On March 4, KJCCC Commissioner Bryce Roderick released the names of the 2013-14 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Women's Basketball All-Conference Team. Two PCC athletes were named to the team for the KJCCC Western division.
Sophomore Tatiana Grant of Milwaukee, Wis., pictured on the left, was named MVP of the Year and to the All-Conference First Team. Sophomore Elle Stein of Spearville, Kan., pictured on the right, was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The Delmar Riney Art Gallery at Pratt Community College is proud to feature the works of Virgil Penner during the month of March. In one of the largest exhibits in the gallery’s recent history, Penner displays a brilliant collection primarily composed of acrylic paintings.
Many of the paintings represent farmhouses and pastoral scenes with a whimsical twist. Penner explains a philosophy that a former art teacher passed along to him: If you’re going to paint a picture exactly like a picture, just take a picture.
The Pratt Wrestling Team qualified six wrestlers to the NJCAA National Tournament in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 28 to compete for All-American honors and a national title. Of the six qualifiers, one tabbed All-American honors by placing seventh in the country at 174 pounds. Cody Carson had a great tournament by advancing to the quarterfinals for the Beavers on the first day before dropping his quarterfinal match and then advancing to the second day with a win to claim All-American status.
The Beavers get first win of early season thanks to late double, playing Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa at Pratt with a final score of 8-3.
The Beavers and N.O. Tonkawa traded the lead four times on Feb. 27, but Pratt ended up on top in seven innings. The Beavers finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning. The Beavers went up for good on a three-run double by Summer Snyder scoring Cassie Kelly, Peyton Jones and Stephanie Seewer.
Kelly racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Beavers. She doubled in the fifth inning and homered in the sixth inning.
The Pratt Beavers' home opener at Stanion Field on Feb. 26 was a cold one, but things seemed to warm up with two wins at the end of the day. The first game saw a final score of 7-4 and the second game ended in walk off fashion at 10-9 over Bethany College JV.
The Beavers scored two runs in the first inning of the day with a two RBI double by Justin Crouch. The offense never fell behind after that and scored again in the second inning, fifth inning, and three runs in the sixth inning.
After struggling to field a full team most of last season, the Pratt Community College men’s cross country team has signed five runners for the 2014 season. Considering that practice doesn’t begin until Aug. 1, the Beavers are well on their way to having the largest cross country team in recent Pratt history.
Recruits from New Jersey, Nebraska, Texas and Kansas highlight the current signings, with several other recruits about to join the team that hopes to bring Pratt distance running back to the national spotlight it was in during the early 2000s.
Your women’s and men's basketball teams both took the victory over Colby Community College on Feb. 22.
"I thought we approached the evening with little intensity and our defense was very poor," said Head Women's Coach Stephanie Thompson.
The women led at half-time 31-28 and started the second half playing a little better to hold on for a 61-52 win. The Beavers were led by Tatiana Grant with 15 points in just 20 minutes due to a past injury. Elle Stein had 13 points and Sherry Calhoun pulled down 8 rebounds.
The Pratt track teams concluded their indoor season at the NJCAA Region VI meet held at Kansas University on Friday, Feb. 21. While neither team was able to gain a point in the meet by placing in the top eight, the nine Beaver freshmen gained invaluable experience for the 2015 campaign.
The men’s mid-distance crew of Trae Lane (Mile), Cody McVey (400/800), Steven Balser (400), and Darius Slaughter (400) continued to show improvement, as all four men ran to season best times in their respective events.
On Feb. 22, Pratt Community College inducted eight former PCC athletes into the Hall of Fame.
-Svjetlana Papcevic 2001-2002 Women’s Basketball-
Papcevic was voted team MVP and she was the top rebounder in the KJCCC 2002. She was third in the conference in scoring 2002 and was selected to the Region VI D-I Second Team 2001-2002. She was also named to the Jayhawk Third team All-Conference team in 2001-2002. After graduating from Pratt, she received a full ride scholarship to play basketball at the University of Arizona, where she had a stellar career.
On Feb. 13, two Pratt Community College students were honored in Topeka, Kan. as members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. PCC’s chapter, Phi Zeta, selected Diana Lara and Katelyn Kumberg, both of Pratt, as their representatives for the 2014 Kansas All-State Academic Team.
This is a distinguished group of scholars from community colleges across the state who are selected for their academic achievements and contributions to their college and community. These students will also be eligible for the All-USA Academic Team announced later this year.