|Skyway Athletes of the Week Stories|
October 11, 2012
In three matches on the week, all of which resulted in PSC victories, Burry tallied six goals and notched a trio of assists.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Burry's best outing of the week came in PSC's 4-0 triumph over Danville (Oct. 6). In that contest, he blasted home three goals and was credited with an assist.
Burry now has 13 goals and 10 assists (36 points) in 16 games for the Pioneers this season.
October 11, 2012
Stewart tallied PSC’s lone goal in a 7-1 loss to Skyway counterpart Lake County on Oct. 3.
October 4, 2012
In three matches during that span, Gonzalez tallied an astonishing 10 goals.
Gonzalez, who has played in olny 10 matches this season, has 15 goals on the campaign.
The 5-foot-5 Gonzalez recorded four goals in PSC’s 4-0 victory over Harper (Sept. 24) and four more in PSC’s 4-3 triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin (Sept. 26).
Those two wins represented PSC’s first of the season.
September 25, 2012
The 5-foot-10 Topps totaled 27 kills, nine digs and four blocks in two matches during the course of the week. Topps’ best performance of the week came against McHenry (Sept. 18) when she delivered 14 kills, six digs and a pair of blocks.
September 25, 2012
The 5-foot-5 Gonzalez tallied all three goals in PSC’s 3-3 non-conference draw against local foe Moraine Valley (Sept. 20).
September 17, 2012
The 5-foot-6 Valencia scored his second collegiate goal in a 2-0 win over South Suburban College Sept. 13. His all-around play has been a key factor in the Pioneers' 7-1-0 start to the campaign.
September 10, 2012
In a week that featured three matches at the South Suburban College Tournament, as well as a conference match against Morton College, in which the Pioneers earned their first win of the season, O’Shea totaled 132 assists with a best of 38 coming against NJCAA Region IV power Kankakee in the first match of the tournament.
September 5, 2012
The 6-foot, 194-pound Ahmed-Shaibu notched seven goals and two assists, good for 16 points, in the Pioneers’ four matches played during the week ending Sept. 2.
For his efforts, Ahmed-Shaibu was selected both the NJCAA and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.
Lukman-Shaibu has now scored two goals in each of his last three contests.
The high-point of Ahmed-Shaibu’s week came in PSC’s 3-1 triumph over Lake County.
In that match, Ahmed Shaibu tallied a pair of goals while also stopping a penalty kick in one minute of time between the posts.
The Prairie State College Athletic Department was pleased to recently learn that five of its student-athletes have soared above and beyond their scholastic duties and been honored as NJCAA Athletes of Academic Distinction.
Sophomore softball player Jordyn Harris (Beecher High School), sophomore men’s cross country runner Peter Jaros (Brother Rice High School) and freshman volleyball player Kaitlyn Kelley (Oak Forest High School) all received Superior Academic Achievement status for their work inside the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.
Sophomore All-American women’s basketball player Ryan Edwards (Walther Lutheran High School) along with sophomore volleyball player Alexa Smerz (Bremen High School) both achieved Exemplary Academic Achievement honors.
In order to earn Superior Academic Achievement recognition, a student-athlete must post a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale in 45 semester hours.
If a student-athlete is to acquire Exemplary Academic Achievement status, they must post a cumulative GPA of 3.60-3.79 on a 4.00 scale in 45 semester hours.
All five of PSC’s honorees were also selected to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team as well.
Before business can be taken care of on the field, it must first be addressed in the classroom.
The Prairie State College Athletic Department was pleased to receive word that a school-record 22 Pioneers, through unwavering hard work and dedication to their scholastic duties, recently earned spots on the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team for the 2011-2012 academic calendar.
In order to be named to the academic all-conference squad, a student-athlete must produce a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in 48 semester hours of course work.
PSC’s baseball and women’s soccer programs landed four players each on the team as Peter Krygsheld (Illiana Christian H.S.), Keith Plocharczyk (Shepard H.S.), Joe Sadowski (St. Laurence H.S.) and Cody Smith (T.F. South H.S.) all made the team.
Women’s soccer players Joy Fergerson (Rich South H.S.), Alejandra Jimenez (Beecher H.S.), Katrina Moore (Bloom H.S.) and Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) all locked down spots on the team.
PSC’s NJCAA Region IV champion volleyball team saw three of its members make the team as Kaitlyn Kelley (Oak Forest H.S.), Alexa Smerz (Bremen H.S.) and Jessica Stas (Heritage Christian H.S., Ind.) earned all-academic recognition.
Jordyn Harris (Beecher H.S.) and Andrea Marganski (Peotone H.S.) of the softball team both locked down spots.
The men’s basketball program had two of its members find slots on the squad as Chris Lockhart (Leo H.S.) and Marty Nissen (Beecher H.S.) both produced strong showings in the classroom.
Prairie State’s second region championship team, the women’s basketball squad, also witnessed a pair of its players make the team as Ryan Edwards (Walther Lutheran H.S.) and Rebecca Dill (Bloom H.S.) both made the cut.
Yarin Hayo-Hamo (HaRishonim H.S., Israel) and Bibemi Ogbara (Rich South H.S.) were selected from the men’s soccer squad.
Peter Jaros (Brother Rice H.S.) of the men’s cross country team, Karen Taylor (Crete-Monee H.S.) of the women’s cross country team along with Kevin Holtz (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) of the golf squad rounded out PSC’s representatives on the team.
April 11, 2012
January 25, 2012
Edwards earned her third league player of the week honor for the week ending January 22. Her latest selection also made her the first player to claim the accolade in consecutive weeks as the 5-foot-6 shooting guard was also selected for the week ending January 15.
In two games last week, Edwards totaled 46 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Her high-water mark for that stretch came in PSC’s 97-28 conference triumph over McHenry January 17. In that contest, Edwards dropped in 27 points, while collecting three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Edwards, who is the leading scorer in the Skyway Conference (21.8 points per game in league play) currently owns a streak of nine straight games of scoring in double figures.
The Pioneers have compiled an overall record of 17-4 with a 4-1 mark in league action.
January 18, 2012
Edwards was named both the NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week while Lockhart secured the nod for Skyway Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Edwards turned in an outstanding effort in the Pioneers’ lone contest of the week, dropping in a career-high 28 points in PSC’s 71-32 win over Waubonsee January 10.
In that game, Edwards shot 11-of-16 from the field, draining six three-pointers, grabbing four rebounds and coming away with a pair of steals.
The Region IV award is Edwards’ first of the season.
Edwards has helped PSC to a 16-3 overall record and 3-0 mark in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference action.
Lockhart, in his team’s only action of the week, torched visiting Waubonsee to the tune of a 31-point effort January 10.
Lockhart also earned Skyway weekly honor for the week ending December 4.
PSC’s men’s team currently owns a 9-9 overall mark.
December 7, 2011
For Lockhart, Tuesday’s notification was his second Skyway Player of the Week nod this season.
In three games during the week, Lockhart, who also claimed the honor for the week ending November 6, tallied 66 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, came away with eight steals and dished out six assists.
In consecutive contests vs. Ancilla and the St. Xavier JV, Lockhart posted 25-point efforts.
Lockhart also claimed an additional honor for the week as he was also selected NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week.
Zandstra recorded 29 points, 24 rebounds, eight blocks and seven steals in three games.
Her best effort of the week came in an 86-43 win over Wright on November 3. In that tilt, the 6-foot-1 Zandstra tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
November 14, 2011
In two games during the course of the week, White tallied 31 points and 13 rebounds while blocking a pair of shots.
He recorded a week-high 17-points against DuPage November 12 and tallied 14 against Joliet on November 8.
October 31, 2011
In three matches during the week, all of which resulted in PSC victories, Stas compiled 43 kills, 26 digs and five blocks.
Stas saved her best effort of the week for the Pioneers' five-set triumph over Black Hawk East on October 29. In that match, Stas delivered a career-high 24 kills while also chipping in 11 digs and a pair of blocks.
Stas is currently ranked 16th nationally in kills per set.
October 24, 2011
Kelley’s latest selection came for the week ending October 23. She was also named the inaugural Skyway Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending September 4.
Kelley is the only two-time Skyway Player of the Week honoree in volleyball this season.
In three matches during the week, Kelley compiled 73 digs and three assists, helping the Pioneers to their first-ever Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Volleyball Tournament Championship.
Kelley’s best effort came in PSC’s five-set, tournament-clinching triumph over McHenry October 23.
In that match, the 5-foot-7 Kelley recorded 26 digs.
Kelley is currently ranked 34th nationally in digs per set, (4.89 per set). She was also selected to the Skyway All-Tournament Team.
October 17, 2011
Sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) of the women's soccer team and freshman Muhammad Chattha (Niles North H.S.) of the men's cross country team both earned the honor.
Heldt scored five goals in two contests during the week, including four in a 9-1 conference win over Morton on Oct. 10. She currently leads the Pioneers with 18 goals and seven assists (43 points) and is ranked 22nd nationally in scoring.
Chattha led PSC to its first meet victory in program history at the Sauk Valley Invitational Oct. 15, while also earning the individual title in the eight-kilometer race.
October 10, 2011
Zindovic tallied three goals in two matches on the week, notching a pair of decisive markers in the Pioneers’ 5-3 win over Morton Oct 4. He currently has 12 goals and six assists on the season.
October 3, 2011
Sophomore midfielder Alex Jaramillo of the men’s soccer team, and sophomore Josh Martin (Crete-Monee H.S.) of the men's cross country team were both selected after stellar performances throughout the week.
Jaramillo scored goals in all three of PSC’s matches during the week while also recording a pair of assists.
Martin raced his way to a 28:22 five-mile effort at the Sean Earl Loyola University Invitational on October 2.
September 21, 2011
Sophomore outside hitter Alexa Smerz (Bremen H.S.) of the PSC volleyball team, sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) of the women’s soccer team, freshman Bobby Sloan (Mount Carmel H.S.) of the golf team and sophomore Josh Martin (Crete-Monee H.S.) of the cross country team were all selected after stellar performances throughout the week.
Smerz totaled 56 kills (11.2 per match) and 53 digs (10.6) in five matches during the week. She saved her best efforts for PSC’s win over Hill College (Texas) at the San Jacinto College Classic. In that match, Smerz compiled 15 kills and 16 digs.
Jimenez, who currently is tied for the team lead in goals with seven, notched tallies against both DuPage (Sept. 12) and Parkland (Sept. 15).
Sloan fired off a round of 75 in a Skyway Conference match at Deer Creek Golf Course in University Park on September 12 and earned medalist honors with a season-best round of 70 at the Skyway match at Mission Hills in Northbrook on September 14.
Martin raced his way to a 28:09 five-mile effort at the Concordia University (Wis.) Invitational on September 17.
September 12, 2011
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Zindovic scored once in Prairie State’s 2-0 triumph over conference foe Waubonsee on September 6 before finding the back of the net four times in PSC’s 12-2 win against Malcolm X on September 10.
Prairie State currently owns a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 mark in league action.
“Stefan has responded very well to what we have asked him to do this season,” Prairie State head coach David Spataru said. “He has also been one of our most dedicated players in terms of his participation and intensity level in workouts. This is a very a nice accomplishment for him.”
Zindovic currently has six goals on the season.
September 6, 2011
Kelley was ranked fourth nationally in digs per set as of September 4.
During the week of August 28 through September 4, Kelley, registered 68 digs and recorded 10 aces.
Kelley’s most impressive outing during that stretch came in the Pioneers’ four-set victory over conference rival Morton on September 1. In that match, the 5-foot-7 Kelley picked up 16 digs.
In 30 sets this season, Kelley has compiled 160 digs, good for a 5.3 average.