The Cowley College volleyball team finished unbeaten in the Jayhawk Conference as they captured its third conference title in the last four years. The Lady Tigers also won the District Tournament for the fourth consecutive season and finished fifth at the NJCAA Division II National Championships held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Sophomore outside hitter Lucia Cizmarova was a firstteam all-conference selection for the second consecutive year, and was also named a First-Team All-American. Sophomore middle hitter Victoria Green also garnered first-team all-conference honors. While, freshman setter Sarah Eldridge received honorable mention recognition, Cowley reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth straight season as they ended the year with a record of 30-7.
Men’s Cross Country
The Tiger men’s cross country team captured its third straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title as well as its second straight Region VI championship. The men capped its stellar season by placing fourth out of 33 teams at the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships. Tiger sophomore Jonathan Cherono was the individual conference champion and placed third in the region. He also finished fifth at nationals and earned NJCAA All-American honors. Fellow Tigers Johnny Purvis, Dustin Mettler, and Justin Cacaro earned NJCAA Coaches Association All-American honors for finishing amongst the top-25 American runners at the national meet. Cherono leaves Cowley as the second fastest runner in the program’s history, while Purvis ranks as the fifth fastest runner and top-American runner the Tigers have ever had.
Women’s Cross Country
The Lady Tigers finished second in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, third in Region VI, and 10th out of 33 teams at the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships. Freshman Cecilia Burley placed 22nd out of 246 runners at the national meet and earned Coaches Association All-American honors. For guiding the Lady Tigers to an impressive finish, Cowley head cross country coach Vince DeGrado was named Region VI Women’s Cross Country Co-Coach of the Year.
Winning its first nine games of the 2008-09 season, the Cowley College men’s basketball team achieved the program’s first ever No. 1 ranking. Sophomore Jack Crowder, who averaged more than 21 points per game through the team’s first nine contests, leads the Tigers. Freshman Dominique Lane has also gotten off to a fast start and is averaging more than 13 points and eight rebounds per game. Despite having just two sophomores on its roster, the Tigers are picked to win the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Cowley finished it’s non-conference schedule with a record of 11-1. The Tigers will open defense of its conference title Jan. 3 at Highland Community College.
Picked to win the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, the Cowley College women’s basketball team won nine of its first 12 games to open the 2008-09 season. Sophomore Shirolacille “Bebe” Holloway has stepped up big for the Lady Tigers as she averaged 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 5.4 steals through the team’s first 10 games. Elena Yankova, the conference’s Freshman of the Year last season, is averaging 15.1 points and five rebounds. Cowley will open conference play Jan. 3 at Highland Community College.