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Cavaliers moving on

Cavaliers moving on

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With the 2018-19 year at an end, several Johnson County Community College student-athletes have made their decisions on where their next destination will take them. Below is a list of the JCCC student-athletes who will be moving on a four-year school. Congratulations to all the Cavaliers who have signed to compete at the next level. 

Luis Alanis – Men's Soccer: Alanis will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Benedictine is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. This season, Alanis switched from goalkeeper to midfielder and he finished with eight points off four goals. Two of his goals were game winners. As a keeper last year he was 3-7-1 with 62 saves. Alanis is from Kansas City, Mo. 

Anthony Amicangelo – Baseball: Amicangelo will be attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Southeastern Conference. Amicangelo is hit .492, second-best in the NJCAA. He led the team in hits (91), 2B (23), 3B (5) and RBIs (68). He earned first-team NJCAA All-American, first-team All-Region VI and first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. Amicangelo is from Bremerton, Wash. 

Jade Askren – Volleyball: Askren will be attending Park University in Parkville, Mo. Park is a NAIA program and a member of the American Midwest Conference. Askren had a tremendous sophomore season. She was selected as a first-team NJCAA All-American, first-team All-Region VI/District M, first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference, team MVP and the JCCC Female Athlete of the Year. In two seasons she compiled 2,122 assists, third-most all-time. Her 1,337 season assists in 2018 ranks third-most on the season chart. Askren is from Wichita, Kan. 

Dylan Bierman – Baseball: Bierman will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Lipscomb is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Bierman was a member of the Cavaliers starting rotation. He was 6-3 with an ERA of 3.33, 81 strikeouts over 67.2 innings pitched. He earned NJCAA All-Academic first-team honors with a 4.0 as a freshman and sophomore, and recently was selected as a Google Cloud Academic All-American.  Bierman is from Tulsa, Okla.

Reid Briney – Baseball:  Briney will be attending Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Missouri Western State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Briney played catcher for the Cavaliers. He is a career .244 hitter and has just one career error. This year he had 1.000 fielding percentage and threw out every runner that has attempted to steal on him. Briney is from Overland Park, Kan.

Sung Min Cho – Men's Soccer: Cho will be attending St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. St. Thomas Aquinas is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the East Coast Conference. Cho earned second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference last season after finishing second on the team in points with 19 and goals scored with seven. He was voted the team's most valuable player his freshman year. Cho is from Osnabruck, Germany. 

Monique Diaz – Women's Soccer: Diaz will be attending Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Baker is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Diaz was second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference midfielder in 2018 after finishing with nine points from three goals and three assists. She also helped the defense post a 1.70 goals against average with six shutouts. Diaz is from Hood River, Ore. 

Kerrigan Dixon – Softball: Dixon will be attending Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. Emporia State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Dixon was selected the MVP of her team for the 2019 season and earned second-team NJCAA All-American, first-team All-Region VI/District D and first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference. She was an honorable mention All-Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference and first-team All-District D selection last year. For her career in the circle, Dixon was 30-13 with 168 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.61. She also had 27 complete games. At the plate, she is a .376 career hitter (80-for-213) with 16 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 54 RBIs. Twice she has been selected the KJCCC Pitcher of the Week including week seven this season. Dixon is from Maize, Kan. 

Zachary Ebert – Baseball:  Ebert will be attending Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. KSU is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Big-12 Conference. Ebert was the Cavaliers ace on the mound the past two seasons. This season he was 12-1 with 107 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.20. During the season, he surpassed the career strikeouts record of 162 and now his total climbed to 212, becoming just the fifth pitcher in conference history to top 200+ career strikeouts. Also set the career mark for complete games at 17, and set a new career mark in wins (19). This year, he earned first-team All-Region VI and All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. Last year, he was an all-conference second-team pick. Ebert is from Topeka, Kan. 

Paige Elston – Women's Basketball: Elston will be attending the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Ark.  Arkansas Fort Smith is a NCAA Division II program and a member of the Heartland Conference. This season, Elston earned second-team All-Region VI and All-Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference after averaging 11.1 point per game. She finished her career 52-13 as a starting point guard and averaged double figures scoring (10.7) over her two-year career at the college.

Chris Esposito – Baseball:  Esposito will be attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska-Omaha is a NCAA D-I program and a member of The Summit League. Esposito has been a fixture on the infield his two seasons at JCCC. He had an outstanding sophomore campaign, batting .354 (62-for-175) with 16 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 46 runs and 46 RBIs. Earlier this year, he was selected the KJCCC Baseball Player of the Week for week 9. He also earned second-team All-Region VI and first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. Esposito is from Overland Park, Kan.

Manuela Gonzalez – Women's Soccer: Gonzalez will be attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. Northwest Missouri State in a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. A two-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference selection, Gonzalez leaves ranked among the all-time leaders in game winning goals (7-8th), goals scored (17-26th) and points (53-27th). She led the team with 29 points in 2017 and was second in 2018 with 24. Gonzalez is from Olathe, Kan. 

Mason Hartman – Baseball: Hartman will be attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. Pitt State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Hartman is a career .342 hitter with 116 hits, 100 runs and 76 RBIs. He was an All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honorable mention infielder his freshman and sophomore seasons. Hartman is from Wichita, Kan. 

Kylie Hays – Softball: Hays will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Benedictine is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Earlier this season she was given the top academic award for her team. A transfer from Rollins College in Orlando, Fla., In her one season at JCCC, Hays batted .241 (14-for-58) with three doubles, 14 runs and eight RBIs. Hays is from Overland Park, Kan. 

Anna Hester – Volleyball: Hester will be attending the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. Saint Mary is a NAIA program and a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Hester is a highly decorated middle hitter. She earned NJCAA honorable mention All-American as a sophomore, and twice was named All-Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference and All-Region VI/Disrict M. She also was selected the NJCAA D-II All-Tournament team in 2018. Over her two seasons she tallied 707 kills, which ranks fifth all-time. Hester is from Lenexa, Kan.

Morgan Hill – Women's Soccer: Hill will be attending MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. MANU is a NAIA D-I program and a member of the Heart of America Conference. Hill was a key defensive midfielder over her two seasons at JCCC. She was part of defensive pool that posted a goals against average of 0.94 in 2017 and 1.70 in 2018. She also help JCCC post 15 shutouts over two seasons. Hill is from Shawnee, Kan. 

Julia Johnson – Women's Basketball: Johnson will be attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. … Pitt State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. As a freshman last season, Johnson played in 32 games, 29 as a starter. She averaged 5.8 points and a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game. Her 6.4 rebound average ranked eighth in the Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference, and her 204 total boards were fifth. She scored in double figured four times and reached double digits in rebounds six times. Johnson is from DeSoto, Kan.

Julia Johnson – Women's Basketball: Johnson will be attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. … Pitt State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. As a freshman last season, Johnson played in 32 games, 29 as a starter. She averaged 5.8 points and a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game. Her 6.4 rebound average ranked eighth in the Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference, and her 204 total boards were fifth. She scored in double figured four times and reached double digits in rebounds six times. Johnson is from DeSoto, Kan.

Noah Juarez – Men's Soccer: Juarez will be attending MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. MANU is a NAIA D-I program and a member of the Heart of America Conference. Juarez played in 30 games at JCCC as part of the team's defensive pool. Last season, he also scored a goal and provided an assist. Juarez is from Louisburg, Kan. 

Alec McGehee – Baseball: McGehee will be attending Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Missouri Western State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. One of the hardest workers on the roster, McGehee recently was a co-recipient of the team's Cavalier Award. He batted at a .286 clip this season. McGehee is from Frisco, Texas. 

Meli McKinney – Men's Basketball: McKinney will be attending Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. Avila is a NAIA program and a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. McKinney played in 57 career games, averaged 3.9 points and shot 58.2 percent from the field over his two seasons. He also helped the Cavaliers win back-to-back conference titles for the first time in 45 years. 

Kerry Murphy – Softball: Murphy will be attending East Central University in Ada, Okla. ECU is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Great American Conference. This season Murphy hit a .333 clip (35-for-105), second-best on the team, with six doubles, a team-best seven home runs, 24 runs scored and 31 RBIs. She also earned first-team All-Region VI/District D and second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. She hit .331 over her career, with 23 extra base hits and drove in 51 runs. 

Jacob Owens – Baseball: Owens will be attending Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. WSU is a NCAA D-I program and a member of The American Athletic Conference. Owens has been a fixture in the outfield for the past two season at JCCC. He is a career .320 hitter with 124 hits, 19 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs 108 runs and 89 RBIs. He currently ranks among the all-time career leaders in at bats, hits, multiple-hit games, triples, RBIs and multiple-RBI games. Owens is from Shawnee, Kan. 

Kara Pascarella – Women's Soccer: Pascarella will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. UMD is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Pascarella closed out her career with 12 goals, 10 assists for 34 points. This season, she tied for second on the team and 16th in the conference with six assists. She also tied for the team lead with two game winning assists. 

Lenae Salinas – Softball: Salinas will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Benedictine is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Her versatility has allowed her to play all over the infield this season and has a fielding percentage of. 911. She is also batting .304 (21-for-69) with four doubles, four home runs, 19 runs and 13 RBIs. 

Jeremy Sanchez – Men's Soccer: Sanchez will be attending Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Southwestern is a NAIA program and a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Sanchez was part of the Cavaliers' defensive unit that produced a goals against average of 2.20 with one shutout. He also had one assist on the season. He joined the program after playing his freshman year at Coffeyville Community College. Sanchez is from Kansas City, Kan. 

Blake Shannon – Baseball:  Shannon will be attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. OU is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Big-12 Conference. He had a solid sophomore season where he batted .392 (47-for-120) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 45 runs and 26 driven in. He also earned second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. Shannon is from Tulsa, Okla. 

Anthony Jordan Shaw – Baseball:  Shaw will be attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla. Northwestern Oklahoma State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Great American Conference. Shaw has developed into one of the Cavaliers top relievers in 2019. He had an ERA of 2.45 over his nine appearances on the hill. He also has a record of 1-0. He was 3-0 over his career and averaged a strikeout per inning pitched. 

Vanessa Silva – Women's Soccer: Diaz will be attending Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Baker is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Silva was a two-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference selection at goalkeeper, and twice earned conference keeper of the week honors during her freshman year. She finished her career ranks third in total minutes in the nets with 3,207:10, tied for fourth with 26 wins, sixth in saves with 149 and tied for eighth in shutouts with 10.  

Jaci Stowers – Women's Basketball: Stowers will be attending Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.  Missouri S&T is a NCAAA D-II program and a member of Great Lakes Valley Conference. Stowers was named honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association this year. She also earned Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference second-team and was voted the team's MVP. She made 188 3-point baskets over her two seasons at JCCC, one shy of the team record. This year she led the conference with 93 made 3-point baskets. Stowers is from Davenport, Iowa. 

Sloan Thomsen – Baseball: Thomsen will be attending Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Ball State is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Mid-American Conference. Thomsen joined the Cavaliers for his sophomore season after attending Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. He finished 10-1 with 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings with an ERA of 3.67.  He walked only 21 batters and held opposing hitters to a .255 average. He ranked tied for second in the conference for wins and 15th in innings pitched. Thomsen is from Lawrence, Kan. 

Georgia Vernardakis – Women's Soccer: Vernardakis will be attending Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Baker is a NAIA program and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. One of the best defenders in program history, Vernardakis was a two-time Kansas Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team selection. She also selected as a third-team All-American her freshman season. Vernardakis is from Manchester, England. 

General Williams – Men's Basketball: Williams will be attending Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Williams was selected All-Jayhawk D-II Conference and All-Region VI second-team last season. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He led the team with 52 3-point baskets and shot a team-best 45.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arch. Williams is from Kansas City, Mo. 

Malik Williams – Baseball: Williams will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Lipscomb is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Williams earned third-team All-American and first-team all-region and all-conference last year following a monster season, and he again was a major producer for the Cavaliers in 2019, earning first-team All-Region VI and All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors. Williams owns the career mark for multiple-hit games with 54 and ranks among the all-time career leaders in at bats (429), hits (160), doubles (33), home runs (27), extra base hits (64), RBIs (132), multiple-RBI games (34) and runs (106). Williams is from Toronto, Ontario. 

Cam Wynne – Baseball: Wynne will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M is a NCAA D-I program and a member of the Southeastern Conference. Wynne has produced a strikeout/9 inning ratio of 12.51 over his two seasons at JCCC. Prior to the start of the season, he was ranked sixth on the Perfect Game USA Top 300 Prospect List. Wynne is from Lincoln, Neb.

Xavier Womack – Men's Basketball: Womack will be attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. Pitt State is a NCAA D-II program and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. In his two seasons at JCCC, he helped the Cavaliers to a record 31 wins, a region title, a national runner-up finish and back-to-back conference titles. As a freshman he was selected All-Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference second-team and was named the D-II Freshman of the Year. For his career, he averaged 10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. Womack is from St. Louis, Mo.