The Cowley College baseball team, which finished the regular season ranked 13th, fought its way back through the losers bracket to capture the Region VI title and advance to the JUCO World Series for the first time since 2002.
After dropping its first game in the region tournament, the Tigers rattled off six straight wins, including a 16-0 win over Garden City in the title game.
Cowley’s stay at the JUCO World Series was short lived as they lost to San Jacinto 11-3 and No. 1-ranked New Mexico Junior College 12-9. However, the Tigers had another stellar season as they captured their 11th conference title in the past 13 years, and finished with a record of 47-18.
Sophomore Mike Dabbs was named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Most Valuable Player, while Dave Burroughs earned conference Coach of the Year honors.
The Cowley College softball team had its hopes of a third straight trip to the national tournament dashed with a pair of losses to Jayhawk East foe Johnson County in the championship round of the Region VI Tournament played at Wichita’s Two Rivers
However, the Lady Tigers had another terrific season as they went 46-9 and won their fourth straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title. Heather Davis finished her freshman year at Cowley with a record of 29-5. She led the nation with 309 strikeouts and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Jayhawk East.
Every starter on the No. 9-ranked Lady Tiger softball team received recognition on the all-conference team, while eight players received all-region honors.
Led by seven athletes garnering NJCAA All-American honors, the Cowley College women’s track and field team placed third at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Coffeyville.
Kelsey Poljansek led the way for the Lady Tigers as she was the national champion in both the shot put and discus. For her efforts, Poljansek was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet. Poljansek tied the meet record in the shot put (48-4) and broke Cowley’s school-record in the discus (154-2).
Along with Poljansek being named an NJCAA All-American in the shot put and discus, three other Lady Tigers earned NJCAA All-American honors. Tamara McMillan was an NJCAA All-American in the hammer, Jackline Kipwambok earned All-American honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 4x100-meter relay team of Amelia Lewis, Neisha Peterson, Jessica Johnson, and Aubree Dorsey garnered All-American honors.
The Lady Tigers also captured its first ever Region VI title to go along with its Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title.
With Daniel Maina and Adam Wolkins capturing national titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and javelin, respectively, the Cowley College men’s track and field team placed third at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Maina added to his incredible list of accomplishments at the school by being named the national champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by more than 15 seconds. Stanley Mugo also ran well in the event and earned NJCAA All-American honors by placing third.
Wolkins capped a stellar freshman campaign by becoming the national champion in the javelin with a throw of 221-2. Bryan Tapia earned NJCAA All-American honors by placing third in the discus (162-1).
Luke Houser also garnered NJCAA All-American honors by placing third in the pole vault (14-11).
The 4x800-meter relay team of Mugo, Ferrien Harris, Dante Miller, and Maina finished third to earn NJCAA All-American honors.
Having never finished higher than third at the Region VI Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Tigers made history by capturing Region VI and Jayhawk East titles.
Completing the most dominating season in the history of the Cowley College women’s tennis program, freshman Kasia Siwosz completed an unbeaten season by capturing the No. 1 singles title Thursday at the NJCAA Women’s Tennis National Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Cowley’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams also finished stellar seasons by capturing national titles.
The three national titles helped Cowley finish fourth at the national tournament with 38 points. Lee College ended up taking home the team title, while Hillsborough and Tyler Community College finished second and third, respectively.
Siwosz defeated Hillsborough Community College’s Hiroko Nishikawa 6-3, 6-3 to claim the No. 1 singles title. Siwosz did not drop a set the entire season.
Siwosz then teamed with Karolina Porizkova to finish off a stellar season at No. 1 doubles. The duo defeated Nishikawa and Mizuho Nishimura from Hillsborough Community College 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in the finals and lost just one match all season.
Hanane Toumi and Juliana Franco finished off an unbeaten season in doubles play as they beat Lee College’s Natalie Araya and Stephanie Rodriguez 6-0, 6-4 in the finals of No. 2 doubles. The duo finishes the season with a record of 18-0.
Cowley won eight of 10 matches during the regular season, captured the Region VI title, and capped the year with the fourth place national finish.
Playing with just two sophomores at the NJCAA Men’s National Tennis Championship in Plano, Texas, the Cowley College men’s tennis team finished in a tie for seventh place.
Cowley nearly won the region title before being edged by Johnson County by one-half point. Eight of Cowley’s nine seeds competed in the finals and four won regional championships.
Cowley got regional singles titles from Diego Motivar and Clay Cypert, while Motivar and Richard Filkuka rallied from a loss of the first set to win the regional title at No. 2 doubles. The Tigers other region championship came from Sean Cobble and Jim Blacketer at No. 3 doubles.