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.
The NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame is pleased to announce an 11-member induction Class of 2018. The group includes six athletes, three coaches, one national championship team, and one lifetime achievement honoree that excelled during their time competing in Region IV.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Rock Valley College teammates Erik Durand and Carlos Arteaga as the Division III Pitcher and Player of the Week for March 19-25 (Week 9). The awards are the first such career accolades for both players and the first this season for the Golden Eagles, while the duo become the second and third players from NJCAA Region IV to be recognized.
The National Junior College Athletic Asscoation (NJCAA) has selected Joliet Junior College's Sarah Goff as the Division III Softball Player of the Week for March 19-25 (Week 9). The honor is the first of Goff's career and the first of the season for the Wolves, while she becomes the fourth player from NJCAA Region IV to be recognized.
Triton College blew away the competition during a magical postseason run, but needed to hang on late for an 89-85 win over Pima Community College (AZ) to win the 2018 NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, the first in program history. After finishing runner-up two year ago, the top-seeded Trojans held a 27.3 point margin of victory entering the title matchup with the #2 Aztecs, the highest scoring team in the nation, and held off a furious second half comeback to end the year with a 33-4 record. Fellow Region IV representative South Suburban College bowed out of the tournament after two games.
Playing on their home floor failed to give Rock Valley College the extra push it needed to get back to the top as the top-seeded Golden Eagles lost 58-52 to #2 Hostos Community College (NY) in the 2018 NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championship Game. Rock Valley, the defending national champs, were looking for their fifth championship in seven years, but settled for a second runner-up finish during that time period.
A pair of opening round setbacks sent Region IV representatives Bryant & Stratton College and Kankakee Community College into the seventh-place losers brackets to finish out the 2017-18 season at the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championships in Harrison, Arkansas. The Cougars, playing in their first year of postseason eligibility, were able to earn their first-ever national tournament victory, while the Lady Cavaliers followed up last year's run to the national semifinals with two early losses.
For the second year in a row, the Highland Community College men's basketball team was one-and-done at the NJCAA Division I National Championships, also known as The Tournament, in Hutchinson, Kansas. One major difference in 2018, however, is that the #20 Cougars lost to eventual national champion #13 South Plains (TX) College, doing so by a 91-71 final in the first round.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Garrett Goetz as the NJCAA Division III Player of the Week for March 12-18 (Week 8). The award is the first of Goetz's career and the first for the Chiefs this season.
Kankakee Community College's Jasmine Elliott and Bryant & Stratton College's Kiara Donaldson were each selected as a Region IV Division II Player of the Year in District D and L, respectively. The 20 person list includes three players from Moraine Valley Community College, the most for any one school, while six other schools each finished with two all-region honorees. In District D, Elliot, Angel Kidd of South Suburban College, and Ashley Hunter from Moraine Valley Community College will receive the region's All-American nominations, and in District L, the nominations will go to Donaldson, Julie Pohar of Illinois Valley Community College, and Madison Lowe of Carl Sandburg College.
Highland Community College's Wynter Townsend was the top vote-getter and headlines the five players chosen for the NJCAA Region IV Division I All-Region Team. The Cougars, who won the Region IV Division I Tournament, placed two players on the all-region team, more than any other school. Townsend, along with Jayshari Chears of Malcolm X College and Kennedy Kuykendall from Sauk Valley Community College, will receive the region's three All-American nominations.
The 2018 NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship opens this week and will feature a pair of Region IV teams. Bryant & Stratton College, winners of the Region IV District L Tournament, has been awarded the #10 seed in the 16-team field, while District D champion Kankakee Community College begins play as the #11 seed.
The Triton College men's basketball team has been awarded the top overall seed ahead of the 2018 NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship, while South Suburban College has earned the sixth seed.
FREEPORT, ILL. - The Highland Community College men's basketball team was facing a major second half deficit, but with their season in the balance, the Cougars rallied for a come-from-behind 77-75 defeat of Missouri State University-West Plains in the NJCAA District IV Championship Game on Saturday, March 10. The win puts Highland back in the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, also known as The Tournament, field for the second consecutive year and for the eighth time in program history.
The four-time defending national champion Rock Valley College swept the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Softball weekly awards, with Breanna Crown earning Pitcher of the Week and Annaka Bartz taking Player of the Week honors for March 5-11 (Week 7). The national recognition is the first career awards for both players, and the first this season for the #1-ranked Golden Eagles.
Twenty-one players were selected to the NJCAA Region IV Division II (District 3 & 4) All-Region Teams following the 2017-18 season, with Deonta Terrell of Triton College and Catoni' Collins of the College of Lake County finished first among vote-getters in their respective districts. In District 3, South Suburban College and Carl Sandburg College led the total count with two players each, and Terrell, Jordan Matthews of SSC, and Darias Oliver of Olive-Harvey College received the region's three All-American nominations. District 4 saw Morton College place two players on the first team, with Moraine Valley Community College pacing the total count with three players, and joining Collins among All-American nomination recipients were Mason Vires of Morton College and Darnell Wright from Waubonsee Community College.
Highland Community College sophomore Jay'Quan McCloud led a balanced Cougars attack throughout the 2017-18 season, and now headlines the list of 11 players named to the NJCAA Region IV Division I All-Region Teams. Highland finished with two players on the first team and a third on the second team, giving HCC one more selection than Kankakee Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, and Malcolm X College. McCloud, the top vote getter, will receive one of three All-American nominations for the region, with Kankakee's Christian Jacob and Highland's Luka Barisic earning the other two.
The 2018 NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship seems as tailor-made any tournament could be for Rock Valley College to come out on top. The defending national champion Golden Eagles will not only enter as the tournament's top seed, but they will also literally be the home team for every game as RVC will host the eight-team event inside the RVC Physical Education Center in Rockford, Illinois.
The NJCAA Region IV Division III men's basketball champions from Joliet Junior College were beaten at the buzzer by Columbus State Community College (OH) in the NJCAA District II Championship. The Cougars' Mario Young converted the game-winning bucket as time expired to keep the Wolves from reaching the NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship with an 85-83 decision.
Harper College freshman Jessica Kearns did more than just make her collegiate debut with the Hawks at the N4C Dome Jamboree, she also earned NJCAA Division III Softball Player of the Week honors. It's the first such award for Kearns, and the first of the season for Harper College.
FREEPORT, ILL. - For the second time in three years, Highland Community College is the NJCAA Region IV Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Champions, earning the honor with an 85-77 win over second-seeded Sauk Valley Community College. The top-seeded and host Cougars (17-10) advanced to the NJCAA District D Championship against Region XIII winner, North Dakota State College of Science, but fell 71-62 in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
FREEPORT, ILL. - Top-seeded and host Highland Community College used a 40-13 run to end the first half and ignite a 100-88 victory over third-seeded Kankakee Community College, winning the NJCAA Region IV Division I Men's Basketball Championship for a second straight year. The win sends the Cougars to the NJCAA District IV Championship against Region XVI winner, Missouri State University-West Plains, on March 10 in Freeport.
SUGAR GROVE, ILL. - A familiar name and a brand new name found their way to the top of the Region IV Division II Women's Basketball Tournaments as Kankakee Community College rolled to the District D title and Bryant & Stratton College emerged from the District L field.
Rock Valley College sophomore guard Malique Ross headlines the list of ten players named to the 2017-18 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region Team. The Golden Eagles placed two players on the first team, while Madison College, Joliet Junior College, and Elgin Community College each had a player on both the first and second teams. Ross, along with sophomores Tyree Young of Madison College and Jarret Gmazel of Joliet Junior College, received the region's three All-American nominations.
First year guard Madi Hecox took home the region's top honor and was one of ten players named to the 2017-18 NJCAA Region IV Division III All-Region Team. Rock Valley College, Madison College, Joliet Junior College, and Milwaukee Area Technical College all tied for the most players named to the team with two. Hecox and sophomore guard/forward Megan Corcoran of Madison College received the region's two All-American nominations.
Following several runner-up finishes, the Joliet Junior College men's basketball team finally punched through and won the 2018 Region IV Division III Championship with a 74-70 victory over Rock Valley College. Since claiming their last Region IV title in 2010-11, the top-seeded Wolves have endured four second place tropies over the last six years before ending the drought Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin.