After standout freshman seasons in 2018, Abbi Fletcher of Moraine Valley Community College and Peyton Bowman of Carl Sandburg College each avoided the dreaded "sophomore slump" en route to earning 2019 Region IV Division II District A & B Player of the Year honors, respectively. Bowman, a 6'3" middle blocker from Sciota, Illinois, repeats as the top vote-getter in District B after leading the nation 639 kills on the season and a .523 attack percentage, while also ranking in the top ten for kills per set at 4.29 and total blocks with 152. Bowman added 50 aces and 97 digs to her stellar resume. Fletcher, a 5'7" outside hitter from Oak Lawn, Illinois, flipped spots with teammate Noell Knezz for first and second in the voting after she posted 302 kills and 2.90 kills per set, 50 aces, 427 digs, and 32 blocks. Bowman, a NJCAA All-American last fall, and Fletcher will be joined in receiving the region's NJCAA All-Americ nominations by Fletcher's teammates Noell and Bri Knezz, Sydney Fedderly of Waubonsee Community College, and Aleah Wright of Sauk Valley Community College. Steve Kish of Waubonsee Community College and Kyle McCall of McHenry County College were named Region IV Coaches of the Year.
GALESBURG, ILL - A fresh face and an old reliable came away as the top teams at the 2019 Region IV Divisions I & III Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 26 at Carl Sandburg College. In its first year as a competitive program, Bryant & Stratton College took the DI crown with a 77-point day, besting second place Morton College with 94 points. In DIII, perennial power Harper College secured yet another title with 19 points, finishing 17 points ahead of Joliet Junior College. Waubonsee Community College sophomore Jordan VanBarriger took Runner of the Year accolades in Division I after crossing the finish line first with a time of 26.41.8, while sophomore Jacob Melgosa made sure he didn't finish runner-up for a second straight year by posting a time of 27:55.4 to best his own teammate by ten second en route to DIII Runner of Year honors. With their team victories, Casey Green of Bryant & Stratton College and Jim Macnider of Harper College were each named Region IV Coach of the Year.
GALESBURG, ILL. - The 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division 1 & III Women's Cross Country Championships at Carl Sandburg College on Saturday, October 26 saw a new and a repeat champion crowned. The host Chargers earned their first Region IV title in school history in the Division I field, while Harper College earned yet another as they repeated atop the Division III field. Carl Sandburg narrowly got past second place College of DuPage, earning 53 points to beat the Chaparrals by two. Harper College finished with 14 points and were unopposed. The DI Runner fo the Year went to Oakton Community College freshman Souleya Ibrahim with a time of 18:16.9, and in DIII, Joliet Junior College sophomore Ana Pineda improved upon her fourth-place finish from a year earlier to claim Runner of the Year with a school-record time of 19:46.0. Region IV Coach of the Year accolades went to Rodney Blue of Carl Sandburg College and Jim Macnider of Harper College.
PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA - The two representatives of Region IV at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships from November 1-3 fared well among the nation's elite. Illinois Valley Community College finished fourth overall with 14 points, while the College of DuPage placed seventh with 6.5 points. Oxford College of Emory University won the team title with 36 points for their fifth consecutive national championship.
Exceptional play by several teams and players made voting extremely tight, but in the end Harper College freshman Rachel Kandefer was the top vote-getter on the 2019 Division III Women's Volleyball All-Region IV Team and made her the Region IV Player of the Year. The 6'1" middle hitter from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, was second on the Hawks with 309 kills, but was the leader in attack percentage in .309 and defensively with 103 blocks, which ranked tenth nationally. She also posted 23 aces and 128 digs. Kandefer, along with Madison College's Cathleen Flannery, Rock Valley College's Kara Cisewski, and Joliet Junior College's Emma Sweeney, were additionally recognized as the region's NJCAA All-America nomineees. By leading the Hawks to their third Region IV title in four years, Bob Vilsoet was named Region IV Coach of the Year.
College of Lake County sophomore Rachel Moore was as good as they get during the 2019 season, making her an easy pick for the Region IV Division I Player of the Year as the top vote-getter on the All-Region IV Team. The 5'2" forward from Antioch, Illinois, blasted 37 goals, had five assists, and registered 79 points, placing her in the top five nationally in goals and points. Moore leads a five-player group of NJCAA All-America nominees that include Allison Schaar of Moraine Valley Community College, Litzy Corona of Bryant & Stratton College, and Lancer teammates Giselle Raygoza and Annalyse Maze. Moore also took home Region IV Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after scoring a hat trick to propel the Lancers to the Region IV title, while Kevin Talbot received Region IV Coach of the Year.
For a program in just it's sixth year of existence, the Madison College women's soccer team now boasts two Region IV titles and two Region IV Players of the Year after sophomore Jenna Kohrt was the top vote-getter on the 2019 Division III All-Region Team. A 5'6" midfielder from Monona, Wisconsin, led the WolfPack with ten goals, three assists, and 23 points as she earned repeat first team all-region recognition. Kohrt is one of five players that receive NJCAA All-America nominations, as she is joined by Joliet Junior College's Taylor Metcalf and Andrea Villa, Hayly Munoz of Elgin Community College, and Frankie Schiro of Rock Valley College. With Madison College's win in the Region IV championship, freshman Emma Strieker was named Region IV Tournament Most Valuable Player and Matt Schwartz took home Region IV Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to helping lead his team to his team to their first Region IV title in school history, freshman Antonio Leal of Prairie State College was voted the Player of the Year as the top vote-getter on the 2019 Divison I Men's Soccer All-Region IV Team. A 5'11" forward from Belem, Brazil, racked up 25 goals, 13 assists, and 63 points, ranking him among the nation's top 15 in all three categories. Leal, along with teammate Alejandro Lopez, Waubonsee Community College's Adrian Bravo Cobain, and Lukas Palma of Morton College, received the region's NJCAA All-American nominations. After claiming the Region IV Tournament, Prairie State College's Andres Osorio was selected as Region IV Tournament MVP and Carlos Reyes was named Region IV Coach of the Year.
When the votes were finally counted after the 2019 season, a player from Triton College once again found himself at the top of the list as the Region IV Division III Men's Soccer Team was announced. Sophomore Christopher Modzejewski was the top vote-getter and Player of the Year after earning all-region accolades for a second consecutive season. The 6'0" sophomore forward from Chicago, Illinois, posted 22 goals, 15 assists, and 59 points, which placed him in the top ten nationally in all three categories. Modzejewski is joined by Oscar Suarez of Harper College and fellow Trojan Piotr Pyz as the region's NJCAA's All-American nominees. The Trojans won the Region IV Tournament, allowing for freshman midfielder Marcin Kieta to take home Region IV Tournament Most Valuable Player accolades and Piotr Sliwa to earn Region IV Coach of the Year honors.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - A pair of teams updated their championship droughts by claiming their halves of the Region IV Division II Women's Volleyball Championships on Sunday at the College of Lake County. Waubonsee Community College earned their second Region IV title with a 3-1 victory over Sauk Valley Community College in the District A bracket, while McHenry County College needed just three sets to get past defending champion Carl Sandburg College in the District B bracket. (The semifinalists from the District A & B brackets were re-seeded for the championship matches. The two winners will earn automatic bids to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.)
ROCKFORD, ILL. - Harper College dominated the competition and earned some revenge from 2018 as they re-claimed their spot atop the region with 3-0 defeat of Rock Valley College to win the 2019 Region IV Division III Women's Volleyball Championship. The 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 victory over the #3-seeded Golden Eagles on their home floor reverses the result from a year prior when RVC won in three over Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. The top-seeded Hawks have now won three of the last four Region IV titles.
GRAYSLAKE, ILL. - The College of Lake County wasted little time in making sure their would be a new champion of the region in 2019. The #1-seeded Lancers racked up a 4-1 victory over #3-seed and four-time defending champion Moraine Valley Community College on November 3. The championship is the third in the last eight years for the College of Lake County, and their first since topping Waubonsee Community College in 2013.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, ILL. - A penalty kick early in the match was enough to send Prairie State College the its first Region IV Division I Men's Soccer Championship in school history as it defeated Morton College by a 1-0 final on November 2. The #1-seeded Pioneers have won 13 straight matches after the win over the #2-seed and defending champion Panthers.
In a rubbermatch between two programs that had each won on the other's home pitch, Madison College continued that trend Wednesday with a narrow 1-0 defeat Rock Valley College to claim the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division III Women's Soccer Championship. Freshman Emma Strieker notched the game-winner midway through the second half to give the #2 WolfPack the win over the #1 Golden Eagles, and a second region crown in three years.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Frankie Schiro the Women's Soccer Division III Player of the Week for October 21-27 (Week 9). The honor is the first of its kind for Schiro, and the second this season for the Golden Eagles after Madie Miller was recently named the DIII Goalie of the Week for Week 7.
RIVER GROVE, ILL. - It was no surprise that the rubbermatch between Triton College and Harper College needed more than the regulation 90 minutes to settle a winner. Seven minutes into the game's second overtime, freshman Marcin Kieta scored a game-winner to give the #1 Trojans a 2-1 win over the #2 Hawks to claim the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division III Men's Soccer Championship on Saturday. The title is the 16th in program history for Triton College.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named the College of Lake County's Rachel Moore as the Division I Women's Soccer Player of the Week for October 14-20 (Week 8). The award is the first such honor for Moore, and the first this season for the Lancers.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) named Rock Valley College's Madie Miller the Division III Women's Soccer Goalie of the Week for October 7-13 (Week 7). The award is the first such honor for Miller, and the first this season for the Golden Eagles.
PALOS HILLS & GLEN ELLYN, ILL. - A pair of champions were crowned on October 12, with both doing so in run-away fashion as the 2019 Region IV Division I & Division III Women's Tennis Championships were claimed by McHenry County College and Illinois Valley Community College, respectively. The Scots tallied 19.5 points to distance themselves from runner-up Moraine Valley Community College by 7.5 points, while the Eagles registered 17.0 points and defeated second place College of DuPage by seven.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Joliet Junior College's Emma Sweeney as the Tachikara Division III Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for September 30-October 6 (Week 6). The award is the first such honor for Sweeney, and the first this season for the Wolves.
Carl Sanburg College's Peyton Bowman double-dipped on national weekly awards after it was announced Wednesday she had been named a national player of the week by two separate organizations. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected Bowman as the Division II Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for September 30-October 6 (Week 6), while the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) tabbed her the Sports Imports/AVCA Two Year College Player of Week for October 9. The NJCAA honor is the first this season and second of Bowman career's after garnering similar recognition following the opening week of play in 2018 (read here). It is also the first such honor for the Chargers this season.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Prairie State College's Antonio Leal as the Division I Men's Soccer Player of the Week for September 30-October 6 (Week 6). The award is the first such honor for Leal, and the first this season for the Pioneers.
BYRON, ILL. - Returning to PrairieView Golf Club for the first time since 2014, the result of the three-day tournament turned out much the same with Black Hawk College and the College of DuPage claiming championships in the 2019 Region IV Division II and III Tournaments, respectively. The Braves rallied to capture their 14th consecutive DII crown with a 54-hole score of 959, while the Chaparrals reclaimed their place atop the DIII field with an impressive total of 930. Nzelu Maitha of Oakton Community College and Jack Vercautren of the College of College each earned tournament medalist honors and were first on the list of 22 players named All-Region IV.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Triton College's Piotr Pyz as the Division III Men's Soccer Goalie of the Week for September 23-29 (Week 5). The award is the first such honor for Pyz, and the first this season for the Trojans.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Jacob Melgosa as the Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for September 23-29 (Week 5). The award is the first such honor for Melgosa, and the first this season for the Hawks.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Jules Carusiello as the Division III Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for September 16-22 (Week 4). The award is the first such honor for Carusiello, and the first this season for the Hawks.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Moraine Valley Community College's Noelle Knezz as the Division II Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for September 9-15 (Week 3). The award is the first such honor for Knezz, and the first this year for the Cyclones.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Waubonsee Community College's Jordan VanBarriger as the Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for September 9-15 (Week 3). The award, which the NJCAA began this season, is the first for VanBarriger, and the first for the Chiefs.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Harper College's Majeed Hassan as the Division III Men's Soccer Player of the Week for September 2-8 (Week 2). The honor is the first of its kind for Hassan, and the first this season for the Hawks.