Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Golden Eagles Baseball

Cory Starnes to Continue Career at Lewis University

Cory StarnesRock Valley College catcher Cory Starnes has committed to continue his athletic and academic career at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.Lewis is an NCAA Division II school which competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Starnes was a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles and capped his career at Rock Valley College with a stellar sophomore season which saw him hit .378 and lead the team in RBIs.

"We are extremely happy that Cory continues in a long line of Golden Eagles who have progressed through our program and moved on to the next level," said head coach Kevin Vest."Cory has been a mainstay for us behind the plate for two years and will be missed in our program.However, we are proud that his development in our program has led to a great opportunity at Lewis."

Starnes will join a Lewis Flyers program that competes in the ultra-competitive GLVC and has made an appearance in the NCAA Division Regionals two of the last three years.The Flyers are coached by Tim McDonough.

"I couldn't be happier with the decision I made to attend Lewis University and continue my baseball career," said Starnes, a Harlem High School graduate."Because of the atmosphere of the school and the baseball program Lewis presented itself as the place I wanted to call home for the next two years."

Starnes becomes the 20th player to continue his career at the four-year level since Vest took over the program.


About RVC Baseball

The Rock Valley College baseball program has established itself as a premier program for the development of quality student-athletes.   The program prides itself on the development of players on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

The Golden Eagles development on the field is evidenced by the number of players moving on to compete at four-year institutions.  Fourteen former Golden Eagles will be suiting up at four-year institutions this spring.  Because of their work academically, the baseball program boasts a graduation/transfer rate of over 90% since the 2010-2011 school year.

Another hallmark of the Golden Eagles baseball program is their commitment to the Rockford community.  Rock Valley College baseball players have partnered with organizations such as MELD, Rockford Public Schools, Next Rockford, and many others to make a positive impact on the Rockford region.


Baseball News

Led by Wimberly's No-Hitter, Rock Valley College Alums Lead Culver-Stockton College

Canton, MO – Former Rock Valley College and Guilford High School standout Cyrus Wimberly pitched a no-hitter over the weekend for Culver-Stockton College.

Cyrus WimberlyWimberly,  a senior, struck out nine hitters en route to a 9-0 victory in Culver-Stockton's conference opener over Benedictine.  Another pair of Rock Valley College alums contributed offensively for the Wildcats.  Senior Cody Jacobson (Dakota, IL/Dakota HS) went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI while junior Ryan Scarpetta (Rockton, IL/Hononegah HS) went 2-4 with two RBI. 

"It is always great to see our former players excel at the four-year level," said Rock Valley College Head Baseball Coach Kevin Vest.  "These guys exemplify what our program is about in terms of player development and moving guys on to the next step of their career."

Wimberly, Jacobson, and Scarpetta are amongst 11 former Golden Eagles who are suiting up at the four-year level this spring. 


Coach Kevin Vest to Assist Philadelphia Phillies Scouting Efforts

Rock Valley College head baseball coach Kevin Vest has been named an associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Vest, who will continue in his role as the Golden Eagles skipper, will report to area scout David Seifert. 

"As our program at Rock Valley College continues to grow this gives me an opportunity to gain insight into the Major League Baseball draft process that will be beneficial to our current and future players," said Vest.  "In addition, I am honored to be able to assist in identifying professional prospects in our area to the Philadelphia Phillies."

The Rock Valley College baseball team will open its fourth season under Vest's leadership on March 10 and will play its home opener on March 16 versus Elgin Community College at 1:00 p.m. at RVC Field.