October 14, 2013
Cyclones step out of 2013 season with some accolades
Golf is a funny game full of ebbs and flows. The Cyclones finished a respectable
season in the NJCAA Region IV tournament, Oct. 11-12, unfortunately they slid at
the wrong time.
After starting the competition on a strong foot, including a 78 shot by John Yerkes—his best all season—the Cyclones slipped. The greens were much faster and had more breaks than Moraine Valley was accustomed to, and they struggled to adjust. The talent was there, but they skidded at the wrong time for a ninth place finish, said coach Bob Freudenthal.
Jeff Cizek led the way with 82, 87 and 85 followed by Joe Knight (83, 87, 84), Pat Neylon (84, 94, 84), Jack Misheck (88, 92, 86), and Yerkes (78, 94, 98).
“Almost all our guys ran into problems at the worst time of the season, but we didn’t finish last which is good. I warned them of the faster greens, but they had trouble adjusting. Of all the factors, that was number one in our performance. It is what it is,” Freudenthal said.
Although the season didn’t end how they wanted, there were several highlights in 2013. The Cyclones finished second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and three golfers were named to the All-Conference team: Knight, Misheck and Neylon.
“It was a respectable season overall. Anytime you come in second in conference, that’s noteworthy. We were first most of the season. Plus we had three guys named to the All-Conference team. It just wasn’t satisfying because we didn’t get first or qualify anyone for nationals,” Freudenthal said. “But I look forward to next year. We should have a few of our freshmen back and there are several prospects, all of which could put us back in the mix next season.”
September 30, 2013
Cyclones finish in the six spot
In their second to last tournament before NJCAA Region IV playoffs, the
Cyclones hit the links at the Sauk Valley Skyhawk Classic on Sept. 27, placing
Jack Misheck finished with a 77 as did Joe Knight. Pat Neylon shot 85 and Nathan LaPorte hit 90. Knight shot his third best score this season and had a remarkable seven birdies.
September 24, 2013
Cyclones settle for second in conference
From all those one-shot misses at first place this season (and a couple of
first place finishes) the Cyclones needed a top final performance in the
conference to grab the top spot for keeps. But Sept. 23 wasn’t their day. In a
nearly evenly matched Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, Moraine Valley took
sixth place on Elgin Community College’s home course, and ultimately finished
“Second place isn’t chopped liver. It was a respectable conference season for us. We came in first a few times, played well and were good enough to win, but just didn’t get it done,” said coach Bob Freudenthal. “It’s been a crazy year, just topsy-turvy. We’d miss a placement by one shot then come back the next week. Golf is a streaky game. You’re on top one day and at the bottom the next.”
On a perfect golfing day, Jeff Cizek led the team with his best round of the year—78. Jack Misheck followed with 80, then Joe Knight (81) and Pat Neylon (90). Despite the sixth place finish at this match, three Cyclones were named All-Conference players: Knight (#5) with a 78 average, Misheck (#8) who averaged 78.5 and Pat Neylon (#10) with a 79 average.
Now the Cyclones look forward to a few more invitationals and the NJCAA Region IV tournament.
September 17, 2013
Cyclones finish first
At long last the Cyclones are number one. So far this season a first-place
finish has eluded Moraine Valley by one or two strokes, but on Sept. 16 the team
took the top spot at College of Lake County’s home course. This performance
moved the Cyclones into first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference
with one more conference match to go on Monday.
Through windy and cooler conditions, the Cyclones took on a tough course that includes water on 16 of the holes for this big win. They were two shots ahead of second place College of Lake County. Pat Neylon led the way with an 81 followed by John Randolph (82), Joe Knight (83), and Jack Misheck (88).
“I’m happy for the guys and happy with the improvement. Now we have to win the last conference match to take first overall. I’m hoping for a strong finish. We’ve gotten better so I’m still cautiously optimistic,” said coach Bob Freudenthal.
September 11, 2013
Cyclones face big guns at St. Francis tourney
The University of St. Francis Tournament is always a tough competition for the Cyclones, as they have to face four-year colleges and universities—an entirely new field. This year was no different when the Cyclones hit Wedgewood Golf Course on Sept. 10. The team finished 15th, an improvement over last year’s 19th place.
Jeff Cizek (Sandburg) led the group with an 80. Coming right behind him were fellow Sandburg grads John Randolph (83) and Joe Knight (87) and Marist alum John Yerkes (91).
The real test comes on Monday when the Cyclones compete for first place in the conference.
September 10, 2013
Cyclones denied at Blackberry Oaks
With two matches left in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference competition, the Cyclones are out of first place by just one point. Those one and two stroke deficits have been a thorn in the team’s side so far this season, continuing its presence at their latest conference match on Sept. 9 at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course. Moraine Valley took second after tying for first place. The fifth man’s score determined the Cyclones’ ultimate fate.
The golfers continue to improve with every match, as evidenced by their most recent scores. Joe Knight led the charge with a 74 as he played a consistent game, followed by Jack Misheck (75), Pat Neylon (77) and John Yerkes (78). Misheck played well, getting an eagle and two birdies on the day.
“We’ve never had a conference where most of the teams were so evenly matched,” said coach Bob Freudenthal. “I’m happy to see our improvement. You can’t ask for more than that.”
September 5, 2013
Top finish just out of reach for ’Clones
So close but no cigar. In their third Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference tournament this season, the Cyclones have been separated by second or first place by one or two strokes. Moraine Valley placed third on Sept. 4, missing first by two shots. Going into this competition, the Cyclones were tied for first place in the conference.
Pat Neylon and Jack Misheck played their top rounds, each hitting 77, followed by Joe Knight (78) and Jeff Cizek (82). This was the best performance by the Cyclones this season with improvement in each match, said coach Bob Freudenthal.
August 29, 2013
’Clones take third
In their second Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match this season, the Cyclones had some overall improvements, but settled for a third place finish on Aug. 28. Joe Knight led the way with a 76, the team’s low round of the season so far. He bettered his last match where he shot an 83. He was followed by Jeff Cizek (81) and the consistent veterans Pat Neylon (82) and Jack Misheck (82).
August 27, 2013
Cyclones grab second at home
The Cyclones were one shot away from first place at their home match on Aug. 26, improving in their second match of the season.
Jack Misheck led the way with 82 followed by Pat Neylon (82), Joe Knight (83), Jeff Cizek (85) and John Randolph (88). Although the team has improved, they’ll need to be vigilant and competitive in the conference and region and continue to expand their game, said coach Bob Freudenthal.
August 26, 2013
Rough outing to start season
The Cyclones had a less than ideal start to the season Aug. 23 with their inaugural 2013 match at the PrairieView Preview at the PrairieView Golf Club.
Playing on a course with faster greens than they’re used to, the Cyclones struggled among a tougher field of competitors. Jack Misheck hit 80, Pat Neylon had 86, John Randolph shot 87, Jeff Cizek had 88, and Joe Knight hit 89. This was just one match under the Cyclones’ belt, but they have to learn to make quick adjustments to different courses and should bounce back, said coach Bob Freudenthal.
August 22, 2013
Cyclones plan to be in the mix in 2013
With a deeper squad lined up this season, the Cyclones anticipate more success in 2013 with some strong recruits and experienced returners.
All-Conference golfer Jack Misheck (Lincoln-Way North) returns with his raw power. After a solid first year with the Cyclones, he is expected to be a leader for this year’s crew. Pat Neylon (Shepard) played every match last year and stepped up his game for this season. Nathan LaPorte (Timothy Academy) is the last of the returnees and has worked hard on the links to improve and fight for a chance to be in the top five.
Joining Moraine Valley are solid recruits Joe Knight (Sandburg), who if he stays steady all year could be an All-Region player; John Randolph (Sandburg), who has length off the tee and should average in the 70s; Marist grad John Yerkes; Jeff Cizek (Sandburg); Avery Peterson (Plainfield North); Austin Temple (Stagg); and Zac Traina (Lockport). Although the Cyclones will miss the talents of Jeremy Fraser—only one of two Cyclones to qualify for the national tournament twice—who moved on to Lewis University, the team will average better than last year. “We have a stronger and deeper team, and I look forward to the season with cautious optimism,” said coach Bob Freudenthal. “We’ll miss having Fraser on the team, but we have some experienced players, and we’ll be competitive. We’ll be in the mix this year.”