The shortened 2020 season due to COVID-19 proved to be a formidable test for the young Cavaliers, who faced six teams ranked in the Top 10 during the 10-game campaign.
“We feel that our returning players are going to be well-prepared for the rigors of the new season,” said Head Coach Mike Barclay. “With the addition of numerous top local players that we have added this year, the future looks very bright!”
The team looks to continue its success in the classroom. For two consecutive seasons, the Cavaliers have earned the honor of being named as an NJCAA “Academic Team of the Year,” after earning a team Grade Point Average above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For this 2021-22 year, the Cavs will again aim to meet this high academic standard.
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:
Congratulations to our Lady Cavs!
2021 Region IV Women’s Basketball
Division II All- Region Team
Brandi Hudson (All-American Nominee)
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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.
Posted On: 06/04/20
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.
Congratulations Sophomore Joel Barraza #18
2019 NJCAA REGION IV
DIVISION I - MEN’S SOCCER
All Region Team
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
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ANOTHER FINE DAY FOR THE KCC MEN’s Soccer program! Congratulations to Jacob McCleary on being selected as a member of the All-Illinois Academic Team, a special recognition based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. One honoree is Jacob McCleary of Bourbonnais, who will receive an Associate in Science transfer degree. He will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mike Barclay is entering his eighth year as head soccer coach for the Cavaliers men’s program and is beginning his second year as the women’s head coach. In addition, he was the assistant men’s coach during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
As a player, Coach Barclay was a three-time All-Region, two-time All-Sectional and two-time All-State goalie for Downers Grove South High School (1983-85). For three seasons, Coach Barclay played NCAA Division I collegiate soccer for Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. As a goalkeeper, he still holds top rankings of No. 1 in saves percentage, No. 2 in goals against average and No. 3 in total saves in EIU history. In 1989, Coach Barclay led the Panthers to the NCAA Division I National Indoor Championship for the first time in school history.
He also played for one season in the semi-pro Chicago Metro League. In addition to coaching at KCC, Barclay was the goalkeeper coach for Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais) women’s team from 2002-12. He has coached numerous recreational teams for Dynamo Soccer and travel teams for Southland Strikers FC for more than 16 years. Barclay has a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) “E” certification. Along with his wife, Tammie, he resides in Bourbonnais. They have five grown children.
James Ashby is entering his seventh year as an assistant coach with KCC. In all, Coach Ashby has more than 36 years of soccer experience on multiple levels. As a player at Rich South High School, Ashby received several recognitions as a center back. One notable honor was National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) defensive player of the year.
Coach Ashby has coached with Southland Strikers FC and has trained players of all ages, with many of them continuing on to play at the collegiate level. Coach Ashby is licensed through the NSCAA and U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with specialties in goalkeeping and agility. He currently resides in Bourbonnais with his three children.
Peter Sinise is entering his fourth season as an assistant men’s coach, and his second assisting the women’s soccer team. Coach Sinise was a standout player for the Cavaliers during the 2012 & 2013 seasons. He went on to compete with NJCAA Div. III Millikin University in Decatur.
Coach Sinise is a well-known player and coach in the area, coaching multiple teams with Southland Strikers FC as well as competing as a player with many teams in the area. Currently, Coach Sinise has started the Dynamo Slayers Soccer Academy in Bourbonnais. He currently resides in Manhattan.