College Notes: ECC’s Justin Kalusa receives Region IV honor
From Staff Reports June 5, 2012 5:20PM
Elgin Community College baseball players Matt Stevens (left) and Justin Kalusa both earned postseason honors. | File ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:46AM
The Elgin Community College baseball team recently hauled in some postseason awards.
Sophomore outfielder Justin Kalusa, a Larkin High School graduate, was named the Region IV Player of the Year, while freshman third baseman/pitcher Bobby Thorson, a Kaneland product, was named the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player.
Kalusa finished the season batting .420 with 31 RBI, 17 stolen bases, three home runs, 13 doubles and an on-base percentage of .477. He also did duty as a relief pitcher, working 7.2 innings with seven strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.35. Kalusa committed only two errors for a .973 fielding percentage. He was ranked 31st in individual hitting among the NJCAA Division II statistical leaders.
Thorson, who did double duty as a starter and third baseman, was 3-0 and batted .444 in the conference. Overall, he was 5-0 with a 2.077 ERA with 28 strikeouts. In 39 innings pitched, he gave up only nine earned runs.
At the plate, Thorson batted .375 with 30 RBI, 10 doubles, two home runs and had an on-base percentage of .491. Thorson was ranked 49th in individual pitching among the national NJCAA Division II statistical leaders.
Receiving Region IV All-Region First Team honors were Kalusa, Thorson and Matt Stevens.
Stevens, a sophomore catcher from St. Charles North, batted .386 with 21 doubles, two home runs, 32 RBI and had a fielding percentage of .978.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson was named to the Region IV All-Region Second Team. Richardson, a St. Charles North graduate, ended the season with a .404 batting average, 39 RBI, 12 doubles, two home runs and eight stolen bases.
Earnings honors on the All-ISCC First Team were Kalusa, Richardson, Stevens and Thorson.
Matt Kaiser and Jimmy Martin were awarded Second Team honorees. Kaiser, a sophomore first baseman from Lake Park, batted .317 for the season with 33 RBI, 13 doubles, four home runs, six stolen bases and had a .985 fielding percentage.
Martin, a freshman outfielder from Geneva, batted .336 with 22 RBI, seven stolen bases, and an OBP of .410.
ECC softball honors
Spartans shortstop Ashley Scheffler was one of 10 women’s softball players in Region IV District A Division II who were named to the All-Region Team.
The ISCC women’s softball coaches also recognized the solid season Scheffler — a Burlington Central graduate — had and named her to the All-ISCC First Team.
Scheffler, a sophomore, finished the season with a batting average of .463 with four triples, four doubles, one home run, three stolen bases an OBP of .507 and a fielding percentage of .944.
Judson athletes earn accolades
Finishing out the spring season strong in academics, Judson University had 14 athletes earn either NAIA or NCCAA scholar-athlete awards. Women’s tennis earned the most scholar-athlete awards with four athletes while baseball and women’s track and field had three.
Kristen Kress and Angela Schultz both earned NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete awards for women’s tennis. Marisa Gauss was a NAIA scholar-athlete while Alexa Schofield made the NCCAA scholar-athlete team.
In baseball, T.J. Swank and John Banks earned NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete status while Ben Palmer made the NCCAA scholar-athlete team.
Women’s track and field also had three athletes earn awards as Tess Tyton claimed both NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete awards. Sarah Dede and Kristal Pitts both were given NCCAA scholar-athlete awards.
Victoria Perez and Erin Stankus represented the softball team for Judson. Perez was both the NAIA and NCCAA scholar-award winner as Stankus earned a NCCAA scholar-athlete award.
Tim Ciochon was the representative for men’s track and field on the NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete list while men’s tennis player Adam Westhauser made the NCCAA scholar-athlete team.
To make the NAIA scholar-athlete team a 3.5 grade-point average is required and at least of junior status and attended two semesters at the institution. The NCCAA scholar-athlete qualifications were a 3.40 grade point average, junior status, and at least one semester at the institution.