Kellogg Community College Athletics: This fall has indeed been a standout season for Kellogg Community College athletics. The Bruins aim to turn the positive momentum into tangible success by potentially adding some championship banners. As the postseason approaches, the KCC cross country, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams are all eyeing opportunities to secure these coveted banners.
The KCC men’s cross country team holds the highest aspirations, boasting a No. 6 national ranking. The Bruins will test their mettle at the National Junior College Athletic Association regional meet in Grand Rapids on Friday, with hopes of clinching regional honors before heading to the nationals in Alabama on Nov. 11.
Coach Tom Shaw, in his second year at the helm, expresses enthusiasm about the program’s momentum and the team’s potential. He is eager for the men’s team to bring home some hardware and is optimistic about their chances nationally.
The men’s team features local talents, including Gull Lake’s Carson Lenzinger, who has clocked the fifth-best time in school history. The team’s depth includes runners from Lakeview and other local high schools. With promising young talent and the experience gained this season, Shaw sees a bright future for the program.
On the women’s side, Brenna Withers from Harper Creek and Megan Jackson have qualified for the nationals, contributing to the team’s success. With local representation, the women’s team is building visibility and attracting more talent to the program.
In women’s soccer, the KCC team has set program records for wins and goals in a season. Their national ranking, a first in program history, reflects their stellar performance. The team has secured a spot in the NJCAA Regionals, marking back-to-back appearances, a significant achievement in program history.
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The women’s soccer team’s success has been fueled by goal-scoring leaders Aubrey Phenicie of Portage Central and Annabelle Smith of Mount Pleasant. The defensive prowess of Jenna Vogel and Jessie Cummins has been crucial in the team’s overall performance.
The KCC volleyball team is striving to make it to the postseason for the first time since 2017. A recent win has put them in contention, and with a victory in their upcoming match, they can secure a spot in the NJCAA Regional XII tourney.
Gabrianna Kringle, Julia May, and local players like Kate Doyle, Morgan Keson, and Alaina Brubaker have been key contributors to the volleyball team’s efforts this season.
As the postseason unfolds, the Bruins aim to turn their standout season into a historic one, leaving a lasting mark on KCC athletics.