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District 16 - MBB - Season Preview - Vincennes University Trailblazers

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017-18 District 16 (Region 12/24) Preview—10 of 11
By Dave Hunter, WVUB Radio, Vincennes

Vincennes “Trailblazers:”
Last Year: Overall 32-3 (District 18-2)
Coach: Todd Franklin, 7th year, 204-36 (Overall: 534-133)
Returning Starters:
6’1 G Isaiah Tisdale (15.4 ppg, 4.4 reb, 3.9 apg)
6’9 F Rade Kukobat (9.2 ppg, 6.6 reb)
Other Returnees:
6’0 G CJ Hedgepeth (5.2 ppg)
6’6 C Sehill Mouliom (3.5 ppg, 3.3 reb)
6’6 F Nikola Andric (2.9 ppg, 2.6 reb)
6’7 C Hugo Mbumba (2.1 ppg, 2.1 reb)
Key Players Lost:
6’1 G Chris Darrington (20.7 ppg, 5.1 apg)
6’4 G Nate Hansen (15.7ppg, 5.6 reb, 3.9 apg)
7’0 C Romaro Gill (5.1 ppg, 5.2 reb)
6’8 C Dainius Chatkevicious (4.4 ppg, 5.3 reb)
Top Transfers:
6’5 G Rodney Culver, Jr (Ohio U. - 2.6 ppg)
Top Freshmen:
6’6 F Lony Francis (Groveport, OH)
6’1 G Ty Gadsden (Charlotte, NC, Believe Prep)
6’1 G Keith Clemons (Norcross, GA, Wesley Christian)
Coach’s Outlook:
We have six players from last season’s Elite-Eight team and added Culver who is a Division I transfer. This team will go as far as the seven sophomores take it. Tisdale and Kukobat need to play like All-Americans for us to make national noise. I look for big years from Moulion and Andric who are both much improved from last season. Francis has had an early stress fracture, but if he’s healthy, he’ll play a big role as well.

Broadcast - VB - Lincoln Trail College Lady Statesmen vs. Lake Land College Lady Lakers

NJCAA Volleyball
Sophomore Night

Lincoln Trail College Lady Statesmen
Lake Land College Lady Lakers
Laker Fieldhouse
Mattoon, IL
October 18, 2017
First serve: 6:30 p.m. CDT

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Match Notes - VB - Lincoln Trail College Lady Statesmen vs. Lake Land College Lady Lakers

Explore Lake Land open house for new adult students

Lake Land College is offering Explore Lake Land open house events to help new and returning students take the first step in getting started.

Explore is designed for students who have been out of school for a while or for those who are seeking to start their college education. New adult students who register for spring classes may qualify for a tuition-free class up to three credit hours. 
Interested individuals have two options. The first event will take place at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 2-7 p.m. The second option will be held on campus in Mattoon on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2-7 p.m. Individuals only have to attend one event and can plan to stay for about an hour.
Explore Lake Land will follow an informational fair format and will help students learn about the resources available to help them succeed.
“Lake Land College faculty and staff understand that adults have unique experiences when returning to school. These events are designed to create an environment where adults will feel welcome to explore their interests in coming to Lake Land. We are here to help individuals identify their objectives and to begin working toward their goal of taking a class or earning a degree or certificate,” said Chris Strohl, director of community outreach.
At Lake Land, adult students make up a majority of the student body.
“About 64 percent of our students are 24 and older,” Strohl added. “You are very likely to be in classes with people your own age.”
Investing in a college education at any age is economically beneficial according to a recent state study. Lake Land College graduates can expect an average 20 percent annual return on their investment in their degree. They can also expect an average immediate post-graduation wage increase of more than $6,700, according to a study conducted by the Illinois Community College Board, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies.
New adult students who register for a spring class during one of these events may qualify for one tuition-free class up to three credit hours. New adult students are defined as those who have not attended Lake Land College within the past three years or have not recently graduated from high school and immediately attended college. The tuition waiver is good for one college credit class, up to three hours, and is for in-district residents.
Registration is not required, but is encouraged. To learn more about Explore, call Strohl at 217-234-5429 or

Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 20 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.

The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session.

Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by Lake Land College Student Ambassadors. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn more about program offerings at Lake Land. 

“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and programs of study, to talk to current students about student life and to learn about financial aid options and opportunities,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of new student admissions.

Additional Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Dec. 1, Feb. 9, March 23 and June 21.

Register online at or call 217-234-5254.

NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Rankings (as of Oct. 17, 2017)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Koonce, Darnell, Gowin, Ambrose, Schaal, C. Watson, E. Watson, to be recognized at Sophomore Night

MATTOON--Laker Athletics will recognize seven Lake Land College volleyball sophomore student-athletes Wednesday night at Laker Fieldhouse.

Sophomore Night is the last time sophomores will play on their home court during the regular season. The Laker Volleyball sophs, however, will play again at Laker Fieldhouse, Sept. 27-28, for the NJCAA Volleyball Division I Region 24 Tournament.

To be honored on Sophomore Night:
Hannah Koonce ... Shelbyville ... Shelbyville High School
Kelcie Darnell ... Shelbyville ... Shelbyville High School
Dori Gowin ... Martinsville ... Casey-Westfield High School
Ryann Ambrose ... Shelbyville ... Shelbyville High School
Deidra Schaal ... St. Peter ... South Central High School
Claudia Watson ... Shelbyville ... Shelbyville High School
Emily Watson ... Mattoon ... Mattoon High School

(l. to r.) Hannah Koonce, Kelcie Darnell, Dori Gowin, Ryann Ambrose, Deidra Schaal, Claudia Watson, Emily Watson

Sophomore Night is Wednesday, October 18, with a Great Rivers Athletic Conference match versus Lincoln Trail College to begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

There has been no posted information regarding the time of recognition of the Lady Laker sophomores, but typically, the ceremony is held just prior to the match.

The match is featured on the Victory 103.9 Laker Match of the Week (final Victory 103.9 Lake Land volleyball match of the schedule). The radio broadcast can be heard via antennae at 103.9 FM, or online at

A simulcast will carry on Lakerball Radio, available via custominzed smartphone apps with free downloads for both iOS and Android devices, or online via a media player here on the Lakerball blog.

An additional video broadcast is available free via livestream with a media player here on the Lakerball blog.

After Sophomore Night's match, the Lady Lakers have one more regular season match, a GRAC event, Oct. 25, versus Southwestern Illinois College at Jay Harrington Court in Belleville.

Once the regular season is complete, Laker Volleyball will compete in the aforementioned NJCAA postseason tournament on Oct. 27-28, at Laker Fieldhouse, with seeding and match dates and times to be determined.

District 16 - MBB - Season Preview - Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm

2017-18 District 16 (Region 12/24) Preview—9 of 11
By Dave Hunter, WVUB Radio, Vincennes

Southwestern Illinois “Blue Storm”
Last Year: 14-18 (District 8-12)
Coach: Jay Harrington, 40th year, 772-487 (Overall: 855-499)
Returning Starters:
6’6 G Jaalam Hill (20.9 ppg, 8.1 reb)
6’8 C Paul Hepburn (1.4 ppg, 1.0 reb)
Other Returnees:
6’0 G Kenny Roberson (2.6 ppg)
6’5 F Tra Ron Allen (1.7 ppg)
6’4 F Aumonie Armond (1.4 ppg)
Key Players Lost:
6’4 G DJ Jenkins (11.9 ppg, 3.6 reb)
6’3 G Teddy Fifer (12.7 ppg, 2.8 reb)
6’8 C Luke Davis (6.4 ppg, 1.9 reb)
Top Transfers:
6’4 F Will Berger (Red-Shirt - Missouri Baptist)
5-7 G Braden Fitzjerrells (Lindenwood-Belleville - 7.2 ppg, 2.6 apg)
Top Freshmen:
6’6 F Jovonte Perkins (St. Louis, MO)
5’10 G Desten Williams (St. Louis, MO)
6’6 F Allen White (Rockford, IL)
6’4 G Braylon James
6’8 F Jordan Notch (Waconia, MN)
6’4 F Trevor Davis (Waterloo, IA)
6’4 G Oliver Stephens, (Edwardsville, IL)
Coach’s Outlook:
SWIC basketball should be much improved after our first losing season in 21 years. We have new faces and new attitudes and a better work ethic that will combine with one of the best shooting teams I’ve ever had.

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