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Rockford, Illinois

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Marquez, Ekx named NJCAA All-Americans

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On the heels of a sixth place finish at the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) tournament, the Rock Valley College softball team has now added two more names to RVC's prestigious NJCAA All-American list: Vivi Marquez and Kara Ekx.

Marquez finished the season third in the country in RBIs (70) and fourth in home runs (10) while hitting .504. The freshman catcher from Hononegah High School was previously named conference MVP and first team all-conference catcher for the N4C (North Central Community College Conference). Marquez was also named all-region for NJCAA Region IV.

Ekx did even better from a national standpoint, leading NJCAA Division III in home runs (12) and ranking second in RBIs (75) while posting a .516 average with 13 doubles and 55 runs scored. The sophomore outfielder from McHenry High School was also a first team all-conference and an all-region selection.

Marquez and Ekx join the 137 previous RVC athletes to achieve NJCAA All-American honors, covering all sports.

Vivi Marquez       Kara-Ekx

Vivi Marquez                        Kara Ekx

 

Ekx marks her spot

Kara Ekx

After a sparkling freshman season for Rock Valley College, Judson University has seen enough of Kara Ekx. Ekx will forgo her sophomore season at RVC and has committed to Judson University to finish her college career and education.

As a freshman, Ekx led NJCAA Division III in home runs (12) and ranked second in RBIs (75) while posting a .516 average with 13 doubles and 55 runs scored. The RVC third baseman from McHenry High School was also an NJCAA All-American, a first team all-conference (N4C) selection, and an all-region (NJCAA Region IV) selection. She was also twice named NJCAA Division III Player of the Week this season.

 

Two Golden Eagles Commit to Four-year Schools

RVC softball players MJ Patten and Laura Van Wy have committed to continue their education and athletic pursuits at four-year schools.

Patten, a sophomore outfielder from Christian Life High School, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She led the Golden Eagles in batting average (.565), hits (70), and stolen bases (16) this past season, and was named first team all-conference for the N4C (North Central Community College Conference) and all-region for NJCAA Region IV.

Van Wy, a sophomore outfielder from Boylan High School, will be heading to Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was named second team all-conference after batting .308 on the season. 

MJ-Patten      Laura-Van-Wy

MJ Patten                           Laura Van Wy

 

Thurow signs with Judson

Taylor Neuschwander-Thurow has signed a letter of intent to play softball and continue her education at Judson University. Thurow (Harlem High School) is batting .410 through 27 games this spring with three home runs, 29 runs driven in, and 28 runs scored as the Golden Eagles' sophomore short stop. RVC is currently ranked in the top 10 for NJCAA Division III.

Taylor Neuschwander-Thurow signs her letter of intent to play for Judson University.

4/11/13

Ekx named NJCAA Division III Player of the Week for second time this season

The Rock Valley College Golden Eagles softball team is off to a hot start at 15-7 and is ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Division III softball poll. Last week RVC went 6-2 behind the bat of Kara Ekx (McHenry High School) and that has led to her earning Player of the Week honors for NJCAA Division III Softball.

Ekx compiled a .613 batting average (19-for-31) with two doubles, two triples, and six home runs for a 1.387 slugging percentage. The freshman tallied 25 RBIs on the week and scored 20 runs. Ekx leads the No. 5 Golden Eagles in virtually every offensive category and ranks first in Division III with 10 homeruns and 50 RBIs.

This is the second time she was won Player of the Week honors so far this season.

Kara Ekx


3/22/13

Ekx named NJCAA Division III Player of the Week

The Rock Valley College Golden Eagles softball team went 5-2 to start the season behind the offensive effort of Kara Ekx (McHenry High School) and that has led to her earning Player of the Week honors for NJCAA Division III Softball.

Ekx compiled a .650 batting average (13-for-20) with three doubles and three home runs. The freshman tallied 17 RBIs on the week and scored eight runs. Ekx has a team-high .656 batting average this season and leads the #9 ranked Golden Eagles with 23 RBIs and four home runs.