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 Karowski (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 Karowski 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.