Student-athletes named to AD’s Academic List for Fall 2021

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Forty Black Hawk College student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Director’s Academic List for achieving a 3.25 GPA or higher during the Fall 2021 semester. The 40 student-athletes on the list represent 35% of BHC players. All eight Black Hawk College teams are represented, with softball having the highest percentage of players on the […]

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Gropel named new BHC volleyball coach

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A familiar face is moving up to lead the Black Hawk College volleyball team. After three seasons as an assistant coach, Matt Gropel is taking over the Braves program as its new head coach. “He fully understands what we are trying to build at this college and he embraces the commitment that we have to […]

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Men’s soccer players named to All-Conference 2nd Team

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Congratulations to Black Hawk College men’s soccer players Jose Ruiz and Max Oviedo for being named to the All-Conference Second Team! Ruiz – a freshman striker and 2021 graduate of Moline High School – was one of the team captains and led the Braves with nine goals and four assists. Oviedo – a freshman center […]

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New women’s soccer team gets first win

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The Black Hawk College women’s soccer team made history Sept. 23, 2021, with a 9-0 win over Illinois Valley Community College. It was the first win for the team since beginning competition one month earlier. “We got our first win of the year and for the program!” tweeted Abbie Metz, the Braves’ first-ever women’s soccer […]

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Men’s soccer team gets first win for inaugural program

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The Black Hawk College men’s soccer team made history Sept. 16, 2021, with a 2-1 win over McHenry County College. It was the first win for the BHC men’s and women’s soccer program, which began competing only one month earlier. “Beyond proud of these guys!” said Charlie Ochoa, the Braves’ first-ever men’s soccer head coach. […]

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Student-athletes win national academic awards for 2020-21

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Two Black Hawk College teams and 18 student-athletes recently earned All-Academic Team honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The NJCAA 2020-21 All-Academic Teams salute student-athletes across the country for their dedication in the classroom. “I am extremely proud of our student-athletes as they demonstrated resilience during this past academic year,” said Arnie […]

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Rayos named new BHC softball coach

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Tarah Rayos is returning to the Quad Cities next month to become the head softball coach and community recreation coordinator at Black Hawk College. A starting pitcher then assistant coach at St. Ambrose University in nearby Davenport, IA, Rayos spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. […]

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44 student-athletes win all-conference academic awards

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Congratulations to 44 Black Hawk College student-athletes for earning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Arrowhead Academic All-Conference awards! The following BHC student-athletes were honored for achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher during the 2020-21 school year and completing at least 12 credit hours per semester. The honorees are listed by sport and hometown. Baseball […]

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BHC pitcher named to NJCAA All-American 2nd Team

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Congratulations to Black Hawk College pitcher Payton Lawrence for being named to the 2021 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Baseball All-American Second Team! The Dixon High School grad was one of only 13 Region IV players in Division I, II and III to earn 2021 NJCAA All-American honors. All-America selections are made […]

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Student-athletes named to AD’s Academic List for Spring 2021

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Forty-two Black Hawk College student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Director’s Academic List for achieving a 3.25 GPA or higher during the Spring 2021 semester. The 42 student-athletes on the list represent 53% of BHC players. All six Black Hawk College teams are represented, with volleyball having the highest percentage of players on the […]

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