The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Katie Beebe as the Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week for November 26-December 2 (Week 5). The award is the first such honor for Beebe, and the first this season for the Chiefs.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has released its list of All-Americans for the 2018 fall sports season, and 12 student-athletes representing NJCAA Region IV were recognized. The group includes five All-Americans in volleyball, four in women's soccer, and three in men's soccer. Five student-athletes were named First Team and Second Team All-Americans, while there was one each on the third team and honorable mention. Joliet Junior College, Madison College, and South Suburban College each boast a pair of NJCAA All-Americans.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Luke Davis of Kishwaukee College and Nana Kodom-Ayensu of Rock Valley College as the Division II and Division III Men's Basketball Players of the Week, respectively, for November 12-18 (Week 3). The honor is the first of its kind for both Davis and Kodom-Ayensu, as well as for the Kougars and Golden Eagles programs this season.
The National Junior College Athletic Association has named the College of Lake County's Hannah Raupach the Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week for November 12-18 (Week 3). The award is the first of its kind for Raupach, as well as for the Lancers program this season.
CHARLESTON, WV - The two Region IV representatives at the 2018 NJCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championships found themselves on opposite sides of net with their season's on the line. Moraine Valley Community College won that consolation matchup to end the season of Carl Sandburg College, however, the Cyclones eventually fell in the ninth place match to close out their 2018 campaign.
FOLEY, ALA. - The Moraine Valley Community College women's soccer team made their fourth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championships, however, they failed to pick up a win in two games. The Cyclones opened as the 12th-seed and lost their pool play opener by a 4-0 final to top-seeded and eventual national runner-up Tyler Junior College (TX). Their second match came against eighth-seeded Monroe Community College (NY) and ended with a 6-0 blanking at the hands of the Tribunes. Moraine Valley finishes their season with a 19-3-1 record.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Josh McAuley as the Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 5-11 (Week 2). The honor is the first for McAuley and the first for the Chiefs in the 2018-19 season.
ROCHESTER, MINN. - Rock Valley College placed sixth at the 2018 NJCAA Division III Women's Volleyball National Championships after picking up two wins and two losses. Entering as the tournament's fifth seed, the Golden Eagles opened with a 3-0 sweep of 12th-seeded Harrisburg Area Community College (PA) before falling in the quarterfinal round to 4th-seeded and host Rochester Community & Technical College (MN), 3-1. Now playing in the consolation bracket, RVC earned a 3-1 victory over 8th-seeded Queensborough Community College (NY) to reach the 5th place game, where they dropped a three-setter to 6th-seeded Lorain County Community College (OH).
The top goal scorer in the nation also doubled as the top vote-getter in among players named to the 2018 Region IV Division I Men's Soccer All-Region Team. Sophomore Ricardo Avalos of South Suburban College headlines the list after scoring 34 goals this fall, seven more than anyone else in the country. The forward also finished the year with ten assists, ten game-winning goals, and 78 total points. He is one of eight All-American nominees from the region, along with teammate Antonio Castro, Morton College's Baltazar Duran, Patrick Kibler, and Lukas Palmas, Waubonsee Community College's Jose Alfaro and Adrian Bravo Cobian, and Bukolas Abdulwahab from Oakton Community College. Notable from that group Abduhwahab ranking fourth in the nation with 24 goals, Duran 17 assists placing him fifth nationally, and Castro owning the nation's sixth-best save percentage at .883. Region IV champion Morton College leads all team with five all-region selections, while Moraine Valley Community College, Waubonsee Community College, South Suburban College, and Malcolm X College all places three players on the list.
WESTFIELD, MASS. - The Fall of 2018 proved to be another banner year for Harper College cross country, which swept the NJCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships for the third straight year at Stanley Park. The Hawks took the men's title for the eighth consecutive season with 38 points to win by 45 points over Sandhills Community College (NC), while the women's third crowning achievement also finished with 38 points to best Oxford Emory College (GA) by 51 points.
Carl Sandburg College freshman volleyball player Peyton Bowman (Sciota, Ill./West Prairie) has been named the Region IV Division II District A Player of the Year, highlighting three Chargers — all products of West Prairie High School — who are on the All-Region IV Team.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - Harper College and Waubonsee Community College finished as the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Men's Cross Country Champions with the top point totals on Saturday, October 27 at the College of Lake County. The Hawks nearly swept the top eight spots in accumulating 16 points, while second place Joliet Junior College had 47 points in the Division III race. The DI race went to the Chiefs with a team total of 49 points, followed by the host Lancers with 58 points. The Region IV Runners of the Year went to Michael Sisko of Harper College after the sophomore beat teammate Jacob Melgosa by ten seconds at 27:32.60 in DIII, and Jonathan Fernandez of Malcolm X College after finishing in 26:03.60 to break the DI tape 13 seconds ahead Jeremy Wallace from the College of Lake County. With their team titles, Jim Macnider of Harper College and Trevor Howard of WCC were named Region IV Coaches of the Year.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - Sauk Valley Community College and Harper College ran their way to 2018 NJCAA Region IV Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 27 on the 5,000-meter course at the College of Lake County. The Skyhawks amassed 41 points to edge second place Carl Sandburg by 15 points for the Division I crown, while the Hawks ran unchallenged and finished with 15 points for the Division III title. Carl Sandburg freshman Nancy Jebet claimed the Division I Runner of the Year award with a time of 19:19.13, a little over one minute better than second place Calista Stefaniak of Moraine Valley Community College. The DIII Runner of the Year honor went to sophomore Misbah Baig in 19:16.34 to edge out her teammate and second place finisher Taylor Kreiss by 44 seconds. Nick Hartz of SVCC and Jim Macnider from Harper each received Region IV Coach of the Year accolades.
The top vote-getters on the 2018 Region IV Division II District A & B All-Region Teams proved that efficiency and versatiilty are valuable traits when it comes to success in athletics. Peyton Bowman of Carl Sandburg College finished second in the nation in attack percentage at .492 and first in the region in kills with 410 to garner the top spot on the District A All-Region team, while Moraine Valley Community College's Noelle Knezz stuffed the statsheet with 228 kills, 224 assists, 179 digs, 41 aces, and 39 blocks en route to earning the most votes on the District B All-Region team. The duo is joined by Kayla Battle of Waubonsee Community College, Macie Good of Sauk Valley Community College, and Moraine Valley's Abbi Fletcher and Amanda Bulow as the region's All-American nominees. Todd Winkler of Sandburg and Lauren Lorenz of MVCC were named Region IV Coaches of the Year after leading their teams to Region IV titles in 2018. In District A, Carl Sandburg, Waubonsee, and Sauk Valley each placed three players on the all-region list, while the Cyclones and Oakton Community College led the District B list with three each.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - Following a pair of three-set sweeps in their respective championship matches, Carl Sandburg College and Moraine Valley Community College each secured a Region IV Division II Women's Volleyball title in 2018. The Chargers were the last team standing in the District A bracket after taking down defending Region IV champion Sauk Valley Community College, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 to win their second straight region crown. The Cyclones are Region IV champs for a fifth time following their 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 defeat of Waubonsee Community College to close out the District B bracket. Todd Winkler of CSC and Lauren Lorenz of MVCC were named Region IV Coaches of the Year.
South Suburban College's Nataly Porras scored a goal in every game she played in 2018. Often times she scored multiple goals. As a result, the sophomore forward has been voted the top player on the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division I All-Region Women's Soccer team. Porras finished with 46 goals to rank second in the nation after recording at least a hat trick in eight matches this season. She is one of seven players to receive All-American nominations, including Moraine Valley Community College teammates Sylvia Kordaczka and Mairead Ruane, Bryant & Stratton College's Arianna Duncanson, Rachel Moore from the College of Lake County, and Oakton Community College teammates Caitlin Dalton and Liz Stengal. Of note from that group, Moore is fourth in the nation with 38 goals and Ruane was named Region IV Tournament MVP after guiding the Cyclones to a fourth straight championship. Al Palar of MVCC was awarded the Region IV Coach of the Year.
Compiling the second-most kills in the nation and breaking all of her school's kills records has landed Madison College sophomore Paige Hostetler atop the list of 2018 NJCAA All-Region IV Women's Volleyball honorees, a collection that includes numerous others among the nation's best at their positions. Hostetler finished with 443 kills and a 5.09 kills per set average to lead the region, while also re-establishing new single-season and all-time records for the WolfPack. Joining Hostetler on the list of All-American nominees is Mallory Hecox of Rock Valley College, Harper College's Karolina Sas, and Joliet Junior College's Cuay Whitener. Whitener and Hecox sit third and sixth, respectively, in the nation for kills, while Sas is seventh in digs. Region champion Rock Valley College placed five players on the all-region teams, the most of any team, followed by Madison College with four. Kristy Pierce was awarded the Region IV Coach of the Year.
PALATINE, ILL. - Rock Valley College made quick work of the opposition on Saturday as it swept its way to the Region IV Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Golden Eagles defeated third-seeded Harper College 25-19, 25-14, 25-11 to end the Hawks two-year reign atop the region. The title is the first for RVC since 2012.
CICERO, ILL. - The Morton College men's soccer team continued a school-record win streak with a 2-0 defeat of Oakton Community College to claim the program's third Region IV Division I Tournament Championship in the last five years. The top-seeded Panthers improved their consecutive wins streak to an impressive 18 games while ending the Cinderalla-like run the sixth-seeded Owls.
Moraine Valley Community College is once again champions of the NJCAA Region IV Division I Women's Soccer Tournament after defeating Waubonsee Community College by a 4-1 final to claim their fourth consecutive title. The top-seeded Cyclones handed the second-seeded Chiefs a fourth consecutive loss in the region finale en route to an unbeaten 19-0-1 record.
The 2018 Region IV All-Region Women's Soccer Teams boast some of the top statistical players in the country, led by Madison College sophomore Peyton Trapino. Trapino is second in the nation in assists with 23, scored 13 goals on the year, and received the most of any player in the region. She is joined on the list of All-American nominees from the region by Joliet Junior College's Miranda Nirchi and Lindsey Bond, as well as Harper College's Julia Szylke. Nirchi and Szylke are ranked first and second, respectively in goals scored in the country, while Bond sits fourth on the assists list. The WolfPack placed eight players on the all-region team, the most of any program, and was followed by the Wolves with six. Joliet defeated Madison for the Region IV title, paving the way for Nirchi to win Tournament MVP honors and Wesley Dapkus to grab Coach of the Year accolades.
MADISON, WISC. - A year after losing the region title match on their home field to Madison College, second-seeded Joliet Junior College returned the favor on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over the top-seeded WolfPack to earn the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
PALATINE, ILL. - A first period goal turned out to be the difference in the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division III Men's Soccer Championship as second-seeded Harper College defeated fifth-seeded Elgin Community College by a 1-0 final on Saturday. The win gives the Hawks their third Region IV crown in the last four years and returns Harper to the top of the region after a one-year hiatus.
For the second year in a row, the top vote-getter on the Region IV Division III Men's Soccer All-Region Team is a representative of Triton College after freshman Michael Szaflarski claimed the honor in 2018. The Trojans earned five all-region honors to lead all team, followed by four each for Elgin Community College and Madison College. Szaflarski, a midfielder, scored a team-high ten goals and collected three assists, and was joined by Madison College's Dejesus Herrera and Elgin Community College's Aldo Lazaro on the list of NJCAA All-American nominees. Harper College won the Region IV Tournament, thus awarding freshman Matthew Austin the Region IV Tournament MVP and first year coach Andre Watson the Region IV Coach of the Year.
Competitive tennis ruled the weekend as the College of Lake County and Elgin Community College escaped extremely tight points races to capture 2018 NJCAA Region IV Women's Tennis Championships in Divisions I and III, respectively. The Lancers earned 18.5 points to surpass runner-up Waubonsee Community College by 1/2 point, while the Spartans and Illinois Valley Community College came down to a single match in their head-to-head battle.
LASALLE, ILL. - Battling rainy weather for a second consecutive year at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club, the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division II & III Men's Golf Tournament finished with Black Hawk College and Madison College securing their respective team and individual titles. The Braves captured the Division II crown with a team score of 869 over 54 holes, while the WolfPack posted an 837 while playing just 45 holes to claim the DIII title.
As she closes in on setting a new single season records for shutouts, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Madison College's Kelly Kubicek as it Division III Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for September 24-30 (Week 5). The national honor is the first such award for Kubicek and the first this season for the WolfPack women's soccer program. Kubicek becomes the second player in the program's history to earn a national weekly award.
For the second year in a row, NJCAA Region IV will host the Unsigned Sophomore Showcase for baseball players still seeking to find a collegiate program to play at. This year's event will be held at Triton College's East Campus Athletic Complex on Wednesday, September 26.