A&F Newsletter

Spring 2009


Athletic roundup

Men’s Basketball
Capturing its second straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title, the Cowley College men’s basketball team finished with a record of 29-5.

The 29 wins ties for the second most in school-history as the 1952-53 Tiger basketball team also finished 29-5. Last season’s team holds the school-record for wins in a season with 31.

The Tigers had their season come to an end in the Region VI title game for the second straight year as they suffered a 66-56 loss to Garden City.

Jack Crowder became only the eighth Cowley player to score more than 1,000 points in his career as he amassed 1,026 points in his two years at the school. Crowder’s 685 points this season were the sixth most points scored in a single season in school-history.

Cowley will say goodbye to sophomores Jack Crowder and Mike Atwater. The sophomores were a part of the most wins by the Tiger basketball team over any two-year span.

Although the sophomores will be missed, Cowley will return nearly 75 percent of its scoring next season. Highlighting the returnees will be Jawanza Poland, who was named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Freshman of the Year.

Women’s Basketball
The Cowley College women’s basketball team showed a lot of character as they came back from a 3-4 start to conference play to finish 14-4 in the Jayhawk East.

The Lady Tigers won 12 games in a row before having its season come to an end with a 65-51 loss to Hutchinson

Community College in the Region VI Tournament. Hutchinson would go on to represent the Jayhawk Conference at the national tournament.

Cowley finished the season with a record of 24-8. The six sophomores on the team helped Cowley win 45 games over the past two seasons.

Elena Yankova finished her two-year career as the Lady Tigers third all-time leading scorer as she amassed 997 career points. Her 536 points scored this season were the ninth most scored in a single season at Cowley.

Bebe Holloway’s 457 points scored this season were the 19th most in a single-season at Cowley and her 672 points scored over the past two seasons are the 20th most points scored in a career.
Gabbie Curtis finished her two years at Cowley with 787 points, which ranks 10th on the Lady Tigers all-time scoring list.

Men’s Indoor Track
Wrapping up a successful indoor season, the Cowley College men’s indoor track and field team captured its third straight conference title and capped the year by placing ninth at the NJCAA National Indoor held in Lubbock, Texas.

At the national meet, Cowley was led by its 4x800-meter relay team, which placed second and earned NJCAA All-American honors. The relay team, made up of David Phillips, T.J. Mapp, Jory Custar, and Rolando Vasquez, finished with a school-record time of 7:48.76.

Sophomore Johnny Purvis also had a stellar meet as he earned Coaches Association All-American honors in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Purvis placed 10th in the 3,000, and was the first United States born finisher in the 5,000-meter run as he placed fourth in the event.

Despite battling illness, freshman Dustin Mettler managed to place 10th in the 5,000-meter run and take home Coaches Association All-American honors.

The distance medley relay team of Mapp, Justin Viewins, Custar, and Vasquez, placed fourth and earned Coaches Association All-American honors.

Women’s Indoor Track
Getting the most out of its small, but talented squad, the Cowley College women’s track and field team placed second in the conference and finished 10th at the NJCAA National Indoor held in Lubbock, Texas.
Cowley freshman Cecilia Burley had a terrific meet as she earned Coaches Association All-American honors in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Burley was the second United States born finisher in both events. She also was a part of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed third and broke the school-record with a time of 9:46.32.

Running with Burley as part of the 4x800-meter relay team were, Jessica McLeod, Brianna Byers, and Marvia Lewin.

Byers also ran well in the 800-meter run as she placed seventh with a time of 2:25.31 and earned Coaches Association All-American honors.

Freshman Katie Gillmore capped her stellar indoor season by placing fourth in the pole vault (11-2 ¼) and earned Coaches Association All-American honors.

Playing another difficult early season schedule, the Cowley College baseball team came away from its non-conference games with a record of 8-5. The tough schedule seemed to prepare the Tigers well as they opened Jayhawk East play with wins of 14-0 and 24-3 over Coffeyville.

Cowley is currently 10-5 on the season and 2-0 in the Jayhawk East. The Tigers will play home games on April 20, April 23, and April 27. Each game will begin at 2 p.m.

Through the first 15 games, Cowley was averaging eight runs per game and had scored more than 10 runs in a game on four different occasions.

The Tigers have won each of the past two conference titles and will attempt to get back to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

The Lady Tiger softball team is currently ranked third in the NJCAA Division II rankings. Cowley won 13 of its first 14 games and opened conference play with six straight wins.

The Lady Tigers appear poised to capture their sixth straight Jayhawk East title. All-American’s Kashilia Young and Breayle Tackett have gotten off to blistering starts as they combined for a .545 batting average, 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in during the team’s first 14 games.

Cowley was batting .402 as a team and averaging nine runs per game through the squad’s first 14 contests. The Lady Tigers will host doubleorangeheaders on April 7, April 10, and April 11.

The Lady Tigers hope to get back to the national tournament for the first time in three years.
Men’s Tennis

Led by several new faces, the Cowley College men’s tennis team opened the 2009 season by playing some formidable competition.

Having played Nationally ranked NCAA Division I, NAIA, and Junior College schools, the No. 10-ranked Cowley College men’s tennis team welcomed a match against Bethel College March 10 at the J.C. Louderback Tennis Courts in Arkansas City.

The early season matches against stiff competition seemed to have the Tigers more than prepared for its match against the Threshers as they defeated Bethel 9-0.

Against Bethel, Cowley lost only two games in doubles play and did not drop a set in singles action.

Led by lone returning sophomore, Boomer Saia, the Tiger tennis team has some young, but talented members of the squad. Freshmen Lloyd Bruce-Burgess and Peter Billingham make up the second ranked doubles team in the NJCAA.

The Tiger tennis team will host matches on April 1 and April 14.

Women’s Tennis
After suffering some close early season defeats against tough competition, the No. 10-ranked Cowley College women’s tennis team earned its first victory of the season with a 7-2 win over Bethel College March 10 in Arkansas City.

Losing every player from last year’s team, including two former national champions, Cowley College head coach Josh Cobble worked hard to find replacements.

Cobble brought in seven players. He signed three international players to go along with two players from Oklahoma and two from Kansas.

Adrijana Pavlovic, a top junior tennis player in Germany, joined the team at the start of the second semester and has been a nice addition to the squad.

The Lady Tiger tennis teams will host matches on April 1 and April 14.

Spring 2009