Friday, March 13, 2015

Week 6: Team 4 Gets Past Undermanned Team 6

Team 6             66
Team 4             74    6-0

Going up against a solid squad captained by Steve Carter and Jeff Huang, we knew we’d be in for a battle. With some solid shooters and strong big men, including 7-footer Jonathan Pratscher, we would be in for a challenge. However, Pratscher missed the game with a back injury, and our opponents only had five players for this 7:30 AM tilt, our first of the season.

The last two years, we’ve been accustomed to playing shorthanded, but today we had seven guys. We came out hot, knocking down shots and building up a big lead early.

However, as has become a bit of a pattern this season, we let our opponents creep back into the game. Their point guard Fidel probably played his best game of the season. Not only was he knocking down 3’s, but he was also completing some crazy finishes at the hoop. After a huge lead early, the game was about even at halftime. 

In the second half, we played better and eventually pulled away for the victory. Our opponents were forced to play with four players for the last three minutes after Steve Carter out (which we weren’t sure if he really had five fouls). Even though they only had four, they kept it interesting and even cut the deficit to five in the final minute. But it wasn’t enough as we hung on for a 74-66 win. 

We had a good devotional titled “Why Does God Want Our Worship?”, a great reminder that there are many ways to worship the Lord. It’s also amazing how God doesn’t need our worship, but he takes delight in our worship of him. We also talked about why it’s important to intentionally prepare for worship and to be worshiping the Lord at times other than in church.

The allure of the smell of bacon was too much for Billy, Brian, and Vince as they decided to hit up the Men’s Breakfast in the Cornerstone CafĂ©. It was a good time of excellent food (eggs, bacon, sausage, doughnuts, etc-THE WORKS!), worship, and a panel discussion about issues facing men today.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hawks Post 3-3 Record at N4C Softball Dome Jamboree

N4C Softball Dome Jamboree Results

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Harper College softball team started its season over the weekend at the N4C Softball Dome Jamboree in Rosemont. The Hawks posted a 3-3 record and 3-2 record in conference play in the games played at The Dome at the Ballpark.

Softball: Sam Cummings 2014
The Hawks posted a 3-3 record at the N4C Softball Dome Jamboree. (Jim Cummins)
Game 1 (Friday, 12 PM)-Waubonsee Commmunity College 13, Harper College 4

In the season opener, the Hawks led 4-1 after two innings but could not hold the lead. The Chiefs scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh inning, the Waubonsee offense exploded for nine runs to pull out a 13-4 victory.

Sara Markelonis (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) and Raegan Fingerman (Fox River Grove, Ill./Barrington) each had two hits and an RBI for the Hawks.

Game 2 (Friday, 7:30 PM)-Harper College 6, Triton College 3

Freshman pitcher Olivia Hamilton (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) turned in an excellent performance inside the circle to lead the Hawks to their first victory of the year. Hamilton scattered six hits, allowed zero earned runs, and struck out three in a complete game.  She also went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Harper took advantage of five Triton errors and took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.

Game 3 (Saturday, 9 AM)-Madison College 10, Harper College 2 

After a promising start to the game against Madison on Saturday morning, the Hawks struggled to contain the WolfPack offense. Harper led 2-0 after 1 ½ innings, but Madison put up three runs in the second, four in the third, and three in the sixth to get the victory.

Markelonis, Hamilton, and Sam Cummings (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) each had two hits in the loss.

Game 4 (Saturday, 11:30 AM)-Harper College 12, Joliet Junior College 0

A combination of great hitting and great pitching lifted the Hawks to an easy victory over the Wolves. Hamilton tossed a five-inning no-hitter for the Hawks, and it was almost a perfect game if not for one Harper error.

The Harper bats pounded out 13 hits in the win. Leading 4-0 after three innings, the Hawks scored five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.  Beth Petrunich (McHenry, Ill./McHenry East) led the attack, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Markelonis was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Cummings was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Hamilton and Lane Winkler (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) also had multi-hit performances.

Game 5 (Saturday, 4:30 PM)-Harper College 14, College of DuPage 4

To cap off Saturday's tripleheader, the Hawks took on the Chapparals. Nursing a 3-2 lead after three innings, Harper exploded for three runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, and five in the sixth to secure a victory.

The Hawks tallied a season-high 14 hits in the contest. Cummings was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Petrunich was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and Fingerman went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Olivia Hamilton (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) (3-1) earned her third victory by allowing four earned runs and eight hits over six innings.

Game 6 (Sunday, 9:30 AM)-Rock Valley College 13, Harper College 0 

The Hawks squared off with the Golden Eagles, the top-ranked team and defending national champion at the NJCAA Div. III level, on Sunday morning in N4C play.

The Rock Valley offense scored nine runs in the third inning on its victory to a victory. For Harper, Emily Butler (Prospect Heights, Ill./Hersey) was 2-for-2 at plate. The Hawks managed just three hits.

Up Next

The Hawks are scheduled to play a nonconference doubleheader on Thursday, March 18 at Kishwaukee College. First pitch for game one is set for 3 PM.  Harper will also play a doubleheader the following day, Friday, March 19, at College of Lake County beginning at 3:30 PM.

Nationals Roundup: Three Harper Wrestlers Earn All-American Status

DES MOINES, Iowa. – Three Harper College wrestlers earned All-American honors at the 2015 NJCAA Wrestling National Championship over the weekend. Donte Winfield (/Perry Meridian ), Jacob Belllis, and Chance Shea (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) each finished as All-Americans for a Harper squad that scored 50.5 points and took 13th place out of 40 teams. The Hawks were the second-best team in the nation among non-scholarship schools.

Iowa Central Community College won the national meet with 158.5 points, followed by Clackamas Community College (131.5 points) and North Iowa Area Community College (113 points).

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Donte Winfield (/Perry Meridian )-All-American, Fourth Place at 285 Pounds

After a first round bye, Winfield lost a tough 2-1 decision to Highline Community College's Ben Tynan to send him to the consolation bracket.

Winfield won his next match in a sudden death victory over Northeast Oklahoma's John Davison. The freshman then went on to win by fall and won another sudden death to improve to 3-1 on the tournament.

Winfield won his next match decisively, 12-2, over Donovan Lozada of Springfield Tech Community College to reach a consolation semifinals rematch again Ben Tynan, who he lost to earlier in the tournament. This time, Winfield got the better of Tynan with a 5-3 victory to reach the third place match.

In the third place match, Chris Ballard of Iowa Central CC topped Winfield, 3-1. Winfield finished the national championship with a 5-2 record and 14.50 points for the Hawks.

Jacob Bellis (/Bloomington)-All-American, Seventh Place at 125 Pounds

For a second straight year, Bellis finished seventh in the nation at 125 pounds. He received a bye and lost his first match, but the sophomore went on to win his next three matches handily.

Bellis lost to North Idaho College's Michael Nguyen, sending him to the seventh place match. In that match, he made quick work of Colby Community College's Hunter Price, winning by fall in 1:17.
He finished the national championship with a 4-2 record and 12.00 points for Harper.

Chance Shea (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest)-All-American, Eighth Place at 184 Pounds

Shea's first round match was a narrow 12-9 victory over Wouvel Chevelon of Iowa Lakes Community College. He dropped a second round match to Labette Community College to send him to the consolation bracket.

Shea reeled off three straight wins, all by fall, in the consolation bracket to set up a match with LaVonte Perdue of Muskegon College. Perdue topped Shea 14-6, sending him to the seventh place match.

He lost a 9-4 decision to Iowa Western Community College's Jhalen Flanders, but the eighth place finish netted All-American accolades.

Shea finished the tournament with a 4-3 record and earned the Hawks 11.50 points.

Other Notables-Blake Tisza (/Thornton Fractional South), Dusan Bogicevic (/Larkin), Sean Dulom (/Sarasota), Greg Jacquez (/West Aurora), Kerin Ramirez (/Addison Trail) Earn Points

Despite battling illness, Blake Tisza (/Thornton Fractional South) managed to post a 2-2 record and score the team 4.00 points at 157 pounds. Tisza two wins came decisively (17-1 and 14-4).

Dusan Bogicevic (/Larkin) posted a 1-2 record at 133 pounds and scored 3.00 team points. He won his first match of the tournament by fall over Pratt Community College's Zachary Schridde.

Sean Dulom (/Sarasota) won his first match by fall in 4:01 over John Peeden of Colby Community College but dropped his next two matches to finish with a 1-2 record and 3.00 team points at 149 pounds.

Greg Jacquez (/West Aurora) won a pair of 4-2 decisions before losing his final two matches to finish with a 2-2 record and 2.00 points at 165 pounds.

Kerin Ramirez (/Addison Trail) went 1-2 at 141 pounds and scored 0.50 team points. His win was an 11-4 victory over Northland College's Austin Hjelle.
Wrestling: All-Americans 2015
Winfield, Bellis, and Shea (from left to right) each earned All-American status at the 2015 NJCAA Wrestling National Championship. (Jim Cummins)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Week 5: Krupp’s Triple Sends Team 4 to 5-0 Start

                                                  1    2    F    
Team Lindstrom/Strietzel            36    31    68        3-2
Team 4                                         33    37    70        5-0

On the verge of losing our first game of the year, Zack Krupp wouldn’t let that happen for us. The 6-foot-5 Krupp buried a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to give us a 70-68 win on Saturday morning against a very solid team captained by Jon Lindstrom and  Jon Strietzel.

Krupp’s three capped off a comeback in the closing minutes. We trailed by seven after a Paul Von Tobel rainbow, banked 3-ball with just under three minutes to play. Many of us thought this may have been the dagger to our hope of staying unbeaten. 

But with a couple of quick buckets and a trapping defense, we were able to tie the game with under a minute remaining. After they split a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to take a one-point lead, Krupp took the ball down the court. While the rest of us were panicking not knowing who would take the final shot, Krupp channeled his inner Michael Jordan, sized up a 3 from the top of the key, and buried it. 

After the game, all we could ask ourselves was, “Did we really just win that game?” It had the feeling that we really escaped with one against a quality opponent. It was another great team win with everyone playing an important role in the victory.

The Week 5 devo, the “Bridge Diagram”, was a great reminder to us not only of how we can witness to people but also just how gracious God is in giving us eternal life and hope found through Jesus. We went through several verses that are essential to share with nonbelievers. The common theme we came across is that we must witness in a gentle, listening manner, one that identifies with the person. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God, but the amazing news is that we have the free gift of eternal life offered to us through Jesus Christ. 

Hawks Fail to Halt Stormers

Box Score
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Harper College men's basketball team had a hard time slowing down a potent Milwaukee Area Technical College offensive attack on Wednesday night. The Stormers shot 56.9 percent on their way to a 96-70 victory over the Hawks on the campus of Alverno College.

Men's Basketball: Donte Harper 2014-15
Harper provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds. (Jim Cummins)
The Hawks (9-20, 2-11 N4C) were led in scoring by Admir Suljic (Chicago, Ill. /Lane Tech) with a game-high 23 points (9-of-21 shooting). Davion Benton (Chicago, Ill. /Alcott College Prep) posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Donte Harper (Elgin, Ill. /Elgin) provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds.

Milwaukee (21-7, 8-5 N4C) had four scorers in double figures, led by Kevin Kellner, who knocked down six 3-pointers and scored 22 points. Aaron Bailey added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Stormers, who knocked down 37 of their 65 shots on the night and led 53-29 at halftime.

Harper wraps up regular season play with a home game on Saturday at 3 PM against Madison College.

Gatlin Garners Player of the Week Honors

PALATINE, Ill. – Harper College freshman point guard Marcus Gatlin (Chicago, Ill./Curie) was named the NJCAA Region IV Div. III Men's Basketball Player of the Week yesterday.

Gatlin averaged 16 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 2.5 APG over a two-game span last week. Against College of DuPage, Gatlin scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. In Saturday's game against Joliet Junior College, the 5-foot-9 guard scored a career-high 17 points (8-of-16 shooting) and grabbed eight rebounds.

Men's Basketball: Marcus Gatlin 2014-15
Gatlin (with ball) was named Benton was named NJCAA Region IV Div. III Men's Basketball Player of the Week. (Kevin Tiongson)
In Gatlin's last four games, he has scored 15 or more points in every game and is averaging 15.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 2.3 APG over that span.

Gatlin's distinction marks the seventh time this season a Harper College men's basketball player has been named the Region IV Div. III Player of the Week.

Men’s Basketball Welcomes Kadeen Alansari to the Team

PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper College men's basketball team partnered with Friends of Jaclyn Foundation once again to welcome seven-year-old Kadeen Alansari as an honorary team member for the second straight year.

Men's Basketball: Kadeen Alansari Honorary Team Member 2015
Kadeen (center with basketball) and his family with the Harper men's basketball team prior to the game. (Doug Spiwak)
Kadeen and his family of Huntley, Ill. met the team prior to the start of the Wednesday, Feb. 4 game against Triton College and took a photo with head coach Justin Welke, his staff, and Hawks players before Harper took the court.

After warmups, he was introduced in the starting lineup as the honorary sixth starter for Harper. Kadeen then got in the middle of the huddle and fired up the team prior to tipoff. Finally, he was taken to center court by freshman Davion Benton (Chicago, Ill. /Alcott College Prep), where he did a jump ball against Triton 6-foot-9 center Donovan Smith (which he won).

Kadeen spent the rest of the game cheering the team on the bench and inspiring the Harper men's team.

"He meant the world to me. He had joy and energy, and he just inspired me," said freshman point guard Marcus Gatlin (Chicago, Ill./Curie), who scored a career-best 16 points in the game. "I broke down. Some people take life for granted, and he's not doing that."

Friends of Jaclyn is a non-profit organization that states their mission as,"Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this insidious disease." They have been featured twice on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Click here to view those videos.

Kadeen suffers from a health condition known as Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Kadeen's father Muhannad also attended Harper College from 1999 to 2000 and ran cross country and track and field for the Hawks. His mother attended Harper as well.

"Having Kadeen at our game and close to us throughout the night was so special because it allowed us to truly embody a phrase that our team uses daily: We before Me. We were able to touch the life of someone in our community and realize that serving others is what brings you true joy in life," Welke said. "I was very proud of how our guys embraced Kadeen and made his night special, and in the end, Kadeen made all of us feel special, too."