LIBERAL – When the Hutchinson Community College volleyball comes home on Wednesday to play for only the second time in 25 days, the Blue Dragons will be bringing a conference championship with them.
The Blue Dragons clinched the 2014 Jayhawk West volleyball championship on Monday after a 3-1 victory at Seward County. HCC defeated the Saints 25-13, 24-26, 25-18, 25-14 at the Green House.
Hutchinson clinches its third-straight Jayhawk West crown under head coach Patrick Hall and claims its eighth conference championship in program history. HCC remains perfect in conference play at 13-0 with three matches to play Pratt on Wednesday and against Cloud County at Barton next week at the Sports Arena.
The Dragons also earn the No. 1 overall seed and the right to play host to the 2014 Region VI Tournament which comes up the second weekend in November. Dates will be announced later.
The Blue Dragons (20-9) reach the 20-win plateau for the third-straight season and for the 27th time in 40 seasons.
Freshman middle Petra Silic tied a season high in kills with 14 to lead the Blue Dragons on Monday night. She also added six block assists and one service ace.
Sophomore Nicole Kinser had 11 kills on 30 swings. She had one solo block and four block assists as well. Freshman Jai Chapman, a Liberal native, had 11 kills. Freshman Aubrey Wilson added seven kills with six block assists and one service ace.
The Blue Dragons totaled 12 team blocks, but at times were their own worst enemy with 11 service errors in the match.
Wilson and freshman Tarynn Stueder had 19 set assists each. Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had 18 digs and freshman Maddi Cumpston had 11 digs.
The Blue Dragons took charge early jumping out to a 10-3 lead after a first-set Chapman kill. A Silic service ace pushed the margin to 10 points at 15-5. The Saints scored 6 of the next 9 to pull within 18-11, but a Wilson kill and a Silic/Wilson double block sparked a set-clinching 7-2 run.
HCC built an 11-5 lead in the second set which prompted a Seward County timeout. The Saints went on to score five straight points and 8 of the next 11 to pull within 14-13 after a Blue Dragon attack error. HCC looked to take control of the set at 18-15 on a Kinser termination of a Saints’ over-dig. Seward fought back to tie it at 19 on four-straight kills. Wilson had a kill and the Saints had an attack error for a 21-19 Hutch lead, but the Dragons couldn’t close out. Seward scored 5 of the next 6 points to bet to set point. HCC fought off two set points on a back-to-back double blocks by Silic and Wilson, but the third service error of the set stopped the momentum and Carolina Gasparini’s kill gave Seward a 26-24 win to tie the match at 1-1.
Hutchinson scored the first three points of the third set and built an 11-8 lead before the Saints chipped away like they did in the second. A 4-1 run gave Seward County a 16-15 lead. The tide quickly turned as three-straight Saints’ attack errors gave HCC an 18-16 lead. The Dragons quickly finished off the third set with a 10-2 run, closing out the third set with a Kinser kill for a 25-18 victory. HCC had six service errors in the set.
The Saints looked poised to force a fifth set in building an 8-5 lead. A Kinser solo block slowed the Saints’ march. HCC eventually tied the set at 12-12 with a double block by Kinser and Chapman. From that point, the Blue Dragons scored 13 of the match’s final 15 points, running nine consecutive to lead 24-13. During that final barrage, Chapman tallied six kills and three blocks.
MATCH NOTES – The Blue Dragons have won conference championships in 1981, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014. The conference championships since 2004 have all be regular season titles. The 1981 crown was a conference tournament championship. … Nicole Kinser is now No. 15 in HCC’s single-season kills list with 361. … Kinser moves into No. 10th place on the career blocks list with 194 total blocks. … With 137 total blocks, Petra Silic is 20 blocks from joining the single-season Top 10 and she moves past Kim Rausch (2001) into sixth place on the freshman blocks list.
(HCC Sports Information)
WINFIELD – The No. 9-ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team tied for its third-lowest round of the season and four individuals are in the Top 10 after Day 1 of the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational on Monday at the Winfield Country Club.
The Blue Dragons posted a 5-over 293 team total on Monday and trails team leader and tournament host Southwestern College by nine strokes. Barton is third at 302 and Kansas City is fourth at 305.
Sophomore Fraser Dawson fired an even-par 72 in the opening round Monday and is tied with Kansas City’s Mark McClain for third. Southwestern’s Shane Gilbert fired a 4-under 68 to set the opening pace.
Three Blue Dragons are in a four-way tie for fifth. Sophomore Dax Shaw had his best round of the fall season with a 1-over 73. He is tied with freshman Drew Coble, who also shot a season-low 73.
Freshman Quentin Hendricks also fired a 73 on Monday, but his score doesn’t count toward the team total as he is playing as an individual.
Also counting for HCC on Monday was sophomore Dominic Lara, who is tied with two others for 14th at 3-over 75. Freshman Lewis Schenk is tied for 19th at 77.
The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday.
(HCC Sports Information)
The fifth-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team had a record-setting first half to defeat the Highland Scotties 58-35 in a Jayhawk Conference battle on Saturday night at Gowans Stadium.
The 8-0 Blue Dragons clinch a tie for the program’s first Jayhawk Conference football championship since 1995. HCC is now 7-0 in the conference with one KJCCC game remaining against Independence on Nov. 8. Highland falls to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Jayhawk Conference.
The victory was also the 60th for Blue Dragon coach Rion Rhoades at Hutchinson.
The Blue Dragons broke a program record for points in half, scoring 52 points in the opening half on Saturday. That beat the 49 points scored in the first half against Highland in a 90-7 victory over the Scotties in 2011.
Hutchinson had 385 total yards in the first half, passing for 324 yards and rushing for 61. The Blue Dragons also tied a team record for touchdown passes with six – four by Dalton Demos and two from Kylen Binn. The Dragons scored on eight of 11 first-half possessions (seven touchdowns, one field goal).
For the game, Highland held Hutchinson to a season-low 139 rushing yards. But three Blue Dragon quarterbacks combined for a season-high 376 passing yards. HCC scored a season-high 58 points amassing 515 total yards.
Demos was 10 of 17 passing for 182 yards and four touchdowns. Binn was 11 of 22 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Ethan Loder was 1 of 1 for 20 yards.
Anthony Autry caught a season-high eight passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara caught a 54-yard TD pass and had three catches for 77 yards. Juwan Dickey had two receptions, both for touchdowns, for 65 yards. Eight different Blue Dragons caught passes in the game.
Bradan Smith and Tory Smith tied for the team rushing lead with 41 yards each. Kamara was held to 36 rushing yards, but only on eight carries. HCC was held to a season-low 3.2 yards per rush.
Highland racked up 352 total yards of offense – 65 rushing and 287 passing yards.
Danton Cosentino came off the bench in the second half to completed 20 of 30 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Troy Grant caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Twelve different Highland players caught passes.
The Blue Dragons scored on their first possession for the third-straight game, going 61 yards in seven plays. The drive was capped off by a 26-yard Demos-to-Dickey touchdown pass for a 7-0 HCC lead with 12:19 to play in the opening quarter.
HCC forced a three-and-own and took over at the Hutch 10. A mishandled Blue Dragon lateral pass turned into a Tyree Horton 2-yard fumble return for a Scotty touchdown, which tied the game at 7-7 with 9:35 to play in the half.
Two possessions later, after a Tyler Williams fumble recovery at the Highland 24, the Dragons scored in two plays. Autry hauled in a Binn 23-yard TD strike and HCC regained the lead at 14-7 with 6:36 remaining in the opening quarter. Two possessions after that, Hutch made it 21-7 when Autry caught a 10-yard strike from Demos with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Blue Dragons outscored Highland 31-6 in the second quarter, racking up 212 of HCC’s 253 yards of total offense in the period through the air.
HCC made is 28-7 with 12:28 to play in the period on Kamara’s 9-yard touchdown run. That score was the start of six-straight possessions in which HCC put points on the board. After Steve Williams’ 7-yard touchdown pass on fourth down pulled the Scotties within 28-13, HCC scored 24 unanswered to close the half.
Kassidy Lemons kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:10 left to push the Hutch advantage of 31-13. Less than 2 minutes later, Kamara took a screen pass from Demos and weaved his way through the Highland defense for a 54-yard touchdown and a 38-13 lead with 6:31 remaining. Less than 2 minutes after that, Dickey caught his second touchdown pass of the game, a 39-yard strike from Demons for a 45-13 lead.
Then HCC worked the 2-minute offense to perfection, going 42 yards in five plays in 1:00. Binn threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Autry with 47 seconds to play in the opening half for a 52-13 lead.
The second half was a much different story as HCC played several backups for a majority of the second half. Highland outscored Hutchinson 22-6. The Scotties had 227 total yards in the second half, 224 yards were passing. The Dragons, meanwhile, were limited to 130 total yards, 48 coming on their only scoring drive of the second half.
Tory Smith scored his first career rushing touchdown with a 10-yard bolt up the middle with 1:13 remaining in the contest.
The Blue Dragons received a bit of help on Saturday at No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast was upset by Copiah-Lincoln on Saturday 29-26. Hutchinson will now travel to No. 2 Iowa Western for a match-up with national implications next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
GAME NOTES – HCC head coach Rion Rhoades moved into sole possession of third place on the Games Coached list with 87, breaking a tie with Bill Goldsmith. … HCC is now 31-2 all-time against Highland, including 19-0 at Gowans Stadium. … The 35 points scored by Highland was the most the Scotties have ever scored against HCC. … HCC’s 8-0 start is the fourth-best in program history. … Now with 364 total points for the season, the 2014 Blue Dragons moved into ninth place on the team season scoring list. … Alvin Kamara becomes just the third Blue Dragon ever to score at least 20 touchdowns in a season. … Kamara is now third on HCC’s single-season scoring list with 120 points. That also places him in a three-way tie for eighth on the career points list with Lonnie Crittendon and Jamison Palmer. … The Dragons had an interception for the 16th consecutive game. … Lakel Bass had his third interception of the season, which ties Darius Wright for team-high honors.
(HCC Sports Information)
EL DORADO – The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team clinched a tie for the 2014 Jayhawk Conference championship on Saturday after a 3-0 victory over Butler at the Power Plant.
Sophomore middle Nicole Kinser hit .500 and freshman Aubrey Wilson hit .400 as Hutchinson downed Butler 25-17, 25-22, 25-16.
Now 19-9 overall, the Blue Dragons are now 12-0 in the Jayhawk West and lead the field by four games with four to play. Hutchinson can win a third-straight conference title on Monday night in a Jayhawk West match at Seward County.
Kinser had 10 kills on 18 swings to lead a balanced offensive effort by the Blue Dragons. Wilson had eight kills on 15 attacks. Freshman Jai Chapman had seven kills and freshman Petra Silic had six kills.
The Blue Dragons had 10 total blocks against the Grizzlies. Silic had one solo and five block assists. Wilson had five block assists and Kinser added one solo stuff and three block assists.
Wilson accounted for 21 set assists, while freshman Tarynn Stueder had 20. Freshman McKenzie Steele had 10 digs and sophomore Rachel Griffitt had eight.
The Blue Dragons swept the season series with Butler (10-17, 3-8).
Tied at 13-all in the opening set, a double block by Wilson and Kinser sparked a 5-0 HCC run. The Blue Dragons closed the set on a 12-4 run to win the opening set.
Trailing 4-1 in the second, a Kinser kill started the Blue Dragons on the comeback trail. There were four lead changes and back-to-back blocks by Butler gave the Grizzlies a 17-15 lead, prompting a Blue Dragon timeout. HCC scored five in a row out of that time out and led 20-17 after a Wilson kill. Butler then called a timeout and immediately pulled within 20-19. HCC countered with three in a row. A Silic/Anna Proffitt double block gave HCC a 23-19 lead. Butler again clawed its way back into the set at 23-22, but a Chapman kill stopped the rally and a Silic-Proffitt stuff ended the set.
The Blue Dragons took immediate charge in the third; building leads of 4-1 and 8-3. Butler pulled within 11-9 and looked to pull within one, but a tremendous Chapman save kept the ball alive and ultimately Kinser terminated for a 12-9 lead. That started a 9-0 HCC run on Chapman’s serve.
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EL DORADO – Freshman Renee Gillespie scored just 25 seconds into overtime Friday night to put the No. 16 Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team in the driver’s seat to the 2014 Jayhawk Conference championship.
Gillespie’s second goal of the game gave the Blue Dragons a 2-1 overtime victory over No.15 Butler at BG Products Stadium in a battle of the last two teams without a loss in league play.
Winners of seven straight games and unbeaten in their last 11, the Blue Dragons (11-0-1 overall) are 8-0-1 in the Jayhawk Conference for 25 points with two games to play. Johnson County still leads the conference with 29 points, but has only one league contest left with Butler. HCC already owns a victory over Johnson County.
The victory snaps a four-game Blue Dragon losing streak to Butler.
Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season – HCC is now 2-1-1 in overtime –the Blue Dragons scored their fastest OT goal in team history. Aleise Williams drove the ball upfield and played it to Gillespie just outside of the box to the right of the goal.
Gillespie moved past one Butler defender and fired a well-placed shot to the right of Butler goalkeeper Kelsi Langley into the lower left corner of the goal for the game winner just 25 seconds into overtime.
Gillespie’s first goal of the game came in the 17th minute when she pressured a Butler player into a turnover and then lobbed a shot over Langley into the goal for a 1-0 Dragon lead. The Blue Dragons could have had a much bigger advantage, but missed on two first-half breakaways.
From there, the Blue Dragons were relentless through the midfield and Hutch keeper Jennifer Currie made saves to keep the one-goal advantage at halftime.
Butler continued to apply pressure in the second half, but HCC kept turning the Grizzlies away. Butler had a couple of scoring chances on a corner and a couple of shots that went wide, but the Dragon defense was able to keep things under control.
Butler finally scored the equalizer with 13:25 to play in the second half Rosa Urista-Chico ripped a shot past Currie from about 25 yards out.
Currie had to make another big save after Butler tied the game and then the Grizzlies had three shots inside the box, but none got through to Currie and HCC was able to clear and take the game to overtime.
Currie finished the game with four saves.
Each team had 14 shots through regulation and HCC had the only shot in overtime.
The Blue Dragons will be off until next Friday when they travel to Garden City for a 7 p.m. contest.
GAME NOTES – Hutchinson is now 8-8 all-time against Butler, 2-0 in overtime games. … HCC is now 6-4-3 all-time in overtime games. … Renee Gillespie is the fifth Blue Dragon in team history to score a game-winning goal in overtime. … HCC has not allowed a multi-goal game in its last nine games. … The current seven-game win streak is the longest since reeling off 13 wins in a row to start 2012. … If the Blue Dragons win the Jayhawk Conference title, it would be the fourth for HCC in 10 years of women’s soccer
(HCC Sports Information)
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