Kishwaukee College Athletic News
Athletes of the Year
On Wednesday, May 8 Kishwaukee College Athletic Department honored the college’s Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year luncheon and ceremony.
Nominees for the award went to Valerierose Agnello of the Women’s Basketball team, MacKenzie Johnoson of the Volleyball team and Kelcee Miller of the Softball team. Male nominees included Ben Allison of the Baseball team, Andrew Hamil of the Soccer team and Raheem Lemons of the Basketball team.
The recipient of the Female Student-Athlete of the Year was Valerierose Agnello of the Women’s Basketball team. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native played forward for the Kougars, finishing her two year KC career with a 53-17 overall record. The Kougars finished back-back Arrowhead Conference Champions, going undefeated in 2012-13. Her team finsished 4th in the nation in 2011-12 and Region IV Runner-Up in 202-13. She was twice named Region IV Player of the Week and named First Team Arrowhead All-Conference, Second Team All-Region IV and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. She was second on the team in scoring and rebounding and first in assists. During the Arrowhead Conference season, she led the entire conference in scoring and second in assists. “Valerierose is an outstanding student and has been a great leader for our team. Her work ethic on the court and classroom has led to an outstanding success on the court and in the classroom. She served as our team captain and represented us with class and great maturity,” lauds Associate Head Coach Kat Martin. Valerierose will continue her education and playing career at Wichita State where she earned a full-ride athletic scholarship.
The recipient of the Male Student-Athlete of the Year was Raheem Lemons of the Basketball team. The 6’4 forward graduated from Nicolet H.S. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sophomore Captain Raheem was named 1st Team All-Region IV, 2nd Team Arrowhead All-Conference. He ranks 18th in single season rebounding (309) for the 2011-12 season and 7th All-Time Career Rebounding (584). He finishes his career with 717 points and 584 rebounds. He helped guide his team to the 2013 Region IV Championship game and a 22-10 overall record. Raheem has earned Academic All-Conference both years as well. “Raheem is a very hard worker on the floor and in the classroom. As an Electrical Engineering major he has done an outstanding job academically taking the highest level math and science classes her at KC. He plays hard for his team, working through injuries and illnesses throughout his career,” compliments Head Coach Rob Buss.
“I am honored to have such quality student-athletes here at KC, especially in Valerierose and Raheem. They are high caliber athletes, proving to be the best on the basketball court. More importantly, they have carried themselves with class and performed with the same quality in the classroom. They have been incredible ambassadors for our programs and department,” adds Karen Wiley, Athletic Director.