Conrad gets 5th straight 30-win season
March 5, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad passed former Seward County coach Jim Littell, now at Oklahoma State, to become the first coach in the 91-year history of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) to have five consecutive 30-win seasons in basketball. Over those five years, Conrad has guided his teams to a 154-16 record (.906), including a 30-1 record to date this season.
Conrad’s Lady Cavaliers got its 30th win Tuesday evening by downing Hesston College, 86-43, in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region VI Division II Tournament. JCCC, ranked No. 2 nationally, will face No. 4 Highland for the title on Saturday afternoon at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University. The winner earns a berth to the NJCAA D-II National Tournament March 18-22, which will be hosted by JCCC.
Johnson County quickly took the lead over the Larks and never looked back, improving to 41-0 in the all-time series with Hesston.
All 11 players scored, led by freshman Nieka Wheeler 18-point, eight-rebound performance. Sophomore Juanita Robinson, the KJCCC D-II MVP, finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, and sophomore Taylor McDowell knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Sophomore center Kariel Hutt finished with eight points, seven boards and four steals, and sophomore Sameia Kendall chipped in nine points.
Three Cavaliers earn NSCAA Scholar All-America
January 24, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –Landon Shupe, Dylan Waggenbaur and Zach Wustefeld, sophomores on the Johnson County Community College men’s soccer team, were recently selected to the 10-member National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America team at the organization’s annual convention in Philadelphia, Pa., in mid-January. Additionally, Shupe, a defender and pre-pharmacy major, was named the NSCAA Junior College Scholar All-America Player of the Year.
The three players helped the Cavaliers to a 12-7-1 record, and runner-up finish in the Region VI Championship last fall.
Shupe brought stability, strength and leadership to the backfield for JCCC, while serving key cog in the Cavaliers defensive scheme in 2013. A great marker and ball distributor, Shupe helped the defense post a 1.84 goals against average. He was selected as a second-team Kansas Jayhawk Conference and Region VI defender last season. He also was a NSCAA All-West Region second-team selection.
Waggenbaur and Wustefeld were starting forwards for the Cavaliers. Waggenbaur finished the campaign with 16 points from four goals and team-leading eight assists. Two of his goals were game winners. Wustefeld finished with four goals and two assists for 10 points, and had one game-winning goal.
Lady Cavaliers take over top spot in D-II
January 22, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team is No. 1 in NJCAA Division II. Ranked second the previous two weeks, Lady Cavaliers moved up to the top spot after North Iowa Area Community College suffered it second loss of the season last week. JCCC is 19-0 on the year.
Holding down the No. 1 spot in the country is nothing new to head coach Ben Conrad and his program. Since the 2009-10 campaign, his teams have been ranked in the top five in 57 polls, and have held the No. 1 spot 25 times. JCCC has finished the regular season as the No. 1 ranked team in each of the previous three seasons.
JCCC athletes earn All-America honors
December 12, 2013
The NJCAA recently released its All-America teams for the fall sports, and two volleyball players and one women's soccer player for Johnson County Community College were selected.
Sophomore hitters Lori Angello (Lansing, Kan.) and Preecy Seever (Olathe Northwest) of the volleyball team were selected as first-team All-Americans. Angello and Seever helped power the Lady Cavaliers to a 31-7 record and a third place finish at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament. Seever was also named as a AVCA first-team All-American and was selected to the NJCAA D-II National All-Tournament team.
Freshman Courtney Hughes (Shawnee Mission North) of the women's soccer team was selected as a second-team All-American. Hughes led JCCC scoring with 77 points, and helped the Lady Cavaliers reach the Region VI Championship Game.
JCCC tennis player earns national award
May 14, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2013 national award winners for Junior and Community Colleges men’s and women’s tennis, and Johnson County Community College sophomore Shannon Beckett was named the ITA Women’s Sophomore of the Year.
Beckett finished the 2013 regular season ranked NO. 1 in doubles with teammate Erika Castillo-Lopez, and No. 4 in singles in the ITA Women’s Rankings. She completed her sophomore season with a combined singles and doubles record of 32-4 and was a major contributor to JCCC’s sixth place finish at the 2013 NJCAA Women’s Tennis Championships last week in Tucson, Ariz.
Earlier this year, Beckett helped the Lady Cavaliers capture a Region VI title by winning the No. 1 doubles bracket and finishing runner-up at No. 1 singles.
Beckett finished her career with a combined singles and doubles record of 55-14. She was 26-9 all-time at No. 1 singles, and 29-5 at No. 1 doubles. Her 55 total victories rank fifth all-time at Johnson County.