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Lake Land College’s Board of Trustees recognizes student athletes

July 23, 2014

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees recently heard the annual Athletic Department Honors for the 2013-2014 school year and commended the student athletes for their dedication to their sports and academics. 

For 2014, women’s basketball, volleyball and softball were named as 2014 NJCAA Academic All-American Teams, which requires a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Sophomore athletes who received 2014 NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement recognition, which requires a GPA of 3.80-3.99, include Josey Fruhling, St. Joseph, women’s basketball; Faith Wendte, Altamont, women’s basketball; Emily Bishop, Dennison, softball; Naomi Gray, Effingham, volleyball; and Michaela Montgomery, Casey, volleyball. 

Sophomore athletes who received 2014 NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement recognition, which requires a GPA of 3.60-3.79, include: Devin Wright, Dieterich, baseball and Brooke Markwalder, Potomac, women’s basketball. 

Season records for each team include: softball – 53/10; women’s basketball – 23/10; men’s basketball – 22/9; volleyball – 29/9; and baseball – 20/24. 

Individual sports recognitions are as follows:

Volleyball:
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Champions
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year: Cleuza Porto, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year: Alicia Halleman, St. Elmo
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Volleyball First Team: Mili Zmiric, Mattoon; Kelsey Stauder, Shelbyville; and Naomi Gray, Effingham 
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Second Team: Brooke Eisenbarth, Shelbyville; and Michaela Montgomery, Casey 
•    NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention Team: Cleuza Porto, Mattoon

Women’s Basketball:
•    NJCAA All-Region First Team: Blaire Stephenson, Mattoon and Candice Niemerg, Dieterich
•    NJCAA All-American Third Team: Blaire Stephenson, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Team: Blaire Stephenson, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Honorable Mention: Candice Niemerg, Dieterich

Men’s Basketball: 
•    NJCAA All-American Second Team: Harold McBride, Jr., Mattoon
•    NJCAA Region 24 First Team: Harold McBride, Jr., Mattoon; Joshua Caldwell, Mattoon; and Jared Drew, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic All-Conference: Harold McBride, Jr., Mattoon; Joshua Caldwell, Mattoon; and Jared Drew, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year: Harold McBride, Jr., Mattoon
•    Region 24 Player of the Year: Harold McBride, Jr., Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year: Cedric Brown
•    Paul I. Brandenburg Award: KeWan Davis, Mattoon

Softball:
•    NJCAA Division One Region 24 Tournament Champions, four years in a row
•    NJCAA Academic Team, for nine years in a row
•    NJCAA Division One Region 24 All-Tournament Team: Katie Wilson, Tuscola; Desiree Irizarry, Mattoon; Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon; and Paige Clinton, Mattoon
•    NJCAA Division One Region 24 Player of the Year: Carly Murphy, Munster, Ind.
•    NJCAA Division One Region 24 Coach of the Year: Nic Nelson
•    NJCAA Division One All-Region 24 Team: Katie Watson, Hindsboro; Emily Bishop, Dennison; Carly Murphy, Munster, Ind.; and Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon
•    NFCA NJCAA Division One All Region Team Midwest Region First Team: Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon
•    NFCA NJCAA Division One All Region Team Midwest Region Second Team: Kaylee Childers, Mattoon 
•    NJCAA Division One Region 24 Softball Marucci Elite Hitter: Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon
•    NJCAA Division One NJCA All-American Second Team: Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year: Carly Murphy, Munster, Ind.;
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference Team: Emily Bishop, Dennison; Carly Murphy, Munster, Ind.;  and Sarah Lopesilvero, Mattoon
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year: Nic Nelson

Baseball:
•    Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference Team: Mitchell Ley, Mattoon and Aaron Bence, Charleston
•    Paul I. Brandenburg Award: Devin Wright, Dieterich
•    Joey Walk Memorial Hustler Award: Jacob Daily, Mattoon


To learn more about Lake Land College Athletics, visit: http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/athletics/index.cfm. 

Cutline: Presenting the Lake Land College Board of Trustees with the NJCAA Division I Region 24 Tournament Title plaque are members of the Lady Laker softball team. Pictured from left to right are: Nic Nelson, head softball coach; Robert Luther, trustee; Gary Cadwell, trustee, Deidre Ledbetter, Altamont; Josh Bullock, president; Kaitlyn Bath, Mattoon; Brittney Lemendola, Sullivan; Cherise Boyd, Casey; Emily Bishop, Marshall; Mike Sullivan, trustee; Christopher Walk, student trustee; Doris Reynolds, trustee; Tina Stovall, vice president for student services; and Carl Hart, trustee. 



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