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.
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 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 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.”
Congratulations to the Loggers baseball team, coached by Ron Riggle, who wrapped up a great season by playing in the NJCAA Division II national tournament! In their opening game of tournament play, the Loggers fell 2-0 to Mesa Community College. On Monday morning in an elimination game, LLCC defeated Monroe Community College 12-3. Then in another elimination game yesterday, Northeast Nebraska Community College won 8-5. The Loggers end their season at 38-18, winners of the Region 24 tournament, and will end in the Top 8 in NJCAA Division II baseball. Great season, Loggers!
John Marsaglia has announced that he is retiring as head softball coach at LLCC. Coach Marsaglia recently ended his 10th season coaching a team that has qualified four times for the NJCAA National Tournament.
In 2013, the softball team made school history, qualifying for the national tournament for the first time and finishing ninth in the nation. The Loggers qualified again in 2014 (finishing seventh), 2015 (finishing fifth) and 2018 (finishing ninth).
Marsaglia was honored as Mid-West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2019. He was Region XXIV Coach of the Year in 2018. Coach Marsaglia’s win/loss record at LLCC is 356-205 (2010-2019).
In addition to coaching softball at LLCC, Marsaglia was the advisor for Loggers 4 Christ/Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus.
“After much thought and prayer, I have decided to retire as head coach at LLCC,” said Marsaglia. “This has been a very difficult decision, but my health and desire to spend more time with my family have been the key factors in this decision. I will truly miss LLCC.
“I remember several years ago thinking the best college softball coaching job would be at Lincoln Land Community College, and for the past 10 years it has been just that,” Marsaglia continued. “I am so grateful and blessed to have been given this opportunity to coach at such a great school. LLCC has become a home away from home that I will truly miss. I want to thank the administration, my coaching staff, fellow coaching colleagues, the parents and players. I especially want to thank Ron Riggle for giving me the opportunity to coach softball at LLCC. It has been a great ride.”
“Coach Marsaglia has done an excellent job as our head softball coach,” said Ron Riggle, athletic director and baseball coach. “LLCC softball has become a national tournament contender every year. His dedication and time on and off the field contributed to the success of the program. I want to thank John for everything he did. We will miss him.”
New head coach Rachel Wisner introduced
Riggle announced that Rachel Wisner, who served this year as the Loggers’ assistant softball coach, will step up to the head coaching position.
“I am excited to have Rachel as our next head softball coach,” said Riggle. “We are looking forward to continuing the great play of our softball team. Rachel will bring a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to the program with her love of the game, and she hopes to share her passion with everyone she works with.”
An Olney native, Wisner graduated from East Richland High School in 2013 and then played softball at LLCC. As a freshman, she was selected for the 2014 All-Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) second team and Academic All-Conference team. After her second year at LLCC, she was selected to the 2015 MWAC Athletic and Academic Conference first teams. She was also named as an NJCAA All-American.
Wisner helped her team finish seventh and fifth place in the NJCAA Nationals in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, she played at Tusculum College, a NCAA Division II softball program in Greeneville, Tenn.
Abe’s Roundball Classic boys basketball tournament takes place Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 in LLCC’s Cass Gym. The event will feature eight boys basketball teams from across the state, including District 186’s own Lanphier Lions. Green Family Stores is sponsoring the tournament. Tickets are $5 per person with free parking and concessions available. View schedule.
LLCC Volleyball continued play in the NJCAA Division II tournament this past weekend, placing eighth! Ninth-seed Northeast defeated LLCC 25-21, 15-25, 17-25, 20-25. The final record for LLCC was 29-14.
Kiley Brunstein was named to the All-National Tournament Team, finishing the four matches with 60 kills total.
Congratulations to the Loggers on another great season!
Abe’s Roundball Classic boys basketball tournament is set for Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 in LLCC’s Cass Gym. The event will feature eight boys basketball teams from across the state, including District 186’s own Lanphier Lions. Green Family Stores is sponsoring the tournament.
The tournament is an opportunity for local student athletes to compete against teams they would not see in their regular season, and gives Springfield a chance to watch nationally-ranked recruits and student athletes who have been invited to Olympic trials. Chicago Orr is the defending 2A state champion and ranked preseason number one, and North Chicago was 4th in the 3A state championship last year.
Tickets are $5 per person with free parking and concessions available.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Game 1 – 6 p.m. – Curie vs. Cardinal Ritter
Game 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Orr vs. East St. Louis
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Game 3 – 6 p.m. – Peoria Manual vs. Chicago Brooks
Game 4 – 7:30 p.m. – Lanphier vs. North Chicago
Friday Nov. 23, 2018
Game 5 – noon – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6 – 1:30 p.m. – Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7 – 6 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 8 – 7:30 p.m. – Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
Game 9 – 11 a.m. – Loser Game 5 vs Loser Game 6
Game 10 – 12:30 p.m. – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Consolation Championship)
Game 11 – 6 p.m. – Loser game 7 vs Loser Game 8 (3rd Place Game)
Game 12 – 8 p.m. – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Championship Game)