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The Courier

College of DuPage's Student Newspaper

The Courier

Content by Adam Belmares
Mens Track and Field secured its fourth consecutive NJCAA title on May 11.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Shine at NJCAA Championships

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer June 3, 2024

The College of DuPage men's and women's track and field teams continued their consistent championship success and brought hardware back to Glen Ellyn after competing in the NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track...

Clash of the Hip-Hop Titans

Clash of the Hip-Hop Titans

Adam Belmares and Gabe Parker May 13, 2024

In recent weeks, Compton native and Pulitzer Prize-winner Kendrick Lamar, who is arguably regarded as one of the best rappers of all time, and Toronto-native Aubrey “Drake” Graham, who is considered...

COD soccer players huddle before the game.

International Players Make Their Mark at COD Men’s Soccer

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 29, 2024

In recent years, the College of DuPage men's soccer program has become a collegiate destination for international players to continue their academic and athletic careers. This past 2023-2024 season, a...

Archie Murphy takes a penalty shot.

Men’s Soccer Stuns Waubonsee Community College With Comeback

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 22, 2024

The College of DuPage men's soccer team stunned Waubonsee Community College after completing a 4-4 comeback despite being down 0-3 going into the second half. After finding their offensive rhythm in the...

Mens Soccer Competes with Indiana Northwest and Kishwaukee in Three-way Contest

Men’s Soccer Competes with Indiana Northwest and Kishwaukee in Three-way Contest

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 15, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s soccer team continued their spring season campaign with a doubleheader on April 14 against Indiana Northwest and Kishwaukee. The teams competed in a three-way contest amongst...

Women’s Lacrosse Falls Short Against Wheaton’s Lacrosse Club

Women’s Lacrosse Falls Short Against Wheaton’s Lacrosse Club

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 15, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s lacrosse team suffered an 18-3 loss against a fast-paced Wheaton Lacrosse Club team on April 11. Despite the loss, freshman team captain Nadja Tyka’s three-goal contribution...

Softball team celebrates together after scoring.

COD Softball Suffers Doubleheader Losses Versus Rock Valley College

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 15, 2024

The College of DuPage softball team suffered two losses in their doubleheader battle against Rock Valley College on April 12. RVC’s offensive spark allowed them to rack up 38 hits and 37 runs in comparison...

Freshman Julie Leilani Garcia dribbles past defender.

Women’s Soccer’s Second Half Rhythm Leads to Win Over Prairie State College

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 15, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s soccer team defeated Prairie State College 4-0 on April 13 to win their first home game of the spring season. After maintaining their offensive rhythm throughout the game,...

Sophomore Alyssa Arce dribbles past a Wheaton College defender after gaining possession.

Women’s Soccer Cruises Past Wheaton College

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 8, 2024

With the help of sophomore Anna Odisho’s three-goal hat trick and sophomore Alyssa Arce’s two-goal contributions, the College of DuPage women’s soccer team defeated the Wheaton College's Women's...

Freshman Archie Murphy celebrates with his teammates after scoring his freekick goal.

Men’s Soccer Opens Spring Campaign with Draw

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 8, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s soccer team began their spring season campaign with a 1-1 draw against South Suburban College on a rainy morning on April 7. The Chaparrals’ goal contribution during the...

Sophomore Anna Odisho runs with the ball

Beyond the Pitch: An Insight on the Journey of Anna Odisho

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer April 8, 2024

Despite facing the reality that her time as a Chaparral is coming to an end, sophomore forward Anna Odisho has showcased her talents, maintain a leadership role for her teammates, and set the standard...

Sophomore Drew Loritz cradles away from HCCC player to look for a teammate.

Men’s Lacrosse Debut Ends with Win Over HCCC

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer March 15, 2024

For the first time in the College of DuPage athletic program’s history, the College of DuPage men’s lacrosse took the field on Monday against nine-time national champions Herkimer College. With the...

Mens basketball celebrated their sophomores athletic careers at COD prior to their game against SSC.

Men’s Basketball’s Sophomore Night Gets Spoiled by Bulldogs

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer February 19, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team celebrated their sophomore night on Thursday, Feb. 15. Despite celebrating three sophomore players’ time at COD, the celebration was blemished with a 93-68...

The womens basketball team celebrated Black History Month with matching t-shirts against SSC.

Electric Second Half Allows Women’s Basketball to Cruise To Victory

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer February 19, 2024

Despite shooting 27% from the field and giving up seven turnovers in the first half, the College of DuPage women’s basketball team defeated South Suburban Community College 76-39 after flipping the script...

A New Era of DuPage County Lacrosse

A New Era of DuPage County Lacrosse

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer February 12, 2024

For the first time in the history of the College of DuPage athletic program, one of the fastest-growing sports in the country will launch at COD with the first men’s and women’s lacrosse program officially...

Freshman guard Greg Strong goes in for a layup to give COD two points.

Men’s Basketball Falls Short of Sudden Comeback Against Bryant & Stratton

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer January 29, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team nearly completed an unexpected late comeback attempt against Bryant & Stratton after the Bobcat’s fell into foul trouble and the passing lanes started...

Sophomore guard Sierra Gibson shoots a floater to give COD two points.

Women’s Basketball Falls Against Short-Handed Bryant & Stratton

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer January 29, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team fell short against a Bryant & Stratton squad, which consisted of only five starters and two substitutes. With the combination of 18 crucial turnovers...

Men’s Basketball Falls to Lake County

Men’s Basketball Falls to Lake County

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer December 11, 2023

Editor's note: this story has been edited to fix the names of two of the quoted players. The last name of one of the players was misspelled and a suffix was missing from another's name.  The College...

CODs bench sprints towards sophomore Sarah Topps after hitting the game-winning three-pointer.

Women’s Basketball Buzzer-Beater Thriller Leads to Win Over Lake County

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer December 11, 2023

After gaining possession off of a jump ball call, the College of DuPage women’s basketball team earned an opportunity to come back from a one-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Off of an inbound...

COD Football Completes Three-Peat for First Time in JUCO Football History

COD Football Completes Three-Peat for First Time in JUCO Football History

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer December 4, 2023

College of DuPage’s football team defeated the Rochester Community and Technical College Yellowjackets by the score of 33-29 after trailing by three points with 1:03 left in the game. The Chaparrals...

Freshman forward Braylen Meredith goes up for a dunk to give COD momentum.

Men’s Basketball’s Late Turnovers Leads to Loss Against Daley College

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer November 13, 2023

Editor's note: this story has been edited to fix the name of one of the quoted players. The last name of one of the players was misspelled.  The College of DuPage men’s basketball team fell short...

Sophomore guard Iwiyisi Osaghae drives to the basket give COD two points.

Women’s Basketball Dominates on Defense Against Daley College to Win Season Opener

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer November 13, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team started their Division II season at home against a physical Richard J. Daley College. Despite moving up a division this past offseason, the Chaparrals were...

Sophomore running back Jaden McGill leaps for a touchdown.

COD Ends Regular Season With Huge Win Over Georgia Military

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer November 6, 2023

After a back-and-forth first-half battle, the Chaparrals’ successful running game allowed them to sprint away in the second half with the help of sophomore running back Jaden McGill’s four touchdowns...

Sophomore running back Jaden McGill breaks away for a big gain of yards against the Lions defense.

COD Football Extends Five Game Winning Streak

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 30, 2023

Despite trailing 8-7 in the first quarter after Detroit Community Christian scored a 72-yard touchdown and converted on a two-point attempt, the Chaparrals’ offense found their rhythm and ran away with...

Six sophomores from the mens soccer team were celebrated prior to the match for their contributions and commitment during their time at COD.

Men’s Soccer Falls Short of 2-0 Comeback Against Madison College

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 23, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s soccer team nearly completed a comeback on Saturday against Madison College to finish the regular season with a record of 5-6-4. Despite the loss, the Chaparrals celebrated...

Before the match, five sophomores from the College of DuPage womens soccer team were honored for their time spent at COD.

Women’s Soccer Loses to Madison College on Sophomore Night

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 23, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s soccer team failed to come back from a 2-1 deficit on Saturday against Madison College to finish the regular season with a record of 5-10-1. With five sophomores in this...

COD Bounces Back From Early Deficit to Defeat Aurora in Blowout Win

COD Bounces Back From Early Deficit to Defeat Aurora in Blowout Win

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 22, 2023

After allowing Aurora University’s Junior Varsity team to score 13 unanswered points within a five-minute span, the Chaparrals were not deterred by the slow start and defeated the Spartans 48-19 with...

COD Bounces Back From Early Deficit to Defeat Aurora in Blowout Win

COD Bounces Back From Early Deficit to Defeat Aurora in Blowout Win

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 16, 2023

After allowing Aurora University’s Junior Varsity team to score 13 unanswered points within a five-minute span, the Chaparrals were not deterred by the slow start and defeated the Spartans 48-19 with...

Sophomore Joseph Muana celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first career goal for the Chaparrals.

Men’s Soccer Defense Crumbles In Loss to Rock Valley

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 16, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s soccer team fell to Rock Valley in a 5-3 loss after battling through heavy rain and allowing the Golden Eagles to score three unanswered second half goals. “It’s disappointing....

Women’s Soccer Suffers Own Goal In Loss to Rock Valley

Women’s Soccer Suffers Own Goal In Loss to Rock Valley

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 16, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s soccer team fell to a strong Rock Valley team in a 3-1 loss after struggling to keep up with the speed and physicality of the Golden Eagles. Going into the game, Rock...

Freshman forward Archie Murphy sprints towards the corner flag to celebrate his freekick goal with teammates.

Men’s Soccer Stuns Black Hawk College-Moline

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 5, 2023

Although it appeared that the Chaparrals would settle for the tie, the College of DuPage men’s soccer team claimed the win with the help of freshman Archie Murphy’s impressive freekick goal, with only...

Women’s Soccer Falls to Black Hawk College-Moline

Women’s Soccer Falls to Black Hawk College-Moline

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 5, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s soccer team failed to come back from a 2-1 deficit against a physical Black Hawk College-Moline, dropping the team’s record to 3-6-1. Throughout the match, the Chaparrals...

COD Cruises Past Erie in Blowout Victory

COD Cruises Past Erie in Blowout Victory

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer October 2, 2023

Coming off a tough loss against Iowa Central, the defending back-to-back national champions put on a scoring clinic against the Erie Community College Kats with the help of their dominating defense to...

Sophomore Anna Odisho and Freshman Kim Martinez celebrate together after scoring the third goal against Triton.

Women’s Soccer Cruises Past Triton in 3-0 Victory

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer September 25, 2023

After finishing the first half of the match scoreless, the College of DuPage women’s soccer team came out energetic and broke through with a score early in the second. Once the Chaparrals were able to...

Freshman midfielder Joseph Kim shoots from outside of the box to score the game-tying goal

Men’s Soccer Settles for Tie Against Triton

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer September 25, 2023

Despite going down a goal in the second half against a physical Triton, the College of DuPage men’s soccer team was able to find an answer late in the second half to finish the game with a 1-1 tie. Although...

Women’s Soccer Comes Back to Tie Against Hawks in Second Half Thriller

Women’s Soccer Comes Back to Tie Against Hawks in Second Half Thriller

Adam Belmares, Sports Writer September 11, 2023

Despite going into the second half down two goals against a fast Harper College, the College of DuPage women’s soccer team fought their way back into the match to finish the game with a 3-3 tie. Although...

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