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				    HCC head women's basketball coach John Ontjes sees his team once again at No. 2 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll released on Wednesday. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)								        Alvin Kamara (upper left) and Marquavius Lewis (upper right) are first-team NJCAA All-Americans for 2014. Jeremiah Ledbetter (lower right) and Claude George (lower left) are second-team NJCAA All-Americans.				    Akbar Hoffman and the Blue Dragon men jump five spots to No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Men's Division I basketball poll. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)				    Sophomore DeShawn Freeman had his sixth double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 13 Blue Dragon men to a 72-56 KFSA Classic victory over North Lake College on Saturday at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
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EIGHT BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL PLAYERS MAKE FOUR-YEAR DECISIONS

Football | 12.18.14

Eight Hutchinson Community College football players secured their immediate futures on Wednesday, Day 1 of the early NCAA football’s signing period.

Four current Blue Dragons are headed for the Southeastern Conference and one to the Big 12. Three others are headed to non-Power 5 FBS programs and the eighth will play in the FCS next season.

Those players are:
Running back Alvin Kamara – Signed with the University of Tennessee.
Defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter – Signed with the University of Arkansas.
Defensive end Marquavius Lewis – Signed with the University of South Carolina.
Linebacker Claude George – Signed with Texas A&M University.
Tight end Curtis Stallbaumer – Walking on at Kansas State University.
Linebacker Lakel Bass - Signed with the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Offensive tackle Darius Peterson - Signed with the University of Idaho.
Quarterback Dalton Demos - Signed with Northern Iowa University.

Since head coach Rion Rhaodes took over the program before the 2007 season, an average of 15 players per season have moved onto four-year programs.

With Wednesday’s eight signing, under Rhoades a total of 119 players have signed with four-year programs. Breaking down those numbers further, 35 have signed with Power 5 teams (teams from the Big 12, SEC, Big 10, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences). Eleven players have signed with SEC teams. Another 56 other players have signed with FCS, NCAA Division II or NAIA programs under Rhoades.

With several more current Blue Dragons expected to sign in either the early signing period or February signing period, those numbers will increase. Keep checking back on BlueDragonSports.com for updates.

ALVIN KAMARA – University of Tennessee
Kamara is the second Blue Dragon to sign with the Volunteers. The other is two-time All-American Cordarrelle Patterson.

The 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back from Norcross, Georgia was the 2014 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team NJCAA All-American this season.

Kamara became the 17th HCC running back to reach 1,000 yards for the season. Kamara finished 10th on the HCC single-season rushing list with 1,211 yards on 172 carries. He’s averaged 7.0 yards per carry, which ranks second in team history.

With 21 total touchdowns, Kamara tied for second place on HCC’s single-season list. His 126 points are also tied for second place with Mack Herron. Kamara had a streak of seven-straight 100-yard rushing games snapped vs. Highland. He had eight 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 220 yards against Coffeyville on Oct. 4.

JEREMIAH LEDBETTER – University of Arkansas
The 6-foot-4, 281-pound defensive end from Gainesville, Georgia, became the first Blue Dragon to sign with Arkansas in several years (Sports Information records go back to 1993 on football signings to four-year programs).

A second-team NJCAA All-American, Ledbetter had a spectacular two seasons at Hutchinson. This past season, Ledbetter finished the season with 78 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 quarterback sacks, the second most in single-season Blue Dragon history. Ledbetter also had seven quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks on special teams.

Ledbetter closed his Blue Dragon career with a flourish as he had three quarterback sacks and 10 total tackles in a Defensive MVP performance in the 2014 Salt City Bowl.

For his career, Ledbetter finished with 144 total tackles and his 22.5 career quarterback sacks tied Adam Davis for No. 2 on the Blue Dragon career charts.

MARQUAVIUS LEWIS – University of South Carolina
Lewis will return to his home state to continue his career for the Gamecocks. Lewis is believed to be the first Blue Dragon to sign with South Carolina.

Lewis is a 6-4, 278-pound defensive end from Greenwood, South Carolina. This season, he was named the Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team NJCAA All-American.

For the season, Lewis racked up 63 total tackles, including 23 solo tackles. He has had 20.5 tackles for loss for 112 yards. Lewis was second on the team with 11 quarterback sacks. As a relentless pass rusher, Lewis also has 21 quarterback hurries this season. Lewis also tallied three passes broken up, two forced fumbled and a fumble recovery. Lewis’ 11 quarterback sacks this season were eight most in program history. His 18.5 career sacks rank No. 6 on that statistical list.

Lewis completed his Blue Dragon career with 132 total tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hurries.

CLAUDE GEORGE – Texas A&M University
The versatile 6-3, 222-pound linebacker from Lafayette, Louisiana will go across the border to College Station, Texas, next season. George is believed to be the first Blue Dragon to sign with Texas A&M.

George was a first-team all-Jayhawk Conference performer and second-team NJCAA All-American this season.

George finished the season with 69 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks. George also had one interception, four passes broken up 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. George finished his career with 125 total tackles, two interceptions and 27 quarterback hurries.

CURTIS STALLBAUMER – Kansas State University
Stallbaumer will walk on with the Wildcats next season. His venture to Manhattan will mark the fourth time in the last six seasons that at least one Blue Dragon has moved onto Kansas State.

A 6-4, 259-pound tight end from Baileyville, Stallbaumer was primarily used as a blocking tight end. This season, Stallbaumer made his few receptions count as he caught two passes for 13 yards and both were touchdowns.

This season, Stallbaumer helped an offensive line that blocked for a deep and talented corps of running backs that produced 267.4 rushing yards per game, 5.5 yards per carry and 38 rushing touchdowns.

LAKEL BASS – University of Texas-San Antonio
A transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, Bass was Hutchinson’s leading tackler in 2014. The 6-1, 227-pound sophomore from St. Louis, was an all-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention selection.

Bass had 106 total tackles this season with 8.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Bass also led the Blue Dragons with four interceptions and three recovered fumbles.

Bass is the first Blue Dragons to sign with UTSA since Brian King in 2011.

DARIUS PETERSON – University of Idaho
Peterson played on a pair of offensive lines that plowed the way for nationally ranked Top 10 rushing teams in the NJCAA. Peterson, a 6-5, 201-pound offensive tackle from Salina, is the first Blue Dragon to sign with Idaho.

This season, Peterson moved into the starting lineup and blocked for a group of running back that rushed for better than 200 yards three times. The 2014 Blue Dragons led the Jayhawk Conference in rushing at 267.4 yards per game with 38 rushing touchdowns.

DALTON DEMOS – University of Northern Iowa
Playing primarily in a two-quarterback system this season, Demos had some tremendous moments for the Blue Dragons in 2015. A transfer from Coastal Carolina University, the 6-4, 199-pound quarterback from St. Louis threw for five touchdowns and 240 yards in a 35-26 victory over Butler to snap a 23-game losing streak to the Grizzlies.

For the season, Demos completed 97 of 176 passes for 1,118 yards and 14 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He also rushed for 215 yards and a pair of scores. His final play of the season was a touchdown run in the first quarter of the Independence game on Nov. 8. Demos didn’t play in the Salt City Bowl.

Demos is the first Blue Dragon to sign at Northern Iowa since Dedrick Rhone in 1998.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGON WOMEN REMAIN NO. 2 IN LATEST NJCAA D-I POLL

Basketball - Women | 12.18.14

For the third consecutive week, the Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team stayed at No. 2 in the NJCAA Division I women’s basketball poll.

The 12-0 Blue Dragons have been No. 2 all season long. HCC won its 108th and 109th consecutive home games with wins over NEO and Northwest Tech last weekend in the KFSA Classic. The Blue Dragons ran their regular-season non-conference win streak to 61 games.

Hutchinson is off until December 28 and 29 when it plays No. 11 Salt Lake and College of Eastern Utah in the Los Vegas Classic.

Hutchinson made its 46th consecutive poll where it has been ranked in the Top 10. The Blue Dragons have appeared in 64 straight and 74 of the last 76 polls.

Seward County, the only other Jayhawk Conference team ranked in the Top 25 this week, remains No. 7. Jayhawk East rival Cowley (13-1) is receiving votes.

Chipola College remains No. 1 this week. After Hutchinson, Trinity Valley is at No. 3, Northwest Florida State College is No. 4 and Iowa Western is No. 5.

Among Blue Dragon opponents, State Fair remains No. 17 in this week’s poll. Kansas City is No. 10 in Division II.

(HCC Sports Information)

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S POLL              Record     Pts.     Last Poll
 1. Chipola College (8)                                          12-0     200     1
 2. Hutchinson CC                                                  12-0     192      2
 3. Trinity Valley CC                                                 10-1     184      3
 4. Northwest Florida State College                    11-0     176      5
 5. Iowa Western CC                                              16-0     168      6
 6. Eastern Arizona College                                  12-0     160      7
 7. Seward County CC                                            11-0     152      8
 8. Odessa College                                                14-2     144     10
 9. Tyler Junior College                                          12-1     136      4
10. Gulf Coast State College                                10-1     128    12
11. Salt Lake CC                                                     11-2     120     11
12. San Jacinto College-North                             10-2     112    15
13. New Mexico Junior College                           12-1     104    13
14. Tallahassee CC                                               11-2       96     14
15. Florida State College at Jacksonville          10-2       88       9
16. Snow College                                                   11-0       80     16
17. State Fair CC                                                    10-3       72     17
18. Walters State CC                                             12-2       64     19
19. College of Southern Idaho                               9-4       56     20
20. Darton State College                                       11-1       48     21
21. Shelton State CC                                              11-1      30     22
22. Northern Oklahoma College-Enid                12-1      32     23
23. Wabash Valley College                                     9-3      24     24
24. Wallace State CC                                               8-1      16     25
25. Western Nebraska CC                                   13-0        8     RV
    Other schools receiving votes: Cowley College (13-1); Copiah-Lincoln CC (10-0); Gadsden State (12-0); Vincennes University (10-1); Mineral Area College (11-2).


FOUR DRAGONS EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS; KAMARA, LEWIS 1ST TEAM

Football | 12.18.14

The Jayhawk West champion and No. 4 ranked Hutchinson Community College football team added some more individual hardware to the best single season in program history with four players being named to the 2014 NJCAA All-America football team.

Freshman running back Alvin Kamara and sophomore defensive end Marquavius Lewis were first-team All-America selections, while sophomore defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter and sophomore linebacker Claude George were second-team All-Americans.

The four total All-America selections tie a program record for most All-Americans in one season, matching the 1969 Blue Dragons, the last outright Jayhawk Conference championship team until this season. Hutchinson won the Jayhawk Conference championship for the first time since 1995, won a sixth-straight Salt City Bowl and finished 11-1, the most wins in program history. The final No. 4 ranking in the NJCAA poll was the highest in program history.

Under head coach Rion Rhoades, the Blue Dragons have produced seven first-team and 18 total NJCAA All-Americans. In program history, the Blue Dragons produced their 25th and 26th first-team NJCAA All-Americans, 57 total NJCAA All-Americans and 107 total All-Americans when combined with JC Gridwire.

This is the first time ever that Hutchinson had three All-Americans on one side of the football with three defensive players. HCC had three offensive All-Americans in 1969.

ALVIN KAMARA – First-Team Offense
A native of Norcross, Georgia and transfer from the University of Alabama, Alvin Kamara is the first Blue Dragon first-team All-American running back since LaDarrian Page in 2008.

A four-game stretch this season earned Kamara the nickname “Superman,” which was given to him by the Blue Dragon radio broadcast team. It was hard to argue the moniker after a four-game stretch midway through 2014.

His 65-yard touchdown against Coffeyville on Oct. 4 will be remembered for years, but Kamara had a four-game stretch against Iowa Central, Dodge City, Coffeyville and Garden City that was as good as any HCC running back in history. Over those four games, Kamara produced 688 rushing yards, 817 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns.

But it was a late-game sequence against Coffeyville where Kamara earned his nickname and a spot in Blue Dragon football lore.

With Hutchinson trailing 35-28 with less than 3 minutes remaining and facing third-and-12 from its own 35, Kamara took a swing pass from Kylen Binn and despite being surrounded by four Coffeyville defenders, broke numerous tackles and found a seem to a 65-yard game-tying touchdown with 2:28 remaining.

Then with HCC on its own 2 with 40 seconds left, Kamara took a pitch to the right side and ran all the way to the HCC 38. After a long pass to the Dragon 17, Kamara again broke to the right side and scored the game-winning touchdown with 7 seconds left in the game.

Kamara became the 17th HCC running back to reach 1,000 yards for the season. Kamara finished 10th on the HCC single-season rushing list with 1,211 yards on 172 carries. He’s averaged 7.0 yards per carry, which ranks second in team history. With 21 total touchdowns, Kamara tied for second place on HCC’s single-season list. His 126 points are also tied for second place with Mack Herron.

Kamara had a streak of seven-straight 100-yard rushing games snapped vs. Highland. He had eight 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 220 yards against Coffeyville on Oct. 4.

Kamara is one of only two freshmen on the first-team offensive team. Copiah-Lincoln wide receiver Donald Gray is the other freshman.

Kamara was also named the 2014 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

MARQUAVIUS LEWIS – First-Team Defense
A sophomore defensive end from Greenwood, South Carolina, Marquavius Lewis was also the 2014 Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He is the first Blue Dragon defensive end to be named a first-team All-American since Antwaun Bynum in 1999.

For the season, Lewis racked up 63 total tackles, including 23 solo tackles. He has had 20.5 tackles for loss for 112 yards. Lewis was second on the team with 11 quarterback sacks. As a relentless pass rusher, Lewis also has 21 quarterback hurries this season.

Lewis also tallied three passes broken up, two forced fumbled and a fumble recovery. Lewis had quarterback sacks in 6 of 13 games played this season.

But it was in Hutchinson’s huge 35-26 road victory at No. 6 Butler on Sept. 13 where Lewis was simply dominant. Against the Grizzlies, Lewis had a season-high 13 tackles with four tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks in helping the Blue Dragons snap a 23-game losing streak to the Grizzlies.

Two weeks after that, Lewis earned NJCAA National Player of the Week honors with a dominant performance against Dodge City. He had eight total tackles, but 3.5 tackles for loss for 16 yards. He had two quarterback sacks, including a sack/fumble, one of three Blue Dragon takeaways.

Lewis 11 quarterback sacks this season were eight most in program history. His 18.5 career sacks rank No. 6 on that statistical list.

Lewis completed his Blue Dragon career with 132 total tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hurries.

JEREMIAH LEDBETTER – Second-Team Defense
The way the 2014 season played out, if Lewis wasn’t making a play for Hutchinson, his teammate on the other side of the defensive line from Gainesville, Georgia was.

Sophomore Jeremiah Ledbetter had another outstanding season for the Blue Dragons where he earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors. Ledbetter finished the season with 78 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 quarterback sacks, the second most in single-season Blue Dragon history.

Ledbetter also had seven quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks on special teams.

Ledbetter closed his Blue Dragon career with a flourish as he had three quarterback sacks and 10 total tackles in a Defensive MVP performance in the 2014 Salt City Bowl.

For his career, Ledbetter finished with 144 total tackles and his 22.5 career quarterback sacks tied Adam Davis for No. 2 on the Blue Dragon career charts.

CLAUDE GEORGE – Second-Team Defense
Relentless was perhaps the best way to describe George, the Lafayette, Louisiana native in his two seasons with the Blue Dragons.

In earning second-team All-America honors, George finished the season with 69 takes, 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks. There were times it seemed like George was all over the field as he also had one interception, four passes broken up 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

George finished his career with 125 total tackles, two interceptions and 27 quarterback hurries.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGONS MAKE JUMP INTO NJCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOP 10

Basketball - Men | 12.18.14

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team jumped into the Top 10 of the NJCAA Division I for the first time in two seasons on Tuesday as a 12-game winning streak has helped the Blue Dragons move up to No.8 this week.

The last time that Hutchinson was in the NJCAA Top 10 in a non-preseason poll was the final poll of 2013 when HCC was No. 9 after winning the Region VI championship, but exiting the NJCAA Tournament in the second round. HCC opened the 2013-14 season ranked No. 4 in the preseason NJCAA poll, but spent almost all of the season in the in the second division of the Top 25.

The Blue Dragons have appeared in 25 of the last 26 polls released by the NJCAA. The only interruption was the final regular-season poll of last season when an injury-induced losing streak knocked the Blue Dragons out of the poll. HCC returned to the poll in this season’s preseason listing at No. 22.

Hutchinson is 13-1 heading into the Christmas break, winning 12 games in a row since the Nov. 1 loss to Jayhawk East rival Labette. The Blue Dragons earned two solid victories over the weekend to finish out the first semester. The Dragons defeated Northeast Nebraska 96-92 and North Lake College 86-64.

The Blue Dragons are one of three Jayhawk Conference teams ranked in the Top 10 and one of four ranked in the Top 15.

Butler (14-0) is No. 5; Coffeyville (13-1) is No. 10 and Cloud County (13-1) is ranked No. 13.

Vincennes University (12-0) remains No. 1 this week. Northwest Florida State and College of Southern Idaho are tied for second in this week’s poll. Salt Lake (12-0) is No. 4.

The next NJCAA Division I men’s basketball poll will be released on Jan. 6.

The Blue Dragons return to the court to open the 2015 Jayhawk West season on Jan. 3 against Dodge City at the Sports Arena. HCC will open the league season with four games in eight days.

(HCC Sports Information)

NJCAA DIVISION I MEN’S POLL      Record    Points    LW
 1. Vincennes University (14)                  12-0     346      1
 2. College of Southern Idaho (1)           14-0     330      2
 2. Northwest Florida St. College (2)     14-0     330      3
 4. Salt Lake CC                                         12-0     302      4
 5. Butler CC                                               14-0     288      7
 6. Indian Hills CC                                     12-1     280      6
 7. Hill College                                           12-1     234      8
 8. Hutchinson CC                                    13-1      224    13
 9. Southwest Tennessee CC                10-1     215    10
10. Coffeyville CC                                     13-1      209    12
11. Harcum College                                 12-1     169      5
12. Connors State College                     12-1     167    15
13. Cloud County CC                               14-1     158    14
14. Odessa College                                 13-1     144    17
15. Eastern Florida State College         14-1     136    24
16. Shelton State CC                               13-1     130    20
17. Trinity Valley CC                                 13-2     108      9
18. Gillette College                                  12-2     101    18
19. Tallahassee CC                                12-2        99    11
20. Motlow State CC                                11-1        92    22
21. Southeastern CC                              14-1        79    23
22. Cochise College                                11-1        73    16
23. Pearl River CC                                     9-0        70    25
24. Jones County JC                                 8-0        61    RV
25. Mineral Area College                        14-1        38    RV
     Others receiving votes: North Idaho College (12-2); Central Georgia Technical College (13-1); Tyler Junior College (11-1); Lamar State College-Port Arthur (11-1); Broward College (4-3); Howard College (10-3); Columbia State CC (11-3).


BLUE DRAGONS END FIRST SEMESTER WITH VICTORY OVER NORTH LAKE

Basketball - Men | 12.18.14

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team extended its win streak to 12-straight games after closing the first semester with a 76-64 victory over North Lake College in the final game of the KFSA Classic at the Sports Arena.

The 13th- ranked Blue Dragons close the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 13-1 record. Hutchinson resumes its schedule with the 2015 Jayhawk West opener against Dodge City on Jan. 3 at the Sports Arena.

Sophomore DeShawn Freeman had his six double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead HCC, which shot better than 50 percent in a game for the sixth time this season.

One night after a career-high 28 points against Northeast Nebraska, freshman Bashier Ahmed had 13 points.

Freshman Keanu Pinder had eight points, followed by sophomore Austin Budke with seven points. Freshman Akbar Hoffman and Moataz Aly had six points each.

The Blue Dragons hit 27 of 50 overall shots (54.0 percent), hitting 3 of 10 from 3-point range and 19 of 28 from the foul line. HCC out-rebounded North Lake 47-33. The Dragons had to overcome a season-high-tying 27 turnovers that led to 23 Blazer points.

Travis Matthews’ double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds led North Lake (12-5). Jamael Haynes had 14 points and Deosic West had 11 points. The Blazers shot just 35.4 percent (28 of 79), hitting 4 of 22 3-point goals and only 4 of 7 from the free-throw line. The Blazers had only 12 turnovers.

Hutchinson jumped out to a 16-2 lead over the first 8:05 of the game. HCC’s defense held North Lake to just 1 of 12 shooting to start the game. HCC’s initial surge grew to 24-6  over the first 12 minutes, 52 seconds.

HCC maintained its double-figure lead and it pushed the lead to 20 points on a Bashier Ahmed dunk with 21 seconds left gave Hutch a 34-14 lead. HCC led 36-17 at halftime, holding North Lake to only eight field goals. The 17 North Lake points were the fewest allowed by Hutchinson in a half this season.

Hutchinson shot 63.2 percent in the second half to off-set 16 turnovers. HCC built a pair of 23-point leads in the second half and then led 62-38 on a Che Bob 3-point goal with 9:13 to play in the game. North Lake chipped away with a 9-0 run to pull within 62-47 with 7:50 to play after a Matthews’ basket.

Turnovers continued to help North Lake shrink the deficit, pulling within 69-59 with 4:29 remaining in the game. An Ahmed layup stopped the Blazer rally and HCC was able to maintain a double-figure lead for the remainder of the game.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 58-3 under head coach Steve Eck against non-Jayhawk Conference competition. … HCC is 3-0 all-time against North Lake. … This was all-time HCC men’s basketball win No. 1,667. … Eck won his 798th game all-time as a head coach at all levels over 36 seasons. … HCC had its sixth game shooting better than 50 percent. … Deshawn Freeman posted his eighth career double-double. … North Lake’s 16 team steals were the most by a Blue Dragon opponent this season.

(HCC Sports Information)


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Taylor Jones fires for a 3-pointer en route to a career-best 14 points in No. 2 Hutchinson's 93-51 KFSA Classic victory on Saturday at the Sporst Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 12.18.14

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Volleyball | 12.08.14

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Football | 12.08.14

FINAL NO. 4 RANKING HIGHEST IN BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL HISTORY

Siobhon Wilson (left) was named first-team NJCAA All-American in Division I women's soccer on Monday. Jen Rogers (right) was named second team and is only the third HCC player in history to be named All-American in both seasons with the Blue Dragons.

Soccer | 12.08.14

WILSON IS 1ST-TEAM NJCAA SOCCER ALL-AMERICAN; ROGERS SECOND TEAM

DeShawn Freeman had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 15 Blue Dragons past Allen 82-67 in the final game of the 2014 Hutch Classic at the Sports Arena (Joseph Griffin/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 12.08.14

LATE SURGE PAST ALLEN EXTENDS BLUE DRAGON WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES

		Kalani Purcell posted her seventh double-double of the season as HCC won its 107th consecutive game at the Sports Arena in a 95-48 victory over Allen in the final women's game of the 2014 Hutch Classic. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 12.08.14

HCC DEFEATS ALLEN; BLUE DRAGON HOME WIN STREAK FIFTH-LONGEST IN HISTORY

		Blue Dragon defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter (54, right) was named the 2014 Salt City Bowl's Defensive MVP on Saturday at Gowans Stadium after his three quarterback sacks helped No. 4 Hutchinson roll to a 52-7 victory over No. 19 Hudson Valley. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 12.06.14

NO. 4 BLUE DRAGONS TOPPLE NO. 19 HUDSON VALLEY IN SIXTH SALT CITY BOWL