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Triton College
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River Grove IL 60171

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Triton Men's Soccer Team is National Tournament Bound
October 29, 2012

By Tim McKinney

Entering the season many believed that this would be a rebuilding season for the Triton College men’s soccer program.  Tom Cholewa stepped down as head coach after a successful four-year run and handed the reins to his assistant, Piotr Sliwa, who took over the top job.

But instead of rebuilding, the Trojans reloaded. Despite not being nationally ranked all season long, the Trojans even exceeded the expectations of their first-year head coach by advancing to their 3rd NJCAA national tournament in the last five years after an exciting 2-1 overtime win over Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minn) Oct. 27 at Dominican University in River Forest to claim the District C championship.

“Making the national tournament this season definitely surpassed my expectations,” Sliwa  said. “But I give the guys all the credit; they worked really hard at practice and got better which each game. Now we have a week to prepare and know we’ll be ready to compete at nationals.”

The Trojans have won 13 straight games after losing their season opener to College of DuPage and will play Suffolk County Community College out of Sheldon, N.Y. in a national quarterfinal game Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 CST in Herkimer, N.Y. The Sharks are currently ranked 4th in the nation with a 17-2 record.

However, ranking has not phased Triton who played a 103 minute match against an Anoka-Ramsey squad who was ranked 9th in NJCAA Division III poll. The Trojans struck first in the 35th minute as Brian Tapia (Morton) found the back of the net off an assist from Rolando Zuniga (St. Joseph).

Triton did its best to protect the one-goal advantage but the Rams who controlled play most of the second half got the equalizer with 19 minutes to play. The Anoka-Ramsey goal was the first tally allowed in the last five games by the Trojans.

In the first 10 minute overtime session, goalie Mateusz Nosek (Steinmetz) made a pair of saves to keep the game tied. The stellar play in goal by Nosek who recorded 11 saves gave the Triton offense their chance as Piotr Franczek (Leyden) scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute off a terrific set-up by All-American candidate Gewargis Samuel (Mather) which sparked a mass celebration on the field.

The district title topped off a week which saw Triton win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Region IV title Oct. 24 in Buffalo Grove by virtue of a 4-0 win over Joliet Junior College. The regional championship run surpassed the mark by Trojans teams from 1985-88.

For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit www.triton.edu/athletics or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

(Photo By Johnny Boston)


Triton Men's Basketball Standout Bryant Orange Signs at Ferris State
June 11, 2012

By Tim McKinney

Bryant Orange leaves Triton College as one the most accomplished men’s basketball players in the program’s history. Now, the Chicago native looks to make his mark at the four-year level as Orange recently earned a full-athletic scholarship to continue playing basketball at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Orange’s Triton career had several accolades including being selected a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II First-Team All-American in April 2012 following a 28-5 season that saw the Trojans rated third in the nation, the highest regular season national ranking in school history.

In addition, Orange led the team in scoring this past season with a 15.5 average and was named North Central Community College Conference (N4C) Most Valuable Player in helping Triton win the conference crown. He clearly was the center of attention for many college recruits, and he felt that attending Ferris State was the right fit.

“It was a long process in deciding where I wanted to go,” Orange said. “But in the end it came down to selecting the school I felt most comfortable and Ferris State was that place.”

Ferris State competes at the NCAA Division II level and ended the 2011-12 campaign with a 16-11 overall record after winning a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship with a 13-6 league mark. For Bulldog Head Coach Bill Sall, the addition of Orange is the third Chicago-area recruit he was able to land. 

"We're thrilled to bring in a high-caliber player with size and strength," Sall said. "Bryant had a highly-successful two years at Triton College and he'll bring a tremendous amount of experience to our program."

As a freshman in 2010-11, Orange played just the second half of the season and had an immediate impact averaging 12.4 points per contest and took home Most Valuable Player of the Region IV Tournament in leading the Trojans to the national tournament. 

At nationals, Orange’s play elevated even more during Triton’s magical run that fell just short of a National Championship. Orange in four games averaged 20 points to be named to the All-National Tournament team. His 24-point performance in the third-place game propelled the Trojans to a 102-98 overtime win over Erie Community College and a school record 31st win to end his freshman season. 

Orange finished his Triton career with 767 points ranking him 25th in the school’s history. But most importantly, Orange was able to finish his associate’s degree at Triton and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management at Ferris State. Trojan head coach Steve Christiansen is excited in what the future holds for Orange and believes he will make Ferris State a team to reckon with in 2012-13.

“Bryant’s graduation and subsequent enrollment at Ferris State University has made me very proud,” Christiansen said. “Coach Bill Sall has done a very good job building that program’s stature and I think the addition of someone of Bryant’s caliber will push them straight to the top. I am anticipating big things from Bryant and the Ferris State Bulldogs over the next two seasons.”

Once Orange arrives at Ferris State, his goals are simple: “I want to earn my four-year degree and win a national championship,” Orange stated. “Any other opportunities that present themselves I will take humbly and live the plan that God has for me.”

For more information on Triton Athletics, contact Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784, or visit www.triton.edu/athletics.

Photo By Johnny Boston

Trojans Qualify Seven Wrestlers to National Tournament
February 17, 2012

By Tim McKinney

The Triton College wrestling team had a strong showing at the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) Central District Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 12 in River Grove. The Trojans had all 10 wrestlers place in the top five, with seven qualifying to participate in NJCAA National Tournament Feb. 23-25 in Rochester, Minn.

As a team, Triton placed 4th in the nine-team field with 96 points. Harper College won the Central District team title with 144.5 points.

The Trojan wrestlers who will head to Rochester are: Jose Torres (125), Devante McCloud (133), Travis Fuller (141), Jose Mariscal (149), Jeremy Walters (157), Lenny Kuspa (165) and Christian Alcantara (184).

"These young men have worked very hard this year and I am proud of each and every one of them," said Triton head coach and Athletic Director Harry McGinnis. "We have the next week to work before the national tournament where we look to achieve the goals we set back in August."

Torres continued his outstanding season with a runner-up finish at 125. The sophomore from Morton High School fell to Lincoln College's sixth ranked Prentice Thomas, by a 9-2 decision in the finals. Torres, who is ranked 9th in the nation, has a 36-12 record this season.

Alcantara, Kuspa, Mariscal and Walters all placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Fuller and McCloud each earned wildcard spots to qualify for the national tournament.

For more information, contact Triton College head wrestling coach and Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784, or visit www.triton.edu/athletics.

Triton Men's Basketball Team Wins 30th Straight Home Game
February 16, 2012

By Tim McKinney

The Triton College men's basketball program reached an unprecedented milestone on Feb. 8 vs. College of DuPage at the Robert M. Collins Center gymnasium. The team earned the 30th consecutive home win, breaking a school record in a 64-57 win over the Chaparrals.

The Trojans (21-3, 9-0, N4C) have not lost a home game in nearly two years and surpassed the mark achieved by Triton teams from 1971-73.

The home winning streak is a credit to a lot of great players who worked hard and should serve as an inspiration for future Triton players to follow who want to play with that same superior level of excellence, said Trojan head coach Steve Christiansen, who now has won 20 or more games in six of his eight seasons at Triton.

However, upset-minded DuPage (10-15, 1-8, N4C) did not make things easy for the Trojans, erasing an 8-point deficit to grab a 55-52 lead with five minutes left. But Triton responded with a flurry of great plays down the stretch, closing the contest with a 12-2 run.

With the game tied at 57, Demetrius Starks (North Chicago) hit a high-floater from the right elbow to give the Trojans the edge with two minutes remaining. After the teams traded possession without scoring, Triton got the ball back looking to run clock during the final minute. With the shot-clock winding down, Starks found Corday Sims (Marshall) who drilled the open three to put the Trojans up 62-57 with 38 seconds left. DuPage then turned the ball over and Justin Newell (Milwaukee, WI) dunk put exclamation point to the historic victory.

Sims led Triton with 18 points, including four baskets from three-point range. Darrius Golston (Bogan) had a solid game inside with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. Starks finished with 11 points and seven assists. Thierno Niang (Senegal) added eight points and six assists.

Triton is ranked #5 in this weeks NJCAA Division II men's basketball poll and look to get one step closer to the N4C Conference title this Saturday at 3 p.m. when they visit Milwaukee Tech. The Trojans return home Feb. 15 against Joliet Junior College at 7 p.m. Ironically, the game will take place on the two-year anniversary of Triton's last home defeat, which was at the hands of Joliet.

For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit www.triton.edu/athletics or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

(Photo By Johnny Boston)

Men's Soccer Team Wins Fourth Straight Region IV Championship
October 28, 2011

By Tim McKinney

The Triton College men’s soccer team’s dominance of the Region IV continued Oct. 26 in Buffalo Grove. The Trojans won their fourth consecutive regional crown in their 2-0 win over Joliet Junior College.

The current Triton run of championships equals the school record for consecutive titles done previously from 1985-88.

The Trojans, 15-1 are one win away from returning to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Herkimer, NY and will travel to Coon Rapids, Minnesota to face Anoka-Ramsey Community College for the District C Championship.

These two teams are no strangers to one another as Triton defeated Anoka-Ramsey 3-0 in last years district final.

“It’s a great accomplishment to win four region championships in a row,” said assistant coach Piotr Sliwa. “However our work is not done and will have a challenging game in Minnesota and need to continue to play good team soccer if we want to achieve our ultimate goal and that’s to make it back to New York for nationals.”

Early on in the clinching win over Joliet, the two teams played at a high pace but had difficulty generating many scoring chances in the unseasonably chilly conditions. But then the Trojans offense hit the jackpot with their only goals coming in a 90 second span midway through the first half.

Dawid Wisniewski (East Leyden) scored the first tally off an assist from Gewargis Samuel (Mather) in the 23rd minute. Then just seconds later Dimitrios Floros (Truman Middle College) struck from 25-yards from Samuel Samuel (Mather) to give Triton all the offense they needed.

Goalkeeper Jorge Perez (East Aurora) made the lead stand up by recording his fifth straight shutout. The Trojans have not allowed a goal since their only loss of the season to Milwaukee Tech Oct. 5. Triton has outscored their opponents 15-0 during this stretch.

Head Coach Tom Cholewa after the victory was awarded Region IV Coach of the Year and Floros was named Region IV Most Valuable Player.

For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit www.triton.edu/athletics or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

(Photo By Johnny Boston)

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Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 4

Men's Championships: 4
Women's Championships: 0

Breakdown by Sport:

  • Men's Wrestling: 1977, 1983, 1984
  • Wrestling (Non-Scholarship): 1997

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