INA – To honor the academic excellence and athletic triumphs of past and future student athletes and Warriors teams, the Rend Lake College Foundation is having a pair of marvelous memorials built on the campus in Ina.
The Wall of Fame is being built on the RLC Aquatics Center lawn to honor athletic achievements at Rend Lake College. The Wall of Fame will also include Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Eight panels on the four-piece Wall of Fame will list the members of teams and their achievements in sports and academics over the years. As visitors pass by the Wall of Fame and enter the gymnasium from the Aquatics Center lobby, they will see additional testaments to RLC’s history of academic excellence from athletes.
At the south entrance to the James “Hummer” Waugh gymnasium, two panels will be placed to memorialize student athletes and teams whose academic efforts are recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association as being outstanding. The panels will display the names of past Academic All-American Student Athletes at Rend Lake College. On each panel, the name of the student athletes and teams honored will be etched in gold lettering upon zinc plates for future students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to read.
To be considered an Academic All-American individual by the NJCAA, a student athlete must maintain a 3.6 GPA throughout the duration of study at RLC. The collective GPA of a team must be at least a 3.0 to recieve recognition as an Academic All-American Team by the NJCAA. Student athletes who maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA are deemed Distinguished Academic All-Americans.
The panels will include the nine student-athletes at RLC who have received a distinguished designation. They are Brian Kern, Lisa Parker, Kyla Parker, April Gibson, Robyn Houghlan, Rebecca Adams, Roberta Sentel, Anna Dow and Haley Simmons.
Each year, two student athletes are chosen as the outstanding Scholar Athletes of the Year for their commitment, not only on, but off of the field, course, court or track. Last year, basketball Academic All-American Kevin Williams and tennis Academic All- American Lisa Parker were honored as Scholar Athletes of the Year. The list of Scholar Athletes of the Year goes back to the 1992-’93 seasons.
Another wall being built on campus is the Wall of Honor.
The Wall of Honor will commemorate past and future Outstanding Staff Award winners at the college, Alumni of the Year recipients, Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Nominees and Faculty Excellence Award winners. It is being constructed in the middle of campus and will sit between the RLC Staff Clocktower and the Academic Building.
Academic All-Americans and All-American Teams have been a source of pride for the college for many years. Rend Lake College has been honored to have more than 44 student athletes and nine teams recognized as Academic All-Americans.
Those who have been recognized with Distinguished honors are Kyla Parker (‘04-’05 Women’s Basketball), Lisa Parker (‘04-’05 and ‘05-’06 Tennis), Haley Simmons (‘01-02 Tennis), Anna Dow (‘01-’02 Tennis), Robyn Houghlan (‘94-’95 Softball), Roberta Sentel (‘01-’02 Women’s Golf), Rebecca Adams (‘99-’00 Softball), April Gibson (‘04-’05 Softball) and Brian Kern (‘93-’94 Basketball).
Past Academic All-Americans and All-American Teams are:
Cross-Country: (2004-05) Justin Kuntz and (2005-06) Brett Simon
Basketball: (1986-87) Jeff Morris; (1988-89) Kevin Mitchell; (1989-90) Shay Hagel; (1990-91) Jason Peters; (1993-94) Brian Laur; (1993-94) Brian Kern (Distinguished); (2001-02) Kyle Kirkpatrick; (2003-04) Shane Garner; (2004-05) Sam Kleber; (2004-05) Keith Scarbrough; and the team of 2004-05 under the coaching of Tim Wills.
Women’s Basketball: (1996-97) Jenny Higgerson; (1997-98) Alisha Logan; (2000-01) Hillary Phillips; (2004-05) Kyla Parker (Distinguished); (2005-06) Courtney Magness; Gerald Mumbower’s team of 2004-05; and Glenn Box’s team of 2005-06.
Baseball: (2004-05) Aaron Johnson and (2005-06) Kevin Williams
Softball: (1994-95) Robyn Houghlan (Distinguished); (1998-99) Jennifer Wren; (1999-2000) Courtnie Berry; (1999-00) Rebecca Adams (Distinguished); (2000-01) Traci Helmer, Amy Gulley; (2001-02) Erika Smith, Amy Murphy; (2002-03) Angela Berry, April Gibson (Distinguished), Holly Cargal, Brandi Funburg, Ashley Schaeffer, Brittany Schafer; (2005-06) Amanda Dawn Hutchcraft; and Coach Dave Ellingsworth’s teams of 04-05 and 05-06.
Women’s Golf: (2001-02) Roberta Sentel (Distinguished); (2003-04) Alicia Hutchings; (2004-05) Nicole Adams; Cindy Corn’s 2004-05 team; and Craig Zinzilieta’s 2005-06 team.
Tennis: (2001-02) Anna Dow (Distinguished) and Haley Simmons (Distinguished); (2004-05) Lisa Parker (Distinguished), Sarah Blair and Sarah Dixon; (2005-06) Laney Gillespie and Lisa Parker (Distinguished); Coach Diane Metzger’s teams of 2004-05 (first of all tennis teams in the nation academically) and 2005-06 (second of all tennis teams in the nation academically).
Volleyball: (2005-06) Stacy White
Bryan Drew, a Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient in ‘94-’95, is now serving the college as a member of the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees.
Lisa Parker, a two-time Distinguished Academic All-American and leader of the ‘04-’05 tennis team that finished as the NJCAA’s top academic tennis team in the nation, is now continuing her game on the courts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Brian Kern, a Scholar Athlete of the Year and Distinguished Academic All-American as a member on the ‘93-’94 Basketball team, is now completing his residency through medical school in Springfield. Kern is the son of RLC President Mark S. Kern.
Scholar Athletes of the Year have been:
1992-93: Bruce Johnson and Minette Cunningham
1993-94: Brian Kern and Kelley Roy
1994-95: Bryan Drew and Robyn Houghlan
1996-97: Jeff Eickhoff and Jenny Higgerson
1997-98: Chris Bernard and Alisha Logan
1998-99: Derek Demaret and Amy Harris
1999-00: Kevin Scott and Rebecca Adams
2000-01: Kyle Puricelli and Hillary Phillips
2001-02: Kyle Kirkpatrick and Hayley Simmons
2002-03: Chris Rich and Angela Berry
2003-04: Shane Garner and Carissa Hallam
2004-05: Aaron Johnson and April Gibson
2005-06: Kevin Williams and Lisa Parker