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Jefferson, Robinson, Kuljuhovic to compete in Mullen's JC Top 100 Camp

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Josh Jefferson
BEL AIRE, KS--Josh Jefferson (New Albany, IN; New Albany High School), Josh Robinson (Normal, IL; Normal West High School), and Amel Kuljuhovic (Waterloo, IA; Waterloo West High School) all sophomores on the Lakers men's basketball team of Lake Land College, will compete at the Mullen's JC Top 100 Camp July 22-23.

The Top 100 Camp is by invitation and certified by the NCAA.

Mullen's Sports is one of most highly regarded scouting services in the country, providing information about top high school, prep, and junior college players. Mullen's also hosts several showcase style events each year, like the one Jefferson, Robinson, and Kuljuhovic have been invited to participate in, and draws hundreds of coaches and scouts.
Joshua Robinson

Jefferson and Robinson are returning players to the Lakers, while Kuljuhovic is a transfer from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Ia.

The JC Top 100 Camp is for unsigned junior college basketball players. Invitees come from coast to coast. Six come from Illinois junior colleges, all sophomores, including:
  • Josh Jefferson ... Lake Land College
  • Josh Robinson ... Lake Land College
  • Amel Kuljuhovic ... Lake Land College
  • Trawn Taylor ... Lincoln College
  • Jaalim Hill ... Southwestern Illinois College
  • Amel Kuljuhovic
  • Darrel Bowman ... Shawnee Community College

This year's Top 100 Camp will be held at Wichita Hoops in Bel Aire, Kan., after a long run in St. Louis. The Wichita Hoops facility is considered an improvement as a host site, as it incorporates no less than a dozen basketball courts under one roof, making it easy for scouts to view any player they wish with minimal effort. Wichita Hoops is a training facility for basketball and volleyball players of all ages. The facility can convert it's tremendous basketball area into 14 volleyball courts!

Not an endorsement, but included below is a Youtube video which can give you an idea of the facility that will host the Mullen's JC Top 100 Camp.

Jefferson, Robinson, and Kuljuhovic will join the entire Lake Land College Lakers men's basketball team under the guidance of head men's basketball coach, Brandon Colvin, for pre-season jamboree's and scrimmages as follows:

Lake Land Men's Basketball Scrimmage Schedule

10/15/17 Vincennes Jamboree
Vincennes, IN
10/22/17 John A. Logan Jamboree
Carbondale, IL
10/28/17 Lindenwood - Belleville
Belleville, IL
11:00 AM

Lake Land's season opener is also their home opener, Nov. 1, versus the Eagles of Robert Morris University-Peoria, at Laker Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. CDT. The game is scheduled for simulcast on Lakerball Radio and Lakerball Livestream.

Schultz walks on at Butler University

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Recent Lake Land College graduate and student-athlete, Rachel Schultz (Stewardson, IL; St. Anthony High School) has taken a walk-on offer to play volleyball for Butler University.

Rachel Schultz

Originally, Schultz had no plans to continue playing volleyball at the next level, but had a change of heart once she was about to start her junior year at Butler.

Butler University's head women's volleyball coach, Sharon Clark, told Lakerball in a phone interview that she'd had some discussions with Lake Land College's head volleyball coach, Ashli Robison, and determined Schultz should have a walk-on opportunity to play for the Bulldogs.

Clark said Schultz was a "hard worker" and more than once eluded to her observation that Schultz was a determined student of good character, which is what she looks for when considering players for the Butler volleyball team. Clark added she "was excited about her [Schultz] coming to Butler."

Normally, a coach in a recruiting situation has a year or more of reference regarding a potential addition of a player and how she might fill a team need. Clark didn't have quite the amount of scouting her and staff are probably accustomed to regarding Schultz and made the point she would have to wait and see how Schultz would fit into the current team.

Schultz played one season for the Lake Land College Lady Lakers under the tutelage of head volleyball coach, Ashli Robison.

As a sophomore, Schultz's main contribution to the Lady Lakers was as a defensive specialist.

Schultz is a NJCAA Division I Volleyball All Region 24 selection and a Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Conference 1st Team selection.

Butler University is a NCAA Division I school in Indianapolis, Ind., with an enrollment of about 5,000. The Bulldogs play in the Big East Conference.

Schultz ranked high nationally while at Lake Land in the following:
  • 8th ... Digs per Set ... 5.68
  • 12th ... Total Digs ... 591

MAP Grant Funding available to Lake Land College students

The recently passed Illinois state budget means Lake Land College students who qualified for financial aid from the state will receive it for the 2017-2018 school year.

This form of financial aid is called the MAP grant and it does not have to be repaid. To help students who are making higher education decisions for fall 2017, the college is applying MAP grants to accounts for students who qualify. 

Students can check their MAP grant status by logging into their Laker Hub account and selecting “Financial Aid” under the IRIS menu on the left and then “Award Letter.”  While in the Laker Hub, students can register for New Student Orientation or call 217-234-5301.

For many students, a MAP grant combined with a Pell grant, both of which do not have to be repaid, will cover all tuition and fees for Lake Land College for the year. Tuition and fees for one year are about $3,900, nearly a fourth of tuition and fees at the average state university.

Lake Land College assures students who qualify will receive the MAP grant financial aid for the fall 2017 semester, which starts August 21. There is plenty of time for new students to get started! Visit and look for the “Enroll Now” button or call 217-234-5254.

2017 NJCAA All-Academic Reports for Laker Athletics

As published on the Lake Land College Laker Athletics official web site:

2017 NJCAA All-Academic First Team (athlete with 24 credit hours with 4.00 GPA):
            Holly Davis – Softball  
            Courtney Flach – Women’s Basketball
            Kendra Gengenbacher – Softball
            Tyler Schuring – Men’s Basketball
            Dallas Wilson – Baseball

2017 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (athlete with 24 credit hours with 3.80-3.99 GPA):
            Kassidy Bonebrake – Women’s Basketball
            Abigail Bush – Women’s Basketball
            Audrey Casey – Softball
            Adora Gowin – Volleyball
            Kendall Hastings – Softball
            Britt Remmers – Softball
            Kelly Sager – Softball
            Rachel Schultz – Volleyball
            Jordan Thoele – Baseball
            Daria Voronina – Volleyball
            Tristan Warner – Men’s Basketball
            Callie Williams – Women’s Basketball

2017 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (athlete with 24 credit hours with 3.60-3.79 GPA):
            Madison Boone – Softball
            Hope Collier – Softball
            Kelcie Darnell – Volleyball
            Katelyn Fisher – Softball
            Peyton Hagerman – Baseball
            Jeffery Martin – Men’s Basketball
            Emily Neuhauser – Women’s Basketball
            Samantha Valentine – Softball
            Randall Winger – Baseball      

Laker Athletics GPA reports

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

As published on the Lake Land College Laker Athletics official web site:

Accumulative GPA of all of our athletes (89) for the 2016-2017 academic year:  3.24
      By sport:           Women’s Basketball – 3.19
                                Softball – 3.50
                                Volleyball – 3.26
                                Men’s Basketball – 3.00
                                Baseball – 3.15

Total number of athletes achieving a 3.0 or higher GPA for the 2016-2017 academic year: 57 of 89
      By sport:           Softball (18 of 21)
                                Baseball (16 of 24)
                                Women’s Basketball (10 of 15)
                                Volleyball (7 of 13)
                                Men’s Basketball (6 of 15)

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