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LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Samantha Valentine, an infielder for Lake Land College, was named a first team National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-American softball player by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. 

Valentine helped the Lady Lakers to a 57-14 record and a fourth place finish in the National Tournament. The 57 wins is the most in school history. Valentine broke the school record for the most hits (120), triples (10) and runs (98) in a season and career marks for most hits (212), triples (14), most runs (179) and stolen bases (71). She led the nation in hits, runs and at-bats (252). She tied for third in triples and was ninth in doubles (25). She was a perfect 32-of-32 stealing, had a .506 on-base percentage and a .726 slugging percentage as well as batting a team-high .476.

Valentine was one of 16 players on the first team and one of five infielders. 

Named to the 16-member second team were pitcher Emily Oestreich and outfielder Haylee Short. Oestreich was 32-4 in the pitcher's circle with a 1.76 earned run average, including 274 strikeouts in 211 1/3 innings, while Short batted .411 with a team-high 21 walks. Oestreich set the Lady Laker record for most wins in a season and most innings pitched and set career-marks in wins (59), strikeouts (550) and most innings pitched (339 2/3). 

No Lake Land player was on the 16-member third team. 

Schuring, Bonebreak named male and female athletes of the year

MATTOON -- Tyler Schuring, a 2015 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond graduate from Arthur and Kassidy Bonebreak were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year respectively at the Laker Academic Awards Gala. 

In order to be considered for the athlete of the year award, nominees must have at least a 3.65 grade point average. Lake Land coaches nominated athletes based on academic and off the field performances, as well as Leadership skills. Out of that pool, a voting committee of Lake Land College administrators and the academic counselor voted n the female and athlete of the year. 

In his acceptance speech Schuring said that he was very humbled to receive the award, but said it would not have been possible without so many of his supporters along the way, thanking his coaches, teammates and family. 

Schuring, the son of Dale Schuring and Val Cornwell, plans to enter the Lake Land Physical Therapy Assistant Program and help out with the Lake Land men's basketball team next season. 

Schuring was the JG-TC Player of the Year in 2015 and a Special Mention Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Player for the 22-6 Knights.

At Lake Land Schuring played in 41 games for the men's basketball team, averaging 6.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and shooting 38 percent from beyond the three-point line. 

He was named to the President's List, meaning he earned between a 3.80 and 4.0 grade point average. 

Bonebrake was a member of the women's basketball team and is to continue her education and playing career at the University of Montevallo in Alabama and double major in biology and exercise science. 

Bonebreak made the Dean's List meaning she earned between a 3.65 and 3.79.

In addition the following student-athletes were honored based on grades: Abby Bush*, Callie Williams*, Dakota Crowder (Charleston grad)* and Danielle Benninghoff*. Courtney Flach and Sullivan grad Emily Neuhauser were on the presidents and honors list respectively. Addison Beale*, Britt Remmers, Hope Collier*, Kelly Sager, Kendall Hastings, Kendra Gengenbacher* all played softball, while fellow player Madison Boone, a Shelbyville grad, made the Honor's list. In baseball Charleston grad Dallas Wilson made the President's list as did Jordan Thoele, while Okaw Valley grad Peyton Hagerman* was also on the list. 

In volleyball Casey-Westfield grad, Dori Gowin*, Emily Watson* and Kelcie Darnell* were honored, while Rachel Schultz made the Honor's List. 

In men's basketball Jeffrey Martin made the Honor's List and Windsor grad Tristan Warner was also honored as well as cheerleader Jordan Katz*

Schuring, Martin named NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. -- Tyler Schuring, an Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond graduate and Paris graduate Jeffrey Martin were selected as National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Student-Athletes. 

To earn the award a student must carry a 3.60 grade point average or higher. Schuring made the first team with a 4.00 GPA, while Martin was on the third team with between a 3.60 and 3.79 GPA.

In addition three members of the volleyball team were named including Daria Voronina, Rachel Schultz, Casey-Westfield grad Dori Gowin and Shelbyville grad Kelcie Darnell. Veronina, Gowin and Schultz made the second team (between a 3.80-3.99 GPA) and Darnell made the third team. 

In baseball Charleston graduate Dallas Wilson made the first team, while Jordan Thoele was on the second team. Randall Winger and Okaw Valley graduate Peyton Hagerman made the All-Academic third team. 

In women's basketball Courtney Flach made the first team, while Abby Bush, Callie Williams and Kassidy Bonebrake were on the seond team. Sullivan graduate Emily Neuhauser made the third team. 

In softball Kendra Gengenbacher was on the first team, while Cumberland grad Audrey Casey, Britt Remmers, Kelly Sager and Kendall Hastings were on the second team. Shelbyville grad Madison Boone, Mattoon grade Katelyn Fisher along with Hope Collier and Samantha Valentine made the All-Academic Third Team. 


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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