Panthers take win at home
November 21, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College wrestling team hosted its first meet of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 19, against Minnesota West. The Panthers won easily by a score of 45-3.
Matt Hurford (197) won his match by decision and three Panthers won with pins: Sam Andresen (165), Kane Springis (184) and Dalonte Holland (285). ECC had four wrestlers win by forfeit: Wesley Petrick (125), Brett Stevens (133), Isaac Rentas (149) and Marcus Graham (174).
“Overall it was a pretty good first performance in a dual meet setting,” commented Head Wrestling Coach Cole Spree. “We lost one match that I feel we shouldn’t have lost, but we showed signs of improvement overall as a team.”
The Panthers will be back on the mat on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, MO.
Photo Caption: Marcus Graham (174) shown wrestling.
Panther volleyball finishes successful season
November 17, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College volleyball team finished the year 16-16, which is an improvement over last year’s record of 17-23. They also finished higher in the conference standings than last year, with a 6th place finish.
“We had a lot of good things happen this season, but fell a little short in the first round of regional play,” commented ECC Head Coach Melanie Suljic. “Ultimately Iowa Central and DMACC advanced to the national tournament. We went 5 sets with both schools and barely lost to DMACC by a score of 13-15 in the 5th set.”
Stat leaders for the team this year included: Mary Goergen with 319 kills; April Jones with 223 kills and 81 blocks; Keisha Machado with 269 kills and 298 digs; Cristina Negron with 647 set assists and 31 aces; Darayliz Santiago with 453 set assists; Madison Grabau with 38 aces and 399 digs; Paola Soto with 46 aces and 266 digs and Allison Kuennen with 43 blocks.
Sophomore Madison Grabau accumulated 772 digs for her career (2013-2014) and moved into the 4th spot in the ECC recordbooks. She beat out the next in the list by 114 career digs.
Freshman Mary Goergen received Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) honors. She was awarded 2nd Team All-Region and All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“There was a lot of talent on this team and we are hoping to see some of the sophomores continue their academic and playing careers at a four-year school next year,” stated Suljic. “There should be a talented group of sophomores returning next year to carry the next generation of ECC volleyball to success.”
Photo Caption: Mary Goergen hits it over the net.
ECC Panthers invited to Dec. 7 bowl game
November 11, 2014
It was announced by the NJCAA today that the Ellsworth Community College Panthers (3-7) will face 17th ranked Dakota College at Bottineau (8-2) in the opening game of the Graphic Edge Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Kickoff is at 11 am.
“This is a great honor for Head Coach Jesse Montalto, the assistant coaches, and our players,” says Nate Forsyth, ECC Athletic Director. “Coach Montalto has had a good first year with Ellsworth, and I know the team is excited to have a whole month to practice before the Dec. 7 bowl game. For our sophomores, the opportunity to compete one more time, and in a bowl game, gives them additional visibility with recruiters at the next level. This will be a fantastic way to end the fall season and get ready for the spring season. Go Panthers!”
Coach Montalto adds, “It’s a great opportunity for our kids to not only play one more time, but also to enhance their own recruitment … our sophomores will be playing in front of other coaches and recruiters in the Dome. The way our last game of the season ended, our kids really deserve this additional chance to play. We couldn’t be happier.”
Tickets for the Dec. 7 Graphic Edge bowl game can be purchased through the Ellsworth Community College Athletic Office in Gentle Student Center (email Kristie.Arends@iavalley.edu or Nate.Forsyth@iavalley.edu, or call 641-648-4611 or 800-322-9235. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students.
ECC volleyball wins final regular season game
October 30, 2014
The Ellsworth Community College volleyball team ended regular season play at home with a win against NIACC in five sets. The set scores were 15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 24-26, and 15-5.
Panther stat leaders included Mary Goergen with 17 kills and 5 blocks; Darayliz Santiago with 21 set assists, Cristina Negron with 24 set assists and 3 aces; Madison Grabau with 20 digs and 2 aces; April Jones with 10 kills and 5 blocks; and Allison Kuennen with 10 kills.
“It was great to get our last home match win, especially a five-set thriller on sophomore night. We had great crowd support and it was an overall great night,” commented ECC Head Volleyball Coach Melanie Suljic. “We'll match up with Northeast out of Norfolk, NE, for the first round of post-season play next Wednesday, Nov. 5.”
Photo Caption: Cristina Negron sets April Jones for the kill.
Xavier Washpun named ICCAC Player of the Week
October 23, 2014
Freshman running back Xavier Washpun of the Ellsworth Community College Panther football team has been named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Football Offense Athlete of the Week.
Washpun, from Iowa City, put forth extraordinary efforts against Independence Community College in the Panthers’ 40-0 shut-out on Oct. 18. On 10 carries he gained 96 yards and caught two passes for 57 yards. Washpun is the son of Tara and Kenny Washpun.