July 14, 2014
Cyclone student-athletes honored with NJCAA and
conference academic awards
Moraine Valley student athletes continued to
prove their merit in the classroom this past year. Among nearly
60,000 student athletes who compete in the National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA), six Moraine Valley student
athletes were recognized with the Academic Student-Athlete Award
for their academic achievements and three squads were named
All-Academic Teams for the 2013-14 school year. Additionally, 28
students were named Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC)
2013-14 All-Academic Athletes of the Year and 29 freshmen were
named All-Conference Freshmen Academic Athletes of the year.
Being named an NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete requires having
higher than a 3.6 G.P.A. after 45 course credit hours and
participating in the college’s sport for a least one season.
Volleyball players Joanna Curtis (Sandburg), Kara Kentner
(Sandburg) and Gina Ryan (Oak Forest); women’s cross country
runner Diana Dinh (Sandburg); men’s basketball player Cameron
Juillerat (Australia); and men’s soccer player Max Boyso
(Eisenhower) received this honor.
The 2013-14 NJCAA All-Academic Teams are softball, men’s tennis
and women’s volleyball. Teams qualify for this honor if they
have an overall team GPA above 3.0.
To qualify for the ISCC distinction, students must have earned a
3.0 or higher G.P.A. after completing at least 48 course credit
hours while participating in one of the college’s 12 sports.
Within the conference, 123 student-athletes received this honor.
The athletes selected were baseball player Joel Cordova (St.
Laurence); men’s golfer Pat Neylon (Shepard); men’s basketball
players Brennan Ivory (Sandburg), Juillerat and Brett Kaiser
(Stagg); men’s cross country runner Zach Butera (Sandburg);
men’s soccer players Gilberto Andrade (Curie), Breno Bisoni
(Brazil), Boyso, and Lukasz Duda (Reavis); men’s tennis players
Ryan Adamski (Tinley Park), Brad Smith (Sandburg) and Tim
Stewart (Stagg); softball players Arianna Bulthius (Mother
McAuley) and Janay McGovern (Argo); volleyball players Curtis,
Stephanie Dagenais (Oak Forest), Kentner, Ryan, and Taylor
Serrano (Mother McAuley); women’s basketball players Nicole
Maloney (Oak Lawn) and Maggie Yandel (Stagg); women’s cross
country runners Dinh, Amanda Gerzon (Stagg), Maritza Najera
(Thornton Township), and Miranda Reyes (Queen of Peace); and
women’s soccer players Jill Kossifos (Mount Assisi) and Patricia
The All-Conference Freshmen Academic Athletes must have
completed at least 24 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Among 211 awardees, the Moraine Valley recipients are baseball
players Kyle Belluomini (Stagg), Sheamus Brennan (Tinley Park),
James Lulek (Lemont), and Mike Rankin (Stagg); men’s golfer Joe
Knight (Sandburg); men’s basketball players John Curran
(Nazareth) and Paulius Otruskevicius (Lemont); men’s cross
country runners Anthony Briante (Evergreen Park), Justin Briante
(Evergreen Park) and Jesus Rojas (Eisenhower); men’s soccer
players Steve Henry (Oak Lawn) and Leo Lezama (Argo); men’s
tennis players Mike Broderick (Providence), Kevin Karczynski
(Andrew) and Alec Mikes (Tinley Park); softball players Kristie
Bagus (Shepard), Jazmine Ramirez (Queen of Peace) and Abby
Urchell (Evergreen Park); volleyball players Colleen Kull
(Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences), Olivia Lindner
(Oak Lawn) and Samantha Newhall (Shepard); women’s basketball
players Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park) and Amanda Weiss
(Shepard); women’s cross country runner Amy Johnson (Sandburg);
women’s soccer players Stephanie Aimone (Andrew) and Leticia
Diaz (Argo); and women’s tennis players Claudia Maka (Oak Lawn),
Tricia Poremba (Maine West) and Lindsey Walker (Andrew).
“We are incredibly proud of our student athletes who understand
that their education is paramount to their future success. They
all have done an exceptional job balancing the rigors of
intercollegiate athletics while representing Moraine Valley in
competition and in the classroom,” said athletics director Bill
July 8, 2014
Fall teams holding tryouts
All full-time Moraine Valley students with an athletic
background or experience are encouraged to try out for one of
the following teams for the fall season:
Men’s soccer- Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-noon, game field behind
Women’s tennis- Friday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., courts on the
south side of Building H
Women’s soccer- (conditioning) Monday, Aug. 4, 9:45 a.m., game
field behind Building P and tryouts on Wednesday, Aug. 13,
12:30-2:30 p.m., game field
Golf- Thursday, Aug. 14, 1 p.m., Water’s Edge Golf Club, 7205 W.
115th St. in Worth
For more information, call (708) 974-5727.
June 23, 2014
Free sports physical for all incoming and returning athletes
All Moraine Valley student athletes participating in sports for
the 2014-15 year are required to have a physical examination.
The Athletics Department is offering free physicals to Moraine
Valley athletes on Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in
Building B, room 118. Students must make an appointment with the
athletic trainer; they cannot just show up.
The physical includes a physical exam, medical history review,
musculoskeletal screen, blood pressure and pulse, and height and
weight measurement. The exam does not include immunizations.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact
Geoffrey Davis, athletic trainer, at (708) 974-5287 or email
May 19, 2014
Cyclone tennis teams impress at nationals
It was a big spring for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The
women were in Tyler, Texas, for the NJCAA Division I Tournament
May 4-9, and the men finished up their trip to nationals in
Plano, Texas, May 11-16.
A trip to the big dance is no easy feat, and it’s not any easier
once the players make it there. In its existence at the college,
the women’s team has made six trips to nationals. This most
recent performance was their best. At sixth singles, freshman
Tricia Poremba won a main draw match after a 3.5-hour, three-set
battle to earn the Cyclones their first points. Her teammates
played some of their best tennis to reach a top-20 finish for
The men’s team qualified for nationals for a 10th consecutive
season, and in their latest trip took 23rd place out of 27
teams. Sophomore Tim Stewart won his main draw match, 6-2, 6-2
at fourth singles, playing the best he has all season. The rest
of the Cyclones also stepped up and peaked at the tournament.
March 28, 2014
Area high school bball players to compete in All-Star game
Standout high school senior basketball players from area schools
will compete in Moraine Valley’s All-Star Game on Tuesday, April
2. The boys game is at 6 p.m. and the girl’s game is 7:30 p.m.
in the new Cyclone Center in Building H on the southwest side of
campus off the 111th Street entrance.
Some invited schools include Andrew, Bremen, Brother Rice,
Evergreen Park, Marist, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Sandburg, Stagg, and
Tinley Park, among others.
“This is a celebration of these athletes and their
accomplishments,” said Moraine Valley men’s head basketball
coach David Howard. “It’s the opportunity to showcase their
skills. These are some of the best players in the south suburban
area, and they’re playing with their peers.”
March 18, 2014
New Health, Fitness & Recreation Center ready for student
For Moraine Valley student athletes, the opening of the new
Health, Fitness & Recreation Center (HFRC) is a big improvement.
Not only do all the teams have their fields and courts in the
same area on the west side of campus, but there is an abundance
of updated equipment at their fingertips.
The Cyclones had the Cyclone Center gymnasium, which held
basketball and volleyball games, and fitness center since the
1970s. Moraine Valley’s master campus plan always had an upgrade
in mind, but wasn’t possible until 2012 when construction began.
Now the building is open with amenities for the students as well
as community members. It has three full courts for basketball
and two for volleyball in addition to team locker rooms, a
four-lane pool, whirlpool for 12, exercise studios, the
Blackhawks Fitness Center (named because of a donation from
Blackhawks Charities) with the latest cardio and
strength-training equipment, the Bean Caffe, and a ProShop.
The HFRC was constructed on the former soccer game field which
was moved northwest, closer to the softball diamond. Full-time
students can use the facility for free.
“I am so excited about opening our new Health, Fitness &
Recreation Center, which includes a new field house, fitness
center and student-athlete tutoring center on our main campus,”
said Bill Finn, Athletics director and director of the HFRC.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a gem for our Moraine Valley
athletes. It is without equal in Midwest junior college
athletics, if not the entire nation.”
February 19, 2014
Watch Cyclones basketball home games live online
Stay in your warm house and catch a Cyclones basketball game
live from the comfort of your couch. All home games are now streamed live online.
Just look at the men’s and women’s basketball schedules
through the Athletics website, then
click on “Watch Live Games” at the appropriate time and
you’re there. Go Cyclones!
Men- Feb. 20 at 7:15 p.m.
Women- Feb. 20 at 5:15 p.m.
December 20, 2013
Athletes look back on 2013
It’s been a year of ups and downs, challenges and successes
for our Moraine Valley teams.
Looking back, several Cyclones shared some noteworthy moments for them in
“The standout moment for me in 2013 would be making it to
nationals this past March with the men's basketball team.
Also, being a part of history at Moraine Valley as the first
men’s basketball team to go 31-6. Playing as a freshman last
year and being part of a great team that came second in the
national basketball championship game was something I will
have to share with my kids and their children. I have a lot
of memories from 2013. It was a great year as well for the
school and the men's basketball team.”
-Des’nique Harris, sophomore, men’s basketball
“Winning conference on our home course!”
-Aileen Gorman, freshman, women’s cross country
“My standout moment was at regionals when I won my very last
match of the season. Becoming an All-Conference and
All-Region player and going undefeated all season was very
unexpected, but it now pushes me to do even better for next
year. I wouldn't have been able to go this far if it weren't
for my teammates and coaches. Without them by my side
cheering me on, I wouldn't be able to do the things I did
this season. Going into nationals, I expect to do as well as
I did in the season. At regionals I was so shocked to hear
that the team was going to nationals, and at that point I
felt on top of the world and felt like we didn't just do it
for us but we did it for our school as well.”
-Tricia Poremba, freshman, women’s tennis
“One of the standout moments for me this year was getting to
lead my team on the field as captain. I also thought we had
a great season, which made me proud after having a bounce
back season from the year before.”
-Joe Mastej, sophomore, men’s soccer
“Being able to say that our group of girls was the last team
coached by Gloria [Coughlin] and Donna [Zidek] before they
passed the program on to someone else was pretty special. I
was happy we were able to end it on such a positive note!
They will be missed at MVCC!”
-Kara Kentner, sophomore, women’s volleyball
“The team was awesome and the coaches were more than I
expected. I’m proud of our team as well as happy that we all
accomplished our certain goals. I‘m looking forward to
another great season next year.”
-Dawid Palac, sophomore, men’s cross country
“My standout moment was when I defeated the third singles
Illinois Valley [Community College] girl without my brace.
This moment was very special because I was able to overcome
my fear of playing without my brace and able to
control the game. It came down to a close match, but with my
mental strength I was able to come out as the winner!”
-Alexa Armon, sophomore, women’s tennis
Gender Equity Statement
Moraine Valley Community College is committed to providing, fair and equitable
treatment of both male and female student-athletes. The goals and practices of
the intercollegiate athletic program are to:
- Sponsor intercollegiate competitive sports in accordance
with the rules and guidelines of the National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Illinois Skyway
Collegiate Conference (ISCC).
- Foster broad programs of men's and women's
intercollegiate athletics that are consistent with the
educational objectives of Moraine Valley Community College.
- Encourage excellence in performance by all (male and
female) participants in intercollegiate athletics, as well
as stimulate academic achievement through the maintenance of
high standards of scholarship.
- Maintain and increase balanced athletic program
offerings for both men and women as students, budgets and
community interests will allow.