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Lakeland Community College Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2014

KIRTLAND, Ohio – On Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m., the Lakeland Community College athletic department will welcome five new members to the Hall of Fame in conjunction with the athletic awards reception.  The five inductees include two former student-athletes and three former head coaches.

Those wishing to attend should contact the department at (440) 525-7302 or emailing by Friday, April 25.  Tickets to the event are $16.00 per person and must be paid in advance.

Bob Booher has served as Lakeland coach, faculty member, and department chair.  He spent 22 years coaching softball (1976-1981), baseball (1982-1991), and women’s basketball (1999-2005), helping five student-athletes earn All-American honors from the NJCAA while eclipsing 100 career wins in all three sports along the way.  He was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005 while at the helm of the women’s basketball program.  Booher’s contributions to Lakeland extend into the classroom where he held positions of faculty member and chair of the Physical Education Department.  He has been the head women’s basketball coach at Lake Erie College since 2005, helping the Storm set program records in his nine seasons leading the program.

Bob Carlson was a highly successful coach, faculty member, and administrator at Lakeland.  In nine seasons as head coach of the wrestling team (1971-1979), he guided Lakeland to the college’s first national championship (1979) while instructing seven NJCAA All-Americans and three individual national champions.  He was named NJCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1979 and was inducted into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also spent one season as the head baseball coach (1972) and five seasons as the head golf coach (1975-1977, 1982-1983).  Carlson also served as a faculty member in the counseling department and as the Assistant Director of Student Activities during his tenure at Lakeland. 

Margy Ludwick was a standout three-sport student-athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, and softball from 1977-1979.  She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 1977 and earned multiple team awards in all three sports.  Ludwick helped guide the women’s basketball team to a championship in the Ohio Junior College Tournament en route to Tournament MVP honors in 1978.  She was also recognized as the Best Offensive Player (volleyball) and Most Valuable Player (basketball and softball) the same year.  A member of the Willoughby South High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Ludwick is a 1982 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in elementary education.

Shannon Lee McBride was an all-conference and all-region selection as a two-year starter for the women’s volleyball team.  She was named First Team All-OCCAC as a freshman while guiding the Lakers to a regular season conference championship.  McBride ranked among the nation’s elite in attack percentage (.870) while setting a program record for kills with 344 in her first collegiate season.  She was the runner-up for OCCAC Player of the Year honors while also garnering OCCAC All-Tournament and NJCAA Region XII All-Tournament team accolades. 

As a sophomore, McBride helped the Lakers claim the 1999 OCCAC Tournament Championship before earning NJCAA All-Region XII honors at the end of the season.  The Brush High School graduate passed away on July 29, 2003.  The annual Shannon Lee McBride Memorial Volleyball Tournament has been played on Lakeland’s campus every year since 2003 and the family has established an endowment in her memory to award scholarships to deserving women’s volleyball student-athletes each September.  Her No. 7 jersey was formally “retired” in 2008. 

Will Shuster served as head coach of the cross country (1972-1975) and men’s basketball (1977-1988) programs and helped guide the Lakers to the basketball program’s first conference championship in 1985.  In 1986 Shuster and the Lakers went 29-4, establishing the program records for wins in a season which still stands today.  In 11 seasons at the helm, Shuster and the Lakers eclipsed the 20-win plateau six times.  His contributions on campus extended beyond the athletic department.  He held positions as a faculty member in the accounting department and served as the President of the Lakeland Faculty Association.

About the Hall of Fame:  The Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to recognize deserving individuals and teams who have contributed significantly to the quality and success of the College’s athletic programs.  With the induction of the five individuals in this year’s class, the Hall of Fame will grow to 16 individuals and one team since its inception in 2010.

Class of 2010
Greg Byrne, Don Delaney, Lori Korver, Mario Marcopoli, Mike Nikolic, David W. Poorman, Tim Szalay, John Zele.

Class of 2012
1979 National Championship Wrestling Team, Billy Adkins, Tom Gagliardi, Glenn Korenko 

Class of 2014 
Bob Booher, Bob Carlson, Margy Ludwick, Shannon McBride, Will Shuster 

June 19, 2013  |  OCCAC All-Academic Team Announced; 16 Lakers Make List

The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) has announced its All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 year and 16 Lakeland student-athletes made the list.  In order to qualify for the team, a student-athlete must complete 24 hours with a 3.30 GPA or higher.  A total of 96 student-athletes were recognized across the conference. 

Lakeland nearly doubled its output from a year ago, when nine student-athletes representing four programs were named to the All-Academic Team.  This year, all seven programs are represented including a pair of dual-sport student-athletes.

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Women’s Volleyball
Rebecca Slocum, Freshman, Business Management
Meredith Stuebbe, Freshman, Graphic Design
Alyssa Woltman, Freshman, Nursing*
Stephanie Ziegler, Freshman, Business Management*

Women’s Basketball
Kelly Flanigan, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Science
Brittany Morr, Freshman, Undecided
Stephanie Ziegler, Freshman, Business Management*

Men’s Golf
Thomas Sanford, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Science

Men’s Soccer
Michael Maiorano, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts
Sebastian Vieira, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Arts

Skylar Lund, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts
Chantel Smithberger, Freshman, Business Management
Alyssa Woltman, Sophomore, Nursing*

Anthony Connacher, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Arts
Giancarlo Saia, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts
Justin Webb, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts

Men’s Basketball
Deran Banton, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts
Marius Paulauskas, Sophomore, Graphic Design

*Note: Alyssa Woltman and Stephanie Ziegler are listed in both sports in which they competed.

May 2, 2013  |  Smithberger, Banton Recognized as Athletes of the Year

Chantel SmithbergerKIRTLAND, Ohio –
Freshman Chantel Smithberger and sophomore Deran Banton were honored as the female and male athlete of the year, respectively, at the annual athletics awards banquet Thursday evening. 

One of the top producers in the region, Smithberger leads the Lakeland softball team in nearly every offensive category.  The Madison, Ohio native is tops in runs hits (44), RBI (37), runs (34), doubles (12), home runs (11), and slugging percentage (.774) and is second on the team in average (.383).  In addition to her on-field success, Smithberger is a Dean’s List student in the classroom and S.T.A.R. student-athlete.Deran Banton

Over the course of his two years at Lakeland, Banton helped guide the Lakeland men’s basketball program to its two most successful run in school history.  During his freshman season, the Lakers won their second district title in program history and advanced to the NJCAA Division II Final Four.  As a sophomore captain, Banton led Lakeland to its first conference championship in 18 years.  The Jamaica, New York native was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a freshman and second team all-conference honoree as a sophomore.  Additionally, he is a two-time S.T.A.R. student-athlete in the classroom. 

April 30, 2013  |  Lakers Crowned Conference Co-Champions, Earn Automatic Bid to RegionalsLakeland Baseball

Entering the final weekend of conference play, the Lakeland baseball team trailed first place Sinclair by three games.  The conference standings were turned upside down after Cuyahoga swept four games from Sinclair and Lakeland took the first two in a four game set with Owens over the weekend. 

Heading into Tuesday’s regular-season finale, the Lakers knew they needed two more wins to clinch a share of the OCCAC title.  After holding on for a 5-4 win in game one, Lakeland left no doubt in a 9-2 victory in the nightcap.   

The Lakers, who hold the tie-breaker based on run differential, return to the Region 12 Tournament for the first time since 2008 and will be the top seed out of the south when play begins next week. 

Game One – Lakeland 5, Owens Community College 4
Lakeland scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning then went to their ace down the stretch to hold off Owens in the opener. 

Giancarlo Saia and Wil Shortreed hit back-to-back doubles with two runners on to give the hosts a 4-0 advantage before Matt Wisner followed with an RBI double of his own to stretch the lead. 

The Express got to starter Matt Davidson in the top of fifth, scoring three runs to trim the deficit to two.  Matt Hamons took the mound to open the sixth inning but issued three straight walks to load the bases without an out before giving way to John Gora, who looked to stop the bleeding in a rare relief appearance.  The sophomore ace did just that, inducing a double-play and a ground out to end the inning with just a single run allowed and the lead still intact. 

After the Lakers went scoreless in the sixth, Gora struck out the side in the top of the seventh on 11 pitches to inch Lakeland closer to a share of the OCCAC title. 

Game Two – Lakeland 9, Owens Community College 2
Owens jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Lakeland responded with a run in the bottom of the second to pull even.

Sophomore Matt Wheeler led off the third inning with a home run to left field to give the Lakers their first lead of the game at 2-1.  One inning later, Andrew Dito led off with a stand up triple before Mike Sutkaytis laced a single down the third base line to double the advantage.

The Express got one back in the top of the fifth to pull within a run, but Giancarlo Saia countered with a home run to deep center field and Bobby Dragon roped an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2.

Freshman Brian Kusey, who was stellar all afternoon, retired the side in order in the top of the sixth, setting the stage for a four-run sixth inning for the hosts.

Wheeler led off the inning with a double before eventually scoring.  Wil Shortreed and Mason Wisner also came around to score before Matt Hamons scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2. 

Kusey took care of the rest, inducing a game and series-ending fly out to left field and setting off a celebration on the mound.

The conference title is the first for Lakeland since the fall of 2008, when the OCCAC played a split-season schedule.  It is the Lakers first championship in the spring since 2004.

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Nine Student-Athletes Named to OCCAC All-Academic Team

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Nine Lakeland student-athletes were selected to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Academic team after posting a 3.3 GPA or higher through the 2011-12 academic year.  Four teams were represented, led by four selections from the men’s soccer squad.

Men’s Soccer
Ryongmyeoong Cho, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Science
Michael Maiorano, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Arts
George Shakarashvili, Sophomore, Multi-Skilled Health Technology
Bernard Tomicic, Freshman, Mechanical Engineering

Women’s Volleyball
Aurora Petroff, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts
Shannon Sharkey, Sophomore, General Studies Associate of Arts

Men’s Golf
J.W. Leitch, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Arts
Patrick Webster, Freshman, Paralegal Studies

Kelsey Ott, Freshman, General Studies Associate of Arts

Samuel Mutemwa & Amanda WalshOn Sunday, April 29, Samuel Mutemwa (men’s soccer) and Amanda Walsh (softball) were recognized as male and female athlete of the year, respectively.

Mutemwa, a sophomore midfielder, is a two-time all-conference and all-region selection.  The Johannesburg, South Africa native led the Lakers offensively with eight goals and six assists while earning Midfielder of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. 

Walsh, a freshman infielder, played in all 38 games for the Laker softball team.  She finished second on the club in RBIs and paced the way in average, on-base percentage, hits, runs, and walks.  The local product from Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) is 13th in the region in batting average (.464), 13th in hits (52), and 15th in runs (36).

April 12, 2012  Lakeland Community College Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2012

KIRTLAND, Ohio – On Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m., three former student-athletes and a national championship team will be inducted into the Laker Athletics Hall of Fame inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes former men’s soccer player Glenn Korenko, former wrestling team members Tom Gagliardi and Billy Adkins, and Lakeland’s first National Champions - the 1979 Wrestling Team. 

Glenn Korenko was an all-conference selection with the men’s soccer team in addition to earning team MVP and best offensive player honors.  He graduated from Lakeland in 1974 and from Cleveland State University in 1977.  A lifelong supporter of soccer throughout Lake County, Korenko has coached at Lakewood High School, Mentor High School, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, and, most recently, at Harvey High School.   He has served as member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for over 20 years and holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License.

In 1979, Tom Gagliardi won a national championship in the 150-pound weight class and helped the Lakeland wrestling team win the school’s first national championship en route to a First Team All-American selection.  Gagliardi was a two-time Regional Champion under legendary coach Bob Carlson.

In 1981, Billy Adkins finished as the National Runner-Up in the 118-pound weight class as a freshman en route to Second Team All-American honors.  As a sophomore in 1983, Adkins won the National Championship and was named First Team All-American.    

The 1979 Lakeland Wrestling Team won the first in what would be back-to-back National Championships.  The team, led by NJCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year Bob Carlson, featured four First Team All-Americans, three National Champions, and that year’s Ernest B. Gould Most Outstanding Wrestler (Greg Byrne).  Members of the 1979 National Championship team included Clayton Bediant, Greg Byrne, Larry Davis, Pat Day, John Evans, Tom Gagliardi, Steve Galiffo, Tim Hall, Tom Hren, Bob Poucher, Mike Schmidlin, John Zele, Head Coach Bob Carlson, Assistant Coaches Blaine “Doc” Daughtery and Dennis Langer, and Athletic Director Dave Poorman.

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This Weeks Game Schedule
Sport NameOpponentLocationDateTime
Womens Softball *Owens CCLakeland4/23/20143:30 PM
Womens Softball *Owens CCLakeland4/23/20145:00 PM
Womens SoftballLorain County CCElyria, Ohio4/25/20143:30 PM
Womens SoftballLorain County CCElyria, Ohio4/25/20145:00 PM
Mens Baseball *Sinclair CCXenia, Ohio4/25/20143:00 PM
Mens Baseball *Sinclair CCXenia, Ohio4/25/20145:00 PM
Mens Baseball *Sinclair CCXenia, Ohio4/26/201412 PM
Mens Baseball *Sinclair CCXenia, Ohio4/26/20142:00 PM
Womens SoftballBaldwin-Wallace University JVLakeland4/27/20141:00 PM
Womens SoftballBaldwin-Wallace University JVLakeland4/27/20142:30 PM
Mens GolfLorain County Invitational (Elyria C.C.)Elyria, Ohio4/27/20141:00 PM
Mens GolfLakeland Invitational (Quail Hollow C.C.)Concord, Ohio4/28/20149:00 AM
Mens BaseballUniversity of Northwestern OhioLima, Ohio4/30/20142:00 PM
Mens BaseballUniversity of Northwestern OhioLima, Ohio4/30/20144:00 PM

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