Here an All-American. There an All-American. Everywhere an All-American.
The play on words on the the Nursery Ryme “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” fits the Parkland College Cobra Golf Team perfectly. The Cobras won the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship in Plymouth, Indiana. All five of their golfers finished with individual NJCAA Division II All-American status. Alex White, a Hillsboro graduate and Parkland freshman, included.
White shot a 293 for 72 holes/four rounds to take 11th overall. He was the second scoring golfer for Parkland. White opened with a 75. In the second round of the national tournament, he shot a low-round of 69. Only the national champion, South Mountain Community College’s Cecil Belisle shot lower in the second round, shooting a 68. He followed that with a round of 71 and closed with a 78. He was 11 strokes off the winning total of 282 posted by Belisle.
“It feels amazing to earn All-American status,” said White. “I have worked really hard to get there and it feels good to be able to see the hard work pay off. We definitely get competitive with each other in practice. It really pushes us to do well. I am fortunate to be part of such a great team. My second round felt pretty good. I was hitting the ball well, but my putting was really good. It felt great to contribute with a low score like that.”
The Cobras finished seventh, 11th, 13th, 15th and 20th and collectively shot an 1168. South Mountain finished second with an 1170. All five Parkland golfers were All-Americans. The outing was held at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth.
“I and the rest of the Parkland golfers would like to win the national title next year as well,” said White. “It will not be easy to defend it, but we are capable of doing so. I have actually been on the course already, hoping to improve for next year. I took a few days off after nationals and now it is time to get back to work.”
Shelby Houchlei (Hillsboro) led the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels in a number of pitching categories this year. On the hill, the freshman posted a 16-10 mark. She also had one save. She made 26 starts and made a total of 33 appearances. In 162 innings of work, she allowed 53 earned runs on 129 hits for a 2.29 earned run average. She fanned 129 batters and walked 42. She led the Blue Angels in pitching victories, innings pitched, fanned batters and had the lowest earned run average.
At the plate, she was equally good as she had a .382 batting average. In 41 games, she had 34 hits in 89 trips to the plate. She doubled six times and homered twice. Houchlei drove home 21 runs, scored 14 runs and walked three times. Houchlei finished the year with a .409 on-base percentage and a .517 slugging percentage. Defensively, she had seven putouts, 22 assisted putouts and one error for a fielding percentage of .967. KC finished the year with a 23-28 mark. They were 13-19 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Emily Senjan (Litchfield) helped the Parkland College Cobras finish 53-9 overall and 20-4 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference. Parkland advanced four games into the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Nationals. They defeated Murray State College (5-4) and Delaware Technical & Community College (11-3). They lost to Phoenix College (5-0) and Des Moines Area Community College (3-1).
The Cobra freshman posted a 9-1 pitching record. She made 13 appearances, nine of which were starts. She allowed 26 earned runs on 49 hits in 47 innings of work for a 3.87 earned run average. She fanned 22 batters and walked 13. At the plate, Senjan, who played in 45 games, posted a .311 batting average. In 74 trips to the plate, she had 23 hits. She doubled five times, tripled once and homered twice. The freshman scored 21 times, drove home 14 runs, walked eight times and stole three bases. She finished the season with a .378 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .486.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) helped the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh take second in the 400-meter relay in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece Outdoor Championships. The WIAC Finals were held at Ramer Field and hosted by University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titan foursome finished in 48.47 seconds. Individually, Huber finished 11th in the 100-meter dash. She crossed the finish line in :12.67. Wisconsin-Oshkosh took fourth with 101 points. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse won the conference title with 276 points.
Katie Schaake (Hillsboro) helped Lincoln Land Community College split their four games in the NJCAA Division II Region XXIV Tournament. She had two multiple hit games and also earned one of the pitching victories. In the 9-6 victory over Danville Area Community College, she worked 4 2/3 innings to earn the victory and improve to 10-9. She allowed four earned runs on nine hits. She fanned two and walked one. At the plate, she was 2-for-3 with a double and a homer. She drove home a pair and scored once to help KC win the contest.
In the 3-1 victory over Illinois Central College, she worked 6.0 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, but did not get the win. She struck out eight hitters and walked only one. Her other multiple hit game occurred in the 11-8 loss to ICC. Schaake, who was 2-for-4, homered in the contest. She drove home a pair and scored once. Lincoln Land finished the year with a 33-19 mark. They were 18-6 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Kaili Hanner (Hillsboro), a St. Louis University sophomore hurler, was 2-5 with a 6.36 earned run average this year. In 50 2/3 innings of work, the Taylor Springs resident allowed 46 earned runs on 63 hits. She walked 46 batters and fanned 31. St. Louis finished 19-27 overall and 10-12 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Ryan Janssen (Nokomis) and Carter Sabol (Nokomis) recently finished their first college season at Lake Land College. Sabol, who pitched 17 innings, allowed 23 earned runs on 34 hits. He fanned 18 batters and walked 10. The freshman started two games and finished 0-1 on the year. Janssen, who played in seven games, finished with three hits. He scored three times, drove home two runs and walked once. Lake Land is 27-28 overall and 13-17 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.