Athletic Hall of Fame 2011-12
Kishwaukee College held its Athletics Hall of Fame induction on January 29. Four new members joined the Hall of Fame: Adam Chrestman, soccer, 2003-05; T.J. Collins, men’s basketball, 2002-2004; Megan Lawlor, volleyball and women’s basketball, 2006-08; and Karen Fenske, Director of the Learning Skills Center at the College from 1981 – 2012. Pictured with their commemorative Hall of Fame plaques are, L to R, MacKenzie Johnson, who accepted Adam Chrestman’s award on his behalf; Collins; Fenske; and Lawlor..
The Kishwaukee College Athletic Department honored four of its past outstanding student-athletes during a Hall of Fame induction ceremony held on Tuesday, January 29 between the women’s and men’s basketball games. Adam Chrestman, T.J. Collins, Karen Fenske, and Megan Lawler were each given a Hall of Fame plaque bearing an etching of their likeness commemorating their achievements. The induction ceremony was followed by a reception on campus for inductees, their families, and administration of Kishwaukee College.
Adam Chrestman was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team in 2003-05, playing as goalkeeper. The Rochelle Township High School graduate was the 2005 Kishwaukee College Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Adam went on to play at Central College as goalkeeper from 2006-2007. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Dominican University and Master’s degree from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2009, Adam has coached men’s and women’s soccer at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in Arizona. PVCC has appeared in the national tournament four of the past five years, winning the national championship this year. Adam has been most recently named the Head Coach of Pinnacle High School girls’ soccer team.
T.J. Collins played for the Men’s Basketball team in 2002-2004. During the 2003-4 season, T.J. was named First Team All-Arrowhead Conference, First Team All-Region IV and Second Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. His career totals include 993 points (11th All-Time Scoring at Kishwaukee College) and 581 rebounds (7th All-Time Rebounding at Kishwaukee). He is 12th All-Time for Points Scored in Single Game at Kishwaukee with 41. T.J. signed a full athletic scholarship to Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, from which he graduated.
Karen Fenske served as the Director of the Learning Skills Center (LSC) at Kishwaukee College from 1981-2012. She earned her B.A. from the College of St. Francis and M.S. Ed. from N.I.U. Karen not only managed the LSC but worked to personally know each of the student-athletes. She guided, taught, listened and encouraged student-athletes to be successful in the classroom and in life. Many student-athletes returned to campus to see Ms. Fenske to express their gratitude. Her constant support was a great asset to the Athletic Department for many years.
Megan Lawler was a two-sport student-athlete, playing Volleyball and Basketball, from 2006-08. As a Volleyball player, Megan played on two National Championship teams, compiling a phenomenal 109-5 overall record. She was named Arrowhead All-Conference both years, being named MVP her sophomore year. Megan was also named Arrowhead All-Conference for basketball both years, being named the conference MVP her sophomore year, marking the first time for a student-athlete to be named conference MVP in two sports. Megan was also named to Second Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. She finished her Basketball career at Kishwaukee College holding records for 2nd for Career Rebounds (626) and 8th for Scoring (956). Megan graduated as an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, earning NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American status (4.0 G.P.A.).
For more information on Athletics at Kishwaukee College, contact Karen Wiley, Athletic Director, at 815-825-2086, ext. 5380 or at email@example.com.
|Honoree||Year||Inducted Sport||KC Years|
|Bob Waller||1992||Men’s Basketball||1976-78|
|Jerry Wallace||1992||Men’s Basketball||1984-86|
|Tom Barnard||1993||Baseball Coach||1984-92|
|Mike Rand||1993||Men’s Basketball||1984-86|
|Brian Harms||1994||Men’s Basketball||1985-87|
|Bruce Poliska||1994||Men’s Basketball||1977-79|
|Kent Sabin||1996||Track & Field||1970-72|
|Mike Davenport||2007||Baseball Coach||1995-2004|
|Wayne King||2008||Volleyball Coach||1998-2002|
|Jaime Strachan||2008||Women’s Basketball||2000-02|
|Ron Hicks||2009||Men’s Basketball||1976-77|
|Janet Truckenbrod||2010||Women’s Basketball||2002-04|
|John Bland||2010||Instructor, Fan, Friend||1995-2004|
|Brienne (Ruschke) Issacson||2011||Volleyball||1999-00|
|Monta McGhee||2011||Men’s Basketball||2000-02|
|T.J. Collins||2012||Men’s Basketbal||2002-04|
|Karen Fenske||2012||Director of Learning Skills Center|
|Megan Lawler||2012||Volleyball and Basketball||2006-08|