Category Archives: Waubonsee Sports

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

8U
Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

9U
Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

10U
Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

11U
Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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9-18 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 12 vs. Rich Central—The sophomore football team won 40-20. No individual stats were provided.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 15 vs. Sterling—Michael Petrick and Jake Hummel led the Knights with 44’s as Kaneland defeated Sterling 180 to 222. Jake Pearson and Jacob Milton each shot 46, while Luke Calabrese 48, Brock Williams 49, Dan Franck 50 and Joey Brandonisio a 51.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 11 @ Sycamore—The Knights shut out host Sycamore 4-0 behind two goals by Javier Correa. Devon Pieczynski had a goal and an assist. Eric Stoll had a goal and Nick Berland an assist. Michael Minogue stopped all seven shots he faced in goal.
Sept. 12 @ Marmion—The Knights didn’t find the back of the net against the Cadets, losing 5-0. Minogue had 10 saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland trounced Sycamore 7-0. Brian Batholomew (2), Jose Chavez, Brian Kemp, Christian Medrano and Hunter Smith all scored. John McCaffrey, Robbie Nachreiner, Chavez (2) and Diego Ruiz all supplied assists.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland dispatched the Redskins 5-2. KHS goals came from Bartholomew (2), McCaffrey, Medrano and Chavez. Nachreiner supplied two assists. The Knights are 2-1-1, 2-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—The Knights swept all matches against Sycamore, winning 5-0. Kayla Corirossi (6-1, 7-5) and Abby Purnell (6-3, 6-0) supplied the wins on the singles side, while Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-2, 6-0), Mary Collum/Ava Mandele (6-0, 6-2) and Katrina McNew/Liz Towell (forfeit) had doubles wins.
Sept. 15 vs. Rosary—Rosary defeated the Lady Knights 6-1. Mandele earned a 10-4 win at No. 2 singles for Kaneland.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland won 5-0 over Morris. Corirossi (11-10, 7-3) and Purcell (10-8) won at singles, while Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5), Collum/Mandele (10-2) and McNew/Towell (10-1) had doubles wins. The JV tennis team is 3-0 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The freshman A team won in three sets, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21, while the B teamlost 19-25, 21-25. No individual stats were provided.
Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The sophomore team won the first game, but fell to DeKalb 25-18, 18-25, 17-25. No individual stats were provided.

WCC Women’s Soccer
Sept. 10 vs. Moraine Valley—Waubonsee beat Moraine Valley 7-1. Kellie Cardine had two goals and an assist, while Andrea Garcia had two goals and Elizabeth Goll had a goal and three assists. Ashley Darlak and Olivia Cozzoni each had a goal, and Mayra Patino and Haley Kilbride each had an assist. Christina Sommerfeld had six saves.
Sept. 13 vs. Trinity Int’l University JV—Waubonsee won 8-2. Cardine had a goal and three assists, Goll had two goals and an assist, Andrea Garcia had two goals and an assist, and Darlak and Savannah Ricker each had a goal. Sommerfeld had eight saves. The WCC women’s soccer team is now 4-1, 1-0 in conference play.

9-4 Sports Recap

Games played 8/27-9/2, 2014
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Boys F/S Soccer
8-28 vs. DeKalb—The Knights defeated DeKalb 5-0 behind three goals by Zach Farris and two by Nick Berland. Michael Minogue had two saves. Javier Correra, Devin Pieczynski and Alex Rodriguez each had one assist.

Boys JV Soccer
9-2 @ Dundee-Crown—Goals from Brian Kenny and Brandon Luebke were not enough as the Knights fell to Dundee-Crown 6-2 in the JV team’s season-opener.

Girls JV Tennis
9-2 @ DeKalb—Kaneland defeated DeKalb 4-1 to move to 2-0 overall. The Lady Knights got wins from Kayla Corirossi and Taylor Parrott at nos. 1 and 3 singles. The doubles teams of Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schiltz, Mary Collum/Ava Mandele, Liz Towell/Katrina McNew and Jess Bowgren/Katie Biard all earned victories as well.

WCC Women’s Soccer
8-28 vs. Rock Valley—The Chiefs defeated visiting Rock Valley 3-1. Haley Kilbride (Batavia, Rosary) had two goals while Lisa Gaffino (Aurora, Central Catholic) had 11 saves
8-30 @ Joliet JC—The Chiefs routed Joliet Junior College 8-1. Ashley Arlak (St. Charles, East), Andria Garcia (Aurora, East) and Kilbride each had two goals. Daniela Bueno (Aurora, West) and Elizabeth Goll (Plano) also had goals for the Chiefs. Kaneland graduate Anne Marie Giese had an assist.

WCC Men’s Soccer
8-30 vs. Lincoln-Land College—The Chiefs fell 8-0 to open the 2014 season.
8-31 vs. Lincoln College—The Chiefs won 6-0 behind a hat-trick by Akim Suraji (DeKalb) and seven saves by Christian Torres (Oswego).

Boys F/S Soccer
8-28 vs. DeKalb—The Knights defeated DeKalb 5-0 behind three goals by Zach Farris and two by Nick Berland. Michael Minogue had two saves. Javier Correra, Devin Pieczynski and Alex Rodriguez each had one assist.

Kaneland Youth Football League
Saturday, Aug. 30
8U
Kaneland Black: 27
@ DeKalb Black: 0
Kaneland Silver: 7
@ Kaneland White: 25
Kaneland Orange: 0
@ DeKalb Orange 27
9U
Kaneland Black: 31
@ Yorkville Red: 6
Kaneland Black: 12
@ Kaneland White: 25
10U
Kaneland Black: 21
@ Yorkville Red: 0
Kaneland Black: 7
@ Kaneland White: 34
11U
Kaneland Black: 14
@ Yorkville Red: 0
Yorkville Black: 12
@ Kaneland White: 25

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Chief celebration

Past, present and future celebrate Randall’s WCC diamond tenure
SUGAR GROVE—Area collegiate baseball has seen its share of great players and institutions.

Dave Randall, of Waubonsee Community College, has seen his share of area collegiate baseball.

On Friday in Sugar Grove, it was appropriate that Randall and the program’s products got to share all they’ve seen in 37 seasons of action.

Randall, who is stepping down at the end of the current baseball campaign to concentrate on athletic manager duties, was honored with appearances from family and alumni during Friday’s regular season home finale against Highland Community College. Randall, WCC personnel and guests eventually made their way to the Open Range Grill at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove for some more story swapping and celebration.

After nearly 1,850 games at the helm of the Chiefs’ program, there was plenty to reminisce about for the Kaneland High School grad and Yorkville resident.

“There were a couple of small events a couple of weeks ago to celebrate before the games, and that’s when it kind of hit me,” Randall said. “This was a complete surprise, and it was how you’d like something like this to be, and you’re surrounded by friends and family.”

The Chiefs (32-23) were able to sweep the Highland visitors by a final of 11-4 and 4-2, putting the stamp on the day that saw dozens of former WCC players come out to honor Randall.

“I wish I had more time to talk to every one of the players that came out. It was fun being able to introduce players from different eras to each other,” Randall said.

Noteworthy personnel like first-ever Waubonsee coach and former Randall skipper Bill Prince, and players from as far as Phoenix, made it to the festivities.

The occasion gave Randall a moment to reflect on how the local game has changed.

“The size of the players is the biggest thing,” Randall said. “I’m ordering double XL for players. But the style of play will change every couple of years. Right now, it’s less on power, and we do a lot on the basepaths.”

Dana Wagner, another former KHS grad and former womens’ basketball coach at WCC, enjoyed seeing the span of her co-worker’s career come to life.

“I see on a daily basis how much Dave impacts our student-athletes lives. The neatest thing about the event on Friday was hearing all of the different stories being told by his former players. I heard many, many times during the event “he changed my life” or “he gave me a chance,” Wagner said.

Sports Information Specialist Steve Moga has the baseball program under Randall’s eye showing obvious changes in the 37 seasons.

“Dave has elevated Waubonsee’s baseball program to a national level in junior college athletics,” Moga said. “Despite competing as a non-scholarship NJCAA Division III program, his teams often more than hold their own against many scholarship clubs, which usually make up 75 percent of the Chiefs’ schedule. Waubonsee’s six Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference titles and three trips to the NJCAA Division III World Series under his leadership are proof of that.”

There is much to remember for Randall and his time in the Chiefs’ dugout, and he was glad to have some of that crystalized this past week.

“It was a good time, and we shared a lot of memories, to talk to everybody and see everybody, to have family come in and my old coach (Prince) from 1973. It was so great,’ Randall said.

Waubonsee, which is slated to be coached by former Chief Brad Unger in 2015, heads to the Region IV Division III Sectional beginning this weekend.

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Unger to take over Chiefs program from Randall

SUGAR GROVE—Former Waubonsee Community College player Brad Unger has been named to succeed long-time Chiefs head baseball coach Dave Randall. After 37 seasons and nearly 1,850 games at Waubonsee, Randall is relinquishing the reins of the program that he built into national prominence at the conclusion of this season. Randall is one of only three NJCAA Division III (non-scholarship) coaches to have over 800 coaching victories. He has led the Chiefs to the NJCAA Division III World Series three times including a third-place finish last spring. Randall will remain Waubonsee’s Athletic Manager, a position he has held since 1984.

In 2001, Unger was the Chiefs’ starting catcher, earning All-Skyway Conference honors that spring before representing Waubonsee in the Region IV All-Star Game. Currently the head varsity baseball coach at Hinckley-Big Rock High School, Unger guided the Royals to the Little Ten Conference title and the Regional Championship game last spring as the number one seed. Unger has coached the last 15 years in the Aurora American Legion League, guiding his teams to over 200 wins and a league title in 2011. He has served on the league’s Board of Directors, oversees the league’s annual fundraiser, and built and maintains the league’s website.

Unger played his freshman season at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he earned the team’s Top Newcomer Award. He transferred to Waubonsee for his sophomore year to play for Randall’s Chiefs. The following summer, Unger competed for International Athlete’s Team USA squad that traveled to Italy to play against professional teams in the Italian Games. Unger then moved on to Elmhurst College and was the Bluejays’ team captain the next two years. His senior year, he was selected to the All-CCIW First Team, was tabbed an NCAA Division III Second Team All-American, and was named Elmhurst College’s Male Athlete of The Year.

Unger earned his Associate’s degree from Waubonsee in 2001 and his Bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in 2003, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in River Forest. The Plainfield resident is self-employed and owns the NewLife Companies.

WCC basketball coach Dana Wagner

Wagner earns Illinois Skyway Coach of the Year

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College head women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner was chosen as the ISCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after leading Waubonsee to an undefeated league title.

In her 15th and final season, Wagner led the Lady Chiefs to only the second ISCC title in the program’s history. Hope Semper guided Waubonsee’s women to the league title in the 1992-93 season, finishing 11-1 in conference that year. The Lady Chiefs won the ISCC crown with an unblemished 14-0 record, the first time in seven years that a women’s team has done that in the league. Wagner collected her 200th career coaching victory earlier in the season and finishes with 111 wins in ISCC play.

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Waubonsee’s Wagner feels good about collecting 200

Waubonsee Community College head women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner celebrated her 200th victory recently. She is a 1992 Kaneland graduate that went on to play at Aurora University. Courtesy/File Photo

Kaneland alum’s milestone victory paves way for memorable year
SUGAR GROVE—To illustrate how Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner approached a milestone 200th coaching victory, which occurred on Dec. 8, it was almost an afterthought.

“(Sports information specialist) Steve Moga told me before the season that I was going to get it, and I forgot about it for awhile,” Wagner said. “It was a road victory and the girls and team moms got together and signed a frame picture they took. It was a nice surprise.”
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The 73-68 win over the St. Ambrose University varsity team is one of many highlights so far for the 9-5 Lady Chiefs, featuring former Kaneland standouts Sarah Grams and Brooke Harner.

“These girls work hard and buy into the system, and it pays off,” Wagner said. “It’s been a good year for the transition game, and the way we run the floor has been great.”

In her 15th year, Wagner will step down at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, as Waubonsee has enacted a rule that coaching positions will be for non-full-time staff members.

“It’s bittersweet, which is why it’s nice to have this good year. We’ll move onto the next phase, and I’m excited for the future,” Wagner said. “I’m excited to go on a different path.”

Wagner works as Waubonsee’s Assistant Athletic Manager, runs Waubonsee’s intramural programs, handles all of the school’s on-campus athletic events and is facilities coordinator for the hoops squad’s home, Erickson Hall.
With Erickson Hall undergoing renovation to hold a 59,000-square-foot fieldhouse, Wagner’s duties involve that heavy undertaking that benefits Waubonsee athletics in the long run.

“It’s great for recruiting when you walk these kids through the facility. It’s going to be unbelievable, that building will be my ‘real job’ and take up a lot of time after this year,” Wagner said.
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Not only involved in area basketball, since her days as a player at Kaneland, Wagner has worked with many standouts that have seen her evolve as player and coach.

“When I got this job, the first person I coached was Dick Rink (former KHS girls basketball head and assistant coach). I asked him to be my assistant coach after that, and I think we tried adding the number of games he and I had been involved with. It was too many,” Wagner said.

A member of Kaneland’s Class of 1992, Wagner was an All-Little Seven Conference selection in basketball. She then went on to star for Aurora University as a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, was selected the Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference (NIIC) Player of the Year three times, and was named Aurora’s Female Athlete of the Year three times. Wagner remains the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer with 1,693.

With 200 victories, and more looked for as Waubonsee makes its way through Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference action and beyond, Wagner can not only look over a memorable moment, but a memorable coaching tenure. The accomplished coach will just be in the market of bettering WCC rather than just a girls’ roster.

“You have girls that come in here and want to play and don’t want to spend a lot of money, be closer to home, and get their gen-eds done,” Wagner said. “A lot of area girls basketball teams are getting better and starting younger. The hard work pays off. I’m moving on, and looking at the positive.”

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WCC’s Wagner garners 200th career coaching victory

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball head coach Dana Wagner collected her 200th career coaching victory as the Lady Chiefs hung on to defeat the St. Ambrose University Junior Varsity 73-68 on Sunday, Dec. 8. Waubonsee improved to 9-3 overall on the season as it won its fourth in a row.

This season is Wagner’s 15th year overall leading Waubonsee’s basketball program. Under her guidance, 22 players have been named Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Teamers. The Lady Chiefs have finished second in the ISCC three times during her tenure, including two years ago when they won a school-record 11 straight games.

Wagner also directed Waubonsee’s volleyball program for two seasons and was the softball head coach for 11 years, helping guide the 2007 team to the ISCC title and a then record-setting 33-win season.

Additionally, Wagner was named the ISCC’s Female Coach of the Year for 2005-06.

A 1992 graduate of Kaneland High School, where she was an All-Little Seven Conference selection in basketball, Wagner went on to star for Aurora University. She was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, was selected the Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference (NIIC) Player of the Year three times, and was named Aurora’s Female Athlete of the Year an unprecedented three times. The Spartans’ all-time leading scorer with 1,693 points, Wagner’s number 40 jersey was retired upon the conclusion of her last game, and she was inducted into Aurora’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

In addition to her coaching duties, Wagner works as Waubonsee’s Assistant Athletic Manager. She also runs Waubonsee’s intramural programs, handles all of the school’s on-campus athletic events and serves as facilities coordinator for the college’s gymnasium, Erickson
Hall.

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The sweet spot

Photo: Randall (right) directs the Waubonsee Chiefs’ defense during WCC’s 8-3 win over Nassau (New York) during the NJCAA Division III World Series tournament. Courtesy Photo

KHS grad finds decades of satisfaction just down the road at WCC
SUGAR GROVE—College coaches leaving one program for another is nothing unusual, particularly in major college football and basketball.

Meet a coach in the college ranks who’s bucked that trend and stayed put. For 36 years.

Dave Randall, the athletic manager and veteran baseball coach at Waubonsee Community College, had opportunities years ago to move on, but at the end of the day, he chose not to. His decision to stay at Waubonsee has been affirmed more than once by colleagues in the coaching profession he knows, who have taken what they believed to be a better gig, only to discover the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

“It’s not always about the title,” Randall, a Kaneland product, said recently in his office at Waubonsee. “I’ve always said you have to be happy and enjoy what you’re doing. I have no desire to move up to a four-year school. I’m happy here. I love it where I’m at and I’ll stay here.”

In addition to enjoying his roles at Waubonsee, Randall said his commitment to family and his desire to develop the baseball and sports programs at the school—as athletic manager, he oversees 14 men’s and women’s sports—keeps him going.

His daughters, Jessica and Rebecca, both played softball for the Chiefs. Rebecca will be a senior at Aurora University this fall, and is coming off a junior year in which she hit .422 while helping the Spartans go 39-8 and reach the NCAA Division III regional tournament.

“Eighty percent of our (baseball) recruiting is in the immediate area,” Randall said. “You can be home in the evening. You can be with your family.

“I wanted to be around my family and wanted to see my kids play ball. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to take something and develop it to the end. I just really enjoy seeing it develop over the years and seeing it through.”

Coach Dave Randall talks with (No. 1) Tevin Brown, (No. 6) Eric Ray, (No. 34) Jake Jouris and (No. 3) Harry Vickers during a pitching change in the first inning of their game against Century (Minnesota) at the NJCAA Division III World Series tournament. 					            Courtesy Photo
Coach Dave Randall talks with (No. 1) Tevin Brown, (No. 6) Eric Ray, (No. 34) Jake Jouris and (No. 3) Harry Vickers during a pitching change in the first inning of their game against Century (Minnesota) at the NJCAA Division III World Series tournament. Courtesy Photo

Randall certainly has gone above and beyond seeing the baseball program through at Waubonsee. When Randall took over as coach in 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, the Bee Gees’ “Saturday Night Fever” album went No. 1 for 24 weeks, gasoline was around 62 cents per gallon, and a Polish cardinal named Karol Jozef Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II.

Approximately 856 wins later, Randall is one of only two NJCAA Division III coaches to compile more than 800 career victories. Randall doesn’t keep track of such numbers; in fact, his pitching coach, Steve Moga, who also serves as the school’s sports information coordinator, had to tell him he was nearing his 700th career win.

“It’s nice and it’s kind of neat,” Randall said of the victory totals, “but basically it tells me I’ve been here a long time.”

Yet, Randall emphasized that he doesn’t measure the success of his career by his won-loss record.

“It’s not just all about the wins. It’s about the players,” he said. “I never have evaluated the success of any team based on our record, accomplishments or awards. If they say it was well worth spending their time here, then I’ve done my job.”

The players on Randall’s 2013 squad reached the pinnacle of success at the NJCAA Division III level this past spring. After enduring 38 losses—a dubious Waubonsee record for most defeats in a single season—during the 2012 season, the Chiefs did a 180, winning a school-record 38 games and advancing to the NJCAA World Series in Tyler, Texas, for the second time in four years.

The Chiefs ended up finishing third in the nation. Randall attributes the team’s dramatic turnaround to:
• His sophomores working on, and perfecting, specific aspects of their game
• His position players staying injury free
• A deep pitching staff, which compensated for the loss of two starters to injury
• Bringing in a solid group of freshmen

“We were deep enough (pitching) that the other kids picked it up,” Randall said. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself (with injuries). It’s an opportunity for somebody else, and some kids took the opportunity and ran with it.”

Freshman Jordan Jones, a Kaneland graduate, stepped in and became a top middle reliever for the Chiefs, leading the club with 19 appearances. He pitched 32 innings and posted a 2-1 record. Tyler Heinle, who also prepped at Kaneland, saw action in 18 games and hit .327 in a reserve role as an infielder.

Both Jones and Heinle were part of the Knights’ 2011 Class 3A state championship team.

Jones recalls how Randall brought in former Chicago Cubs pitcher Aaron Heilman to talk to the incoming freshmen—a talk that he said really calmed everyone’s nerves.

“All of us as freshmen came in pretty nervous, and coach Randall took care of it pretty good,” Jones said. “He (Heilman) came in and talked about being freshmen and how to deal with being nervous before games. He’s (Randall) like a living legend in junior college baseball. He always makes coming to the field fun, and knows what he’s talking about.”

Jones said the team worked through some rough spots during the conference season, but hit its stride in the playoffs.

“In the playoffs we started beating up on teams,” Jones said. “That’s when it hit us. ‘We’ve got a shot to make it to Texas. Let’s do it.’”

One of the memories etched in Randall’s mind in regard to participating in the World Series this time around didn’t have anything to do with the team’s on-field performance. It’s how his players conducted themselves off the field.

Each team in the NJCAA World Series adopts a Little League team from the Tyler, Texas, area during the series. The way in which the Chiefs embraced their adopted Little League team drew a letter of praise from one of the residents.

“We got a nice letter from (a) gentleman in Tyler,” Randall said. “He wrote a nice letter about our team. I’m as proud of what he said in that letter as I am about us placing third at the World Series.”

Randall is proud of his Kaneland roots, as well.

“I’ve always been proud of being a Kaneland grad,” he said. “I live in Yorkville, but grew up in Sugar Grove. I’m more country; I feel much more comfortable being out here in the Sugar Grove and Elburn area.”

After 36 years of coaching, has retirement tried knocking on Randall’s door?

“That day will come, and people have asked me that,” he said. “I’m not putting a time on it. I’m going to coach as long as I’m having fun and it’s rewarding for the players. The day it stops being fun, I’ll retire that day. But I’m enjoying it.”

WCC head baseball coach Dave Randall gathers with his team after the 2013 Chiefs finished third nationally at the NJCAA Division III World Series.
WCC head baseball coach Dave Randall gathers with his team after the 2013 Chiefs finished third nationally at the NJCAA Division III World Series.
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Waubonsee’s Baker earns ISCC’s Dick Durrant Award

WCC—The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) recently named the Dick Durrant Academic Athlete of the Year Award Winners for 2012-2013 at the league’s annual year-ending luncheon at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

Waubonsee Community College’s Sean Baker was one of the co-winners of this prestigious award.

The Dick Durrant Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) who attain the highest grade point average after completing four semesters of college work, and at least forty-eight semester hours of credit.

Begun in 1979, the award is named after Mr. Dick Durrant, who was an outstanding teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College from 1961 through 1985. Durrant championed the philosophy of academic as well as athletic excellence while at Elgin. Coach Durrant was known for his concern for students, his sense of fair play and his attitude of education before athletics.

Baker is the 19th Waubonsee student-athlete to earn this award. Waubonsee had seven consecutive recipients from 1993 to 2000, while 14 of the Chiefs’ honorees overall have been female student/athletes.

Baker, a liberal arts major from Yorkville High School, finished the school year with a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average while competing for Waubonsee’s men’s soccer team. The sophomore defender was a key contributor to the Chiefs’ defense, which recorded a school-record 11 shutouts and only allowed 22 goals all season. Waubonsee captured the ISCC title for the first time ever and went on to post a 16-3-1 record, the best mark for the program since 1983. Baker is set to transfer to Concordia University in Mequon, Wisc., where he will pursue a Lay Ministry degree in Pastorial Counsel.

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WCC baseball nabs post-season awards

Photo: Waubonsee Community College baseball head coach Dave Randall talks to his base runners during a pitching change at the NJCAA World Series. Courtesy Photo

Coach, KHS alum Dave Randall among those honored
Waubonsee—After finishing third in the nation at the 2013 NJCAA Division III World Series in Texas at the end of May, Waubonsee Community College’s baseball team received numerous post-season awards.

Ten members of the Chiefs’ squad were recognized for their outstanding play, headlined by a trio of NJCAA All-American selections. Pitcher Chris Anderson and first baseman Jake Jouris were both recently named First Team All-Americans, while centerfielder Cody Burton was selected to the Second Team.

Of the nearly 10,000 NJCAA student-athletes that suited up this year in baseball, only 120 earned All-American status, putting the Chiefs’ trio in select company. In addition, outfielder Bobby Smith, third baseman Eric Ray, shortstop Ryan Vega, pitcher Ryan Fejt, catcher Omar Fernandez, designated hitter Harry Vickers and long-time head coach Dave Randall were all recognized by the NJCAA’s Region IV Baseball Committee and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC).

Chris Anderson
Anderson, a sophomore from Waubonsie Valley High School, emerged as a premier pitcher this spring. In addition to All-American status, the left-handed hurler was chosen as the ISCC Pitcher of the Year after going 3-1 with a 1.93 earned-run-average (ERA) in conference play.

His lone ISCC loss was a 2-0 defeat to the College of Lake County, in which he allowed no earned runs. The southpaw was also an All-Region First Team selection, and was named to the NJCAA Division III World Series All-Tournament team after tossing a 3-hit shutout in the Chiefs’ 2-0 opening game win over Brookhaven (TX) College.

Among all NJCAA Division III pitchers, Anderson finished second nationally in complete games with (9), had the third most wins (8) and starts (12), was fifth in innings pitched (87 1/3), and sixth in strikeouts (84). The potential NCAA Division I prospect allowed only 69 hits, posted a 2.16 ERA, a sparkling 1.08 WHIP (walks and hits to innings pitched), and was 16th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (8.66) among pitchers with 50 or more innings pitched. Anderson was also chosen as Waubonsee’s Most Improved Male Athlete for 2012-2013.

Jake Jouris
Jouris earned All-American honors after helping lead the Chiefs to the Region IV Championship with his hitting and defense.

The DeKalb High School graduate was named the Most Valuable Player of the Region IV Tournament after going 12-for-22 at the plate in six playoff games. In addition, he was selected as the NJCAA Division III Baseball Player of the Week for the second week of May. Jouris went 8-for-11 (.727) in three Chiefs’ playoff games to extend his hitting streak to 12 games at that time.

On the season, Jouris paced the Chiefs with 46 runs batted in, ranking 11th nationally in that category among all NJCAA Division III players. Jouris led Waubonsee in home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.562) on the way to being named to the All-Region IV First Team. The 6’4” first baseman was also among the national leaders defensively, recording the second most put outs (368) and handling the second most fielding plays (410). In addition, the sophomore finished in the top-20 nationally in runs scored (47), total bases (86), extra base hits (18), games played (51) and times hit-by-pitch (11). A right-handed hitter, Jouris finished with a .359 batting average with a .453 on-base percentage, smacking 55 hits including 10 doubles and three triples.

Cody Burton
Burton, a sophomore from Oswego East High School, was the catalyst to the Chiefs’ offense all season. The Chiefs’ lead-off hitter led the nation in stolen bases with 54, breaking Scott Kawall’s Waubonsee record of 51 set in 1987.

The left-handed hitter was also tops among all NJCAA Division III players with a school-record 63 runs scored. In addition, he tied for first nationally in games played (57) and was tied for second nationally in hits with 77, equaling Bob Stehman’s 1998 Waubonsee record for hits in a season. Burton finished third nationally in at bats (191), was tied for seventh in plate appearances (218), and was 11th in total bases (94).

The Chiefs’ centerfielder finished with a .403 batting average and a team-leading .475 on-base percentage. In addition to All-American honors, Burton was an All-ISCC First Team and All-Region First Team selection, and was named to the NJCAA Division III World Series All-Tournament team after leading the tournament in stolen bases (5) and finishing third in hits (7).

Bobby Smith
Smith, another Oswego East High School graduate, was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team and All-Region First Team. The Chiefs’ right fielder batted .364 and was second on the team in hits (60), runs driven in (37), stolen bases (23) and on-base percentage (.460). The freshman led Waubonsee with five triples, tying him for 10th nationally in that category, and was tied for second nationally in games played with 56. Smith also drew a team-leading 26 walks, scored 41 runs, smacked 16 extra base hits, tallied 81 total bases and was 20th nationally in plate appearances with 202.

Eric Ray
Ray was chosen All-ISCC Second Team and All-Region Second Team. The Sycamore High School graduate led Waubonsee with a dozen doubles, while driving in 35 runs on 54 hits. The Chiefs’ third baseman finished tied for 16th nationally in runs scored (48) and plate appearances (203), and was tied for third nationally in games played (55). Ray compiled a .325 batting average and a .433 on-base percentage, drawing 24 walks on the season.

Ryan Vega
Chiefs’ shortstop Ryan Vega was named to the All-Region First Team after finishing fifth nationally with 123 defensive assists. The freshman from Waubonsie Valley High School booked 50 hits, drove in 34 runs, scored 35 runs and stole 19 bases as the Chiefs’ number two hitter in their batting order.

Ryan Fejt
Fejt, a freshman from St. Joseph’s High School in Westchester, was tabbed All-Region Second Team. The right-handed pitcher won five games, including the Region IV Championship game, which the Chiefs won 13-1 over Harper College. Fejt compiled a 3.47 ERA in 59 and two-thirds innings of work over a dozen appearances.

Omar Fernandez
Fernandez, an Aurora West High School graduate, was the Chiefs’ field general en route to earning All-ISCC Second Team honors. The sophomore finished 25th nationally among all NJCAA Division III catchers in putouts with 212 and was tied for 20th in total chances with 242. Fernandez also recorded 26 assists and made only four errors, compiling a .983 fielding percentage. A right-handed hitter, Fernandez batted .444 in ISCC play and finished the season with a .322 batting average overall.

Harry Vickers
Vickers, a sophomore from Waubonsie Valley High School, was selected All-ISCC Second Team after batting .314 in league action. The Chiefs’ designated hitter batted .336 on the season with 31 runs knocked in, 48 hits and 18 stolen bases.

Dave Randall
Long-time head coach Dave Randall, a Kaneland High School alum, was chosen the Region IV Division III Coach of the Year after leading Waubonsee to the NJCAA World Series for the second time in four years. Randall, in charge of the Chiefs’ program the last 35 years, has guided Waubonsee to 856 victories during that time.

After staggering to a school worst 38 losses in 2012, the Chiefs made a dramatic turnaround this spring on the way to finishing the season 38-24 overall. The 38 wins eclipsed the Chiefs’ single-season mark of 37 wins set in 2011. Unranked in the pre-season and throughout the first half of the spring, the Chiefs were ranked sixth in the final regular season NJCAA Division III poll.

Waubonsee led the nation in stolen bases with 189, well ahead of second-place Century (MN) College’s 141 thefts. The Chiefs also topped all NJCAA Division III teams in hits (587), games played (63), at bats (1,805), plate appearances (2,123), defensive put outs (1,329) and innings pitched (450). Waubonsee finished second nationally in batters hit-by-pitch (86), defensive assists (548) and total fielding chances (1,978). The Chiefs were third in runs scored (406) and total bases (724), fourth in runs batted in (340), and in the top-10 nationally in doubles (87), triples (16), walks drawn (185) and team batting average (.325). Chiefs’ pitchers struck out 318 batters to rank eighth nationally.

WCC Chiefs’ Basketball Camp

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College will offer a basketball camp for boys and girls from fifth grade through those entering their senior year of high school. The inaugural Chiefs’ Basketball Camp is set to run Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. A camp for boys and girls in grades 9 through 12 will be conducted beginning Monday, July 15, and going through Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day. Both camps will be held in the Erickson Hall Gymnasium on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Lead Instructors for the camps will be Waubonsee Men’s Assistant Coach Rick Robinson and Women’s Head Coach Dana Wagner. There will be a daily emphasis of basketball techniques and fundamentals; with demonstrations, group drills and individualized instruction pertaining to one-on-one play, team play, post-position play, shooting drills, ball handling and defensive skills.

The cost for the five-day camp is $150 for each participant, who will each receive a “Hoops Camp” T-shirt. Campers will also be given awards for three-point shooting, free throw shooting, one-on-one competition and a daily Hustle award. Those interested can register online at www.waubonseetickets.com, or call the Waubonsee Athletic Office at (630) 466-2524.

WCC takes 3rd a NJCAA World Series

Tyler, Texas—Waubonsee Community College jumped on second-ranked Century (MN) College right away, but could not hold on to the lead as the Mighty Wood Ducks eliminated the Chiefs’ from the 2013 NJCAA Division III World Series on May 28 at Mike Carter Field.

Century (42-12) rallied for a 10-7 victory to advance to the National Championship game against top-ranked Gloucester (NJ) College (48-3), while the sixth-ranked Chiefs (38-24) finished third in the nation.

Waubonsee pounced on Century, scoring six times in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by two-run singles each by Jake Jouris and Omar Fernandez. The Chiefs threatened to add to that lead in the second inning, getting three hits and having a batter reach base on an error. However, Waubonsee failed to score as two runners were thrown out on the base paths. Century got to Chiefs’ starter Kyle Bender in the top of the third, taking advantage of a walk, a hit batsman, a two-run double and a two-out, run-scoring single to cut their deficit in half.

Waubonsee got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame when Cody Burton grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. The Chiefs, who left seven runners on base for the game, eventually stranded runners at second and third as Century carried momentum into the fourth inning. The Wood Ducks erupted for four runs and tied the game with a double off reliever Tanner Cook, who was eventually tagged with the loss. Hayden Chelius then came on in relief and issued a walk and hit a batter to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch then gave the Wood Ducks the lead at 8-7 before Chelius struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The score remained 8-7 in favor of Century all the way into the ninth inning as Waubonsee stranded a runner at third base in both the fourth and eighth innings, and hit into inning-ending double plays in both the fifth and seventh frames.

Chelius, who struck out six and allowed only two hits through five innings of work, began to tire in the ninth. A one-out single followed by a double down the left field line put runners at second and third. Chelius then enticed a ground ball to shortstop Ryan Vega for the second out. Chris Anderson, who tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout in the Chiefs’ series opening victory over Brookhaven (TX) College on Saturday, then took over for Chelius. However, Waubonsee’s only defensive miscue of the evening resulted in two huge insurance runs for Century before Anderson registered a strike out to end the inning. The Chiefs, who out-hit the Wood Ducks 14-10, were unable to mount a rally in the bottom of the ninth, bringing an end to their memorable season.

Burton finished the game 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, a run scored and a run batted in. Bobby Smith also went 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Jouris and Harry Vickers each collected two hits. Anderson and Burton were both selected to the World Series All-Tournament team.

The Chiefs’ 38 wins set a new Waubonsee single-season mark for wins, eclipsing the previous school record of 37 set in 2011. Among NJCAA Division III teams, the Chiefs led the nation in hits (587) and stolen bases (189), recording nearly 50 more thefts than the next highest squad.

Waubonsee ends 2013 third in runs scored (416) and total bases (724), and fourth in runs batted in (340). The Chiefs also turned the most double plays (116), had the most fielding assists (548) and the pitching staff finished eighth in strikeouts (318). Unranked prior to the season, Coach Dave Randall’s crew was ranked sixth in the final regular season NJCAA Division III poll, the highest ever for the Chiefs’ program.

Follow the Chiefs at NJCAA Division III World Series

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College blasted Harper College 13-1 on Sunday to capture the Region IV Division III championship for the second time in the last four years. The Chiefs advance to the eight-team, double-elimination 2013 NJCAA Division III World Series in Tyler, Texas.

Sixth-ranked Waubonsee (36-22) plays 10th-ranked Brookhaven (TX) College (30-18) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, in their opening game at Mike Carter Field.

You can follow all the action live online by either going to www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/ or by logging on to Tyler Junior College’s website www.apacheathletics.com and clicking on the “Division III World Series” link. Access to live stats, audio and video, along with additional tournament information, will be available on the site.

For further information, you can also go to www.njcaa.org.

Waubonsee wins ISCC’s All-Sports Trophy again

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College has once again won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s All-Sports Trophy. After a 20-year drought from 1989 to 2009, Waubonsee has now won the ISCC’s prestigious award three out of the last four years.

Waubonsee teams won four ISCC titles during the 2012-13 school year on the way to compiling 56 points to finish four and a half points ahead of second-place Prairie State College. The Chiefs were ISCC Champions in women’s cross country, men’s soccer, men’s basketball and softball, to go along with second-place finishes in women’s tennis and men’s golf, while the baseball team placed third in the conference standings.

The women’s cross country team captured the ISCC crown for the first time since 2008 and had four runners go on to qualify for the NJCAA Division I National Meet. The men’s soccer team won the ISCC title for the first time ever, finishing 6-0-1 in league play a year after going only 1-6 in the conference. Coach Brett Suhayda’s squad ended the year 16-3-1 overall and ranked 17th nationally among all NJCAA Division II soccer teams. Waubonsee’s men’s basketball team finished as co-champions of the ISCC after going 12-2 in conference action en route to a 24-8 overall mark. Coach Perry Clark’s softball squad finished 11-1 in ISCC play to win their third straight league title.

Over the last three years the Lady Chiefs have gone 35-3 in conference play.

Waubonsee’s Heiss inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame

Danville, ILL—Waubonsee Community College’s long-time head men’s basketball coach Dave Heiss was recently inducted into the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame at the Division II National Tournament Banquet.

“It’s an honor, but it’s not just my honor. A lot of people have helped me get to this point,” Heiss said. “I didn’t do it by myself. Obviously, my name is on that plaque, but a lot of people at Waubonsee, the administration, athletic director Dave Randall, my assistant coaches and all the players, have helped make this possible.”

Heiss began coaching the Chiefs in 1986 and has built the program into a perennial power over the last 28 seasons. He has led Waubonsee to victory 552 times, an average of nearly 20 wins per season for almost three decades. Heiss currently is 17th among active junior college coaches on the NJCAA’s win list. Under Heiss’ guidance, the Chiefs have won 20 or more games 15 times, and tallied 19 wins on four other occasions. His squads have won 11 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) titles with 63 of his players being named First Team All-Conference, including eight league MVP Awards. In 2008 Heiss became the ISCC’s all-time record holder for career wins with his 191st victory, and currently has 249 wins and counting.

Heiss has led Waubonsee to five Region IV titles and five subsequent berths in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, finishing seventh in 1991. Heiss has been selected as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and the Region IV Basketball Coach of the Year five times, while the ISCC has tabbed him with that honor nine times. Previously Heiss has been inducted into the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame (2006), the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame (2009), the Aurora West High School Hall of Fame (2010) and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Hall of Fame (2010).

Heiss was an All-Upstate Eight Conference performer for Aurora West in 1980, when his team finished third in the state. He went on to play at Eastern Wyoming Junior College, leading the NJCAA Region IX in scoring as a sophomore. Heiss then transferred to Bemidji (MN) State University, where he was All-Northern Sun Conference his final two years. Heiss later played for the Utah Jazz rookie team in the Pro-Am League in the summer of 1986.

Off the court, Heiss earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Bemidji (MN) State University and his master’s degree from Chicago State University. Heiss has been a full- time faculty member in Waubonsee’s Physical Education Department since 1992, and was instrumental in the establishment of Waubonsee’s S.T.A.R. program, an academic monitoring and tutoring program for student/athletes. Additionally, Heiss has guided the Chiefs’ golf program for the last 21 years, orchestrating three ISCC titles and a Region IV crown, while helping 32 golfers reach All-Conference status. A life-long resident of Aurora, Heiss has three children, D.J., Danielle and Demi.

Nomination deadline for Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame approaches

Sugar Grove—The deadline for nominations to Waubonsee Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame is quickly approaching. Individuals or groups can be nominated for the 2013 class of inductees until Feb. 1.

Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 8, and inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 9, 2013. Nomination forms are available online at www.waubonsee.edu/athletics or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove campus.

Inductees will be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes.

Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee. Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.

For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.

Cheering for the Chiefs


Members of the U11 and U14 girls travel teams from the Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) spent the Columbus Day holiday with the Waubonsee Community College women’s soccer team and watched as the Chiefs defeated Morton CC 2-0. From the KUSC teams are, bottom row, Elaina Eckert, Amber Painer, Rachel Richtman, Becky Richtman, Gina Cortino, Kylie Kurz, Chloe Laws, Kaylee Bilotta, Sophie Laws, Willow Dunne, Mary Collum, Abby Shaw, Marley Schultz, Erica Eckert; and middle row, after the WCC team members, Bailey Prichard, Brooke Simmons, Ashley Painer. Photo Courtesy of KUSC

WCC hosts Baseball Alumni Game, clinics

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College will host a baseball alumni game on the Chiefs’ diamond in Sugar Grove on Saturday, Sept. 22.

All former Chiefs’ baseball players are invited to participate. The day’s events will begin at 9 a.m., when the current Waubonsee team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage. Chiefs’ alumni are invited to take batting practice in Waubonsee’s outdoor hitting facility, which features two astro-turfed batting cages and multiple hitting stations, beginning at 11 a.m. The alumni game is set to start around noon, with a post-game social gathering at 3 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Waubonsee head baseball coach Dave Randall at (630) 466-2527.

Baseball Skills Camp
The college will also be the host site for a Coaches/Parents Clinic and Baseball Skills Camp, presented by Perform Everyday on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The hour-long clinic will begin at 8 a.m., with the camp running from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for athletes ages 13 through 18 on the Chiefs’ Sugar Grove campus baseball field.

Coaching strategies, drills, mechanics and more will be covered during the clinic by presenter Joe Yager, owner of Perform Everyday, and former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Lou Collier.

Yager, a former Chiefs’ pitcher, elite level softball player and personal trainer, will conduct the Baseball Skills Camp along with Collier, a former Philadelphia Phillie and nine-year MLB veteran, and University of Illinois Associate Head Coach Eric Snider. Defensive infield and outfield drills, base running, throwing, pitching, and what college and professional scouts are looking for will be covered. Space is limited. Interested individuals should contact Yager at (217) 202-2521 or by email at info@performeveryday.com.

WCC offers fall high school baseball

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College will host a fall baseball league for high school players who are not participating in any fall high school sports.

This IHSA-approved league is the area’s longest running and most economical fall league. Over 2,000 players have participated throughout the past 27 years, with hundreds going on to compete at the collegiate level.

The league is scheduled to run from Thursday, Aug. 30, through the end of September.

Games will be played every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September, beginning at 4 p.m. each day. All games will be played on Waubonsee Community College’s baseball diamond in Sugar Grove, and all players signed up are guaranteed playing time. Each of the eight game days will provide players the opportunity to use Waubonsee’s outdoor hitting facility that features two astro-turfed batting cages and multiple hitting stations.

Individuals interested in playing should attend an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. on the Sugar Grove campus. The meeting will take place in Room 219 of Erickson Hall, Waubonsee’s gymnasium, with a $60 fee due at that time.

For more information, contact Waubonsee baseball coach Dave Randall at (630) 466-2527.

WCC’s VandenBorn earns Dick Durrant Award

Sugar Grove—The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference recently named Waubonsee Community College’s Kelsey VandenBorn as one of the co-winners of the Dick Durrant Academic Athlete of the Year Award for 2011-2012.

The Dick Durrant Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) who attain the highest grade point average after completing four semesters of college work, and at least 48 semester hours of credit.

Begun in 1979, the award is named after Dick Durrant, who was an outstanding teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College from 1961 through 1985.

Durrant championed the philosophy of academic as well as athletic excellence while at Elgin.
Durrant was known for his concern for students, his sense of fair play and his attitude of education before athletics.

VandenBorn, a nursing major from Batavia High School, finished the school year with a perfect 4.0 grade point average while being a leader on Waubonsee’s volleyball team. The sophomore was tabbed to the All-ISCC First Team after leading Waubonsee with 88 blocks.

The 6’1” middle blocker was second on the team with 222 kills, and also recorded 69 digs and registered 21 aces last fall for the Lady Chiefs. VandenBorn is the 18th Waubonsee student-athlete, and first since 2007, to earn this award. Waubonsee had seven consecutive recipients from 1993 to 2000, while 14 of the Chiefs’ honorees overall have been female student/athletes.

Waubonsee diamond crews given honors

SUGAR GROVE—The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV Softball and Baseball Committees both recently recognized Waubonsee Community College players for their outstanding play this past spring. Six members of the Lady Chiefs’ program were honored by the ISCC after Waubonsee captured the league title for the second straight year. Five Chiefs baseball players were also acknowledged for their performance on the field this season.

Brooke Nelson was selected to the All-Region First Team and tabbed as the ISCC’s Player of the Year after helping lead the Lady Chiefs to a 13-1 record in conference action. Alyssa Reimers, Devin Turner, Megan Kuhn and Brittany Davis were all named ISCC First Teamers, while head coach Perry Clark was chosen as the ISCC’s Softball Coach of the Year. Baseball players Chris Anderson, Kyle Limanowski, Harry Vickers and Julian Pena were each named to the All-ISCC Second Team, while Jake Jouris joined Limanowski and Vickers on the All-Region Second Team.

Nelson, a freshman from Batavia High School, batted .446 with 47 runs batted in and 66 hits. A right-handed pitcher, Nelson also won 15 games while compiling a 1.82 earned-run-average over 173 innings pitched.

Reimers batted .322, smacking 64 hits, scoring a team-leading 53 runs and had an on-base percentage of .402 for the season. A freshman from Aurora West High School, Reimers additionally won 12 games and posted a 3.12 era in the circle.

Turner, a freshman from Yorkville High School, finished with a .321 batting average, a team-leading 67 hits, a team-high 48 runs batted in, and 52 runs scored.

Another freshman from Yorkville, Kuhn also batted .321 on the season, ripping a team-leading 12 doubles. Davis, a sophomore from Kaneland, batted .268 with 29 runs scored and a .324 on-base percentage while anchoring Waubonsee’s outfield defensively.

Clark guided Waubonsee to the ISCC title for the second consecutive year, compiling a 24-2 mark in conference during that time.

Anderson, a left-handed freshman pitcher from Waubonsie Valley High School, posted a 2.66 era in ISCC play. Limanowski, another freshman from Waubonsie Valley High School, batted .320 in conference action. Overall on the season the Chiefs’ right fielder batted .333.

Vickers, also a freshman from Waubonsie Valley High School, finished with a .310 batting average in ISCC games. On the season, Vickers had a .424 on-base percentage, a team-leading 18 stolen bases, a team-high 49 hits and 39 runs scored. Pena, a freshman from Aurora West High School, hit .290 in league action.

Jouris, a freshman from DeKalb High School, batted .288 on the season with a team-leading 27 runs batted in, 10 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

Waubonsee athletics inducts more HOF members

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College recently inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during the college’s annual Athletic Banquet. Waubonsee’s sixth class of inductees included former baseball player, coach and administrator, Dr. John Avendano; basketball player and current Indiana University assistant coach Tim Buckley; long-time area sportscaster and Chiefs’ supporter Jim Teckenbrock; two-time All-American wrestler Stanley Gress; and record-setting former baseball player Bob Stehman. The 2012 inductees were honored for their involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee. The Hall of Fame was formed in 2007 in conjunction with the school’s 40th anniversary celebration.

“We are proud to recognize the success of our student-athletes, as well as the coaches, administrators and community supporters who helped to foster that success,” Waubonsee Athletic Manager Dave Randall said. “Waubonsee athletics has a rich history in contributing to the total development of our students and to the campus community as a whole.”

After being a stand-out athlete at Aurora East High School, Dr. John Avendano came to Waubonsee to play baseball. As a freshman, he earned All-Skyway First Team honors before serving as the Chiefs’ captain and setting Waubonsee’s season and career marks for sacrifice bunts his sophomore year. After finishing out his playing days and undergraduate education at Elmhurst College, Avendano later returned to Waubonsee as the Assistant Baseball Coach for nine seasons. During that time he also managed Waubonsee’s Fitness Center, which he had helped create. Avendano took over as Head Coach of the softball team for one season, leading the Lady Chiefs to a Skyway Conference title. He then served in several different administrative roles at Waubonsee before leaving in 1995 to become Dean of Student Services at Illinois Central College. In 2009 Avendano became the sixth president in the history of Kankakee Community College.

Tim Buckley has been a part of the basketball programs at a lot of colleges and universities over the years, but it all started when he played for the Chiefs in the early 1980s. In his sophomore year, he earned All-Skyway Conference status before continuing his playing career at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Bemidji State also gave Buckley his start in coaching as he served as an assistant there before becoming the youngest head coach in the nation at Rockford College in 1989. He reached 50 victories faster than any coach in Rockford’s history. In 1993 Buckley became an assistant at the University of Wisconsin, helping the Badgers earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947. He spent the next five years as an assistant at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. During his tenure, the Cardinals won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament and competed in the 1995 NCAA Tournament. With Buckley’s assistance, they later earned a share of the MAC title in 1998 and participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Buckley then took over as Head Coach at Ball State for six seasons, leading the Cardinals to a MAC West Division title in 2001-2002 before eventually reaching the Elite Eight of the NIT Tournament. Among the team’s 23 wins that season were victories over No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 UCLA. Buckley served as an assistant at the University of Iowa in 2006-2007, and at Marquette the following season before joining Indiana University’s staff as the Hoosiers’ top Assistant Coach. During his 20-plus year career, the Aurora Central Catholic High School alumnus has also served on the Executive Committee for the MAC, and on Regional Committees for both the NCAA Division I and Division III Tournaments.

Stanley Gress graduated in 1988 from South Ridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana, where he was the 189-pound state champion his senior year. He then earned NJCAA All-American status his freshman season at Grand Rapids (MI.) Junior College before transferring to Waubonsee for his sophomore season, where he made an immediate impact. Gress won the St. Louis Open; was the Skyway Conference Champion, was named the Skyway Conference Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, was the NJCAA Region IV Champion; and placed third in the nation at the NJCAA Wrestling Championships to earn All-American honors for the second time. Gress finished the season 48-9, which still stands as a Waubonsee record for most wins in a single season. Subsequently, Gress was named Waubonsee’s Male Athlete of the Year for 1989-1990. Later that summer he wrestled in Spain with the Junior College National Wrestling Team. After graduating with an associate degree from Waubonsee, he received a wrestling scholarship to Eastern Illinois University, twice qualifying for the NCAA National Tournament. Gress was ranked in the top 12 of the NCAA’s 190-pound weight class his entire senior year. He graduated from EIU in 1993 with a B.S. in Education and went on to win two AAU National Championships in Folk Style wrestling, a style of amateur wrestling practiced at the collegiate and university level in the United States. Gress later taught Physical Education and Health, and coached track at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute, Indiana for four years. He also volunteered as one of the wrestling coaches at Terra Haute North High School. Gress started his own businesses in 1999, Air & Aqua Clean, and Aqua Proof Roofing, which operate in the Terre Haute area.

Bob Stehman looms large in the rich history of Chiefs baseball, and still holds nine school records. The right-handed batter posted single-season records in 1998 for batting average (.500), hits (77), runs (62) and triples (nine). Stehman reached base a school-record 109 times, and his on-base percentage of .582 has never been eclipsed. In addition, he smacked nine home runs, ripped 16 doubles, drove in 39 runs, stole 23 bases, drew 25 walks and had four game-winning hits during the 1998 season. His career batting average of .478 has never been approached, and he securely holds the career records for hits (133) and triples (14). Numbers like these led to many accolades for the Sandwich High School graduate, including First Team All-Skyway, First Team All-Region and an appearance in the Region IV All-Star game. His sophomore year, Stehman earned the ISCC’s Most Valuable Player Award as he led the Chiefs to the conference title and the Region IV crown. That 1998 squad set a school record with a team batting average of .338 en route to being ranked seventh nationally, which was up until that point, the second-highest ranking ever attained by a Chiefs’ baseball team. Stehman then transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis on a baseball scholarship where he twice earned All-Conference status.

Fellow inductee Jim Teckenbrock probably holds some unofficial records in sports broadcasting. A former Chiefs coach, Teckenbrock’s coaching eye and overall sports knowledge informed his early broadcasts at WMRO in Aurora in the 1970s and 80s, leading to a part-time gig at WSPY Radio in 1996. Since becoming a full-time announcer, Teckenbrock has called the action of countless local sporting events over the years, in all kinds of weather and from a wide variety of vantage points. Each year the Plano High School graduate calls nearly every basketball game of the Reapers’ Christmas Classic Tournament. Last December alone, he described the action of 32 games over five days. In addition, over the last 12 years, he has hosted his own Saturday morning sports show and given daily sports reports six days a week, often detailing the latest exploits of Waubonsee’s teams.

Lady Chiefs’ softball earns conference diamond

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) softball title for the second year in a row. The Lady Chiefs (37-21) clinched the title by sweeping their ISCC doubleheader on Tuesday with Moraine Valley Community College, winning 10-2 in just five innings and 12-4 also in five innings. The Lady Chiefs finished with a 13-1 record in conference play, one game ahead of the College of Lake County. It is Waubonsee’s third league softball crown in the last six years.

In the opener the visiting Cyclones, 6-6 in ISCC play, were looking to play spoiler role. Eyeing a potential upset bid, Moraine Valley led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Chiefs then erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. Brooke Nelson pitched and hit Waubonsee to the victory. Devin Turner and Kristen Stralka both went 2-for-3 at the dish.

In game two, Waubonsee gradually pulled away to secure their grip on the trophy for the second straight year. Turner finished the game 4-for-4 with a double and run batted in. Nelson continued to stay hot at the plate by going 3-for-4 with four runs driven in. Becky Randall went 3 for 3, and Tara Pfeiffer smacked a double in support of winning pitcher Alyssa Reimers, who picked up her 12th win of the season.

Chief men’s hoops take Region IV honors

WAUBONSEE—Waubonsee Community College had four men’s basketball players recognized for their outstanding play this past season by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA’s Region IV Committee.

Deontray Dorsey and Melvin Rowe were both named to the All-ISCC First Team, while teammates Jarvis Griffin and Marcus Franklin were selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. Dorsey was also tabbed All-Region IV First Team, while Rowe and Griffin were chosen to the All-Region IV Second Team.

Dorsey, a freshman from Peoria Central High School, averaged 15.9 points and 3.3 assists in ISCC action while leading the Chiefs to a share of the conference title. The 5’9” guard shot 83 percent (63 of 76) from the foul line, 50 percent (57 of 114) from the field and made 30 steals in 14 league contests. Overall on the season, Dorsey led Waubonsee in scoring average (15.3), total points (489), free throws made (125), steals (58) and three-point baskets (44).

Rowe, a sophomore from Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., averaged 11.2 points and seven rebounds per conference game. Griffin, a sophomore from Glenbard East High School, averaged 12.2 points-per-game in ISCC play, shooting 54 percent from the field and blocking 10 shots. On the season, the 6’5” forward averaged 14 points a game, netting the second most points (433) on the team.

Franklin, a freshman from Thornton High School in Harvey, Ill., averaged 9.7 points-per-game in conference action. The 6’3” guard dished out 2.5 assists per game and made 27 steals during the Chiefs’ 14 league contests. The Chiefs finished tied for the ISCC’s top spot with a 12-2 conference record, sharing the title with Moraine Valley Community College.

Lady Chiefs nab postseason Skyway hardware

WAUBONSEE—Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball players Colleen Purcell, Karla Vietinghoff and Maxzine Rossler were all recently recognized by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC).

Purcell and Vietinghoff were both named to the All-ISCC First Team, while the Rossler was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team.

Purcell, a sophomore from Oswego High School, averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in ISCC play. The 6’1” center also made 53 percent of her shots from the field, handed out 39 assists and blocked 17 shots in conference action. On the season, Purcell averaged 11.8 points-per-game, booking a team-high 368 points.

Vietinghoff, a freshman from Hampshire High School, averaged 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in league action. The 5’8” forward shot 88 percent (23 of 26) from the foul line and 42 percent (23 of 53) from three-point range during ISCC games. Overall on the season, Vietinghoff averaged 10.9 points, scoring 340 points total.
After helping lead the Lady Chiefs’ soccer team to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time ever, and becoming Waubonsee’s first two-time NJCAA All-American in soccer, Rossler did not even take a day off before stepping onto the basketball court. The Hinckley-Big Rock High School graduate went on to average 13.3 points and 4.3 assists, while grabbing 69 rebounds and recording 39 steals in the Lady Chiefs’ 14 ISCC games.

Waubonsee’s Randall becomes Mr. 800 in Fla.


Photo: Dave Randall and his 800-win accomplishment are celebrated with his Waubonsee baseball squad in St. Petersburg, Fla. Waubonsee Community College Sports Information

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Long-time Waubonsee Community College head coach Dave Randall joined a select group as his Chiefs downed Fergus Falls (MN) Community College 6-3 at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex to give him 800 career coaching victories.

Randall becomes the 50th coach in the history of NJCAA baseball and the 20th active junior college coach to win 800 or more games. In his 35th season at Waubonsee, Randall is only the second NJCAA Division III non-scholarship level coach to reach this plateau. The coach was honored by his team with the game ball, a banner proclaiming his achievement, a commemorative jersey signed by the entire team, and a post-game celebration dinner.

The Chiefs’ first victory of the season was keyed by the pitching of Brian Burns. The sophomore right-hander allowed one run on only two hits through five innings of play, striking out seven. With a 5-1 lead Burns surrendered a leadoff single and then walked the next batter to begin the sixth. He departed and freshman Kyle Bender came on in relief. A pair of Waubonsee errors then led to Fergus Falls’ final two runs before Bender squelched the threat en route to earning his first collegiate save.
Waubonsee’s offense was sparked by Harry Vickers’ solo home run to deep left field in the third inning. The freshman’s prodigious shot was followed three batters later by Scott Allegretti’s run-scoring single to put the Chiefs in front 3-1 at that point. Kyle Limanowski then led off the bottom of the fourth with a towering drive to the 400-foot sign at the base of the centerfield fence, for a standup triple. He scored a moment later when Dylan Hast reached base on an error. Waubonsee added single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to secure the milestone victory. Limanowski finished with two hits.

Waubonsee did not fare as well in game two against Fergus Falls. Chiefs’ pitchers walked seven and yielded 15 hits in a 14-4 loss in five innings. The Chiefs (1-7) continue their eight-day, 14-game Florida trip with games versus Brookdale (NY) Community College on Wednesday, March 14 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Chiefs, Lady Chiefs hoops update

SUGAR GROVE—Chiefs men’s basketball (6-1 Skyway Conference) is atop the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with a 75-65 win over Elgin Community College cinched on Tuesday. Deontray Dorsey led WCC with 16 points.

The Lady Chiefs upset first-place ECC, 57-53 on Tuesday, giving the Lady Spartans their first blemish. WCC women’s basketball is now 11-12.

Lady Chiefs’ Rossler, soccer locks up accolades

SUGAR GROVE—Maxzine Rossler became Waubonsee Community College’s first ever two-time All-American soccer player when she was recently named a 2011 NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Honorable Mention All-American. The record-setting forward heads up a lengthy list of Lady Chiefs’ players who received post-season accolades. The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV recently recognized Rossler along with teammates Becky Bartos, Priscilla Diaz, Jessica Alvarez, Kaylee Berg, Valeria Farfan, Elizabeth Barnes, Gretchen Tyler, Cindy McDonald, Stephanie Salinas and Head Coach Leslie Ferguson.

As a freshman, Rossler, of Hinckley-Big Rock High School, was named the Region IV and ISCC Player of the Year on her way to being selected an NJCAA All-American Second Teamer.

She finished second nationally with 34 goals scored, just two behind the NJCAA’s top scorers. Rossler also was third nationally with a Lady Chiefs’ single-season record of 84 points, and tied for 12th in the nation with 16 assists. As a result, she was selected All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team, being tabbed the top forward in the region and number two player in the ISCC this fall. Rossler finishes as the Lady Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer, and either holds or shares 18 Waubonsee records. She was also recently chosen to the National Soccer Coaches Assosciation of America’s All-Central Region team for the second straight year.

Bartos, one of the Lady Chiefs’ team captains, was named All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team. The sophomore midfielder from Batavia High School was one of nine Lady Chiefs’ players that reached double-digits in points on the season. She finishes her Waubonsee career with 20 assists.

Diaz, a sophomore from Aurora West High School, spearheaded a Lady Chiefs’ defense that set a school-record with 15 shutouts. The team’s vocal leader, Diaz was chosen to the All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team after being selected the top defensive player in Region IV last season.

Alvarez registered 19 assists this fall to set a new Waubonsee single-season record. The midfielder from Oswego East High School was tabbed All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC First Team. She finished tied for sixth nationally in assists, and booked 13 goals to give her 45 points on the season.

Berg was named the top goal keeper in Region IV en route to being chosen All-Region First Team. A sophomore from Indian Creek High School, Berg carried a goals-against-average of 0.86 heading into the National Tournament.

Farfan finishing the season tied for 10th nationally in goals scored with 26. The freshman forward from West Chicago High School was selected to the All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC Second Team. She also was 10th in the nation in points with 65, and tied teammate Liz Barnes for 25th nationally in assists with 13.

Barnes was tabbed All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC Second Team. The midfielder from Batavia High School scored 11 goals before being sidelined with a knee injury just prior to the National Tournament.

Tyler, a sophomore from Indian Creek High School, was chosen to the All-Region Second Team. An integral part of the Lady Chiefs’ record-setting defense, she also managed to score three goals during the season.

McDonald was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. Alternating from defense to midfield, the Oswego resident and Willowbrook High School graduate recorded 10 goals and a dozen assists.

Salinas, a sophomore from West Chicago High School, was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team. The midfielder booked three goals and five assists on the year, including one at the National Tournament.

Coach Ferguson was tabbed the Region IV Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Chiefs to the title for the third time in the last four years. In her eighth season. Overall, the squad’s group of sophomores won 35 matches the last two years.

Rossler, Lady Chiefs soccer going National

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICH.—Waubonsee Community College’s women’s soccer team downed Delta (Mich.) College 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 5, to win the NJCAA District D Championship, earning the program’s first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. All-American candidate Maxzine Rossler (So./Hinckley-Big Rock) scored both goals for the Lady Chiefs, her 33rd and 34th goals of the season, as they outshot the Pioneers 16-3 for the game.

Waubonsee (17-6) becomes the first Region IV women’s soccer team to ever reach the eight-team, double-elimination tournament. Coach Leslie Ferguson’s Lady Chiefs will begin play on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Viera Regional Park in Melbourne, Fla., versus a yet-to-be determined opponent. Delta, which beat 14th-ranked Schoolcraft (Mich.) College for the Region XII title, finishes the season 11-4-1 overall.

WCC has won 12 of its last 13 matches heading into the National Tournament.

Lady Chiefs soccer Region IV queens

GRAYSLAKE, Ill.—Waubonsee Community College’s women’s soccer team captured the NJCAA Region IV Division I crown for the third time in the last four years, with a dominating 3-0 victory over the College of Lake County on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Lady Chiefs (16-6) outshot the top-seeded Lancers (17-3) 17-0 on the way to more than make amends for a 2-1 loss to Lake County back on Sept. 14. That defeat eventually cost Waubonsee a second consecutive Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title, and the top seed in the region.

Waubonsee advances to the Saturday, Nov. 5, NJCAA District D Championship against Delta (Mich.) College in University Center, Mich., beginning at 11 a.m. The winner will move on to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Melbourne, Fla., beginning on Thursday, Nov. 17. Delta (11-3-1) was an upset winner 1-0 in a shootout over 14th-ranked Schoolcraft (Mich.) College for the Region XII title.

In their rematch against the Lancers, with just over a minute before halftime, forward Maxzine Rossler (So./Hinckley-Big Rock) broke a scoreless tie when she drilled a 15-yard shot from the left side into the far, upper right corner of the net to give the Lady Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Midway through the second half, Jessica Alvarez’ (So./Oswego East) ensuing free kick from 20 yards was successful for her 12th score of the season. Ten minutes later Rossler netted her 32nd goal of the year off an assist from Cindy McDonald (So./Willowbrook).

An NJCAA Second Team All-American last season, Rossler is now third nationally in points (79) and goals (32), and is also tied for 13th in assists (15). The Lady Chiefs have also won 11 of their last 12 matches.

WCC fall baseball info

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will host a fall baseball hitting and game league for high school players who are not participating in any fall high school sports. This IHSA approved league is the area’s longest-running and most economical fall league. Over 2,000 players have participated throughout the past 26 years, with hundreds going on to compete at the collegiate level.

The league is scheduled to run from Tuesday, Aug. 30, through the end of September. Games will be played on every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day. All games will be played on Waubonsee Community College’s baseball diamond in Sugar Grove, and all players signed up are guaranteed playing time. Each of the eight game days will provide players the opportunity to use Waubonsee’s outdoor hitting facility that features two astro-turfed batting cages and multiple hitting stations.

Individuals interested in playing should attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. on the Sugar Grove campus. The meeting will take place in Room 219 of Erickson Hall, Waubonsee’s gymnasium, with a $60 fee due at that time. For more information, contact Waubonsee baseball coach Dave Randall at (630) 466-2527.