Former Hutchinson Community College football player De’Vondre Campbell became the third former player since 2013 to be drafted in the NFL Draft.
On Saturday, Campbell was drafted in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons with the 105th overall selection.
Campbell and Markus Golden, last year’s second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals, become the first Blue Dragons ever to be drafted in back-to-back drafts.
Campbell is also the second former Blue Dragon to be selected by the Falcons. Atlanta drafted former Blue Dragon All-American Mack Herron in the sixth round of the 1970 draft.
In his one season at HCC in 2012, Campbell was a second-round all-Jayhawk Conference linebacker. The outside linebacker from Fort Myers, Fla..
He was second on the 2012 Blue Dragon team – 9-3 and Salt City Bowl champions – in tackles with 83 total stops, including 21 unassisted tackles. He also had three quarterback sacks, one interception and two passes broken up. That interception was returned for a touchdown against Fort Scott.
After HCC, Campbell went to the University of Minnesota. He played in 39 games over three years with the Golden Gophers.
He started in 11 of 13 games in his senior season and finished third on the 2015 team with 92 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and a team-high four sacks. He was named All-Big 10 Honorable mention honors as a senior.
(HCC Sports Information)
HISTORY OF BLUE DRAGONS DRAFTED IN NFL DRAFT
Player Years at HCC Team Round (year)
De’Vondre Campbell 2012 Atlanta Falcons 4th Round (2016)
Markus Golden 2011 Arizona Cardinals 2nd Round (2015)
Cordarrelle Patterson 2010-11 Minnesota Vikings 1st Round (2013)
Mario Monds 1996-97 Cincinnati Bengals 6th Round (1999)
Curtis Townsend 1973-74 St. Louis Cardinals 10th Round (1977)
Jerome Dove 1972-73 Oakland Raiders 8th Round (1976)
Mack Herron 1966-67 Atlanta Falcons 6th Round (1970)
All of the rain on Friday has made Fun Valley unplayable and will force the Region VI-District E Opening Round Series between the No. 11 Hutchinson Community College softball team and Coffeyville to Monday and Tuesday.
Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-3 series were set for Saturday with the if-needed third game on Sunday. To make sure the field is in optimum condition, the series has been moved to Monday and Tuesday.
Game 1 will start on Monday at 5 p.m., with Game 2 at 7 p.m. A decisive third game would be played at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The winner of the Hutchinson-Coffeyville series will move on to Hummer Sports Park in Topeka on May 7-8 to take on the Cowley/Hesston College winner
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GREAT BEND – Brady Hoover homered twice and Caden Doga broke the Hutchinson Community College career home run record as the Blue Dragons shut out Barton 10-0 in eight innings in a mid-week non-conference showdown at Lawson-Biggs Field on Wednesday night.
Hoover hit his second grand slam of the season in the first inning to get the Blue Dragons out to a 4-0 lead. He hit a solo home run to lead off in the fourth inning to bump the Dragon advantage to 9-0.
Then with one out in the eighth inning, Doga broke HCC’s career home run record with a solo home run in the eighth inning. Doga’s 28th homer of the season surpassed Tim Olson (1998-99) as the career record holder. Doga, who broke the single-season record in 39 games, shattered the career record in his 50th game, which is 59 games fewer than what Olson needed to establish the old record.
The Blue Dragons improve to 35-15 overall, the 15th time Hutchinson has reached 35 wins in a season. Hutchinson will close out the regular season on Saturday and Sunday with a pair of non-conference doubleheaders against Longview College.
Michael Helman extended his current hit streak to 18 games with a 4-for-5 performance, his second four-hit game of the season. Helman had two doubles, two runs scored and stole his team-high 20th base of the season.
Hoover had is fourth three-hit game going 3 for 4 with a double, two home runs and a career-high five RBIs.
Lucas Milner (3-2) made his third strong mid-week start for the Blue Dragons, going four shutout innings with four hits and one walk about with four strikeouts.
Kyle Cantu, T.J. Egloff, Drew Thompson and Jaden Simmons each worked one inning of scoreless relief as Hutchinson posted its third shutout of the season.
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Kendall Blanco, Holley Kelley and Kelcee Thompson combined for 15 hits as the No. 11-ranked Hutchinson Community College softball team closed out the best regular season in team history with a doubleheader sweep of the Tabor College JV on Wednesday at Fun Valley.
Hutchinson improved to 36-6 for the 2016 regular season after an 8-0 shutout in six innings and a come-from-behind 8-6 victory in the second game.
The Blue Dragons now prepare for the postseason and the opening round of the Region VI-District E Tournament beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fun Valley. The Blue Dragons will play host to Coffeyville in a best-of-3 series.
Blanco was a combined 6 for 7 with seven runs scored on Wednesday hitting out of the No. 2 slot in the order. She also stole three bases to give her 18 for the season. That moved her into second place on the modern single-season record list.
Kelley was a combined 5 for 9 with five RBIs. She had one double, which gave her 54 career extra-base hits, one short of Jamie Tanno’s career record of 55.
Thompson reached the career 100-hit mark with the first of her four hits vs. Tabor. Thompson also hit her eighth home run of the season.
GAME 1 RECAP
Offensively, Blue Dragons were steady scoring in 4 of 6 offensive innings. That gave Kelley plenty of run support in the pitching circle.
Kelley tossed her fifth shutout and 22nd complete game of the season by blanking Tabor on three hits. She reached 10 or more strikeouts in a game for the eighth time after striking out 12 Bluejay batters.
Kelley has to work out of one jam after Tabor had runners at second and third with one out, but the Blue Dragon sophomore struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
The top four batters in the HCC order all had multiple-hit games.
Hannah Danielson went 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and a stolen base. Blanco was 3 for 3 with two bunt singles. She reached base in all four plate appearances and scored four runs with a pair of stolen bases.
Kelley drove in three runs going 2 for 4. Thompson was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIS. Tori Caruthers also drove in two runs.
GAME 2 RECAP
Hutchinson found itself down 4-0 after two innings.
Blanco’s bunt single and stolen base to lead off the third inning kick-started the Blue Dragons. After an RBI double by Kelley and Thompson’s solo home run pulled the Blue Dragons within 4-2, Bailey Ward and Nicole Pendleton also had third-inning RBI singles to tie the game at 4-all.
HCC took a 5-4 lead on Thompson’s RBI double in the fourth inning and boosted that cushion to 8-4 with three runs in the fifth. Kelley, Thompson and Sarah Hernandez had RBI at-bats in the inning.
After a slow start, starting pitcher Kristen Taylor settled in to produce four-straight scoreless innings. But in the seventh, Taylor allowed a two-run home run to help Tabor pull within 8-6. Kelley came in to complete the game for her single-season record fifth save and help Taylor get to the win to improve to 7-2.
The Blue Dragons pounded out 16 hits, getting three hits each from Blanco and Kelley. Blanco scored three runs and Kelley had two RBIs.
Thompson, Hernandez, Ward and Pendleton all had two hits each. Thompson had a double, home run and two RBIs.
Taylor worked six innings, her longest outing since March 5. She allowed eight hits, six runs, five earned runs, but she walked none and had one strikeout. Kelley struck out all three batters she faced to earn the save.
Between games, 10 Blue Dragon sophomores were honored on Sophomore Day. Coached and fans honored Blanco, Kelley, Thompson, Hernandez, Ward, Pendleton, Taylor, Sami Loos, Ally Raines and Cali Ingle-Maxwell – a group that now has a combined 67 wins in two seasons at HCC.
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GOTHENBURG, Neb. – One week ago, the Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team defeated Dodge City by one-half point to repeat as Jayhawk Conference champions.
On Tuesday in the final round of the NJCAA District III Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club, the Blue Dragons rallied to edge the Conquistadors by one stroke to qualify automatically for the NJCAA National Tournament.
The Blue Dragons shot nine strokes better than Dodge City in Tuesday’s final round to finish third in the District III Championship and qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament berth for the 16th-straight season and 19th time overall.
Tuesday’s final-round rally also helped Hutchinson capture the program’s 16th Region VI championship, the first since 2014 and the seven since Chris Young took the program over in 1999.
The top three teams in District III earned automatic bids. Entering the final round on Tuesday, Hutchinson was in fourth place eight strokes behind Dodge City. With scoring conditions not great – it was 46 degrees with a north wind at 20 and sprinkles when the round began – the Blue Dragons were able to score just enough to complete the comeback.
HCC shot 304 on Tuesday to finish at 890. Dodge City shot 312 in the final round to finish at 891. The Conquistadors should still qualify for the NJCAA Tournament as an at large team. Indian Hills won the District III championship at even-par 864. Iowa Western was runner-up at 882.
Sophomore Lewis Schenk shot HCC’s best round on Tuesday at 2-over 74. Hutchinson also counted Caleb Haight’s 75, Chase Coble’s 77 and Dax Shaw’s 78.
Those four golfers all finished in the District III Top 20 and All-Region VI honors.
Schenk finished sixth overall in the district standings at 2-over 218. He was third overall in Region VI.
Haight was 10th in the district at 5-over 221. That put him fourth in the region.
Both Schenk and Haight were first-team All-Region VI.
Coble finished 16th in the district at 225, which was eighth in the region. Shaw tied for 17th in the district and was ninth in the region at 226. Coble and Shaw were second-team All-Region VI players.
Trevor Bauer was the fifth golfer for the Blue Dragons. He shot a final-round 79 to finish 32nd in the district and 20th in the region at 233.
Wil Arnold was HCC’s individual player this week. He finished 25th in the district and 14th in the region at 229 after a 78 on Tuesday.
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vs. Longview (DH)
Region VI-District E Game 1
Region VI-District E Game 2
Region VI-District E Game 3 (If needed)
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