GLEN ELLYN, ILL. - The depth of the Waubonsee Community College women's tennis team carried the Chiefs to a second consecutive NJCAA Region IV Division I championship on Saturday at the College of DuPage. Waubonsee claimed 17 points over the two-day tournament, narrowly surpassing the 16.5 points of runner-up Moraine Valley Community College. McHenry County College finished third with 13 points. All three will represent Region IV at the NJCAA Division I Women's Tennis National Championship in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2018.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Ellie Burzlaff as its Division III Player of the Week for October 2-8 (Week 6). The award is the first such honor for Burzlaff, and the first of the season for the Hawks.
The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College sophomore Reuel Erastus-Obilo as its men's soccer Division I Player of the Week for September 18-24 (Week 4). The weekly award is the first such honor for Erastus and the first of the season for the Chiefs.
For the second time this year, Triton College is hosting the NJCAA Region IV Baseball Sophomore Showcase, giving second year baseball student-athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of professional and collegiate scouts. The event will be held Thursday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. in River Grove, Illinois.
The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) has named Melissa Philips of the College of DuPage as its Division III Player of the Week for September 11-17 (Week 3). The weekly award is the first such honor for Philips and the Chaparrals in 2017.
The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) has named Sommer Rhea of Sauk Valley Community College as the Division II Player of the Week for September 11-17 (Week 3). The honor is the first of the season for Rhea and the first of the year for the Skyhawks.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced its first weekly national awards recipients for the 2017-18 season, and Joliet Junior College's Hailey Arlis was named the Division III Player of the Week for Weeks 1 and 2 (August 21-September 3). The honor is the first such award for Arlis and for the Wolves this season.
Defending national champion Harper College will begin the 2017 volleyball season right were they left off in 2016, at the top of the list of the nation's best programs. The Hawks are ranked #1 in the Preseason NJCAA Division III Poll released earlier this week, with top rival Madison College not far behind at #5.
The two programs that represented Region IV at the national level last fall are also receiving national recognition ahead of the 2017 season. Sauk Valley Community College and McHenry County College are both ranked in the Preseason NJCAA Division II Poll, with the Skyhawks earning the #8 spot and the Scots sitting at #12.
Rock Valley College and the College of DuPage are listed among the top teams in the nation entering the 2017 season. The Golden Eagles are ranked #7 in the Preseason NJCAA Division III Poll released earlier this week, while the Chaparrals are receiving votes.
The top two teams in the North Central Community College Conference in 2016 will open the 2017 season with some national recognition. Harper College and Madison College are both receiving votes in the Preseason NJCAA Division III Poll released earlier this week.
Five student-athletes from Region IV have been recognized for their work in the 2017 season with sports on the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) Division III Baseball All-American teams. Samyr Santos of Waubonsee Community College and Tom Smart from Oakton Community College headline the list with first team accolades. Joshua Meyers, also from Waubonsee, was a second team selection, while Elgin Community College's Will Drake and Harper College's David Dugger received spots on the third team.
A quarter of players representing Region IV were selected to the National Junior College Athletic Associaiton's (NJCAA) Division II Baseball Second Team All-American list. Kankakee Community College's Devin Peters, Black Hawk College's Pedro Alfonseca, and Wyatt Mascarella and Nick Vasic of McHenry County College all received the honor following the 2017 season.
There was really no doubt about it when Rock Valley College's Olivia Fluehr was named the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA Division III Softball Player of the Year after guiding the Golden Eagles to a fourth consectuive national championship. The announcement gives the perennial power a clean sweep of the top two national awards after fellow second year Kelsie Packard was awarded the Pitcher of the Year.
For the fourth consecutive year - all of which also ended with national championships - the Rock Valley College softball team can claim the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA Division III Softball Pitcher of the Year after Kelsie Packard was given the honor earlier this week. The honor comes days after Packard was named a NJCAA DIII First Team All-American.
Three Region IV student-athletes were selected to the 2017 NJCAA Division III Softball All-American teams, highlighted by the duo of Kelsie Packard and Olivia Fluehr of the national champion Rock Valley College. The two Golden Eagle sophomores were recognized as first team honorees after winning a fourth consecutive championship, while Joliet Junior College's Rachel Andrade earned second team All-American accolades.
CHAUTAUQUA, NY - The College of DuPage men's golf team played consistent golf over four days at Chautauqua Golf Club to place fourth overall at the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship. The Chaparrals posted their best team total on Day 4 to reach a combined 122-over-par, two shots better than Nassau (NY) Community College and 59 shots back of champion Georgia Military College. Freshman Anthony Accettura shot 77-77-77-79 over four days for a total of 310, finishing 14th overall and earning Honorable Mention All-American honors.
Thanks to impressive runs through the Region IV tournament and deep into the NJCAA Softball World Series, Kankakee Community College and Waubonsee Community College each placed two players on the 2017 NJCAA Division II All-American Teams. Beth Mersinger of Kankakee and Courtni Neubauer of Waubonsee both received second-team All-American distinction, while the Cavaliers Baylie Ullmark and the Chiefs Alycia DeLuca were selected as third-team honorees.
MESA, ARIZ. - Following a round third round, the Black Hawk College men's golf team posted their best single-day score on the final day of competition to finish 14th overall at the 2017 NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at Long Bow Golf Club. The Braves finished with a four day total of 1,255 (+119), 100 shots back of overall champion Mesa (AZ) Community College.
The Kankakee Community College baseball team won six games in a row to march through the losers bracket and claim the 2017 NJCAA Division II World Series crown following an 11-5 defeat of Mercer County (NJ) Community College on Friday in Enid, Oklahoma. The title is the first in baseball championship in program history. Matt Littrell was named World Series Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Tournament.
PALOS HILLS, ILL. - By the slimmest of margins, the College of Lake County claimed the 2017 Region IV Division I Men's Tennis Championship, surpassing the College of DuPage by a single point. The Lancers tallied 12 points and the Chaparrals came in with 11, while Oakton Community College finished third at 9.5 points.
Top-seeded Kankakee Community College rebounded from a lopsided loss to Madison College in game one of the championship series to beat the WolfPack 9-3 and claim the 2017 NJCAA Region IV Division II Tournament title, surviving a four-team field of nationally ranked ball clubs. The Cavaliers' Brennan Kelly was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Todd Post was named the Coach of the Year. McHenry County College's Nick Vasic earned the regular season's Player of the Year award.
The rubbermatch between #4 Elgin Community College and #3 College of DuPage went the way of the Spartans by a 17-8 final to give Elgin the 2017 NJCAA Region IV Division III Championship. After falling in the semifinals, the Chaparrals defeated Elgin 9-5 to force a winner-take-all game for the title. Elgin's Tyler Lowe was named the Region IV Most Valuable Player, while Bill Angelo earned Coach of the Year honors.
A wild, back-and-forth contest between #1 South Suburban College and #2 Triton College ended with the Trojans outlasting the Bulldogs for a 12-11 victory in a winner-take-all contest to finish off the 2017 Region IV Division I Tournament. Triton (31-24) advanced to the NJCAA Northern District Tournament, where it eventually saw its season come to a close with a pair of losses. For their efforts, Keith Kerrigan was named the Region IV Most Valuable Player, Neil Lambert earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades, and Harry Torgerson received Coach of the Year honors.
Over the past four years, Rock Valley College softball has been synonymous with excellence. Late Saturday night, the Golden Eagles raised the bar even higher. RVC defeated Suffolk County Community College (NY) 20-0 to cruise to its fourth straight NJCAA National Championship. The national title sets a new record in NJCAA Division III softball for the most consecutive titles won. The Golden Eagles end its championship season with 57 wins - the most in program history.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Madison College's Sam Lund and Elgin Community College's Tyler Lowe as part of their weekly award winners for May 8-14 (Week 16). Lund was selected as the Division II Pitcher of the Week, while Lowe earned Division III Player of the Week honors.
The Rock Valley College softball team is headed back to the national stage after claiming its fourth straight Region IV Division III championship. The top-ranked and top-seeded Golden Eagles defeated #2-seed College of DuPage 16-0 in the final to finish off a perfect run through tournament play that saw RVC outscore their opponents 28-1 over three games.
After surviving scares in their respective districts, Kankakee Community College and Waubonsee Community College are both headed to the 2017 NJCAA Division II Softball World Series after claiming Region IV championships. The Cavaliers were crowned the District C winners for their 18th straight year following a 10-0 defeat of Prairie State College, who forced a decisive game two with a 16-0 win in game one. The Chiefs earned a white-knuckle 2-1 over Madison College in the District B championship after falling 4-0 to the WolfPack in their series opener.
A unique opportunity is being made available to Region IV baseball players still seeking a place to continue their playing careers. Triton College will host the 2017 Region IV Unsigned Sophomore All-Star Games on Thursday, May 25 in River Grove, Illinois.