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.
The NJCAA Region IV has announced its 2017 Division II District C Softball all-region teams. Kankakee Community College and Prairie State each featured five student-athletes selected, however, the Cavaliers swept the All-American candidates with Beth Mersinger, Kalyn Learnard, and Baylie Ullmark finishing as the top three vote getters.
The NJCAA Region IV has announced its 2017 Division II District B Softball all-region teams. While Waubonsee Community College and Madison College each had four student-athletes selected, the Chiefs' Alycia Deluca and Courtni Neubauer were the top two All-American candidates. Olivia Zimmerman of Highland Community College and Madison College's Brooke Heck also received All-American nominations.
The NJCAA Region IV has announced its 2017 Division III Softball all-region teams. Three-time defending national champion Rock Valley College leads all schools with seven honorees, including All-American candidates Olivia Fluehr and Kelsie Packard. Joliet Junior College's Rachel Andrade also received an All-American nomination.
Rock Valley College's Olivia Fluehr is proving she is one of the top pitchers in that nation after the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) named her the Division III Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 17-23 (Week 13). The honor is Fluehr's third of the season, and the sixth such honor for the #1-ranked and three-time defending national champion Golden Eagles.
For the second time in three weeks, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Peyton Arenson as its Division III Softball Player of the Week for April 10-16 (Week 12).
A trio of players from Region IV were awarded National Junior College Athletic Association weekly honors for their play April 17-23 (Week 13). McHenry County College's Peyton Schneider was named Division II Pitcher of the Week, Hayden Stoewer of Kankakee Community College earned the Division II Player of the Week award, and the Division III Player of the Week honor went to Samyr Santos of Waubonsee Community College.
Following an overtime victory to claim the 2016-17 National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Division III National Championship, Rock Valley College's Tierra McGowan has been named the DIII National Player of the Year and Misty Opat earned the DIII National Coach of the Year. McGowan, along with Moraine Valley Community College's Michele Borgen in Division II, was selected as a first team All-American, one of nine total from Region IV.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected its 2016-17 men's basketball All-American teams, and eight players from Region IV were named. Headlining the group were three first team recipients: South Suburban College's Rasheide Bell and Triton College's Dante Thorpe in Division II, and Shane Waldon of Madison College in Division III.
The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) has recognized a pair of North Central Community College Conference softball student-athletes, Rock Valley College's Kelsie Packard and Harper College's Peyton Arenson, with weekly awards for March 27-April 2 (Week 10). Packard was named the Division III Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, and marks the sixth honor overall for the three-time defending national champion Golden Eagles. Arenson received the Division III Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career, marking the first such honor for the Hawks this season.
For the second time in three weeks the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized Rock Valley College's Olivia Fluehr for her outstanding play on the softball diamond, as she was named the Division III Player of the Week for March 20-26 (Week 9). Fluehr earned Pitcher of the Week honors following Week 7. The award is the fifth in four weeks for the top-ranked and three-time defending national champion Golden Eagles.