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The Courier

Claire Valenti

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer

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COD Baseball Places Fourth at NJCAA Division III Baseball World Series

COD Baseball Places Fourth at NJCAA Division III Baseball World Series

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer June 3, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team placed fourth in the NJCAA Division III Baseball World Series in Auburn, N.Y. on May 28 in their first trip to nationals since 1993. Going into the tournament as the...

COD Baseball Brings Home Region 4 Championship

COD Baseball Brings Home Region 4 Championship

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 13, 2024

For the first time in 22 years, the College of DuPage baseball team won the NJCAA Region 4 Championship. Going undefeated in the tournament, COD met with Oakton College one final time on May 12 after...

Chaparral Baseball Shuts Out Chiefs to Advance in Region 4 Playoffs

Chaparral Baseball Shuts Out Chiefs to Advance in Region 4 Playoffs

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 12, 2024

In a battle of defensive endurance, the College of DuPage baseball team stayed locked in for the second game of the NJCAA Region 4 tournament on May 11 against Waubonsee Community College. The Chaparrals’...

COD Baseball Knocks Out Oakton in First Postseason Game

COD Baseball Knocks Out Oakton in First Postseason Game

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 11, 2024

After earning the right to host, the College of DuPage baseball team played their first game of the NJCAA Region 4 tournament on May 10 against Oakton College. The Chaparrals claimed victory over the Owls...

Chaparral Softball Hoists Region 4 Championship for Second Consecutive Season

Chaparral Softball Hoists Region 4 Championship for Second Consecutive Season

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 6, 2024

The College of Dupage softball team claimed victory over Harper in two games to win the Region 4 Championship for the second consecutive season. COD went head-to-head with Harper College in a best-of-three...

COD Baseball Sweeps Sauk Valley on Sophomore Day

COD Baseball Sweeps Sauk Valley on Sophomore Day

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 6, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team celebrated their sophomore day on May 4 in their final home games of the regular season against Sauk Valley Community College. After splitting a doubleheader in the...

Chaparral Baseball Conquers Panthers

Chaparral Baseball Conquers Panthers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 1, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team continued to dominate offensively at home on April 30. Battling Morton College (35-16), the Chaparrals wanted revenge after taking a loss in the Panthers’ yard earlier...

COD Baseball Sweeps Moraine Valley

COD Baseball Sweeps Moraine Valley

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 30, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team continued to show off offensively at home on April 28 in a doubleheader against Moraine Valley Community College. Capitalizing on the wind while batting, the Chaparrals...

Chaparral Baseball Shuts Out Pioneers

Chaparral Baseball Shuts Out Pioneers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 27, 2024

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to fix the date of the game. It was originally reported that the game took place on April 27. The game happened the day prior on April 26.  The College of...

Chaparral Softball Splits on Sophomore Day

Chaparral Softball Splits on Sophomore Day

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 23, 2024

The College of DuPage softball team celebrated their sophomores on April 21 at home against Moraine Valley Community College. The Chaparrals tried their best to keep up offensively, but their struggles...

COD Men’s Volleyball Secures Third Place in National Invitational Tournament

COD Men’s Volleyball Secures Third Place in National Invitational Tournament

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 22, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team experienced deja vu while facing regional rivals Bryant & Stratton College on the final day of the NJCAA Invitational tournament on April 14. After a disappointing...

Chaparral Baseball’s Head Coach Fired

Chaparral Baseball’s Head Coach Fired

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 22, 2024

College of DuPage Baseball Head Coach Bobby Wilson was officially fired this week after six seasons as head baseball coach and 11 years with the program. Wilson didn’t return with the team from their...

COD Baseball Falls Twice in Doubleheader Against KCC

COD Baseball Falls Twice in Doubleheader Against KCC

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 20, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team got stopped in their tracks by Kankakee Community College on April 18 at home. The Cavaliers’ bullpen wouldn't let the Chaparrals get to work offensively, throwing...

Chaparral Baseball Demolishes the Trojans

Chaparral Baseball Demolishes the Trojans

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 18, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team stayed hot at home on April 17, totaling 23 hits to Triton College’s five. Taking full advantage of the wind, the Chaparrals made their second game of the season against...

COD Baseball Claims Victory Over JJC

COD Baseball Claims Victory Over JJC

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 17, 2024

After a seven-inning loss to Joliet Junior College in their last meeting, the College of DuPage baseball team was ready to settle the score on April 16 at home. The Chaparrals held the lead through the...

Chaparral Mens Volleyball acknowledged their sophomores on March 19 against the Aurora University junior varsity Spartans. The sophomores recognized include Blake Huberty, Phurin Kosumapinun, Erik Perez, Stanley Guziec, Sam Akouri, Mike Fenley Bo Parker, Osiel Cruz, Vincent Arias, John Valencia and Kai Shores-Navata.

The Chaparral Structure: Saying Goodbye to the COD Men’s Volleyball Sophomores

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 15, 2024

In their last home game of the season before nationals, the College of DuPage men’s volleyball team honored their sophomores. With this group of players moving on, the Chaparrals are saying goodbye to...

Chaparral Baseball Prevails Over Scots

Chaparral Baseball Prevails Over Scots

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 11, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team held a nearly unshakable focus on April 10 against McHenry County College at home after a disappointing loss the day before. Committing no errors, the Chaparrals stayed...

COD Softball Takes Two Wins Over Morton

COD Softball Takes Two Wins Over Morton

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 6, 2024

In their first two home games of the season on March 30, the College of DuPage softball team got down and dirty with a doubleheader against Morton College. A damp outfield gave COD some defensive trouble,...

COD Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Harper

COD Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Harper

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 6, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team took on the Hawks in a doubleheader at home on March 30, looking to finish their week with a positive record. COD exhausted Harper College’s bullpen, staring down...

COD Women’s Lacrosse Takes the Field for First Time in COD History

COD Women’s Lacrosse Takes the Field for First Time in COD History

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 3, 2024

For the first time in the history of College of DuPage, the women’s lacrosse team kicked off their inaugural season at home against Saint Ambrose University. In the works since Fall of 2022, beginners...

Chaparral Baseball Leaves Cyclones in the Dust

Chaparral Baseball Leaves Cyclones in the Dust

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 30, 2024

Fresh off of an 18-15 victory over Oakton College, the College of DuPage baseball team stayed scrappy returning home on March 29. The Chaparrals fell behind Moraine Valley Community College early before...

COD Baseball Couldn’t Catch Up Against Madison

COD Baseball Couldn’t Catch Up Against Madison

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 28, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team had some rust to shake off on March 27, playing their first game of the week after four postponements at home. COD battled Madison College, who took an early 5-3 lead...

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Lancers in Home Opener

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Lancers in Home Opener

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 21, 2024

The College of DuPage baseball team didn’t look ready to play in their home opener on March 19, giving up a total of 12 runs in the first three innings to College of Lake County. COD sent out three more...

Flying Forward: A Look Into COD Men’s Volleyball’s Second Season

Flying Forward: A Look Into COD Men’s Volleyball’s Second Season

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 11, 2024

After struggling to find their identity after a fourth-place national finish at the end of their inaugural season, the College of DuPage men's volleyball team worked to become a more experienced squad...

COD Men’s Volleyball Claims Victory Over Bryant & Stratton

COD Men’s Volleyball Claims Victory Over Bryant & Stratton

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 4, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team enjoyed their home-court advantage against Bryant & Stratton College on March 1. Although the lead was constantly changing, the Chaparrals overpowered...

Chaparral Men’s Volleyball Falls to Cougars

Chaparral Men’s Volleyball Falls to Cougars

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 1, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team came out ready to prove themselves on Feb. 28 at home against Saint Xavier University junior varsity after getting shut out in their last meeting. The Chaparrals...

COD Men’s Volleyball Goes 1-3 in Chaparral Invitational Tournament

COD Men’s Volleyball Goes 1-3 in Chaparral Invitational Tournament

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 25, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team held the Chaparral Invitational tournament, playing a total of four games on Feb. 17 and 18. The Chaparrals closed out their weekend with one win and three...

COD Men’s Volleyball Falls in Four Sets to Bethel

COD Men’s Volleyball Falls in Four Sets to Bethel

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 15, 2024

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to revise the statistics listed for the players. The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team took on Bethel University for the second time this season on...

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Wins Over Wolves

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Wins Over Wolves

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 3, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team kept going shot-for-shot with Joliet Junior College on Feb. 1 at home. COD trailed by three points (37-34) after the first half, but taking control after defensive...

COD Women’s Basketball Honors Breast Cancer Survivors Undeterred by Loss Against Joliet

COD Women’s Basketball Honors Breast Cancer Survivors Undeterred by Loss Against Joliet

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 3, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team recognized breast cancer survivors in a pink-out game at home on Feb. 1 before taking on Joliet Junior College. The Chaparrals never held the lead before...

COD Men’s Basketball Flies Past Hawks

COD Men’s Basketball Flies Past Hawks

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 1, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team had a slow start against Harper College on Jan. 30 at home, falling behind early in the first half. The Chaparrals turned up the heat through the last 10 minutes...

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Couldn’t Catch Up Against Cavaliers

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Couldn’t Catch Up Against Cavaliers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer February 1, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team looked sluggish at home on Jan. 30 against Kankakee Community College, struggling to finish offensively. The Chaparrals outshot the Cavaliers 95-53 from...

COD Men’s Basketball Wins Over Wilbur Wright with Strong Offense

COD Men’s Basketball Wins Over Wilbur Wright with Strong Offense

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 25, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team had no trouble at home on Jan. 20, leading by 22 points going into the second half against Wilbur Wright College. COD got to play their whole bench, mixing...

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Claims Victory Over Rams on Sophomore Day

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Claims Victory Over Rams on Sophomore Day

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 25, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team celebrated their sophomore day at home on Jan. 20 against Wilbur Wright College. COD shared the ball and dominated on both ends of the court, racking up...

Gibson Scores Most Points in 24 Years Despite Heartbreaking Loss to Elmhurst

Gibson Scores Most Points in 24 Years Despite Heartbreaking Loss to Elmhurst

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 18, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team fought an uphill battle at home against Elmhurst University junior varsity on Jan. 15. Sophomore guard Sierra Gibson led the charge scoring the most in a...

COD Men’s Basketball Keeps Tigers at Bay

COD Men’s Basketball Keeps Tigers at Bay

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 18, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team put the pressure on Olivet Nazarene University’s junior varsity team on Jan. 15 at home, ending the first half ahead by 19 points (39-20). The Tigers stayed...

COD Men’s Basketball Loses to Olive-Harvey

COD Men’s Basketball Loses to Olive-Harvey

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 15, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team went back and forth against Olive-Harvey College on Jan 11 at home, going into the second half tied 42-42 after the lead changed 13 times in the first. The...

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Defeated by Panthers After Passive Fourth Quarter

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Defeated by Panthers After Passive Fourth Quarter

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 15, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team fought past Olive-Harvey College offensively on Jan. 11 at home through the first half. The Chaparrals struggled to respond defensively when the Panthers...

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Rises Above WolfPack

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Rises Above WolfPack

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 6, 2024

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team battled Madison College for the first time since beating them for the Region 4 Championship last season. The Chaparrals kept the WolfPack at bay until they...

COD Women’s Basketball Shuts Down Madison

COD Women’s Basketball Shuts Down Madison

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer January 6, 2024

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team brought their strong defense into the new year on Jan. 4 against Madison College. The Chaparrals shut the WolfPack down, sharing the ball well and making...

COD Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Oakton

COD Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Oakton

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 28, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team stayed hot after their previous win and shared the ball well on Dec. 21 against Oakton College, making 20 total assists over the Owls’ 11. The Chaparrals...

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Oakton

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Oakton

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 28, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team kept a vicious Oakton College team at bay defensively on Dec. 21. The Chaparrals kept shutting down the Owls, but their offense couldn’t net enough shots...

COD Men’s Basketball Takes Down Prairie State

COD Men’s Basketball Takes Down Prairie State

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 21, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team took on Prairie State College on Dec. 19 for the second time this season. The Chaparrals’ offense and defense gave the Pioneers trouble, leading by as much...

Meredith Breaks School Record in Chaparral Men’s Basketball Victory

Meredith Breaks School Record in Chaparral Men’s Basketball Victory

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 16, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team stopped their two-game losing streak in its tracks on Dec. 14, and freshman forward Braylen Meredith led the charge against Illinois Valley Community College....

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to McHenry

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to McHenry

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 16, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team fought tooth and nail to create second-chance opportunities on Dec. 12 against McHenry County College, making 60 total rebounds. The Chaparrals kept chipping...

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Loses to Scots

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Loses to Scots

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 14, 2023

Editor's Note: This piece has been updated to fix minor grammar mistakes and adjust a quote to be more concise. The College of DuPage men’s basketball team struggled to find momentum on Dec. 12 against...

COD Basketball Flies into Division II

COD Basketball Flies into Division II

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 11, 2023

College of DuPage basketball saw many successes last season, with the men's and women’s teams taking home the Division III Region 4 championship title. Starting this season, COD basketball moved up to...

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to Southwestern Michigan College

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to Southwestern Michigan College

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer December 8, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s most recent game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

COD Men’s Basketball Pushes Past Aurora University JV

COD Men’s Basketball Pushes Past Aurora University JV

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 30, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s most recent game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Takes Down Trojans

Chaparral Women’s Basketball Takes Down Trojans

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 30, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s most recent game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

COD Women’s Basketball Loses to Minnesota West in Second Half Slump

COD Women’s Basketball Loses to Minnesota West in Second Half Slump

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 20, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team dominated through the first half on Nov. 18 against Minnesota West C&T College, leading by 16 points in the second quarter at home. The Chaparrals seemed...

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Eagles in Comeback Win

Chaparral Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Eagles in Comeback Win

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 20, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team kept getting hotter at home against Benedictine University junior varsity on Nov. 16. The Chaparrals tied the game at 26 against the Eagles and never slowed...

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to Cyclones

COD Women’s Basketball Falls to Cyclones

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 18, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s basketball team took an early lead at home against Moraine Valley Community College, ending the second quarter ahead by one point on Nov. 16. The Chaparrals came out with...

Chaparral Athletics Takes Home Learfield Director’s Cup For First Time in COD History

Chaparral Athletics Takes Home Learfield Director’s Cup For First Time in COD History

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 13, 2023

For the first time in its history, the College of DuPage athletic program won the 2022-2023 Learfield Director’s Cup. Colleges from all over the country compete for the Learfield Director’s Cup annually,...

COD Men’s Basketball Soars Over Eagles in Season Opener

COD Men’s Basketball Soars Over Eagles in Season Opener

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer November 6, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s basketball team took flight in their first game as a Division II team at home on Nov. 2 against Judson University junior varsity. With a team total of 40 rebounds, the Chaparrals...

COD Women’s Volleyball Eliminates Joliet in First Game of Postseason

COD Women’s Volleyball Eliminates Joliet in First Game of Postseason

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 25, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The data and score of the team’s last game has been added to the bottom of this piece. The College of DuPage women’s...

Chaparral Women’s Volleyball Shuts Out Wolves on Sophomore Night

Chaparral Women’s Volleyball Shuts Out Wolves on Sophomore Night

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 23, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team celebrated their sophomore night during their last game of the season on Oct. 17 at home against Joliet Junior College. The Chaparrals were uncompromising,...

COD Women’s Volleyball Drops Two in Home Triangle Invitational

COD Women’s Volleyball Drops Two in Home Triangle Invitational

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 16, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team hosted the Home Triangle Invitational on Oct. 15 against Division II teams Madison College and Rock Valley College. After two high-intensity matches, the...

COD Women’s Soccer Falls to Cyclones

COD Women’s Soccer Falls to Cyclones

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 9, 2023

In pouring rain, the College of DuPage women’s soccer team felt the tension against Moraine Valley Community College on Oct. 6 at home. After a disputed call that led to a penalty kick for Moraine, the...

Bylsma Sets 1,000th Assist in COD Women’s Volleyball Victory Over Cavaliers

Bylsma Sets 1,000th Assist in COD Women’s Volleyball Victory Over Cavaliers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 5, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team speared through Kankakee Community College on Oct. 4 at home. Keeping their swings aggressive to win the first two sets and clawing their way up from a 3-8...

Chaparral Women’s Volleyball Soars Over Owls

Chaparral Women’s Volleyball Soars Over Owls

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer October 4, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team faced Oakton College on Oct. 3 for their second battle of the season at home. The Chaparrals scored 10 total service aces from six different players and...

COD Women’s Soccer Pushes Past Stormers

COD Women’s Soccer Pushes Past Stormers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 30, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s last game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added to...

Chaparral Men’s Soccer Takes Out Stormers

Chaparral Men’s Soccer Takes Out Stormers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 30, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s last game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added to...

COD Football Falls to Iowa Central for Fourth Straight Season

COD Football Falls to Iowa Central for Fourth Straight Season

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 25, 2023

The top-ranked College of DuPage football team battled 4th-ranked Iowa Central Community College (4-1) Sept. 23 at home. The Division I Tritons put up four touchdowns in their first four possessions to...

Chaparral Volleyball Smacks Down the Hawks

Chaparral Volleyball Smacks Down the Hawks

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 25, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team took on the vengeful Harper College Hawks on Sept. 21 at home. With sharper blocking, powerful serving and less errors, the Chaparrals took down the Hawks...

COD Men’s Soccer Falls to Carl Sandburg College

COD Men’s Soccer Falls to Carl Sandburg College

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 11, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s soccer team looked sluggish against Carl Sandburg College through the first half of the game. Struggling to connect passes and create scoring chances, the Chaparrals were...

COD Football Knocks Out the Hawks

COD Football Knocks Out the Hawks

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 11, 2023

The College of DuPage football team played their first home game of the season on Sept. 9 against Hocking College. With a dominating offense and uncompromising defense, the defending back-to-back national...

COD Women’s Volleyball Shuts Out Kishwaukee College

COD Women’s Volleyball Shuts Out Kishwaukee College

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer September 9, 2023

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The scores of the team's last two games as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

Women’s Soccer Falls to the Jaguars

Women’s Soccer Falls to the Jaguars

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer August 30, 2023

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The scores of the team's last two games as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

Chaparral Volleyball Loses to the Chiefs

Chaparral Volleyball Loses to the Chiefs

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer August 30, 2023

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team's last game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added to the...

Men’s Soccer Ties in First Home Appearance

Men’s Soccer Ties in First Home Appearance

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer August 30, 2023

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The scores of the team's last two games as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added...

Chaparral Volleyball Splits Home Opener Tournament

Chaparral Volleyball Splits Home Opener Tournament

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer August 28, 2023

The College of DuPage women’s volleyball team hosted the COD Invitational tournament at Klaas Court on Aug. 25 and 26 against four different teams. After two matches on the first day, the defending national...

“Slap Shot” Shoots and Scores for Laughs

“Slap Shot” Shoots and Scores for Laughs

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer July 31, 2023

“Slap Shot” is an amusing, energized comedy about a minor-league hockey team and the quirky characters who play on it. It was directed by George Roy Hill and written by Nancy Dowd, who was inspired...

COD Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes 2023 Class

COD Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes 2023 Class

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer July 3, 2023

With a long-standing history of athletic excellence, many College of DuPage athletes receive awards during their time as a Chaparral. To honor these achievements, the recently-founded COD Athletic Hall...

COD Softball Postseason Run Comes to an End

COD Softball Postseason Run Comes to an End

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 25, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team had the top seed and home field advantage going into the NJCAA Great Lakes District Championship double-elimination tournament but the region champions couldn’t carry...

COD Baseball Falls to Harper College in First Postseason Game

COD Baseball Falls to Harper College in First Postseason Game

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 12, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team entered their first postseason game Thursday night against Harper College with confidence, as they had swept the 10-33 Hawks earlier in the regular season. After the...

COD Softball Splits against Moraine Valley on Sophomore Day

COD Softball Splits against Moraine Valley on Sophomore Day

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 8, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team went into their last home games of the regular season Thursday afternoon with intensity against Moraine Valley Community College (11-26). The Chaparrals led in the first...

COD Baseball Sweeps Milwaukee Area Technical College on Sophomore Day

COD Baseball Sweeps Milwaukee Area Technical College on Sophomore Day

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 4, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team had shaky starts to both games against Milwaukee Area Technical College Wednesday afternoon, with the Stormers leading early in both games. With late-scoring rallies...

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Scots

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Scots

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 3, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team started off strong against McHenry County College, leading the game through the first four innings. In the fifth inning, the Scots earned five runs, followed by another...

COD Men’s Volleyball Places 4th in NJCAA Invitational Tournament

COD Men’s Volleyball Places 4th in NJCAA Invitational Tournament

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 1, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team hosted the NJCAA Invitational tournament on April 21 and 22 and played against five other teams. After three matches on the first day, the Chaparrals earned...

Chaparrals Take Two Wins Over Eagles

Chaparrals Take Two Wins Over Eagles

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer May 1, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team dominated the mound, the field and the batter's box against Illinois Valley Community College Friday afternoon in both games of a doubleheader. With a synergy that overwhelmed...

COD Baseball Prevails Against Oakton College Owls

COD Baseball Prevails Against Oakton College Owls

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 28, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team had something to prove to Oakton Community College after losing to them earlier in the season. With pitching and defense that shut down the Owl’s batters and steady...

COD Softball Triumphs Over Wolves to Clinch Top Seed

COD Softball Triumphs Over Wolves to Clinch Top Seed

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 27, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team radiated confidence going into their second doubleheader against Joliet Junior College of the season, as they swept the Wolves in their last meeting. Tuesday afternoon...

Chaparrals Split Doubleheader Against Spartans

Chaparrals Split Doubleheader Against Spartans

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 26, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team had two commanding pitching performances, keeping Elgin Community College’s offense from controlling the doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. With a late hit from sophomore...

COD Baseball Triumphs Over Panthers with Two Wins

COD Baseball Triumphs Over Panthers with Two Wins

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 20, 2023

After losing two straight games against Joliet Junior College, the College of DuPage baseball team came out with something to prove against Olive-Harvey College Tuesday afternoon. With a powerful offense...

Chaparral Volleyball Loses to Spartans on Sophomore Night

Chaparral Volleyball Loses to Spartans on Sophomore Night

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 17, 2023

The College of DuPage men’s volleyball team had something to prove going into their last game of the season against Aurora University JV on March 21, having lost to them in their last matchup. With improved...

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Wolves in Doubleheader

Chaparral Baseball Falls to Wolves in Doubleheader

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 17, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team looked forward to their doubleheader rivalry match-up against Joliet Junior College, but their confidence heading into the games didn’t translate into results. With...

COD Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Owls

COD Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Owls

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 15, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team struggled early at home against Oakton Community College, giving up seven runs in the first inning and committing four errors throughout their first game. The Chaparrals...

Chaparrals Claim Two Wins Over Cyclones

Chaparrals Claim Two Wins Over Cyclones

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 14, 2023

In the fourth doubleheader of the season, the College of DuPage baseball team brought their hitting power against Moraine Valley Community College, hitting seven doubles, two triples and scoring five home...

Chaparrals Defeated by Lancers in Doubleheader Sweep

Chaparrals Defeated by Lancers in Doubleheader Sweep

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 13, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team was confident going into Monday’s games against College of Lake County, as they entered the doubleheader with a 0-20 record on their season. With slow-hitting starts...

Chaparrals Fall to Tritons in Pitching Slump

Chaparrals Fall to Tritons in Pitching Slump

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 13, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team brought hitting power into their first matchup against Triton College of the season Tuesday afternoon, but their pitching couldn’t keep them in the game. Going through...

COD Baseball Beats Harper College in Doubleheader

COD Baseball Beats Harper College in Doubleheader

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 10, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team came out hungry Saturday afternoon after a 6-3 loss against Oakton College, and the Chaparrals wanted to prove something against Harper College. With steady hits and...

Chaparrals Split Doubleheader Against Pioneers

Chaparrals Split Doubleheader Against Pioneers

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 10, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team extended their hitting power from their previous two wins over Harper College into their first game against Prairie State College at home, putting the first game away...

Chaparrals Sweep Hawks in Doubleheader

Chaparrals Sweep Hawks in Doubleheader

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 8, 2023

The College of DuPage softball team didn’t tire in their fifth consecutive doubleheader of the season against Harper College Friday afternoon. Through timely hitting and effective pitching, the Chaparrals...

Chaparrals Triumph Over Lancers in Seven Innings

Chaparrals Triumph Over Lancers in Seven Innings

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer April 7, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team took control of the game against College of Lake County Tuesday afternoon, gaining the lead in the fifth inning. After shutting the Lancers down in the sixth, the Chaparrals...

Chaparral Softball Sweeps Skyhawks in Doubleheader Home Debut

Chaparral Softball Sweeps Skyhawks in Doubleheader Home Debut

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 30, 2023

In the College of DuPage softball team’s home debut, the Chaparrals brought the power in their first doubleheader of the season Monday afternoon, making 26 collective hits against Sauk Valley Community...

Chaparrals Triumph Over Cyclones in Eight Innings

Chaparrals Triumph Over Cyclones in Eight Innings

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 26, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team maintained their hot hitting against Moraine Valley Community College, making 15 total hits Friday afternoon at the COD Baseball Field. The Chaparrals beat the Cyclones...

Chaparrals Knock Lancers Out of the Park in Eight Innings

Chaparrals Knock Lancers Out of the Park in Eight Innings

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 24, 2023

The College of DuPage baseball team dominated College of Lake County offensively with a collective total of 20 hits Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore outfielder Jason Cousineau hit a three-run, walk-off triple...

Chaparrals beat Panthers in First Home Game of the Season

Chaparrals beat Panthers in First Home Game of the Season

Claire Valenti, Sports Writer March 20, 2023

In their 2023 home debut, the College of DuPage baseball team continuously battled for the lead against Morton College Monday afternoon. The Chaparrals took the lead in the sixth inning, but when freshman...

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