Three players from NJCAA Region IV have been selected a 2018 NJCAA ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners. Sophomore Brennan Kelly of Kankakee Community College took home the honor in Division II, while sophomores Keegan Mickey of Rock Valley College and Anthony Agne of Joliet Junior College did the same in Division III.
The Rock Valley College softball dynasty continued its national dominance with a fifth straight NJCAA Division III National Championship, and for their efforts in leading the way to that title, the Golden Eagles have swept the NJCAA's top awards. Sophomore Madason Shaw was named the 2018 Dudley® NJCAA DIII Softball Player of the Year, while freshman Breanna Crown was chosen as the 2018 Dudley® NJCAA DIII Softball Pitcher of the Year.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected its 2018 baseball All-American teams, and nine players from Region IV were named. Headlining the group was one first team recipient, Alex Crinigan from Division I National Champion Oakton Community College.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected its 2018 softball All-American teams, and eight players from Region IV were named. Headlining the group were five first team recipients: Madison College's Alli Walker in Division II, and Joliet Junior College's Sarah Goff and the trio of Breanna Crown, Madason Shaw, and Courtney Fernette from five-time national champion Rock Valley College in Division III.
CHAUTAUQUA, NY. - One year after finishing fourth in the national, the College of DuPage men's golf team was unable to build off that result as they returned to Chautauqua Golf Club to place 11th overall at the 2018 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships. The Chaparrals improved by an average of 9.0 strokes a day to post a final tally of 1,367, eight shots back of tenth place Anne Arundel Community College (MD). Sophomore Anthony Accettura paced COD with a four-day total of 317 (80-82-78-77) after carding sub-80 rounds on back-to-back days to end the tournament.
GREENEVILLE, TENN. - In their first ever appearance on the national stage, the Oakton Community College baseball team put together an impressive run that was capped by a 14-11 win in 13 innings to claim the programs first national championship at the 2018 NJCAA Division III World Series. The #4-seeded Owls dethroned four-time defending national champ and #3-seeded Tyler Junior College despite a numerous weather delays and a day off between games one and two of the championship series.
ENID, OKLA. - Seeking the program's fourth national championship and the first since 1997, the Madison College baseball team came up short at the 2018 NJCAA Division II World Series with a fifth-place finish after going 1-2. The WolfPack were making their eighth trip to the DII national tournament and their 13th overall after a run of dominance at the DIII level in the 1990's.
FOLEY, ALAB. - With steady improvement each day at the 2018 NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships at Glen Lakes Golf Club, the Black Hawk College men's golf team wound up 13th overall, one spot better than their team finish in 2017. The Braves registered a 70-over-par 1,222, five shots back of 12th place East Central Community College (MS). Austin Jump was the top BHC finisher with a 12-over-par 300 to place tied for 38th overall.
The Rock Valley College softball became the third school to ever win five consecutive NJCAA national championships, and the first to do it at the Division III level, with a 6-2 win over Herkimer County Community College (NY) at the NJCAA Division III Softball National Championships in Rochester, Minnesesota, on May 19. The Golden Eagles also become the first DIII program to win five championships, breaking a tie with the College of DuPage at four. Meanwhile, the Madison College softball team put together three impressive wins to finish in the top six during its first-ever appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Championships in Clinton, Mississippi.
CRYSTAL LAKE, ILL. - Madison College dominated the Region IV Division II Tournament upon first joining the region, winning six consecutive championships from 2010 to 2015. After a two-year hiatus from the throne, the WolfPack are once again on top after claiming the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division II Tournament Championship with three impressive victories last weekend, the last of which a 10-3 victory over McHenry County College to clinch their eighth NJCAA Division II World Series appearance and 13th overall NJCAA World Series berth.
Oakton Community College sophomore Pablo Custodio has earned Player of the Year accolades to highlight the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region Team. The Owls swept the region's major awards and posted five individual honorees, second most behind Elgin Community College's six.
McHenry County College sophomore Alex Cimaroli has been named the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division II Player of the Year to headline the Region IV Division II All-Region Team. The Scots and Madison College were both represented by four honorees to lead all teams. In all, nine different teams placed a player on the all-region team.
The 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division I All-Region Team has been announced and it is dominated by Region IV champion, Triton College. The Trojans placed five players on the all-region team, including Defensive Player of the Year Andy Gaytan, Tournament Most Valuable Player Keith Kerrigan, and Coach of the Year Harry Torgeson.
MALTA, ILL. - The Triton College baseball team made it a three-peat in 2018 by winning their third consecutive NJCAA Region IV Division I Championship on Saturday, May 12, courtesy of a 6-4 extra innings defeat of South Suburban College.
DES PLAINES, ILL. - For the first time in program history, the Oakton Owls baseball team has claimed the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division III Championship after defeating Elgin Community College by a 10-6 final in game two of the championshp series on Sunday, May 13.
ROCKFORD, ILL. - Another spring and another Region IV Division III Championship for Rock Valley College softball. The Golden Eagles topped Joliet Junior College in come-from-behind fashion to earn their sixth consecutive region title and a chance to defend their national crown.
FREEPORT, ILL. - For one it's old hat, and for the other it's a fresh experience. Kankakee Community College and Madison College each won their respective NJCAA Region IV Division II Softball Tournament Championship on Sunday, May 6.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Breanna Crown as the Division III Pitcher of the Week for April 30-May 6 (Week 15). This is Crown's third Pitcher of the Week award after also winning it following Week 7 and Week 12, while the Golden Eagles have earned an impressive total of four national weekly awards in 2018.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named McHenry County College's Cole Hansel as the Baseball Division II Player of the Week for April 23-29 (Week 14). The national honor is the first such award for Hansel, and the third for the Scots after Alex Cimaroli won player of the week for Week 10 and Matt Steinhoff took home pitcher of the week accolades in Week 13.
PALOS HILLS, ILL. - The Prairie State College men's tennis team left little doubt that they were the best team in the region, running away with the 2018 Region IV Division I Men's Tennis Championship on Saturday, April 28 at Moraine Valley Community College. The Pioneers finished with 24 points, more than double that of second place College of Lake County at 11.5 points.
Rock Valley College's Madason Shaw was the highest vote-getter to lead a group of 18 softball players named to the 2018 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region teams. The Golden Eagles placed six players on the all-region teams, including four first team selections, to lead all teams. Shaw, Joliet Junior College's Sarah Goff, and RVC teammate Breanna Crown all received the region's All-American designation.
The NJCAA Region IV Division II All-Region Teams have been announced, and Madison College's Alli Walker and Prairie State College's Sarah Kessler finished as the top vote-getters in their respective districts. In District B, Madison College and Highland Community College finished with five all-region selections to lead all teams, while Kankakee Community College, Prairie State College, South Suburban College, and Triton College each received four honorees in District C. As top vote-getters, Walker and Kessler will be the first nominations for All-American from Region IV. Joining them in the list of nominees are Highland's Amber Lamb, Waubonsee's Nicole Krupp, Prairie State's Sidney Hero, and McHenry's Brianne Prank.
On April 9 at the third annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Awards Dinner, longtime Region IV Women's Director Berdy Kuiken was recognized and honored for her years of service to junior college athletics. Kuiken was awarded the NJCAA Service Medal for 30 Years of Service. The NJCAA also made Kuiken the inaugural recipient of the George E. Killian Award of Excellence in 2006.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected McHenry County College's Matt Steinhoff as the Division II Pitcher of the Week for April 16-22 (Week 13). The national honor is the first such accolade for Steinhoff and the second in the last four weeks for the Scots.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Highland Community College's Amber Lamb as the Division II Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 16-22 (Week 13). The national honor is the first of the season for Lamb, and the first for the Cougars.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Breanna Crown and Harper College's Jessica Kearns as the Division II Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, for April 9-15 (Week 12). It is the second such award for both players this season, with Crown previously receiving the national pitcher of the week distinction for March 5-11 (Week 7) and Kearns taking player of the week accolades for February 26-March 4 (Week 6). The Golden Eagles have garnered three NJCAA weekly awards in 2018, while this is the first of the season for the Hawks.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected its 2017-18 women's basketball All-America teams, and seven players from Region IV were named. Headlining the group was one first team recipient: Rock Valley College's Madi Hecox in Division III
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected its 2017-18 men's basketball All-America teams, and eight players from Region IV were named. Headlining the group were two first team recipients: College of Lake County's Catoni' Collins and Triton College's Deonta Terrell in Division II.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named McHenry County College's Alex Cimaroli and Joilet Junior College's Andrew Rodriguez as the Division II and Division III Players of the Week, respectively, for March 26-April 1 (Week 10). The national honors are the first of the season for both players, as well as for both programs.