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Bashir Ahmed scored a game-high 24 points and moved into 10th place on the Blue Dragon career scoring list on Saturday night in No. 13 Hutchinson's 94-62 victory over Colby at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)				    Taylor Stahly hit 6 of 13 3-point shots on Saturday night to help No. 7 Hutchinson defeat Colby 88-53 at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)				    Zack Skimbo cleared 6 feet, 7 inches on Saturday at the Fred Beile Classic in Crete, Neb., to earn a berth in the NJCAA Indoor Championships next month.				    The seventh-ranked Blue Dragon men go after a season sweep of Colby at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the fifth-annual Pink-Out Night at the Sports Arena. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)				    The No. 7-ranked Blue Dragon women's basketball team plays host to Colby at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Arena for the fifth-annual Pink-Out Night. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)
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AHMED, ECK REACH MILESTONES AS BLUE DRAGONS ROLL PAST COLBY

Basketball - Men | 02.07.16

Sophomore Bashir Ahmed joined a very prestigious Blue Dragon club and head coach Steve Eck moved up another rung on the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball coaching ladder on Saturday night.

No. 13 Hutchinson hit a season-high 11 3-pointers and three players reached the 20-point plateau as the Blue Dragons maintained their share of the Jayhawk Conference lead after a 94-62 victory over the Colby Trojans at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons extend their winning streak to seven games and improved to 23-3 overall, 12-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. Earlier on Saturday, Neosho County defeated Cowley to keep its share of the first-place tie with Hutchinson. Colby falls to 14-10 and 7-7 in league play. The Blue Dragons defeated Colby for the ninth-consecutive time.

Ahmed jumped past Blue Dragon greats Brandon Gary (2002-04) and William Davis (1986-88) to move into the Blue Dragon Top 10 career scoring list on Saturday. Ahmed now has 1,119 points and joins Kadeem Allen (No. 3) and Joe Mitchell (No. 8) as Eck-coached players who are in the Blue Dragon career Top 10.

Ahmed moved into the Top 10 by posting his eighth double-double of the season and 16th of his career with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ahmed was 7 of 14 shooting and tied a season high with five 3-pointers on seven attempts and was 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. Ahmed added three assists and two steals.

Saturday’s win was Eck’s 187th on the Blue Dragon bench. Eck tied Hall of Famer Gene Keady for third place on the HCC all-time coaching list. Charles Sesher (259 wins) and Gary Bargen (199 wins) are Nos. 1 and 2 on the Blue Dragon coaching list.

Hutchinson had three players score 20 or more points for the second time this season. Freshman Samajae Haynes-Jones had a season-high five 3-poiners and finished with 22 points. Sophomore Akbar Hoffman also had 22 points and added five assists and three steals.

The Blue Dragons shot 50 percent or better for the second-straight game and 12th time this season by hitting 33 of 66 overall shots. HCC knocked down a season-high 11 of 25 from the 3-point line, going 8 of 16 in the first half. Hutch was 17 of 29 from the free-throw line. HCC out-rebounded Colby 40-34. The Dragons had 17 turnovers.

Defensively, Hutchinson held a fifth-straight opponent to less than 40 percent shooting – the Dragons lead the Jayhawk Conference in defensive field-goal percentage. Colby shot 38.3 percent (18 of 47), going 6 of 20 from 3-point range and 20 of 34 from the foul line.

Hutchinson forced an opponent season-high 29 turnovers. HCC outscored Colby 34-13 in points off turnovers.

Brian Starr led the Trojans with 17 points. Zachary Motley had 10 points.

Ahmed got off to a hot start scoring 11 of HCC’s first 13 points. His final bucket of that surge gave HCC a 13-9 lead. Starr scored eight of Colby’s first 11 points. His layup with 13:42 to go cut HCC’s lead to 15-11.

That’s when the Blue Dragons started successfully bombing away from 3-point range. Haynes-Jones had three 3-pointers, Hoffman added another and when Hoffman hit a 2-pointer with 9:13 to play, Hutch completed a run of 16-unanswered points and led 31-11.

Colby went scoreless for 5 minutes, 22 seconds and without a field goal for 7 minutes, 48 seconds in the first half. Still, the Trojans closed within 39-26 after a three-point play by Bilal Abdur-Rahim. HCC closed the half on a 9-4 run. Haynes-Jones closed a half where HCC shot 52.9 percent with a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play to carry a 48-30 lead into halftime.

Hutchinson led 53-30 early in the second half when Colby mounted a rally with a 12-0 run and cut the HCC lead to 53-42 on a Noskie Obanya 3-pointer with 15:25 to play and prompted a Blue Dragon 30-second timeout.

HCC immediately restored order when Ahmed grabbed and offensive rebound and converted a three-point play. That started a 13-2 Blue Dragon run that pushed the lead to 66-44 with 11:01 to go.

HCC had another 8-0 run to extend the lead to 30 points for the first time at 79-49 after a Hoffman basket with 6:54 remaining.

Hutchinson travels to Seward County on Wednesday in Liberal.

GAME NOTES – This was all-time win No. 1,707 for HCC. … HCC is now 44-4 all-time vs. Colby. … The Blue Dragons are 15-2 in the Sports Arena this season. … HCC is 11-1 when shooting 50 percent or better. … Bashir Ahmed had his 13th 20-point game of the season and 21st of his career.  

(HCC Sports Information)


DRAGONS DRILL 11 TREYS TO ROUT COLBY FOR 14TH- STRAIGHT VICTORY

Basketball - Women | 02.07.16

The No. 7-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team hit 11 3-pointers on Saturday night and rolled to an 88-53 Jayhawk Conference victory over the Colby Trojans at the Sports Arena.

The victory was Hutchinson’s 14th consecutive, matching the ninth-longest winning streak in program history.

The first-place Blue Dragons improve to 24-1 overall and open a 1.5-game lead on idle Garden City at 14-1 in conference play. Colby falls to 4-21 and 0-14. The Trojans dropped their 16th game in a row.

Hutchinson hit 10 or more 3-pointers for the sixth time this season, sinking 11 of 25 from distance.

Leading the 3-point barrage was freshman Taylor Stahly, who went 6 of 13 from 3-point range for 18 points. This was Stahly’s fifth game of six or more 3-pointers this season. Freshman Daisha Terry added a season-high 3 of 6 from the 3-point line to finish with 11 points.

The Blue Dragons went 6 of 13 from 3-point range in the opening half to open a 39-20 halftime lead. They were 5 of 12 from deep in the second half to outscore the Trojans 49-33.

Freshman Kirea Rogers was 7 of 10 from the field and finished with a game-high 20 points – her fifth 20-point game this season – to lead Hutchinson. Rogers added seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Sophomore Mandy Madden had 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with four rebounds. Freshman Lakin Preisner chipped in eight points, six rebounds and four assists.

Freshman point guard Inja Butina had five points and seven assists. Butina jumped four spots to No. 3 on the HCC single-season assist list with 184 for the season.

The Blue Dragons shot 46.7 percent from the field (28 of 60) and went 21 of 24 from the free-throw line. HCC out-rebounded Colby 45-26 and committed only 12 turnovers.

Janea Dennis had 11 points and Amber Perryman had 10 to lead Colby, which shot 34.0 percent for the game (18 of 53), including 4 of 21 from 3-point range and 13 of 20 from the foul line. The Trojans turned the ball over 15 times.

The Blue Dragons immediately jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1 minute, 37 seconds into the game. They reached double figures for the first time on a Terry 3-pointer with 3:11 to go in the opening quarter that made it 19-7. HCC hit only three free throws for the remainder of the quarter and Colby cut the lead to 22-14 at the quarter-break when Hanna Herman drove for a layup with time running out in the period.

Leading 26-16 early in the second quarter, back-to-back Terry 3-pointers sparked a 12-0 Blue Dragon run. When Rogers scored with 4:17 to play, the Dragon lead was 36-16. HCC’s defense held Colby to 2 of 11 shooting in the second quarter and the Blue Dragons led 39-20 at halftime.

Hutchinson hit four third-quarter 3-pointers to lead 60-33 with 1:24 to play in the third quarter. The Dragons were 8 of 15 shooting in the period, but Colby was 7 of 14. HCC led 62-37 after three quarters.

HCC was 8 of 15 shooting in the fourth and a perfect 9 of 9 from the foul line as the Rogers and Madden had a strong final period, combining for 12 points in the period. Three-straight Rogers’ layups helped build the Blue Dragons’ largest lead of the game of 38 points (99-50).

The Blue Dragons complete their stretch of four games in eight days by going 4-0. Hutchinson travels to Seward County for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday in Liberal.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 42-14 all-time vs. Colby, 21-7 in Hutchinson. … Kirea Rogers moves up to No. 5 on the freshman free-throw list with 106, passing Katie Tedder (2002). … Rogers moves up to No. 5 on the freshman blocked shots list with 33. … The Blue Dragons are 15-0 at the Sports Arena and have not lost on their home floor since 2009 (132 games). … Colby was the 19th opponent to shoot less than 40 percent against HCC this season. … The Blue Dragons had their 13th game of 20 or more assists this season. … Inja Butina posted her 15th game this season of seven or more assists. … This was Taylor Stahly’s eighth game of five or more 3-pointers. … HCC outscored Colby 26-6 in points off turnovers.

(HCC Sports Information)
 


BLUE DRAGONS EARN SIX NEW NATIONAL QUALIFIERS AT FRED BEILE CLASSIC

Track | 02.07.16

CRETE, Neb. – The Hutchinson Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams picked up six new qualifiers for the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Championships next month in North Carolina on Saturday at the Fred Beile Classic hosted by Doane College.

Deonta Richardson was a double qualifier to lead the HCC men, which punched four more tickets for nationals. The HCC women had an individual and relay qualify as well as a school record go down.

With Saturday’s performance, Hutchinson’s men now have 10 total qualifiers in nine events. The Blue Dragon women have qualified 12 athletes in eight events for the national indoor championships at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Richardson qualified in both the men’s long jump and triple jump on Saturday. Richardson finished second in the triple jump with a top leap of 45 feet, 8 1/2 inches. He took third in the long jump at 22 feet, 11 inches.

Zack Skimbo was the third Blue Dragon of the day to qualify when he finished fourth in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 7 inches.

Eli Miller became the third Blue Dragon to qualify for nationals in the men’s 35-pound weight throw. Miller qualified with a heave of 49 feet, 11 inches, which is No. 10 on HCC’s men’s indoor weight throw chart.

The only women’s individual qualifier was Danielle Johnson in the women’s 20-pound weight throw. She finished eighth in the completion on Saturday with a national qualifying throw of 48 feet, 5 inches. That mark is the third-best women’s indoor weight throw in HCC history.

The only event win for any Blue Dragon came in the women’s 4x800 relay. The team of Leah Nelson, Madison Pollack, Katy Spencer and Keegan Davis won the relay with a time of 10:15.90, which was a national qualifying mark and the sixth-best time in HCC women’s history.

Nelson nearly became a double qualifier on Saturday. She finished fourth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:41.73, which is .04 seconds shy of qualifying. Nelson’s time was the third-fastest women’s 600-meter time in team history.

Already qualified for the NJCAA indoors, Karis Parker for the third time this season broke Hutchinson’s 60-meter hurdle record. She ran a second-place time of 9.01 seconds, breaking her own mark of 9.05 seconds set two weeks ago at Johnson County.

Parker also finished eighth in the women’s high jump at 5-1 3/4, which is eighth-best in Blue Dragon women’s indoor history.

Pollack also posted an HCC all-time Top 10 time with the ninth-fastest indoor 1,000 meters with a time of 3:26.17.

Hurdler Matt Willis is also qualifiers for nationals in the men’s 60 hurdles, but moved up the Blue Dragon charts on Saturday. His preliminary time of 8.37 seconds was the fourth-fastest time in team history. He ran 8.40 seconds in the finals to finish third in the event.

Hutchinson will have one more indoor regular-season meet before the Region VI championships. That will be a triangular against Cowley and Butler on Friday at Wichita State University.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGONS GO FOR SEASON SWEEP OF COLBY ON PINK-OUT NIGHT

Basketball - Men | 02.05.16

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team puts its six-game win streak and share of first place in the Jayhawk West on the line Saturday against the Colby Trojans.

The No. 13-ranked Blue Dragons look for a sweep of the season series over the Trojans at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Arena in the Blue Dragons’ fifth-annual Pink-Out Night.

The game can be heard on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 7:20 p.m. The game will also be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 7:20 p.m.

NO. 13 HUTCHINSON (22-3, 11-3) vs. COLBY (14-9, 7-6)
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 7:20 p.m.
Videostream: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 7:20 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Promotion: 5th Annual Pink-Out Night

Hutchinson defeated Colby 96-69 on Jan. 16 at Colby. That victory snapped a three-game losing streak. Since HCC has reeled off six-straight wins and has climbed into a first-place Jayhawk Conference tie with Neosho County.

Samajae Haynes-Jones and Bashir Ahmed combined for 43 points in that first meeting with Colby. HCC shot 54.8 percent and won despite committing a whopping 28 turnovers. Defensively, HCC held Colby to 38.6 percent from the floor.

The Blue Dragons got a career-high 26 points from Akbar Hoffman in Wednesday’s 83-69 road win at Dodge City.  That was HCC’s third game in five days.

Saturday’s game will be the second in three for Colby, which defeated Cloud County 70-57 in Concordia on Thursday.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons are improving. HCC has held 4 of the past 5 opponents to less than 70 points and four-straight opponent to less than 38 percent shooting from the field.

A victory on Saturday would give Blue Dragon head coach Steve Eck his 187th victory on the Blue Dragon bench. That would tie Blue Dragon Hall of Famer Gene Keady for third place on Hutchinson’s all-time coaching list.

(HCC Sports Information)


HCC WOMEN TAKE ON COLBY SATURDAY AT THE SPORTS ARENA

Basketball - Women | 02.05.16

The No. 7-ranked Hutchinson Community College end a long eight-day stretch on Saturday when the Colby Trojans come to the Sports Arena on Saturday for a Jayhawk Conference matchup.

The 5:30 p.m. game can be heard live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM and FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 5:25 p.m. The game will also be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 5:25 p.m.

At the end of Saturday marks the end of a stretch of four games in eight days for the 23-1 Blue Dragons (13-1 KJCCC). Hutchinson extended its winning streak this week to 13 games after wins over Barton, Garden City and Dodge City.

NO. 7 HUTCHINSON WOMEN (23-1, 13-1) vs. COLBY (4-20, 0-13)
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 5:25 p.m.
Videostream: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 5:25 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Promotion: 5th Annual Pink-Out Night

HCC gets a Colby team in the Arena on Saturday on a 15-game losing streak and a short turnaround. Because of snow, Colby had to travel to Cloud County on Thursday and lost 106-66 to fall to 4-20 overall and 0-13 in the league.

Hutchinson already owns a win over Colby this season, defeating the Trojans 85-54 on Oct. 16 at the Colby Community Building. Five HCC players scored in double figures led by Taylor Stahly’s 22 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting. The Blue Dragons shot 54.5 percent and held Colby to 23.9 percent, but the Blue Dragons had to endure through 22 turnovers.

The Blue Dragons haves played well in building a 14-0 home record this season. HCC is shooting 50.3 percent overall and 45.0 percent from 3-point range while scoring 85.6 points per game at home. Hutch has not lost a game played on the Sports Arena floor since 2009 (131 games).

(HCC Sports Information)
 


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Akbar Hoffman poured in a career-high 26 points to lead the No. 13 Blue Dragon men's basketball team to a come-from-behind 83-69 Jayhawk Conference victory over Dodge City. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 02.05.16

HOFFMAN’S CAREER HIGH FUELS HCC’S SECOND HALF RALLY PAST DODGE CITY

Kyla Williams scored a career-high 18 points to left the No. 7 Blue Dragon women's basketball team to 69-53 victory over Dodge City on Wednesday at the Dodge City Civic Center. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information

Basketball - Women | 02.05.16

BLUE DRAGON WOMEN DOWN DODGE CITY FOR 13TH-STRAIGHT VICTORY

HCC's 13th-ranked men's basketball team travels to Dodge City at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Dodge City Civic Center. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 02.05.16

BLUE DRAGONS HIT ROAD TO FACE DODGE CITY WEDNESDAY

				The No. 7-ranked Blue Dragon women travel to Dodge City at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Dodge City Civic Center. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 02.05.16

BLUE DRAGONS CONTINUE GRUELING STRETCH WEDNESDAY AT DODGE CITY

Akbar Hoffman scores a career-high 23 points to lead four players in double figures in No. 15 Hutchinson's 83-64 victory over Garden City on Monday night at the Sports Arena. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 02.02.16

BLUE DRAGON MEN UP WIN STREAK TO 5 WITH HOME VICTORY OVER GARDEN CITY

Inja Butina scored a career-high 28 points to lead the No. 8 Blue Dragons to a 77-70 victory over Garden City on Monday at the Sports Arena. HCC now has sole possession of first place in the Jayhawk Conference. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 02.02.16

HCC WOMEN TOP GARDEN CITY TO TAKE SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST PLACE IN JAYHAWK

The No. 15-ranked HCC men's basketball team plays host to Garden City at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Sports Arena in the Blue Dragons' first appearance at home since Jan. 20 (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 01.31.16

BLUE DRAGONS RETURN HOME MONDAY TO FACE GARDEN CITY

The No. 8 HCC women's basketball team plays host to Garden City at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Sports Arena. Both teams are tied for first place in the Jayhawk Conference. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 01.31.16

HCC WOMEN, GARDEN CITY MEET MONDAY WITH 1ST PLACE AT STAKE

Akbar Hoffman was huge on both ends of the floor with 20 points and three critical steals to lead No. 15 to a 72-64 come-from-behind Jayhawk Conference win on Saturday at Barton. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 01.31.16

BLUE DRAGONS RALLY TO EARN HUGE JAYHAWK ROAD WIN OVER BARTON

Sophomore Mandy Madden poured in a conference-high 16 points with nine rebounds to lead the No. 8 Blue Dragons to a 78-56 conference win over Barton on Saturday at Great Bend. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 01.31.16

BLUE DRAGON WOMEN DEFEAT BARTON TO MAINTAIN POSITION IN JAYHAWK

Sophomore Wes Chaney punched his ticket to the NJCAA indoor nationals after placing seventh in the men's long jump on Friday at the Pittsburg State Open. (Kadesha Brown/HCC Sports Information)

Track | 01.31.16

BLUE DRAGONS EARN TWO MORE NATIONAL QUALIFERS AT PITT STATE

The Blue Dragon men travel to Barton at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for another Jayhawk Conference matchup.

Basketball - Men | 01.30.16

BLUE DRAGON MEN OPEN KEY STRETCH ON ROAD AT BARTON

The No. 8 Blue Dragon women travel to Barton for a 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday in Great Bend.

Basketball - Women | 01.30.16

HCC WOMEN HIT THE ROAD SATURDAY TO MEET BARTON

Bashir Ahmed was one of three Blue Dragon players to post double-doubles in No. 16 Hutchinson's 70-60 victory over Cloud County on Saturday in Concordia. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Men | 01.25.16

THREE DRAGONS POST DOUBLE-DOUBLES AS HCC OUTLASTS CLOUD COUNTY

Inja Butina broke the Blue Dragon women's basketball freshman record for assists and scored a game-high 18 points in No. 8 Hutchinson's 62-51 victory over Cloud County on Saturday in Concordia. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)

Basketball - Women | 01.25.16

BLUE DRAGONS WIN 10TH STRAIGHT TO REACH 20-WIN PLATEAU