ECC wrestling crowns six champions
December 15, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College Panther wrestling team walked away from the Art Kraft Memorial Tournament, hosted by Triton College in Chicago, IL, with 15 place winners.
Eighth-ranked DeShun Brown (125) was awarded the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award after one win by technical fall and three major decision wins. Brown defeated fourth-ranked Jake Bellis of Harper College in the finals by a dominant 13-4 major decision.
Jacob Igartua (133), Leivon Lewis (157), Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland (165), Devan Richter (165) and Sharod Wilson (197) each claimed champion status in their respective weight classes. Saidyokub Kakhramanov (141), Isaac Rentas (149), Sadarriss Patterson (174), Steven Candley (184), Terry Martin Jr. (197) and Dalonte Holland (285) all took second place honors. Rounding out the Panthers' effort on the day were Jermaine Pryor Jr. (133) at 4th, Kevin Cooper (149) at 3rd and Robert Troye (184) at 5th.
The Panthers will be back in competition at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, IN, following the Winter Break.
ECC football wins Graphic Edge Bowl
December 11, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College football team ended its season on a high note, beating #17 Dakota-Bottineau in the Dec. 7 Graphic Edge Bowl game 39-7.
The Panthers led going into the half 13-7 and maintained their lead into the fourth quarter, when they had a scoring explosion of 23 points to end the exciting game on top. ECC’s first touchdown was a 16-yard run by Xavier Washpun with a good kick by Dayton Balvanz in the first quarter. The Panthers didn’t score again until the second quarter, when Tad Steffensen ran in a 31-yard pass from quarterback Demarius Davis.
Balvanz had two more field goals (23 yards and 28 yards) to give the Panthers an even greater advantage.
The Panthers didn’t look back during the fourth quarter. They scored two more touchdowns with passes from Davis to Tyrian Taylor for 31 yards and 18 yards and a touchdown from Dustin Caldwell to finish off the game.
The Panthers passed for 347 yards compared to Dakota-Bottineau’s 153 yards. They completed on 16-31 passes and averaged 21.7 yards per pass.
Quarterback Demarius Davis of Sarasota, FL, was named Graphic Edge Bowl Offensive MVP and defensive end Zach Depriest of Dike, IA, took home the Defensive MVP title.
“The Graphic Edge Bowl game was a great opportunity for our kids and they made the most of it,” commented Head Coach Jesse Montalto. “We played a tough first half versus a very good ranked team and our size wore them down in the second half. Our kids played their hearts out for 60 minutes and the end result showed that. I couldn’t be more proud of a group that has found a way to persevere all year long.”
The 2014 Panthers set or tied several different Ellsworth Graphic Edge Bowl records this year. They tied the fewest first downs allowed (5) with the 1987 team that won the NJCAA national title. Davis also tied Tirrell Rennie’s 2008 record for most touchdown passes (3) and beat the previous individual record for most yards passing with 347 yards (Jordan Doyle had 276 in 2012). They also beat the 2012 team record for most passing yards with 347 (the 1985 Panthers had 284).
Photo Caption: ECC football Graphic Edge Bowl team photo
ECC football players earn All-Conference honors
December 10, 2014
Thirteen Ellsworth Community College football players were named this week by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to All-Conference teams, and five additional Panthers received honorable mentions for their efforts on the field this season.
First Team All-Conference honors went to sophomore wide receiver Tyrian Taylor of Orlando, FL; freshman running back Xavier Washpun of Iowa City, IA; sophomore left tackle Brian Steffensmeier of Dyersville, IA; freshman right tackle Cedric McCoy of Palatka, FL; sophomore middle linebacker Angelo Sumler of Hampton, AR; sophomore strong safety Josh Kirk of Maquoketa, IA and sophomore punter Dayton Balvanz of Eldora, IA.
Second Team All-Conference honors went to sophomore quarterback DeMarius Davis of Sarasota, FL; freshman wide receiver Tad Steffensen of Marshalltown, IA; freshman defensive end Kevin Thompson of Baltimore, MD; freshman middle linebacker Terry Mooty of Cedar Falls, IA; freshman outside linebacker Dawayne Pruitt of Miami, FL; freshman free safety Kearis Ardley of Sarasota, FL and sophomore returner Tyrian Taylor of Orlando, FL.
Honorable mentions were earned by freshman running back Zaybreion Gunter of Baldwin, FL; freshman left guard Marquan Clayton of Ft Dodge, IA; freshman defensive end Tyler Chaudoin of Genera, FL; freshman corner back O’Daryl Davis Douglas of Sarasota, FL and sophomore corner back Lachel Durant of Florence, SC.
“Our all-conference players were all very deserving of these awards,” commented ECC Head Football Coach Jesse Montalto. “Each of them had a great season and are a big part of our program’s success.”
Panthers on 3-game winning streak
December 10, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College women’s basketball team will be heading into the holiday break on a three-game winning streak after defeating Grand View JV 79-62 on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Grand View was held to just 30% shooting from the field while the Panthers maintained control of the lead, pulling ahead by as much as 20 points in the second half.
The team saw play from all 13 girls for the second game in a row. ECC shot 80% from the free throw line. Five players scored in double figures led by Keziah Lewis with 16 points; she also added 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Ashley Gates had 15 points and 9 rebounds; Jordyn Lehman had 15 points and 8 rebounds; Chantelle Rumph had 15 points along with 4 steals and 3 assists; and Molly Greenfield added 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The Panthers will resume action on Jan. 6 as they host Wartburg College JV in Iowa Falls at 7 pm.
ECC wrestlers place 13 in BVU Open
December 10, 2014
After a 20-19 dual setback to Labette Community College the Panther wrestling team tallied 13 place winners this past weekend at the Buena Vista Open tournament.
Saidyokub Kakhramanov (141) and Matt Hurford (184) led the charge by winning their semi-final matches. Kakhramanov won his semifinal match by fall over Jesse Etherington of the University of Northern Iowa. Hurford made his way into the finals by a 7-1 decision over Terry Sterling of Midland University. Hurford and Kakhramanov both battled hard in the finals but walked away with silver. Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland (165) and Isaac Rentas (149) finished third and fourth respectively at 165 and 149 pounds. Sharod Wilson (197) and Jacob Igartua (133) both took fifth in their weight classes.
Other Panthers placing at the meet included Kevin Cooper (149) at 5th place; Leivon Lewis (157) in 6th place; Devan Richter (165) in 8th place; Sadarriss Patterson (174) in 8th place; Steven Candley (184) in 8th place; Terry Martin (197) in 6th place and Dalonte Holland (285) in 8th place.
The ECC Panthers will be back in competition this Saturday, Dec. 13, at the University of Northern Iowa Open.