Johnson County No. 1 in first season poll
December 3, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team was a unanimous choice for No. 1 when the NJCAA released its first weekly women’s Division II top 20 of the 2014-15 season.
Coach Ben Conrad’s Lady Cavaliers collected all four first-place votes tallying 80 points to take over as the nation’s top ranked team. JCCC moved up three places from its No. 4 spot in the preseason poll.
Johnson County has now appeared in 75 consecutive polls, and has held the No. 1 ranking 27 times under Conrad.
The Lady Cavaliers earned the No. 1 ranking on the strength of recent road victories at Dean, Marshalltown and Southeastern while posting a perfect 11-0 record in November. Their 11 November wins are the most in the program’s history.
After the first month of play, Johnson County is the top scoring team in the country, averaging 90.9 per game. Ten players average six or more points, including three in double figures.
Sophomore Nieka Wheeler leads with a 12.4 per game average, but close behind are freshman Alexis Brown (12.2) and sophomore Braile Fields (10.3).
Defensively, the Lady Cavaliers are holding their opponents to just 42.5 points per game, and have the second-best field goal defense in the country.
Price named NJCAA Softball All-American
May 22, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its 2014 Softball All-America team today, and Johnson County Community College pitcher Zoe Price was selected to the first-team. She is the 40th All-American in the program’s history, and 14th to earn first-team honors. Price is just the second pitcher to be named first-team, joining Hall of Fame hurler Kelly Becher.
Price, a sophomore from Pleasanton, Calif., was a workhorse in the circle for Johnson County. She finished the season 21-2 overall, with a 1.45 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 140.1 innings of work. Her 21 wins tie the eighth-best season in team history. For her career, Price was 41-9 overall, with 247 strikeouts in 327.1 innings pitched. Her 41 wins rank sixth all-time, and she ranks seventh in both strikeouts and innings pitched. Price was also productive with her bat. She hit .386 (34-for-88) with 10 doubles, four homers and 23 RBI. She led the team in home runs, and tied for the lead in doubles.
Price was also selected first-team All-East Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI/District D honors earlier this season. She was a second-team all-region/district selection as a freshman.
Cavaliers ninth in final national tournament appearance
May 20, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –Johnson County Community College’s participation in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship, and the JCCC program itself, came to a conclusion at the Maureen Connolly Brinker Courts in Plano, Texas last week. The Cavaliers made the most of its final appearance, finishing ninth overall with 23 points, giving JCCC its 23rd top 10 national finish in the program’s history.
The end of the program also brings an end to a hall of fame career of head coach Glen Moser. In his 36-year career at Johnson County, Moser led his program to 31 national tournament appearances. Prior to this year’s tournament, Moser was selected the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year by Wilson and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
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.