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.
Sauk Valley, champions of the Arrowhead Conference, won the Region IV District A bracket and posted a 34-9 record in 2016. McHenry County, champions of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, was top dog in the Region IV District B bracket and finished 28-14.
The Skyhawks play at Rock Valley College on August 24 to open the new campaign. One day later MCC will play at Carl Sandburg College for their opening match.