Kankakee Community College was edged out by Kalamazoo Valley Community College Tuesday, giving the Lady Cavaliers their first loss of the young season.
In the first quarter, the duo of Valorie Dagg and Jazmyn Smith powered the Cavaliers to a 9-2 lead. Brianna Sneed hit a 3-pointer to put KCC ahead by 10. The Cougars, led by 6 points from Brynne Johnson, narrowed the Cavaliers’ lead to 14-12. The first quarter ended with KCC ahead 17-15 after the Cavs’ Kayla Jackson hit a 3-pointer, but it was matched by a buzzer-beating trey from the Cougars.
Early in the second quarter, Jackson and Sneed recorded 3-pointers, helping the Cavaliers score 7 consecutive points. The Cougars responded with 12 straight points, to even up the game. Amaria Pender scored 4 points for KCC, but Kalamazoo Valley was able to take a 35-28 lead at the half.
The Cougars extended their lead to 15 points, before Pender recorded 4 points and Jaida Taylor added 2 points to stall the Cougars. The Cavaliers recorded three 3-pointers in quick succession, one from Pender and two from Sneed. Aniyah Moody rounded out the third quarter scoring with a 3-point play to narrow the Cavaliers deficit to seven.
The Cavaliers bounced back in impressive fashion, outscoring the Cougars 23-17 in the fourth quarter. At one point, Smith scored a free throw to put the Cavaliers under by just five points, 54-49. Kalamazoo Valley responded with four points, but a 3-pointer by Jackson and a three-point play from Pender narrowed the Cougars’ lead to 3 points. The Cougars were leading 68-64 with seconds left in the game. Smith scored a three-pointer, but the Cavaliers could not get another bucket.
The final score was KCC, 67, and Kalamazoo Valley, 68.
Pender led the Cavaliers with 15 points, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. Sneed had 12 points (four 3-pointers), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Smith tacked on 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Dagg had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Jackson added 9 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals.
The Cavaliers are 5-1, and will return home to face Oakton College at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 30.
The Kankakee Community College Cavaliers bounced back from an early deficit to take an 88-65 win over Lake Michigan College Saturday afternoon at home.
The Red Hawks were ahead 29-22 early. Momentum swung toward the Cavaliers when Noah Mason hit two free throws Lucas Burton scored two from the floor.
The Cavaliers closed out the half with a 47-42 lead.
In the second half, the Cavaliers blew open the lead, outscoring the Red Hawksa41 to 23 margin. The second half started with a 3-pointer from Rashad Smith of KCC. That launched a scoring spree of 12 uninterrupted points for the Cavaliers.
KCC didn’t give up the lead. They outscored the Red Hawks 41 to 23 in the second half on the way to an 88-65 victory.
Desilva led the Cavaliers’ with 18 points. Chavez Woods had 12 points. Jamonte Smith, Mason, and Burton each added 11 points. Khylan McKennie tacked on 9 points.
The Cavaliers improved to 4-0, and travel to Vincennes University at for a 7 p.m. (EST) game on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The hoops season started with a victory for the Kankakee Community College men on Wednesday.
In the first half, Lincoln Trail College scored an early three-pointer, but KCC’s Jamonte Smith and Joshua Ray responded to put the Cavaliers up 4-3. A successful buzzer-beater 3-point shot from Cavs sophomore Chavez Woods capped off an 8-point run to give KCC the lead at halftime.
KCC also displayed talent among their freshmen, who contributed 21 of the Cavaliers’ 32 points in the half.
The Statesmen had a surge to score 8 points just minutes into the second half and erased KCC’s lead. KCC’s Noah Mason then made a bucket and Woods dropped another trey, effectively stopping the visitors’ momentum. The Cavs were able to extend the lead to 43-33 in the middle of the half. KCC freshman Fabian Desilva contributed late to the second half with eight-of-nine shooting from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers led for the remainder of the game and ended the night with a 73-63 victory.
Freshman Fabian Desilva scored 16 points and had 3 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers. Woods and another freshman, Khylan McKennie, added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Ray recorded 11 points.
The Cavaliers will host Governors State University’s JV team on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. That contest follows the KCC women’s basketball season opener against Lansing Community College at 4 p.m.
The Kankakee Community College men’s soccer team ended their season Saturday afternoon with a dominant 4-1 victory over Bryant and Stratton College.
The KCC Cavaliers had five attempts on goal within the first 30 minutes, coming from Mark Griffith, Nathaniel Brown, Matt Guiney, and Marc Robertson. Following a missed shot by the Bobcats, the loose ball was knocked into the goal by Griffith to put the Cavaliers ahead 1-0.
After a breakaway shot by Brown was deflected and the Bobcats took control of the play, Adrian Duncan stepped up defensively, and passed to Brown, who recorded an assist when Jesus Guzman scored for the Cavs.
With one minute remaining in the first half, the Bobcats pushed through KCC’s defense to score their only goal of the match, narrowing the Cavaliers’ lead to 2-1.
Robertson played a key part in the Cavaliers’ defensive in the second half by taking the ball away from the Bobcats every time they neared the goal. Robertson also scored on a pass from Malachai Daniel to extend KCC’s lead to 3-1.
Daniel also scored on a pass from Chris Garcia late in the match to give the Cavaliers their last point and a 4-1 victory.
The Cavaliers ended the season with a record of 6-9.
The Kankakee Community College women’s volleyball team powered to an away victory against Prairie State College on Thursday night, Sept. 28.
In the first set, the Pioneers of Prairie State worked their way to an early 6-2 lead, before a pair of kills from Gabrielle Bradley helped the KCC Cavs turn the game around. The Cavs went on to claim the set 25-12.
The Cavaliers were led by Drew Hosselton in the second set, as she recorded two service aces and four kills. KCC won the set 25-7.
A six-point run by Hosselton, Bradley, and Valorie Dagg gave the Cavaliers the lead early in the third set. Midway through, KCC went on a nine-point run before another service ace by Hosselton solidified the win for the Cavaliers, 25-10.
The Cavaliers improved to 8-9 for the season. They travel to Glen Ellyn to take on College of DuPage on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The Kankakee Community College Women’s soccer team scored five times to shutout Kishwaukee College at home on Thursday night.
Despite early pressure from the Cougars of Kishwaukee, the Cavaliers were able to make several scoring attempts. The Cavs’ Aiyana Lopez scored first at the seven-minute mark.
The Cavaliers kept their momentum, and Mariel Camargo and Tess Wallace made several scoring attempts over the next ten minutes. After Camargo scored to put the Cavaliers up 2-0, Hailey Brady put away another goal for the Cavs, with an assist by Mya Ramdoo.
KCC maintained pressure on the Cougars, with near misses from Samantha Porras and Alayna Valone. Porras went on to score a goal for the Cavs, and the lead was 4-0 at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Cougars fought back with more intensity both offensively and defensively. The Cavaliers stopped the pressure, and a quick turnaround led to another goal from Camargo.
Camargo, Wallace, Samantha Popek, and Sheleza Mungal all made several attempts to score throughout the half. Despite the offensive effort, a quick second half ended without any more goals.
The Cavaliers are 2-6-1 this season. The team hosts Joliet Junior College at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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.