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LCCC Cross Country Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors

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2018 Cross Country Team

February 14, 2019 – – The academic honors keeping rolling in for the Lorain County Community College Cross Country teams, as both the Men’s and Women’s teams earned NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association’s “Cross Country Scholar All-American Team” status for the Fall 2018 Season.

Men’s CC team members earned an impressive 3.63 G.P.A. and the Women’s Team carried a 3.54 G.P.A. for the Fall 2018 Semester. This is the third time the Commodore Men’s team has been honored – earning the honors in 2017 and 2014. The Women’s team earned back to back academic awards, as they were also recognized for their achievements in the classroom in the 2017 season.

Cross Country team members earning “Scholar All-American” status for Fall of 2018 are:

Men’s Team: Justin Below (Lorain/Brookside); Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Amherst Steele); Nathaniel Stumph (North Olmsted); and Micah Swartz (Lakewood).

Women’s Team: Alexis Cozart (Elyria); Samantha Glass (Sheffield Lake/Brookside); Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake).

Two team members have already signed on to further their academic and running careers at four-year schools. Swartz will be competing for the University of Toledo and Post has signed a national letter of intent to continue her career at Ursuline College.

LCCC Head Coach Jim Powers, is incredibly proud of his teams, stating, “For our student-athletes to achieve this level of success, it just shows their dedication to both academics and their sport. Our athletes hold jobs, handle a full-time academic schedule, plus training and meets during the season, which is impressive on its own…all while maintaining a high G.P.A.s.”

Congratulations to both teams and all the athletes for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom!


Newman’s Double-Double Not Enough as LCCC Loses to Lakeland

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Justin Newman

February 20, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team travelled to cross-town rival Lakeland Community College to square off against one of the top teams in the OCCAC but came up on the short-end of the 95-80 score.

Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) turned in a double-double for the Commodores and led all scorers in the game with 28. Newman also led the team with 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals on the night. Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) came up big with 21 points, as did Jacob Marsh (Elyria) with 17 points.

Head Coach, Marty Eggleston, praised his team’s effort saying “I am very proud of the guys tonight. They controlled the tempo for much of the game. We just got a little tired at the end.”

LCCC is now 13-15 overall and 4-11 in OCCAC Conference play. Lakeland improves to 21-6 on the season and 10-4 in the OCCAC.

Lorain plays their final regular season game at home at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, against Sinclair Community College. 

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Commodores Sunk by Lakers in a Well-Balanced Attack

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Hannah Oehlstrom

February 20, 2019 – – A slow start against one of the top teams in the conference cost the Lorain County Community College Women’s basketball team, as Lakeland Community College won by a score of 80-49.

The Lakers had a 19-point lead at the half and the Commodores were never able to get back in contention. Four Lakers finished the night with double-digit scoring in a well-balanced offensive effort.

Lorain Head Coach, Vince Granito, said after the game “We just never really got going tonight. Our lack of energy in the first half hurt us. We played much better in the second half, but you can’t dig yourself into a hole against these solid Division II teams in our league.”

Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake) led the Commodores in scoring with 19 and dished out 4 assists to go with 3 steals. Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and a team-leading 5 assists. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) once again cleaned up on the boards, grabbing 9 on the night. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) had a solid game chipping in 8 points and 8 rebounds.

LCCC’s record now stands at 12-16 overall and 6-9 in the OCCAC. Lakeland goes to 20-7 on the year and 12-2 in the conference.

The Commodore Women finish off their regular season at home this Saturday, February 23, 2019, against OCCAC conference foe, Sinclair Community College. Tipoff is at 1 pm.

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Edison Chargers Improve to 16-0 at Home with Win Over Commodores

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February 16, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team travelled to Edison State Community College, a team with a 6-game winning streak and an unbeaten record on their home court, and were unable to stop their streak. Edison improved to 16-0 at home with a 92-63 win over the Commodores.

Lorain drops to 13-14 overall and 4-10 in the OCCAC, while Edison State ups their record to 22-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

The Commodores head to cross-town rival, Lakeland Community College for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

No other information or game statistics were available at the time of this release.


Valiant Effort by Commodores But Cougar’s Fastbreak Too Much

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February 13, 2019 – – It was a valiant effort by the Commodores of LCCC, but the fast break of the Cougars of Columbus State proved too much to overcome in the end, as LCCC dropped a heartbreaker 93-87.

LCCC got down by as many as 11 points in the first half before they went on a rampage blocking shots, hitting the boards, and nailing some key buckets to take a 37-34 lead at the half.

The game stayed close throughout most of the second period until the Cougars tightened up their defensive effort, forcing several turnovers, which they converted to 14 fast break points in the second half. Columbus State extended their lead to 11 with 7:56 to go but Lorain stayed aggressive and continued to battle.

LCCC cut the margin to 75-72 with 3:23 on the clock, when a scramble for a defensive rebound resulted in an LCCC foul and put Columbus guard Keshawn Underwood (Zanesville) on the line. He hit both shots from the stripe, extending the lead to 77-72. The Commodores kept answering on the offensive end but were forced to foul Underwood several more times down the stretch. He finished a perfect 10-10 with the game on the line.

Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “That was a good match-up. This is a team we will need to get past in the playoffs so we need to learn how to beat them. I have a lot of respect for Columbus State – they are a well-coached team and bring out the best in their opponents. We will keep learning and working to get our game to the next level.”

Five players finished in double-digits for the Commodores, with Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) leading the team with 24. Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) had 21, plus tied for a team-leading 9 boards. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) and Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) each had 14 points, while Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) added 12. Jones pulled in 9 rebounds and Ny’Jere Hodges (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) led the team with 6 assists and 3 steals.

LCCC falls to 13-13 overall and 4-9 in the OCCAC.  Columbus State improves to 13-7 and 10-3 on the season.

The Commodores head to Edison State at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019 for an OCCAC game.

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LCCC Women’s Basketball Scores 12th Win of Season

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Tyeisha Sain

February 13, 2019 – – Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team avenged an earlier loss this season to OCCAC Conference foe, Columbus State Community College, with an impressive 81-67 victory. The win adds to their best record in school history since becoming a member of the competitive OCCAC.

Columbus State took an early first quarter lead, going up 8-5 before LCCC grabbed some key rebounds and made a scoring run to go up 20-13 to end the first.

The Cougars used a lot of second chance shots in the second quarter to chip away at the Commodore lead and eventually tied it up with 2 minutes remaining in the half. The teams then traded buckets and the lead several times before LCCC took a 39-38 advantage into the locker room.

Play continued at the same pace in the third period until LCCC’s aggressive defensive play propelled a 10-0 offensive run with 3:28 to play and gave them a 63-54 lead to end the quarter.

Columbus State kept fighting in the fourth but each time they’d gain a bit of ground Lorain settled in and worked for good shots. LCCC grabbed a couple more key rebounds in the last minute of play and forced a couple of turnovers to seal the victory.

LCCC Coach, Vince Granito, commented “This was a great win for us against a team we will be facing in the first round of playoffs in a couple of weeks. It’s also our first win against them since I started coaching at LCCC back in 2015, but we’ve always played tough, physical games against them. We lost to them 92-88 in the Regional Championships last season, which was their first season at the D-III level after dropping from D-II.”

Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) and Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) both had double-doubles for LCCC. Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Rahmon-Sumlin put in 16 points and grabbed a team-leading 10 boards. Tyeshia Sain (Bedford) led all LCCC scorers with 22 in the win. Elana Maley (Canton/Glenoak) dished out 6 assists and Thompson added 5 in the victory.

With the win, LCCC improves to 12-14 on the season and 5-7 in OCCAC play. Columbus State falls to 5-15 overall and 4-9 in the conference.

The Commodores are on the road to take on Edison State for a 1 pm tipoff on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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LCCC Men’s Basketball Loses on the Road to DII Sinclair CC

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Justin Newman

February 10, 2019 – – The polar vortex did no favors for the Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team, as they had to suit up for their 5th game in just eight days with all the rescheduled contests.

After a home loss to Clark State on Saturday, LCCC travelled to Sinclair Community College for a 3 pm tipoff today, playing back to back OCCAC games this weekend against DII opponents.

Lorain got into early foul trouble and found themselves down by 20 in the contest, before trading baskets the rest of the way with the Tartan Pride, in the end losing to Sinclair 92-68.

“It was a tough matchup today and rough playing so many games in such a short stretch,” stated Lorain Head Coach Marty Eggleston. “We had great effort by several players, but after getting into foul trouble, we could never really get any momentum going to get back into the game.”

No final stats were available at the time of this press release but according to Eggleston, “Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) had 29 points, plus Jacob Marsh (Elyria) and Isaiah Linder (Brooklyn) both scored in double-digits.”

The Commodores drop to 13-12 overall and 4-8 in the OCCAC, while Sinclair improves to 15-8 and 6-3.

LCCC heads back home for an OCCAC matchup against Columbus State on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Game time is 7:30 pm.

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Lady Commodores Finish Strong, Beat Clark State 70-65

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Tyeisha Sain and Hannah Oehlstrom Celebrate Sophomore Day with family

by Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 9, 2019 – – The Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College beat the Eagles of Clark State Community College in wild 70-65 home win. With that win, the team now holds the 2nd most wins ever in a season for LCCC.

The sophomore Lady Commodores, Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) and Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake), were honored today after both playing in 50 games for LCCC.

Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) stole the show in the first half by stealing the ball from the Eagles. The Freshman recorded 13 first half points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) was a force on defense, raking in 4 steals in the first half. LCCC had the lead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was big for the Lady Commodores as they outscored the Eagles 22-13. Lorain grabbed a whopping 12 steals by the end of the first half; on pace for a season-high. Lorain commanded a 37-25 lead at halftime.

Clark State came into the second half focused to start the 3rd quarter, dropping 21 points while holding Lorain to 10. Clark State’s shooting was much improved, while Lorain’s shooters struggled to find their rhythm. Lorain held a narrow 47-46 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

There were several lead changes in the final quarter, but LCCC pulled away in final minutes, outscoring the Eagles 23-17.

Four players landed in double digit scoring for Lorain, including Rahmon-Sumlin, Sain, Oehlstrom, and Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf), leading the team to a strong finish in the final quarter versus the Division II school. Rahmon-Sumlin led the Lady Commodores with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while also registering 3 steals and 1 assist. Sain finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a key block late in the game.

LCCC Head Coach Vincent Granito said after the win, “I was just really proud of our effort today. We are learning that out-hustling teams can make up for players that are much taller than us. We got several key offensive rebounds and that’s a matter of wanting it more.”

LCCC is now 11-13 overall and 5-6 in conference games. Clark State falls to 7-14 and 2-9 in conference games.

The Lady Commodores are on the road to face the Sinclair Community College Athletics at 1 p.m., Sunday February 10, 2019.

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LCCC Commodores Fall Short to DII Clark State

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Andrew Nelson

By Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 9, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team fell short of Clark State Community College at home Saturday by a final score of 85-78.

Strong efforts and double digit first halves by starters Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) and Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) kept the Commodores rolling early. Hronis had 12 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds at the end of 20 minutes. Jones totaled 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the first half. Aggressive play by Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) led him to a monstrous 5 first half steals, along with 8 points and 2 rebounds. LCCC led 41-40 at the half.

LCCC fell behind in the 2nd half but made an honorable effort at a late comeback. A key 3-point field goal in the final minute of the game by Jacob Marsh (Elyria) gave the Commodores a glimmer of hope, but it was simply too late for LCCC to salvage the win.

Hronis finished with a team-high 24 points, while adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. Jones lead the team in rebounds with 9 and Nelson lead the team with 6 steals, his most in a game this season.

LCCC Head Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “We lacked rhythm.” On having to play a road game the very next day Eggleston said, “We’re right back at it tomorrow. My goal is that we come ready to play tomorrow.”

LCCC falls to 13-11 overall and 4-7 in conference games. Clark State is now 12-12 overall and 4-8 in conference games.

The Commodores are on the road to face Sinclair Community College at 3 p.m., Sunday February 10, 2019.

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Commodore Men Fall to 20th Ranked Team in NJCAA DII

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Justin Newman

By Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 6, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team fell to the conference-leading Cuyahoga Community College Triceratops at home Wednesday, 89-76. Tri-C came into the game as the 20th ranked team in the NJCAA DII.

LCCC was aggressive early, leading the game for over four minutes. The first half also featured multiple lead changes and nearly five minutes of the game being tied. A great effort by Tri-C on getting steals and second chance points resulted in the Commodores falling behind. Tri-C lead at the half 39-29.

Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) lead the Commodores with 10 first half points. Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A Taft) lead the team with 4 first half rebounds.

Both teams shot the ball better from the floor in the second half. Lorain’s field goal percentage improved by 13.2% in the second half while their 3-point field goal percentage improved by 18.3%. Turnovers and rebounding continued to fall in favor of Tri-C, beating the Commodores on offensive rebounds 16-6. Hronis lead the Commodores with 19 points and 3 steals, while also having 1 assist. Newman played all 40 minutes of the game, collecting 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) finished with 16 points. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) finished with 15 points after hitting 4 3-point field goals in the second half.

Commodore Head Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “They shot the ball exceptionally well from range tonight, but we will keep grinding. We’re in a tough conference. We’ll be back to work on Saturday night.”

LCCC falls to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in conference games. Tri-C is now 17-5 overall and 8-1 in conference games.

The Commodores host Clark State at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 9.

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