June 30, 2015
The Cincinnati State golf team won the 2015 NJCAA Division III national championship, marking the first national title for the Surge in any sport.
Cincinnati State saved its best for last, delivering a team score of 294 in the final round to overcome a one-shot deficit and win by two strokes over defending national champions Sandhills Community College at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York.
Taylor Suggs led the way, carding a 1-under-par 71 on Friday en route to an individual national championship. Suggs’ four-round total of 285 was five shots better than his closest competitor.
Mason graduate Alex Ebel (72) and Jeff Wray (73) from Lakota West each recorded their best round of the tournament on the final day, while Oak Hills grad Hayden Burns (78) matched his best score.
“I have played golf for over 40 years, and I have never seen the never-give-up attitude like we had today,” Surge head coach Scott Webb said. “It took Taylor and Alex to birdie the last hole and Jeff and Hayden to par it in front of a huge crowd to win it.”
Suggs, Wray and Ebel each earned All-America honors. Wray, who finished with a total of 300 (+ 12), was fifth in the individual standings, and Ebel (309, +21) placed 14th. For sophomores Suggs and Wray, it is the second time they have achieved All-America status. It also was the second straight year the Surge had three of their five participating golfers earn that recognition.
Burns finished tied for 27th (313, +25), and sophomore John McQueen, another Lakota West graduate, came in tied for 41st (322, +34). McQueen’s second-round 76 was pivotal, as it tied for the second-best Surge score of the day and contributed to the team’s 302 total on Wednesday.
Cincinnati State, which had a three-round lead disappear a year ago due to red-hot play by Sandhills, was able to return the favor in 2015.
"We had incredible support from all of the teams and players pulling for us,” Webb added. “It was a great day in Cincinnati State sports history."
Surge finish 2nd to Sand Hills CC at 2014 NJCAA Golf Championships
June 16, 2014
Chautauqua, NY – Competing in the NJCAA National Golf Championship this week, Cincinnati State finished in 2nd place to Sand Hills Community College (NC).
Entering the 4th round with a four stroke lead, the Surge where out shot by a final round team score of 290 by Sand Hills. `Nick Thompson of Sand Hills claimed the individual national title with a 2-under 70 in the final round. Thompson was 3-under (285) for the tournament. Ediz Kemaloglu and Cody Roberts also shot 70 for the Flyers. Caleb Chavis shot 80 as the Sand Hills went on to win the title with a 4-day total of 1197.
The Surge, who shot 1212 after a final round of 309, had three players finish in the top 15 and qualify for All-American honors. Matt “Chappy” Nickoson shot 75 in the final round en route to a 5th place finish with a tournament total of 292 (+4). Taylor Suggs finished in 9th place at 300(+12) after a 73 on Friday. Jeff Wray, who shot a final round 80, finished 15th at 307(+19). Austin Kyle narrowly missed All-American honors after shooting a final round 81 and finished with 313(+25). John McQueen finished with 327(+39).
Although the outcome was not what Cincinnati State coach Scott Webb wanted, the Surge did set a program record for lowest team score in national tournament play and had three players earn All-American honors for the first time in one season. The National Runner-Up finish was the best finish in team history.
“Sand Hills came out and shot one of the best rounds in the tournament’s history,” Webb said. “They deserved to win today. We gave it our best shot and fell a little short of the title. Our guys worked so hard all season long and I could not be prouder of any group of individuals. I know our freshman are already looking forward to getting back to work and trying to get back to nationals in 2015.”
Nickoson and Kyle, sophomores from Cincinnati, are expected to accept offers to play at a 4-year programs later this month. The Surge also will lose Eric Howard and Ricky Dumont, who graduated from Cincinnati State this past spring.
“We really had a great group of sophomores. These two years went by so fast. They all have great futures ahead of them,” Webb said. “I am honored to have had them come play for me.”
Suggs, Wray, McQueen and Chad Bialecki will return to play for Webb next season.
For final results and standings, please click here.
Surge men's & women's basketball win district titles; compete at NJCAA National Championships
March 25, 2014
After claiming their respective district titles, the men's & women's basketball programs' capped off successful seasons with apperances at the NJCAA national tournament.
The men punched their ticket to nationals in Danville, Ill. thanks to a Winston Grays' jumper as time expired to Cincinnati State to a 79-78 win over Owens in the NJCAA District XI championship game on March 9th.
The Surge, which were the top seed in the National Tournament, had their national title hopes dashed after a 90-78 loss to Central Community College (NE) in the 2nd round. Cincinnati State finished with a 6th place finish in the tournament.
The Surge, which ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll for the first time in program history, finished with a 29-5 record while claiming the District 11 & OCCAC title.
The women, who went on a 17-2 run to beat No. 5 Owens in the District I Championship, also had their national tournament run end in the second round with a loss to top seeded North Iowa Area Community College.
Phylicia Johnson capped off a stellar freshman season with 20+ point performances in Cincinnati State's five postseason games. Johnson, the OCCAC "Player of the Year," finished the season ranked 3rd among Cincinnati State players for points scored in a single season (570).
The Surge, who made its 3rd national tournament appearance in four seasons, finished the season with a 21-12 record while claiming the District title.
For information on the NJCAA Div. II Women’s National Tournament, please visit - http://www.njcaa.org/sports_nationalChampionship.cfm?category=National%20Championship&sid=24&divid=2&slid=11
For information on the Men’s Div. II National Tournament, go to -http://www.njcaa.org/sports_nationalChampionship.cfm?category=National%20Championship&sid=5&divid=2&slid=2
2013 ends with regional title; back-to-back appearances at NJCAA National Tournament for men's soccer
December 3, 2013
The Cincinnati State men's soccer team finished another tremendous season in 2013, recapturing the Ohio Community College Conference title, a Region XII title and its third national tournament appearance in four seasons.
Perhaps, the highlight of the 2013 season came against rival Owens Community College in the NJCAA Region XII final in early November when the Surge claimed a 3-0 victory over the Express to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season and the third time in four seasons.
"Earning back to back appearances in the national tournament is something that no previous team at Cincinnati State has ever done," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. "I am so proud of this group of players. For our sophomore class, each player can say that they left with the legacy of two conference titles, two region titles and two trips to the national tournament."
The Surge's appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas consisted of two games in the pool tournament stage. The Surge defeated Cloud County 2-1 on the first day of the tournament and lost their final game to No. 3 seed San Jacinto - South 3-0 to end the season.
"Obviously, we wish we could have advanced out of the pool stage," Combs said. "With that being said, we were one of twelve teams still standing at the end of the season which further solidifies our program as one of the best in all of junior college."
The Surge finished with an overall record of 18-2-2 on the year.
Of the 22 man roster, Cincinnati State will see 11 sophomores depart next season including leading goal scorer Kyle Grothaus, point leader Liam Doyle, and top defenders Austin Klueh & Tucker Beerman. Two members of the sophomore class have already committed to play at NCAA Div. I programs next fall.
Doyle will continue his career at Ohio State University. Forward Kevin Walker, who was named OCCAC "Offensive Player of the Year," will play at Bowling Green University. The rest of the sophomore class has gained interest from numerous Div. I, II & NAIA programs and are expected to commit to a school over the next few months.
11 freshman are expected to return including 6 players who have started at least one game in 2013.
Starting goalkeeper Ryan Hall returns after posting 7 shutouts and earning All-Region honors in 2013. Starting a combined 34 games in 2013, Brad Schluter, Trae Collins and Vonne Byrd will bring experience to the midfield positions in 2014. Defenders Okama Thompson and Grant Geigle will be relied upon to anchor down the defensive unit as head coach Mike Combs will look to retool a back line which loses five of eight defenders on the roster to graduation
Cincinnati State to add volleyball to intercollegiate sports program
May 29, 2013
Cincinnati State will add women’s volleyball to its intercollegiate sports program, beginning with the 2013 season.
“Volleyball is a very popular sport that is played at a very high level in the Greater Cincinnati area,” stated athletic director Tom Hathaway. “We look forward to capitalizing on the high school and club talent in our area and expect to quickly build a program that will compete among the best in our conference and region, as our other teams do.”
Earlier this month, Cincinnati State hired Kristy Bailey as head coach.
A native of Adrian, Mich., Bailey is a 2005 graduate of Lenawee Christian High School, where she was an All-County, All-Region and All-Michigan player in volleyball. She earned an athletic scholarship atOwens Community College, which boasts one of the power programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 12. Bailey helped Owens to two conference titles as the program has continued a successful run over the past 12 seasons, winning the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference 11 times.
After playing for a year at Southeastern University (on a team that was the runner-up in the 2007 NCAA national championship) Bailey transferred to Northern Kentucky University. There she organized a highly-competitive club volleyball program and served as the team’s player-coach. The experience gave her broad insight to the responsibilities of coaching and developing a team, Hathaway said, noting that she handled such duties as scheduling, player recruiting and development, practice and game preparation, and event management as well as fund-raising.
While playing and coaching at NKU, Bailey also found time to serve as assistant volleyball coach at Cooper High School in Northern Kentucky and work as an assistant and clinician at the Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball Club.
Bailey completed her BA in integrated studies at NKU in 2012. For the past year she has been head coach of the Midwest Xtreme Volleyball Club’s U16 White team.
“There is no question that we have a lot of work to do in a short period of time, but I am confident that, with the support of our volleyball community and Coach Bailey leading the way, we will be ready for the start of the season,” stated Hathaway.
Volleyball joins the Cincinnati State intercollegiate program that includes men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s golf. Those existing teams have made a total of seven appearances in the NJCAA national championships over the past four years.
Adding volleyball became attractive to Cincinnati State following last summer’s renovation of the school’s gym. Additionally, the college annually receives dozens of inquiries from high school seniors interested in playing the sport.
Cincinnati area high schools have won 29 girls volleyball state championships, and the area club volleyball programs are similarly successful.