Volleyball team chalks up 20+ win season
The Hesston College Volleyball team and coach Jessica Cleveland ’06 enjoyed a 20+ win season and post-season play for the second consecutive year. The Larks picked up several big wins in the regular season, including a victory over 15th-ranked Kansas City Kansas Community College in September. Throughout the season, individual athletes were included in the top 25 stat leaders nationally, and in the top 10 rankings among all two-year Kansas programs. The Larks ended the season Nov. 7, with a loss to seventh-ranked Coffeyville Community College and a record of 21-12. Setter Casey Perez ’16 (Kalona, Iowa) and outside hitter Christy Swartzendruber ’16 (Shickley, Neb.) received first team All-Region honors, while middle hitter Kortney Cunningham ’17 (Almena, Kan.) was named second team All-Region.
Men’s soccer ends season with most wins in 11 years
Under second-year coach Michael Armstrong ’05, the men’s soccer team ended the 2015 season with a 7-13 record, the most wins for the program since 2004, which also recorded seven wins. Keeper Oliver Wisseman ’16 (Prineville, Ore.) and forward Guershon Safari ’17 (Boise, Idaho) were major contributing factors to the team’s success throughout the season. This year’s 21-man roster included players from 10 states as well as four international students from three countries.
Sieber inducted into NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame
Gerry Sieber ’64, a multiple-sport coach for almost 50 years, was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Soccer Hall of Fame this fall. Sieber got his coaching start at Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) in 1966 before coaching men’s soccer at Hesston for 23 years where he compiled a 247-128-27 record, including 11 regional championships. During his Hesston tenure, he also coached track (eight years) and men’s basketball (five years) and served as physical education department chair and athletic director (seven years). From 1994-2006 Sieber coached men’s soccer at Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) and started a women’s soccer program which he led for three years. He also coached track for five years and cross country for two years. In 2009 he returned to Hesston to help launch men’s and women’s cross country programs in 2010, for which he continues as coach.