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Wil Arnold shoots a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to finished tied for 11th in the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational on Tuesday at Monkey Island, Okla. The Blue Dragons finished sixth as a team. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)				    Adrian Cross races down the sideline on a 39-yard punt return to the Highland 5 on Saturday. Cross was named the Jayhawk Confernece Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)				    Nadine Cruz and the Blue Dragon volleyball team are ranked No. 19 in this week's NJCAA Division I Volleyball rankings. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)				    Natalie Bianco and the Blue Dragon women's soccer team is ranked No. 14 in this week's NJCAA Division I Rankings. The Blue Dragons play at Barton at 2 p.m. Wednesady in Great Bend. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)				    Kelsey Mulligan brings up a dig in Hutchinson's five-set loss on Monday at Seward County. (Photo courtesy Roy Allen/Seward County Sports Information)
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BLUE DRAGONS FINISH 6TH AT MISSOURI SOUTHERN FALL INVITE

Golf | 09.27.16

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – Sophomore Wil Arnold shot a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to help the Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team finished sixth in the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational at Shangri-La Country Club.

The Blue Dragons posted a second-straight 295 on Tuesday of the 54-hole tournament and finished with a team score of 888, 28 strokes off the pace of team champion Central Oklahoma.

Arnold tied Doug Rios-Ceballos for the low Blue Dragon round of the tournament with a 70 on Tuesday. Arnold finished in a tie for 11th place 4-over 220.

After back-to-back 75s on Monday, freshman Jack Lanham cared a 2-over 74 in the final round to close at 224, which tied for 26th place.

Rios-Ceballos and Matt Percy tied for 29th at 226. Rios-Ceballos shot an 80 on Tuesday and Percy carded a 78.

Cole Gritton shot the second-best Blue Dragon round of the day with a 1-over 73. He closed tied for 36th at 228.

Sophomore Mac McNish, playing as an individual, tied for 40th with a 54-hole total of 230 after a final-round 78 on Tuesday.

The Blue Dragons continue the fall season on Monday and Tuesday at the Iowa Western Fall Invitational in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

(HCC Sports Information)


HUTCH’S ADRIAN CROSS NAMED KJCCC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Football | 09.27.16

Hutchinson Community College freshman punt returner Adrian Cross has been named the Jayhawk Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance nearly fueled the second-largest comeback in team history last Saturday at Highland.

Cross’ three punt returns in the second half sparked the Blue Dragons from a 20-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to take a fourth-quarter lead, only to fall 26-21 at Highland.  

Cross had punt returns of 39 yards to the Scotty 5 and 18 yards to the Hutch 40 that directly led to Blue Dragon fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Cross averaged 26 yards per return on three punts against the Scotties.  Cross also had three tackles and two passes broken up for the Hutch defense.

This is the second time this season that Cross has been named a conference player of the week. He was named the league’s defensive player of the week in Week 1 after a key interception in the end zone preserved HCC’s 34-29 win at No. 18 Coffeyville.

This is the third time this season that a Blue Dragon has been named a Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week. Ronheen Bingham was the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2.

(HCC Sports Information)


HUTCH VOLLEYBALL RANKED 19TH IN LATEST NJCAA RANKINGS

Volleyball | 09.27.16

A victory over a nationally ranked team in the last polling period propelled the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team back into the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Top 20 on Tuesday.

The Blue Dragons defeated No. 15 Tyler in four sets on Saturday at the Sports Arena in a 3-1 week. HCC was swept by No. 2 Iowa Western lone loss of the week. The Dragons were tied 20-20 with the Reivers in the first and second sets of that match before Iowa Western pulled away.

Hutchinson is now 11-7 overall and 6-2 in the Jayhawk West after Monday’s five-set loss at Seward County. Both Hutchinson and Seward County will be competing in the Tyler Invitational Friday and Saturday in Tyler, Texas.

Hutchinson will face No. 12 San Jacinto, No. 17 Indian Hills, Blinn College (receiving votes) and Navarro College this weekend in Tyler.

Hutchinson opened the season being ranked in the preseason NJCAA rankings. HCC was then ranked No. 20 in the first two regular-season rankings before falling out one week ago.

(HCC Sports Information)

NJCAA DIVISION  I VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS
                                                              Record    Points    Last poll

  1. Western Nebraska                         20-2         80          1
  2. Iowa Western                                  14-2         76          2
  3. Missouri State-West Plains          13-3         72          3
  4. Southern Idaho                               15-4         68          4
  5. Panola                                              15-2         64          6
  6. Hillsborough                                    16-5         60         7
  7. Snow                                                 14-5          56        10
  8. Central Florida                                11-4           52         9
  9. Polk State                                         12-4          48          5
10. Salt Lake                                          13-6          44          8
11. Jefferson College                           11-2          40         11
12. San Jacinto-Central                       14-4         36         12
13. Palm Beach State                           14-2         32        13
14. Daytona State                                    7-6          28        14
15. Miami Dade                                       7-4          24        NR
16. Eastern Wyoming                            14-3        20         16
17. Indian Hills                                        16-3        16         17
18. Arizona Western                               18-0        12         19
19. Hutchinson                                        11-7          8         RV
20. Trinity Valley                                       15-3          4        RV
     Others Receiving Votes: Blinn (13-7); Northwest (10-5); Wallace State (19-1).
 


BLUE DRAGON SOCCER NO. 14 IN LATEST NJCAA RANKINGS

Soccer | 09.27.16

The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team dropped one spot this week in the NJCAA Division I women’s soccer rankings despite winning both matches in the polling period.

Hutchinson is now 8-1 overall, 4-0 in the Jayhawk West and 5-0 in the Region VI West standings after a 4-1 win over Dodge City last Wednesday and 13-0 over Northwest Kansas Tech on Saturday.

The Blue Dragons were receiving votes in the preseason poll and have been ranked Nos. 15, 13 and 14 in the first three regular-season polls.

The Blue Dragons are one of two Jayhawk Conference teams in this week’s rankings. Butler (9-2) remains No. 4. Navarro, which defeated the Blue Dragons 2-0 on Sept. 17 in El Dorado, is ranked No. 13.

As of Tuesday, Blue Dragon sophomore forward Jordan Downing leads the nation in goals (21) and points (55) and is tied for the nation’s lead in assists (13).

The Blue Dragons are fourth in the nation in goals scored with 61 and have outscored their opponents 61-5. Hutchinson has shut out six opponents this season.

This week the Blue Dragons travel to Barton at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Great Bend and takes on Southwestern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Salthawk Sports Complex.

(HCC Sports Information)

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER RANKINGS
                                                                  Record    Points    Last Poll
 
1. Eastern Florida State                       5-0-0         140         1
  2. Paradise Valley                               11-0-0         133         2
  3. Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa        9-0-1         126         3
  4. Butler                                                   9-2-0         119         4
  5. Tyler                                                     7-1-1         112          5
  6. Laramie County                                 7-1-1        105          6
  7. Iowa Western                                     7-1-0          98          7
  8. Monroe College                                 3-0-1          91          8
  9. Parkland                                             7-0-0           84        12
10. ASA New York                                    7-0-0          77        NR
11. Jones County                                     6-1-0          70         11
12. Cape Fear                                          7-0-0           63        14
13. Navarro                                               7-2-0           56        10
14. Hutchinson                                        8-1-0           49        13
15. Lewis & Clark                                    7-1-1           42          9
16. Monroe CC                                         3-3-2          35         15
17. Utah State Eastern                            8-0-1          28        16
18. Schoolcraft                                          5-2-0          21        18
19. Daytona State                                     7-0-0          14        RV
20. Arizona Western                                 8-3-0             7        20
     Others Receiving Votes: Indian Hills (8-2); Iowa Central (7-2-1); Mercer County (8-1); Northeast Texas (8-1); Pima (7-4); Spartanburg Methodist (9-2).
 


BLUE DRAGONS FALL IN 5 AT SEWARD COUNTY

Volleyball | 09.27.16

LIBERAL – Seward County racked up six stuff blocks and nine service aces in the final two sets Monday night to power a comeback and defeat the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team in five sets in a huge Jayhawk West match at the Green House.

The Blue Dragons dropped their second Jayhawk West match of the season after a 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 11-15 loss to the Saints. Hutchinson falls to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in the Jayhawk West. Seward County improves 15-5 overall and takes over sole possession of first place in the conference at 7-1. Hutchinson and Seward County split their season series.

The difference in the match came at the net and from the service line. Seward County out-blocked Hutchinson 15-8; the 15 blocks were an opponent season high. The 13 service aces allowed were also an opponent season high. The Saints produced 11 more aces than Hutchinson.

Leading the match 2-1, the Blue Dragons tied the fourth set at 20 on a Page Hiebert kill. After a Seward County timeout, the Saints reeled off five straight points to tie the match, the final two points coming on service aces.

Leading 6-4 in the fifth, the Blue Dragons allowed a five-run Saints’ scoring run and another four-point run fueled by three more aces and a pair of blocks to take control of the match at 13-8.

Hiebert led the Blue Dragons with 12 kills on .176 hitting. Nadine Cruz and Kyann Eslick both had 11 kills. Eslick hit .287, while Cruz hit .258.

Setter Katie Jorn had 26 assists and nine digs. Setter Nicole Rutherford had 17 assists and eight digs.

Mine Cetinoz had 15 digs and Kelsey Mulligan had 13 digs. Hinalei Fihaki led Hutch’s block with three total stuffs, including two solo blocks. Patricia Joseph had four block assists. Eslick had four total blocks with one solo.

Set 1 – The opening set featured 11 ties and six lead changes and the longest scoring run for either team was three. Trailing 17-16, the Blue Dragons came up with early answers at the net when Joseph and Hiebert teamed up for a block to tie the set and Nina Pevic and Fihaki doubled up for a block to take the lead for good at 18-17. That was part of a 5-1 run that gave Hutch a 21-18 lead after Fihaki solo block. Four of Seward County’s final six points came off Hutch service errors, but the Dragons won the opening set.

Set 2 – Four early Saint blocks fueled an early 12-4 run to open the second set. Hutch countered with a 6-2 run to pull within 14-10 after an Eslick kill. The Saints kept the Blue Dragons at arm’s length after that. A Cruz kill and Saint attack error pulled the Dragons within 21-18, but that’s as close as Hutch got in the set.

Set 3 – A ace serve gave Seward County a 15-11 third-set lead, but a service error stopped a 7-3 scoring run. A Jorn kill on a setter dump and a Eslick/Joseph double block tied the set at 15. Joseph added another block and a kill to give Hutch a 19-16 lead. Seward scored two in a row to pull within one and Joseph slammed down another kill for a 20-18 lead. HCC was able to side out on Seward’s final five serves and finished off a 25-22 win with a Cruz kill off the block.

Set 4 – Back-to-back block points by Seward County gave the Saints an early 10-6 lead. After a Hutch time, the Blue Dragons responded with a 7-2 run and took a 13-12 lead on a Jorn dump for a kill. Tied at 16, Seward County scored on 4 of the next 5 rallies to lead 20-17. Hiebert scored on two attacks to lead a 3-0 HCC run to knot the set at 20 and force a Saints timeout. The Dragons then committed two major mistakes with a crossover violation and then a rotation violation before the Saints put the set away with a kill and back to back ace serves.

Set 5 – Hutch started the fifth strong after a Pevic kill gave Hutch a 4-0 run and a 6-4 lead. The Saints countered with a strong serve for a 5-0 run to lead 9-6. A Mulligan service ace pulled the Dragons within 9-8, but the Saints got another ace and two more blocks to take full control of the set at 13-8. The rough passing night from the second set on sealed HCC’s fate when an overpass was sent back over the Hutch player into the deep corner on match point.

Hutchinson travel to the Tyler Junior College Invitational on Friday and Saturday to take on New Mexico Military, Navarro, Jefferson College and No. 3 Missouri State-West Plains in Tyler, Texas.

(HCC Sports Information)


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The Blue Dragon men's golf team is in sixth place after two rounds of the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational at Monkey Island, Okla. (Photo courtesy Shaun Buck/Missouri Southern Media Relations)

Golf | 09.27.16

DRAGON GOLFERS SIXTH AFTER 2 ROUND AT MISSOURI SOUTHERN

Gary Cross (81) goes high to haul in this Chaz Capps' pass and work his way 24 yards into the end zone for a touchdown in No. 13 Hutchinson's 26-21 loss at Highland on Saturday at Kessinger Field. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.27.16

SCOTTIES STING BLUE DRAGONS WITH LATE TOUCHDOWN

Jordan Downing had four goals and an assist in No. 13 Hutchinson's 13-0 victory over Northwest Kansas Tech on Saturday in Goodland. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.27.16

BLUE DRAGONS DEMOLISH NORTHWEST TECH IN REGIONAL BATTLE

Nina Pevic (12) and Patricia Joseph (15) go up for one of Hutchinson's 15 season-high blocks in a four-set victory over No. 15 Tyler on Saturday at the Sports Arena (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.26.16

BLUE DRAGONS SPLIT WITH NATIONALLY RANKED FOES AT ARENA

Jeremy Stiebens placed 59th overall and was the second Blue Dragon across the finish line on Saturday at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Cross Country | 09.26.16

PEDRAZA, STIEBENS LEAD BLUE DRAGON MEN AT OSU

The Blue Dragon women's cross country team placed 18th on Saturday in the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Cross Country | 09.26.16

LAMBERT LEADS BLUE DRAGON WOMEN AT COWBOY JAMBOREE

The No. 13 Blue Dragon football team travels to Highland for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday in Highland. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.24.16

BLUE DRAGONS TRAVEL TO HIGHLAND FOR KEY JAYHAWK MATCHUP

The Blue Dragon volleyball team meets No. 15 Tyler and No. 2 Iowa Western at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively, in the Blue Dragon Triangular on Saturday at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.24.16

BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL PLAY HOST TO TWO OF NATION’S BEST AT ARENA

The Blue Dragon women's soccer team travels to Northwest Tech at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday in Goodland (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.24.16

BLUE DRAGONS TRAVEL TO NORTHWEST TECH FOR REGIONAL MATCHUP

The Blue Dragon men's and women's cross country teams compete in the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Cross Country | 09.24.16

HUTCH CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS RUN AT OSU COWBOY JAMBOREE SATURDAY

Kyann Eslick winds up for one of her match-high 17 kills in Hutchinson's 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Butler on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.21.16

ESLICK’S 17 KILLS PACES BLUE DRAGONS TO SWEEP OF GRIZZLIES

				Freshman Emilee Kreibehl scored her first career goal and had as assist to help the No. 13 Blue Dragons to a 4-1 Jayhawk West victory over Dodge City on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Soccer | 09.21.16

BLUE DRAGONS EARN JAYHAWK WEST WIN OVER DODGE CITY

Kyann Eslick had a career-high 15 kills to lead the 20th-ranked Blue Dragons to a 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Pratt on Monday at Pratt. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 09.19.16

BLUE DRAGONS GET BACK ON TRACK WITH WEST ROAD SWEEP AT PRATT

Asher Goldston puts a hit on a Garden City receiver in the Blue Dragons' 16-14 loss to Garden City on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. The Blue Dragons drop seven spots to No. 13 in this week's NJCAA rankings. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.19.16

BLUE DRAGONS SLIP TO NO. 13 AFTER TWO-POINT LOSS TO GARDEN CITY

Josh Reynolds hauls in a touchdown pass in the second quarter from Chaz Capps in No. 6 Hutchinson's 16-14 loss to No. 12 Garden City on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. (Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 09.17.16

MISTAKES DOOM BLUE DRAGONS IN LOSS TO GARDEN CITY