The Cowley College baseball team won its second consecutive Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title and finished the 2008 season with a record of 37-19. The Tigers won their first two games at the Region VI Tournament before losing games to Johnson County and Kansas City.
The Tigers came back from losing eight of its first 10 games to win its 12th Jayhawk East title in the past 14 seasons. Dave Burroughs was rewarded for his coaching efforts by being named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore first baseman Tyson Parks (.353 average, six home runs, 39 RBI’s), joined sophomore designated hitter Chase Roten (.435 average, 11 doubles, 17 RBI’s), and sophomore third baseman Tom O’Gorman (.343 average, nine home runs, 54 RBI’s) as first-team all-Jayhawk East selections.
Cowley had three pitchers named to the second-team. Sophomore Curt Simpson (6-1, 2.46 ERA), Roten (6-1, 2.16 ERA), and freshman Calvin Drinnen (5-2, 1.81 ERA), each earned second-team honors.
Freshman second baseman Frank Specht (.346 average, 10 doubles, 28 RBI’s), freshman outfielder Luke Zeller (.331 average, nine doubles, 28 RBI’s), and sophomore pitcher Zack Potter (2-1, 1.09 ERA) received honorable mention recognition.
The Lady Tiger softball team continued their dominance in the conference by winning its fifth straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title. However, after winning its first three games at the Region VI Tournament, Cowley’s shot at qualifying for the national tournament ended in the region title game.
Cowley finished the 2008 season with a record of 42-10.
Freshman catcher Kashilia Young completed the most dominating offensive season in Cowley history as she set school records with a .537 batting average, 29 home runs, 90 RBI’s, and 75 runs scored. Fellow freshman Breayle Tackett also had an incredible offensive season as she batted .480 with eight home runs, a school-record 30 doubles, and 70 RBI’s. Both Young and Tackett were named NFCA All-Americans.
For the second year in a row Cowley had the conference’s Most Valuable Player and the Freshman of the Year. Freshman pitcher Jacey Juden (22-5, 1.89 ERA, 199 strikeouts) was unanimously named the conference’s Most Valuable Player, while Young was named the Freshman of the Year. Both players were named first-team all-conference.
Cowley had a total of six players named to the first-team as second baseman Sarah Smith (.406 average, 38 RBI’s), third baseman Breayle Tackett, outfielder Colby Hart (.378 average, 13 stolen bases), and pitcher Heather Davis (14-1 record, 1.34 ERA), joined Juden and Young as first-team selections.
Kim Noble (.320 average, 38 RBI’s) was named to the second-team, while Danielle Saylor-Perkins (.338 average, 10 home runs) was named an honorable mention all-conference performer.
Freshman pitcher Jacey Juden, freshman catcher Kashilia Young, freshman third baseman Breayle Tackett, and sophomore outfielder Colby Hart were each named first-team all-region, while freshman second baseman Sara Smith and sophomore outfielder Danielle Saylor-Perkins earned second-team honors.
Being named the Female Field Event Athlete of the Meet for the second consecutive year at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships in Levelland, Texas, Cowley College sophomore Kelsey Poljansek helped lead the Lady Tiger track and field team to an eighth place national finish.
Poljansek was the national champion in the shot put for the second straight year and also finished as the national runner-up in the discus and hammer throw. She missed being the national champion in the discus by two centimeters, and won the shot put on her final throw.
The Lady Tigers finished just one half point behind seventh place Mesa Community College, and only one point behind sixth place Southwest Mississippi. Cowley also captured its second straight conference title during the outdoor season.
Jeniffer Cherono and fellow sophomore Ashley Cronin, earned All-American honors by placing second and third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. The All-American honors were the third for Cherono and the second for Cronin.
The Lady Tigers’ 4x800-meter relay team of Brianna Byers, Jessica McLeod, Janee’ Gabbard, and Bethany Schmidt ran a strong race as they placed eighth and earned points for the squad.
Sophomore Adam Wolkins repeated as the national champion in the men’s javelin as he helped the Tiger men place 11th at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships in Levelland, Texas.
All but two of Wolkins’ six throws at the national meet surpassed his previous personal record prior to the regional and national competition. His school-record throw of 232-feet-5 inches was more than 16 feet further than runner-up Tyler Drake of Hutchinson.
The Cowley men finished just one and a half points out of 10th place.
Jonathan Cherono also earned All-American honors for the men’s team as he placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Cherono, who ran in his final track meet for the Tigers, will return to Cowley for one more season with the cross country team. He won three All-American awards in his two years with the track team.
Willy Lucero and Jordan Pote placed fourth and sixth at nationals in the pole vault, respectively.
Cowley captured its second straight conference title during the outdoor season.
The Cowley College men’s tennis team completed a solid season by placing 11th at the NJCAA Division I Tennis Tournament in Plano, Texas.
Tiger sophomore Diego Motivar advanced all the way to the national semifinals at No. 2 singles before losing to Laredo Community College’s Francisco Segura 6-7, 1-6.
The Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team of Motivar and Richard Filkuka advanced to the semifinals before losing to Tyler Junior College’s Dominic McLuskey and Roman Petrunin 4-6, 4-6. While, Boomer Saia and Sean Cobble teamed to win the consolation finals at No. 2 doubles.
During the season, Motivar captured his second straight region title at No. 2 singles, while Filkuka won the crown at No. 1 singles. Filkuka has signed with NCAA Division I Lamar University, and Motivar signed with NCAA Division II Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.
Suffering the first singles defeat of her collegiate career, Cowley College sophomore Kasia Siwosz lost to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Monika Lalewicz 3-6, 3-6 in the championship match of the NJCAA Division I Tennis National Championships played in Tucson, AZ.
Siwosz finishes a brilliant career at Cowley as she captured No. 1 singles and doubles titles as a freshman and advanced to the championship match at No. 1 singles and semifinals at No. 1 doubles as a sophomore.
With Siwosz and Karolina Porizkova as its only two competitors at the national tournament, the Cowley College women’s tennis team finished 20th in the nation with 15 team points.
Playing No. 2 singles, Porizkova won two of three singles matches at the national championships. She also teamed with Siwosz to nearly repeat as No. 1 doubles champions before losing in the semifinals.