Athletics

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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August 26, 2019

Kishwaukee College is hosting two homecoming soccer games on Saturday, September 14. Women’s Soccer will play Daley College at 11:00 am and Men’s Soccer will play Daley College at 1:00 pm on Kish campus. Most of the 2019-2020 Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams are local athletes. Nomination forms for Athletic Hall of Fame and the fall sports media guides will be available. The family-friendly games are open to the community.

The 2019-2020 Men’s Soccer team includes: Josue Almaraz, Rochelle; Alex Barajas, DeKalb; Ian Barker, Kingston; Jaeden Bouma, Waterman; Kenyatta Coakley, DeKalb; Ahmed Elfaki, Sycamore; Muaad Elgosbi, DeKalb; Ruben Herrera, Rochelle; Jessee Infante, Rochelle; Cristian Landa, DeKalb; Jesus Lara-Para, Genoa; Angel Martinez, DeKalb; Brandon Montano, Hoffman Estates; Juan Montemayor, Rochelle; Jake Mundell, Ashton; Ore Omosebi, DeKalb; Omar Ortega, Genoa; Genaro Rodriguez, DeKalb; Ben Saye, Sycamore; Tyler Scarbrough, DeKalb; Cameron Smith, DeKalb; Nick Uecker, Genoa; and Zac Uecker, Genoa.

The 2019-2020 Women’s Soccer team includes: Hope Akers, DeKalb; Jessica Gamez-Quintero, DeKalb; Meghan Johnson, DeKalb; Herwine Lamelus, Port Au Prince, Haiti; Avery Mertz, DeKalb; Litzy Murrieta, DeKalb; Olivia Napiorkowski, Genoa; Sarai Orozco, Genoa; Amanda Ortiz-Beckett, DeKalb; Dulce Resendiz, DeKalb; and Emma Rourke, DeKalb. 


Photo Caption: The 2019-2020 Kishwaukee College Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams will take the field September 14 for their homecoming games against Daley College. Picture 1: The 2019-2020 Kishwaukee College Men’s Soccer team. Picture 2: The 2019-2020 Kishwaukee College Women’s Soccer team.

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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 skawall@kish.edu or 815-825-9837.

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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 bhunt2@kish.edu or Assistant Coach Missy Gillis at mgillis@kish.edu.


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

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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 www.kishkougars.com/camp or contact Scott Kawall, Kishwaukee College Athletic Director, at skawall@kish.edu or 815-825-9837.

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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 www.PitchHitRun.com 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 https://www.mlb.com/junior-home-run-derby/ 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 mhernandez14@kish.edu.

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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 kgundy@kish.edu.

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 kgundy@kish.edu.

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 ebodmer@kish.edu or Athletic Director Scott Kawall at skawall@kish.edu.

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