Lake Land College recognizes student-athletes, honors Hall of Fame inductees
One hundred ten student athletes were recognized during the annual athletic banquet held recently at Lake Land College.
Students on each team – cheerleading, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, softball and baseball – were honored for their excellence both in the classroom and on the court or field.
“Here at Lake Land, athletes bring a spark and a level of competition to the campus,” said Scott Lensink, president of Lake Land as he addressed the athletes. “The skills you are learning in your sports transcend to your careers and later on in life.”
Three athletes were awarded with distinct recognition at the banquet. Two students received the Paul I. Brandenburg Award recognizing athletic skill, academic achievement and good moral character. Angelo Costantino-Brown, Greenwood, Ind., received the Paul I. Brandenburg Basketball Award; Brannon Kwiatkowski, Mahomet, received the Paul I. Brandenburg Baseball Award; and Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis, received the Joey Walk Award, better known as the “Hustle Award,” which is given to one athlete who is recognized for going above and beyond in baseball.
Additionally, two former Lake Land athletes were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Former Lake Land College baseball pitcher, Darryl Hudson of Mattoon and inaugural basketball team member Mahlon Sanders of St. Louis were welcomed as the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.
Hudson played on two of the most successful baseball teams in Laker history. The overall team record during his two years at Lake Land is 81-18 and his overall pitching record is 21-3. He also holds the distinction of pitching the first game on Laker Field.
Sanders was a member of the first Lake Land College basketball team, which was the college’s first athletic team. The overall team record for the Lakers during Sanders’ two years at the college is 49-11 and he holds the record for most points scored in a single season with 910.
Also, Athletic Director Denny Throneburg made a special presentation, honoring the family and memory of Brent Bays, Lake Land College game announcer for basketball and softball, who recently passed away.
“Brent was an avid supporter of Lake Land College athletics,” said Throneburg. “Therefore, we thought it was only proper to hang a plaque in his memory both on the press box by the softball diamond and in the Field House. We will miss him and his enthusiasm very much.”
The following athletes and coaches were also honored:
Tammy Boeser, head coach
Dessie Boeser and Sharon Uphoff, assistant coaches
Sara Carroll, Sullivan
Breanna Davis, Shelbyville
Andrew Deremiah, Mattoon
Taylor Janes, Mattoon
Kaylee Johnston, Shelbyville
Rio Long, Paris
Tyler Mosier, Sullivan
Kylie Mumm, Monticello
Ashley Oberling, Plainville
Kelsey Reardon, Altamont
Erika Roderick, Neoga
Lexi Romack, Neoga
Kacie Royse, Mattoon
Chelsey Smith, Sullivan
Kenzie Starwalt, Greenup
Amber Wakeland, Cowden
Shay Wakeland, Cowden
Amory Porter, head coach
Ashli Wicker, assistant coach
Kya Warren, Louisville
Abbie Magrini, Mahomet
Chelsea Boewe, West Salem
Jevelyn Williams, Muncie, Ind.
Taylor Krick, Willow Hill
Meredith Timmons, Germantown
Kate Fletcher, Columbia
Aryel Phinney, Charleston
Michaela Montgomery, Casey
Naomi Gray, Effingham
Barbara Andrade, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Anagila Silva, Suzano, Brazil
Debora de Paula, Suzano, Brazil
Dave Johnson, head coach
Tom Titus and J.R. Hodges, assistant coaches
Shelby Kohrmann, Breese
Blair Stephenson, St. Louis
Grace Ziegler, Altamont
Whitney Godden, Mattoon
Emily Weinard, Hoopeston
Shelbi Simpson, Fairfield
Brooke Markwalder, Potomac
Lauren Bogle, Brocton
Lacey Gleeson, Colfax
Faith Wendte, Altamont
Lorraine Pitchford, St. Louis
Josey Fruhling, St. Joseph
Sarah Burch, Shelbyville
Desiree Irizarry, Chicago
Erica Hotze, Sigel
Cedric Brown, head coach
Dave Earp and Brendan Walker, assistant coaches
Javon Price, Miami, Fla.
Landers Riddle, III, Florissant, Mo.
Angelo Costantino-Brown, Greenwood, Ind.
DeMario McMillian, Chicago Heights
Harold McBride, Jr., Bronx, N. Y.
Logan Carson, DuQuoin
Abdou (Aziz) Thiandoum, Dakar, Senegal
Charles Smith, Denver, Colo.
KeWan Davis, Indianapolis
Giovanni Ellis, Queens, N.Y.
Devin Carter, Champaign
Michael Dwyer, Mt. Vernon, N. Y.
Jason Henry, Bronx, N.Y.
Chris Fontaine, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Jonathan Koger, Greensboro, N. C.
Nic Nelson, head coach
Hailee Hanna, assistant coach
Cherise Boyd, Casey
Whitney Fox, Shelbyville
Regan Mansur, Decatur
Rachel Keller, Bethalto
Meaghan Touchette, Columbia
Rebecca Patterson, Matherville
Melanie Steer, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Tiffany Goeckner, Dieterich
Skyler Woods, Beecher
Kristi Belshe, Honolulu
Kayla Kirkpatrick, Bethalto
Alexandria Smith, East Peoria
Morgan Hart, Louisville, Ky.
Samantha Nissen, Beecher
Katie Watson, Louisville, Ky.
Bill Jackson, head coach
Julio Godinez, assistant coach
Jacob Daily, Mattoon
Jean Carlos Peralta, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Josh Manolakes, Champaign
Jarrett Rice, West Paducah, Ky.
Jason Martin, Effingham
Andrew Alves, Champaign
Cody Burton, Danville
Ian Snowden, Mattoon
Brody Quick, Kicklin, Ind.
Brandon Wind, Indianapolis
Tyler Bushue, Mason
Romer Portes, Orlando, Fla.
Alejandro Infante, Lecherias, Venezuela
Brady Walker, Effingham
Cody Brush, Mattoon
Chad Bailey, Mattoon
Chris Koontz, Stewardson
Andy Oliva Alvarez, Miami, Fla.
Larry Molina, Miami, Fla.
Levi Ebbert, Charleston
Grant Garrett, Mt. Vernon
Jake Angelo, Auburn
Alonso Ruz Vera, Cabimas, Venezuela
Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis
Devin Wright, Effingham
Taylor Nead, Charleston
Leury Soto, Orlando, Fla.
Luis Vilchez Alana, Cabimas, Venezuela
Brannon Kwiatkowski, Mahomet
Craig Bell, Farnersburg, Ind.
Skyler Hinchee, Mattoon
Calvin Bertrand, Charleston
Nicholas Ferris, Stewardson
Jared Having, Effingham
To learn more about athletics at Lake Land College, visit www.lakeland.cc.il.us/athletics.
Cutline: One hundred ten student athletes were honored at the Lake Land College athletic banquet held recently. Pictured here, from left are: Angelo Costantino-Brown, Greenwood, Ind., who received the Paul I. Brandenburg Basketball Award; Brannon Kwiatkowski, Mahomet, who received the Paul I. Brandenburg Baseball Award; and Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis, who received the Joey Walk Award.
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