The 2017 recipients of the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award at Lincoln Land Community College have been announced. The award winners are baseball’s Nick Maton of Chatham and volleyball’s Talesha Scott of Carlinville.
Nick Maton, who transferred to LLCC from Eastern Illinois University, graduated in 2017 with a 2.97 GPA. He was named third team NJCAA All-American, first team All-Region XXIV and first team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference and Co-Player of the Year. Maton hit .408 and 8 HRs for 2017. He also posted 46 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Maton in the seventh round of the MLB draft.
Talesha Scott, also a 2017 LLCC graduate, set the single season kill record and broke the career kill record. She is only the second player to reach 1,000 kills for a career and is the third all-time 1,000-point scorer. Scott was named first team NJCAA All-American (2016), second team NJCAA All-American (2015), first team All-Region XXIV (2015 and 2016) and first team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference (2015 and 2016).
Coach Jim Dietz compared Scott to a former NBA great, “She was our Kobe Bryant, the player you know wants the ball at crunch-time and more often than note, she came through.” She led the Loggers to the NJCAA Division II title game in 2015 and 2016 and made the All-National Tournament Team in 2015 and 2016.
Scott has committed to play volleyball at Missouri Valley College where several other LLCC Logger alumni have gone on to success. “Talesha is going to be expected to go in and contribute immediately. I think if she works hard, she’ll help them continue to grow their program’s success,” adds Coach Dietz.
The LLCC Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award recognizes annually one LLCC male athlete and one female athlete. The award was established in February of 2015 in honor of Mr. Dhabalt, former athletic director, head men’s basketball coach and faculty member, and acknowledges his dedication to education, athletics and students at LLCC.