Athletics

June 10, 2020

Thirty-seven Kishwaukee College student-athletes were nominated for the 2019-2020 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.

Fourteen of the 37 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.  Additionally, both the Men’s Cross Country team and Women’s Basketball team were nominated for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Team. To qualify, all team members combined cumulative GPA for the academic year must be above a 3.00 GPA.

The following Kish student-athletes received academic recognition for the 2019-2020 school year:

Men’s Baseball: Parker Burch, Madison (WI); Samuel Coe, Phoenix (AZ), NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Matt Howard, DeKalb; Ethan Johanningsmeier, Waterman; Connor Jones, Roscoe; Tristan Valerio, Inverness (FL); Albert Warnaar, Chicago; Ethan Wetzel, Roscoe, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Men’s Basketball: CJ Ciesielczyk, Somonauk

Men’s Cross Country: Andrew Brening, Genoa, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Johnathan Hillier, DeKalb, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Johnathan “Dewey” Landis, Sterling; Jarrod Pritchett, Sycamore

Men’s Soccer: Ian Barker, Kingston, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Jaeden Bouma, Waterman; Ahmed Elfaki, Sycamore, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Muuad Elgosbi, DeKalb, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Tyler Scarbrough, DeKalb, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Zachary Uecker, Genoa, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team

Women’s Basketball: Rylee Abraham, Belvidere; Morgan Baker, Rochelle, NJCAA All-Academic Third Team; Lauren Kawall, Somonauk; Dennysha Kizer, DeKalb; Lani Morris, Oregon; Cesca Vardman, Rochelle

Women’s Cross Country: Anne Hickey, Rochelle

Women’s Soccer: Hope Akers, DeKalb; Meghan Johnson, DeKalb NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Sarai Orozco, Genoa

Women’s Softball: Megan Antos, Sycamore; Leticia Cardenas, Cortland, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Kaylee DuMont, Sycamore, NJCAA All-Academic First Team; Aurora Grivetti, Hinckley; Autumn Johanningsmeier, Waterman

Women’s Volleyball: Jeanette Brann, Genoa; Emily Eder, Wonder Lake, NJCAA All-Academic Second Team; Lauren Kunke, Woodstock

For more information, please contact Scott Kawall, director of student involvement and athletic director, at skawall@kish.edu or 815-825-9837.

April 29, 2020

Kishwaukee College Athletics welcomes five new coaches for the 2020-2021 season. Soccer, golf, bowling and eSports coaches have joined the Kish Kougars. Each coach is actively recruiting student-athletes for next year’s season. Recruitment information sessions for all sports at Kish will be held virtually on May 7.

Colby Newquist, men’s soccer head coach, and David Parker, women’s soccer head coach, are both seasoned coaches and former athletes themselves. “Coach Newquist and Coach Parker have both provided hardworking and positive direction to the soccer program since they began. They bring an exciting new perspective to our already growing programs and we are confident they will take Kishwaukee Soccer to higher levels,” says Scott Kawall, director student involvement, athletic director.

Coach Parker grew up playing soccer in Northumberland in England. He played soccer at the College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, where he also began his coaching career, coaching the College’s second and third teams. Upon graduation, Coach Parker moved to the United States and settled in the Fox Valley in 1996. He has coached soccer from youth to college level in the Chicago-area for 25 years and brings a wealth of experience of developing players. He is the franchise owner of Coerver Coaching in Illinois. 

Coach Newquist is a graduate of Sycamore High School, alum of Kishwaukee College and earned a spot as one of the top 20 players in the nation while a soccer student-athlete at Kish. He played soccer at both Northern Illinois University and Aurora University and was voted All-Northern Athletics Conference Honorable Mention. Coach Newquist spent two seasons playing semi-pro club soccer for Aurora Borealis and was coached by former Chicago Fire legend, C.J. Brown. Coach Newquist co-founded the local semi-pro soccer team DeKalb County United.

Coming for Fall 2020 are bowling, eSports and golf for women and men in each sport. “When we added the new sports to our athletics program, we wanted to make sure we found the best coaches to build the program and inspire our student-athletes to excellence,” comments Kawall. “Our new coaches are passionate about their sport. They’ve each made many key recruit signings in their short time since coming aboard. We are excited to see the impact their new sports have on campus and throughout the community.”

DeKalb native, Ranzy Collins, is the new head coach for Kish’s first men’s and women’s bowling teams. Coach Collins have extensive knowledge in developing a bowling program and launched Augustana College’s bowling club team. He competed locally while a student at DeKalb High School and is active and well-connected with the bowling community in the area.

Matthew Hixon will enter his first season as the eSports head coach and launch the inaugural intercollegiate team. Coach Hixon is currently a competitive eSport player for the Fighting Game Community (FGC) under the gamer tag 99centMcFury. Additionally, Coach Hixon is an eSport freelancer for GinxTv and self-published the eBook FGC Urban Glossary. He is the founder and owner of Gamers Glorified in Waukegan.

Jessica Schultz is the head coach for men’s and women’s golf. She was a four-time IHSA individual state qualifier at Somonauk High School who medaled numerous times downstate. Coach Schultz earned a Division I athletic scholarship to golf at Western Illinois University where she competed for the Leathernecks. “I know what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the course and I look to teach that to all my student athletes,” says Schultz. “I am also from the area so I am very familiar with the surrounding high schools and the competitive nature of those programs and look forward to working with all the area golf coaches.” 

On May 7, Kish athletics is hosting two separate virtual recruitment information sessions via Zoom for students interested in learning more about Kishwaukee Athletics. An eSports virtual information session will be held at 3:33 pm. To register, visit https://kishkougars.com/sports/esports/recruit_questionnaire.

Those interested in one of the other 14 NJCAA sports offered at the College can join a Zoom meeting at 5:00 pm on May 7. Visit https://kish.zoom.us/j/5075583538 or call 312-626-6799 to join the meeting at the stated time.

For more information on the new coaches or Kish Athletics, visit www.kishkougars.com or contact Scott Kawall, athletic director, at skawall@kish.edu.


Photo: Kishwaukee College Athletics welcomes five new coaches for the 2020-2021 season for soccer, golf, bowling and eSports. Picture 1: David Parker, head coach women’s soccer. Picture 2: Colby Newquist, head coach men’s soccer. Picture 3: Ranzy Collins, head coach men’s and women’s bowling. Picture 4: Matthew Hixon, head coach coed eSports. Picture 5: Jessica Schultz, head coach men’s and women’s golf.

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March 3, 2020

Kishwaukee College athletics is holding information sessions about golf, soccer and eSports on campus in early March. High school students and their parent/guardians are invited to meet the coaches and learn more about potential opportunities in competing at the intercollegiate athletics level. Attendees are asked to RSVP by March 9.

Kish is a proud member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and our teams compete in Region IV and participate in the Arrowhead Athletic Conference. Approximately 58 percent of current student athletes come from local high schools. Last year, 39 student athletes were nominated for the 2018-2019 Arrowhead Conference Academic Excellence Team. For Fall 2020, the College will have a total of 14 sports teams.

Each athletic information session will run from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in room C1121 on Kish campus. Men’s and women’s golf, new for Fall 2020, will meet March 10. Men’s and women’s soccer will meet March 11. Finally, another new sport for Fall 2020, Co-Ed eSports (video gaming) will meet March 12. Attendees are encouraged to park in lot A and enter through door 6.

For more information about the athletics information session or to RSVP, contact athletic director Scott Kawall at skawall@kish.edu or 815-825-9837.


Photo: Kishwaukee College athletics is holding information sessions for golf, soccer and eSports for local high school students interested in playing next fall. Pictured: 2019-2020 Kish student athletes.

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January 8, 2020

The Kishwaukee College women’s basketball is participating in the nationwide Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) breast cancer awareness and fundraising event, Pink Zone, on February 1 in the College gym.

WBCA's Pink Zone raises money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for breast cancer research. The Kishwaukee College event will include several activities designed to create awareness, recognize cancer survivors and raise funds for breast cancer research.

The women's and men's basketball teams will play scheduled games against South Suburban College. Women's tip-off time is 1:00 pm and men's tip-off time is approximately 3:00 pm. Silent Auction items will be open for bidding from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Fans wearing pink will be admitted for a $1.00 ticket price. Items for inclusion in the Pink Zone Silent Auction are being accepted now through January 29.  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 kgundy@kish.edu.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle during the game that will close at 3:30 pm. 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 kgundy@kish.edu.


Photo: Kishwaukee College women’s basketball will play a Pink Zone game to raise funds for breast cancer awareness on February 1. Photo: Student-athletes on Kishwaukee College 2019-2020 women’s basketball team.

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December 2, 2019

Kishwaukee College Athletics inducted two of its past standouts during a Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 26 in the College gymnasium. Gregg Gierke and Jackee (Doran) Ohlinger were both honored and recognized for their achievements.

Gregg Gierke was Kish head men’s basketball coach from 1985 – 1997. In his tenure, the Kougars won seven Arrowhead Conference championships, competed annually for region IV titles and, in 1996, broke through to the NJCAA National Championship, finishing as runner up that year. After Kish, Gierke became head coach at Colorado Christian University (NCAA Division II), where he coached the highest scoring team in the school’s history. After, he went on to Florida State College in Jacksonville. Under Gierke’s coaching, the team won three Conference Championships and was ranked in the Top Ten in the nation. Along the way, he also coached three-time Notre Dame All-American Jewell Lloyd, who was the WNBA #1 Draft Choice and played for the 2018 WNBA Champions Seattle Storm. Currently, he referees over 1,000 games a year, runs 18 basketball camps and gives individual lessons to youth who are passionate about the game.

Jackee (Doran) Ohlinger was a middle blocker at Kish from 1993 – 1995. Her efforts with her teammates led to a 40-10 record in 1993. She was twice an All Arrowhead Conference selection, twice All Region IV selection, and, in 1994, Ohlinger was selected by coaches as the 1994 Arrowhead Conference MVP. After graduating from Kish, Ohlinger transferred to NIU and earned a bachelor’s while coaching at Rochelle Township High School. It was at RTHS where she met Coach Wayne King and got involved with club volleyball. From 1998 – 2001 she coached at Kish. In 2001, Ohlinger led women’s volleyball to the College’s first ever NJCAA championship. Ohlinger is currently the executive director of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District and is responsible for implementation of district policy and the overall management of the district’s parks and recreation system.


Photo: Kishwaukee College Athletics inducted Gregg Gierke and Jackee (Doran) Ohlinger at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 26. Pictured: L to R Gregg Gierke and Jackee (Doran) Ohlinger.

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November 22, 2019

Kishwaukee College is adding men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s bowling and co-ed electronic sports (eSports) to its intercollegiate athletics beginning Fall 2020. The sports were approved at the November 12 Board of Trustees meeting.

“The general feeling of the Board of Trustees is that athletics are a very important part of the college experience at Kishwaukee College. For many years, trustees have encouraged increased opportunity for in-district student athletes to continue participation in their chosen sports post high school,” remarked Bob Johnson, board chair. “Under the leadership of Athletic Director Scott Kawall, Kish will now offer nine sports.” By Fall 2020, Kish will offer men's baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's bowling, women's bowling, men's cross country, women's cross country, coed eSports, men's golf, women's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's softball and women's volleyball for a total of 14 teams playing nine different sports.

“Over the last three years, Kish has increased its in-district student athlete population from 21 percent to nearly 60 percent. There is a real value to participating in intercollegiate sports that offers a new dimension to the college experience. We are proud to continue to expand athletics and recruit local talent,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish.  In 2016, the College had three athletic teams with 48 student athletes participating. With the addition of golf, bowling and eSports for Fall 2020, the College will have 14 teams with a projected 160-170 student athletes.

“The recommendation to expand our athletic offerings was based on current student interest,” explains Michelle Rothmeyer, vice president of student services. “We have an active eSports and gaming club already on campus, and the area has a vibrant gaming community. There is also high involvement with golf and bowling in the local communities, and we believe our local students would be eager to participate in these sports at the collegiate level.”

Ben Holda, president of Kish’s eSports and gaming club, is “ecstatic” about eSports becoming an official sport at the College. “I am happy eSports is being taken seriously and is being legitimized as a sport. I hope this brings greater cultural awareness to the gaming community,” commented Holda.

Growing in popularity, eSports are competition involving video games. Similar to participation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Kish’s eSports team will also participate in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) along with NJCAA.

Critical thinking, split-second decision making, strategizing, cooperation and team building are a few of the skills developed through eSports reports Holda and two other members of the eSports and gaming club, Jonathan Kurtzman, current vice president and Tyler Hill, former president.

To participate in the new sports, student athletes will need to meet the same requirements as the current intercollegiate sports. Students will need to be enrolled full time at Kish and meet certain GPA requirements to compete.


Photo: Kishwaukee College’s Board of Trustees vote to add bowling, golf and eSports to the athletic offerings next fall. Pictured: Students in Kish’s eSports & gaming club compete against one another during a club meeting.

November 5, 2019

Kishwaukee College cross country student-athlete Jonathan “Dewey” Landis, of Sterling, qualified for the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Cross Country Championship on November 9 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Landis qualified for “All Region” after running a lifetime best of 28:40 and placing tenth in the NJCAA Region IV Cross Country meet on October 26 at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. Landis’ qualification makes this the second consecutive year a Kish cross country runner qualified for nationals.

“I’m so excited to get this opportunity to run in nationals. It is a good feeling to know that the hard work I put in over the season has paid off,” stated Landis, who began his running career in sixth grade because he wanted to “be better than [his] two older brothers.”

Landis trains five days a week with his teammates and completes one long run over the weekend. A talented runner while at Sterling High School, Landis suffered a collapsed lung after high school and took two years off before running for Kish. Now a sophomore at the College, he knew this was his last year of eligibility to run and decided to join the men’s cross country team. When the season began in August, he had a lot of work ahead of him. “He trained hard and did everything he could to improve,” commented head coach Brady Hunt.

Landis is working towards a certificate in diesel power technology with a tentative graduation date of Spring 2020. “Kish has an outstanding diesel program compared to other schools,” Landis commented. “I also have a family member who came to Kish who was very happy with his education, so that’s why I came to Kish.”

“I'm really proud of the way he competed on that slow, nasty day in October. He beat his season’s best time by 40 seconds,” remarked Hunt.  “I'm optimistic about Dewey’s next race. I think finishing in the top 100 is a reasonable goal. However, Albuquerque sits at 5000 feet of elevation, so any team that is not coming from altitude will have to adjust quickly.”

Cross country began in 2018 at the College. Landis’ qualification is the second consecutive year for Kish cross country. Tania Barragan, of DeKalb, qualified for nationals last year. Currently, 85 percent of the men’s cross country team come from local high schools.

For more information on cross country at Kish, contact head cross country coach Brady Hunt at bhunt2@kish.edu or 815-825-9655.


Photo: Kishwaukee College cross country student-athlete Jonathan “Dewey” Landis, of Sterling, qualifies for the NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Championship on November 9 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Pictured: Jonathan Landis.

October 14, 2019

Kishwaukee College men’s basketball invites area high school basketball players and coaches, basketball fans and the public to Kish Kougar Open Practice Saturday on October 26 in the Kish Gym. Doors open at 10:00 am and a college recruiting 101 discussion with players, staff and head coach Jay Moore will be from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Admission is free.

Attendees can watch and learn from the 2019-2020 men’s basketball team in practice as they run college plays and prepare for the upcoming season. The college recruiting 101 discussion is an opportunity for guests, especially area high school basketball players, to learn what college coaches look for in recruits as well as social media training for student athletes. Topics covered include the benefits and pitfalls of social media and what to be aware of when posting and researching on social media.

Seating is general admission and there is no ticket required to attend the open practice session. Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot E on the west side of campus and enter through door 40. 

The 2019-2020 men’s basketball players are:  JaMontae Benton, Joliet; CJ Ciesielczyk, Somonauk; Emonte Collins, Chicago; Daelyn Franklin, Louisville, KY; Jordan Garcia, DeKalb; Griffin Hansen, Genoa; Xavier Horde, Minooka; Aubrey House, Chicago; Deshaun Jackson, Peoria; Darius Moses, Lake Station, IN; Tashawn Nowden, Joliet; Alex Thomas, Michigan City, IN; and Conner Todd, Shabbona.


Photo: Kishwaukee College men’s basketball is hosting Kish Kougar Open Practice Saturday on October 26 for local high school students interested in collegiate sports. Photo 1: The 2019-2020 men’s basketball team with head coach Jay Moore and student assistant coach Nigel Dyson. Photo 2: Men's basketball head coach Jay Moore. 

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October 4, 2019

The Kishwaukee College men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Kougar Madness, a celebratory season kick-off scrimmage event, on October 25 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Kish Gym. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Kougar Madness 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 men’s and women’s scrimmages. Special guests include DJ Toxic and the Kish Kougarette Cheer and Dance Team.

Attendees will have opportunity to meet the players, chat with coaches and receive autographs from Kish basketball players. High school basketball players who are interested in playing collegiate sports are encouraged to attend to see the facilities and meet the players and coaches.

Ateendees are encouraged to park in Lot E on the west side of campus and enter through door 40.

For more information about Kougar Madness, please contact women’s basketball head coach Krystal Gundy at kgundy@kish.edu or men’s basketball head coach Jay Moore at jmoore6@kish.edu.

For more information on athletics at Kish, visit www.kishkougars.com.


Photo: Kougar Madness, a celebratory season kick-off scrimmage event, will be held on Kishwaukee College campus on October 25. Pictured:  Kishwaukee College’s men’s and women’s basketball players from 2019-2020 season (from L to R) Connor Todd of Shabbona; Dennysha Kizer of DeKalb; Jordan Garcia of DeKalb; and Morgan Baker of Rochelle.

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September 6, 2019

The Kishwaukee College volleyball and cross country teams will host a family-friendly Cider Donut Run/Walk 5K and ticket auction on October 6. Check-in begins at 9:00 am at the Kish Baseball Field with a 10:00 am 5K start time.

“This is a great way to get our athletes involved with the local community,” comments Emily Bodmer, volleyball head coach. “We work to support our athletes’ holistic development—academically, athletically and with community involvement. It’s about developing character.”

Participants may pre-register now through September 30. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt and apple cider donut from Jonamac Orchard.

People may register the day of the event as well. Day-of tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. An apple cider donut is included but a t-shirt is not guaranteed.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Kishwaukee College volleyball and cross country teams. Online registration for the 5K is available at www.ciderdonut5K.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact volleyball head coach Emily Bodmer at ebodmer@kish.edu or 815-825-1701.

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