Madison Boone at Canyons Complex

Madison Boone at Canyons Complex
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Lake Land College Lady Lakers at Canyons Complex

Lake Land College Lady Lakers at Canyons Complex

Boone headed to DI WIU

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Madison Boone
According to a recent Facebook post by Lake Land College graduate, Madison Boone (Shelbyville, IL; Shelbyville High School), Boone has verbally committed to continue her collegiate student-athletic career at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

WIU is a NCAA Division I member with an enrollment of approximately 19,000.

The WIU Fighting Leathernecks play in the Summit League, which will tally ten member schools starting in the 2018 season.

Boone works out at Canyons Complex
Boone played softball at the NJCAA Division I level for the Lady Lakers of Lake Land College for two seasons under the guidance of head softball coach, Nic Nelson.


Heading west is nothing new to Boone, who helped the Lady Lakers qualify and compete in the NJCAA Softball Division I National Finals at Canyons Complex in St. George, UT, in both her seasons at Lake Land, where her main contributions came at the plate and playing the hot corner.
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This season, Boone ranked high nationally in the following:
  • 21st ... Hit by Pitch ... 12
  • 58th ... RBI ... 61
  • 81st ... Runs Scored ... 58
  • 107th ... Batting Average ... .430
  • 140th ... Slugging Percentage ... .680
  • 156th ... On-Base Percentage ... .479
Boone practices at Canyons Complex
Boone pregame at Laker Softball Field










Boone is a 2017 NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete - Third Team.
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Former Laker RHP Addison Russ drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Former Lake Land College Lakers baseball pitcher, Addison Russ, has been drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Russ was the 563rd pick overall.

A right-handed hurler, Russ played at Randall High School in Amarillo, TX, going on to play his freshman college season at Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX, where he earned a 4-2 record.

Addison Russ
From the Texas panhandle, Russ transferred to Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, to play his sophomore season, compiling a 6-6 record, starting in all 13 of his appearances and completing five of those starts. Russ tossed 88 2/3 innings, posting a 3.15 ERA.

Russ played under the guidance of Lake Land head baseball coach, Bill Jackson, and pitching coach, Zach Stuart, who coached Russ in Missouri the summer prior to his coming to Lake Land. Russ reportedly wanted a change and decided to transfer to Lake Land, joining Stuart, who was starting his first year as an assistant to Jackson.
Russ 2015 Lake Land College pitching statistics

Some of Russ's 2015 NJCAA national rankings (while at Lake Land) include:
  • 16th ... Innings Pitched ... 88 2/3
  • 22nd ... Complete Games ... 5
  • 35th ... Games Started ... 13
  • 51st ... Strikeouts ... 76
  • 142nd ... ERA ... 3.15

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After graduating Lake Land, Russ returned to his home state of Texas, pitching for Houston Baptist University, a NCAA Division I member playing in the Southland Conference.

In his junior season at HBU, Russ accumulated a team best 66 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings of work. Russ sported an 8-5 record with a 3.44 ERA.

In 2017, as a senior, Russ went 2-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 92 complete innings pitched. Russ started in all 15 of his senior appearances. Russ again led the Huskies staff in strikeouts with 79, one of every four strikeouts thrown by the entire staff belonging to Russ.
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Valentine commits to DI MTSU

According to a recent Facebook post by Lake Land College graduate, Samantha Valentine (Monticello, IL; Monticello High School), she has verbally committed to continue her collegiate student-athletic career at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.

MTSU is a NCAA Division I member with an enrollment of approximately 20,000.

The MTSU Blue Raiders softball team plays in 14-member, Conference USA. Valentine will play under the guidance of MTSU head softball coach, Jeff Breeden.
Valentine played softball at the NJCAA Division I level for the Lady Lakers of Lake Land College for two seasons under the tutelage of Lake Land College head softball coach, Nic Nelson, breaking numerous single season and career team records.

Valentine currently holds Lake Land Softball single season records for:
  • Hits ... 120
  • Triples ... 10
  • Runs ... 98

Valentine currently holds Lake Land Softball career records for:
  • Hits ...212
  • Triples ... 14
  • Runs ... 179
  • Stolen Bases ... 71

This season, Valentine ranked in the Top-100 nationally in the following:
  • 1st ... Hits ... 120
  • 1st ... Runs ... 98
  • 1st ... At-Bats ... 252
  • 1st ... Plate Appearances ... 274
  • 3rd ... Triples ... 10
  • 8th ... Total Bases ... 183
  • 9th ... Doubles ... 25
  • 28th ... Batting Average ... 476
  • 41st ... Stolen Bases ... 32
  • 72nd ... OBP ... .506
  • 83rd ... RBI ... 57
  • 90th ... Slugging Pct. ... .726
  • 94th ... Hit-by-Pitch ... 7

Additionally, Valentine helped the Lady Lakers reach the NJCAA Softball Division I National Finals for those two seasons.

Valentine is an NFCA 2017 NJCAA Division I All-Amercan First Team selection.

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Read about Valentine's selection as a NJCAA All-American, here

Bonebrake headed to DII Montevallo

Saturday, June 10, 2017

MONTEVALLO, AL--Recent Lake Land College graduate, Kassidy Bonebrake, will continue her student-athletic collegiate career at the University of Montevallo in central Alabama.

Bonebrake becomes a Falcon at Montevallo and will play for head women's basketball coach, Van Atta. Montevallo is a NCAA Division II member currently playing in the Peach Belt Conference, but will move to the Gulf Coast Conference starting with the upcoming season. Montevallo's enrollment is about 3,000 students.

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One of six signees, Bonebrake is one of three transfers, and one of two coming in as juniors. The third transfer is a sophomore, with the balance all incoming freshmen.

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Bonebrake played for the Lake Land College Lady Lakers for two seasons under head women's basketball coach, Dave Johnson. Bonebrake red-shirted after her freshman season due to injury, returning to action for a successful sophomore year that earned her MVP honors in NJCAA's Division II Region 24.

Kassidy Bonebrake

Casey, Fisher, Boone, Valentine, Gengenbacher, Remmers, Sager, Hastings, Collier named NJCAA All Academic Student-Athletes

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Audrey Casey
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--The Lake Land College Lady Lakers softball team recently found nine of its student-athletes awarded for their academic achievements.

Sophomores, Audrey Casey (Toledo, IL; Cumberland High School), Katelyn Fisher (Mattoon, IL; Mattoon High School), Madison Boone (Shelbyville, IL; Shelbyville HS), and Samantha Valentine (Monticello, IL; Monticello High School), were selected as NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athletes.

Also selected were freshmen, Kendra Gengenbacher (Quincy, IL; Quincy Notre Dame High School), Britt Remmers (Werkendam, Netherlands), Kelly Sager (Kell, IL; Salem Community High School), Kendall Hastings (Riverside, IL; Riverside-Brookfield High School), and Hope Collier (Effingham, IL; Effingham High School).

To earn the award, a student-athlete must carry a 3.60 GPA or higher, and gains an award status as follows:
  • NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
  • NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80 - 3.99 GPA
  • Madison Boone
  • NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60 - 3.79 GPA

Gengenbacher was named to the All Academic Student-Athlete First Team.

Casey, Remmers, Sager, and Hastings were named to the All Academic Student-Athlete Second Team.

Boone, Valentine, Fisher, and Collier were named to the All-Academic Third Team.







Samantha Valentine
Kendra Gengenbacher
Katelyn Fisher












Britt Remmers
Kendall Hastings
Kelly Sager


Hope Collier

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