LCCC’s Post, Swartz Named OCCAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year; Kelley Named to All-Sportsmanship Team

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by Ken Hoffman
Three Lorain County Community College cross country student-athletes have earned Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) recognition.  Cross country runner Micah Swartz (Lakewood/Lakewood) is the male recipient of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition for the 2017-18 school year while fellow Commodore cross country representative, Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) and Erika Angstmann of Owens volleyball shared co-female distinction after a tie in voting from the conference committee.
Cross country runner Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Steele) was named to the OCCAC All-Sportsmanship Team:
 

Micah Swartz

MICAH SWARTZ | OCCAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Swartz took home the Region 12 D-III cross country individual championship while knocking out a 4.0 GPA and grabbing several academic awards along the way. He was recognized as the Jack Zagrans Award recipient, given to the LCCC male student-athlete who best displays sportsmanship, athletic ability and academic success. Swartz is also a major factor in his local community, volunteering his time at a boys leadership academy and his church. 

 
GABRIELLE POST | OCCAC co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Post garnered a 4.0 GPA while serving as Lorain County’s top runner all season, earning All-Region 12 honors and placing 19th nationally at the NJCAA D-III National Championship meet. Her top-20 individual performance lifted the Commodores to a fifth-place team showing, the highest in program history. The George M. Day Award winner – presented annually to the LCCC female student-athlete who best displays sportsmanship, athletic ability and academic success – is also very involved in the community helping out at a local dance academy and her church. 
 
Gabrielle Post
Gabrielle Post, Cross Country, Avon Lake

 

2017-18 OCCAC ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM (four members)

Alec Holtrey, Sinclair CC basketball (Male Sportsmanship of the Year honoree)
Jazzlyn Petry, Sinclair CC softball (Female Sportsmanship of the Year honoree)
Garett Robberts, Cuyahoga CC baseball 

Jacob Kelley, LCCC cross country

Jacob Kelley

Coach Jim Powers calls Kelley “the hardest working individual I have ever coached.”  His dedication and hard work was an example for others on the team to follow.  Jacob was also a tremendous asset as a team leader. He was the team spokesman, brought the group together during bus rides, kept the team together and in good spirits on trips. He also volunteered with his church youth group.


Ten Commodores Earn National Academic Recognition Along with Cross Country Teams

June 15, 2018 — Ten Lorain County Community College student-athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for academic excellence for the academic year 2017-18.  In addition, the men’s and women’s cross country teams achieved NJCAA Academic Team honors (at least 3.0 GPA for the entire team combined).

Cross Country runners Gabrielle Post and Micah Swartz topped the list of 10 honored Commodores with 4.0 GPA’s and NJCAA All-Academic First Team honors. 

The six member women’s cross country team combined to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.36 for 2017-18 while the seven men’s cross country team combined for a cumulative GPA for 2017-18 of 3.06.

Congratulations to our student-athletes!

2018 NJCAA All-Academic First Team (cumulative 2017-18 GPA 4.0)

2018 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (cumulative 2017-18 GPA between 3.8 and 3.99)

Mike Rell, Basketball, Parma (Valley Forge HS)

2018 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (cumulative 2017-18 GPA between 3.6 and 3.79)


Commodores’ Simon and Bene Among Top 15 Hurlers in Final NJCAA, D-III Stats; Team Batting Average of .335 Tied For 14th

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Kevin Simon

 

The Lorain County Community College baseball team can boast two of the top 15 pitchers in the 2018 final statistics in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
 
Sophomore Kevin Simon (pictured) finished with the ninth-best Earned Run Average (ERA) of 2.21.  He compiled a record of 6-1 with five complete games, which tied for fifth among all pitchers on the rosters of the 97 D-III teams.
 
Sophomore Nick Bene (pictured below) turned in the 15th-lowest D-III ERA of 2.47. Bene recorded four wins against three losses with four complete games, tying for 13th in D-III complete games.
 

Nick Bene

LCCC’s “one-two punch” also finished high in the rankings for strikeouts-per-nine-innings (K/9).  Simon ranked 23rd, striking out 11.38 batters per nine innings.  Simon fanned 67 hitters while walking only 26.  Bene ranked 24th with 11.34 K/9, fanning 55 batters while walking only 22.
 
The Commodores were also potent on offense, turning in a team batting average of .335, tied for the 14th-best hitting average in D-III.  The team compiled 343 hits in 1,024 at-bats.  The Commodores also tied for 14th in the nation with 18 triples.
 
LCCC’s offense was led by sophomore first baseman/outfielder Nate Colbert who hit .407, collected 44 runs-batted-in (RBI), four home runs and a .626 slugging percentage.  Next was freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios with a .387 batting average, 35 RBI and a .589 slugging percentage.   Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Ryan Danszczak was third on the team with a .380 average, Danszczak also knocked in 21 runs and accounted for a .472 slugging percentage.
 
LCCC compiled a record of 16-21 in 2018.  It marked the most wins in a season for LCCC since it joined the NJCAA in 2010.  

16 LCCC Athletes Earn OCCAC Academic All-Conference Honors

June 14, 2018 — Lorain County Community College is pleased to announce that 16 student-athletes representing six sports have received Academic All-Conference recognition from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.  To qualify, a student-athlete must achieve a 3.30 GPA or higher while completing at least 12 credit hours during the Spring semester.

The complete list of OCCAC Academic All-Conference honorees for LCCC for Spring’18 is below.  Hometowns included are in Ohio unless otherwise noted.

Volleyball

  • Lexi Payton|Kendall, N.Y.
  • Gloria Souter | Huron
  • Mary Williams | Sheffield
  • McKenzie Zauner | North Olmsted

Women’s Basketball

  • Carrie Carlson | Grafton
  • Sarah Kyser | Traverse City, Mich.
  • Gloria Souter | Huron

Men’s Basketball

  • Mike Rell | Parma

Women’s Cross Country

  • Claire Bickley | Avon
  • Emily Blitz | Sheffield Lake
  • Gabrielle Post | Avon Lake

Men’s Cross Country

  • Jacob Kelley | Amherst
  • Nathaniel Stumph | North Olmsted
  • Micah Swartz | Lakewood

Baseball

  • Nick Bene | New London
  • Noah Henderson | Toledo
  • Tyler LaGuardia | Elyria

*Indicates a perfect 4.0 GPA

 


LCCC AD’s Spring High Honor Roll & Honor Roll Announced

Lorain County Community College is pleased to recognize our student-athletes that earned Athletic Director’s High Honor Roll (GPA of 3.5 or better for Spring semester or cumulative) and Honor Roll (GPA of 3.0 or better for Spring semester or cumulative) for the 2018 Spring semester. There were 12 student-athletes earning High Honor Roll and 11 student-athletes earning Honor Roll, for a total of 23 student-athletes earning recognition, up from 21 in for the Fall semester . The Cross Country Teams (Men’s and Women’s) led the way with 3 of the 4 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 for the Spring semester; the other 4.0 GPA for the Spring comes from Mike Rell, on the Men’s Basketball Team.  Baseball, Women’s Basketball, and Volleyball all had a high of 5 members earning honors this Spring.


Commodores Ousted By Schoolcraft in Rain-Delayed Game, 7-2

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Nick Bene

by Ken Hoffman

Lorain County Community College held a 2-0 lead after 5-1/2 innings before Schoolcraft College tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and added five runs during a downpour in the decisive seventh inning on the way to eliminating the Commodores from the NJCAA D-III, Region 12 baseball tournament, 7-2, at Sprenger Stadium on Saturday afternoon, May 12.

The Ocelots collected three hits — highlighted by Blake Vershum’s RBI double — and were the beneficiaries of two passed balls and a wild pitch that each scored a run in the seventh inning. 
 
The team’s were deadlocked in a strong pitcher’s duel for five innings between Schoolcraft’s Thad Plaza — who no-hit the Commodores through five innings —  and LCCC’s Nick Bene (pictured), who scattered seven hits, struck out 11 batters and walked six in seven innings. Bene had shutout the Ocelots on three hits through the first five innings. 
 
LCCC took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning.  Sophomore left fielder Nate Colbert and sophomore second baseman Nate Bonacuse each singled. The Commodores also received three walks in the inning.  Both LCCC runs scored on passed balls.
 
Schoolcraft tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on Shane Fugate’s RBI triple and a sacrifice fly from Vershum, who contributed two RBI’s.
 
LCCC couldn’t solve Schoolcraft’s pitching.  The Commodores’ third and final hit was a seventh inning single by sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty.
 
The game was rain-delayed for 2 hours and 45 minutes after the seventh inning.
 
LCCC’s season concludes with a 16-21 record.  In spite of the two losses in the tournament, the Commodores set a new season win total (16) since joining the NCJAA in 2010. 
 

Commodores Edged in the Eighth Inning by Delta College, 7-5, in NJCAA Tournament

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The Baseball team lineup

by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College baseball team led Delta College, 5-4, going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Pioneers scored three times to take a 7-5 victory over LCCC in the opening game of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III, Region 12, baseball tournament at Sprenger Stadium on Friday afternoon, May 11.  

Trailing 4-3, LCCC scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning.  The Commodores tied the game at 4-4 on freshman center fielder Noah Henderson’s RBI single that scored sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty, who had walked with one out and advanced to second on a walk to sophomore second baseman Nate Bonacuse.  The Commodores took a 5-4 lead, scoring the second run of the inning when Bonacuse crossed the plate on an infield throwing error.  
 
Bonacuse paced LCCC with two hits in three trips to the plate, including a two-run double in the fourth inning when the Commodores scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead. 
 
Delta second baseman Matt Fisher was 3-for-4 including an RBI double in the decisive eighth inning.  Shortstop Mitch Morley also enjoyed a 3-hit game in four at-bats, drove in a run and scored twice.
 
 

Commodores Open NJCAA Region 12 Tournament Against Delta College on Friday 

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Kevin Simon

by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College baseball team has already won 16 games this season, establishing its highest regular season win total since joining the NJCAA in 2010.  Now the Commodores will open the three-team, NJCAA, D-III, Region 12 tournament on Friday, May 11, against Delta (MI) College at Sprenger Stadium at noon.   The winner will then play top-seeded Schoolcraft (MI) College at approximately 4:30 p.m.  The double-elimination tournament will continue through Saturday (noon and 4:30) and, if necessary, Sunday.

Schoolcraft (15-29) earned the top spot with a 6-2 record against LCCC (4-0) and Delta (2-2).  Delta (19-27-1) finished 4-4, splitting four games versus both LCCC and Schoolcraft.   LCCC (16-19) split four games with Delta but lost all four to Schoolcraft.
 
Sophomore pitchers Kevin Simon (pictured) and Nick Bene are both among the Top 20 in Earned-Run-Average and may hold the key to the Commodores’ fortunes in the tournament.  Simon is 6-0 this season with an ERA of 1.40, 7th best in D-III.  Bene owns a 4-2 record with a 2.21 ERA, ranking 19th.  Both pitchers also rank high in strikeouts per nine innings. Simon fans an average of 12.40 per nine innings (16th) and Bene strikes out 10.80 batters per nine innings (35th).
 
The Commodores boast a lofty .347 team batting average, ranked 13th among the 97 D-III teams (LCCC also ranks 9th with 18 triples).  Schoolcraft enters the tourney with a .325 batting average and Delta hits at a .277 clip. 
 
 Sophomore first baseman/outfielder Nate Colbert paces the Commodores, hitting .417 with 44 RBI’s and four home runs.  Sophomore DH/pitcher Ryan Danszczak is close behind at .414 with 21 RBI’s.  Freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios is batting .402 with 34 RBI’s.

Bonacuse’s Three-Hitter Earns LCCC a Split With Clark State CC; Commodores Set Regular Season Win Total With 16 

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The 2018 LCCC Baseball Team

 

by Ken Hoffman
 
Sophomore pitcher Nate Bonacuse tossed a complete game, three-hitter as Lorain County Community College won the opener of a twin-bill against Clark State CC, 6-1, at The Pipeyard in Lorain on Sunday, May 6.
 
Bonacuse gave up an RBI double in the first inning and a leadoff single in the second frame.  After that, he was masterful, facing just 16 batters from the second through the sixth inning.  He retired 10 straight batters before giving up a walk with one out in the fifth inning.  Bonacuse proceeded to pick off the runner at first base and then retired the next four in a row.  Clark State’s third and final hit was a single leading off the seventh inning.  He then retired the next three hitters to end the game. Bonacuse struck out five and walked just two, facing just 25 batters in the seven innings to earn his first victory of the season.
 
LCCC took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on an RBI triple by sophomore left fielder Nick Bene, driving in sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert who had led off the inning with a double.  Bene then scored on a wild pitch. 
 
 The Commodores exploded for four more runs on five hits in the fifth inning.  Bene blistered an RBI single, sophomore DH Ryan Danszczak smashed a two-run double and sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty added a sacrifice fly for the final run.
 
In the second game, the Eagles scored in each of the last four innings to open an 8-0 lead before LCCC scored twice in the sixth inning on four hits.  Colbert singled home freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios who had doubled.  Danszczak’s RBI double then drove in Colbert.  Clark St. added a run in the seventh inning to win by a final score of 9-2.
 
The Commodores ended the regular season with a record of 16-19, establishing a new season mark for wins since joining the NJCAA in 2013.
 
“It was a good regular season,” Head Coach Bill Frawley said.  “Now we have our sights set on the Region 12 Tournament next weekend,” Frawley added.
 
LCCC will play Delta College in the tournament opener on Friday, May 11, at noon, at Sprenger Stadium.
 
 

LCCC Pitchers Simon and Bene Form Top One-Two Punch in NJCAA, D-III; Commodores’ Bats Booming at .349 Average, 11th in NJCAA, D-III

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by Ken Hoffman

Lorain County Community College is the home of the top “one-two punch” in the nation among the 97 pitching staffs in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Division III.  Sophomore pitchers Kevin Simon and Nick Bene have combined for nine complete games, more than any two pitchers on the same team in NJCAA, D-III.  Simon has tossed five complete games and Bene has pitched four.

Simon (6-0; pictured above, left) and Bene (4-2; pictured above, right) have combined for a record of 10 wins and only two losses.  Simon is #8 in D-III with an Earned-Run-Average of 1.44 (seven earned runs in 43.2 innings) while Bene ranks #22 with a 2.21 ERA (nine earned runs in 36.2 innings).  
 
The Commodores’ dynamic duo also rank high in strikeouts per nine innings.  Simon is #14 with 12.78 strikeouts per nine innings; Bene is 37th with 10.80 K’s per nine.
 
Offensively, the Commodores’ bats have been hot, averaging .349 (through 33 games), the 11th-highest team batting average in D-III.  LCCC’s On-Base-Percentage (OBP) of .440 ranks 12th.  The team is tied for 8th in the nation with 17 triples.
 
LCCC boasts three players batting .400 or better:
Sophomore Nate Colbert owns a .422 mark; sophomore Ryan Danszczak is hitting .419; and freshman Jesse Barrios is batting .400.
 
The Commodores (15-18) host Clark State CC on Sunday (May 6) for a noon doubleheader at The Pipeyard in Lorain for the final regular season games before the NJCAA Region 12 Tournament at Sprenger Stadium on May 11-13.