Muskegon Community College Intercollegiate Athletics
MCC offers its student-athletes the opportunity to compete in 13 men's and women's intercollegiate sports - the most of any community college in the State of Michigan. The Jayhawks compete in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAA) and in Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Men’s Soccer Season Ends with Home Loss
The Jayhawks dropped their final game of the season 2-0 against Cuyahoga CC on Sunday, October 19 and were eliminated from playoff contention. The Jayhawks finished the season 4-14. Sophomore Goalie Jacob Berens (Grand Haven, MI/West Michigan Christian HS) made 2 saves on 4 shots and play a solid game in net for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks had many opportunities in the second half, but strong play from the Cuyahoga’s goalie kept the Jayhawks of the board. Head Coach Ben Ritsema, Assistant Coach Marty Herzhaft, Assistant Coach Jack Ketchum, and Assistant Coach Brent Dam are very proud of the effort and dedication of the team’s sophomores: Aaron Dault (Cedar Springs, MI/Cedar Springs HS), Jacob Kring (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS), Jacob Berens (Grand Haven, MI/West Michigan Christian HS) and Keith Kuharevicz (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon Cathloic Central).
Women’s Soccer Loses; Can Make Playoffs with Win in Final League Match
The Jayhawks traveled to Benton Harbor, Mich. to play Lake Michigan College on Sunday, October 19. The Jayhawks lost by a score of 2-1. The score at halftime was 2-0 in favor of Lake Michigan College.
MCC struggled in the first half at Lake Michigan, but played a much better in the 2nd half. The lone goal for MCC was scored by freshman Erika Bayak (North Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon HS) from an assist by freshman Alyssa Benedict (Muskegon, MI/West Michigan Christian HS). “We did have some chances in the first and second half, but could not find the back of the net.” said Head Coach Josh Watson. “Our future is in our own hands.”
If the Jayhawks win their final league game, they will continue to play in the Regional XII Championships on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2 in University Center, Mich.
Men’s Soccer Are One Win Away
The Jayhawks played at Mona Shores HS on Saturday, October 18 against Lakeland CC. The Jayhawks got the first of two need victories this weekend with a 3-2 win. Scoring for the Jayhawks were freshmen Jesus Corona (Yuriria, Guauajuato Mexico, Holland HS) with the first goal. After a Lakeland score to tie it before the half, the Jayhawks fell behind 2-1.
Seconds later freshmen Chase Schuiteman (Fremont, MI/ West Michigan Christian HS) answered with a goal and evened the game 2-2. With 12 minutes remaining freshmen John Waller (Whitehall, MI/ West Michigan Christian HS) split two defenders and was hauled down inside the box. Freshmen Charlie Wick (Holland, MI/ Holland HS) stepped up and easily beat the goalie to put the Jayhawks up for good. Sophomore Goalie Jacob Berens (Grand Haven, MI/ West Michigan Christian HS) led the Jayhawks in net making 4 save on 6 shots.
The Jayhawks will now take on Cuyahoga CC on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00pm in what could determine the Jayhawks playoff destiny. A win they’re in the playoffs, while a loss will end their season. The game will be played at Orchard View HS.
Volleyball Secures Second Place in Conference
Jayhawk Volleyball secures a 2nd place conference finish with a 3-0 road victory in Lansing, Mich. over #18 Lansing Community College on Thursday, October 16. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22, and 25-21. The win over Lansing Community College gives the Jayhawks a conference record of 11-2 as Lansing drops to 9-4. Overall the Jayhawks stand at 18-13 on the season with one conference match left.
Leading the way for MCC were sophomore setter Meghan Birr (Muskegon, MI/Mona Shores HS) as she had 39 assists, 5 kills, and 9 digs. Freshman outside hitter Morgan Kelley (Cadillac, MI/Cadillac HS) finished the night with 12 kills, 6 digs, and 1 ace. Other key contributors on offense were sophomore Danielle Jones with 9 kills, sophomore Brandie Jones (Fruitport, MI/Fruitport HS) with 8 kills and sophomore Lindsey Kotecki (Williamston, MI/Williamston HS) with 6 kills.
Defensively the Jayhawks were led by freshman libero Veronica Booth (Grand Haven, MI/Grand Haven HS) with 14 digs, Kotecki with 9 digs, and sophomore Autumn Winger (Fruitport, MI/Fruitport HS) with 6 digs. The Jayhawks will be in action on Tuesday, October 21 at home against Kalamazoo Valley CC before the MCCAA State Tournament gets under on October 25.
Men’s Soccer loses, But Can Still Make the Playoffs
The Jayhawks suffered a tough loss to Lake Michigan College last night Wednesday, October 15 5-3 in what was a must win game for the Jayhawks. Even though MCC held a 10-9 shot advantage, the Jayhawks could not keep Lake Michigan off the board. Even with the loss the Jayhawks are still not out of playoff, because Cuyahoga CC loss last night the Jayhawks could still get in with two victories this weekend.
Scoring for the Jayhawks was sophomore Jacob Kring (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS), sophomore Keith Kuharevicz (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon Catholic Central) and freshmen Adrian Breseno (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon HS). Freshman Goalkeeper Thomas Swiatek (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) made 10 saves on 15 shots for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks will play this Saturday’s game at 11:00 am against Lakeland CC and Sunday’s game against Cuyahoga CC at 1:00 pm. Field location will be at Orchard View HS, not Mona Shores HS, because the field is unplayable due to weather conditions.
Volleyball Crushes Lake Michigan College in Bartel-Rodes Gymnasium
The MCC Jayhawks Volleyball Team ran their conference record to 10-2 on the season as they defeated the visiting Redhawks from Lake Michigan College 3-0 on Tuesday, October 14 at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. The Jayhawks won 3-0 with match scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-9.
This was the first match in nearly a month that all of our Jayhawks were healthy and able to play and it showed as the offense got on a roll early and never let up.” said Head Coach Rick Rykse. Sophomore Meghan Birr (Muskegon, MI/Mona Shores HS) set a very balanced offense led by freshman Morgan Kelley (Cadillac, MI/Cadillac HS) with 12 kills while sophomore Brandie Jones (Fruitport, MI/Fruitport HS) seeing her first action after sitting out the past 10 matches. Brandie contributed 8 kills of her own plus 4 aces. Meghan also had 6 kills while dishing out 33 assists plus 2 aces. The Jayhawks also received 5 kills each from sophomore Lindsey Kotecki (Williamston, MI/Williamston HS), sophomore Dani Jones (Grand Rapids, MI/Northview HS), and sophomore Autumn Winger (Fruitport , MI/Fruitport HS) while hitting at an impressive 41.9% for the match.
The serving and passing game of the Jayhawks was also very impressive as the Jayhawks served up 12 aces on the night while only allowing 2 reception errors. Defensively the Jayhawks were led by freshman Veronica Booth (Grand Haven, MI/Grand Haven HS) and Kotecki with 8 digs each. The Jayhawks will be in action again on Thursday, October 16 as they travel to Lansing, Mich. to face Lansing Community College that is only one game back in the conference standings.
Women’s Soccer On a Roll
The Jayhawks have won two in a row and five of their last six games. The Jayhawks won their game today by score of 2-1. The Jayhawks led at halftime 2-1. Freshman Alyssa Benedict (Muskegon, MI/West Michigan Christian HS) scored the first goal for MCC from an assist by freshman Melodie Glotzbach (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View HS).
Benedict scored the game winning goal late in the first half. “She was taken down in the box and got awarded a penalty kick.” said Head Coach Josh Watson. “She took and finished in the bottom left corner. We were tired from Saturday's game against Schoolcraft but grinded out a hard fought game today. They should be proud of this weekend’s games. They are coming together at the right time of the season.”
The Jayhawks are now 5-6 on the season and will be in action on Sunday, October 19 in Benton Harbor, Mich. to play Lake Michigan College.
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