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INA, Ill. – Seven Rend Lake College student-athletes have been nationally recognized for their success in the classroom during the 2011-12 term. Two of the seven received the highest possible honor.
According to the National Junior College Athletic Association website (www.njcaa.org), RLC golf’s Hannah Gill (Carterville) and baseball’s Greg Guest (Nashville) earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. RLC tennis’ Kylie Pickel (Mount Vernon) and volleyball’s/basketball’s Ashley Slack (Sesser) earned Superior Academic Achievement honors for achieving a 3.80 GPA or better; and volleyball’s Megan Wren (Harrisburg), golf’s Josh Harp (Benton) and softball’s Chelsea Steele (McLeansboro) received Exemplary Academic Achievement awards for earning GPAs of 3.60 to 3.79.
“The Rend Lake College Athletic Department is extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes,” said Warriors Athletic Director Tim Wills. “These young people, who have been honored by the NJCAA for their academic achievements, have exhibited an ability to be successful not only on the field of play, but in the classroom as well. The time commitment and dedication that this requires is substantial and these young men and women are very deserving of this great recognition.”
Gill was a sophomore NJCAA All-Region XXIV golfer for Cindy Corn at RLC this past season and helped the Lady Warriors to its 10th Region crown. Gill placed fifth in Region XXIV, competed at the national championship tournament, was the 2011 Rend Lake Invitational medalist and logged a sophomore stroke average of around 86.5. Gill serves as the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s Junior Golf Tour Coordinator. She accepted a scholarship to play this coming fall at Columbia College in Missouri.
Guest is the son of Glen and Debra Guest. The sophomore infielder hit .337 with 21 RBI for coach Tony Etnier this past spring season. Guest was named 2012 RLC Agriculture Business Student of the Year and was voted Homecoming King by the student body. He will play baseball at Murray State University in Kentucky where he will major in agriculture.
Harp, the son of Richard and Marla Harp, earned Ping NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors this past season and signed with the University of Illinois - Springfield. His coach at RLC, Lucas Cromeenes, said, “Josh is a great kid who never worried anybody as well as our best player. The best type you could have!”
Wren played right-side hitter for Sara Crews on the volleyball team. Wren logged eight aces, 59 digs, 15 assists, 13 blocks and 51 kills in RLC’s fall campaign – one of the team’s best finishes in years.
Slack was a two-sport athlete for RLC as a sophomore. The 6-foot outside hitter put up 1.38 kills per set on the volleyball team and brought down 2.5 rebounds per game on the basketball team.
Pickel played #2 singles and #1 doubles on the women’s tennis team. She helped the Lady Warriors qualify for the national championship tournament as a freshman.
Steele played first base for Dave Ellingsworth on the softball team. Steele hit .287 with 29 singles this past spring for the Lady Warriors.
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.