The Lady Tiger volleyball team went five games with Illinois Central College before losing in the championship match of the NJCAA Division II National Championships played in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The second place finish matches the program’s highest ever finish at the national tournament. Cowley ended the season with a record of 32-5 and had the highest winning percentage (86.5%) in the program’s history.
Along with the national runner-up finish, Jenifer Bahner led the Lady Tigers to conference and region titles in her first season as head coach.
Freshmen Roslandy Acosta and Elena Berroteran were named to the All-Tournament team at the national championships. Acosta was also named the Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
Sophomore libero Michelle O’Dell was also named a First-Team all-conference selection, while Berroteran received honorable mention all-conference recognition. The Lady Tigers will say goodbye to sophomores Michelle O’Dell, Sarah Eldridge, and Keshia Clark. But, Cowley will return nine players from its national runnerup squad.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Landing three runners on the list of Coaches Association All-Americans, the Cowley College men’s cross country team capped another stellar season by placing fifth out of 31 teams at the NJCAA Division I National Championships held in Peoria, IL.
Sophomore Dustin Mettler, the conference champion in the Jayhawk East, led Cowley by placing 25th with a time of 26:25 at the national meet. Joining Mettler as Coaches Association All-Americans were, sophomores Brice Irving (26:29) and Phillip Banowetz (26:39), who placed 26th and 33rd, respectively.
Coaches Association All-American honors are bestowed to the top-25 American born runners.
Cowley will lose Mettler, Banowetz, Irving, Cianin Kutil, and Isbek Sailnas to graduation. The sophomores helped Cowley capture its fourth straight conference title and add another top-five national finish to the school’s list of accomplishments.
Freshmen Tyson Christensen and Josh Gracia each ran well at nationals and will return to lead the Tigers next season.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
With Robin Ray capping a brilliant season by being named an NJCAA All-American, and two other Lady Tiger runners earning Coaches Association All-American honors, the Cowley College women’s cross country team placed fourth out of 35 teams at the NJCAA Division I National Championships held in Peoria, IL.
The fourth place finish tied the program’s highest ever national finish as Cowley also placed fourth in 2006. Ray was the first American to finish the race as she placed seventh with a time of 18:20. Ray has left her mark on the Cowley program as her time of 18:20 was the second fastest time in school history.
Sophomore Cecilia Burley placed 21st with a time of 19:07. Burley’s time was the sixth fastest in the program’s history as she earned Coaches Association All-American honors.
Freshman Leigh Ann Omarkhail also earned Coaches Association All-American honors as she placed among the top-25 American born runners.
Cowley will say goodbye to Marvia Lewin, Jessica Dyer, Ray and Burley. However, Omarkhail, Val Bland, Bailey Hawkins and Elly Adamson will return next season with the experience of having competed well at nationals.
The Tiger men’s basketball team has gotten off to a fast start under new head coach Tommy DeSalme.
Cowley won its first five games of the season before losing a pair of two-point contests. However, the Tigers bounced back to beat Highland Community College on Nov. 24 to improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
With only two sophomores on the roster, the Tigers should continue to improve each game out.
Going through the growing pains of having only two returning players, the Cowley College women’s basketball team split its first eight games.
The Lady Tigers were 4-4 and 1-1 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division after defeating Highland Community College on Nov. 24.
Cowley always plays better in the second semester under the direction of Todd Clark, who is in his sixth season as head coach of the Lady Tigers. This season should be no different, especially considering the youth of this year’s team.
The Tigers made strides in the second year of the program as they won two more games than a year ago and finished higher in the conference standings. Cowley came back from a rough start to the season to win six of its final 10 games and end the year with a record of 6-9-1.
Cowley will say goodbye to sophomores, Blake Anderson, Austin Sacket, Marko Bukva, Orlando Colina, Dayton Rodrigues, Joao Bacchi, Ivenns Martinez, Chase Turney, Keegan Cornelius, and Nick Sobba. The sophomores played a major role in helping the Tigers reach the Region VI playoffs in each of the program’s first two seasons.
Freshman defender Matheus Daniel was recognized as a second-team all-conference performer. Along with Daniel, Cowley had four players receive honorable mention Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference recognition.
Those honored were, sophomore forward Keegan Cornelius, freshman forward Ivenns Martinez, sophomore midfielder Joao Bacchi, and freshman defender Nathan Modesto.
The Lady Tiger soccer team had another strong showing in its second season despite playing without all-conference midfielder Carol Rodrigues and stalwart defender Ana Borjas for the majority of the season due to injury. Cowley finished the season with a record of 9-8. The eight sophomores that have been a part of each of the program’s first two seasons, leave with a record of 17-17 overall and two Region VI playoff appearances.
Sophomores were Amber Hernandez, Brittany Griffin, Amara Saucedo, Viri Sanchez, Ciara Corboy, Brittany Newbolt, Katie Ybarra, and Ana Borjas.
Scoring the seventh most goals in NJCAA Division I women’s soccer, Amber Hernandez was named a firstteam Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference women’s soccer selection for the second consecutive year.
Hernandez finished the season with 29 goals and nine assists in 17 games, and ended her Tiger career with 55 goals and 12 assists in 34 games.
Cowley’s Ciara Corboy, Brittany Newbolt, and Sadie Hull received honorable mention all-conference recognition.