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!

LLCC volleyball ranked No. 12 in nation

LLCC’s volleyball program begins the season ranked No. 12 in the nation, following the 2018 campaign, which saw the team’s season end in the Elite Eight. 2015 and 2016 saw the team lose in the national title game, while 2017 ended with the team finishing third.

“It’s nice to get recognized as a top 20 program,” Coach Jim Dietz said while preparing for practice after being told of the poll. “But no one’s played one another yet. Things will start shaking out once we get past this weekend, and matches start to count.”

LLCC opens on Friday in Rockford with Glen Oaks (Michigan) who finished 2018 at 21-11.

Fitness Center fall semester hours

The LLCC Fitness Center will open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the fall semester when classes are in session, EXCEPT for the following times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9-11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

The Fitness Center is closed with the college is closed.

2019 recipients of Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award

The 2019 recipients of the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award at Lincoln Land Community College have been announced. The award winners are basketball’s Katryel Clark of Auburn and baseball’s Spencer Walker of Bartonville.

Katryel ClarkKatryel Clark received several recognitions this year. She was named to second team All-American, MWAC Freshman of the Year, MWAC Player of the Year, All-Region 24 Team, MWAC’s leading scorer, NJCAA Player of the Week selection and NJCAA Top 40 All-Star Game member. Because of her stellar year, her jersey is currently on display in the Women’s National Basketball Hall of Fame. Clark was also the leading scorer for the Loggers averaging 15.8 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. She also finished her freshman year at LLCC with a 3.77 GPA.

“Kat has exemplified what it means to be a student athlete. She has worked hard and improved tremendously in the time she has been at LLCC,” says Chad Jones, head women’s basketball coach. “Her play on the court was not only at a high level, but it was very consistent. Not only is she a great athlete, but she is an unbelievable student. She is very deserving of this award.”

Spencer WalkerSpencer Walker is a pitcher for the Loggers and ended his freshman season with a 1.26 ERA, which is the second best in program history. Walker went 8-1 this year with his only loss being in the NJCAA World Series. He was named to first team All-Conference, All-Region and third team All-American. Walker struck out 69 batters and only allowed 53 hits.

“Spencer had an excellent year. He is very deserving of this award. His hard work and dedication have played a huge part in his success,” says Coach Ron Riggle, athletic director and head baseball coach. “We are looking forward to a great sophomore season from Spencer.”