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			Dominic Lara is ranked No. 1 in NJCAA District III and the Blue Dragons are ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA in the first men's golf poll released this season. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)			Alvin Kamara goes over the top of the pile for a Blue Dragon touchdown in the second quarter of No. 5 Hutchinson's 43-26 victory on Saturday at Dodge City. Kamara had three touchdowns. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)	    		Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had nine digs in HCC's 3-0 Jayhawk West volleyball victory over Dodge City on Saturday at the Sports Arena. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)		    			The HCC women's cross country team finished 10th and the men ninth on Saturday in the College Division I of the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)			Parfitt McNair scored a pair of goals on Friday in No. 18 Hutchinson's 8-0 Jayhawk Conference victory over Kansas City at the Salthawk Sports Complex. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
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HCC 9TH IN FIRST GOLF POLL; LARA RANKED NO. 1 IN DISTRICT III

Golf | 09.29.14

With just one tournament under its best for the fall season, the Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team is ranked No. 9 in the first 2014 NJCAA Men’s Division I rankings of the season, released on Monday.

Also released were the Top 5 individual district rankings and HCC sophomore Dominic Lara was the top-ranked golfer in District III.

Hutchinson is the third-highest ranked team out of District III. Indian Hills is currently the No. 1 team in Division I, while Jayhawk Conference and Region VI rival Dodge City is ranked fifth. Barton is the only other ranked conference team at No. 19. Garden City is receiving votes. District III’s Iowa Western is ranked 12th.

The Blue Dragons haven’t played since Sept. 9 when they finished out the 54-hole CSU-Pueblo Invitational with an 892 team score. HCC had rounds of 291 and 293 sandwiched around a 308.

Hutchinson will have four October tournaments beginning next Monday and Tuesday with the Newman University Fall Invitational at Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Wichita.

Lara, a sophomore from El Dorado, earned the top individual district ranking after a 1-under 215 at CSU-Pueblo. Lara opened the season with a career-best 4-under-par 68. Lara’s 54-hole total was also a career low.

Lara is joined by Dodge City’s Zack Kirby and Hugh Campbell and Indian Hills’ George Trujillo and Jakob Garateck in the District III Individual rankings.

(HCC Sports Information)

2014 NJCAA DIVISION I MEN’S GOLF POLL
  1. Indian Hills CC                    77
  2. Odessa College                  74
  3. Wallace State CC                67
  3. McLennan CC                      67
  5. Dodge City CC                     60
  6. Midland College                  59
  7. Eastern Florida CC             55
  8. Eastern Arizona College    50
  9. Hutchinson CC                    44
10. Paris JC                               43
11. Central Alabama CC          42
12. Western Texas College     36
12. Iowa Western CC               36
14. Pima CC                              31
15. Faulkner State CC              28
16. John A. Logan College      23
17. Ranger College                  20
18. Trinidad State JC                11
19. Barton CC                               8
20. Cape Fear CC                        3
20. Scottsdale CC                        3
   Receiving votes: Garden City CC (2); Eastern Wyoming College (1)

District III Individual Rankings
Dominic Lara,  Hutchinson

Zack Kirby,  Dodge City
Hugh Campbell,  Dodge City
George Trujillo, Indian Hills
Jakob Garateck, Indian Hills
 


DRAGONS DOWN DODGE TO START 5-0 FOR SIXTH TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Football | 09.29.14

DODGE CITY – The No. 5 Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons overcame two first-half turnovers, a bad punt snap out of the end zone and a ton of penalties to defeat the Dodge City Conquistadors 43-26 in a Jayhawk Conference contest on Saturday at Dodge City’s Memorial Stadium.

The Blue Dragons start the season 5-0 for the first time since 2010 and for the sixth time in program history.

Now 3-0 in the Jayhawk Conference, the Blue Dragons will travel to No. 19 Coffeyville (4-1, 3-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Coffeyville.

One year ago at Dodge City, the Blue Dragons committed four turnovers and had numerous other mistakes in 40-34 overtime loss to the Conquistadors. After their first two offensive plays on Saturday, there were flashbacks to last season and the potential to be down 14-0 just minutes into the game. Instead, the Blue Dragon defense minimized the damage, limiting Dodge City to just five points.

On the first play of the game, HCC fumbled at the Dragon 24. Dodge City (2-3, 2-1) settled for a 40-yard Dillon Burkhart field goal. On Hutchinson’s next play, the Conquistadors forced a second fumble at the HCC 25 and had a chance to recover the bouncing ball in the end zone. The Blue Dragons caught a break as the ball rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety and Dodge City led 5-0 with 12:16 remaining in the first quarter.

After the free kick following the safety, the Conquistadors were on the move again, but the defense thwarted the advance when sophomore Marquavius Lewis sacked Dodge quarterback Deondre Ford, forcing a fumble that Darius Wright recovered and returned to the HCC 49.

The Blue Dragons answered with a 12-play, 51-yard march all on the ground with all three running backs getting carries. HCC finished off the drive with a Travis Custis 3-yard TD run and HCC led 7-5 with 7:09 to play in the opening quarter.

That was the first of five lead changes in the game. HCC led 14-12 at halftime, 23-19 after three quarters and broke the game open with a 20-7 fourth quarter.

Hutchinson’s defense played huge, holding the Conquistadors to a negative 22-yards rushing and 216 total yards. HCC’s defense forced three takeaways, had 12 tackles for loss including five quarterback sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and a season-high eight passes broken up.

Linebacker Darius Wright had 11 total tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and quarterback hurry. Defensive back Riley Hunsicker had nine tackles, while Lewis had eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.

Offensively, the Dragons broke 300 yards rushing for the third time this season, going for 345 yards and five rushing touchdowns. HCC had 490 total yards.

Running back Alvin Kamara rushed for three touchdowns and a game-high 165 yards on 32 carries. Bradan Smith rushed for a career-high 123 yards on 10 carries, a touchdown and a career-best 63-yard long run. It’s the second time this season that two HCC backs have rushed for 100 yards in a single game.

Quarterback Kylen Binn came off the bench to complete 7 of 10 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Binn completed two huge third-down passes in the fourth quarter, which led to an HCC touchdown that made it a two-possession game.

Anthony Autry had two receptions for 77 yards and a 42-yard touchdown reception.

With HCC leading 7-5 in the first quarter and going against a strong southerly wind, the Blue Dragons were set to punt their 44 and the punt snap went over the head of HCC punter Stetson Broce. He chased it down at the HCC 2 and ran to the 5 before being tackled, giving up the ball on downs.

It took four plays, but Dodge City finally cashed in on a Ford-to-Christian Booker 21-yard touchdown pass to give the Conquistadors a 12-7 lead with 14:47 to play in the second quarter.

HCC answered right back with an eight-play, 53-yard scoring march. Kamara capped off the march with an eye-popping 1-yard leap over the pile to give Hutchinson a 14-12 lead with 12:23 to play in the second quarter.

Lead change No. 4 came after HCC came up short on a fake punt a midfield. Dodge City reclaimed the lead on a seven-play, 49-yard drive and took a 19-14 lead on Toma King’s 1-yard touchdown with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter.

The Dragons rode the ground game for lead change No. 5 as they traveled all 71 yards with Kamara and Custis carrying the load on an eight-play scoring drive that was capped by Kamara’s second score of the game, this one from 5-yards out for a 21-19 lead with 3:41 to play in the third quarter.

HCC forced a three-and-out and got a 6-yard punt into the wind, but offsetting penalties forced the replay of fourth down. On the second punt, a low snap bounced out of the back of the end zone for a Hutchinson safety and the Dragons led 23-19 with 1:55 to play in the third.

Both teams traded punts on their next two possessions and HCC took over at the Dragon 22. Binn completed third-down passes of 21 yards to DeQuan Bowman on third-and-14 and Autry for 35 yards on third-and-4 to set up Smith’s 15-yard touchdown run for a two-possession lead at 30-19 with 8:17 to play.

After forcing another Dodge City three-and-out, the Dragons took complete control when on the first play of the series, Binn connected with Autry on a 42-yard TD play for a 37-19 Dragon lead with 7:05 to go.

Dodge City scored to make it 37-26, but Hutchinson answered back with a four-play, 43-yard march capped off by Kamara’s third touchdown of the game where he took an inside run, spun away from a tackle and bounced it outside and down the sideline for the score.

The Blue Dragons held Dodge City to a minus-28 rushing yards and 25 total yards in the fourth quarter.

GAME NOTES – The other seasons that HCC has started a season 5-0 are 1936, 1947, 1948, 1969 and 2010. … The Dragons are now 46-34-4 all-time vs. Dodge City and 21-21-2 in games played in Dodge City. … Alvin Kamara has seven touchdowns in his last two games. … This was the first time that HCC held an opponent to negative rushing yards since Dakota College in last year’s Salt City Bowl. … Since the start of the 2013 season, the Blue Dragons have had 33 interceptions and at least one pick in 13-stragiht games and 16 of the last 17.

(HCC Sports Information)
 


BLUE DRAGONS SWEEP PAST GARDEN CITY TO GO 6-0 IN JAYHAWK WEST

Volleyball | 09.29.14

Lauren Darby and Aubrey Wilson had nine kills each to lead the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team to a 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Garden City on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons out-hit Garden City .247-.203 to win the match 25-19, 25-23, 25-11. Hutchinson, now 12-6 overall and winners in 8 of the last 10 matches, remains undefeated in Jayhawk West competition at 6-0.

Darby led the Blue Dragons with nine kills on 24 swings, hitting .333. She added six digs.

Wilson had nine kills, hit .241 to go with 15 set assists, three digs and a block assist.

The Blue Dragons hit just .206 in the first set and struggled to .167 in a tough second set before finally getting untracked in the third with 15 kills and .375 hitting in a dominating third set.

HCC out-blocked Garden City 6-4.

Freshman Jai Chapman had six kills and seven digs for HCC. Freshman middle Petra Silic had six kills on .308 hitting and two blocks. Sophomore middle Nicole Kinser had six kills on .312 hitting and just one block.

Freshman setter Tarynn Stueder had 15 assists and three digs. Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had a team-high nine digs.

Gayle Gibson had nine kills to lead Garden City (5-13, 2-4).

The Blue Dragons play their next three matches, all Jayhawk West matchups, on the road. Hutchinson opens that stretch at second-place Cloud County at 6:30 p.m. in Concordia.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGON MEN 9TH, WOMEN 10TH AT COWBOY JAMBOREE

Cross Country | 09.29.14

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Hutchinson Community College men’s cross country team placed ninth overall in the college division while the women placed 10th on Saturday at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree.

The NJCAA Division I 16th-ranked Blue Dragon men had three runners place in the top 50 of the college division and was the sixth-highest finishing junior college team in the field of 16 men’s teams.

The eighth-ranked women had one Top 50 runner and were the fifth-best junior college finisher in the 16-team field.

For the third-straight meet, freshman Forrest Dreyer was Hutchinson’s top runner. He played 36th overall with an 8,000-meters season-best time of 28:00.29.

Right behind Dreyer was sophomore Trent Butler, who continues to cut time at 8,000 meters with a 37th-place showing of 28:04.49. That run shaved 23 full seconds off his previous best set two weeks ago in the Romp at the Ridge at Westar/Prairie Ridge Park.

HCC’s third runner, Chandler Crain, also cut significant time off his mark two weeks ago at the Romp. Crain finished 42nd with a time of 28:09.13, which was 33 seconds off his previous best 8K time.

Freshman Blake Dodson placed 54th overall in a time of 28:31.07, a 23-second improvement from the Romp. Freshman Jake Omo figured into the HCC team score for the first time this season, cutting 23 seconds off two weeks ago with 57th-place time of 28:35.44.

Six of HCC’s nine men’s runners all cut their 8K times from The Romp at the Ridge.

Lingg led the Blue Dragon women with a 37th-place showing and a time of 20:45.49, nearly the identical 5K time she posted two weeks ago in Hutchinson. This was the third-straight race that Lingg has been the first Blue Dragon across the finish line.

Freshman Jessica Yenni was HCC’s second runner, placing 66th overall. Her time of 21:42.88 was 48 seconds better than two weeks ago. Sophomore Ashley Claxton had another strong race finishing 68th in a time of 21:45.85.

Sophomore Breah Waldron was HCC’s fourth runner, placing 82nd in 22:16.87. Freshman Katy Spencer placed 91st in 22:43.07.

The Blue Dragons will be off next weekend and then compete in the Haskell Invitational on Oct. 11 in Lawrence.

(HCC Sports Information)


MANHATTAN MATES SCORE 2 GOALS EACH TO LEAD DRAGONS PAST KCK

Soccer | 09.26.14

Hutchinson Community College freshmen Parfitt McNair and Aleise Williams each scored a pair of goals as the No. 18-ranked Blue Dragon women’s soccer team shut out Kansas City, Kansas, Community College 8-0 in a Jayhawk Conference contest on Friday afternoon at the Salthawk Sports Complex.

The Blue Dragons are now 6-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 for 16 points to maintain first place in the Jayhawk Conference. Kansas City falls to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the league.

McNair and Williams were high school teammates at Manhattan High School. It’s the second time this season McNair and Williams have both scored goals in the same contest. McNair had her third multi-goal game of the season, while Williams snapped a six-game skid without a goal with a pair on Friday.

The Blue Dragons dominated play from the outset, setting season highs for total shots and shots on goal with 35 and 23, respectively. HCC out-shot Kansas City 35-3 and 23-1 in shots on goal. It’s the 52nd time in program history to hold an opponent to zero or one shots on goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Currie posted her third shutout of the season and tied a season low with one save.

Along with McNair and Williams, four Blue Dragons had multi-point games on Friday. Both sophomore Jen Rogers and freshman Claire Taylor had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Siobhon Wilson and freshman Renee Gillespie both scored goals. Sophomore Melissa Vega and freshmen Karrie McNutt, Brittany Thorne and Kendall Holowell all had assists.

Hutchinson scored its fastest goal of the season, doing so just 1:18 into the game when Williams scored after a nice touch pass from NcNutt for a 1-0 HCC lead.

For the next 40 minutes, though, the Blue Dragons struggled to gain any offensive momentum against a KCK team that was clearly in a defensive posture playing 10 players behind the ball.

HCC finally solved the Blue Devil defense late in the first half with a pair of goals in a span of 32 seconds. First, Taylor found Rogers for a breakaway for the game’ second goal at the 42:59 mark. Then 32 seconds later, Taylor found a KCK turnover on her foot and she scored past Blue Devil keeper Kennedy Bizzell, who made 15 saves in the game.

The Dragons led 3-0 at halftime.

The Blue Dragons unleased six second-half goals against Kansas City.

McNair made it 4-0 just 2:05 into the second half with an assist from Vega. Williams notched her second in the 54th minute on a Rogers’ assist from a corner kick. The lead grew to 6-0 in the 64th minute on McNair’s second goal and Holowell’s assist.

Wilson made it 7-0 and she hammered a direct free kick into the upper left corner and Gillespie netted her first collegiate goal in the 83rd minute on a Thorne assist.

The Blue Dragons face another key Jayhawk Conference contest on Wednesday when Hutchinson travels to Barton for a 4 p.m. game in Great Bend.

GAME NOTES – HCC is now 3-0 all-time vs. KCK and has outscored the Blue Devils 30-1. … This was the 102nd all-time shutout for the Blue Dragons. … Jen Rogers scored her 42nd career goal on Friday, tying Steph Franz for fourth place on the career goals list. … Rogers had her sixth multi-point game of the season and 17th of her career, which tied Pearl Slattery and Chelsea Myers for No. 2 on the career multi-point games list. … Rogers now has a career-high six assists. … The eight goals are the second most scored this season by HCC, which had 11 against Western Wyoming on Aug. 23. … Kendall Holowell and Brittany Thorne both had their first career assists.

(HCC Sports Information)


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			The Blue Dragon volleyball team plays host to Garden City at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Arena. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.26.14

BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL MEETS GARDEN CITY AT ARENA ON SATURDAY

			The Blue Dragon men's and women's cross country teams compete in the prestigeous OSU Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday morning in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Cross Country | 09.26.14

HCC CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS RUN AT COWBOY JAMBOREE ON SATURDAY

				The Blue Dragon offensive line looks to pave the way once again for the offense as No. 5 Hutchinson travels to Dodge City at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Dodge City. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.26.14

BLUE DRAGONS FACE KEY JAYHAWK BATTLE ON SATURDAY AT DODGE CITY

					Sophomore Lauren Darby had a match-high 12 kills to lift the Blue Dragon volleyball team to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Pratt on Wednesday at Pratt (Jamey Lies/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.25.14

HUTCH VOLLEYBALL RALLIES FOR A FOUR-SET KJCCC WIN OVER PRATT

			Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Currie had a stellar first half with six saves to help No. 18 HCC to a 2-1 Jayhawk Conference victory over Johnson County on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.25.14

BLUE DRAGONS EARN HUGE JAYHAWK VICTORY OVER JOHNSON COUNTY

			Head coach Sammy Lane and the Blue Dragon women's soccer team plays host to rival Johnson County at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.23.14

DRAGONS HOPE HOME COOKING RE-IGNITES OFFENSE VS. CAVALIERS

			Sophomore Lauren Darby and the Blue Dragon volleyball team travel to Pratt on Wednesday in big Jayhawk West battle at Pratt. (Jamey Lies/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.23.14

BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL READIES FOR ROAD TRIP TO PRATT ON WEDNESDAY

			The Blue Dragon offensive line has been a big reason why HCC has been so successful on the ground this season. Hutchinson remains No. 5 in this week's NJCAA Football Poll. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.23.14

BLUE DRAGONS STAY PUT AT NO. 5 IN NJCAA FOOTBALL POLL

			Nicole Kinser hit .435 last week and averaged 3.48 kills to lead the Blue Dragon volleyball team to a 5-1 week. Kinser was named the Jayhawk West Player of the Week on Tuesday. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.23.14

HCC’S KINSER NAMED JAYHAWK WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

		Alrin Kamara ran for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the No. 5-ranked Blue Dragons' 42-14 victory over Iowa Central on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. Kamara is this week's KJCCC Offensive Player of the Week. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.23.14

ALVIN KAMARA IS JAYHAWK FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

			Both former Blue Dragon football players currently in the NFL suffered a loss on Sunday as Cordarrelle Patterson's Vikings and Shaun Hill's Rams both lost.

Football | 09.23.14

BLUE DRAGONS IN THE NFL: WEEK 3

		Lee Spight corrals Iowa Western quarterback Kendall Jackson for one of five sacks in the No. 5 Blue Dragons' 42-14 victory over the Tritons on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. (Joseph Griffin/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.20.14

KAMARA LEADS 3RD-QUARTER EXPLOSION AS DRAGONS ROLL BY IOWA CENTRAL

			Lauren Darby hits the floor during the Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic at the Sports Arena. HCC lost to No. 1 Iowa Western 3-1 and swept Frank Phillips on Saturday to go 3-1 in the Classic. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information Director)

Volleyball | 09.20.14

HCC VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO NO. 1 IWCC, SWEEP FRANK PHILLIPS TO CLOSE CLASSIC

			The No. 20 Blue Dragons tied Allen in a physical 0-0 draw on Saturday in a Jayhawk Conference contest in Iola. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.20.14

BLUE DRAGONS BATTLE TO SCORELESS CONFERNECE DRAW AT ALLEN

			Petra Silic had a combined 17 kills and 20 blocks to lead the Blue Dragons to a pair of come-from-behind victories over Marshalltown and Jefferson College on Day one of the Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic on Friday at the Sports Arena. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.19.14

SLOW STARTS, VICTORIOUS FINISHES FOR HCC ON DAY 1 OF BLUE DRAGON CLASSIC