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Awards abound at WCC

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Inductees of this year’s adwards included Dr. Tara Tormey Parks (back, left), Alex Rodrigues, Scott Kawall (front, left), and Omi Acosta.

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SUGAR GROVE—There were awards aplenty doled out, as Waubonsee Community College (WCC) and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) honored current and former Chiefs recently.

Inductees of this year’s adwards included Dr. Tara Tormey Parks (back, left), Alex Rodrigues, Scott Kawall (front, left), and Omi Acosta. Photos  submitted by Steve Moga tos ports@elburnherald.com
Inductees of this year’s adwards included Dr. Tara Tormey Parks (back, left), Alex Rodrigues, Scott Kawall (front, left), and Omi Acosta.
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submitted by Steve Moga tos ports@elburnherald.com
WCC Inducts four into HOF
WCC inducted four new members into the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame June 10.

The ninth class of inductees to Waubonsee’s Athletic Hall of Fame included former Naperville Central graduate Scott Kawall, who earned Academic All-Conference honors while setting the Chiefs’ all-time record in career stolen bases as a baseball player in the mid-1980’s. The last two decades Kawall has worked as a mentor, counselor and administrator in higher education, helping others find the right career path.

Also honored was former women’s cross country runner Dr. Tara (Tormey) Parks, who was a two-time Skyway Conference Runner of the Year and a Distinguished NJCAA Academic All-American in the mid 1990’s. The Batavia High School graduate also earned All-Region honors twice and currently is a Podiatrist at the Boulder Medical Center in Colorado.

Joining them was Aurora East graduate Alex Rodriguez, a two-time All-Conference and All-Region cross country runner on back-to-back conference championship teams. Rodriguez, a teacher and coach at Oswego High School, went on to place 19th at the NJCAA National Meet in 1996.

In addition wrestler Omi Acosta, who was a two-time NJCAA All-American grappler and the 133-pound National Champion in 2010, was honored. Acosta, a native of Homestead, Fla., went on to win an NAIA National title as well and currently coaches at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

WCC Baseball Coach Dave Randall
Randall inducted into ISCC HOF
Former WCC baseball coach Dave Randall was inducted into the ISCC Hall of Fame at the league’s annual summer luncheon, held in Waubonsee’s Academic and Professional Center ballroom.

Randall guided Waubonsee’s baseball team to 895 career wins over 37 years before stepping aside after the 2014 season. He is second all-time among NJCAA Division III baseball coaches in career wins, and had the second-longest active tenure in all of the NJCAA when he put down his clipboard. Despite being the only non-scholarship baseball program in the conference, Randall’s squads won six ISCC championships. He was named the ISCC Coach of the Year six times, while his teams also won six Region titles. Waubonsee was ranked in the top-15 nationally 20 times, and finished second (1996), seventh (2010), third (2013) and fourth (2014) at the NJCAA Division III World Series under Randall’s direction. He has served as the ISCC’s Baseball Chairman, the Region IV Code of Conduct Chairman, as an NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Committee member, the Region IV Baseball Chairman, and Director of the Region IV Junior College All-Star game over the last three decades. A Kaneland High School alumnus, Randall has worked as Waubonsee’s Athletic Manager since 1984, and was previously inducted into the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2002) and the Region IV Hall of Fame (2005).

Kish honored as CotY by ISCC
The Chiefs’ head volleyball coach Steve Kish was named the ISCC’s Female Sports Coach of the Year after leading his squad to Waubonsee’s first ever conference title, Region IV title and berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament last fall.
Kish, a graduate of Aurora East High School, led Waubonsee’s volleyball squad to an historic season. The Lady Chiefs captured the regular season ISCC title and the ISCC Tournament crown for the first time ever, going undefeated in the process. Kish’s crew then clinched the Region IV Division II District B title for the first time in school history to advance to the National Tournament for the first time ever. Kish was subsequently tabbed the Region IV Division II District B Volleyball Coach of the Year. Waubonsee finished the season 35-16 overall, tying the school mark for wins in a season set in 1994 and equaled in 2013. Along the way they received votes in the NJCAA Division II poll, placing in the nation’s top-25 for the first time in school history. In three seasons at the helm Kish has led Waubonsee to 80 wins

Four Kaneland-area WCC student athletes earn awards
Four Kaneland High School graduates earned honors from their time at WCC.

Sarah Grams
Sarah Grams
KHS graduate Sarah Grams, of Elburn, was selected as the Most Improved Female Athlete by Waubonsee’s coaches at the school’s awards banquet June 10. After playing sparingly off the bench her freshman year, Grams averaged 11.8 points per game and had a team-leading 84 three-point baskets for the Lady Chiefs’ basketball team. The 5 foot, 4 inch sophomore also averaged 3.4 assists, handing out 117 on the season. The Fitness Leadership major shot 40 percent from three-point range in ISCC play, and exceeded those numbers at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Grams nailed seven treys, one short of the tournament record, in the Lady Chiefs’ opening game and connected on 13 of 27 (48 percent) attempts in Waubonsee’s three tournament games.
Amanda Lesak
Amanda Lesak
Another KHS graduate and cross country runner, Amanda Lesak, of Sugar Grove, was tabbed as the S.T.A.R. Award recipient, given to the student/athlete that displayed a good work ethic, dedication to academics and achieved perfect attendance in Waubonsee’s athletic monitoring program. Lesak, an Occupational Therapy major, demonstrated these attributes and more while earning All-ISCC and All-Region status. The Kaneland High School graduate went on to finish 34th out of 274 athletes participating at the NJCAA Division I National Meet in Levelland, Texas.

Two local athletes were part of an unprecedented five Waubonsee student-athletes also honored as co-winners of the ISCC’s Dick Durrant Award for academic excellence: Cara Lenhardt of Elburn and Shayna Tucek of Sugar Grove.

Cara Lenhardt
Cara Lenhardt
Lenhardt, a Kaneland High School graduate, played at number three singles for the Lady Chiefs’ tennis team the last two fall seasons.
Shayna Tucek
Shayna Tucek
Also a graduate of Kaneland, Tucek was one of six sophomores who helped lead Waubonsee’s volleyball team to an unprecedented 70 wins the last two seasons volleyball player Shayna Tucek.

Waubonsee’s Sury selected IBCA Juco Coach of the Year

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NORMAL, Ill.—Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball head coach Jim Sury was recently honored at the 43rd Annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame Banquet at Illinois State University’s Bone Center. Sury was named the Junior College Women’s Coach of the Year after leading his undersized squad to the program’s first ever Region IV Championship and first-ever berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. In his first season at the helm, Sury guided unranked Waubonsee (21-14) to an 11th-place finish in the nation.

A resident of St. Charles, Sury was the women’s assistant coach the previous three seasons at Waubonsee. Prior to that he served as an assistant to Waubonsee’s men’s program for three years, helping direct the Chiefs to two Region IV titles and a pair of NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. Sury has also spent time as a boys’ varsity assistant coach of both basketball and baseball at Marmion Academy, where he serves on the Cadets’ Alumni Board.

A sell-out crowd of over 1,200 attended the IBCA’s gala event, which included several big name players and coaches with ties to Illinois basketball. In addition to recognizing the Coaches of the Year for junior high, high school and college levels, other events included the presentation of the state’s Mr. and Ms. Basketball award, as well as Hall of Fame inductions for players, coaches, media, and Friends of Basketball.

Among those honorees was long-time Comcast announcer and current Waubonsee play-by-play broadcaster Mark Krueger. The North Central College graduate and Aurora resident has broadcast prep and collegiate sports in Chicagoland for the last 25 years, including Chiefs’ basketball on Waubonsee’s Educational Television station.

WCC hitting and pitching camps June 8-11

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SUGAR GROVE—Boys and girls ages 8 through 14 are invited to participate in the 31st annual Hitting Camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College. The hitting 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, new Waubonsee head coach Brad Unger and Naperville North High School’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 $75 for each participant and $55 for each additional family member. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt. Brochures are available at Kirhofer’s Sports in Aurora or by contacting Brad Unger at (630) 466-2524 or at bunger@waubonsee.edu. Registration is on line at www.waubonseetickets.com.

A baseball pitching camp will be offered immediately following the hitting camp. The fee for the pitching camp is $35 and runs from 2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. beginning Monday, June 8, through Thursday, June 11. Registration for the pitching camp is also online at www.waubonseetickets.com.

Grams, Harner named All-ISCC second-team

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SUGAR GROVE—Kaneland graduates Sarah Grams and Brooke Harner, who play for the Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball team, were both named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference second team last Friday, April 10. Head coach Jim Sury was selected the Region IV District L Coach of the Year after leading Waubonsee to the Region IV title and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time ever.

Grams averaged 11.8 points per game and had a team-leading 84 three-point baskets. The 5-foot, 4-inch guard also averaged 3.4 assists, handing out 117 on the season. She shot 40 percent from three-point range in ISCC play, and exceeded those numbers at the National Tournament. Grams nailed seven treys, one short of the tournament record, in the Lady Chiefs’ opening game loss to fifth-ranked Monroe Community College. In Waubonsee’s three tournament games, Grams made 13 of 27 (48 percent) from beyond the arc.

At only 5’6” tall, Harner averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while often defending the opposing team’s top scorer. The Kaneland High School graduate also averaged 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per contest while shooting 91 percent from the foul line in ISCC play. Harner was second on Waubonsee’s squad with 90 offensive rebounds, 250 total rebounds and 117 assists on the season.

In his first season at the helm of Waubonsee’s program after taking over for long-time head coach Dana Wagner, Sury led the Lady Chiefs to the program’s first Region IV District L title and first-ever appearance at the National Tournament. Sury’s squad missed out on repeating as ISCC champions when they lost a last-second game to eventual co-champion Oakton 74-72 in the regular season finale. Waubonsee finished the season 21-14 overall, with the trio of sophomores winning an unprecedented 46 games the last two seasons combined.

April 9 sports recap

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Sophomore Softball
April 1 vs. St. Charles East—The Knights mounted a great comeback in their 8-7 win over St. Charles East. The Saints took a commanding 5-0 lead after four innings, but a four-run fifth got KHS within one run. After trading runs in the sixth, the Knights tied the game in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
St. Charles scored in the top of the eighth, but a two-run bottom frame for the Knights was the difference.
Hanna Theobald went 2-for-5 with a double, while Katie Kurzrock also went 2-for-5. Aly Jesinowski pitched all eight innings, giving up five earned runs while walking three and striking out eight. Jesinowski also went 3-for-5 from the plate with a double and two runs. The Knights are now 2-1 on the young season.

WCC Baseball
April 3 vs. Benedictine (JV)—The Chiefs won both games of a double-header against the visiting Eagles. In game one, Kaneland grad Blake Sowell went 6.2 innings, giving up six runs and earning an 8-6 win. In game two, the Chiefs won 6-3, thanks to a four-run sixth inning.

Sophomore Soccer
April 7 vs. DeKalb—The Knights improved to 3-0, 1-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII, with a 2-0 win over DeKalb. Julia Lamp (Faith Cowsert assist) and Ashley Painer (Mallory Burgin assist) notched the KHS goals.

Waubonsee makes first National Tourney appearance

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Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19.
Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Knights making a difference 3 former Knights help
• Sarah Grams at guard (soph.)
• Brooke Harner at guard (soph.)
• Ashley Prost at forward (soph.)
Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19. Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19.
Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Three former Knights on basketball team
OVERLAND PARK, KS—The 2015 edition of Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball began the season with a new coach and big expectations.

Head coach Jim Sury took over the program after the retirement of long-time head coach Dana Wagner, and following the squad’s best season in school history.

In 2014, the Lady Chiefs won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for the first time since 1993 and went undefeated (14-0) in league play for the first time ever. In Regional championship play, they got to the district championship game for the first time, and as runner-up, ended the season at 25-7 and a school record for total wins in a season.

This year, Waubonsee had its ups and downs early, falling to a conference record of 4-3 by mid-season. The sophomore-dominated team featured Brooke Harner, Sarah Grams and Ashley Prost, all from Kaneland; Bailey Klass from Yorkville; Lizzy Goll from Plano; and freshman Julianna Wadsworth from Oswego East. The team started to gel and caught its stride en route to rattling off five straight ISCC wins to put itself in a four-way tie for the conference lead. A last-second loss to Oakton CC in the final game of the season left the Lady Chiefs second in the conference with an overall record of 18-12.

Sarah Grams (13) playing defense in Waubonsee's 78-73 victory over North Arkansas College at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Thursday, March 19. Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Sarah Grams (13) playing defense in Waubonsee’s 78-73 victory over North Arkansas College at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Thursday, March 19.
Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Moving on to regional play, Waubonsee closed out February by beating Illinois Valley and Carl Sandburg Community College to earn its second-straight appearance in the Regional IV Division II title game. There, the Lady Chiefs created some “March Madness” of their own by beating McHenry County College 66-49 to advance to the NJCAA National Division II Tournament for the first time ever.

On March 18, in their first game of the national tournament in Overland Park, Kan., the 12th-seeded Waubonsee Chiefs almost pulled-off a stunning upset of 27-1 Monroe Community College from Rochester, N.Y.—a team which had three or more players at least 6 feet tall on the floor at all times. Rallying from a 17-point deficit midway through the second half, the Lady Chiefs fell just short in a 69-63 first-round loss.

Ashley Prost (30) defending North Arkansas College's Danielle Graves during the Lady Chiefs' 78-73 triumph, the first ever win for the program at the National Tournament Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Ashley Prost (30) defending North Arkansas College’s Danielle Graves during the Lady Chiefs’ 78-73 triumph, the first ever win for the program at the National Tournament
Photo submitted by Steve Moga to bdraper@elburnherald.com
Dropping into the consolation bracket, Waubonsee on March 19 made history by eliminating North Arkansas College 78-73 for its first win at the national tournament. WCC did so by making free throws down the stretch, with freshman forward Julianna Wadsworth connecting on 9 of 10 attempts from the charity stripe over the final two minutes to seal the historic victory.

Next, Waubonsee took on Phoenix College on March 20, where its fairy-tale season ended with a 69-59 loss. Phoenix led 41-25 at the half, never trailed in the game, and shot 47.5 percent from the floor, compared to the Lady Chiefs’ 36 percent. Wadsworth led all scorers with 20 points, but Phoenix had three players score in double-digits.

Sports Center

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___Laura Gampfer Waubonsee Fieldhouse 3-10-15-11
The new Waubonsee Community College Field House was unveiled Tuesday. The facility is 50,000 square feet and provides ample space for the Waubonsee athletic programs. Photos by Laura Gampfer
The new Waubonsee Community College Field House was unveiled Tuesday. The facility is 50,000 square feet and provides ample space for the Waubonsee athletic programs. Photos by Laura Gampfer
Waubonsee celebrates Field House grand opening
SUGAR GROVE—On Tuesday, Waubonsee Community College and more than 500 local community leaders, including the mayors of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, North Aurora, and Sugar Grove, and Kane County Board chairman Chris Lauzen, celebrated the grand opening of its new $19 million Field House. The Field House, whose construction began in December 2013, marked the completion of Waubonsee’s 2020 master plan, which also included five new academic buildings. The new 50,000-square-foot athletic facility is attached to the east side of Erickson Hall basketball arena. It features two indoor volleyball/basketball courts; a large artificial turf field for soccer, baseball and softball practices; a suspended three-lane, nine-laps-to-the-mile running track; a 2,500-square-foot dance and fitness studio; an athletic training room; a strength and conditioning center, team locker and meeting rooms; new coaches offices and an Athletic Hall of Fame.

The new facility offers athletic programs and space they have never had before.

“In a word, what the new Field House allows us to achieve is efficiency, said head baseball coach Brad Unger. “Our practices and practice time can now take advantage of multiple training areas simultaneously. We have turf space for infield practice and another area for three pitching/batting cages. We have the indoor space and ceiling height to long-toss. And we can run on the track upstairs without invading any of the other practice areas below. Before, going into the fitness center with 35 players to weight train was just not feasible. The new student-athlete weight room gives us the opportunity to have a year-around strength training program for the first time. It has already affected our recruiting, with us having landed 12 of our top-13 recruits for next year.”

While the basketball programs will still utilize Erickson hall for their practices, women’s basketball coach Jim Sury noted the new Field House will give Waubonsee a powerful recruitment tool.

Waubonsee students and members of the women's soccer team were on hand at the grand opening of the field house. Teammates included Anne Marie Giese (from left) of Maple Park, Olivia Cozzoni of Aurora, Savannah Ricker of DeKalb and Daniela Bueno of Aurora.
Waubonsee students and members of the women’s soccer team were on hand at the grand opening of the field house. Teammates included Anne Marie Giese (from left) of Maple Park, Olivia Cozzoni of Aurora, Savannah Ricker of DeKalb and Daniela Bueno of Aurora.
“The Field House isn’t going to affect our basketball practices, because we practice in Erickson Hall,” Sury said. “But it gives a whole new, professional look to our Waubonsee athletic programs, starting with its impressive entry and visitors lounge. It also gives us new, modern coaches’ offices, a conference room, and team meeting rooms with large-screen smart TVs that allow us to play back game and practice footage from our iPads. The Field House gives us the credentials we need to successfully recruit outside our district … and that’s huge.”

The indoor turf will play a big role in early-season practices for the soccer programs.

“The turf section of the field house will allow us to play short-sided games and do grid work—anything short of playing on a full-size field,” said head women’s soccer coach, Brad Schlemmer. “I really didn’t expect it to be such a great facility—it’s equal or better than what most major universities have to practice on indoors. Recruiting-wise, we’re now getting a lot of interest from prospective student-athletes from outside our district. The huge athletes-only strength and conditioning center gives us the space and equipment to weight train, (which) we didn’t have before when we had to share the fitness center facility. The Field House and all the new buildings on campus are going to be a game-changer for all our athletic teams.”

Chilly fall days on the Waubonsee tennis courts will be a thing of the past for Jennifer McMullen’s tennis program.

“Women’s tennis is a fall sport at the junior college level, so the field house courts will be an escape we’ve never had before from rainy/cold weather,” McMullen said. “Overall, having such an impressive, state-of-the-art facility, it makes a strong statement about the support of Waubonsee College for its sports programs. The facility even has an athletes’ study hall with a computer room and tutoring services.”

___Laura Gampfer Waubonsee Fieldhouse 3-10-15-11

At the end of the day, the sheer size will help the Waubonsee sports programs work together in a space built to accommodate almost all of their needs.

“Three different sports can practice in the Field House at the same time. We used it for the first time last week for indoor infield practice. Simultaneously, we can also hit in three different batting cages and long-toss over distances up to 200 feet. It’s just great,” said head women’s softball coach Perry Clark. “Our sophomores have been waiting two years for this. As far as recruiting, we’ve already signed players for next year who we would not have been able to without this centerpiece facility.”

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

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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

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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

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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

Chief celebration

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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.

Unger to take over Chiefs program from Randall

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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.

Wagner earns Illinois Skyway Coach of the Year

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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.

Waubonsee’s Wagner feels good about collecting 200

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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.”

WCC’s Wagner garners 200th career coaching victory

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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.

The sweet spot

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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.

Waubonsee’s Baker earns ISCC’s Dick Durrant Award

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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.

WCC baseball nabs post-season awards

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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

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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

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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.

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