October 12, 2014
Cyclones halted in regions, finished with ISCC championship and individual awards
The Cyclones had a respectable finish to a successful season on the links. After
clinching the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship Oct. 1, the
team had to take one of the top spots at the highly competitive NJCAA Region IV
Tournament at PrairieView Golf Club in Byron (Oct. 9-11) to advance to
nationals. Moraine Valley was fourth among ten teams.
Moraine Valley slowly improved over the three-day tournament, going from seventh place on the first day to fourth on the last. Matt Contey has been one of the Cyclones’ most consistent players all season; the region tournament was no exception. He had 79, 77 and 78 and missed qualifying for nationals by one shot. He is the first alternate should one of the other individual players become unable to compete. He also made the All-Region team (#9). Another consistent player all year, David Karwoski, shot well—81, 79, 85. John Yerkes and John Orowick nearly played identical golf, each shooting 84 and 80. Yerkes had 84 and Orowick had 85 on the first day. Joe Knight rounded out the bunch with 84, 88, 83.
Besides earning the conference championship this season, Coach Bob Freudenthal was Skyway Conference Coach of the Year and three golfers were named to the All-Conference team: Karwoski (#3), Contey (#6) and Yerkes (#10).
“I’m proud of how the guys finished. We had a conference championship, three All-Conference players and one All-Region. That’s a pretty successful season in my book,” Freudenthal said. “We have three of these starters coming back next year so that bodes well for the future.”
October 6, 2014
Rain and cold can’t hold back Cyclones
The Cyclones found their strength Oct. 3—competing in the cold and rain. With
nasty conditions, including 30-mile-per-hour winds, Moraine Valley took a fourth
place finish out of 15 tough teams at the PrairieView Classic in Byron.
In some of the worst conditions Coach Bob Freudenthal has seen in his 24 years coaching and when most teams were just trying to survive, the Cyclones maintained their composure and consistency. Matt Contey not only hit 79 for the day but also took a seventh place finish overall. He was followed by David Karwoski (84), Joe Knight (85) and John Yerkes (85).
The Cyclones have their next big test this weekend at the NJCAA Region IV Tournament to determine who competes at nationals. “I’m cautiously optimistic. The teams we beat at the PrairieView Classic were all very close behind us. We have our work cut out for us this coming weekend,” Freudenthal said.
October 2, 2014
Cyclones reign supreme—as conference champions
They’re back on top. It’s been three years since the Cyclones were Illinois
Skyway Collegiate Conference champions, but they regained that title on Oct. 1
with a first place finish at Waubonsee Community College’s home course at
Blackberry Oaks Golf Club in Bristol. Three golfers also received conference
In his best round of the year, David Karwoski shot a 73, averaging 76 for the season and earning a third place finish overall for the All-Conference team. Matt Contey finished with 80, averaging 79 for the season and landing sixth on the All-Conference team. Although not his best score of the season, John Yerkes hit 84. He also averaged 79 overall and made the All-Conference team placing 10th. Joe Knight rounded out the scoring with an 81. Their collective 317 point total earned a fourth first-place finish out of five conference tournaments and a conference championship. For the season, the Cyclones were 22 points overall ahead of Elgin Community College and Oakton Community College, which tied for second.
“It was a hard-earned victory. I’m very happy for the guys who made All-Conference. We’re bringing more hardware back to Moraine Valley,” said Coach Bob Freudenthal, who also was named Skyway Conference Coach of the Year. “It was truly a team effort. Everyone at one time or another shot in the 70s, which helped. We’re back and looking forward to the regional tournament. If everyone plays to their potential, we could be a contender for nationals.”
Tomorrow the Cyclones head to the PrairieView Classic in Byron for a taste of the course they will compete on at the NJCAA Region IV tournament next weekend.
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.