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.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College sophomore Gavin Lovesky as the Division III Baseball Player of the Week for March 11-17 (Week 8). The award is the first for Lovesky, and the first for the Chiefs.
When the 2019 NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships open on Tuesday, March 19 in Harrison, Arkansas, Region IV will boast two teams with legitimate title chances. Moraine Valley Community College will begin play as the #4 seed, while South Suburban College was awarded the #8 seed in the 16-team field.
Two players stood out above the rest when it came to NJCAA Region IV Division II women's basketball, and as a result, Moraine Valley Community College's Julia Ruzevich and McHenry County College's McKaylie Krey were named the Players of the Year in Districts D and L, respectively. The sophomore tandem headline the NJCAA Region IV Division II Women's Basketball All-Region Teams, and are joined on the region's list of All-American nominees by Sierra Sanders of Wilbur Wright College, Danisha Maggette of South Suburban College, and Bryant & Stratton College teammates Maddie McCoy and Kijanna Rogers. Moraine Valley Community College, which won the District D championship, led all teams with three all-region selections, while District L champ South Suburban College, Bryant & Stratton College, and McHenry County College each had two players listed.
SUGAR GROVE, ILL. - When the dust finally settled on the 2019 Region IV Division II Women's Basketball Tournament, Moraine Valley Community College and South Suburban College were left standing as District D and District L, respectively. The top-seeded Cyclones prevailed over second-seeded McHenry County College 89-70, while second-seeded South Suburban College topped defending Region IV champ and top-seeded Bryant & Stratton College 71-65 on Saturday at Waubonsee Community College.
Region IV will be well-represented when it comes to men's basketball teams playing in the national stage this month, as four programs have qualified for their respective national championship tournaments. Rock Valley College will compete in the 2019 NJCAA Division III Championships, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Morton College both advanced to the 2019 NJCAA Division II Championships, and Triton College will compete for a second straight national title at the 2019 NJCAA Division I Championships.
A guard and a forward/center took home top billing as sophomores Rhyss Lewis of South Suburban College and Josh McAuley of Waubonsee Community College were selected District 3 & 4 Players of the Year, respectively, to headline the two NJCAA Region IV Division II Men's Basketball All-Region Teams. The duo were joined by Lewis' teammate Chris Johnson, as well as Shannon Sanford of Milwaukee Area Technical College and Tyrone Rhivers of Morton College, as the region's All-American nominees. The Panthers, who won the District 4 Championship, led all teams with three postseason honorees, while fellow District 3 champion MATC-Milwaukee, South Suburban College, Bryant & Stratton College, and Waubonsee Community College each received two selections.
SUGAR GROVE, ILL. - A pair of fresh faces came out on top of the 2019 Region IV Division II Men's Basketball Tournaments as Milwaukee Area Technical College and Morton College claimed the District 3 and District 4 titles, respectively. On Saturday at Waubonsee Community College, the third-seeded Stormers, playing for the first time in Division II, defeated defending champoin and top-seeded South Suburban College 75-72, while top-seeded Morton College got over the hump for the first time in a decade with a 75-67 defeat of second-seeded Bryant & Stratton College.
The five-time defending NJCAA Division III National Champions Rock Valley College Golden Eagles, rebounded from an 0-3 start and have won seven straight games, including all six at the N4C Dome Jamboree from March 1-3. The success is due, in part, to the stellar play of sophomore Breanna Crown and freshman Megen Johnson, who swept the NJCAA DIII Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week awards for February 25-March 3 (Week 6).
His future might be playing at NCAA Division I University of Oklahoma, but in his present moment, Triton College sophomore Alondes Williams is taking care of business in 2018-19 and earned Player of the Year status as part of the NJCAA Region IV Division I Men's Basketball All-Region Team. Williams will received the region's top All-American nomination, while Luka Barisic of Highland Community College and Kendrick Robinson of Olive-Harvey College will also earn nominations for All-American. The Trojans, who won the Region IV Division I Championship after moving up from Dvivision II this year, had one representative on the all-region list, while Highland Community College led the way with three honorees.
Highland Community College sophomore Lakeita Chappel proved over and over again that she belonged at the top of the list, and as a result was named the Player of the Year and leads the list of the 2018-19 NJCAA Region IV Division I All-Region Team. Chappel is joined by Lamichael Dean of Kennedy-King College and Breanna Scheidegger of Sauk Valley Community College as the region's three All-American nominees. The Cougars, who repeated as Region IV champions, are tied with Skyhawks for the most entries on the all-region team with three each, followed by two from Malcolm X College.
JOLIET, ILL. - The Highland Community College women's basketball team successfully defended their crown with a 75-65 defeat of Sauk Valley Community College to claim the 2019 Region IV Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Championship on Monday at Joliet Junior College. The top-seeded Cougars topped the second-seeded Skyhawks for the second consecutive year and have won three of the last four Region IV Division I tournaments.
JOLIET, ILL. - One year after winning the NJCAA Division II National Championship for the first time in program history, the Triton College men's basketball team took on a new challenge by moving up to Division I. On Monday night at Joliet Junior College, the top-seeded Trojans found a way to conquer the first major hurdle, winning the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship with a hard-fought 78-71 victory over second-seeded and two-time defending region champ, Highland Community College. Triton College, which had won six Region IV Division II crowns, is atop the Division I bracket for the first time since 1985-86.
Madison College's Adam Anhold strung together consistently productive games en route to being named the Region IV Division III Player of the Year and putting his name atop the list of the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region Team. Anhold will also receive the region's top All-American nomination, followed by consideration for Kelvin Cortez Harvey of Elgin Community College and Nana Kodom-Ayensu of Rock Valley College. This year's nine-player list features three selections each from the WolfPack, Spartans, and Region IV champion Golden Eagles.
The stellar collegiate career of Rock Valley College Madi Hecox took another giant leap after the sophomore guard was named the Player of the Year for a second consecutive season as she again headlines the list of the 2018-19 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region Team. In addition, Hecox, along with Rachel Dumoulin of Elgin Community College and Aniah Wiliams of Madison College, will all received the region's All-American nominations. The Golden Eagles, which won its seventh Region IV title in the last eight years, tied Joliet Junior College for the most all-region selections with three.
PALATINE, ILL. - For the first time since the 2015-16 season, Rock Valley College can call itself the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division III Men's Basketball Tournament champions after defeated Elgin Community College 85-68 on Monday at Harper College. The top-seeded Golden Eagles, which had lost in the title game in each of the past two years, rallied past the second-seeded Spartans to earn their first championship under new head coach Tim Sandquist.
PALATINE, ILL. - The Rock Valley College dynasty machine continued after capturing their third consecutive championship at the 2019 Region IV Division III Women's Basketball Tournament with a narrow 68-63 victory over Elgin Community College on Monday. The top-seeded Golden Eagles held off a second half rally from the third-seeded Spartans to earn their first title under first year coach Taylor Ignoto. The Rockford-based program has won seven of the last eight Region IV crowns.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Richard J. Daley College's Clavone Hillard as the Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 18-24 (Week 15). The award is the first such honor for Hillard, and the first of the season for the Bulldogs.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Wilbur Wright College's Sierra Sanders as the Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week for February 11-17 (Week 14). The award is the first such honor for Sanders, and the first this season for the Rams.
MUSKEGON, MICH. - For the second consecutive year, the Harper College wrestling team was the most dominant squad on the mats at the NJCAA North Central District Championship hosted by Muskegon Community College (MI) on February 17. The Hawks posted 142.0 points to finish 26 points better than the second place and host Jayhawks. Triton College finished third with 105.5 points, while Joliet Junior College placed sixth overall with 71.5 points.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced Madison College's Aniah Williams as the Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Week for January 21-27 (Week 11). The award is the first for Williams and the first for the WolfPack this season.
The NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame is pleased to announce an 11-member induction Class of 2019. The group includes five athletes, six coaches and administrators, one contributor, and one national championship team that excelled during their time competing in Region IV.