The National Junior College Athletic Association released its list of All-Americans for the 2019 spring sports season and an impressive 46 student-athletes from Region IV were recognized. The group includes nine in baseball, five in softball, two in men's golf, eight in women's track & field, and 22 from men's track & field. Triton College and Harper College combined for 30 All-Americans in track & field, while Madison College boasts four honorees, and Rock Valley College touts three recipients
Entering their respective NJCAA World Series, both the Madison College and Oakton Community College baseball teams had aspirations of claiming a national championship, however, both teams fell shy of their goals last week. The defending national champion Owls were eliminated after three games, while the WolfPack bowed out in a decisive second semifinal game, one win shy of reaching the championship game.
The path to the title may have been different, but in the end the Rock Valley College softball team made history by winning its sixth straight NJCAA Division III National Championship to become the first program in any division to accomplish the feat. In a rematch of last year's title game, the top-seeded Golden Eagles up-ended #2-seeded Herkimer Community College (NY) by a 6-1 final in a decisive, winner-take-all championship game #2 in Rochester, Minnesota. The title run capped a 57-13 season to mark the program's third consecutive 50-win campaign.
Rock Valley College pitcher Zac Cummins was tabbed the Player of the Year and sits atop the 2019 Region IV Division III All-Region Teams following an impressive freshman season. As the top vote-getter, Cummins is one of five players from the region to receive All-American nominations, with the others being catcher Hogan McIntosh of Waubonsee Community College, infielder Garrett Goetz of Waubonsee Community College, outfielder Andrew Rouse of Oakton Community College, and designated hitter Zack Lauras of Joliet Junior College. The Owls and Chiefs tied for the highest number of all-region players with five each, while the Golden Eagles were next with four.
Madison College sophomore Nick Gile was named the Player of the Year as the top vote-getter on the 2019 Region IV Division II All-Region Team. Gile, a second baseman, also leads the list of the region's All-American nominations that includes pitcher Patrick Foldy of Madison College, catcher Ryan Parquette of McHenry County College, outfielder Nathan Aide from Madison College, and designated hitter Carlos Del Valle of Morton College. The WolfPack led all teams with six all-region honorees, including five first team selections, while McHenry County College, Carl Sandburg College, and Kankakee Community College each had four.
Triton College sophomore Troy Jones topped a list that included plenty of his Trojans teammates as he was named the Player of the Year on the 2019 Region IV Division I All-Region Team. Jones, an infielder, is also one of five Triton College players to receive the region's All-American nominations, along with pitcher Alonzo White, catcher, Bobby Grimes, outfielder Luke Seidel, and designated hitter Bryant Diel. Triton College boasts five all-region honorees, while South Suburban College was second with three recipients.
One is hoping to defend a national title, the other is hoping to reclaim a spot atop the mountain. Madison College and Oakton Community College will each continue their pursuit of a national title when play begins this weekend at the 2019 NJCAA Division II World Series and the NJCAA Division III World Series, respectively.
Three teams will represent Region IV when they begin pursuit of a national championship this week, including one program looking to make some history. Kankakee Community College and Madison College both take the field in Clinton, Mississippi, on Wednesday, May 22 at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, while five-time defending champion Rock Valley College will attempt to become the first program to ever win six consecutive national crowns in softball at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, starting Thursday, May 23.
Waubonsee Community College's Alyssa Eby and Kankakee Community College's Mikayla Cole were voted the top players among the 2019 Region IV Division II District B & C All-Region Teams. Eby is joined freshman Jordan Martin of Madison College and sophomore Brenna McCann from Illinois Valley Community College as the three All-American nominees from Region IV District B, while Cole, Triton College sophomore Hailey Johansen, and Prairie State College sophomore Alyssa Gill received the All-American nods for Region IV District C. Kankakee Community College led all teams with five all-region honorees, while Waubonsee Community College and Triton College each had four. South Suburban College boasts the most first team recipients with three.
MADISON, WISC. - The three other remaining teams in the Region IV Division II Baseball Tournament each had their crack at the defending champions, and in the end, top-seeded Madison College survived the test and continued their reign atop the region. The WolfPack shutout third-seeded Black Hawk College 9-0 to claim their second straight title and their eighth in ten years since joining the region. As a result, Madison College will make its 14th appearance in a NJCAA baseball national tournament and their ninth trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Rock Valley College sophomore Breanna Crown may soon run out of room on the mantle place as the outstanding pitcher continues to compile award after award. Crown was the top vote-getter for the 2019 Region IV Division III All-Region Team, making this the seventh straight year the honor has gone to a member of the Golden Eagles. She is joined by freshmen Ashley Phelps of Joliet Junior College and Megen Johnson of Rock Valley College as the region's All-American nominations. Nine Rock Valley College players made the all-region team, the most of any program, while Joliet Junior College was second with seven honorees.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Tyler Venditti as the Division III Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12 (Week 16). The honor is the first of its kind for Venditti, and the third this season for the Chiefs, who also saw Jordan Ishman win pitcher of the week in Week 13 and Gavin Lovesky take home player of the week accolades in Week 8.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Rock Valley College's Breanna Crown as the Division III Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12 (Week 16). The honor is the fourth of the year - and seventh of her career - for Crown, and marks the sixth such award for Rock Valley College this season.
FREEPORT, ILL. - Two teams played head and shoulders above the rest at the Region IV Division II Softball Tournament, and as a result, Madison College and Kankakee Community College earned repeat championships on Sunday. The top-seeded WolfPack claimed the District B title for the second time in program history after defeating Prairie State College 7-0 in the title game, while the top-seeded Cavaliers used a 16-5 win over Illinois Valley Community College to earn the District C trophy for an impressive 20th straight year.
ROCKFORD, ILL. - A tournament that saw its top two seeds eliminated early ended with a repeat champion taking its first step towards trying to defend an even bigger crown. Oakton Community College earned its second consecutive championship at the Region IV Division III Baseball Tournament on Sunday, using a 10-7 win in the second of two championship games against Waubonsee Community College. The top-seeded Owls, who used their first-ever region crown in 2018 to spring-board themselves all the way to the NJCAA Division III National Championship, won five games over four days to complete the repeat.
RIVER GROVE, ILL. - The path through the Region IV Division I Baseball Tournament is growing quite familiar for Triton College, which defeated South Suburban College 4-1 in the second championship game to win the title on Sunday. The Trojans have owned the championship crown for four straight years, and have now stacked up 24 region titles overall.
ROCKFORD, ILL. - It may not have come as easy as other years, but in the end, Rock Valley College remained the NJCAA Region IV Division III Softball Tournament champions for a seventh consecutive year. The top-seeded Golden Eagles were taken to the limit by second-seeded Joliet Junior College before eventually claiming the crown with a 5-0 victory in the second title game. Rock Valley College is in pursuit of a record sixth NJCAA national title.
The National Junior College Athletic Associations (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Jordan Isham as the Division III Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 15-21 (Week 13). The award is the first such honor for Isham, and the second this season for the Chiefs after Gavin Lovesky was named player of the week for Week 8.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Breanna Crown as the Division III Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 15-21 (Week 13). The honor is the third time this season - and the sixth time in her career - that Crown has been recognized as the best in the nation, while also marking the fifth weekly honor overall for the Golden Eagles this season.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Prairie State College's Alyssa Gill as the NJCAA Division II Softball Player of the Week for April 8-14 (Week 12). The honor is the first such award for Gill, and the first this season for the Pioneers.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Madison College's Jarrett Scheelk and Rock Valley College's Bryce Burton as the NJCAA Baseball Division II and Division III Players of the Week, respectively, for April 8-14 (Week 12). The awards are the first for Scheelk and Burton, as well as the first this season for the WolfPack and Golden Eagles.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Carl Sandburg College's Braedon Blackford as the Division II Player of the Week for April 1-7 (Week 11). The award is the first for Blackford, and the first this season for the Chargers.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Kankakee Community College's Matti Lanie as the Division II Softball Player of the Week for April 1-7 (Week 11). The award is the first for Lanie, and the first this season for the Cavaliers.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its list of All-Americans for the 2018-19 basketball season, and 12 student-athletes representing NJCAA Region IV were recognized. The group includes six each in men's and women's basketball, with four First Team All-Americans, one second team honoree, four third team selections, and three honorable mention accolades. Highland Community College, Madison College, and Rock Valley College led all scores with two selections each.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Joliet Junior College's Ashley Phelps as the Division III Softball Player of the Week for March 25-31 (Week 10). The award is the first such honor for Phelps, and the first for the Wolves this season.
Separated by just 15 miles, rivals Moraine Valley Community College and South Suburban College both traveled nearly 600 miles to Harrison, Arkansas, for a chance to compete in the 2019 NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament, and eventually found themselves matched up in the consolation bracket. The #4-seeded Cyclones and the #8-seeded Bulldogs each lost their tournament opener, and after a consolation bracket victory, squared off for a chance to play for seventh place. In the end, MVCC finished eighth in the nation and SSC was not far behind.
Rock Valley College reached the NJCAA Division III National Championship Game for the fourth time in five year and came away with the program's second national runner-up finish with a 72-60 final in Rochester, Minnesota. A week later, Milwaukee Area Technical College earned a fifth place finish in its debut appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Championships in Danville, Illinois, while Morton College suffered two losses in the same tournament.
For the second time in three weeks, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) named a Rock Valley College tandem as the Division III Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17 (Week 8). Breanna Crown earned the top pitcher honor for the second time this season, while Cara Alexander took home her first career award as the top position player. The top-ranked and five-time defending national champion Golden Eagles now boast four weekly honors this season.