June 11, 2019

Thirty-nine Kishwaukee College student-athletes were nominated for the 2018-2019 Arrowhead Conference Academic Excellence Team. The award is given to student-athletes who complete at least 12 credits per semester while achieving a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA for the academic year. The total includes 29 of our 48 female student-athletes, representing 60 percent of the female student-athlete population.

Thirteen of the 39 student-athletes also received All-Academic recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Student-athletes with a 4.00 GPA earned NJCAA All-Academic First Team; student-athletes with a 3.80-3.99 GPA earned NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; and student-athletes with a 3.60-3.79 GPA earned NJCAA All-Academic Third Team.  

The following Kish student-athletes received academic recognition for the 2018-2019 school year:

Men’s Baseball: Jacob Artist, Lockport; Samuel Coe, Phoenix, AZ; Dimitri Duverger, Miami, FL; Ethan Johanningsmeier, Waterman; Tristan Valerio, Inverness, FL; Albert Warnaar, Chicago, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; and Ethen Wetzel, Roscoe, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Men’s Basketball: Caleb Gould, Rochelle, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Men’s Soccer: Jesus Lara-Parra, Genoa, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Nick Uecker, Genoa; and Zac Uecker, Genoa

Women’s Basketball: Morgan Baker, Rochelle, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Abigail Kerns, Creston; Ashley Kerns, Creston, multi-sport athlete, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Addie Kitzmiller, Oregon, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Dennysha Kizer, DeKalb; Amanda Ross, DeKalb, multi-sport athlete; Danielle Stiles, DeKalb; and Cayla Winters, Kingston

Women’s Cross Country: Tania Barragan, DeKalb

Women’s Soccer: Hope Akers, DeKalb; Jessica Gamez-Quintero, DeKalb; Meghan Johnson, DeKalb; Ashley Kerns, Creston, multi-sport athlete, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Herwine Lamelus, DeKalb; Avery Mertz, DeKalb; Arianna Moore, DeKalb; Sarai Orozco, Genoa; Dulce Resendiz, DeKalb, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; and Emma Rourke, DeKalb, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Women’s Softball: Megan Antos, Sycamore; Shaylee Clow, Leroy, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Helena Porter, Streator; Amanda Ross, DeKalb, multi-sport athlete; Taelor Schmitz, Island Lake; Larisa Smits, McHenry; and Hailey White, Oregon, multi-sport athlete, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Women’s Volleyball: Jeanette Brann, Genoa, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Topanga McCoy, Waterman; Alexis Orkfritz, Sycamore; Katie Schilling, Earlville, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; and Hailey White, Oregon, multi-sport athlete, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

For more information, please contact Scott Kawall, Director of Student Involvement and Athletic Director, at or 815-825-9837.

Categories: Athletics
May 10, 2019

Kishwaukee College Athletics welcomes Brady Hunt as the new Cross Country Head Coach. Hunt comes from Loras College where he worked as a volunteer Assistant Coach. “Kish has a fairly new program and I’m eager to see where we can go,” Hunt says. “We’ll definitely build upon the success of last year’s team who sent a runner to Nationals.” Cross Country began in Fall 2018 at Kish. With his experience in competing, coaching, and recruiting, Hunt is hopeful to build a solid team of runners.

Hunt ran for Marmion Academy in Aurora. It is there where his affinity for distance running solidified. “I love the sport. The team atmosphere and the mental stamina it develops becomes addicting,” Hunt states. He was an All-Conference, All-Area, two-time State Qualifier, and his high school team were two-time Regional Champions and placed 3rd in state. 

After high school, he attended Loras College for his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Business Activities. While there, he ran for Loras Cross Country and the team won many titles including multiple National Catholic Champions. For graduate school, Hunt attended Western Illinois University. He earned his graduate degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology. Hunt was a Graduate Assistant while at Western. He coached distance runners using timed workouts, drills, and weight lifting. He organized travel and accommodations for Track & Field and Cross Country, and he coordinated student-athlete recruiting for Western. He ran a 4:15.84 in the 1500 meter at the 2016 Iowa Conference Championships while at Loras and a 34:27.9 in the 10K at NCAA Regions while at Western.

Hunt’s coaching philosophy is simple: give athletes a positive experience and help them achieve their goals. With experience running at the high school and collegiate levels, Hunt has a unique prospective and ability to transform high school runners into college runners, including adapting the runner’s body for longer runs on different terrain.

“I am excited to be working with Brady Hunt. With his Master’s degree in Kinesiology and recent running experience at Loras College, he will bring a strong science focus to our program that will benefit our runners,” states Missy Gillis, Cross Country Assistant Coach.

The 2019 Cross Country season officially begins on August 30 with a meet in Dixon.

For more information about Cross Country at Kish, contact Cross Country Head Coach Brady Hunt at or Assistant Coach Missy Gillis at

Photo: Brady Hunt is named new Cross Country Head Coach at Kishwaukee College. Pictured: Brady Hunt.

Categories: Athletics
May 7, 2019

Kishwaukee College is offering athletic camps this summer taught by Kish athletes and coaches. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball will be offered for K thru 12 students. Camps will run June and July, and pre-registration is highly encouraged.

Camps focus on improving fundamentals of the sport. Camps for older students will also focus on mental and physical preparedness for high school and college level athletics. All campers will receive a t-shirt on the last day of camp.

Girls Basketball
Lil Kids Camp (K–4th grade)
June 10, 10:00 am–12:00 pm ($35)

Youth Camp (5th–7th grade)
June 11–12, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm ($55)

Elite Camp (8th–12th grade)
June 11–12, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm ($75)

Boys Basketball
Lil Kids Camp (K–4th grade)
June 10, 10:00 am–12:00 pm ($35)

Youth Camp (5th–7th grade)
June 11–12, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm ($55)

Elite Camp (8th–12th grade)
June 11–12, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm ($75)

Boys and Girls Soccer
Youth Camp (5th–7th grade)
June 17, 9:00 am–12:00 pm ($55)

Girls Volleyball
Youth Camp (5th–8th grade)
June 25–27, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm ($55)

Elite Camp (9th–12th grade)
June 25–27, 10:00 am–12:00 pm ($75)

Girls Softball
Youth Camp (3rd–7th grade)
June 17–18, 9:00 am–12:00 pm ($55)

Youth Camp (3rd–7th grade)
July 15–16, 9:00 am–12:00 pm ($55)

Youth Camp (8th–10th grade)
June 17–18, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm ($55)

Youth Camp (8th–10th grade)
July 15–16, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm ($55)

Elite Camp (11th–12th grade)
July 17–18, 9:00 am–12:00 pm ($75)

Elite Camp (11th–12th grade)
June 19–20, 9:00 am–12:00 pm ($75)

Boys and Girls Baseball
Youth Camp (3rd–8th grade)
June 17–19, 9:00 am–2:30 pm ($55)

Youth Camp (3rd–8th grade)
June 24–26, 9:00 am–2:30 pm ($55)

For more information or to register, visit or contact Scott Kawall, Kishwaukee College Athletic Director, at or 815-825-9837.

Categories: Athletics
April 23, 2019

Kishwaukee College Baseball is hosting two Major League Baseball (MLB) sponsored events for area youth. The Pitch, Hit and Run and the Jr. Home Run Derby are ways for children 14 and under (age verification required) to showcase their baseball skills, with the opportunity of competing at the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. These fun and exciting competitions will take place on the Kish baseball field Friday, May 3.

“We wanted to reach out to the community,” Mark Hernandez, Head Baseball Coach at Kish, says. Hosting the competitions are “a way for our athletes to give back.” Hernandez and members of the baseball team will coordinate the event.

Event 1: Pitch Hit & Run, start time 4:00 pm, Kish baseball field
Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of MLB. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

Visit for more information or to register online.

Event 2: Jr. Home Run Derby, start time 6:00 pm, Kish baseball field
Jr. Home Run Derby is a free program that gives boys and girls, 14 and under, an opportunity to showcase their power in an exciting home run hitting contest.

Boys and girls are divided into two age divisions: 12U (born on or after July 18, 2006) and 14U (born July 18, 2004 – July 17, 2006). Winners may have the chance to advance through three levels of competition, including competing during National Finals at 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

Visit for more information or to obtain a registration form.

For more information about either Local event at Kish, please contact Baseball Head Coach Mark Hernandez at

Categories: Athletics
January 18, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Women’s Basketball Program is participating in the nationwide Women’s Basketball Coaches Association breast cancer awareness and fundraising event, Pink Zone, on February 7 in the College gym. WBCA’s Pink Zone raises money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for breast cancer research. The Kish College event will include several activities designed to create awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research.

The Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams will play scheduled games against Illinois Valley Community College. Women’s tip-off time is 5:30 pm and Men’s tip-off time is approximately 7:30 pm Fans wearing pink will be admitted for a $1.00 ticket price. During the women’s game, Silent Auction items will be open for bidding which will continue through half-time of the men’s game.

Items for inclusion in the Pink Zone Silent Auction are being accepted through February 1. Area businesses or individuals who would like to donate Silent Auction items should contact Krystal Gundy, Kish Head Women’s Basketball Coach, at 815-825-9527 or at

There will also be a 50/50 raffle during the game that will close at half-time of the men’s game. T-shirts will also be available for purchase. Cost of the shirts is $12.00.

For more information on the Pink Zone event please contact Krystal Gundy, Kish Head Women’s Basketball Coach, at 815-825-9527 or at

December 13, 2018

Sabrina Groce, DeKalb, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Kishwaukee College in the Fall 2019 school year. She currently attends Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore. Groce is a DeKalb native and has played volleyball since she was in seventh grade. She is entering her sixth club season at Top Flight Volleyball Club, where she also helps coach younger players.

Groce is a 5’11” all around outside hitter known for high energy, big hits, strong back row support, and fierce determination. She has been awarded MPV, all conference, and all tournament recognition as well as academic athlete honors throughout her high school career.

After a number of invitations to play for colleges on the east coast, upper Michigan, Kentucky, South Carolina, and throughout Illinois, Groce made the decision to stay local and join the Kish College Kougars volleyball team. “I am excited to be part of her [Coach Bodmer’s] vision for the Kougars and to play with some really great athletes on the team.” said Groce.

One reason Groce chose Kish was for the College’s major offerings. Groce plans to pursue the criminal justice program, as she is interested in criminal forensics. She said, “None of the other schools that I was talking with had the kind of hands-on forensic criminology program that Kish has and it was just what I was looking for. I found the perfect fit for me in athletics and academics.”

Groce will begin working out with her new teammates at Kish after she completes her final club season. She said, “College volleyball has always been my dream and I am excited to get started at Kishwaukee College.”

For more information about Volleyball at Kish, contact Head Coach Emily Bodmer at or Athletic Director Scott Kawall at

Categories: Athletics
November 5, 2018

Kishwaukee College Cross Country athlete, Tania Barragan of DeKalb, has qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Cross Country meet on November 10 in Garden City, Kansas, hosted by Garden City Community College. She qualified for “All Region” after placing 9th in the NJCAA Region IV Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 27, hosted by the College of Lake County. The Cross Country team at Kish is in its inaugural year and Barragan is the first Cross Country athlete in Kish history to attend nationals.

“I’m just really happy and excited that I get to represent Kish as the first woman to go to nationals because it’s the first season we’ve ever even had a team,” said Barragan. The sophomore is a DeKalb High School graduate and ran for three years on the DHS cross country team. She plans to major in Nutrition.

“We are thrilled to be making the trip to Garden City, Kansas to support Tania,” said Assistant Cross Country Coach, Missy Gillis, “Competing at nationals was a goal she set early in the season.” Gillis noted that both she and Head Cross Country Coach, Richard Collins, were extremely proud of Barragan and thankful for the support the team has received this year. “Kishwaukee College President, Dr. Laurie Borowicz, has been supportive of our inaugural program. We are appreciative and looking forward to season two in the fall of 2019,” Gillis said.

Barragan described her Kish coaches, as incredibly helpful. The proof is in her 6K run times, which she’s cut down by five minutes since her high school running days. Barragan attributed much of her success to training in the off-season. She said Gillis, helped inspire Barragan while she was off season, “When Missy called me in November about this team, it was motivating to make me stay on top of running and in shape for the [2018] season.”

Barragan trains six days a week, taking off Sunday for recovery. She explained that she was recently suffering a back injury so her training was less intense prior to the qualifying meet. “I was hoping for top five, but was happy with top ten,” Barragan said of the regional race. She thinks she will perform better during the national meet, setting a goal of reaching top 40. “I’m going to try, even if I don’t reach it,” she said cheerily.

Competition is tough, though. Barragan said she’s looked at the times from last year and knows there are a few teams to look out for in the upcoming meet. Still, Barragan is confident, disciplined, and excited. “I feel honored and blessed to represent Kish,” she concluded, “I hope this brings positive attention to the team as we expand next year.”

For more information on Cross Country at Kishwaukee College, contact Head Cross Country Coach, Richard Collins at or 815-825-9655 or Assistant Cross Country Coach, Missy Gillis at or 815-825-9423.

November 1, 2018

Kishwaukee College Athletics Department will honor five of its former stand-outs during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 6, between women’s and men’s basketball games, in the Kish Gymnasium. Ron Sweet, Kat Martin, Ashley Beyer, Devin Mack, and Kimi Sikora will each be given honored for their achievements. The induction ceremony will be preceded by a reception on campus for inductees, their family, friends, faculty, and staff of Kish as well as other current and former members of Kish College Athletics.

Ron Sweet served as Kish’s Head Volleyball Coach from 2003-2009. He was the Volleyball Assistant Coach from 2000-2002. He led his teams to an incredible 3 NJCAA National Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He had a career record of 336-43. During his time at Kish, he was honored three times as the NJCAA National Coach of the Year; the 2008 Midwest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Region Coach of the year; six-time Region IV Coach of the Year; and five-time Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year. His teams were seven-time Region IV Champions and seven-time Arrowhead Conference Champions. Additionally, he had 15 NJCAA First Team All-American players, 12 NJCAA Academic All-American players, and 7 First Team AVCA All-American players.

Kat Martin played basketball for Kish from 2003-2005. She later served as the Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach and Volleyball Assistant Coach at Kish from 2007-2013. During her time as a student at Kish, she earned single season, game, and career blocking records. She also has the single game rebounding record, an NJCAA DII rebounding record, and was ranked top 10 in single season and career rebounding. She earned recognition as an Arrowhead Academic All-Conference player. While serving as the Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach, the program earned its first Region IV Championship and Arrowhead Conference Championship; the team also made an appearance in the 2012 NCJAA DII National Tournament Final Four. She notably organized over $7,000 in donations for breast cancer awareness through the “Play4Kay” Pink Zone events. While serving as Volleyball Assistant Coach from 2007-2009, she assisted the team to two NJCAA DII National Championships; two Arrowhead Conference Champions; and two Region IV Regular season and tournament champions, while the team went undefeated in NJCAA DII play in a season.

Ashley Beyer played volleyball for Kish from 2008-2009. She was recognized as the 2008 NJCAA National Player of the Year; 2008 NJCAA DII First Team All-American; 2008 AVCA All-American; 2008 DII National All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP; and was a 2008 NJCAA DII National Champion. After Kish, she went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for Marquette University and professionally overseas. She currently serves as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Georgia State University.

Devin Mack played basketball at Kish from 2010-2012. She is one of only two former Women’s Basketball players to be a two-time NJCAA All-American in the College’s history. During her time at Kish, she was honored as 2011 Region IV Freshman of the Year; 2011 Arrowhead Conference Freshman of the Year; 2012 Region IV and Arrowhead Conference MVP; and part of the 2012 NJCAA DII National All-Tournament Team. She was the second all-time leading scorer with 1163 points; earned third and eight single season scoring and fourth and seventh season rebounding. She has individual records for all-time career free-throws and second on the all-time list for rebounds in a single game. She had multiple single game scoring record appearances and was honored as an Arrowhead Academic All-Conference player. She went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for the University of Memphis.

Kimi Sikora, formerly Kimi Hohl, played volleyball at Kish from 2006-2008. She was honored as the 2007 NJCAA National Player of the Year; 2007 NJCAA DII First Team All-American; 2007 AVCA All-American, and 2007 DII National All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP.  Additionally, she was a two-time NJCAA DII National Champion. She went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for the eventual National Champion, Penn State University team.


Categories: Athletics, Alumni
October 19, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball teams will hold a celebratory season kick-off scrimmage event on Friday, October 26, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Kish Gymnasium. The event, known as, “Kougar Madness,” is free and open to the public.

The evening will begin with player introductions followed by a three-point shooting contest and dunk contest, featuring special judge and Kish mascot, Kody the Kougar. Following the opening contests, will be the Women’s and Men’s scrimmages. Throughout the evening, there will be time to meet the players, chat with the coaches, and have Kish players sign autographs. Special guests include local musician and Kish Student, Dustin Castillo, known as “Happy the Rapper,” and the Kish Kougarettes Cheer and Dance Team.

Friends, family, and community members are invited to cheer on the Kougars as they kick off their season. Parking is available in the E parking lot on the West side of Campus and guest should enter the gymnasium through door 40.

For more information please contact Krystal Gundy, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, at or Jay Moore, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, at, or visit the athletics website at

August 30, 2018

Kishwaukee College, along with Emily Bodmer, Head Volleyball Coach, has announced the commitment of six players for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. The recruiting class includes freshman Setter Katie Schilling, Earlville; freshman Defensive Specialist Megan Hauman; DeKalb; freshman Outside Hitter Shelbie Preston, Kirkland; freshman Middle Blocker Jeanette Brann, Genoa; sophomore Outside Hitter Alexandria Orkfritz, Sycamore; and freshman Outside Hitter Faith Roush, Lindenwood.

The Kishwaukee Kougars’ next home game is Tuesday, September 11, at 6:00 pm versus Black Hawk College.

For more information on the Volleyball season at Kish, visit

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