Women’s Softball Team Continues Winning Streak

Blue Knights have two games left before playoffs

The DCTC women’s softball team has put together a very successful season with a record of 18–7 as of April 29, 2013. The Blue Knights are on a six-game winning streak that includes four games played on the road this past weekend.

Saturday, April 27, the Blue Knights played a doubleheader, defeating Rock Valley College 2–0 and 12–6. The Golden Eagles are ranked fifth in the most recent NJCAA Women’s Softball Division III Top 10 National Poll. The next day, the Knights swept a doubleheader against Madison Technical College, winning 8–1 and 5­–3.

Bethani Athey

Bethani Athey

“This weekend, we really found our team chemistry,” said Bethani Athey, a freshman third base player from Elk River, Minn. “During the season, we have been getting closer together as a team.”

Other recent Blue Knight games include 8–6 and 14–6 victories over St. Cloud Technical & Community College April 21. The Cyclones are ranked eighth in the most recent NJCAA D III poll

“We have been able to win games against top-ranked teams,” said Head Fastpitch Softball Coach Tom Cross. “I am very proud of what our team has accomplished so far this season.”

Nikki Tiedeman

Nikki Tiedeman

“This year has been so much fun,” said Nikki Tiedeman, a sophomore utility player  from New Prague, Minn. “I am excited for the playoffs and I hope we can continue this winning streak.”

The Blue Knights play the remaining two regular season games at home, facing the University of St. Thomas JV Tuesday, April 30, at 4 p.m., and the Bethel University JV Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. The Blue Knights travel to Williston, N.D., May 4 for the NJCAA Region 13 Tournament.

For more information about Blue Knights fastpitch softball, contact:
  • Tom Cross
    Head Fastpitch Softball Coach
Or visit GoBlueKnights.com 

Blue Knights Raise Funds for Youth Cancer Patient

Annual soccer scrimmages support Evan Thornton

Blue Knights Men's Soccer Team

Blue Knights Men’s Soccer Team

Evan Thornton

Evan Thornton

On April 20, 2013, Blue Knights men’s soccer at Dakota County Technical College hosted the team’s annual spring scrimmages at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minn. About 200 fans, players, family and community members attended the scrimmages, which included a fundraiser to support Evan Thornton, a local 10-year-old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of primary bone cancer. The event brought in $750 to help pay for Evan’s cancer treatments.

The Knights took on the University of Wisconsin-Superior varsity, coming from behind to defeat the Yellowjackets 3–2. In the following game, UW Superior’s JV scrimmaged ACME, a men’s team in Monday Division D2 of the Minnesota Recreational Soccer League, or MRSL. Evan’s father, Mike Thornton, is a member of ACME and a longtime community soccer player.

“This event was a great way for our young college athletes to recognize the struggles faced by Evan and his family,” said DCTC Head Soccer Coach Cam Stoltz. “The scrimmages fostered kindness through the sport of soccer and gave our players the opportunity to support a local community member in a time of great need.”

Evan Thornton

Greg James, a friend of the Thornton family, was at the scrimmages collecting donations for Evan. “This was a fun event and I am very pleased with the funds raised,” James said. “The $750 will help Evan and his family pay for Evan’s hospital bills.”

The latest news from Evan’s mother, Trina Thornton, reports that Evan will be receiving whole-lung irradiation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Whole-lung irradiation is often used on Ewing’s sarcoma patients with pulmonary metastases that do not respond to chemotherapy.

Punch Cancer in Dah FaceTo learn more about how you can support Evan in his battle against cancer, please visit and like his Facebook page, Evan Thornton – Punch Cancer In Dah Face, and follow Evan’s story on CaringBridge.org. A benefit will be held for Evan Sunday, May 5, 2013, at The Bulldog Uptown from 2 p.m. till  6 p.m. Donations can be mailed to:

Evan Joseph Thornton Benefit Fund
TCF National Bank
801 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402

For more information about Blue Knights soccer, contact:
  • Cam Stoltz
    Athletics Coordinator and Head Soccer Coach

Jay Pivec Marks 600th Win As Head Coach

Coach Piv achieves career milestone in second season at DCTC

In January 2013, Jay Pivec marked his 600th win as a head basketball coach. Pivec achieved this coaching milestone as head coach of the Blue Knights men’s basketball team at Dakota County Technical College. The win came against Dakota College at Bottineau Jan 19 at the Salvation Army Community Center when the Knights downed the Lumberjacks 70–40. The Knights finished their second season at 18–12. Pivec’s record at DCTC is 42–19. His career record overall is 605–258.

Jay Pivec | Head Basketball Coach

“Being a coach is extremely rewarding,” said Pivec. “Everyday I have the opportunity to see young people grow.”

Coach Piv is famous for mentoring his players while preparing them for the highest levels of college basketball. “The relationship with my players develops into a friendship,” he said. “I truly appreciate being able to stay in touch with so many of them.”

Pivec is one of the top coaches in NJCAA Division III basketball history. Before coming to DCTC, he coached the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Mavericks for 20 seasons with a record of 425–115.

Jay Pivec | Head Basketball Coach

“After the program at MCTC ended, DCTC gave me the opportunity to continue coaching while building a new basketball program,” said Pivec. “I am thankful DCTC gave me the chance to reach this wonderful career milestone.”

Professional Achievements
  • Minnesota College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  • Minnesota College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2002)
  • NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame (2010)
  • NJCAA Region XIII Coach of the Year (1993, 1995, 2004, 2009)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Teaching Excellence Award (1995)
  • Head Coach NJCAA National All-Star Team (2009)
  • NJCAA National Coach of the Year (2009)
  • MCTC Head Coaching Record (20 Seasons: 452–115)
For more information about Blue Knights men’s basketball at DCTC, please contact:
  • Jay Pivec
    Head Basketball Coach
Or visit GoBlueKnights.com

Tim Wynes Named Interim President of DCTC

Tim Wynes

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system today appointed Tim Wynes, president of Inver Hills Community College (IHCC), to also serve as interim president of Dakota County Technical College (DCTC).  His new appointment is effective July 1, 2013.  A search for a permanent president will begin early in the fall.

Wynes has served as president of IHCC since 2010. Previously, he served from 2002-2010 as chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District and from 1996-2002 as executive dean of grants and governmental affairs at Indian Hills Community College (IA). Wynes has served on the full-time faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law and as an adjunct at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University (IA), St. Ambrose University (IA), the University of Missouri Graduate School of Social Work, and Missouri Southern State College.

In recommending Wynes’ appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said “Tim Wynes is an outstanding leader who works effectively with community leaders, elected officials, area business and industry, and public schools and is deeply committed to Dakota and Scott counties.  DCTC and Inver Hills have entered into some very exciting and productive joint initiatives for customized training and continuing education that have resulted in cost savings and improved service to students and the community.  The appointment of Tim Wynes will ensure the continuity of these activities, ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next, and help the college recruit a stellar new president.”

Wynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College, a juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law (MO), and has completed coursework in the doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.

Wynes succeeds Ron Thomas, who is retiring after 13 years of service as president of DCTC.

DCTC Excels at SkillsUSA Competition

Thirty-seven students place at 2013 MN State Championships

2013 SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships

A total of 67 students from 25 different academic programs at Dakota County Technical College competed in 30 contests at the 46th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference held Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2013, headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington and held at various host sites in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. More than 30 DCTC faculty and staff directly contributed to student success at the competitions.

DCTC students placed 34 times, winning 15 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals with eight honorable mentions. All told, DCTC students took home 46 medals, including medals for team competitions. Eighteen students from DCTC qualified to compete at the SkillsUSA Championships at the 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24–28, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

View photos from awards ceremony
View photos from competitions

Gold Medal Winners
  • Clay Carlson—3-D Visualization and Animation (Team)
  •  Mitchell Rolland—3-D Visualization and Animation (Team)
  •  Wen Li—Computer Programming
  •  Kristofer Frelix—Customer Service
  •  Jake Leritz—Diesel Equipment Technology
  •  Russ Gamache—Digital Cinema/Video Product Dev. (Team)
  •  Max Slocum—Digital Cinema/Video Product Dev. (Team)
  •  Jessica Jackson—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Michael Doyle—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Mason Green—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Vladimir Kovalchuk—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Garret Roach—Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Eric Anderson—Industrial Motor Control
  • Eric Musolf—Masonry
  • Brandice Carlson—Medical Math
  • Leah King—Medical Terminology
  • Alex Just—Photography
  • Garret Roach—Prepared Speech
  • Brian Warzeha—Related Technical Math
 Silver Medal Winners
  • Maria Barrick—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Chad Brown—Electrical Construction Wiring (RWI)
  • Vadym Snesrud—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Joyce Mallery—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Kiara Hollie-Sessions—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Samantha Hrbek—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Gabriel Hartog—Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Troy Ellefson—Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Steven Odom—Masonry
  • Brandice Carlson—Medical Terminology
  • Jessica Hutton—Pin Design
  • Mason Green—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Michael Doyle—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Vadym Snesrud—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Nanci Al-Kordi—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Timothy Fink—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Jessica Hutton—T-shirt Design
Bronze Medal Winners
  • Cierra Baumgartner—Advertising Design
  • Adam Oxborough—Automotive Service Technology
  • Meghan Miller—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Leah King—Job Interview
  • Emily Dean—Photography
  • Stacy Peterson—Promotional Bulletin Board (Team)
  • Maria Barrick—Promotional Bulletin Board (Team)
  • David Vo—Related Technical Math
  • Timothy Fink—T-shirt Design
  • Tyler Dulitz—Welding
Honorable Mentions
  • Dalton Leritz—Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Blake Jensen—Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Vadym Snesrud—Job Interview
  • Michael Doyle—Job Interview
  • Miao Li—Pin Design
  • Michael Doyle—Related Technical Math
  • Clay Carlson—T-shirt Design
  • Taran Bridgemohan—Welding
DCTC advisors, support staff, competition hosts and volunteers
  • Brenda Arneson
  • Alicia Atwater
  • Nathan Blommel
  • Dawn Braa
  • Mark Brantner
  • Mike Buck
  • Andy Chernisky
  • Jeff Choban
  • Jeff Copeland
  • Jason Dean
  • Scott Determan
  • Darryl Erickson
  • Tim Felch
  • Roger Gartner
  • Paul Geisler
  • Mark Grant
  • Ron Gruenes
  • Benjamin Jackson
  • Ken Klassen
  • Scott Logan
  • Peter Latner
  • Tim McCluskey
  • Nicole Meulemans
  • Donnie Myers
  • Mike Opp
  • Christine Pigsley
  • Gerry Rainford
  • Pete Skoro
  • Jerry Stiles
  • Darrell Tangen
  • Kathy Tettam
  • Kristin Vanevenhoven
For more information about SkillsUSA at DCTC, contact:
  • Anna Voight
    Assistant Director of Student Life