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Home of the Cyclones, Moraine Valley’s Athletics program has a strong tradition in success, fostering an environment conducive to academics and athletic excellence. Full-time Moraine Valley students are eligible to compete in the 12 sports offered.

Many Moraine Valley students continue their athletic careers at NCAA Division I, II and III colleges and universities. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.

Find out the latest news and updates about the college’s teams on this website. For more information, contact us.

 

September 8, 2014

Cyclones streaming home games live

Can’t make a game or match? You can still cheer on your Cyclones by watching them compete digitally. We are streaming most home games and matches live online. Stay tuned to this page or our Facebook page—facebook.com/morainevalleycyclones—to get the link to the live streaming site.

Today our women’s soccer team plays at home against Daley College. Starting at 4 p.m., you can watch live coverage here: http://morainevalley.edu/Athletics/womens_soccer/watch.htm.


September 5, 2014

Moraine Valley runners ranked

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are among the best in the nation after the first week of competition. The women are ranked 11th and the men 22nd in the first 2014 NJCAA Division I poll. “We’re pleased that we have been recognized, and we’ll use it as added motivation to continue to work hard,” said head coach Mark Horstmeyer.


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 Tuxford (Richards).

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 Finn.


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 Building P
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 davisg@morainevalley.edu.


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 Moraine Valley.

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 athletes

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!

Next games:
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 2013.

“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.