The Cavaliers are coming off a 42-17 season and a 3rd place finish in the Region IV Tournament.
The 2017 NJCAA DII National Championship was a great accomplishment for the players and the program. We continue to have the same goals for our program, which include preparing our players academically and athletically to be successful at the 4-year university, compete for a Region IV Championship, and win 40 games each season.
The Cavaliers have several key players back for their sophomore seasons. These include OF Dylan Post: .295 BA, 9 2B, 5 3B, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 15 SB. INF Wade Rankin: .455 BA, 11 2B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, and 6 SB. C Jett MCGowan: 308 BA, 7 2B, 24 RBI. DH/1B Cristian Burciaga: .315 BA, 11 2B, 1 HR, 37 RBI. RHP Will Wentz: 5-0, 1.61 ERA, 28 IP. Nick Barnes: 3-0, 4.03 ERA, 22.1 IP. Sophomore infielders Alex Hoss, Jake Campbell, Tobey Rigsby and transfer Cole Eshleman are looking to contribute this season. On the mound sophomores, LHP Nick Crowe and RHP Donnie Craft are both coming off solid fall outing and look to contribute to the pitching staff.
The freshman will definitely play a key role in the successs of this team. They are led by shortstop Cole Stigleman, who has a dependable glove and a lethal bat. Corner infielders Jaret Humphrey and Michael Machnic will provide some thunder to the middle of the lineup. Nate James also provides a solid middle infielder and a left-handed bat. Outfielders Koltan Moore, Griffin Scaggs and Nate Vargo will also impact the lineup for the Cavaliers. Catcher Nick Anderson provides depth behind the plate or off the bench as a pinch hitter.
On the mound, the team will look to Freshman Nick Laxner, Owen Behrens, Bobby Nowak, Aaron Ball, Jacob Duffy and Tyler Jasmin to solidify the starting rotations. Nolan Lebamoff, Jake Schueter, Tanner Walls, Max Minich and Ike Speiser will compete for innings out of the bullpen.
“We have talent and depth on the pitching staff and will be able to look to multiple players for success this season,” says Head Coach Todd Post. “Pitching and defense is our focus and being consistent in both areas will give us a great chance to win the Region IV Tournament in May.”
The early season for the Cavaliers consists of a 10 game schedule opening up with John A. Logan on the way to Myrtle Beach for the spring trip March 1-9 at the Ripken Experience.
The Athletic Department would like to welcome all our returning and new athletes! We are encouraged to have another successful year of Volleyball, Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Baseball!
Two quick reminders:
Mandatory all athlete meeting is Monday, August 20 in the Auditorium (L110)at 6pm. All athletes are expected to be in attendance unless you have a scheduled night class.
The athlete picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 at the pavilion for 6:30pm.
Congratulations to our 3 Athletics All Americans:
Jasmine Elliott- Women’s Basketball
Christian Jacobson- Men’s Basketball
Bryce Butler- Baseball
Congratulations to two of our athletic teams for being recognized by the NJCAA for their academic excellence. To be recognized the team must have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Baseball 3.14 GPA
Softball 3.17 GPA
Congratulations to our Academic All Americans. These athletes received a 3.60 or higher GPA.
2017-2018 Bobby Cooper 3.84
2017-2018 Connor Blanchette 3.85
2017-2018 Santiago Mena 3.91
2017-2018 Nicolas Mena 3.91
2017-2018 Jacob McCleary 4
2018 Andrew Newsome 3.63
2018 Dawson Swearengen 3.77 *Freshman
2017-2018 Courtney Johnson 3.69
2018 Halle McCrory 3.75
2018 Megan Lanie 3.78 *Freshman
2018 Amber Daly 3.92
2018 Marissa West 3.64
2017-2018 Hayden Stoewer 3.94
2017 Dylan Dodd 3.63
2018 Bryce Butler 3.65
2018 Dylan Post 3.76 *Freshman
2018 Wade Rankin 3.78 *Freshman
2018 Matt Kingery 3.77
Congratulations to Baseball’s Bryce Butler for being named to the NJCAA DII All American 2nd team.
His individual achievements for KCC during the 2018 season are as follows:
217 At Bats- 17th all time
70 Runs- tied 11th all time
86 Hits- 9th all time
40 Base on Balls (Walks)- 14th all time
Bryce will be attending Catawba College in North Carolina.
The new athletics Facebook is now live. Please follow us for updates on teams, scores, and happenings in the athletic department at Kankakee Community College.
Congratulations pitcher Brennan Kelly on your Gold Glove Award! This national honor is awarded to the best fielding percentage per position in the NJCAA DII. Brennan fielded a PERFECT 1.000 for the 2018 season!
KCC 2018 Incoming Class
Name: Height: Weight: Position: High School:
Nick Anderson 6’2” 180 C Highland(IN)
Aaron Ball 6’2” 200 RHP Lakeland (MI)
Owen Behrens 6’1” 175 RHP Prophetstown
Lynn Bland 6’2” 175 INF Benton Harbor(MI)
Jacob Duffy 6’5” 225 RHP Pontiac
Cole Eshleman 5’9” 175 INF PBL
Jaret Humphrey 6’3” 230 INF Lewis Cass (IN)
Nathan James 5’8” 150 INF Castle (IN)
Tyler Jasmin 6’1” 180 INF/RHP BBCHS
Luke Jones 5’9” 160 C Rantoul
Nolan Lebamoff 6’4” 200 RHP Neuqua Valley
Michael Machnic 6’4” 210 INF John Glenn (IN)
Max Minich 6’2” 215 RHP Leo (IN)
Koltan Moore 5’10” 175 OF Bluffton (IN)
Bobby Nowak 6’4” 180 RHP/INF Hanover Central(IN)
Griffin Scaggs 6’ 175 OF Castle (IN)
Ben Smith 6’1” 205 C Normal West
Cole Stigleman 6’1” 180 INF Jay County (IN)
Jake Schlueter 6’ 170 RHP St. Joe Ogden
Nate Vargo 5’10” 175 OF Penn (IN)
Tanner Walls 6’2” 190 RHP Pontiac
The Athletics Department is thrilled to introduce our brand-new website!
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Baseball finished the season with a Sectional Championship and a record of 42-17. The Cavaliers fell short of the National Tournament losing to McHenry County 6-3. KCC wants to wish all of the sophomores the best of luck as they move on in their athletic and educational careers.
Cavs win first DII World Series The Cavs defeated Mercer County (NJ) 11-5 in the 2017 Division II Baseball World Series to win its first baseball championship in program history.
Head Coach Todd Post brings enthusiasm and a passion for the game to the field every day.
Post has completed 18 seasons as the Cavaliers head coach, with a record of 752-339-6. Prior to becoming head coach in 2001, he was the assistant coach for seven years.
During Coach Post's tenure, the Cavaliers have averaged more than 41 wins per season, and 153 players have gone on to play at the next level. Since 2001, 64 Cavs have been named All-Region, 26 have been named All-Americans, and nine have signed professional contracts.
In 2017 Post coached the Cavaliers to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, defeating Mercer County C.C. (N.J.), 11-5 in Enid, Okla. The Cavaliers finished with a record of 54-11-1. In 2009 they finished 3rd at the World Series with a record of 52-14-1. In all, the Cavs have won seven Region IV Championships and have made five World Series appearances.
Post is a 1987 graduate of Danville Area Community College, where he played basketball for two years. He then attended KCC and began his college baseball career as a pitcher for the Cavaliers in 1988.
Coach Post transferred to Benedictine University in Lisle where he was a two-year First Team NICC All-Conference pitcher. In 1989, he was named to the All-Midwest Region first team, and Athlete of the Year at Benedictine in 1990. He graduated from Benedictine in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.
Post has maintained a connection to professional baseball by working as an associate scout for the last 16 years. Since 2002, he has worked with the San Diego Padres.
In addition to head coaching duties, Post works with players on hitting and defensive aspects of the game.
Post also is KCC's athletic director. He resides in rural Kankakee with his wife, Julianne, and their son, Dylan. Their daughter, Jordan, is a registered nurse at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Coach Shafer is entering his fourth season as an assistant at KCC. Shafer attended Valparaiso University from 2007-10 prior to being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. In 2010 at Valparaiso, Shafer tallied 121 strikeouts, second-most in Crusader history and third most in Horizon League history, earning him Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors.
Shafer pitched in the Cubs organization from 2010 to 2012, posting a career 2.99 ERA and striking out 110 batters in 111.1 innings. In 2013 Shafer pitched for the Frontier Greys and in 2014 for the River City Rascals, both in the Frontier League of Independent Baseball.
For the Cavaliers, he works with pitchers and catchers and assists with recruiting. Shafer also works as an academic success coach for the Athletic Department. Coach Shafer has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ft. Hayes State University (2015).
Coach Shafer resides in Manteno with his wife, Jill, and their son, Carver.