Soph baseball players all moving up

Cowley College volleyball coach Steven Gream poses with his team at the 20th annual NoKaOi Volleyball Hawaii event July 9-16 in Honolulu. Gream’s team, comprised of players from Kansas, Minnesota, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, including Dani Smith and Elizabeth Jurkovich of Arkansas City, didn’t drop a set en route to the title.

All 14 Cowley College baseball sophomores have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at four-year schools.

Nine of the 14 players signed with NCAA Division I programs.

“We are excited for them and happy to share in their success,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said. “All 14 of them will be able to continue their education and baseball careers because they worked their tails off and had their priorities right.”

The Tigers captured conference and region titles en royte to a sixth-place finish at the Juco World Series, ending the season with a 47-14 record.

• Cody Milligan (.465 average, 65 RBI, 30 stolen bases) signed with the University of Southern Mississippi, also signed with the Atlanta Braves after being selected in the ninth round of the MLB draft.

• Brannon Jordan (9-2, 2.63 ERA, 82 strikeouts) signed with the University of South Carolina.

• Cole Larsen (9-2, 4.28 ERA, 89 strikeouts) signed with the University of Kansas.

• Daniel DeSimone (.333 average, 10 home runs, 58 RBI) signed with the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

• Andrew Roach (9-3, 3.69 ERA, 77 strikeouts) signed with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

• Ryan Westerhoff (2-1, five saves, 4.15 ERA) signed with the University of South Alabama.

• Jared Wilson (2-0, 39 strikeouts) signed with Arkansas State University.

• Kaid Karnes (42 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings) signed with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

• Grady Davenport (.418 average, 18 doubles, 46 RBI) signed with the University of the Incarnate Word.

• Parker Dunn (.346 average, 42 RBI) signed with Washburn University.

• Carson Sader (.380 on-base percentage) signed with Washburn University.

• Kros Bay (.322 on-base percentage) signed with Washburn University.

• Ethan Swanson (1-0, 3.29 ERA) signed with the University of Central Oklahoma.

• Adam White (3-0) signed with Pittsburg State University.

Volleyball team is All-Academic

 The Cowley College women’s volleyball team received the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport with excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Only 21 NJCAA colleges made this prestigious list, three of which were from KJCCC Division II ranks (Cowley, Coffeyville and Fort Scott).

“Receiving the AVCA Team Academic Award is a testament to the hard work of the student-athletes of our program off the court,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “We had a team goal to do well on the court, but we also had the team goal to do well in the classroom and receive this award. Being a student-athlete is not easy with the hours and hours of work that is put in practice, matches, team travel, the classroom, and study time. This balance is very challenging and I am so proud that these players have risen to this challenge that is progressing them toward a degree.”

Cowley previously received the award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Gream wins title in Hawaii

 Cowley College volleyball coach Steven Gream led his team to the championship at the 20th annual NoKaOi Volleyball Hawaii event July 9-16 in Honolulu.

The team Gream coached was comprised of players from Kansas, Minnesota, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Two of the players — Dani Smith and Elizabeth Jurkovich — are from Arkansas City.

Each team was coached by a college coach in a two-day tournament. The first day was pool play and the second day consisted of a single-elimination tournament.

The first day of pool play Gream’s team played four matches of two sets to 25 points and won every set of each match. That earned his team a No. 1 seed for day two of the tournament. On Day 2, his team played three matches and won every set.

“We played the whole tournament without losing a set. We defeated the Nebraska team in the championship match and were awarded medals for the championship,” Gream said. “I am proud of our team who came together from five different states and worked to play at a high level to win the championship. Each player played with heart and had a desire to win the championship together.”

The team had an opportunity to tour the island and stay on Waikiki beach.

Volleyball camps approaching

 The nationally-ranked Cowley College volleyball team is host to two high school camps to finish out the summer. The high school camp is July 29-30, and an elite high school camp is on July 31. The camps will be directed by the Cowley coaching staff at W.S. Scott Auditorium.

Th high school camp is designed for those entering grades 9-12 in the fall and will cover all aspects of the game. The two-day camp will cover the understanding of rotations, general volleyball rules, passing, setting, serving and hitting mechanics. Each day is five hours and the cost is $90 for two days or $45 per day.

The elite camp offers comprehensive instruction for athletes who wish to do more advanced training, with a desire to compete at the collegiate level. The following areas will be instructed: skills development, offensive and defensive team systems, specialized position instruction and, if numbers allow, intrasquad play. Six hours of instruction for the cost of $80. Campers are to have a ride for lunch or bring their own sack lunch.

All campers will need to bring workout gear and athletic shoes.

All sessions are open to family and friends to watch.

The camps must be paid in full prior to the start of camp.

Payments can be made by cash, check or on our online at www.cowleyvolleyballcamp.com. For more information, email Gream at steven.gream@cowley.edu.

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