Championship Insights

As the clock strikes 3, it’s usually time for practice when you’re in Athletic Director/Women’s Basketball Coach Misty Opat’s world. However, this was special. Opat and her team of coaches and assistants had just finished setting up for a 16-team preseason JUCO (Junior College) basketball jamboree, here at Rock Valley’s Physical Education Center aka The Nest. The line to get in this tourney is wait-listed and elusive to enter. All day long she is tending to the pressing tasks that mount each day.

Golden Eagles are National Champions!

The Rock Valley College women’s basketball team are National Champions! In an overtime championship game in Utica, New York, RVC beat the Roxbury Tigers 57-49 to claim the NJCAA Division III Women’s National Championship Title. This is RVC’s fourth National Championship in 6 seasons, and all titles have been won under Coach Misty Opat. Rock Valley College has been ranked #1 all season and they finished their season 33-2 with a 22-game win streak. The ladies last loss occurred almost 3 months ago on December 19, 2016.

Golden Eagles men’s basketball exhibit strength, lose by one

The Rock Valley Golden Eagles played at home against the Ancilla College Chargers in their Inaugural December Classic games at The Nest (PEC) on Friday night on December 2. The Golden Eagles were 0-1 since leaving the Thanksgiving Classic at a current record of 6-3 and the Chargers were at 5-1 record entering the game. 1st Half:

Malique Ross (2) led a good start to help RVC take the lead with two 3 pointers. Ancilla’s Gary Bonds (4) then dominated the court for a little over four minutes with a dunk, a 3 pointer, a basket, and a block. When RVC subbed in Jace Kitchen (23) there was noticeable production beginning to follow, but Ancilla’s Andrew Jones became a headache for the next four minutes with two 3 pointers and two baskets.

RVC men’s basketball participates in the inaugural Thanksgiving classic

There are a lot of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season and the RVC Inaugural Thanksgiving Classic basketball tournament are one of those things. The #1 ranked Rock Valley Golden Eagles entered the tournament with a 5-1 record on a three game win streak, looking to extend it to four. The unranked Kankakee Cavaliers left the tournament with a 2-6 record and they were looking to get within a game to the .500 mark. Game One: Kankakee Cavaliers

The Golden Eagles started the game on a 5-0 run to where #25 Dalton Menke dropped two 3 pointers to make it 11-3. RVC did a great job for the following 5 minutes keeping Kankakee to 6 points and running the score to 21-9.

RVC coaches share their voices

To let the coaches of RVC have a voice on The Valley Forge website is something that is very important. They are one of the main reasons the athletics here, at RVC, continue to be so dominant. The way they not only train their athletes, but seek them out is vital to what makes their team work together or fall apart. To dive deeper into the understanding of what the coaches here at RVC think about themselves, their sport, and their athletes, I created a few question for them to answer so we all can know how truly dedicated they are to their team, the sport, and everything in between. Keep in mind, these questions only give a brief overview of what the coaches are like.