In spite of big scoring by several team members, the Kankakee Community College volleyball team fell to Joliet Junior College in three sets Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers got off to a strong start in the first set and stayed close until the charging Wolves from JJC, had a six-point surge to end the set 25-15.
The Cavaliers fought back against several big plays for the Wolves in the second, but it was not enough, and JJC won that set 25-20. The Cavaliers were led offensively by Gabrielle Bradley, a Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School graduate, who recorded seven kills.
In the final set, KCC’s Drew Hosselton scored the first point before JJC ran off five straight points. KCC was led in the third set by Valorie Dagg, who scored on two kills and two blocks. Despite Dagg’s success, several runs by the Wolves put them ahead for the set, 25-19, and a match victory.
The Cavaliers (6-5) travel to Waubonsee Community College to play four matches Sept. 22-23 in the “Region 4 Crossover”.
After defeating Olive-Harvey College Saturday morning to begin a tri-match, the Kankakee Community College volleyball team took on Highland Community College Saturday afternoon, securing a win in three close sets.
Early in the first set, the Highland Cougars pulled ahead, leading by six points. The Cavaliers bounced back with a service ace from Emma Creek and a kill from Drew Hosselton to move ahead. KCC’s momentum led to a first set win, 25-19.
The Cougars had a burst of energy to begin the second set, and they were ahead early. The Cavaliers recorded kills from Hosselton, Chloe Blakey and Gabrielle Bradley to go ahead. The Cougars then reclaimed the lead until the Cavs answered with six consecutive points to take the set 25-22.
In the third set, a late charge of four straight points by the Cougars nearly erased the Cavaliers’ lead. A well-timed kill from Valorie Dagg solidified the win for KCC, 25-23.
The Cavaliers improved to 6-4, and next take on Joliet Junior College on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in the KCC Ryan Gymnasium.
The Kankakee Community College volleyball team fell to the Moraine Valley Community College in five sets during a difficult match on Tuesday night.
In the first set, former Manteno High School standout Drew Hosselton tipped the ball over the net late, giving the Cavaliers hope, but Moraine Valley responded by scoring two points and claiming the set 27-25. In the second, the Cyclones scored several service aces, creating a small lead which grew until they claimed the set 25-18.
In the third, KCC’s Gabrielle Bradley and Valorie Dagg made their marks, recording three kills a piece. Gianna Basile handled the Cavaliers’ defense, scoring on two blocks. Despite a short-lived MVCC run in the middle of the third set, the Cavaliers kept their lead. An error by the Cyclones secured the set for KCC, 25-18.
The comeback continued in the fourth set, with Hosselton adding six kills. The Cavaliers later scored five consecutive points to claim the set 25-23.
The match was tied going into the fifth set. The Cyclones took control of the set early and didn’t budge. Although KCC had a run of four points, two from Bradley, it was not enough. The Cyclones walked out with a 15-12 victory and the match.
The Cavaliers are 4-4 this season and next play Olivet Nazarene University’s junior varsity squad on Friday, Sept. 15 in Bourbonnais, IL.
Despite a hat-trick by one Cavaliers player, the Kankakee Community College women’s soccer team lost to Waubonsee Community College on Saturday, Sept. 9.
KCC’s Cavaliers stayed strong under pressure the entire game. Early in the first half, the Waubonsee Chiefs made several unsuccessful surges toward the net. During one early save, KCC’s goalkeeper Mia Robbins had a cleat strike her face, and she had to leave the field. Freshman goalkeeper Haven Maple filled Robbins’ spot, and racked up multiple saves, while still allowing Waubonsee three goals.
The Cavaliers were able to make several attempts to score as well. The first half ended with the Cavs down 0-3.
Mariel Camargo, a Cavaliers sophomore from Kankakee, brought the Cavaliers hope for a turnaround early in the second, catching a cross-field pass and scoring a quick goal. That was soon followed by a goal from Waubonsee, putting them up 4-1.
Cavs sophomore Samantha Popek made several drives, resulting in shots that missed by a small margin. Camargo scored again, shrinking the Cavs’ deficit to two. The Chiefs returned in full force, but despite their best efforts, Maple continued to save the ball, allowing Waubonsee to score no more goals.
With just ten minutes remaining in the game, Camargo completed the hat trick with her third goal of the game. Despite several attempts, the Cavaliers were unable to get the ball into the net again, and they ended with a tough 3-4 loss.
The Cavaliers fell to 1-3-1 on the season and travel to Madison, Wisconsin, to play Madison College on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The Kankakee Community College Cavaliers men’s soccer team took on the Northeast Community College Hawks Saturday, Aug. 9. The Hawks, ranked seventh in the NJCAA Div. II pre-season poll, took control of the game early. After several saves by KCC goalkeeper Tariq Singh, the Hawks capitalized on an open field and scored first.
The Hawks played fast, and scored again at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Cavaliers increased the pressure when Mark Griffith, a KCC sophomore, made a decisive drive to the net, passing to another sophomore, Marc Robertson, who shot and nearly scored. Northeast was able to turn the game around and extended their lead to 3-0.
The Cavaliers’ defense continued to improve as the game progressed, and they topped every other drive by the Hawks.
KCC’s offense in the second half was more aggressive, led by sophomore Adrian Duncan, who made shots from the ground and the air. In the last moments of the game, KCC had one more opportunity following a failed Northeast penalty kick. On that Hail Mary shot, Kankakee High School grad Noah Lacy just missed the net. The game ended with Northeast earning the win, 3-0.
The Cavaliers record is 2-3 going into their match against Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.
In a tough matchup against Highland, KCC struggled to keep up with their opponents' efficient shooting, falling 79-88. Despite the loss, several Kankakee players had notable performances, with Robert Stroud leading the way in scoring with an impressive 24 points on 10-19 shooting. Stroud was also a force on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds to complete a double-double.
Sean Black also had a solid game for the Cavs, finishing with 15 points on 5-14 shooting, including a stellar 5-8 from beyond the arc. Black also dished out a team-high 9 assists.
The Cavs are gearing up for tournament play which begins on Thursday, as they take on Truman College in the 1st round of the Region 4 tournament.
On Saturday, February 18th, KCC faced off against Daley College. The Cavs showed their dominance in the second half and won with a final score of 99-60.
Several players for the Cavs put in impressive performances. Sean Black had a standout game, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including hitting 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also contributed 6 assists and 1 rebound. Isaiah Placide also had a strong showing, scoring 18 points while shooting an impressive 5-of-9 from three-point range. He also contributed 8 rebounds and 1 assist.
Noah Mason also had a big game, scoring 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including hitting 2-of-4 from three-point range. He also made all 4 of his free throws and added 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Jaelyn Anderson was another key contributor for KCC, putting up 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks.
Overall, the Cavs had a balanced scoring effort, with several players making significant contributions. Their strong shooting from beyond the arc, making 10 of 27 three-point attempts, was a key factor in their victory.
KCC hit the road on Sunday and faced off against Aurora University JV and pulled out a victory 70-57.
Top performer for the game was Sean Black, who contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 5-11 from the field and was 4-4 from the free throw line. Robert Stroud also had a great game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 2 rebounds, shooting 6-9 from the field.
Jaelyn Anderson had a solid game, with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Isaiah Placide and Joshua Holmes also had impressive performances, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Noah Mason contributed 6 points and 4 rebounds.
The Cavs will be back at home on Wednesday February 15 to take on Malcolm X College. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm. You can catch all home games live on our livestream - https://bit.ly/KCCCavsLiveStream
The Lady Cavs faced off against Black Hawk College on Saturday in Moline. KCC battled and was within 2 points going into the 4th quarter, but ultimately fell to Black Hawk 58-72 being outscored 26-12 in the 4th quarter. Jazmyn Smith was the top performer for the Lady Cavs, scoring 17 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. Sarah Burton also had a solid performance with 9 points and 5 rebounds.
KCC will be back home for an 11 am start Saturday, Feb. 18. They’ll take on Bryant & Stratton College. Watch all home games through our livestream link - https://bit.ly/KCCCavsLiveStream
KCC Men's Basketball victory over Malcolm X College
In the game against Malcolm X College on Wednesday night, KCC had a dominant performance, winning 71-55. Sean Black led the team with 23 points and 7 rebounds, making 9 of his 12 field goal attempts, including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. Isaiah Placide contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Jaelyn Anderson added 7 points and 3 rebounds.
The Cav's bench also played a significant role in the victory, with Jamonte Smith and Amari Jones each contributing 8 and 7 points respectively. Overall, KCC shot 46.8% from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range, and 75.0% from the free throw line. The team also had 19 assists and only 8 turnovers. The Cavs are back on the floor Saturday Feb. 18 vs Daley College. Tip off is set for 3 pm. You can live stream all KCC home games here: https://bit.ly/KCCCavsLiveStream
The Cavaliers faced off with last year’s national runner up Triton College on Thursday night, and the game did not disappoint. The result was a double overtime thriller, but ultimately Triton came out on top with a final score of 95-88.
For the Cavs, Robert Stroud had a phenomenal game with 34 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Sean Black was a great playmaker with 7 points and 12 assists, while Isaiah Placide contributed 9 points and 1 assist. Joshua Holmes had 8 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound, and Noah Mason added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 made free-throws.
They will be back in action on Sunday as they play Aurora University JV.
The Lady Cavs faced off against Triton College in an exciting game on Thursday night. Despite putting up a strong fight and leading after 3 quarters, KCC ultimately fell to Triton with a final score of 86-77.
Leading the way for Kankakee was Jazmyn Smith, who had a dominant performance with 8-15 shooting from the field and 13-14 shooting from the free-throw line, resulting in 29 points. Valorie Dagg had a perfect shooting night with 6-6 from the field and 1-1 from the free-throw line, finishing with 13 points. Sarah Burton contributed 10 points, while Amarii Mays added 6 points.
The Lady Cavs will be back in action on the road Sunday for a 1pm game at Black Hawk College.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, KCC took on Sauk Valley College. The Cavaliers had a big comeback in the second half, but ultimately came up short with a final score of 71-76. Isaiah Placide had a huge night igniting the comeback while scoring 34 points, shooting 7/10 from 3-point range and 9/9 from the free-throw line. Robert Stroud also had a strong game with 14 points and 3 rebounds. The Cavs are back on the court Tuesday, Feb. 7 to take on Rock Valley College. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. Live stream home games with this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWah4rJ6mYqMYcIDw4l6Zg
The KCC Cavaliers are gearing up for a huge rivalry game this week against the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, the South Suburban College Bulldogs. Both teams have been playing some of their best basketball as of late, with Kankakee sporting a 13-8 record and riding a two game winning streak into the contest. The Bulldogs come in with an even better 18-3 record and six straight victories under their belts.
Kankakee will be looking to Rob Stroud who averages 13.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game to lead them on offense, while Isaiah Placide contributes another 13 points and 5.9 rebounds per outing. On defense, they’ll need all hands on deck if they hope to slow down South Suburban’s high scoring duo of Nakyel Shelton (22.8 ppg) and Damontae Taylor (18.9 ppg).
It promises to be a thrilling matchup between two teams that always seem ready to give it their all when they face off against each other – no matter what is at stake! Be sure not to miss out on this classic rivalry clash as the Cavaliers look for revenge against last year’s national champs!
Alayna Valone a standout winger at Reed Custer High School will add some speed and creativity on field for the Lady Cavs this upcoming Fall season. Alayna’s pace will cause defensive thirds some trouble and help create scoring opportunities. She adds that creativity factor in the final with her crossing ability with both feet and her finishing! Excited to welcome aboard Alayna Valone.
The defense for the Cavaliers is in good hands with incoming freshman Scotty Eldridge. Eldridge brings to the Cavaliers a defensive tenacity that is hard to find. Hard nose for winning 50/50 balls coupled with his smart decision making out of the back, will allow the Cavs to be very dynamic moving forward in the attack.
Very excited to have Samantha Porras joining the Lady Cavs this fall. Samantha was a standout goalie for Southland Striker and Slayers Academy. Samantha brings an amazing work ethic/drive to be the best player she can be. She also brings a fearlessness approach to goalie that will provide as a great anchor to the defense.
The rich keep on getting richer! We are excited to bring on Aiyana Lopez a stand out winger at Kankakee High School! Lopez is bringing to the Lady Cavs a can dot spirit along with her attacking third creativity. Aiyana Lopez final third creativity will be vital for the Lady Cavs this upcoming fall! We are excited to bring on such a talent like Aiyana Lopez.
We are very excited to have Mia Robbins joining the Lady Cavs this upcoming Fall! Mia is a force to be reckon with in the back of the net! She brings an elite level of athleticism to the goalie position! Mia will be a vital part of the Lady Cavaliers!
Jesus has been a anchor for the Bradley Bourbonnais High school Men’s team, and will bolster the Cavs defense. Jesus has a great soccer IQ, and his size will pose a problem for opposing teams.
The general of the middle field has been appointed! Tess Wallace a dynamic center mid for the BBCHS Boilers over her four years there, will come aboard for the Cavaliers this upcoming Fall! Tess’s decision making with the ball is going to create chaos for the opponent. Tess offensive mindset in setting up teammates for goal scoring opportunities.
Goals are the name of the game! We are excited to add a dynamic goal scorer in Hailey Brady! Hailey has a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net! Hailey is very good in the air and winning headers off corners! She provides great runs into the box giving opportunities to score or her teammates!
The Lady Cavaliers are happy to welcome Hailey Brooks to the program! Brooks will help anchor the Cavaliers defensive! Hailey’s defensive IQ will help sure things up in the back along with her ability to go forward she poses the opposing team as serious threat!
Two teams and 23 individual athletes from Kankakee Community College have been awarded NJCAA honors for academic achievement during the 2020-21 school year. The awards were formerly called Academic All-American.
The women’s volleyball and men’s soccer teams were named 2021 NJCAA All-Academic Teams for having team GPAs above 3.0. The women’s volleyball team had an overall team GPA of 3.32 and the men’s soccer team GPA was 3.17.
The All-Academic First Team members, with a 4.0 grade point average, are:
Kankakee Community College police officer Vernal Turner does a lot of walking around the college. In his second job, he runs the sidelines as a basketball official.
In spring 2021, Turner will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his work as an official. For 17 years, Turner has been an Illinois High School Association official.
He currently officiates for the Northern Athletic Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. For eight seasons, Turner has been an official at NBA training camps for the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. In 2019, he became a court side administrator, working for the NBA.
Among the noteworthy high school games he has officiated are seven Chicago city championships; three IHSA boys basketball championships (3-A in 2013, 4-A in 2014, and 3-A and 4-A in 2019); and the McDonald’s All-American game in 2016. He will be the first person to have played in IBCA All-Star Game (1981), officiate the IBCA All-Star Game (2016), and be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame.
In all, there will be more than 100 new IBCA Hall of Fame members, including nine officials. Due to COVID-19, the IBCA has not finalized its plans for an induction ceremony.
Turner also is president of Top Notch Officiating Camp for Officials Training and Development. In 2019 and 2020, he organized the Top Notch Health Awareness Challenge at KCC. The event pitted Kankakee-area high school basketball teams playing teams from Chicago. Each team also participated in health awareness sessions.
At KCC, Turner has been a part-time police officer since 2015.
Following the NJCAA’s announcement this week that fall and winter sports will be held, but on a delayed schedule, KCC athletics will spend the fall preparing for next year’s competitions.
The seasons for indoor sports, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, will begin in January 2021. Volleyball is traditionally a fall sport, and basketball seasons usually begin in November. Fall outdoor seasons for men’s and women’s soccer will be delayed until April 2021.
Schedules for individual teams will be posted to athletics.kcc.edu as soon as they are available. Additional information on the NJCAA Plan of Action are on KCC’s news site and at njcaa.org.
Twenty-three Kankakee Community College student-athletes have received NJCAA honors for academic achievements during the 2019-20 school year.
The All-Academic First Team members, with a 4.0 grade point average, are: Leighann Allison of Kankakee, volleyball; Mallory Drake of Watseka, women’s basketball; Paige Glass of Kankakee, softball; Anna Jennings of Cissna Park, volleyball; Kloe Longtin of Herscher, volleyball; and Lanie Malone of Manteno, softball.
The All-Academic Second Team members, with grade point averages between 3.80-3.99, are: Makenna Goldtrap of Chebanse, softball; Eddie Saner of Springfield, baseball; and Julian Stadeli of Cissna Park, men’s basketball.
The All-Academic Third Team members, with grade point averages of 3.60-3.79, are: Madison Allen of Bushnell, women’s basketball; Owen Behrens of Prophetstown, baseball; Sloan Boyce of Cissna Park (pictured), volleyball; Sierra Cureton of Manteno, volleyball; Andrew Douglas of Watseka (pictured), men’s soccer; Ashley Harwood of Kankakee, volleyball; Isabelle Hille of Fort Wayne, Ind., women’s basketball; Michael Machnic of Walkerton, Ind., baseball; Michael Moshkovitz of Jerusalem, Israel, men’s basketball; Andrew Saliba of Peotone, men’s soccer; Emma Schriner of Bourbonnais (pictured), softball; Clayton Thompson of Schererville, Ind., baseball; Peyton Williams of Lafayette, Ind., baseball; and Kierra Williamson of Hazel Crest, women’s basketball.
Sophomore Guard Jonte Coleman breaks the Kankakee Community College record of all-time three pointers made during a season.
Coleman surpassed Bobby Dixon, who is currently in his 14th season playing professional basketball overseas. During the 2003-2004 season Bobby set the record of 110 three pointers. On February 20th, Jonte made 5 three pointers during the game to put him at a total of 111 made on the season and still counting.
Coleman is currently averaging 14.1ppg, 5rpg, and 1.5 apg while helping lead the Cavaliers to a regular season record of 20-10.
Congratulations to our Academic All Americans. These athletes received a 3.60 or higher GPA.
Soccer 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
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Coach Alex Thorson is excited to welcome the first five members of the 2018 recruiting class. These players are Brian Hernandez, Pierce Coleman, Jonte Coleman, Jacob Collins, and Corez Anderson.
When asked what type of players he is trying to bring in he said, “The guys that we are bringing in know how to win, have won, and are going to help us win. But the most important thing is that I want players who not only want to excel on the basketball floor, but in life as well. We are building something special here at KCC, and it is going to start with these student/athletes who excel academically, socially, and athletically.”
Brian Hernandez (Orr High School) is the most recent signee for the Cavaliers. Brian will play the combo guard for the Cavaliers next season after finishing an amazing career at Orr. He helped lead his team to back-to-back state championships in class 2A as well as an overall record of 30-4 for the 2017-2018 season. Hernandez will bring great leadership with his willingness to communicate and push others to be better on a daily basis. The lefty shooter is one of the top shooters in the state of Illinois, and will also be a huge force on the defensive end next season for the Cavs.
Pierce Coleman (North Chicago High School) is another recent signee for the Cavaliers. Pierce will be able to play the one through the three position next season which will make him a force to be reckoned with standing at 6’4”. He helped lead his team this season to a 4th place finish in state for class 3A as well as 22-10 overall record for the 2017-2018 season. Coleman averaged 12.3 PPG, 6 RPG, 6.4 APG, as well as 2 SPG. Pierce will bring a very high basketball IQ with him to Kankakee next season. He has shown a great ability to score the basketball at all three levels as well as do the intangibles of rebounding and making the extra pass.
Jonte Coleman (Champaign Central High School) recently put pen to paper to join the Cavaliers team next season. Jonte is an amazing three point shooter as he will play the shooting guard position for the Cavs next season. Standing at 6’3” he will bring size to that position which will be much needed on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Coleman had a break out senior season for Champaign Central, and helped lead them to an overall record of 20-9. He has shown the ability to shoot the basketball, and towards the later part of his senior season showcased the ability that he is more than just a shooter. The Cavaliers are excited to showcase this ability more in the seasons to come.
Jacob Collins (Indiana Elite Preparatory Academy) was the first player to sign under new Head Coach Alex Thorson for this upcoming 2018 season. Jacob is a 6’2” shooting guard who has continued to progress year after year. Collins has showcased his ability to cause problems for opposing team’s players because of his tenacious defense. His length and quickness are his two biggest attributes, and they are going to be on full display next season. Jacob took a prep year after high school and averaged 15 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, and 3.2 SPG.
Corez Anderson (Urbana High School) recently signed to join the Cavaliers next season. Corez is a 6’0” point guard who has a tremendous ability to score the basketball. He has the ability to hit the three as well as be able to score at the basket in traffic. His length will give a lot of teams trouble as well on the defensive end. The Cavaliers are excited to welcome Corez as a part of the 2018 recruiting class.
Coach Thorson and Coach Neaville are excited to welcome all of the newest signees to the 2018 recruiting class for the Kankakee Community College Men’s Basketball Team. These players are not only going to succeed in basketball, but in every aspect of life as well.