Esports tryouts July 5

LoggersIf you know a student who might be interested in joining the esports team at LLCC, please let them know a second tryout, all online, will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2020. LLCC is expanding the esports played from Overwatch, Rocket League and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to also include Fortnite, League of Legends and Valorant. In the July 5 tryout, the college is looking for the following players:

  • Three for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
  • Four for Overwatch
  • Two for Fortnite
  • Five for League of Legends
  • Five for Valorant

Please RSVP to tryout no later than Friday, July 3, 2020.

Link to sign-up for a tryout: https://forms.gle/Ra2eWzHQk2MNuXYs8

Scholarships for esports are available. Students who play esports are expected to maintain the same academic requirements as traditional sports athletes including — but not limited to — GPA requirements, 12 minimum total credit hours each semester, attending study tables and being subject to grade/attendance checks.

Contact Dalton McGhiey, head coach, LLCC Esports, if you have any questions by emailing dalton.mcghiey@llcc.edu.

Kate Volk named 2020 Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year

Kate VolkKate Volk has been named the 2020 recipient of the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award at LLCC.

During the 2019 volleyball season, Volk helped lead the Loggers to 32 wins. Her season assist total is second in LLCC history along with 50 more assist matches than any other setter in school history. Her assist total led all of NJCAA volleyball in 2019.

Volk finished third on the team in digs and fourth in blocks. For her success on the court, Volk was named NJCAA 1st team All-American, MWAC Player of the Year and 1st team All-Region 24. In the classroom, Volk completed the year with a 4.0 GPA and was named to the NJCAA Academic All-American squad.

“Kate had a great season for us, but what I appreciate beyond the skills are her intangibles such as work ethic and integrity,” said Jim Dietz, LLCC head volleyball coach. “When you have an award like this, you want to make sure the winner upholds the standards Mr. Dhabalt set in his service to LLCC, and I think Kate is a perfect example of those values. Better still, regardless of this award, Kate will not stop putting the work in to get better. As a coach, you always love players like her.”

The LLCC Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award was established in February 2015 in honor of Mr. Dhabalt, former athletic director, head men’s basketball coach and faculty member, and acknowledges his dedication to education, athletics and students at LLCC.

In the news

Ron Riggle, athletic director and baseball coach, was interviewed by Channel1450.com yesterday, April 23, regarding cancellation of the spring sports season due to Covid-19 and moving forward for fall. In addition, Dalton McGhiey, esports coach, is scheduled to be interviewed by Sports Radio 1450 tomorrow morning, April 25, regarding the new team sport at LLCC.

Katryel Clark named All-American for second time

Katryel ClarkCongratulations to Katryel Clark, LLCC sophomore, from Auburn! She was recently named an NJCAA third team All-American. Clark averaged 13.7 points a game for the Loggers and led the team to its second consecutive 27-win season. This is the second time she has earned this award, as she was named a second team All-American last season.

“Kat is a special kid. Most people don’t know it, but she played on a bad ankle most of the conference schedule this season,” stated Chad Jones, LLCC head women’s basketball coach. “This really had an impact on her stats, so to see her still manage to be an All-American is impressive.” Clark lead LLCC in scoring and rebounds in both of her years at LLCC en route to a combined 54-9 record. “I’m super proud of what Kat accomplished.  It’s been fun to watch and will be greatly missed next year.”

LLCC announces hiring of first e-sports coach

LoggersLLCC has announced the hiring of its first e-sports head coach. Dalton McGhiey of Springfield will lead the first-ever LLCC Loggers e-sports team.

McGhiey, a biology teacher at Lanphier High School, also coaches the District 186 Springfield Capitols e-sports team.

“We are very excited for LLCC to be on the cutting edge of this new team sport for community college students and to bring Coach McGhiey on board to lead our first e-sports team,” said Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director.

LLCC Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), which recently sanctioned e-sports and created an e-sports league. The NJCAA league currently features the games Madden, Rocket League and Super Smash Brothers. The team will begin play in fall 2020.

Students interested in attending LLCC and playing on the e-sports team may email ron.riggle@llcc.edu or call 217-786-2581. Coach McGhiey may also be reached on Facebook and Twitter.

Fitness Center spring semester hours

The LLCC Fitness Center will open for faculty/staff use Monday-Friday in the spring semester during the following times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Fridays – 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Fitness Center is closed when the college is closed. To use the Fitness Center, faculty/staff must pay the registration fee for each semester.

Lincoln Land CC Loggers on YouTube

Loggers Lincoln Land Community CollegeLet’s help out our LLCC Loggers! They need 1,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel Lincoln Land CC Loggers in order to keep live-streaming their home basketball games and expand into live-streaming other sports. Even if you’re not a regular live stream watcher, it’s free and easy to subscribe. Please subscribe, and share this message! Thanks for your help!

Lincoln Land CC Loggers on YouTube

Loggers Lincoln Land Community CollegeLet’s help out our LLCC Loggers! They need 1,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel Lincoln Land CC Loggers in order to keep live-streaming their home basketball games and expand into live-streaming other sports. Even if you’re not a regular live stream watcher, it’s free and easy to subscribe. Please subscribe, and share this message! Thanks for your help!