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Sean McDermott Sports Editor



Three way race for regional title

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Since losing their season opening match to Prairie State College 4-5 in heartbreaking fashion, the Cyclones have steamrolled through their competition by winning eight straight matches to end the season with an 8-1 record. Prairie State College would go undefeated in the Illinois Skyway Conference Championship and won the coveted title. Since the loss the Cyclones have found their groove and outscored their opponents 64-8 en route to their eight consecutive victories. “Finishing second in conference is a step up from last season. We had a hiccup in our first match, but that pushed us. The conference doesn’t dictate if we go to nationals. The players have it in their heads to redeem themselves from that one and only loss this season,” said head coach Ben Thompson on Moraine Valley’s tennis web site. “I’m happy with the improvements. We still have a long way to go, but we’re taking it one day at a time. We’re working hard in practice, and I’m happy with them.” The key to the successful 2014 campaign has been the teammates ability to encourage each other throughout the duration of their matches. “Encouragement has been the major contributor to our success and the ability we have to bond with each oth-

er,” said Tim Stewart. “When you’re out on the courts and you’re losing and you hear a teammate yell, “You got this man” it really helps spark the inner fire to pick it up for your team.” There is a lot of positive energy circulating amongst the Cyclones with the Region IV tournament beginning. The race for the regional title figure to be between College of DuPage, Prairie State College and Moraine Valley. These teams have played competitively against each other throughout the season, as each team didn’t have a clear advantage over each other. This season Moraine Valley lost to Prairie State 4-5 on Mar. 27, but beat College of DuPage 7-2 on April 11. With the regional tournament hosted by Moraine Valley on their luxurious new tennis courts, the Cyclones have the advantage to win the title. With their aggressive approach to tennis and current hot streak, the Cyclones seem destined to receive a ticket to Texas next month for the NJCAA championship. Last season the Cyclones missed the championship by one point. The Cyclones veterans are looking for redemption from a season ago. The regional champion will be crowned April 26, hopefully the title will return home and be draped in the green and white of Moraine Valley.

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Tinley Park alum Alec Mikes takes a swing at a tennis ball during practice on April 15. Mikes figures to be one of the key returnees in 2015. [Dan Hajnos]

7-16 record doesn’t reflect team’s will By Sean McDermott Sports Editor After sweeping Morton College on April 8, the Cyclones (7-16) have gone back to their losing ways having dropped six of their last eight games. Head coach Cole Farmer knew going into this season, that the Cyclones didn’t have the overall talent to win the region, let alone the conference. The top talent in the area flocked to Oakton Community College (24-12), South Suburban College (16-14), College of DuPage (16-11), Kankakee Community College (28-14) and reigning Illinois Skyway Champions Prairie State College (16-13), leaving Farmer scraping the bottom of the barrel of the talent that was passed up. With the players that he was able to bring to the program, Farmer turned them into aggressive and smart ball players. “These teams win and we haven’t in a long time,” explained Farmer. “It’s something I’m trying to change here at Moraine Valley.” BASEBALL | page 11

Middle infielders Michael Rankin and Jason Hine go over strategy at second base during a game against Morton College on April 8. Rankin and Hine have been one of the best defensive tandems in the Region IV. [Erica Sinnott]

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