September 29, 2014
Tune-up match for ’Clones
In their eighth match of the season on Sept. 26, the Cyclones headed to the Sauk Valley Skyhawk Classic in Sterling, Illinois, finishing eighth out of a tough field of 10.
Leading the way was John Yerkes, who shot a 79. As he’s done all season, Matt Contey continued his consistency with an 80 while Dave Karwoski finished with 82 and Joe Knight hit 86. This latest match was just a tune-up for the Cyclones before they compete in one of their most important matches this season. On Wednesday they have their final Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match at Waubonsee Community College’s course in Bristol, Illinois.
September 25, 2014
Tiebreaker gives Cyclones first place finish
The Cyclones are feeling a little bit steadier after taking their third first-place finish in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match. This latest
victory came Sept. 24 on their home turf at the Water’s Edge Golf Club.
Competition is fairly even in the conference, making this top finish more important. Moraine Valley was tied with Oakton Community College, but by taking the fifth score—Joe Knight’s 82—the Cyclones took first. Leading the team effort was David Karwoski, who shot a consistent 78 followed by John Orowick (79), Matt Contey (80) and John Yerkes, who hit 80.
“It was a good day. The conference teams are pretty even, so this is not a piece of cake. It was our home match, so you have to win at home,” said coach Bob Freudenthal. “As long as we continue to play respectably at our final conference match, we should stay in first overall.”
September 18, 2014
Cyclones falter in Elgin
Every conference matchup is important if the Cyclones want to clinch a
championship, but the squad took a step back Sept. 17 at the Highlands Golf
Course in Elgin, taking fourth place.
Some Cyclones struggled in the contest, leading to their worst conference finish so far this season. Despite some uncharacteristic shots by the team, Matt Contey continued playing consistent golf, hitting a 79. He has hit between 78 and 80 all season. David Karwoski also kept his consistency by finishing with 81. He was followed by John Orowick with 85 and Joe Knight with 91.
The team is preparing for their home match next Wednesday where they hope to regain a top finish.
September 10, 2014
Cyclones hold their own at St. Francis tourney
Every year the Cyclones compete in the University of St. Francis Tournament they
face some of their toughest competitors, mostly four-year universities. Moraine
Valley held their own Sept. 9 at the Wedgewood Golf Course, finishing 14th out
of 18 teams.
The team totaled 323 points led by John Nagle who hit 77, his low round of the season. Matt Contey had 80, Jeff Cizek (Sandburg) hit 83 as did Scott Borden. This crew along with the typical starting squad are keeping the Cyclones in the hunt.
“I’m happy with the way the season is progressing. When all the guys hit their best game, we could put up some really low scores. We’ll see if they save the best for last,” said coach Bob Freudenthal.
September 9, 2014
Top shooting for Cyclones
The Cyclones maintained their first place standing in the Illinois Skyway
Collegiate Conference by taking top billing on Sept. 8 at the Glenwoodie Golf
Course. They held a four-point lead over runner-up Waubonsee Community College.
Again Moraine Valley played well on the links as David Karwoski led the way with a 75 followed by Matt Contey (79), Joe Knight (79), and John Orowick (81).
September 6, 2014
Cyclones’ tourney cut short by rain
Some creative scoring was necessary at the Duane Chanay Classic in Port Byron on
Sept. 5 thanks to thunderstorms cutting the tournament short. Only playing nine
holes, the Cyclones placed fifth out of 13 teams.
John Orowick led the squad with 2 over par followed by Matt Contey with +3, Joe Knight +4, and David Karwoski +5.
September 4, 2014
Cyclones take top billing in first conference match
The Cyclones looked impressive on Sept. 3 as they took the top spot in their
first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match this season at the Mission
Hills Country Club in Northbrook.
Sophomore John Yerkes led the way with a 72 on the Par 70 course followed by John Orowick (77) and three teammates who all shot a 78—Joe Knight, David Karwoski and Matt Contey. Knight had four birdies while Karwoski had two birdies and an eagle on the course.
Hitting the way these golfers did really set the tone for upcoming matches. And as their coach Bob Freudenthal said, “It was a good day, a good start. It’s always a good day to win.”
August 23, 2014
Cyclones take sixth in first tourney
After competing in their first tournament on Aug. 22—the PrairieView Preview in
Byron—the Cyclones are feeling optimistic about the season.
Moraine Valley finished sixth out of 13 colleges, but head coach Bob Freudenthal knows his team can play better. “With some fine tuning and cleaning up problems, we’re contenders. After seeing our competition, we can be competitive in conference and in our region,” he said. “Once we get everyone on track and improve our scores, we’ll be in the mix.”
Leading the way was freshman Matt Contey with a 79. He was followed closely by John Orowick (81), Dave Karwoski (82), and Joe Knight (82) and Jeff Cizek (87).
The Cyclones look forward to their first conference match on Sept. 3 in Northbrook.
August 22, 2014
Cyclones aim for improved play on the links in 2014
The Cyclones are cautiously optimistic in the new season, looking to some new
big hitters to add to the returning talent.
Last season Moraine Valley finished in second place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference with three golfers named to the All-Conference team, including returner Joe Knight (Sandburg), who’s best game was a 74. He’s playing better than last season and is expected to be a big contributor this year. His fellow returning sophomores include Jeff Cizek (Sandburg), John Randolph (Sandburg), Zac Traina (Lockport), and John Yerkes (Marist). Yerkes shot a 78 at the region tournament last season, his lowest score, and along with Cizek have that regional experience to bring to their team.
The new crop is looking good, starting with Lincoln-Way East grad Matt Contey. He was an All-Conference player and state qualifier in high school. Another top player from Lincoln-Way North is John Orowick, a solid golfer with a steady swing. David Karwoski had success at his alma mater, Oak Forest, and looks to carry it over to college. Scott Borden (Oak Forest) had a good run in high school and has golf in the blood. His father golfed at Moraine Valley 30 years ago. John Nagle (Lockport) rounds out the brood as a walk-on.
From the daily practices, head coach Bob Freudenthal sees the potential of more accomplishments in 2014. It’s still too early to tell how well the team will match up, but he is aiming for a conference championship and a trip to nationals.