Latest OCCAC Basketball Player of the Week Winners Announced; Marquita Thompson Earns DIII Honors

Marquita Thompson

By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information

December 3, 2018, SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Three student-athletes have been selected as Basketball Players of the Week for Nov. 26-Dec. 2 by the OCCAC conference office. Danyah Barnes (Clark State), Marquita Thompson (Lorain County) and John Dawson (Lakeland) are the honorees. All three are first-time recipients.

Lorain County Community College | D-III Women
Thompson did a little bit of everything in a 2-1 week for the Commodores. She scored 17.0 points per game while also contributing 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Thompson’s shooting effort results in a 59% (19-32) field goal rate and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. She hauled in eight rebounds to go along with 23 points during Lorain County’s road conference triumph over Clark State.

OCCAC Shows Gratitude for Top Basketball Performances; Thomas Hronis Earns DIII Honors

Thomas Hronis

By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information

November 26, 2018; SPRINGFIELD, Ohio The OCCAC has selected three student-athletes to receive Basketball Player of the Week laurels after a Thanksgiving week with limited on-court action. Sinclair’s Tre’maine Gray and Thomas Hronis of Lorain County were awarded the men’s D-II and D-III accolades while Clair Schmitmeyer (Edison State) is the women’s D-II recipient this week.

Lorain County Community College | D-III Men
Similar to Schmitmeyer, Hronis inflicted max damage in a limited amount of action. Hronis logged only 18 minutes in a 134-47 thrashing of Westmoreland County and racked up 22 points, three steals, two assists, a block and rebound in the short timeframe. He shot 7-of-10 from the floor, including 6-of-9 long balls.

Opening Week Conference Players of the Week – Nov. 1-4, 2018; Justin Newman Earns DIII Honors for OCCAC & NJCAA

Justin Newman

By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information (modified)

Nov 05, 2018; SPRINGFIELD, Ohio The 2018-19 college basketball season arrived and the OCCAC has selected its first Player of the Week honorees. The D-II winners are Keeara Nared (Sinclair) and James Anderson, Jr. (Cuyahoga) while Taylor Works (Owens) and Justin Newman (Lorain County) earned the D-III laurels.

Lorain County Community College | D-III Men
Newman exploded for a school-record 53 points in a 142-103 shootout versus Pitt-Titusville. For the week, he averaged 33.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while playing 75 total minutes in Lorain County’s two wins. Newman added eight rebounds, five steals and two assists to his 53-point outburst.

Newman also earned NJCAA Player of the Week with his stellar 23-28 shooting performance, with a field goal percentage of 71.8%.

LCCC Volleyball Team Finishes 5th in the Nation; Sullinger Named to All-Tournament Team

2018 LCCC Volleyball Team

November 12, 2018 – The Lorain County Community College Volleyball Team traveled to Rochester, MN for the NJCAA Division III National Championships last weekend and came away 5th in the nation.   The Commodores’ overall season record was 26-12, with a stellar post-season record of 9-3 – their only losses being to the National Champion twice and to the Runner-Up at Nationals. 

The #6th seeded LCCC Commodores began the National Championship tournament on Thursday, Nov. 8, with a win against #11 Northhampton CC (PA), winning 3-0 (25-11, 24-14, 25-13). LCCC played error free volleyball to start the weekend and continued that play throughout the weekend.

Later Thursday, LCCC played their second match of the tournament against Eastfield College (TX), the defending National Champions.  Despite falling 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-21) to Eastfield, LCCC played tough with some long rallies in the match.  In the end, LCCC played well on defense but couldn’t stop their powerful offense.

On Friday, the team came back to defeat #7 Jamestown (NY) in 3 sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-16).  After losing the lead in set one to go down 21-23, LCCC came back to tie it up at 23 before finishing the match strong.

LCCC finished out the tournament on Saturday with a victory over #5 Rock Valley (IL) in dominating fashion (25-11, 26-24, 25-15).  Rock Valley struggled to handle the jump serve of Maddie Markovich (Sheffield Village/Christian Community School) to start the match and the Commodores forged ahead  to a 9-0 lead in the first set.  The match was controlled by Alana Carrion’s (Lorain/Amherst Steele) 20 kills; she hit an outstanding .425 for the match.

For the tournament, Carrion hit 0.375 and averaged 4.25 kills/set. Other stat leaders for LCCC included Angela Dunn (Fairview Park/Fairview) who passed for a 2.36 rating and averaged 6.75 digs/set, and Kara Sullinger (North Ridgeville) who averaged 8.25 assists/set, 4.17 digs/set, and 1.33 kills/set.  Sullinger was named to the All-Tournament Team for her play.

Coach Ted Whitsel was proud of his team’s performance, commenting, “I thought getting to nationals was a huge achievement for our team.  But then I watched them play and represent our region and college for what I thought was our best and most consistent performances of the year.  Everyone picked up their game and together they played hard while having fun at the same time. They came in unranked but finished 5th in the nation.”

Box Score vs Northhampton

Box Score vs Eastfield

Box Score vs Jamestown

Box Score vs Rock Valley


LCCC Women’s Basketball Gets First Road Win of the Season

Hannah Oehlstrom

By Vince Granito

November 9, 2018 – After a slow start, the Lady Commodores finished strong to pull out a road win in Buffalo, NY and beat Erie Community College 56-47 on Friday night, Nov. 9.  In the first quarter LCCC shot only 11% from the field, including missing all eight of their three-point shot attempts, to fall behind 14-8.  The Lady Commodores defensive intensity in the second quarter help them go into the half with a 24-20 advantage. 

The shooting really heated up in the third quarter where LCCC shot 42% from the field and 57% from beyond the arch.  Erie Community College staged a brief come back in the fourth quarter, even taking a 1 point lead, before LCCC put the game away with a 11-2 run down the stretch. 

LCCC was led by Hannah Oehlstrom’s (Avon Lake) 19 points, and Marquita Thompson’s (Cleveland/ John Marshall) 10 points.  The Lady Commodores also got nine points from Elana Maley (Canton/ Glen Oak) and eight points from Rose Carter (Lorain).  Sha’Nautica Gardner (Cleveland/St. Martin dePorres) had six steals and Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) led the team with four rebounds.

Coach Granito commented on first game on the road for the team, “I think we were good once we warmed up in the second quarter.  With so many first year players on this team, this was a good lesson about how to get prepared for a game after a long bus ride to the game.  Most of these players are used to half hour to an hour ride to a game at the most; in college the big thing is getting used to long road trips.”

LCCC’s record now stands at 2-1 for the season.  The team heads next to John Carroll to face their Junior Varsity team on Wednesday, November 14th, followed by their first conference game of the season on Saturday, November 17th at Owens CCC.

Box Score


LCCC Lady Commodores Finish 8th Overall; Swartz Earns All-American Honors

Micah Swartz

By Jim Powers

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed in the NJCAA DIII Cross Country National Championship Meet in Westfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The women’s team finished 8th overall, the third time in eight years that LCCC has had a top 10 finish at nationals. Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) again led the Commodores, finishing in 26th place on a wet, muddy, rainy, windy day.

The men finished 18th overall in a very competitive field –  the men were only 36 points out of 10th place. Micah Swartz (Lakewood) finished 9th overall to earn All American honors for Lorain County Community College.

Women 5K (125 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   26th place            21:56
Samantha Glass               43rd place            22:40
Alexis Cozart                     72nd place            24:41
Emily Biltz                          97th place            26:22
Emma Horoschak             109th place          27:59 

Men 8K (176 runners)

Micha Swartz                    9th place              27:53
Jeremy Burnside              66th place            30:22
Justin Below                      112th place          32:45
Nathaniel Stumph            113th place          32:55
Luke Lengel                       114th place          32:56
Ian Hamilton                      131st place          34:10
Stephen Mendak              157th place          37:33    


JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for October 15-21, 2018

Kara Sullinger

Kara Sullinger (5’9” Freshman from North Ridgeville (North Ridgeville HS))

Kara had 40 assists, 23 digs, 9 kills, 7 aces, and 2 block kills in LCCC’s two conference matches this week on the road against Hocking and Columbus State. Kara plays with passion, diving to the ground more than anyone else on the team (she even falls getting on and off the bus)! Kara is a first year nursing major as a freshman at LCCC, following her mother’s career path. Her favorite restaurant is The Waffle House. If Kara wasn’t going to be a nurse, she would want to be a mermaid. Her favorite number is “2” and her favorite saying is “double”. Great to have you part of our team Kara!

LCCC Volleyball Splits Two Matches Over the Weekend; Prepares For Regular Season Finale and NJCAA Region XII Tourney

Shannon Minney

By Ken Hoffman

October 22, 2018 — The Lorain County Community College volleyball team won last weekend’s match at Hocking College on Friday night, October 19, before losing at second-ranked Columbus State CC on Saturday morning, October 20.

The Lady Commodores dominated Hocking College in straight sets, 25-11, 25-8, 25-6.  Freshman hitter Addysen Kerr (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) recorded nine kill shots and freshman hitter Maddie Markovich (Sheffield Village/Christian Community) was right behind with eight kill shots.  Freshman setter Kara Sullinger (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) paced the team with 19 assists, a team-high six service aces and 11 digs.  Sophomore defensive specialist Angela Dunn (Fairview Park/Fairview) topped the defensive effort with 12 digs.

Against Columbus State, the #2-ranked team in NJCAA D-III, LCCC captured the third set but lost 15-25, 20-25, 26-24, 22-25.  Sophomore middle hitter Alana Carrion (Lorain/Amherst Steele) came up big with 19 kill shots. Kerr pitched in with a dozen more kills. Dunn once against led the defensive effort with a whopping 28 digs.  Sophomore defensive specialist Shannon Minney (Amherst/Steele) was also outstanding with 25 digs.

LCCC owns a 17-9 overall record, 8-6 in the OCCAC. The team completes a very successful  regular season this Wednesday, Oct. 24, at rival Cuyahoga CC at 6:00p.m.  The Lady Commodores will then face Columbus State again on Saturday, October 27, in the Region XII Tournament at Owens CC at 2 p.m. for a chance to play Owens for the Region XII Championship at 4 p.m.

Box Score vs Hocking

Box Score vs Columbus State

LCCC Soccer Teams Wrapping Up Outstanding Seasons


Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams were in action last week. The men tied Lakeland on Wednesday, October 17.  Their match on Saturday, October 20 against Mercyhurst North East was canceled due to weather. They will try to make up that match this week. The men’s final home match will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, October 25 against Baldwin Wallace.  The men’s record is currently 5-4-1.

The women defeated Malone 6-1 last Monday, October 15 but fell to Lakeland for their first loss of the season, 2-1 Wednesday, October 17. The women conclude their season this Tuesday, October 23 at Walsh. The women’s soccer team currently stands at 4-1-4.