The Tiger men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 25-8 overall and 14-4 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Although Cowley had another successful season, the Tigers saw their three-year run of conference titles come to an end as they finished one game behind Jayhawk East champion Coffeyville.
Tyrus McGee was named the Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player and a First-Team All-Region VI selection for the second consecutive year. McGee finished his Tiger career as the third leading scorer in school history (1,194 points) and his 662 points this season were the eighth most in a single season. He earned First-Team All-American honors.
Cowley will say goodbye to seven sophomores. The sophomores are Ashton Patton, Joseph Wakefield, Kelton Marshall, Romel Kemp, James Watson, Dominick Cornelius and McGee. Watson signed to play at Kansas State University, while McGee has signed to play at Iowa State University.
Finishing 16-2 in the conference, the Cowley College women’s basketball team captured its first conference title since the 2004-2005 season. Led by Ariani Silva being named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Most Valuable Player, Cowley finished the season with a record of 25-8.
Silva finished her Cowley career as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made in a season and in a career. She also ranks 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 756 points.
Along with Silva, Cowley will say goodbye to Maylisa Johnson, Maggie Vieyra and Lisa Angell. The four sophomores helped Cowley to 46 wins and a conference title over the past two seasons.
Todd Clark, who was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year, will return several talented players, including Breanna Bryant, who was named second-team all-conference.
For the second straight year the Cowley College softball team had its hopes of a return to the national tournament dashed by a loss to Highland in the championship game of the Region VI Tournament.
The Lady Tigers, which advanced to the region championship game for the 12th straight season, finished the year with a record of 40-17 overall and finished tied for second in the Jayhawk East with a conference mark of 20-6.
Sophomore pitcher Starr McLeod finished the season with a record of 14-5 and went 23-9 on the mound in her career at Cowley. However, with freshmen pitchers Taylor Parsons (15-6, 1.49 ERA) and Haleigh Sills (7-3, 1.58 ERA) returning, the Lady Tigers should be one of the top teams in the region again next year.
For the first time since 2000, the Cowley College baseball team did not advance to the Region VI Tournament in Wichita as the Tigers suffered back-to-back defeats to Garden City in the championship round of the Super-Regional played in Arkansas City.
The losses to Garden City came on the heels of Cowley capturing its 14th conference title in the past 17 seasons as the Tigers finished the season with a record of 43-15 overall and 30-6 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
Third baseman Robbie Rea finished a brilliant sophomore season by going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s in his final game in a Tiger uniform. Rea led the team in batting (.398), hits (86), home runs (eight), doubles (14), and RBI’s (66), and was named a Third-Team All-American.
Sophomore pitcher Andrew Polly also closed out a remarkable sophomore campaign by going 10-0 with an earned run average of 0.94. Polly struck out 63 batters and walked only five in 74 1/3 innings pitched as he was named First-Team All-American.
Aside from the loss of Polly, Cowley will return the majority of its pitching staff including Storm Marlar, who went 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his first season at the school.
Led by Region III Player of the Year Tom Gibaud, the Cowley College men’s tennis team captured its first region title since 2003 and placed eighth at the NJCAA Division I Tennis Tournament.
This marks the fifth straight top-10 national finish for the Tigers and the 20th time in the past 22 years that the squad has placed amongst the top-10 teams at nationals.
Cowley will lose only three sophomores from this year’s team. The sophomores are, Joan Valls, Bates Baldwin, and Gibaud, who was named Region III Player of the Year.
The Tigers will return a great deal of experience for next season and will attempt to defend its Region championship.
Placing in the top-10 nationally for the 11th time in the past 12 years, the Cowley College women’s tennis team finished in 10th place at the NJCAA Women’s Tennis National Championship in Tucson, AZ.
With six of the eight Lady Tiger tennis players being freshmen, Cowley head coach Josh Cobble was pleased with his team’s performance at the 31-team national tourney.
Each of Cowley’s singles players won at least one match at the national tournament, while two of the Lady Tigers’ three doubles teams picked up wins.
Having captured the region title and placed in the top-10 nationally, Cobble expects even bigger things from the young squad in 2012.
Cobble was named the 2011 NJCAA Wilson/ITA Women’s National Tennis Coach of the Year. Joining Cobble as award recipients from Cowley College were freshmen Diana Davitaia and Zsofia Biro. Davitaia lost only two matches at No. 1 singles the entire year and was named the Region III Rookie of the Year, while Biro won 11 of her final 13 matches at No. 2 singles and was selected as the ITA Player to Watch for next season.
Men’s Indoor Track
Led by its 4x800-meter relay team placing first and earning NJCAA All-American honors, the Cowley College men’s track and field team placed seventh at the NJCAA National Indoor Championships held in Lubbock, Texas.
The 4x800-meter relay team, consisting of Dane DeWitt, Cory Jones, Dylan Filburn, and Charles Ross, ran a time of 7:48.59 and finished more than five seconds in front of the runner-up team from Barton County.
Cowley, hampered by illness, just missed out on finishing in the top-five as they finished a half point behind sixth place Paradise Valley Junior College, and 3 ½ points in back of fifth place Rend Lake.
A bright spot on the track was the performance of freshman Fred Taylor as he became head coach Mark Phillips’ first sprinter at Cowley to qualify for the finals. Taylor would break the school record in the 55-meter dash and place fifth in the event with a time of 6.40.
Fellow freshman Cory Jones also ran well and placed third in the 600-meter run (1:19.30), while sophomore Charles James placed third in the shot put (54-1 ¼).
The team also captured its fifth straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title.
Women’s Indoor Track
With Richelle Farley and Kaitlyn Belisle earning All-American honors, the Cowley College women’s track and field team finished 11th at the NJCAA National Indoor Championships held in Lubbock, Texas.
As was the case with the men’s team, some illnesses kept Cowley from finishing better as a team. Cowley finished just one point behind 10th place Butler County.
Farley, a sophomore from Bridgetown, Barbados, finished second in the pentathlon by ending up only 23 points behind first place finisher Christina Barrett from New Mexico Junior College.
Belisle, who was the conference and region champion in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs, earned All-American honors by placing second in the 5,000 (19:03.43). She also placed fifth in the 3,000 (10:34.57) before having to drop out in the middle of the mile run due to an upper respiratory illness.
Finishing just behind Belisle in the 5,000-meter run was sophomore Val Bland from Arkansas City. Bland also ran as part of the Lady Tigers’ 4x800-meter relay team, which placed seventh.
Prior to the national championships, the Lady Tigers captured their second straight Region VI title.
Men’s Outdoor Track
Going head-to-head against athletes from 33 schools, the Cowley College men’s track and field team finished off another successful season by ending in a tie for seventh place at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson.
Sophomore Charles James capped a stellar two-year career for the Tigers by winning the national champi-onship in the shot put on his last throw with a school record of 55-5 1/2.
Freshman Fred Taylor completed the most successful year for an individual sprinter in Cowley history by finishing as the national runner-up in the 100-meter dash and sixth in one of the toughest 200-meter races in NJCAA history, he also anchored the men’s 4x100-meter relay to a seventh place finish.
Cowley, winners of five straight conference titles and this year’s region champion, will return nine athletes that competed at this year’s national championships.
Women’s Outdoor Track
Putting a cap on a stellar season, the Cowley College women’s track and field team placed sixth at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson.
Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was freshman Kaitlyn Belisle who was the national champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs. Belisle won the 10,000-meter run by more than 45 seconds and was nearly 15 seconds faster than her nearest competitor in the 5,000-meter run.
Sophomore Richelle Farley, who recently signed with Kansas State University, also shined at the national meet and was the national runner-up in the heptathlon, third in the high jump and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Cowley will return seven freshmen that gained valuable experience at the national meet and helped Cowley win its fifth straight conference title.