Category Archives: Waubonsee Sports

Physicals begin for WCC Athletics

All student-athletes who plan on participating in intercollegiate athletics at Waubonsee Community College during the 2008-09 school year are invited to receive a free physical. Physicals will be administered on Wednesday, Sept. 2, starting at 1 p.m. in Erickson Hall on the school’s Sugar Grove campus. The examinations are being provided to Waubonsee student-athletes free of charge.

The NJCAA requires that all student-athletes, including walk-ons, have a completed physical prior to beginning practices with a sports team. No one will be allowed to practice or participate in games without a completed current physical on file. Athletes may choose to have a physical completed by their personal physician at their own expense.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.

Physicals begin for WCC Athletics

All student-athletes who plan on participating in intercollegiate athletics at Waubonsee Community College during the 2008-09 school year are invited to receive a free physical. Physicals will be administered on Wednesday, Sept. 2, starting at 1 p.m. in Erickson Hall on the school’s Sugar Grove campus. The examinations are being provided to Waubonsee student-athletes free of charge.

The NJCAA requires that all student-athletes, including walk-ons, have a completed physical prior to beginning practices with a sports team. No one will be allowed to practice or participate in games without a completed current physical on file. Athletes may choose to have a physical completed by their personal physician at their own expense.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.

Waubonsee SS/3B take softball honors

SUGAR GROVE—A pair of Waubonsee Community College softball players recently received post-season honors. Lady Chiefs’ shortstop Amanda Balough and third baseman/pitcher Haley Secor were both named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team. In addition, Balough was named to the NJCAA All-Region IV Division II Second Team.

Balough was named All-ISCC First Team and All-Region for the second consecutive year. The switch-hitter batted a lofty .538 this spring (63 of 117), the third-highest average nationally among NJCAA Division II players. A graduate of Yorkville High School, Balough smacked 52 singles, six doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs enroute to a .699 slugging percentage. She also drove in 25 runs, scored 37 runs and had a .556 on-base percentage in 33 games played. In addition, the speedster swiped 55 bases in 55 attempts, to finish second nationally in stolen bases. By comparison, Iowa Central’s Ashley Willard was the national leader with 70 stolen bases in 66 games. Balough struck out just five times in 119 plate appearances this spring, an average of once every 23.8 at bats. The sophomore infielder was also an All-ISCC and All-Region selection as a freshman after batting .518 with 28 stolen bases.

Secor, a sophomore from Plano High School, was tabbed All-ISCC for the second year in a row. The Lady Chiefs’ third baseman and pitcher batted .429 with a team-leading 35 runs batted in. Secor ripped nine doubles and a home run on her way to compiling a .551 slugging percentage. The right-handed hitter also struck out just five times in 113 plate appearances, an average of once every 22.6 at bats. In the circle, Secor won nine games with a 3.97 earned-run-average in 120 innings pitched, striking out 99 and walking 40. As a freshman, Secor earned All-ISCC Second Team honors by batting .364 with a .421 slugging percentage.

Silver Sluggers at WCC

Hitting camp helping countless kids for a generation taking place this week
by Mike Slodki
Sugar Grove—Many things that began in the 1980s are woefully out of style.

But if they offer a good product and rising returns every year, thriving is in the cards.

Such is the case with the hitting camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, now in its 25th year.

Kicking off on Monday and running through Thursday, June 11, the camp tutors athletes ages 8 through 14 in baseball and fastpitch softball.

“I think from our standpoint, we just want to give them a great experience,” Naperville North’s Mark Lindo said. “I can really see improvement from yesterday to today.”

The camp teaches aspiring players the fundamentals of hitting with emphasis on basic mechanics of the game.

At the end of each session, the younger and older kids split off and show what they’ve learned in a scrimmage.

Balancing work and play is what keeps the camp going, and even camp alumni come back and help, like Lindo’s son Sean, now an instructor.

“It’s definitely something I want to do in the future, and I can see myself as a coach one day,” said the younger Lindo, who played at Oswego High School and now plays for the Chiefs. “You really do see a difference in the kids from beginning to end.”

Estimating that the price of the camp has gone up just $20 since its inception, WCC athletic manager and baseball coach Randall echoes his fellow instructors in what keeps parents and kids coming back.

“It’s fun to see the kids progress from Monday to Thursday. We wanted something that’s reasonably priced and for kids to gain something out of it.”

Photo: Sandwich resident Christian Latham takes his hacks during Day 2 of the 25th edition of Waubonsee Community College’s Hitting Camp in Sugar Grove. The camp, running through Thursday, June 11, is run by Waubonsee’s Dave Randall and Mark Lindo of Naperville North. Photo by Mike Slodki

Chiefs baseball nabs post-season honors

Sugar Grove–Seven Waubonsee Community College baseball players recently received post-season honors. Chiefs’ shortstop Mike Ray, outfielders Ryan Adams and Camden Decker, third baseman Ryan Payne, second baseman Jon Mueller, catcher Jason Schnulle and designated hitter Ryne Rende were recognized by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV Division III committee.

Ray, a sophomore from Sycamore, was tabbed All-ISCC First Team after hitting .444 in league action. The right-handed batter was also selected to the All-Region IV First Team, finishing the season with a robust .459 batting average in 37 games played, the third-highest single-season batting average in Waubonsee baseball history. Ray also scored 49 runs, drove in 38 runs, had a .541 on-base percentage, a .639 slugging percentage, booked 61 hits, and smacked 11 doubles, five triples and a home run. The fleet-footed infielder was perfect on the base paths, swiping 26 bases in 26 attempts.

Adams, a freshman from Geneva, was an All-ISCC Honorable Mention selection and was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ lead-off batter set a new Waubonsee single-season record for walks with 45, eclipsing Scott Kawall’s mark of 43 set in 1986. Adams finished the season with a .356 batting average, a team-leading on-base percentage of .556, and 24 stolen bases in 27 attempts. The left-handed hitting centerfielder also scored 52 runs, the fifth- highest single-season total in Chiefs’ baseball history.

Decker was named All-ISCC Honorable Mention and chosen to the All-Region IV First Team. A left-handed hitter from Waubonsie Valley High School, Decker batted .372 on the season with a team-leading 41 runs batted in. The freshman stroked 10 doubles and compiled a .512 slugging percentage.

Payne, another freshman from Geneva, was also tabbed All-ISCC Honorable Mention. The right-handed hitter struggled early in the spring before finishing strong en route to batting .297 overall. Payne drove in 30 runs and struck out just six times in 147 plate appearances, an average of just once every 24.5 times at bat.

Mueller, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, was the fifth Chiefs’ player recognized by the conference, also earning All-ISCC Honorable Mention and All-Region IV Second Team status. The left-handed batter finished with a .366 average with 49 hits, 37 runs scored, 26 runs knocked in and a dozen stolen bases.

Schnulle, a freshman from Woodstock High School, was tabbed All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ catcher batted .298 with seven doubles and three home runs, while driving in 35 runs on just 31 hits during the season.

Rende, a graduate of Coal City High School, was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ designated hitter finished with a .327 batting average, knocking in 28 runs, scoring 26 more, and ripping eight doubles to go along with a pair of home runs.

WCC set for 25th hitting camp

Boys and girls ages 8 through 14 are invited to the 25th Annual Hitting Camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College. The camp runs from Monday, June 8, through Thursday, June 11, for baseball and fast pitch softball. Instruction begins each day at 12:30 p.m. and continues until 2:30 p.m. on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus.

The head instructors for the camp, Waubonsee’s Dave Randall and Naperville North’s Mark Lindo, will teach the fundamentals and techniques of hitting with the emphasis on the basic mechanics necessary to excel at baseball and softball. Station work, group drills and individualized instruction are used to teach each player those skills. The cost is $70 for each participant and $50 for each additional family member. Each participant receives a “Hitting Camp” T-shirt. Application forms are available at Kirhofer’s Sports in Aurora, Tri-Cities Sports in Batavia or by contacting Dave Randall at (630) 466-2527.

Chiefs’ mens hoops nabs honors

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team had four players honored recently by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC). David Johnson and Josh Lawrence were both named to the All-ISCC First Team, while Dione Young and Jonathan Shields were each selected to the All-ISCC Second Team.

Johnson, a 6’1” sophomore guard, averaged 12.9 points-per-game in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play. A graduate of Chicago’s International Charter School-Longwood, Johnson dished out 2.5 assists and recorded 25 steals.

Lawrence, a 6’4” sophomore forward from Chicago’s Washington High School, tallied 11.2 points and pulled down 4.8 rebounds per contest in ISCC action. The left-hander also averaged 2.3 steals in 13 conference games.

Young, a 6’5” sophomore center, booked 9.3 points and pulled down 3.9 rebounds. The graduate of Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisc., connected on 56 percent (49 of 87) of his shots from the floor during the ISCC schedule.

Shields, a 6’1” sophomore guard from Chicago’s Washington High School, registered 9.2 point-per-game while handing out 35 assists. A consistent long-range threat, Shields made 18 shots from beyond the arc and hit 72 percent of his attempts at the foul line.

Waubonsee finished the season 23-9 overall and placed second in the ISCC. The Chiefs lost in the semi-finals of the Region IV Division II District B Tournament to the eventual champion Morton College on March 1.

Chiefs baseball gets started

The Waubonsee Community College Chiefs picked up their first win of the season by splitting a doubleheader against Dakota County Technical College from Minnesota at the brand new Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. A Chiefs’ rally fell short in a 5-3 loss in the opener before Waubonsee held on for an 8-6 victory over the Blue Knights, ranked 10th nationally in the NJCAA’s Division III pre-season poll.

The first game was knotted at two until Dakota County erupted for three runs in the fifth inning. Waubonsee (1-7), which left nine runners on base for the game, loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with only one out and a run in. However, the Chiefs potential rally was thwarted with a strike out and a ground out to end the game. Jared Emmons (Fr./LaPorte, Ind.) took the loss in relief of starter Ryan Wagner (So./Marmion). Mike Ray (So./Sycamore) went 2 for 3, with a double and run-scoring single in the first inning. Jerry Hernandez (So./Aurora West) also went 2 for 3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Mitch Vella (So./Aurora Christian) earned his first collegiate victory by scattering five hits over four and a third innings. The left-hander was charged with five runs, of which only two were earned. In the seventh Dakota County then staged a late rally, pushing across a run and loading the bases after two were out and none on. Camden Decker (Fr./Waubonsie Valley) came on in relief of Hernandez and coaxed a groundout to short to end the threat and earn his first save.

WCC women’s hoops earns Skyway honors

Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball team had three players recognized recently by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC). Lisa McQuade and Sarah O’Leary were each selected to the All-ISCC First Team, while the Lady Chiefs’ Shar Tate was tabbed Honorable Mention All-ISCC.

McQuade, a 5’8” sophomore guard, led the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference in scoring, averaging 18.3 points-per-game. The Yorkville High School graduate also nailed 45 three-pointers, grabbed 4.6 rebounds, dished out 2.1 assists and recorded 25 steals in conference play.

O’Leary, a 5’8” freshman guard, tallied 14.8 points and pulled down 8.9 rebounds per contest in ISCC action. The left-hander also averaged 2.4 steals and 2.7 assists a game while making 73 percent of her foul shots.

Tate, a 6’0” sophomore center, booked 7.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The Aurora West High School graduate also blocked 29 shots over 14 league games.

Waubonsee finished the season 10-19 overall and placed sixth in the eight-team Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. The Lady Chiefs received the number seven-seed in the Region IV Division II District K Tournament and lost in the first round at second-seeded Illinois Valley Community College 63-53 on Feb. 26.