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HCC ATHLETICS

			Tucker Chadd (5) receives congratulations from third-base coach Nate Thompson after hitting a two-run eighth-inning home run that gave No. 19 HCC a come-from-behind 8-6 victory in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader with Barton at Hobart-Detter Field. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)	    		For the second time in three days, Kadeem Allen earns national honors by being recognized as the NABC Junior College Player of the Year. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)		    		Lady Dragon volleyball coach Patrick Hall has announced summer camp dates for the summer of 2014 and applications are being accepted now.		    											Kadeem Allen was named the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Year on Monday. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)	            			Sophomore Kyle Simonds ran his record to 9-0 with a four-hit nine-inning shutout of Butler in Game 1 of a four-game series on Friday in El Dorado. Simonds tied a career high with 10 strikeouts. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)
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BLUE DRAGONS SCORE CRUCIAL JAYHAWK WEST SWEEP OVER COUGARS

Baseball | 04.19.14

Sophomore Kyle Simonds tied a school record for one win and the Hutchinson Community College baseball team brought out the power to come from behind late in Game 2 and earn a much-needed Jayhawk West doubleheader sweep of Barton on Friday at Hobart-Detter Field.

Simonds tied the best start in program history by a starting pitcher in authoring his seventh complete game of the season to lead the No. 19 Blue Dragons to a 6-2 victory in the four-game series opener on Friday. The Blue Dragons then used a season-high four home runs – two in a three-run eighth-inning rally – to come from behind and gain an 8-6 victory for their sixth victory in a row and 12th doubleheader sweep of the season.

The conference-leading Blue Dragons (35-13 overall) are now 19-7 in the Jayhawk West. They maintain their two-game lead over Garden City – HCC has four games in hand and a series win over the Broncbusters – and now lead Butler by three games after the Grizzlies split with Pratt on Friday. Hutchinson and Butler have six Jayhawk West games remaining and Garden City has two.

In Game 1, Simonds moved his record to 10-0 in 10 starts this season, which tied Thad Weber for the best start by a Blue Dragon pitcher in program history. Weber was 10-0 in 2006.

Simonds also moved into a second-place tie on the HCC single-season wins list with Andrew Urban (2011), Weber, Brandon Johnson (2002), Craig Reed (2000), Jody Harris (1998) and Scott Stover (1997). Matt Rackers is the single-season record holder with 11 victories in 2000.

Simonds’ seven complete games tie him for with four other pitchers for fifth place on that list.

Simonds found himself down 2-0 after giving up a pair of two-out RBI hits in the third inning. The Blue Dragons immediately rallied and gave him plenty of run support. After the rough third inning, Simonds settled down, allowing just three singles and retiring the final seven Cougars he faced.

The Blue Dragon sophomore right-hand allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out six and walking none. Simonds now has an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the season (77 strikeouts, seven walks).

After a three-run Barton uprising in the seventh inning of Game 2, the Blue Dragons trailed 6-5 after leading 5-2 through five innings.

Already with a two-run opposite-field home run to his credit in the game, left-fielder Matt Jones led off the bottom of the eighth and crushed a 2-2 pitch far over the wall in center field to tie the game at 6-6 off Barton reliever Jordan Plank. Jones, who took over the team home run lead with nine for the season, became the third Blue Dragon this season with a multi-home run game (Jake Schleppenbach has two).

After Jake Bublitz singled to chase Plank, sophomore first baseman Matt Sutliffe dropped his first sacrifice bunt of the season against Tanner Shoemaker to move Bublitz up to second. On the very next pitch, sophomore catcher Tucker Chadd picked an opportune time for his first Blue Dragon home run, pulverizing a Shoemaker pitch to left field to give Hutchinson an 8-6 lead.  

Those were Hutchinson’s third and season-high fourth homers of the game. HCC had three three-homer games previously this season.

GAME 1 RECAP
After Barton had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Blue Dragon immediately responded.

Jake Ek led off and reached on Barton’s third error of the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. Bennett Oliver then dropped a double which landed right on the rightfield foul line to score Ek and pull HCC within 2-1. Jordan Schroer then broke an 0-for-9 slump when he doubled over the head of the Barton leftfielder to plate Oliver and tie the game at 2-2. The rally continued when Jones slapped an RBI single to left for a 3-2 lead and Dakota Shadoan’s sacrifice fly scored Jones with the fourth run of the inning and a 4-2 Blue Dragon lead.

Shadoan’s bat continued to stay hot in the fifth with a two-out two-run single for his second and third RBIs of the game for a 6-2 Blue Dragon lead. Shadoan now has 12 RBIs in his last four offensive games.

Each team had just six hits in Game 1. No Blue Dragon had a multi-hit game. Oliver and Schroer had the only extra-base hits for HCC, both doubles.

The top two batters in the Cougar order, Jacob Richardson and Trevor Turner combined had four of Barton’s six hits.

GAME 2 RECAP
All told in Game 2, there were six home runs combined, four by the Blue Dragons.

Bennett Oliver started the home run derby with a laser beam over the centerfield wall, a solo shot for his fourth of the season in the bottom of the first. Jones’ first home run of the day came in the fifth, a two-run opposite-field clout to left that gave the Blue Dragons a 5-2 lead at that point.

Barton countered with a solo home run to center off the bat of Caleb Cherryholmes in the sixth. Then catcher Braxon Byfield launched a long two-run homer to left as part of a three-run seventh inning which gave Barton a 6-5 lead at the seventh-inning stretch.

That was the prelude to Hutchinson’s power-laden eighth-inning rally, which was almost for naught after the Cougars loaded the bases in the eighth of a pair of walks and a bloop double.

HCC closer Dakota Shadoan came in at that point in the eighth inning in relief of Anderson Vargas and struck out Turner to end the threat. After getting the lead in the ninth, Shadoan struck out the side in the ninth to become the winning pitcher. Shadoan is 2-2 with seven saves this season.

Jones and Chadd led the Blue Dragons’ nine-hit offensive attack. HCC was out-hit 10-9.

Jones went 2 for 4 with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored. Chadd was also 2 for 4 with a homer, a double two RBIs and a run. Ek, Oliver and Schroer all drove in runs for the Blue Dragons. Gave Wurth also had a double for the Blue Dragons.

The Blue Dragons and Cougars will complete their four-game set on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Between games, the Blue Dragons will celebrate Sophomore Day. Admission is free for the doubleheader.

(HCC Sports Information)


KADEEM ALLEN IS NABC JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Basketball - Men | 04.16.14

For the second time in two days, Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball All-American Kadeem Allen has earned a national Player of the Year award.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Allen as its Junior College Player of the Year on Wednesday. The NABC names just one overall junior college player as its top player on a yearly basis.

Also a first-team NABC All-American, Allen becomes the first Blue Dragon to be recognized by the NABC in both seasons of eligibility. He and Darius Johnson-Odom (2009) are the only Blue Dragons in history to be honored by the NABC.

Last week Allen became the first Blue Dragon men’s basketball player ever to be named a two-time first-time All-American by the NJCAA. Allen is also a two-time Jayhawk West Player of the Year, two-time first-team All-Region VI Player of the Year, 2013 Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year and a 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American.

 Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., signed early with the University of Arizona.

Allen completed his storied Blue Dragon career as the program’s No. 3 all-time scorer with 1,425 points. Allen owns two career and two single-season statistical records. He ranks in 21 career, single-season or freshman statistical lists, ranking in the top three in 11 career, single-season or freshman categories.

The Blue Dragon guard’s sophomore season will be remembered for years to come as one of the best single-season effort all-time in Hutchinson men’s basketball history. He was a central figure for an injury-ravaged HCC men’s team that finished 26-8 and was Region VI runner-up this past season.

Allen was second in the NJCAA in scoring this season at 25.9 points per game, scoring 854 points in 33 games. Allen posted eight of his nine career double-doubles this past season. He shot 45.7 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from 3-point range and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line.

He had five-straight 30-point games in November and finished with 13 of his career 15 30-point games this season. On Nov. 15, Allen became the first Blue Dragon in history to post a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Redlands. He later posted a second triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Allen in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament on March 1 at the Sports Arena.

On Jan. 3 vs. Allen at the Sports Arena, Allen came off the bench for the first time in his career and scored a career-high 41 points on 13 of 20 overall shooting, 1 of 2 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. The performance was the fourth-highest scoring game in team history and just the fifth 40-point game ever by a Blue Dragon.

Allen scored 854 points this past season, the third-most in HCC men’s basketball history. His 25.9 point scoring average was second only to the 42-year-old record of Richard Morsden’s 27.3 point average in 1972.

The sophomore guard set single-season record for free throws (276) and attempted free throws (371). Allen ranked fourth in single-season history with 194 assists and was ninth in steals with 76.

MITCHELL IS NAIA DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Former Blue Dragon All-American Joe Mitchell (2010-11) was named the NAIA Division I National Player of the Year by the NABC.

Playing for Friends University this past season, Mitchell led the country in scoring at 32.3 points per game. He shot 58.4 percent from the field, had 171 assists (4.7 per game); 57 total steals, shot 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Mitchell helped lead the Falcons to a school record 27 wins, including upsets over #13 Northwood and #4 Cornerstone in the NAIA National Tournament for the first wins there in school history. Friends fell to eventual national champion No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan in the tournament quarterfinals.

Mitchell set Friends records in points scored (shattering the old record of 772, also a KCAC record), free throws made (328), field goals made (355), and free throws made in a game (20 vs Tabor, February 22). He finished his career at Friends No. 5 on the all-time scoring list in just 45 games played for the Falcons.

(HCC Sports Information)

NABC Junior College Player of the Year
2009    Jeremie Simmons   Mott Community College
2009    Nafis Ricks               Johnson County Community College
2010    Jae Crowder             Howard College
2011    Kiel Turpin                 Illinois College
2012    Cleanthony Early      Sullivan County Community College
2013    Chris Jones              Northwest Florida State College
2014    Kadeem Allen           Hutchinson Community College


HCC VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER CAMP DATES

Volleyball | 04.14.14

Hutchinson Community College volleyball coach Patrick Hall has announced his 2014 summer camp dates.

The All-Skills Camp will be June 9-12 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Skills include setting, hitting, serving, passing digging and floor defense.

Third through fifth graders will be from 9-11 a.m. each day; sixth graders are from 1-3 p.m. and seventh- and eighth-grade players will camp from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Cost is $60 for three days or $80 for the full four days.

For more information, contact HCC assistant coach Kailey Clark at (620) 665-3588 or email her at clarkk@hutchcc.edu.


KADEEM ALLEN IS NJCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Basketball - Men | 04.14.14

After a season of scintillating performances and dazzling offensive production, Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard Kadeem Allen was named the 2014 NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year on Monday.

Allen is the second Blue Dragon athlete to be named an NJCAA National Player of the Year, joining Eugene Kinlaw, who was football’s top player in 2008.

Last week Allen became the first Blue Dragon men’s basketball player ever to be named a two-time first-time All-American by the NJCAA. Allen is also a two-time Jayhawk West Player of the Year, two-time first-team All-Region VI Player of the Year, 2013 Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year and a 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American.

 Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., signed early with the University of Arizona.

Allen completes his storied Blue Dragon career as the program’s No. 3 all-time scorer with 1,425 points. Allen owns two career and two single-season statistical records. He ranks in 21 career, single-season or freshman statistical lists, ranking in the top three in 11 career, single-season or freshman categories.

The Blue Dragon guard’s sophomore season will be remembered for years to come as one of the best single-season effort all-time in Hutchinson men’s basketball history. He was a central figure for an injury-ravaged HCC men’s team that finished 26-8 and was Region VI runner-up this past season.

A few of the many highlights of Allen’s sophomore season:

+ He had five-straight 30-point games in November and finished with 13 of his career 15 30-point games this season.

+ On Nov. 15, Allen became the first Blue Dragon in history to post a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Redlands. He later posted a second triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Allen in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament on March 1 at the Sports Arena.

+ On Jan. 3 vs. Allen at the Sports Arena, Allen came off the bench for the first time in his career and scored a career-high 41 points on 13 of 20 overall shooting, 1 of 2 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. The performance was the fourth-highest scoring game in team history and just the fifth 40-point game ever by a Blue Dragon.

Allen was second in the NJCAA in scoring this season at 25.9 points per game, scoring 854 points in 33 games. Allen posted eight of his nine career double-doubles this past season.

Allen was an 11-time Jayhawk Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and a two-time NJCAA National Player of the Week.

Allen scored 854 points this past season, the third-most in HCC men’s basketball history. His 25.9 point scoring average was second only to the 42-year-old record of Richard Morsden’s 27.3 point average in 1972.

The sophomore guard set single-season record for free throws (276) and attempted free throws (371). Allen ranked fourth in single-season history with 194 assists and was ninth in steals with 76.

Allen ranks third on the Blue Dragon career scoring list behind Roy “Pooh” Hairston (1,687) and Tyrone Jones (1,461). He is the 13th member of the Blue Dragon 1,000-point club.

Allen also ranks fifth first in career free throws (276), career free-throw attempts (592), second in career assists (324), second in career steals (157), tied for third in career scoring average (21.6 points per game) and fifth in career made field goals (271).

As a freshman, Allen’s Blue Dragon rankings are sixth in scoring (571), fifth in scoring average (17.3 points per game), 11th in made field goals (190), second in made free throws (160), eighth in assists (130) and second in steals (81).

(HCC Sports Information)


SIMONDS’ 4-HIT SHUTOUT KEYS BLUE DRAGON VICTORY OVER BUTLER

Baseball | 04.12.14

EL DORADO – Sophomore Kyle Simonds pitched the first nine-inning complete game of his career, twirling a four-hit shutout and the No. 11 Hutchinson Community College baseball team defeated the Butler Grizzlies 6-0 in the first of a four-game Jayhawk West series on Friday night at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado.

The Blue Dragons moved to 29-10 overall and 17-4 in the Jayhawk West. Hutchinson’s victory over Butler combined with Colby’s Friday sweep of Seward County means the first-place Blue Dragons lead Butler by five games and Seward County by 5 1/2 games.

Games 2 and 3 with the Grizzlies (23-18, 12-9) will be a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The series finale, one nine-inning game, will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Now 9-0 to start the season, Simonds is within one victory of tying Thad Weber for the Blue Dragon all-time best start for a pitcher. Weber was 10-0 in 2006. Last week, Simonds moved past Mitch Stubenhoffer (2009), who started that season 7-0.

Simonds struck out a career-high 10 batters for the fourth time this season. He allowed four hits two walks and hit a batter. Only four Butler baserunners reached second base and none reached third.

Twice this season, Simonds had worked eight innings, but he closed the deal himself on Friday using 116 pitches to toss his second shutout of the season. Simonds’ ERA dropped to 1.94 and he has 71 strikeouts to seven walks. Pitching his sixth complete game of the season, Simonds has held an opponent to four hits or less four times this season.

Offensively, Jake Ek had went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead Hutchinson, which out-hit Butler 13-4.

Ek’s two-out RBI double down the right-field line scored Jake Schleppenbach all the way from first base with the game’s first run.

Ek and Bennett Oliver added a pair of sacrifice flies to score Gabe Wurth and Schleppenbach in the fifth inning for a 3-0 Blue Dragon lead.

HCC tacked on three huge insurance runs in the eighth. Jake Bublitz hit a towering solo home run to left field with one out in the eighth inning for a 4-0 lead. After Joel Frias doubled off the right-field wall – Butler’s Dalton Wheat lost control when he slammed into the fence – Dakota Shadoan hit his first home run since February 16 with a monster blast to left field to make it 6-0.

Schleppenbach was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Bennett Oliver went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Bublitz was 2 for 3 with a run, RBI and stolen base.  Frias was also 2 for 4 with a double and run scored.

The Blue Dragons had five extra base hits.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are 20-1 this season when scoring the game’s first run. … Bublitz hit his fifth home run of the season. … Shadoan hit his third homer of the season and his 13th career home run. … Jake Schleppenbach reached the 60-hit and 40-run plateaus on Friday night. … Hutchinson has 12 home runs in its last 11 games. … This was Hutchinson’s first errorless game in the last 15 games. … This was HCC’s second nine-inning complete game of the season. Zach Wilson went nine innings last Saturday vs. Cloud County. … This was HCC’s fourth shutout of the season.

(HCC Sports Information)


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