The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) had named Rock Valley College's Madi Hecox the Women's Basketball Division III Player of the Week for February 5-11 (Week 13). The honor is the first of the season for the defending national champion Golden Eagles, and the first such accolade of her career.
Harper College flexed some serious muscle at the North Central District Meet, winning the team title by more than 40 points on February 11 at Triton College. The Hawks collected 134.0 total points to place one spot better than Joliet Junior College at 92.5 points.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named the College of Lake County's Catoni' Collins as the Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 29-February 4 (Week 12). The honor is the first of the season for the Lancers, and the first such accolade for Collins.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named South Suburban College's Jordan Matthews as the men's basketball Division II Player of the Week for December 19-January 7 (Week 8). The honor is the first such award for Matthews, and the first of the season for the Bulldogs.
For the second time this season, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Madison College's Megan Corcoran as the Division III Player of the Week for December 19 through January 7 (Week 8). The sophomore earned the same award following the first week of the season, and is the only WolfPack player to be recognized during the 2017-18 campaign.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has released its list of All-American for the 2017 fall sports season, and 14 student-athletes represent NJCAA Region IV. The group includes seven All-Americans in volleyball, four in men's soccer, and three in women's soccer. Harper College, which finished runner-up at the NJCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championships, boasts three first team selections and four total All-Americans.
Region IV representatives Moraine Valley Community College and Madison College were both denied wins at the 2017 NJCAA Women's Soccer National Championships. The Cyclones, winners of the Region IV Division I title, failed to score a goal in two matches, while Madison College, making their first-ever appearance at the Division III National Tournament, came up short in two closely contested matches.
Postseason play following the Region IV Tournament proved to be a significant challenge for champions, Waubonsee Community College and Triton College. The Chiefs were beaten handily in two matches at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, while the Trojans came a win away from qualifying for the final field of eight in Division III.
For just the second time in the last six year, Region IV will not be able to claim a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national champion. Defending Division III champion Harper College saw its repeat bid end in the 2017 title match, while Division II representatives Sauk Valley Community College and Carl Sandburg College were both eliminated in advance of the semifinals.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Kishwaukee College's Rudy Lopez as the Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 26-December 3 (Week 5). The honor is the first for Lopez and the first of the season for the Kougars.
Region IV men's soccer champion Waubonsee Community College boasts the region's player of the year, however, the College of DuPage owns the most all-region honors of any Division I team. Goalkeeper Devin Hernandez was named the Region IV Tournament Player of the Year after coming up with crucial saves in a penalty kick situation during the title game to earn the Chiefs the 2017 crown, and Waubonsee head coach Brett Suhayda was named Region IV Coach of the Year. As for the All-Region IV Team, the Chaparrals placed five players among the group of 28 chosen, signifying the most of any team. Moraine Valley Community College, South Suburban College, Morton College, and Waubonsee each have three all-region honorees. Six players, Ricardo Avalos of South Suburban, Francisco Chavez of Morton, Erick Carrasco from Prairie State College, George Asare of Harry S. Truman College, and Waubonsee's Reuel Erastus-Obilo and Luis Correa-Cabral were given the region's All-American nominations after receiving the most votes.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Joliet Junior College's Jarret Gmazel the Division III Player of the Week for November 13-19 (Week 3). The national honor is the first of his career, and is also the first such honor this season for the Wolves.
Following the first week of the 2017-18 basketball season, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Madison College's Megan Corcoran as the Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Week for November 1-5 (Week 1). The national honor is the first of Corcoran's career, and the first for the WolfPack since Rachel Slaney earned the award in early January 2017.
Out of a highly competitive collection of teams and players, the duo Kankakee Community College Courtney Johnson and Sauk Valley Community College's Bailey O'Brien were selected as the 2017 Region IV Division II Players of the Year. Johnson, who led the nation in kills per set, earned the distriction in District B, while O'Brien took home the top honor for District A. O'Brien, along with teammate Sommer Rhea and McHenry County College's Katie Mahoney earned the District A All-American nominations. In District B, the All-American nominees were Johnson and teammate Lakie Glenn, as well as Delaney Soto from South Suburban College.
The nation's second best goal scorer turned out to be the top overall player as Waubonsee Community College's Kayley Garland was named the 2017 Region IV Division I Player of the Year. Region IV Tournament champs Moraine Valley Community College led all teams with six players on the all-region teams. Garland and teammate Nicole Koczka received the region's top All-American nominations as the top two vote-getters, followed by Moraine Valley's Patty Rzadkosz and South Suburban College's Nataly Porras. Garland finished the season with 35 goals scored, two back of the national leader in NJCAA Division I.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - The women's volleyball teams of Sauk Valley Community College and Carl Sandburg College will represent Region IV at the NJCAA Division II National Championships after each won a District title in 2017. The Skyhawks won the 2017 Region IV Division II District A crown and will make a fourth straight appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Championships, while the Chargers claimed the 2017 Region IV Division II District B title and secured their first-ever trip to the national tournament. Both teams will travel to Charleston, West Virginia, as two of the 16 national qualifiers that will compete November 16-18.
The Harper College Hawks placed five players on the 2017 NJCAA All-Region IV teams after completing their run to another Region IV championship. The top-ranked Hawks finished one better than runner-up Madison College on the 14-player list. Harper College opens the NJCAA Division III Women's Volleyball National Championship in Rochester, Minnesota, on Friday, November 10 with a 11:00 a.m. CT quarterfinal against Queensborough (NY) Community College. The defending national champs are seeking the region's fifth national title in the last six years.
In a region that boasts six of the top 13 goal scorers in the nation, Joliet Junior College's Hailey Arlis proved to be the cream of the crop in being named the 2017 Region IV Player of the Year. The Wolves and Region IV champions Madison College both placed six players on the all-region teams, the most of any team in the region. As the top vote-getter, Arlis is the region's top All-American nominee, followed by Julia Szlke of Harper College. The duo tied for the most goals in NJCAA Division III with 40.
Triton College's Patryk Szatko was one of the top goal scorers in the nation, leading the freshman to be named the 2017 Region IV Division III Player of the Year. The Trojans, who won the Region IV title, placed six players on the all-region teams, tops among all eight schools. Joliet Junior College was second with four all-conference honoreers, followed by Madison College with three. Triton College head coach Piotr Sliwa was named the 2017 Coach of the Year, while Szatko and Madison College's Toby Andrews received the region's two All-American nominations.
ELGIN, ILL. - A slight touch of the net by the sent the Harper College women's volleyball team back to the national tournament with an epic, 3-2, defeat of Madison College to win the 2017 Region IV Division III Volleyball Championship. The Hawks prevailed in a back and forth match by scores of 20-25, 25-22, 25-11, 22-25, and 16-14, using a ace that just fell over the top of the net to clinch the title and continue their defense of last year's national championship.
PALOS HILLS, ILL. - The two-time defending champs found themselves down early before a barrage of goals propelled Moraine Valley Community College to a 5-2 defeat of Waubonsee Community College to win the 2017 Region IV Division I Women's Soccer Tournament Championship. The Cyclones have won three consecutive Region IV titles and will represent the region at the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championships.
PALOS HILLS, ILL. - Following 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Waubonsee Community College men's soccer team defeated Moraine Valley Community College, 5-4 in penalty kicks, to win the 2017 NJCAA Region IV Division I championship for the third time in the last five years. The fourth-seeded Chiefs (18-4) receive an automatic bid to the NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer National Championships with the win, marking their first-ever trip to the national tournament.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected Harper College's Ellie Burzlaff as the women's volleyball Division III Player of the Week for October 23-29 (Week 9). The honor is the second of the season for Burzlaff, who was named the top player for Week 6, and the third total national award for the defending national champion Hawks.
The National Junior College Athletic Assocation (NJCAA) has named Waubonsee Community College's Kayley Garland as its Division III Player of the Week for October 23-29 (Week 9). The honor is the first such award for the Garland, as well as for the Chiefs, this season.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized two Region IV student-athletes as women's soccer Players of the Week, with Brooke Janeczek of Moraine Valley Community College earning the honor in Division I and Joliet Junior College's Hailey Arlis selected in Division III for October 16-22 (Week 8). For Janeczek, the honor is the first such of her career, and the first of the season for the Cyclones. Arlis was also named player of the week for the first week of the season, making this her second national award of the year.
JOLIET, ILL. - The Madison College women's soccer team used a 4' goal to win the 2017 Region IV Division III Championship, the first in program history. Just the fourth year of the program, the WolfPack used a 4' goal by freshman Erin True and six saves from sophomore Brandie Gospodarek to defeat Joliet Junior College by a 1-0 final.
RIVER GROVE, ILL. - In dramatic fashion the Triton College men's soccer team nearly lost and eventually won the 2017 NJCAA Region IV Division III Championship, doing so in penalty over Madison College. Despite a 3-0 lead early in the second half, the top-seeded Trojans allowed the second-seeded WolfPack to rally and force overtime. After two scoreless OT periods, the teams went to penalty kicks, which Triton College won by a 5-4 margin to advance to the NJCAA District C Tournament.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Sarah Udoni as its Division III Player of the Week for the week of October 9-15 (Week 7). The honor is the first such award for Udoni, and the second for the Hawks in consecutive weeks.