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Lake Land College Athletes Achieve Academic Honors

Posted on August 8, 2019

Lake Land College student athletes excelled in the classroom and in competition during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Four teams achieved NJCAA Academic Team status by having a team GPA of 3.00 or higher. Volleyball’s GPA was as high as 3.44.

Volleyball player Maria Gentry, Stewardson, baseball player Mitchell Shaw, Colorado Springs, CO, and women’s basketball player, Liberty Jamison, Paxton, each received the 2018 NJCAA All-Academic First Team status for a GPA of 4.0. Baseball players Sam Gubbins, Charleston, and Wes Harrell, Charleston, and softball players Natalie Gordon, Charleston; Frankie Izard, St. Joseph; Sophie Cooper, Lenzburg; and Delaine Johnson, Streator, received the 2018 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team status for a GPA of 3.80-3.99.

Of the Athletic Honors, softball player Frankie Izard achieved NJCAA Division One Region 24 Player of the Year, NJCAA Division One All-Region 24, Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference, NFCA All-Region 24 Teams 1st Team, and NFCA All-American 1st Team status. Women’s basketball players Avery Jackson, Mattoon, and Jamie Sandschafer, Teutopolis, both received NJCAA Division Two All-Region 24 and Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conferences.

The NJCAA is the National Junior College Athletic Association dedicated to promoting and fostering two-year college athletics and ensuring equality among sports practices. The Great Rivers Athletic Conference is the section of the NJCAA that primarily encompasses Southern Illinois and contains nine colleges. Learn more about the association at ncjaa.org and the conference at gracsports.com.

This year the following Laker student athletes and teams were honored:

Lake Land College

ATHELETIC DEPARTMENT HONORS 2018-2019

Academic Report

2018 NJCAA Academic Team (must have a team GPA of 3.00 or higher):

Softball, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball

 

2018 NJCAA All-Academic First Team (athlete with 24 credit hours with 4.00 GPA):

Maria Gentry, Stewardson, Volleyball

Mitchell Shaw, Colorado Springs, CO, Baseball

Liberty Jamison, Paxton, Women’s Basketball

 

2018 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (athletes with 24 credit hours with 3.80-3.99 GPA):

Sam Gubbins, Charleston, Baseball

Wes Harrell, Charleston, Baseball

Natalie Gordon, Charleston, Softball

Frankie Izard, St. Joseph, Softball

Sophie Cooper, Lenzburg, Softball

Delaine Johnson, Streator, Softball

 

2018 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (athletes with 24 credit hours with 3.60-3.79 GPA):

Ashlyn Clem, Danville, Volleyball

Mikayla Fultz, Mattoon, Volleyball

Ashlyn MacDonald, Mattoon, Volleyball

Katie Tarkington, Vandalia, Volleyball

Bryce Lohman, Effingham, Baseball

Quinton Helmuth, Arthur, Baseball

Jamie Young, Point Cook, Victoria, Australia, Baseball

Drew Yazzie, Farmington, NM, Baseball

Sophie Cooper, Lenzburg, Softball

Delaine Johnson, Streator, Softball

Avery Jackson, Mattoon, Women’s Basketball

Aislinn Parish, Charleston, Women’s Basketball

Jamie Sandschafer, Teutopolis, Women’s Basketball

Darrell Phillips, Charleston, Basketball

 

Accumulative GPA of all of our athletes (102) for the 2018-2019 academic year: 3.12

By Sport:                     Volleyball – 3.44

Softball – 3.28

Women’s Basketball – 3.25

Baseball – 3.02

Men’s Basketball – 2.7

Cheer – 3.04

 

Total number of athletes achieving a 3.0 or higher GPA for the 2018-2019 academic year: 60 of 102

By Sport:                     Softball (11 of 17)

Baseball (17 of 30)

Women’s Basketball (9 of 11)

Volleyball (14 of 15)

Men’s Basketball (3 of 14)

Cheer (9 of 15)

 

Athletic Sports Honors

 

Season Records

By Sport:               Softball – 52/19

Women’s Basketball – 24/8

Men’s Basketball – 11/20

Volleyball – 27/14

Baseball – 11/34

 

Volleyball

 

Team Honors

NJCAA Academic Team

 

Individual Honors and Awards

NJCAA Division One All-Region 24: Alexandra Beckers, Mount Pulaski; Jannah Mullen, St. Joseph; and Ashlyn Macdonald, Mattoon

Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year: Ashlyn Macdonald, Mattoon

Great Rivers Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award: Kristy Burford, Bethany

 

Women’s Basketball

 

Team Honors

NJCAA Academic Team

Finished 2nd in the GRAC

Region 24 Runner Up

 

Individual Honors and Awards

NJCAA 2nd Team All American: Avery Jackson, Mattoon

NJCAA Division Two All-Region 24: Avery Jackson, Mattoon; Jamie Sandschafer, Teutopolis

Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference: Avery Jackson, Mattoon, Jamie Sandschafer, Teutopolis

 

Softball

 

Team Honors

NJCAA Academic Team

Region 24 Champion

2nd place in the GRAC

 

Individual Honors and Awards

NJCAA Division One Region 24 Player of the Year: Frankie Izard, St. Joseph

NJCAA Division One All-Region 24: Delaine Johnson, Streator; Frankie Izard, St. Joseph; Abe Lee, Mattoon

NJCAA Division One All-Region 24 Tournament: Delaine Johnson, Streator, Allison Helton, Colorado Springs, CO; Amaya Eubanks, Gardena, CA; Abe Lee, Mattoon

Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference: Delanie Johnson, Streator; Frankie Izard, St. Joseph; Abe Lee, Mattoon

NFCA All-Region 24 Teams 1st Team: Frankie Izard, St. Joseph

NFCA All-Region 24 Teams 2nd Team: Abe Lee, Mattoon; Delanie Johnson, Streator; Amaya Eubanks, Gardena, CA

NFCA All-American 1st Team: Frankie Izard, St. Joseph

 

Baseball

 

Team Honors

NJCAA Academic All American Team

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