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Follow the Chiefs at NJCAA Division III World Series

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

High level of camp

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The 27th annual Waubonsee Community College baseball and softball hitting camp gave area boys and girls a chance to put what they’ve learned into action during the camp’s final day on Thursday. The four-day camp was run by WCC athletics personnel Dave Randall and Steve Moga. Photo by Mike Slodki

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