Looking to build on a successful inaugural season which ended at the Region IV Quarterfinals in 2021, the Lady Cavs are looking to take the next step this year.
“We have added some key players to our roster that will make a huge impact on making that happen this year,” said Head Coach Mike Barclay. "Returning a solid core of last year’s players, our learning curve for this upcoming season is well ahead of schedule, and the ladies are hungry for the upcoming campaign.”
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:
Mike Barclay is entering his ninth year as men’s head soccer coach and is beginning his third year as the women’s head soccer 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 and one grandchild.
James Ashby is entering his eighth year as an assistant coach with KCC. In all, Coach Ashby has more than 40 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 resides in Bourbonnais with his three children.
John Hall returns to the Cavaliers staff after a four-year hiatus for his fifth year as an assistant coach. Hall comes to the Cavaliers with a diverse background/history in soccer. He is the former president of Dynamo Soccer in Bourbonnais which has served more than 1,000 players per year since 2008.
Hall is not only a former player for Olivet Nazarene University, but he has coached numerous travel teams for USSA-DUFC soccer club, Chicago Magic, Slayers Academy, and numerous independent teams. He is a licensed referee, and currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) “E” license.
He resides in Bourbonnais with his wife Cassie, their four children, and two grandchildren.
Peter Sinise is entering his fifth season as an assistant men’s coach, and his third season as an assistant women’s soccer coach. Coach Sinise was a standout player for the Cavaliers during the 2012 & 2013 seasons. He went on to compete with NCAA 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. Coach Sinise started the Dynamo Slayers Soccer Academy in Bourbonnais in 2021 and is now coaching at Chicagoland United. He resides in Manhattan, IL.
Will is entering his first year as an assistant coach at KCC. He has been a staple in the local soccer community for the past 10 years.
He has been involved with the local Rec programs serving as a board member and President for the past 8 years. Will also has been an assistant coach with Southland Strikers for 6 years, as well as Vice President of the club for the past 4 years.