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HCC ATHLETICS

			HCC catcher Sarah Rothe hit 11 home runs, committed only two errors and threw out 35 percent of attempted stolen bases in a season where she was named the NFCA NJCAA Division II Catcher of the Year on Friday. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)	    			Blue Dragon sophomore pitcher Kyle Simonds was named the NJCAA Division I National Pitcher of the Year on Thursday. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)	    		Blue Dragon sophomore starting pitcher Kyle Simonds earns first-team NJCAA Baseball All-America honors on Tuesday becoming HCC baseball's first NJCAA first-team All-American in program history and first All-American since 2012. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information).		    			Rain falls on Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Saturday which force the postponement of the Blue Dragon baseball team's Region VI game vs. Cowley. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)	    			Dakota Shadoan had two huge doubles and earned his ninth save of the season as HCC defeated Seward County 8-7 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region VI/Central District Tournament. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
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SARAH ROTHE NAMED NFCA NJCAA DIVISION II CATCHER OF THE YEAR

Softball | 07.11.14

Hutchinson Community College softball catcher Sarah Rothe became the third Blue Dragon athlete in the 2013-2014 athletic season to earn National Player of the Year honors on Friday.
Rothe, a freshman from Hutchinson, was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation’s NJCAA Division II National Catcher of the Year. The organization announced its entire list of the nation’s top catchers at all intercollegiate levels on Friday.

Rothe joins Kadeem Allen and Kyle Simonds as 2013-2014 National Players of the Year. Allen was both the NJCAA Division I and NABC National Junior College Player of the Year. Simonds was named the NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Year in June.

Rothe was Hutchinson’s third-leading hitter in 2014, hitting .378 with 48 total hits. Rothe had a team-high 11 home runs and 12 doubles. She drove in 37 RBIs and scored 32 runs. Rothe amassed a .404 on-base percentage and had a .732 slugging percentage.

Defensively, Rothe turned in an eye-popping season for the 17-25 Blue Dragons.

Rothe had a .991 fielding percentage, committing only two errors in 218 total defensive chances. She threw out 35 percent of would-be basestealers. She threw out 14 basestealers, which was the third most in the nation this past season.

Earlier this season, Rothe was named the NFCA Division II First-Team All-American.

(HCC Sports Information)

2014 NFCA DIAMOND SPORTS CATCHERS OF THE YEAR
NCAA Division I – Taylor Edwards, Nebraska
NCAA Division II – Natalie Wideman, California University of Pennsylvania
NCAA Division III – Jo Clair, Tufts University
NAIA – Michele Rupard, Central Methodist University
NJCAA Division I – Amy Szymanowski, College of Central Florida
NJCAA Division II – Sarah Rothe, Hutchinson Community College
NJCAA Division III – Sammy Smaldone, Herkimer County Community College


SIMONDS NAMED NJCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Baseball | 06.05.14

Add one more superlative to Kyle Simonds’ spectacular All-America sophomore season at Hutchinson Community College.

On Thursday, the NJCAA named Simonds as the Division I Baseball National Pitcher of the Year, topping off the most accomplished season by any Blue Dragon baseball player in program history.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore right-handed starting pitcher from Grand Island, Nebraska, became Blue Dragon baseball’s first NJCAA First-Team All-American on Tuesday after racking up Jayhawk West Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI honors being named the Region VI Gold Glove winner as a pitcher this season.

Simonds becomes the second Blue Dragon student-athlete to be named a national Player of the Year this season. Men’s basketball player Kadeem Allen was named by the NJCAA and KABC National Player of the Year in March.

Simonds finished the 2014 season as the national leader in pitching wins posting a 13-0 record in 13 starts. He becomes 11th Blue Dragon starting pitcher to post an undefeated season (record of 5-0 or better). He set a team season record for wins and best start to a season by a starting pitcher.

The Blue Dragon ace finished with a season earned-run average of 2.20. He set team records for strikeouts in a season with 103 (sixth in the NJCAA) and tied team season records for complete games (9) and shutouts (3). Simonds was second in the nation in complete games and fourth in the nation in shutouts.

In a team season record 94 innings pitched, Simonds allowed just 75 hits, 32 runs, 23 earned runs and walked just 12. Opponents hit just .210 against Simonds in 2014.

Simonds had six games of 10 or more strikeout, including a career-best 13 against Allen in Game 1 of the Region VI Tournament opening-round series at Hobart-Detter Field.

The future Texas A&M pitcher finished his Blue Dragon career with a 15-4 record and a 3.02 earned-run average. He is tied for fourth with Craig Reed (1999-2000) and Lewick (2009-10) for fourth on the career wins list. His ERA is 13th best in team history.

He threw 128 career innings (ranks seventh on HCC’s career list). His 123 career strikeouts rank sixth best in HCC history. His 10 complete games rank No. 5 on the career list and his three shutouts tie for fourth best in a career.

The Jayhawk Conference earned two of the three major national Division I awards this season. Garden City shortstop Tyler Alitz was the National Defensive Player of the Year. Alitz tragically lost his life in an automobile accident on May 21.

(HCC Sports Information)

KYLE SIMONDS’ 2014 SUPERLATIVES
+ National Leader in Pitching Wins – 13
+ 13-0 Record, 2.20 ERA
+ 9 Complete Games; 3 Shutouts
+ Team Record for Wins - 13
+ Tied Team Record For Complete Games/Shutouts
+ Team record 103 strikeouts (6th in NJCAA)
+ Six Games of 10 Or More Strikeouts
+ Career-High 13 Strikeouts vs. Allen
+ Jayhawk West Pitcher of the Year
+ First-Team All-Jayhawk West/Region VI
+ Region VI Gold Glove winner
+ First 1st-Team NJCAA All-American in HCC Baseball History
+ NJCAA Division I National Pitcher of the Year


SIMONDS BECOMES FIRST HCC 1ST-TEAM NJCAA BASEBALL ALL-AMERICAN

Baseball | 06.03.14

Kyle Simonds’ record-setting season at Hutchinson Community College in 2014 was tagged with a little more history on Tuesday.

With the release of the NJCAA All-America baseball teams, Simonds became the very first Blue Dragon baseball player to earn NJCAA first-team All-America status.

Simonds is the 10th Blue Dragon in program history to earn NJCAA All-America baseball honors, the first since Tanner Lubach in 2012. He is just the third pitcher to be named All-American.

Simonds was the 2014 Jayhawk West Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI and was the Region VI Gold Glove winner as a pitcher in 2014.

Simonds, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore right-handed starting pitcher from Grand Island, Nebraska, put together a season like no other HCC starter in team history.

Simonds finished the 2014 season as the national leader in pitching wins posting a 13-0 record in 13 starts. He becomes 11th Blue Dragon starting pitcher to post an undefeated season (record of 5-0 or better). He set a team season record for wins and best start to a season by a starting pitcher.

The Blue Dragon ace finished with a season earned-run average of 2.20. He set team records for strikeouts in a season with 103 (sixth in the NJCAA) and tied team season records for complete games (9) and shutouts (3). Simonds was second in the nation in complete games and fourth in the nation in shutouts.

In a team season record 94 innings pitched, Simonds allowed just 75 hits, 32 runs, 23 earned runs and walked just 12. Opponents hit just .210 against Simonds in 2014.

Simonds had six games of 10 or more strikeout, including a career-best 13 against Allen in Game 1 of the Region VI Tournament opening-round series at Hobart-Detter Field.

Simonds had three particularly outstanding performances in 2014:

+ On March 22 vs. Seward County at Hobart-Detter Field, Simonds authored a two-hit shutout of the Saints in a 6-0 victory. Needing only 69 pitches over seven innings, Simonds struck out eight and saw his season ERA drop to 1.84 at that point in the season to move to 6-0.

+ On April 11 at Butler, Simonds silenced the hot-hitting Grizzlies with a four-hit shutout over nine innings. He tied his career high in strikeouts for the fourth time this season with 10 and walked just two in a 6-0 HCC victory than ran his season record to 9-0.

+ On May 3 in Game 1 of the Region VI Tournament opening-round series vs. Allen at Hobart-Detter Field, Simonds twirled a five-hit shutout with a career-best 13 strikeout and just one walk as HCC took the series lead with a 3-0 victory.

The future Texas A&M pitcher finished his Blue Dragon career with a 15-4 record and a 3.02 earned-run average. He is tied for fourth with Craig Reed (1999-2000) and Lewick (2009-10) for fourth on the career wins list. His ERA is 13th best in team history.

He threw 128 career innings (ranks seventh on HCC’s career list). His 123 career strikeouts rank sixth best in HCC history. His 10 complete games rank No. 5 on the career list and his three shutouts tie for fourth best in a career.

(HCC Sports Information)

Hutchinson NJCAA Baseball All-Americans
Year     Name                    Position                   Team
2014    Kyle Simonds      Starting Pitcher    1st

2012    Tanner Lubach    Catcher                    2nd
2010    Shawn Lewick      Starting Pitcher     Honorable Mention
2009    Stewart Hoover    Outfield                   3rd
2006    Thad Weber          Infield                     2nd
2002    Brad Flanders      Catcher                  2nd
2000    Kent Becker          Catcher                  Honorable Mention
1999    Tim Olson             Shortstop              Honorable Mention
1998    Chris Finnegan    Catcher                 Honorable Mention
1995    Corey Brittan         Starting Pitcher    Honorable Mention
 


SEVERE WEATHER FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF HUTCH-COWLEY REGIONAL GAME

Baseball | 05.11.14

WICHITA – Saturday’s severe storms that continually rolled through Wichita on Saturday put a halt to play on Saturday at the Region VI/Central District Tournament at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team had its winner’s bracket semifinal scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday to be moved to Sunday morning at 10:30.

Hutchinson will be forced to play two games on Sunday. If the Blue Dragons defeat Cowley, they will play the Kansas City/Garden City winner at 7:30 p.m. in the winner’s bracket final. If the Dragons fall against Cowley, they will play top-seeded Johnson County at 4:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

When the severe weather moved in on Saturday night, Kansas City led Garden City 12-5 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Already with a 38-minute weather delay, the game didn’t resume after a second delay and play was suspended two hours later.

Sunday’s adjusted schedule is:
9 a.m. – Completion of Kansas City/Garden City game
10:30 p.m. – Hutchinson vs. Cowley, winner’s bracket semifinal
1:30 p.m. – Seward County vs. Kansas City/Garden City loser
4:30 p.m. – Johnson County vs. Hutchinson/Cowley loser
7:30 p.m. – Kansas City/Garden City winner vs. Hutchinson/Cowley winner
There is a 50 percent chance of rain for Sunday. If the schedule changes further, follow updates on Blue Dragon Athletics’ Twitter page @bluedragonsport.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGONS SURVIVE SAINTS’ RALLY IN REGION VI OPENER

Baseball | 05.10.14

WICHITA – In the latest wild finish between the two Jayhawk West rivals, the Hutchinson Community College baseball team outlasted a four-run Seward County ninth-inning rally to advance in the NJCAA Region VI/Central District Tournament on Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Nineteenth-ranked Hutchinson defeated Seward County in Friday’s fourth opening-round game 8-7, in the Blue Dragons’ first postseason appearance in Wichita since winning the 2010 Region VI Tournament championship.

The Blue Dragons (43-15) will next play Cowley in the winner’s bracket semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Blue Dragon starting pitcher Kyle Simonds earned the victory to up his season record to 13-0, but he lasted only six innings. By the time the ninth inning rolled around, HCC led 8-3 after scoring seven unanswered runs to erase an early 3-1 lead.

Reminiscent of the 2010 Region VI championship game – HCC lost a 6-2 ninth-inning lead but won 8-6 in 12 innings – and a March 23 game at Hobart-Detter Fielder were Hutch led 10-1 and wound up winning 15-11 – the resilient Saints made things more than interesting in the ninth on Friday night.

The first five Saints batters of the ninth reached against Blue Dragon closer Dakota Shadoan, who entered the game with one out in the eighth and worked out spot where Seward had runners at second and third with one out – the tying run at second –  and came away empty.

Pinch hitter Brandon Urquizio slammed a two-run double to left center field to cut the lead to 8-5. Mason Marshall then had an RBI double to pull the Saints within 8-6. Seward had runners on second and third with no out at that point. Shadoan struck out Jacob Fuller for the first out and got Reed Thompson to fly out to left, which plated  Urquizio with the fourth run of the inning, pulling the Saints within 8-7.

Shadoan picked up his ninth save – his second of the postseason – by getting Bryson Allen to fly out to left field to end the game.

In the ninth innings of their last four games played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium – Friday’s game and the three games of the 2010 Region VI Tournament – The Blue Dragons have allowed a total of 14 ninth-inning runs in those four games, yet HCC has won all four games.

Simonds pitched six innings, getting stronger as the game progressed, retiring eight batters in a rule and 9 of the final 10 he faced. Throwing 115 pitches, Simonds allowed nine hits, three runs, two earned runs while striking out seven and walking two.

Austin Harms, Tyler Coufal and Shadoan pitched in relief for the Blue Dragons.

Seward County starter J.B. Olsen had HCC scrambling for five innings, striking out seven over that span. Overall, the Saints out-hit HCC 16-12.

Shadoan had a huge night offensively going 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. It was his two-out, two-run double in the sixth that gave HCC a 4-3 lead.

Gabe Wurth went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the eighth. Bennett Oliver had two hits, including a triple with a run scored and RBI. Jake Ek went 1 for 4 with two RBIs.

After falling behind 3-1 through four innings, the Blue Dragons started to figure Olsen out.

HCC pulled within one when Ek doubled down the left-field line to score Shadoan in the fifth.

Matt Jones and Jake Bublitz led off the HCC sixth with back-to-back walks and were moved up on a Jordan Schroer sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Shadoan doubled over the head of the Seward left fielder to drive in two and give HCC a 4-3 lead.

Jones added an RBI single that scored Oliver after his triple down the left-field line in the sixth. That gave HCC a 5-3 lead.

The Blue Dragons got what turned out to be huge insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth when Matt Sutliffe and Shadoan led off with singles. Wurth dropped down a sacrifice bunt, the Seward County pitcher Adam Guay’s throw to first was wild. Sutliffe and Shadoan both scored on the play and Wurth scored HCC’s eighth run on an RBI groundout by Ek. HCC led 8-3 at that point.

GAME NOTES – Four different times on Friday did HCC have the first two batters of an inning reach. HCC scored in three of those four innings. … Kyle Simonds extended his season records of wins (13) and strikeouts (103). … HCC had three sacrifice bunts, including Jake Eck’s team-high 16th of the season. … With 43 wins, the 2014 Blue Dragons tie the 1999 Blue Dragons for fourth place on the all-time wins list. … For only the seventh time in 58 games did the Blue Dragons go without being hit by a pitch in a game. … Gabe Wurth now has six postseason hits.

(HCC Sports Information)


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			Jake Ek and the No. 19 Blue Dragons play Seward County at 7 p.m. on Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wcihita in the opening-round of the Central District (Region VI) Tournament. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Baseball | 05.09.14

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			Braden Smith runs for yardage during the Blue Dragons' spring scrimmage on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 05.06.14

BLUE DRAGONS WRAP UP SPRING DRILLS WITH SCRIMMAGE AT GOWANS

		New career batting average record holder Makenzi Shackley leads four Lady Dragons on the all-Jayhawk East and All-Region VI District E softball teams.

Softball | 05.06.14

HCC SOFTBALL PLACES 3 ON ALL-JAYHAWK, 4 ON ALL-REGION TEAM

			Jake Schleppenbach and the No. 18 Blue Dragons open the 2014 NJCAA Central District Tournament at 7 p.m. on Friday with Seward County at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Baseball | 05.05.14

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			HCC's Game Wurth swings for a seventh-inning double that started a four-run inning to lift No. 18 Hutchinson to a 4-1 win over Allen in Game 2 of the Central District Tournament Opening-Round Series on Saturday at Hobart-Detter Field. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Baseball | 05.05.14

BLUE DRAGONS SWEEP ALLEN TO ADVANCE IN CENTRAL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

		Kyle Simonds works during a complete-game five-hit shutout in Game 1 of the Central District Tournament opening-round series vs. Allen on Saturday at Hobart-Detter Field. Simonds struck out a career-high 13 as Hutchinson won 3-0. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Baseball | 05.05.14

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			HCC sophomore Andrew Pope repeats as pole vault champion on Saturday at the Region VI Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Arkansas City. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Track | 05.05.14

POPE’S REPEAT IN POLE VAULT LEADS DRAGONS AT REGION VI TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

			The No. 18 Blue Dragon baseball team opens the Central District (Region VI) Tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday with a best-of-3 series vs. Allen at Hobart-Detter Field. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Baseball | 05.02.14

DRAGONS SET FOR CENTRAL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT SERIES WITH ALLEN

		The Region VI champion Blue Dragon men's golf team finished tied for 11th with Central Alabama in the final NJCAA Coaches Division I poll released on Friday. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Golf | 05.02.14

BLUE DRAGON GOLFERS FINISH TIED FOR 11TH IN FINAL NJCAA D-I POLL

			The HCC track and field teams are competing this weekend in the Region VI Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cowley College in Arkansas City. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Track | 05.02.14

HCC TRACK TEAMS SET FOR REGION VI OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

			HCC President Dr. Ed Berger awards women's basketball/softball player Alyx Bloom her certificate as one of 103 Blue Dragon student-athletes to be honored at Wednesday's Athletic/Academic Achievement ceremony at the Stringer Fine Arts Center. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Athletics | 04.30.14

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		Under adverse conditions, the Blue Dragon men's golf team captured the 2014 Region VI championship and finished as District II runner-up on Tuesday at Alvamar Golf Club Lawrence. HCC qualifies for a 14th-straight NJCAA Tournament. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Golf | 04.29.14

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Baseball | 04.29.14

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		Jordan Hecker is one shot of the past and has helped the Blue Dragons get into contention for the District III and Region VI championships on Monday in Lawrence. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Golf | 04.29.14

HCC GOLFERS OVERCOME TOUGH CONDITIONS AT DISTRICT III/REGION VI