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.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.
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.
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.
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.
Lenhardt, a Kaneland High School graduate, played at number three singles for the Lady Chiefs’ tennis team the last two fall seasons.
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.