In the news

Ron Riggle, head baseball coach and athletic director, was interviewed July 19 by WICS Sports about the new NIL rules on college sports. He was also interviewed July 20 on Sports Radio 1450 about the Illinois State Fair and how it helps LLCC’s athletic program through fundraising.

Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “More Grilling Tips.”

Career Launch at LLCC

Teens in the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois’ Career Launch program got hands-on experience with esports at LLCC last week! They spent time in the Loggers Esports arena with Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director, and Chase DeWitt, esports head coach.

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LLCC announces 2021 recipients of Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award

The 2021 recipients of the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award at LLCC have been announced. The award winners are baseball’s Jake Curtis of Chatham and basketball’s Emily Meidel of Danville.

Jake CurtisJake Curtis is an infielder for the Loggers and ended his freshman season with a .435 batting average, 70 hits, 15, 2B, 12 HR and 47 RBIs. He was named to first team All-Conference, All-Region and All-American, and was named the region and conference Player of the Year.

“Jake was the heart and soul of our team that was ranked in the top five almost the whole season,” says Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director and head baseball coach. “He is an excellent leader and a solid student.”

Emily Meidel Emily Meidel led the nation in total points scored this year. She averaged 22 points, 9 rebounds, 52% FG and 43% 3-pointers. Meidel was named first team All-American, Region 24 Player of the Year, MWAC Player of the Year, MWAC Freshman of the Year and NJCAA Player of the Week. She also finished her freshman year at LLCC with a 4.0 GPA.

“Emily had amazing accomplishments on the court and an amazing season. She established herself as a not only a premier player in our region, but also in the nation. She is the type of player you just sit back and watch her work,” says Chad Jones, head women’s basketball coach. “What makes Emily even more special is that off the court she is an even better person and student. We are lucky to have her.”

The LLCC Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award recognizes annually one LLCC male athlete and one female athlete. The 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.

LLCC Baseball finishes seventh at NJCAA DII World Series

LLCC Baseball continued play in the NJCAA DII World Series in Enid, Okla. yesterday. Kirkwood Community College defeated LLCC 12-2, bringing the Loggers’ season to an end. The Loggers finished the season 44-12 and with a seventh place finish in the NJCAA DII World Series. Congratulations to the Loggers on a great season!

2021 Loggers Baseball team

In the news

Ron Riggle, athletic director and head baseball coach, was interviewed by WICS Sports May 26 regarding the team’s No. 2 ranking in the NJCAA World Series beginning this weekend in Enid, Okla.

Congratulations to Jake Curtis and Ron Riggle

Congratulations to Logger infielder Jake Curtis who was named NJCAA Region 24 player of the year and tournament MVP, and Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director and head baseball coach, who was recognized as Region 24 coach of the year!

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LLCC announces Academic All-American and All-Conference honorees

LLCC has announced students who have earned Academic All-American and All-Conference honors for the 2020-21 academic year. Student athletes who earned a GPA of 3.60 or higher earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors; those who earned a 4.0 are noted with an asterisk. Student athletes who earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher earned Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) Academic All-Conference honors.

All-American and All-Conference

Natalie Bates, Tuscola, volleyball; Kennedy Bauer, Watseka, volleyball; Ian Benner, Chatham Glenwood, baseball; Annika Black, Routt, volleyball; Zach Brewer*, New Berlin, baseball; Ali Brumleve*, Teutopolis, softball; Colby Burt*, Stanford-Olympia, women’s basketball; Maia Eddington, Athens, soccer; Todd Fowler, Chatham Glenwood, baseball; Alli Fraase*, Pleasant Plains, soccer; Cam Furbeck, Pleasant Plains, baseball; Nate Hardman, Normal University High, baseball; Mary Hill, Neoga, volleyball; Carsen Jarrett*, Pawnee, softball; Elizabeth Jeanblanc, Athens, soccer; Molly Koskey, Southeast, soccer; Drew  Kruzick, Morton, baseball; Lauren Ladage, Auburn, soccer; Lemone Lampley, Lincoln Way, men’s basketball; Emily Meidel*, Bismarck-Henning, women’s basketball; Victoria Oaks, Canton, women’s basketball; Jalen Ping*, Chatham Glenwood, baseball; Marlene Rodriguez, Beardstown, soccer; Megan Silvey, Edwardsville, women’s basketball; Braydon Smith*, Auburn, baseball; Maclayne Taylor, St. Joe-Ogden, women’s basketball; Kelsey Tinder, Rochester, softball; Kate Volk*, Teutopolis, volleyball; Isabella Wade*, Mt. Pulaski, volleyball; Gavin Wahlbrink, Chatham Glenwood, baseball

All-American

Graham Kinley, Chatham Glenwood, esports; Will Lesko, Sacred Heart-Griffin, esports; Zach Morton, Sacred Heart-Griffin, esports; Ariel Nogues, Springfield High, esports

All-Conference

Lindsey Hunt, Pontiac, women’s basketball; PJ Jersczynski, Rochester, baseball; Adam Rose, St. Joe-Ogden, baseball

Congratulations Loggers – NJCAA World Series bound!

Loggers Baseball Team in formation after winning Region 24 titleThe Loggers beat John Wood Community College 15-8 on Saturday to claim their second straight NJCAA Division II Region 24 title! They now head to Enid, Oklahoma for the NJCAA Division II World Series, which begins Saturday, May 29. Ron Riggle, athletic director and head baseball coach, was recognized as Region 24 Coach of the Year. Congratulations!