The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team will play its fifth opponent from the Jayhawk East this season as the Independence Pirates comes to the Sports Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on Saturday night.
Hutchinson has split with Butler, defeated Johnson County in overtime and routed Allen in its first four matchups with Jayhawk East foes. Three of those four games have been on the road.
Now Independence makes its first trip to Hutchinson for a regular-season game since 2003. It’s only the second regular-season appearance by the Pirates in the Sports Arena since 1987.
The Blue Dragons have won three games in a row since being upset by Central Nebraska on Nov. 23. The Blue Dragons haven’t played since last Saturday when they defeated Murray State 84-63, tying its season high for margin of victory.
Still, the Dragons have turned in three consecutive solid defensive performances after going a team-record-tying seven straight of giving up 80 or more points. Over the last three games, HCC has allowed an average of 67.3 points and 34.0 percent overall shooting.
Hutchinson continues to be without its Nos. 2 and 3 scorers in DeShawn Freeman and Darrick Wood.
Independence (5-7) won just three of its first 10 games under first-year and former Pirate women’s basketball coach Tony Turner. But the Pirates have won two in a row, defeating the Southwestern College JV 95-69 and Hesston College 98-68.
The Pirates got a huge boost on Wednesday with the return of guard Brandon Roark, who missed seven games. Roark scored 17 points against Hesston on Tuesday.
With 895 career points, HCC’s Kadeem Allen now ranks No. 17 on the scoring list.
GAME 13 - No. 21 Hutchinson (10-2) vs. Independence (5-7)
Date: Saturday, December 7 2013
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS (Capacity: 7,000)
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM (1450) - Glen Grunwald (PBP); Rusty Hilst (Analysis), 7:20 p.m.
Internet Video, Audio, Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com, 7:20 p.m.
Tickets: $7 - Reserved' $5 General Admission
Blue Dragons No. 2 in NJCAA in all-time wins
With their 76-64 victory over Mesa Community College on Nov. 3, the Blue Dragons reached 1,600 wins in their illustrious history.
The Blue Dragons are 1,638-562, a winning percentage of .743 in their 83rd season of men’s basketball.
The Blue Dragons trail only Southeastern Iowa in all-time wins. Southeastern Iowa.
HCC played its 2,100th game on Dec. 4, 2010 vs. Harcum College.
With their 76-69 victory over Seward County on Jan. 3, 2010, the Blue Dragons moved past Moberly Area Community College for second place on the NJCAA all-time wins list.
With a 79-53 victory over Labette on Nov. 1, 2008, the Blue Dragons became only the third NJCAA program to post 1,500 victories. Win No. 1,400 came on Feb. 9, 2004 at Butler.
Dragons in national polls
Despite 10 wins against a tough schedule, the Blue Dragons tumbled 17 spots to No. 21 in the first regular-season NJCAA Men’s Division I basketball poll of the season this week.
The Blue Dragons opened the season at No. 4 in the preseason NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Poll.
This is the third time in fifth-year head coach Steve Eck’s tenure at HCC this his Blue Dragons have started the season ranked in the preseason poll. Last season HCC was No. 13 to start the season. Eck’s 2010-11 team also started fourth in the nation.
Last season, the Blue Dragons reached and spent four weeks as the nation’s No. 1 team. HCC has now been ranked in 18 consecutive NJCAA polls.
About the 2013-14 Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons lead the Jayhawk West in scoring average at 88.7 points per game. HCC has scored 80 or more points in 9 of 12 games and have reached the 100-point mark twice this season. The Blue Dragons are No. 4 in field-goal percentage 47.6 percent overall. HCC ranks eighth in 3-point percentage at 29.1 percent and are second in free-throw percentage at 70.2 percent.
+ The Dragons have improved defensively over the last three games. HCC still ranks last in the Jayhawk West in defensive scoring average (82.4 ppg.), seventh in field-goal defense (41.5 percent), and leads in the 3-point defense (30.4 percent)
+ All-American Kadeem Allen had a streak of five-consecutive 30-point games last weekend. No HCC player has ever had more than two consecutive 30-point games (Nate Brumfield was the last in 2006). Allen has a career-high of 35 points twice (Johnson County and Butler).
+ Allen is leading the Jayhawk West and is third in the nation in scoring at 27.0 points per game. He is shooting 46.8 percent overall, 32.8 percent from 3-point range and 75.5 percent from the free-throw line. He is averaging 6.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists (2nd in the Jayhawk West) and 2.4 steals per game (4th in the Jayhawk West).
+ Second-leading scorer DeShawn Freeman is out at least until second semester with an injury. He has now missed five games. Freeman was averaging 17.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the field.
+ Third-leading scorer Darrick Wood is also out for an extended period of time. He was averaging 11.4 points per game. Wood has missed three games.
+ Sophomore Tafari Whittingham is HCC’s leading rebounder with 8.42 boards per game, which ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West. He is averaging 9.4 points per game, but is shooting only 41.0 percent from the field. Whittingham has three double-doubles this season.
+ Sophomore Coreantae DeBerry continues to produce in the paint. DeBerry is now averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 58.8 percent, which ranks fifth in the Jayhawk West. DeBerry is also hitting 83.3 percent of his free throws, which now leads the Jayhawk West.
+ Sophomore Nathan Jackson has scored in double figures in 4 of his last 7 games. He is averaging 9.0 points while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. Jackson is also averaging 5.3 rebounds per game.
+ The Blue Dragons have been hot and cold in the rebounding department this season. They have been out-rebounded in 5 of 12 games. HCC is sixth in the Jayhawk West in rebounding at 44.3 boards per game. The Dragons allow 40.1 boards per contest.
+ HCC is turning the ball over 16.7 times per game and forcing 15.7 turnovers per game.
+ The Dragons are averaging 18.4 assists per game, which ranks second in the West.
+ HCC is second in the league in blocked shots with 5.1 per game or 56 total for the season.
+ Tony Turner takes over the Pirate men’s program after a long and successful run as the mentor of the Lady Pirates.
+ Independence, which started the season 3-7, has won two straight entering play on Saturday.
+ The Pirates are averaging 80.5 points per game offensively. Indy is shooting 46.0 percent overall and a very solid 35.9 percent from 3-point range on 70 made three pointers. Jerry Melton has 27 3-pointers and shoots 45.8 percent from long range. J.R. Owens has 21 made treys and shoots 36.2 percent.
+ Owens leads four Independence scorers in double figures at 17.1 points per game. Owns is shooting 44.7 percent overall.
+ Melton is second in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He is shooting 46.6 percent overall.
+ Brandon Roark missed seven games, but gives the Pirates another solid scoring punch. In just four games, Roark is averaging 16.5 points per game, shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 79 percent at the line.
+ Jimmie Duplessis is the fourth double-figure scorer at 12.8 points per game. He has 14 made 3s and shoots 35 percent, 43.1 percent overall.
+ Defensively, the Pirates surrender 76.5 points per game. Only four times have the Pirates held an opponent to less than 70 points. Opposing teams are shooting 40. percent overall and 32.4 percent from 3-point range.
+ The Pirates are averaging 41.8 rebounds per game, while giving up 35.0. Owns leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game.
+ The Pirates are averaging 14.6 turnovers, while forcing only 10.3.
+ Independence has an average of 13.6 assists per game. Four different players have at least 20 assists, led by Jajuan Taylor’s team-high 41 assists.
+ Indy averaged 4.5 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.
Series histories vs. Indy
This will be the 63rd meeting between Hutchinson and Independence in a series that started in 1931.
The Blue Dragons have won three in a row and 5 of the last 6 meetings with Independence.
Hutchinson has a 38-24 series advantage over Independence, which makes its first regular-season appearance at the Sports Arena since 2003.
(HCC Sports Information)
After an unexpected day off on Friday, the No. 5-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team gets back to work on Saturday with a single game in the HCC Winter Classic.
The Lady Dragons will play host to Jayhawk East rival Neosho County at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Panthers lost 73-56 to Garden City in Friday’s only game of the Winter Classic.
The reason for the schedule change was Mother Nature. The winter storm that belted the southern Plains states kept Southwestern Christian College, located in Terrell, Texas, from traveling to Hutchinson. That meant Friday’s game with HCC and Saturday’s with Garden City were canceled.
So now the Lady Dragons turn their attention to Neosho County and high-scoring guard Ashley Grant, the two-time reigning Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week.
Grant has scored 193 points in her last seven games, including a career-high 42 points against Brown Mackie last Saturday.
Hutchinson comes into the game with a bit of a chip in its shoulder. Off to a 10-0 start to the season, the Lady Dragons dropped two spots to No. 5 in the first regular-season NJCAA Division I poll.
The Lady Dragons come off their fifth-straight dominating performance with a 41-point victory over Iowa Lakes and a 68-point victory over Northwest Kansas Tech last week in the Ramada Thanksgiving Classic.
Sophomore Jamie Patrick had a career-high 38 points in helping the Lady Dragons to score the second-most points in program history.
GAME 11 - Hutch Winter Classic
No. 5 Hutchinson (10-0) vs. Neosho County (6-8)
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2013
Tipoff: 5:30 p.m.
Site: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS (Capacity: 7,000)
Radio: BDSN, 89.3 (in arena only), 5:20 p.m.
Internet, Audio, Live Stats: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 5:20 p.m.
Tickets: $7 - Reserved' $5 General Admission
HCC’s Sports Arena winning streak up to 89 games
Victories over San Jacinto and the Central Methodist JV last weekend extended the Lady Dragons’ team-record home-court winning streak to 89 games.
The current streak started with an 80-26 victory over Pratt on Jan. 28, 2009. The last team to defeat the Lady Dragons at the Sports Arena was Barton on Jan. 21, 2009.
HCC has won 103 of its last 105 games at home and are 116-3 at the Sports Arena under head coach John Ontjes.
HCC has had 13 streaks of at least 10 or more consecutive home victories.
Lady Dragons in the NJCAA National Poll
Despite reeling off 10-straight victories to open the season, the Lady Dragons dropped two spots in the first NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Poll of the season.
The Lady Dragons earned their highest preseason ranking in team history this season as HCC was picked No. 3 in the 2013-14 Preseason Poll.
This is the fifth-straight season that the HCC women have appeared in the NJCAA preseason poll. The No. 3 preseason pick is the highest in team history, topping last season’s starting point of No. 6.
HCC has been a part of the NJCAA poll for 52-straight and 62 of the last 63 polls. The Lady Dragons have been in the nation’s Top 10 for 34 consecutive polls.
Last season, the Lady Dragons achieved a No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA poll for the first time in program history. HCC held that spot for five weeks.
Noting The Lady Dragons
+ Offensively, the Lady Dragons rank third in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 83.6 points per game. HCC ranks third in the West in field-goal percentage (45.9 percent), second in 3-point percentage (33.1 percent) and fifth in free-throw percentage (66.7 percent). The Lady Dragons are fourth in the league in made 3-pointers at 4.80 per game.
+ Defensively, Hutchinson continues to be dominant. The Lady Dragons are allowing a Jayhawk West-low 45.3 points per game. The Lady Dragons are No. 1 in the West in defensive field-goal percentage (26.7 percent) and 3-point defense (21.4 percent).
+ Only two players are scoring in double figures in a balanced HCC offensive attack that has seven players averaging 7 or more points per game.
+ Averaging 22.2 points per game over her last five games, sophomore Jamie Patrick is HCC’s leading scorer at 17.4 points per contest, which is fourth in the Jayhawk West. Patrick is shooting 47.5 percent overall, but ranks seventh in the league in 3-point percentage at 29-4 percent and is third in made 3’s (1.5/game). She is shooting 75.0 percent from the free-throw. Patrick is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.
+ With 82 career 3-point field goals, Patrick is 11th all-time and is eight short of the career Top 10.
+ Freshman Kalani Purcell is second on the team in scoring and is 11th in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Purcell is shooting 50.0 percent from the field. She leads the Lady Dragons and ranks fourth in the Jayhawk West in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. Purcell leads the league in steals (3.80/game) and is third in blocked shots (1.50/game).
+ Sophomore point guard Jen’Von’Ta Hill is third in scoring at 9.2 points per game. She is shooting 33.3 percent overall, 34.6 percent from 3-point range and 69.0 percent from the foul line. Hill leads the Jayhawk West in assists at 5.90 per game. She is now No. 14 on the career assists list with 202.
+ Sophomore Briana Starks is averaging 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
+ Sophomore Kiarra Jones is seventh the Jayhawk West in field-goal percentage at 55.8 percent from the floor. She is sixth in the league in rebounds at 8.2 per game. Jones is averaging 8.6 points per game.
+ Freshman Chelsea Dewey is averaging 8.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Freshman Shakira Harding is averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
+ The Lady Dragons are the top rebounding team in the West at 51.8 rebounds per game. HCC has had eight consecutive games of 50 or more rebounds this season. HCC is allowing 34.4 boards per game and leads the Jayhawk West in rebounding margin at plus-17.3.
+ The Lady Dragons are averaging 21.1 assists per game.
+ Turnovers have been an issue for HCC so far this season. The Lady Dragons are turning the ball over 18.4 times per game, while forcing 24.1 turnovers per game. Shockingly, opponents haven’t been able to take full advantage of the Lady Dragon miscues. The first eight opponents have averaged only 8.83 points off turnovers per game. Another statistical oddity is that the Lady Dragons are averaging the third fewest turnovers per game of the eight teams in the Jayhawk West this season.
+ Hutchinson is second in the Jayhawk West in team steals at 13.50 steals per game. The Lady Dragons are also second in the league in blocked shots at 4.80 rejections per game.
Scouting Neosho County
+ High-scoring guard Ashley Grant is 15th in the nation in scoring at 20.8 points per game. She ranks fourth in the Jayhawk East in scoring. Coming into the weekend, she was shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and was 66 of 100 from the free-throw line. Grant also averages 8.1 rebounds per game.
+ Danielle Randle is a solid second-leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. She is shooting 39.9 percent and averages 6.2 rebounds per game.
+ Danel Stithem has a team-high 27 3-pointers and shoots 29 percent from long range. She is averages 11.0 points per game.
+ As a team, the Panthers are averaging 73.8 points per game, shooting 34.0 percent from the field overall and 25.6 percent from 3-point range. NCCC shoots 65.8 percent from the foul line.
+ Defense has been a struggle at times. Neosho County has allowed 80 or more points in a game seven times and 70 or more points, 11 times. The Panthers are allowing teams to shoot 42.2 percent overall and 28.0 percent from 3-point range.
+ Neosho County is averaging 47.8 rebounds per game, but is allowing 48.0 per contest.
Series Histories vs. Neosho County
Hutchinson and Neosho County will meet for the 20th time on Saturday night in a series that began back in 1986.
The Lady Dragons have owns the series with the Panthers, winning 16-consecutive games and owning an 18-1 overall record.
The Lady Dragons are 11-1 vs. Neosho County in the Sports Arena.
The Hutchinson Community College football team will close out the 2013 season on Saturday when Dakota College at Bottineau comes to Gowans Stadium for the fifth annual Salt City Bowl.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised statewide by Cox Kansas Channel 22. The Blue Dragon Sports Network’s live video will be blocked out in the state of Kansas, but will be available outside of the Sunflower State.
The Blue Dragons will be playing in their 18th bowl game in team history. The Lumberjacks are making their first bowl appearance. Hutchinson is completing his 82nd year of football. Dakota College is completing its fifth, and at 8-2 has its first winning season in team history.
Hutchinson is 7-4 entering the 2013 Salt City Bowl after playing the toughest schedule in the NJCAA this season. Of HCC’s first 11 opponents, six have been nationally ranked. The Dragons are 3-3 in those games.
The Blue Dragons twice this season came tantalizingly close to ending Butler’s stranglehold on the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI. HCC dropped a six-overtime 19-16 decision in October in the game that decided the league. Two weeks later, the Dragons rallied from 14 points down only to lose 24-21 on a last-minute field goal to the Grizzlies.
Hutchinson has won a team-record five-straight bowl games.
The Lumberjacks put together a six-game winning streak together to clinch their first-ever winning season. Dakota College, an NJCAA Independent, last played on Nov. 9 and defeated Trinity Bible 6-0.
Game 12: Hutchinson vs. Dakota College
2013 Salt City Bowl
Saturday, December 7, 2013
At : Hutchinson, KS
Kickoff: 1:07 p.m.
Stadium: Gowans Stadium (Capacity: 5,500)
TV: Cox Kansas Channel 22 (Mark Ewing, Play-by-Play; Rich Baldinger, color; Nick McCabe, sidelines), 1 p.m.
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM (1450) (Rusty Hilst, Play-by-Play; Rob Dreher, color; Glen Grunwald, sidelines), 12:50 p.m.
Internet Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, (Tape-delayed in Kansas; live outside of Kansas), 12:50 p.m.
Live Stats: www.hutchcc.edu/livestats
NJCAA Ranking: No. 18
Last Game: Lost to No. 6 Butler 24-21
Coach: Rion Rhoades, 7th season
NJCAA Ranking: unranked
Last Game: Def. Trinity Bible College 6-0
Coach: Tim Pfeifer, 4th season
Blue Dragons Make 18th Bowl Appearance
The fifth-annual Salt City Bowl will be the Blue Dragons’ 18th bowl appearance in the program’s 82-year history. The Blue Dragons are 9-6-2 in bowl games.
The Salt City Bowl is the eighth different bowl the Blue Dragons have participated in. HCC has won a school-record five-straight bowl games.
Last season, HCC defeated Iowa Central 41-21. Two years ago, The Blue Dragons defeated Lackawanna College 70-20. Three years ago, the Blue Dragons downed Eastern Arizona 42-21 and four seasons ago, the Dragons rallied to defeat New Mexico Military 22-14.
Before 2009, the last bowl game HCC played in was the 2004 Heart of Texas Bowl against No. 14 Tyler Junior College. Kicker Kevin Coleman kicked five field goals, including a school-record 47-yarder to lead the Blue Dragons to a 15-10 victory over the Apaches.
The Salt City Bowl will be the seventh time that Hutchinson has played a bowl game on its home turf. In addition the four Salt City Bowls, Hutchinson played in the 1947 and 1949 Salt Bowl.
This will be the 11th bowl that Hutchinson has played within the borders of Kansas. HCC has played two bowls in Hutchinson, the 1969 and 1970 Sterling Silver Bowls in Sterling, Kan., and the 1948 and 1949 Wheat Bowls in Wichita.
HCC head coach Rion Rhoades played on the 1993 and 1994 Blue Dragon bowl-eligible teams that qualified for the Valley of the Sun Bowl.
Series History vs. Dakota College
This will be the first meeting ever between Hutchinson and Dakota College, which is located in Bottineau, N.D., seven miles from the Canadian border.
This will not be the first game for Hutchinson against a school from North Dakota, however. Back in 1992, the Blue Dragons play North Dakota State School of Science at Gowans Stadium. HCC won the game 34-19.
Playing games against teams located north of the state of Kansas has been rare in the 82-year history of the program. Saturday’s Salt City Bowl meeting with Dakota College will be only the 19th time in 797 games that the Blue Dragons will play against an opponent located north of Kansas.
Noting The Blue Dragons
+ The 2013 Blue Dragons were 7-4 this season, finishing in a three-way tie for second place with Dodge City and Highland in the Jayhawk Conference with 5-2 records.
+ HCC went on the road to defeat Dodge City 21-6 in the semifinals of the Region VI Playoffs to earn a fourth-straight berth in the regional title game. The Blue Dragons were defeated by Butler 24-21 on a last-minute field goal.
+ Injuries have played a major role in the 2013 season for Hutchinson. In the overtime loss at Dodge City in September, HCC was missing six starters. That number went up to eight starters against Fort Scott and Butler to close the regular season. With four weeks off, the health of the Blue Dragons is as good as it has been all season.
+ The Blue Dragons wound up ranking second in the Jayhawk Conference in scoring at 35.7 points per game. HCC ranked third in pass offense (219.3 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (153.3 ypg) and fifth in total offense (372.5 ypg)
+ With the absence of sophomore quarterback Luke Barnes - he was lost for the season in Week 8 vs. Fort Scott - and his 14 Blue Dragon passing records, freshman Frankie Seurer has stepped in to run the Blue Dragon offense. Over the last six games, Seurer has completed 79 of 132 passes for 925 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Against Fort Scott, Seurer helped lead the biggest comeback in Blue Dragon history by accounting for five touchdowns and throwing for 234 yards on 14 completions.
+ Freshman Chris Murray, who owns a school-record 13 receptions against Highland for a career-high 207 receiving yards, leads the Blue Dragons with 60 receptions, 724 yards and nine touchdowns. Jabril Soloman has 577 receiving yards on 33 receptions and six touchdowns. Out of the backfield, Mike Blakely has 22 catches for 194 yards.
+ The Blue Dragon running game has improved dramatically since a slow start through the first three games. Freshman Chase Abbington, who had a career-high 138 yards vs. Dodge City on Nov. 3, has been a savior for HCC in the backfield with all the injuries. Abbington leads HCC on the ground with 748 yards on 153 carries and eight TDs. The Dragons are averaging 3.7 yards with 23 rushing touchdowns.
+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons have been up and down, but in the last three games, the Dragons have been exceptional. The Dragons finished second in scoring defense at 20.6 points per game allowed and third total defense (282.9 ypg). HCC allowed 115.5 rushing yards per game (second in the KJCCC) and 167.4 pass yards per game (third in KJCCC).
+ The Blue Dragons have forced 32 takeaways (23 interceptions, 9 fumbles) this season. The 23 interceptions rank third nationally.
+ Sophomore transfer Jaylon Myers is tied for the national lead in interceptions with eight. He tied a school record for three picks against Coffeyville on Aug. 24 and had two picks against Highland on Sept. 28. Myers is out with an injury.
+ HCC’s defense has 29 quarterback sacks. Freshman defensive end Marquavius Lewis leads the Blue Dragons with 6.5 sacks. Freshman Claude George has six sacks and a team-high 15 quarterback hurries. Jeremiah Ledbetter has 6.0 sacks.
+ Sophomore linebacker Brock Long has a team-high 96 tackles. He had a career-high 16 tackles against Fort Scott. Jeremiah Ledbetter has 69 and sophomore Zack Weekly has 63 tackles.
+ Freshman kicker Ryan Weese has kicked 10 of 17 field goals, making nine straight to start the season. Weese tied a school record with a 47-yard field goal against Butler on Oct. 26. He is 47 of 50 on extra-point tries. Weese has also been strong on kickoffs with 17 touchbacks and an opponent’s starting average of its own 27-yard line.
+ HCC’s return teams have been strong. HCC’s kickoff returns have averaged a league-leading 22.6 yards per attempt with 14 going for 30 yards or better. HCC’s punt return team is averaging 15.2 yards per return. Chris Murray has a 78-yard return for a touchdown this season and Mike Blakely has a 57-yard return for a score.
Noting Dakota College
+ This has been a breakthrough season for the Lumberjacks, who are just in their fifth season of football at the North Dakota school known for its seven national hockey championships. Prior to this 8-2 season, the Lumberjacks had a four-year record of 9-20.
+ Dakota College is located in Bottineau, N.D., which is just seven miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. The football team has players from 16 states and four from Washington D.C. Only three players on the roster are from North Dakota.
+ Dakota College is averaging 29.7 points per game this season, a program best. The Lumberjacks average 162.1 rushing yards, 164.0 passing yards and 326.1 total yards per game this season.
+ Defensively, the ‘Jacks have two shutouts and are surrendering 19.5 points per game. DC@B is ninth in the nation in rushing defense at 69.8 points per game. They allow 184.9 passing yards and 254.7 total yards per game.
+ Shazzon Mumphrey is Dakota College’s quarterback. He had completed 103 of 225 passes this season for 1,559 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Mumphrey has rushed for 100 yards and two scores, but has fumbled the ball 10 times, losing five.
+ Jamarr Patterson is the Lumberjacks’ top rusher with 605 yards on 121 carries with six touchdowns and a 5.0 yard-per-carry average. Jeremey Hill has played in only six games, but has 411 yards and a 10.5 yards-per-carry average. Willie Fair, the back-up quarterback, has 225 rushing yards.
+ Jonathan Parks leads the receiving corps with 33 catches for 511 yards and six touchdowns. Delquan Jackson has 17 grabs for 253 yards and two scores. Kenavis Stewart has 11 catches for 170 yards. Dontreal Brown had eight receptions, but for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
+ Dakota College has a strong return game. Da’Robert Tezina is averaging 28.9 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown. Jonathan Parks has seven punt returns for an average of 28.7 yards and a 71-yard touchdown.
+ Defensively, the Lumberjacks are led by DeAndre Norris, who has 60 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. O’Brea Williams has 57 tackles.
+ The Lumberjacks have 36 takeaways this season (21 interceptions, 15 fumbles). Kaelin Mozee has a team-high five interceptions.
+ Dakota College had a season-high 482 total yards against Cole College on Sept. 14. The Lumberjacks threw for a season-high 343 yards in that same game.
(HCC Sports Information)
For the third-straight year, the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team has produced a first-team NJCAA All-American.
Jen Rogers earned first-team honors after the 5-foot-6 redshirt freshman from Liverpool, England, put together a huge season in a year where HCC’s overall offensive numbers were down.
Rogers joins Danielle Sheehy (2012) and Melissa Hetherington (2011) as the only Lady Dragon first-team All-Americans. Rogers becomes the ninth Lady Dragon women’s soccer player to earn All-America soccer honors.
Earlier this season, Rogers became the fourth-straight Lady Dragon to be named the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Rogers had 33 goals, five assists and 71 points for the season. She ranks sixth in goals scored and 11th in points in NJCAA Division I. Rogers racked up 11 multi-point goals, 10 multi-goal games; give game-winning goals and five penalty kicks, going 5 for 5 on PKs this season.
Her singular moment this season came in the Region VI opening round at Coffeyville where, with Hutchinson trailing 1-0, Rogers scored the game-tying goal with less than 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Rogers, who played hurt all season long, scored the game-winner by sprinting stride-for-stride with a Coffeyville player and then created space with a special crossover move. The double-overtime tally came with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Rogers’ 33 goals are the third-most scored in a season by a Lady Dragon player. She is the fourth player in HCC history to score 30 goals in a season. Rogers already ranks sixth in career goals.
Her 71 points ranks fourth on the single-season list and is 10th on the career list. Her five game-winning goals ties for fifth single season and ties for sixth on the career list.
Rogers had two five-goal games, which ties for the third most in a game. She had four hat tricks this season. Her single-game high of 12 points against Garden City tied for the third-most in a game.
(HCC Sports Information)
Hutchinson Community College outside hitter Teresa Wade became only the third Lady Dragon volleyball player in program history to earn multiple NJCAA All-America honors on Thursday.
With the release of the 2013 NJCAA All-America Volleyball teams, Wade earned Division I honorable mention honors.
Wade joins Mariana Blum and Ludmila Amaral as the only two-time Lady Dragon All-Americans. Wade earned second-team All-America honors last season. Blum was a two-time first-team All-American and Amaral earned second-team and first-team honors.
Wade’s selection to the 2013 All-America team is the 11th in Hutchinson volleyball history.
The 5-foot-10 outside hitter from St. John, Kan., completed a spectacular career by leading the 2013 Lady Dragons to a second-straight Jayhawk West title, second-straight Region VI crown and back-to-back trips to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Named Jayhawk West Player of the Year for the second-straight year, Wade firmly entrenched herself in the Lady Dragon volleyball record books. She was part of only the fourth sophomore class who played in the national tournament in both seasons at Hutchinson.
This season Wade has amassed 482 kills in 138 sets played (3.49 kills per set) while hitting .230. She posted 19 double-doubles this season and had four matches of 20 kills or more. She was named the Jayhawk West Player of the Week twice this season.
Wade was second on the team in digs this season with 409 and is averaged 2.96 per set. She is also averaged 0.30 blocks and 0.07 service aces per set.
During the Region VI Tournament, Wade averaged 4.57 kills per set and hit .302. She also averaged 3.07 digs per set.
Wade’s 482 kills this season were the third most in team history. Her 3.49 kills per set ranked fourth best for a season. Her 1,416 attacks were the second-most swings taken individually.
For her career, Wade will finish at No. 2 in career kills at Hutchinson with 896. She was fifth in career kills per set (3.25) and 10th in career digs (749).
Wade has six career matches of 20 or more kills and 31 career double-doubles, which ranks sixth all time and second among non-setters. Wade earned KJCCC Weekly Player honors five times in her career.
(HCC Sports Information)
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FRIDAY’S HCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME WITH SW CHRISTIAN CANCELED
BLUE DRAGONS MAKE KEY PLAYS DOWN THE STRETCH TO DEFEAT FRANK PHILLIPS
LADY DRAGONS SAIL PAST IOWA LAKES TO OPEN RAMADA THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
BLUE DRAGONS FACE MORE CHALLENGES IN RAMADA THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
LADY DRAGONS GREET IOWA LAKES, NW KANSAS TECH FOR THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
BLUE DRAGONS GET ROAD WIN, DEFEAT ALLEN FOR 10TH-STRAIGHT TIME
LADY DRAGONS FALL IN OPENER OF NJCAA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
LADY DRAGONS SET FOR NATIONALS SHOWDOWN OPENER WITH WNCC
BLUE DRAGONS FALL BY 2 IN NAILBITER AGAINST GRIZZLIES
BLUE DRAGONS TRAVEL TO EL DORADO FOR REMATCH WITH GRIZZLIES
BLUE DRAGONS SURVIVE EPIC DOUBLE-OVERTIME BATTLE WITH NEO
LADY DRAGON DEFENSE SHUTS DOWN SOUTH PLAINS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
ALLEN’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE POWERS BLUE DRAGONS PAST REDLANDS
LADY DRAGONS NEED HUGE RALLY TO KNOCK OFF FORT CARSON
ALLEN, WHITTINGHAM, DeBERRY INK PLANS FOR THE FUTURE