performing their routines Tuesday at the Sports Arena.

(Left) Hutchinson Community College’s Lindsey Peuser, Austin Chambes, Quentin Lara practice a stunt on Tuesday at the Sports Arena. (Top right) Hutchinson Commuity College’s dance team gets ready to perform their routine. (Bottom right) Chris Ontiveros (Patrick Mahomes lookalike) and Garett Stark (right) look on before performing a routine.

College students need to get into the habit of saving of money By Shea Hubbs Staff Writer Editor’s note – The following is written by Shea Hubbs, a staff memeber who works at Hutchinson Credit Union as a teller. Budgeting is important for college students. Living on a fixed income is hard, but taking the time to pay attention to money is important. It’s best to start saving as soon as you can. Retirement will happen faster than you think and it’s always a good idea to have a safe net.

You can start small. Open a savings account and put in $5 every week. Slowly start increasing that and you’ll be surprised by how much you have. Get into this habit – you receive a check, pay bills, put half of whatever you have left in the bank, then use the rest as spending money. Young adults don’t realize how much they waste on a day to day basis. Let’s say you run to a fast food place, you tell yourself it’s only six dollars but that adds up. You get fast food once a day for

a week and that’s $42 wasted on food that isn’t healthy to begin with. Maybe your car breaks down and you need to fix it. Or you don’t have insurance and you get sick. Life can throw anything your way and it’s important to be prepared. There are different forms of saving. You can simply open a savings account and put your money in it or look at something else. Depending on where you work, a 401(k) plan could be of-

fered. A 401(k) plan is a qualified employer-sponsored retirement plan that eligible employees may make salary-deferral contributions to. It’s basically a retirement fund set up by your job that automatically takes money out of your check every pay period. There’s also different types of savings accounts to fit different people. Investment shares can be great for people with a comfortable amount of money that they want to grow. Investment shares have no minimum balance and like all

savings accounts, increase with interest over the years. There are also things call certificates. Basically, you put your money in a locked account to let it grow until it reaches maturity then you can cash it out. These different options may vary depending on which financial institution you are a member of. But wherever you go, whatever way you decide to save, it’s important to start and soon. You don’t want to wake up one morning when you’re 65 and have nothing to show for all the years you worked.


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Women’s History Month: Paramore has had strong female role models throughout life, career By Pablo Sanchez Campus Editor In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential proclamation, declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. Now, there’s Women’s History Month, and Hutchinson Community College has had, and currently does, women in prominent roles. One such person is. Tricia Paramore, Department 4 Chairperson, and like many women, Paramore has had many role models who have shaped her. “There have been many influential women in my life,” Paramore said. “During my undergraduate and graduate school

years, Dr. Sally Frost-Mason was a biology professor who had a major impact on my life. “I wanted to know everything that she knew and emulate everything she did. She was so passionate about Paramore genetics and so great with people. I took all of her classes, worked in her lab, and was a TA for her during grad school. She was my professional role model and over the years became my ‘mom away from home. She later became the Provost at Purdue and then Presi-

dent at the University of Iowa.” Paramore also singled out her mother. “I really look up to my mom,” Paramore said. “She is always available to me and to any of her family members. She’s in her mid-seventies and helps take care of my family and her older brothers and sisters. Serving others is definitely her spiritual gift; she’s an amazing example.” Paramore received her bachelor’s degree and master’s from the University of Kansas. She earned a doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska. Now, she’s Chairperson for HutchCC’s Natural Science, Social Science and Mathematics

What are 5 things you want students to know about you? - I love Jesus. - I think my husband (Lonnie) is the most amazing person. - I have two awesome kids who are about to graduate from high school (a senior, Payton, and a junior Faith) and I’m having a bit of a hard time with that. Time flies. - My family is my No. 1 priority. - I’ve worked at HutchCC since 1996 (WOW) and I work with the best people – hands down.

department. She still teaches General Biology and Biology I. “I want my students to learn deeply, not just for the moment, but for the long term,” Paramore said.” I always enjoy hearing from former students who are now in grad school or medical school, who call or write to tell

Region 6 championship photos Photos by KJ Ryan/The Collegian

me that they used something they learned in my class during their first year of college. I want them to see that their goals are within reach if they are willing to work. Your goals won’t be handed to you – you’ll learn more and be more if you earn what it is that you desire.”

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They will wait to hear whether or not they get an NJCAA at-large bid on Monday, but it is unlikely. Rojas’ voice shook when answering how he felt about losing the championship. “It hurts a lot you know, we’re done, we just have to move on now,” Rojas said.

Kansas poet to visit HutchCC By Brenna Eller Editor in Chief

Hutchinson Community College’s Saquan Singleton brings the ball down the floor on a fast break during the first half of Wednesday’s Region 6 championship game at Hartman Arena.

Kansas novelist, poet, and past Kansas State Poet Laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, will be visiting Hutchinson Community College on Thursday for a workshop in the Introduction to Creative Writing class at 1:10 p.m. in Lockman Hall, room 209. Anyone is welcome and there are a few chairs available in the classroom. Call Bill Sheldon if you want to attend at 665-3445, or email at sheldonb@hutchcc. edu. If you aren’t able to attend the workshop, you can catch Goldberg at 7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington Street. Goldberg will be giving a reading of her latest novel, “Mirriam’s Well”. On the web:

Tyler Brown positions himself between a Seward County player and the basketball goal while on defense.

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• Continued from Page 6 missed qualifying for the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.89 seconds. On day two, sophomore Hannah Smith started the 2019 indoor season by breaking the school record in the women’s weight throw at the Jayhawk Invitational. She closed the 2019 indoor season breaking that same record at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships. Smith uncorked a throw of 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches on Saturday to break her old Hutch record of 52-5 3/4. That throw

was good for sixth place at the NJCAA championships. The other women competitors were the Blue Dragon 4x800 relay. The relay team of Sarah Patteson, Gabby Collins, Christina Bruce and Saw Ahmara finished sixth with a season’s best time of 10:03.60. Hutchinson Community College men finished fourth with 58 points. Men’s track - The 4X400 relay team of Denilson Whitmore, Donovan Whitmore, Brock Appiah and Elijah Smith finished the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg in fifth place, breaking the school

James Rojas charges the ball down the court for a layup while avoiding a turnover against the Saints.

record in a time of 3:14.07. Also finding their way to the medal stand was Brett Hillabrand, who came in seventh in the mile in a time of 4:19.44. On the first day of the championships, pole vaulter Myles Hansen was sixth after clearing 14-3 1/4. The distance medley really team came in seventh in a time of 10:18.4. The team included Hillabrand, Elijah Smith, Jason Left and Connor Kaufman. Baseball - Friday added some frustration to the HutchCC baseball team. Playing the No. 9-ranked Crowder College Roughriders in a doubleheader to make up for

games lost in February, the No. 20-ranked Blue Dragons left a combined 18 runners on base as Hutchinson saw its four-game winning streak snapped after losses of 9-3 and 6-5. The Blue Dragons fall to 9-5 overall while Crowder, a 2018 NJCAA World Series participant, improves to 14-3. Softball - Winter’s grip on the Hutchinson Community College softball team continues to be tight. The Blue Dragons lost their fourth doubleheader of the season when Saturday’s Jayhawk Conference-opening doubleheader against the nationally-ranked

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Butler Grizzlies was called off. No make-up date has been announced for the doubleheader with the Grizzlies. Golf - The Blue Dragons are ranked No. 5 in the first spring poll, their highest ranking of any poll this season. With just days from the resumption of the men’s golf season, the HutchCC men’s golf team is now in the Top 5 of the GolfStat NJCAA Rankings. The Blue Dragons are ranked behind No. 1 Indian Hills, No. 2 Midland; No. 3 Eastern Florida State and No. 4 Odessa. Only Odessa has yet to win at least one tournament of the Top 5 teams.


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Grizzly ending for Dragons

Athlete of the week

(Feb. 24-March 2) Hannah Smith, Track and field

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Lauren Mapusua provides defense during the Region 6 Tournament semifinals at Hartman Arena in Park City. The Blue Dragons lost 61-60 and will wait to hear if they make the NJCAA national tournament on Monday.

Blue Dragons lose in semifinals to Butler, will wait for possible NJCAA bid By Rebecca Carney Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss Monday afternoon at Hartman Arena in the Region 6 Tournament semifinals. HutchCC, now 30-3 after the 61-60 loss to Butler on Monday at Hartman Arena in Park City, will begin the long-anticipated wait to see if they are one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA National Tournament. The Blue Dragons will have to wait until Monday for the NJCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Selection Show. Butler’s Jalise Smallwood hit the second of two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play and the Blue Dragons weren’t able to get a miracle shot off, as the Jayhawk East champion Grizzlies stunned eighth-ranked Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons came out hot from 3-point range, hitting 5 of 6 from deep to lead 26-13 after the first quarter. The shots stopped

falling after that as the Blue Dragons were only 2 of 13 from the field in the second quarter as the teams were tied 32-all at halftime. The Dragons went scoreless for 5:58 and trailed 32-28. Lauryn Mapusua hit a 3-pointer and Milan Schimmel added a free throw to tie the game at 32. Hutch led 43-42 after three quarters, but Butler opened the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 51-45 after two Criste’On Waters free throws with 5:23 remaining. Back came the Blue Dragons with consecutive Makayla Vannett 3-point shots to knot the score at 51 with 4:19 to play Dejanae Roebuck finished with 10 points. Ogle had six points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. The Blue Dragons shot 35.8 percent for the game (19 of 53). The Dragons were 10 of 31 from 3-point range. After starting 5 of 6, the Dragons missed 17 of the next 18 before hitting 4 of the final 8 3-point attempts. HutchCC was 12 of 17 from the foul line.

The week: Smith capped off a strong season at the NJCAA Indoor National Championship in Smith Pittsburg. Competing in the weight throw, Smith had a top heave of 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches, placing sixth in the event. That was also good enough to break the school record of 52-5 3/4, which Smith held. The season: Smith is a sophomore from Andover, where she attended Andover Central. She is the school-record holder in the outdoor hammer throw of 160-5.

Roundup: Track teams succeed at nationals By Amanda Carney Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Bre Rogers/The Collegian Hutchinson Community College’s Kelsey Brett looks to pass the ball into the post during the Region 6 semifinal against Butler.

Day one of the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field championships was a day of almosts on Friday at Pittsburg State’s Plaster Center. Freshman Gabby Collins and sophomore Jewell Bolden were on the cusp of either the medal stand or qualifying for finals. They just missed multiple times. Collins finished 14th in preliminaries for the 1,000 meters on Friday night. That was a personal record for the Blue Dragon cross country All-American with a time of 3 minutes, 9.19 seconds. Bolden just missed the medal stand in the long jump. She finished ninth with a jump of 18 feet, 4 1/4 inches. Bolden also See Sports, Page 5

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 (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. 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 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 59-31 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^

Golf

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

Softball

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 6, at Barton, ppd. 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.

Track

March 7, at Southwestern March 16, BLUE DRAGON INVITATIONAL 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