All-Jayhawk Conference goalkeeper Jennifer Currie had a career day on Saturday in the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team’s season opener.
But No. 17 Iowa Central wound up spoiling Opening Day for the 11th-ranked Blue Dragons as the Tritons edged HCC 1-0 at the Salthawk Sports Complex. The Blue Dragons drop their first season opener since 2006 and their first home opener since 2005, the program’s first year of existence.
While Hutchinson was playing its first game of the 2015 season, Saturday was Iowa Central’s fourth. The Tritons (4-0) on Friday defeated Barton 6-2 in Great Bend.
The first 15 minutes had that exact look as seasoned Tritons overwhelmed the Blue Dragons, who had six freshmen in the starting lineup.
Just 1 minute, 10 seconds into the game, ICCC’s Tamara Quieiroz drove a rising shot from 25 yards out that a leaping Currie got a hand on and the ball then deflected off the cross bar. With the ball loose in the box and Currie out of position following her first save, Paige Savery kicked in the rebound 4 seconds later to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead.
Currie continued to be tested often and was equal to the task, coming up big for the Blue Dragons time after time.
The sophomore keeper wound up with 15 saves, which tied Carly McArthur (Johnson County, 2006) for the second-most saves in a game by a Blue Dragon keeper. She made two saves on second-half breakaways that kept the game at a one-goal deficit for Hutchinson.
Currie’s previous high for saves was eight in a 0-0 draw last season at Allen Community College. She’s the first Hutchinson keeper to record 10 or more saves in a game since Vickie Dukart’s 12 saves on Nov. 2, 2013 against Coffeyville in a Region VI Tournament opening-round game.
The Blue Dragons never could generate any sustained offense against a talented Iowa Central team that owned the midfield for the full 90 minutes.
Hutchinson didn’t get a shot off until the 30th minute and wound up getting out-shot 16-3. Iowa Central attempted 32 shots to HCC’s nine.
It’s the first time that the Blue Dragons have been held to three shots on goal or less since Oct. 11, 2013 against Butler.
Offensive chances were few for HCC. Late in the first half, the sophomore Aleise Williams looked to be on a breakaway just seconds before the halftime whistle, but Iowa Central’s defense recovered and Williams was unable to pull the trigger on a shot.
HCC’s other best chance came on a Karrie McNutt hard shot on the ground that hit a rough patch of grass in front of Triton goalkeeper Nicole Medeiros and to a tough hop that she managed to stop. Medeiros had three saves.
The Blue Dragons return home on Wednesday for their Jayhawk Conference opener in a 5 p.m. matchup against Pratt at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 9-2 in home openers and 8-3 in season openers. … This was HCC’s first-ever meeting with Iowa Central. … This was the 13th time in team history that HCC was held to three shots on goal or less. … HCC had two corner kicks to ICCC’s one.
(HCC Sports Information)
A look at the first decade of women’s soccer at Hutchinson Community College shows a lot of success.
For proof, these numbers …
+ 151 victories in 189 total games played;
+ 10 winning seasons;
+ 10 berths in the Region VI Tournament semifinals;
+ 6 Region VI Tournament championship game appearances;
+ 3 Region VI championships;
+ 4 Jayhawk Conference championships.
So what does Sammy Lane do for an encore as the second decade of Blue Dragon women’s soccer is set to begin?
“Do more!,” said Lane, the program’s only head coach in team history. “Hopefully, I will be doing this for the next decade where we can get more than 151 wins. We are excited to get it going.”
HCC’s 2015 season begins on Saturday in a nationally ranked matchup as the No. 11 Blue Dragons play host to No. 17 Iowa Central at 2 p.m. at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
One year ago, Hutchinson recaptured the Jayhawk Conference championship for the first time since 2011 and advanced all the way to the Region VI championship match, finishing the season 15-2-1.
The 2014 Blue Dragons’ offense was singularly focused around All-American Jen Rogers (17 goals, 11 assists, 45 points in 2014). There were also times that HCC struggled in the midfield both offensively and defensively. HCC’s 74 goals in 2014 were the third fewest in program history and the 18 goals allowed were the seventh most in program history.
Lane said the lack of a diverse offense and suspect midfield play has hopefully been taken care of for 2015.
“We had some good players last year, but we had to address the overall athleticism of the team,” Lane said. “At times in midfield (last year), it was easy to run through us just because of the athleticism.
“We had Jen and everything went through Jen. I think this year you will see a lot more goal scorers.”
The 2015 Blue Dragons will have to replace their top for scores from last season, but two returning players emerged from 2014 with tremendous scoring potential. Sophomore Aleise Williams (Manhattan, KS) scored nine goals last season and sophomore Renee Gillespie (Wichita) had seven, including the overtime game-winner vs. Butler and the game-winner in the Region VI semifinals vs. Barton.
Both have great speed. Williams, a second-team all-conference performer, had one hat trick last year, and in Gillespie’s case, all of her offense (5 assists, 19 points) came in the final 10 games of the season. She earned first-team all-Jayhawk and all-Region VI honors.
“They both have looked really good at practice,” Lane said of Williams and Gillespie. “Aleise always had that speed, but now she has some composure and skill to go with it. Renee is so explosive, it’s almost impossible to mark her.”
Adding to what Lane hopes will be scoring depth are a pair of Hutchinson High products in Jordan Downing and Jazmin Hartshorn. Downing scored a Hutchinson High record 102 career goals. Jordan Smith is another prolific goal scorers from Wichita.
The midfield will be anchored by sophomore Karrie McNutt (Winfield, KS), who earned second-team all-Jayhawk honors in 2014 after producing four goals and six assists. McNutt will be the lone sophomore in the midfield. In-state midfielders Dayna Johnson (Wichita) and Victoria Padilla (Wichita) will help improve the athleticism in 2015. International players Natalie Bianco (Guernsey, Germany), Georgia Lumpton (Lancaster, England) and Georgia Warren (Wexford, Ireland) will figure into the midfield rotation.
“Karrie can cover a lot of ground because she is so physically fit and she scored some big goals for us last year,” Lane said. “She’s gotta do a lot of work for us in the midfield because she is surrounded by freshmen. She’s an unsung hero because she covers the ground, she makes the tackle, she makes the passes and others might get the glory because of all the work Karrie does.”
Sophomore Courtney Boswell (Wichita) is the lone sophomore on the defensive line. Lane has done a bit of retooling to bolster the back line.
Freshman Madison Pollock (Winfield) was moved to fullback after playing mostly as a forward/midfielder in her career. Camia Blash (Waynesville, MO) was brought in as a forward, but was also moved to fullback.
“Madison’s really taken to (switching to fullback),” Lane said. She’s very quick and athletic. Camia is a big, strong girl who can play on the outside. Olivia Chan (Manchester, England) is a highly touted defender.
Hutchinson returns all-Jayhawk Conference first-team goalkeeper Jennifer Currie (Longriddry, Scotland). She went 14-2-1 last season with eight shutouts with a 0.98 goals-against average. Freshman Molly Fiser (Manhattan, KS) will also see time in goal this season.
“I like the overall balance of the team,” Lane said. “We aren’t so self-reliant this year. We have plenty of players we can fill plenty of holes with.”
Butler, Hutchinson and Johnson County and Barton are the four favorites to make a run at the Jayhawk Conference title. Butler already owns shutout wins over the Nos. 2 and 8 teams in the nation.
Before that, the Blue Dragons open on Saturday with No. 17 Iowa Central, now 3-0 after a 6-2 victory over Barton on Friday in Great Bend.
“It will be a great test for us,” Lane said. “We will find out straight-away where we are sitting.”
HCC will also have a very strong Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa team on the schedule in non-conference play. That will be Sept. 15 in Tonkawa. HCC travels to Johnson County on Sept. 19. The Blue Dragons will have Barton at home on Oct. 7 and Butler at the Salthawk Sports Complex on Oct. 16.
(By Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Informatin Director)
The defending Jayhawk Conference champion Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team was ranked No. 7 in the preseason Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll, which was released on Friday.
The 2015-16 Blue Dragons have four returning players, one Division I transfer and three freshmen this year. Head Coach Chris Young, who has taken the Blue Dragons to 15-straight NJCAA national tournaments, begins his 17th season when HCC travels to the West Texas A&M Fall Classic on September 14-15 in Amarillo, Texas.
Last season, the Blue Dragons won their first conference crown since 2011. The Dragons finished second in Region VI and had its first Top 10 national finish wince 2009 with a ninth-place showing.
Eastern Florida State is the preseason No. 1 pick. Defending national champion Indian Hills and Odessa tied for second. McLennan College was fourth and reigning Region VI champion Dodge City is fifth.
Sophomore Chase Coble returns after earning second-team NJCAA second-team All-America honors. Coble finished 12th in the 2015 NJCAA Tournament, he lead the entire field after Day 1.
Sophomore Lewis Schenk earned second-team PING All-America honors. He finished 32nd at the NJCAA championships last season.
Also returning is redshirt sophomore Dax Shaw, who missed last season with an injury. As a freshman in 2012-13, Shaw helped the Blue Dragons win the Region VI championship.
(HCC Sports Information)
BUSHNELL GOLFWEEK NJCAA DIVISION I PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team Points Final 2015 rank
1. Eastern Florida State (1) 54 T2
2. Indian Hills (3) 49 1
2. Odessa College (2) 49 4
4. McLennan College 44 T2
5. Dodge City 27 7
6. Wallace State 26 5
7. Hutchinson 23 9
8. Central Alabama 14 T11
9. Iowa Western 13 15
10. New Mexico Junior College 9 8
Others receiving votes: Darton (7); Western Texas (5); Faulkner State (5); Midland College (4); Eastern Arizona College (2).
First-place votes in parenthesis
The No. 6-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team won its eighth-consecutive season opener on Thursday night after rolling up 608 total yards in a 70-0 blanking of the Sterling College Junior Varsity at Gowans Stadium.
This was the first meeting in football between Hutchinson and Sterling College since 1946.
Hutchinson tied for the third-most points scored in a game in team history, getting scores from six different players in a variety of ways – a punt return for touchdown, interception for touchdown, one touchdown pass and seven rushing scores.
The 70-point margin of victory tied a 70-0 win over Independence in 2011 for third largest in team history.
The Blue Dragons (1-0) showed depth at running back with 392 yards on the ground, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Freshman Blaik Middleton made an immediate splash with 103 rushing yards on only three carries, scoring twice on runs of 1 and 58 yards.
Treyvon Paulk had 13 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Tyren Jones rushed for 84 yards on five carries and a score. Tre Griffin added 75 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Kylen Binn completed 12 of 16 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.
DeQuan Bowman had a huge night. First, his 81-yard punt return in the first quarter was HCC’s first score of the season. Bowman then caught six passes for 74 yards. Logan Mays had career bests of four catches and 65 yards and his first career touchdown.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons held Sterling to minus-four yards in the first half and 138 yards for the game. The Warriors’ deepest drives into the Blue Dragon territory both ended by interceptions. The Warriors got to the Hutch 34 when Hunter Delgado picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Sterling then drove to the Dragon 11. That drive was snuffed by a Josh Amanfo pick.
The Blue Dragons scored their first two touchdowns of the season just 1 minute, 27 seconds apart. First, Bowman wowed the Gowans Stadium crown with his 81-yard punt return. Then after a quick three-and-out following a Dragon fumble, Jones burst 36 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8:29 remaining in the first quarter. HCC made it 21-0 after Paulk’s 2-yard TD run with 2:56 remaining that capped off an 85-yard, 11-play scoring drive.
The lead grew to 35-0 just 19 minutes, 36 seconds into the game. Mays’ 33-yard touchdown reception and Griffin’s 4-yard TD run with 10:24 to play in the second quarter put HCC by 35.
The Dragons scored 28 points in the third quarter on Griffin’s 7-yard score and 1-yard scores from Griffin and Middleton. Delgado’s 75-yard pick-six made it 63-0 with 45 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Middleton had the last big play when he sprinted through the line and found open space for a 58-yard touchdown and a 70-0 lead with 3:24 remaining.
The Blue Dragons will travel to Fort Scott on Sept. 5 for a 7 p.m. game against the Greyhounds.
GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons had their 138th shutout in program history. … HCC is 7-0 all-time against Sterling College, playing the Warriors for the first time since 1946. … The Blue Dragons are now 16-2 all-time against NAIA programs. … At halftime, the Blue Dragons held a 403 to minus-5 yard total yard advantage. … The Blue Dragons tied 2011 games against both Independence and Lackawanna for the fifth-most points scored in program history. … The 10 touchdowns tied for the fourth most in a game. … It’s the first time HCC surpassed the 70-point mark since scoring 75 against Independence in 2012. … The Blue Dragons are now 48-34-2 in season openers and 58-24-2 in home openers.
Hutchinson Community College opens its 84th season of football on Thursday when the No. 6 Blue Dragons play host to the Sterling College Junior Varsity at 7 p.m. at Gowans Stadium.
The Blue Dragons open a new season as the defending Jayhawk Conference champion for the first time since 1995. Last season, HCC went 11-1, won a sixth-straight Salt City Bowl and finished fourth in the final NJCAA poll, its highest final national ranking ever.
That finish has placed a lot of preseason attention squarely on the Blue Dragons. HCC is sixth in the NJCAA preseason poll and Jayhawk Conference favorites. The JC Gridwire Dirty 30 as Hutchinson ranked No. 2.
HCC will try to do something in 2015 that has never been done before in program history ... repeat as league football champion. HCC won the 1947 league title and won only Jayhawk Division championships in both 1948 and 1949.
Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades opens his ninth season on the Hutch sidelines with four starters returning on offense, three on defense and one on special teams. HCC will have to replace five All-Americans and two conference players of the year.
Thursday’s opener will be only the seventh time ever that Hutchinson opens a season against a non-NJCAA affiliated team. The last time that happened was last season against Bethany College JV. It also happened in 1931, 1935, 1941 and 1988 and 1995.
The Blue Dragons have won seven-straight season openers.
Game 1: Hutchinson (0-0) vs. Sterling College JV (0-0)
When: Thursday, August 27, 2015
At: Hutchinson, KS
Stadium: Gowans Stadium
Series Record: Hutchinson leads 6-0
Last Meeting: Hutchinson, 24-0, 1946
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In 83 season openers, the Blue Dragons have a record of 47-34-2. Hutchinson is 12-3 in season openers since 2000 and has won its last seven after a 45-7 victory over the Bethany College Junior Varsity last season.
HCC’s longest season-opening winning streak in team history is 11 from 1994 to 2004.
The Blue Dragons are even better in home openers, going 57-24-2 at Gowans Stadium.
The Blue Dragons are 12-3 since 2000 in home openers and had won seven-straight in the first games of seasons at the friendly confines of Gowans Stadium before their 2013 setback against No. 3 Navarro College.
The 2015 opener will be only the seventh time ever that Hutchinson opens a season against a non-NJCAA affiliated team. Before last season, the last time that happened was 1995 against Air Force Prep. It also happened in 1931 (McPherson College), 1935 (Sterling College), 1941 (Kansas Wesleyan JV) and 1988 (Pittsburg State JV).
Series History vs. Sterling College JV
Thursday’s game with the Sterling College Junior Varsity will be the seventh meeting every and the first since 1946.
The Blue Dragons own a 6-0 record over the Warriors, posting five shutouts. The combined score of those six meetings is 133-7.
Overall against NAIA competition, the Blue Dragons are 15-2.
Noting The Blue Dragons
+ Offensively last season, the Blue Dragons ranked third in the Jayhawk Conference at 42.7 points per game. They led the league in rushing at 267.4 yards per game and were middle of the pack in passing at 225.0 yards per game.
+ Returning starting quarterback Kylen Binn played in 11 games in 2014 and threw for a team-high 1,508 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Binn completed 113 of 214 passes and was also a threat to run with 66 net rushing yards and three touchdowns.
+ HCC will have to replace 2014 Jayhawk Offensive Player of the Year Alvin Kamara. For that matter, the Dragon stable of backs will all be new this season.
Alabama transfer running back Tyren Jones (5-11, 218, Marietta, GA) and Tennessee transfer Treyvon Paulk (5-9, 201, Cumming, GA) come to HCC this season. Also watch for highly-touted in-state running back Blaik Middleton (5-10, 175), a Class 6A all-state selection last season from state runner-up Hutchinson High.
+ Four players return from a very good offensive line that paved the way for the third-highest scoring team in Blue Dragon football history.
One of the most-sought after offensive linemen in the junior college class of 2015 is Blue Dragon sophomore Tate Leavitt (6-6, 315, Thornville, OH), who is drawing interest from schools in all five Power 5 conferences.
Brendon Blackburn (6-0, 285, Fort Scott, KS), a returning starter, Tanner Stallings (6-1, 295, Sterling, KS), and Zane Vickers (6-1, 285, Haysville, KS) are back. East Carolina transfer Larry Williams (6-5, 339, Wilmington, NC) will also bolster the depth at tackle.
+ DeQuan Bowman was third in 2014 in receptions with 34 and second in receiving yards with 536. He scored four touchdowns as a receiver.
+ Defensively, Hutchinson led the conference in scoring defense (20.4 points per game) and rush defense (104.5 yards per game). HCC was second in total defense at 308.4 yards per game.
+ Returning defensive tackle Greg Webb (6-2, 310, Erial, NJ) will anchor the defensive line. Webb is the leading returning tackler from the defensive line with 48 total tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss.
+ Linebacker Kyle Wilson was the fourth-leading tackler for the Blue Dragons last season with 82 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. Wilson possessed sideline-to-sideline speed and was adept at coming from the back side to disrupt plays.
Leslie Maruo (6-1, 225, Goddard, KS) also returns and will start at middle linebacker. He was in more of a reserve and special teams’ role last season, Maruo had 22 tackles and a fumble recovery. Joining Wilson and Maruo in the starting lineup is freshman Josh Amanfo (6-0, 231, Rex, GA). Freshman Colby Turner (5-11, 217, Hutchinson), Landon Smith (6-1, 220, Clearwater, KS) and Chance Sowers (5-10, 213, Valley Center, KS) will also figure into the rotation.
+ Jarrod Sanders (5-11, 175, Flomation, AL) is the only returning starter in the defensive secondary. A safety last season, Sanders made 42 tackles, intercepted three passes and broke up three more passes.
Redshirt freshman Hunter Delgado (6-0, 178, Garden City), freshman Joe Smith (6-0, 201, Lawrenceville, GA) and freshman Jordan Noil (6-2, 183, Norcross, GA) will add to the depth at safety.
At cornerback, there will be new faces all the way around. The only player with measurable playing experience is Rashid Arnold (5-11, 175, Wichita) who played in eight games and had 14 tackles and two passes broken up. Redshirt freshman D.J. Shamlee (6-2, 184, Columbia SC) nearly made the 2014 roster.
+ Sophomore Kassidy Lemons (6-0, 186, Hutchinson) returns as the placekicker. Lemons connected on 54 of 58 extra points and was 5 of 6 on field goals with a long of 32 yards. Freshman Nathan Burditt (6-1, 161, Overland Park, KS) will be the starting punter and hold on placement kicks.
Bowman is HCC’s top return specialist. He averaged 7.5 yards per punt return on 31 returns and 32.5 yards per kickoff return on two returns.
Noting Sterling College JV
+ Bethany College is an NAIA-affiliated school in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
+ Last season, the varsity Warriors came on strong in a 7-4 season, 7-2 in the KCAC. After dropping a 42-41 loss at No. 19 Ottawa, Sterling reeled off four-straight wins, including a 62-35 victory over Kansas Wesleyan in the season finale.
+ Head coach Andy Lambert was a wide receiver for Dodge City Community College in his playing days.
+ Sterling has five former Jayhawk Conference players on its roster and 15 overall players who formerly played at a junior college.
(HCC Sports Information)
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