Lincoln Land Community College is inducting 15 individuals and two championship teams into its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 18. Inductees will be honored at halftime of the men’s homecoming basketball game versus Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium, LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited to attend.
The 2017 inductees mark the fourth Hall of Fame class at LLCC. This year’s induction ceremony is being held in conjunction with LLCC’s 50th anniversary celebration and is a part of the Founders’ Day activities being held. The 2017 inductees include:
Scott Blackwell – Baseball 1999-2000
Blackwell pitched for the 2000 NJCAA Division II World Series championship team earning World Series MVP. He was named NJCAA All-America second team and pitched a no-hitter in 2000. During his LLCC career, he started 15 games, completed 12 and had 11 wins. Blackwell maintains second at LLCC in strikeouts with 132 and second in innings pitched with 109.1. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2000 and played two seasons in the minor leagues.
Christopher Booth – Men’s Basketball 2004-2006
Booth was named NJCAA Division II Region XXIV Player of the Year runner-up and Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year runner-up in 2006. He went on to play basketball at Youngstown State University (NCAA Division I) in 2006-07 and Culver-Stockton College (NAIA) in 2007-08 where he was named All-Conference and Newcomer of the Year runner-up.
Scott Curtis – Baseball 1992-1993
Curtis was selected NJCAA All-America first team in 1993 with a batting average of .438. His two-year batting average was .392. Curtis moved on to play baseball at Memphis State University where he holds records for most games played and RBIs in a single season and was named All-Great Midwest Conference first-team shortstop and All-Tournament first team.
Andy Danner – Baseball 1994-1995
As a freshman, Danner helped lead the Loggers to its 1994 NJCAA World Series championship. He was named World Series All-Tournament, NJCAA All-America first team and Academic All-American in 1995. Danner went on to play baseball at Miami University-Ohio (NCAA Division I) where he was named All-Conference second team his senior year. Following college, he played professional baseball for six years.
Geza Ehrentreu – Cross Country 1973-1974 and Track 1974-1975
Ehrentreu earned cross country All-Central Illinois Athletic Conference (CIAC) and NJCAA Region IV All-Region selections while running on national meet qualifying teams in 1973 and 1974. He served as captain of the 1974 cross country team. Ehrentreu competed in two seasons of track at Valdosta State University. He continued in both sports qualifying for two events in NCAA National Track in 1976. Ehrentreu has received many honors during his 40-year affiliation with IHSA cross country/track including National Federation/IHSA Official of the Year four times.
Kris Erickson – Volleyball and Softball 1981-1982
Erickson was an outstanding pitcher winning 25 games in the 1981 and 1982 seasons. She pitched five no-hitters her freshman year with an ERA under one while earning All-Conference honors. In 1982, Erickson earned All-Conference and team MVP. She also participated in two seasons of volleyball. Erickson attended Eastern Illinois University and played ASA fastpitch softball for a number of years.
Jason Knoedler – Baseball 1999-2000
Knoedler helped lead the Loggers to the NJCAA World Series championship in 2000. He set LLCC’s stolen base record. Knoedler went on to play baseball at Miami University-Ohio (NCAA Division I) where he was named All-American and Male Athlete of the Year in 2001. That same year, he was drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Tigers where he played in the minors for six years.
Ryan Leach – Soccer 2000-2001
A strong leader in soccer, Leach was named NJCAA Region XXIV MVP, All-Region XXIV first team and All-America first team in 2000. He went on to play soccer at University of Illinois-Springfield (NAIA) where he was an NAIA Tournament team participant in 2002 and named All-American Midwest Conference first team in 2003.
Barbara Streeter-Montgomery – Basketball 1978-1980
A strong and steady basketball player for LLCC women, Streeter-Montgomery earned All-CIAC honors in 1979-1980. She was the leading scorer and/or rebounder in most games during her career. Streeter-Montgomery attended Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville majoring in secondary and physical education aspiring to have a coaching career, which she has fulfilled. As head coach of girls track at Springfield Southeast High School, her teams won state championships in 2012 and 2013. She was named Coach of the Year (2012 and 2013) by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Southern Region.
Rick Montooth – Basketball, 1973-1974
Competing only one season, Rick had one of the best seasons of any LLCC basketball player. He achieved the new season scoring record of 666 points, 384 rebounds, MVP, All-CIAC and top sectional vote-getter for the NJCAA Region IV All-Star game. Returning to Culver-Stockton College, Montooth was a two-year starter averaging 15 points per game and earning team MVP honors his senior year. He taught and coached in Springfield District 186 and was head basketball coach at Springfield Southeast High School for 14 years where his teams won six city championships.
Emily Orrick – Volleyball 2011-2012
Orrick holds the LLCC career record for digs with 2,048. She led the NJCAA in digs in 2011 and 2012. Orrick was tabbed NJCAA All-America first team (2012) and second team (2011). She was a two-time NJCAA All-Region XXIV and All-Mid-West Athletic Conference player. In 2011, she earned Mid-West Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Orrick moved on to play at Illinois State University (NCAA Division I) for two seasons where she set a school record for career digs per set (5.39) and finished her career ranking sixth in school history in career digs (1,304).
Scott Pillsbury – Cross Country and Track 1981-1983
Pillsbury earned All-Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois honors for two years and helped lead the cross-country team to the NJCAA Nationals in both 1981 and 1982. He also was an outdoor national track participant. In 1983, Pillsbury qualified as an individual in the NJCAA track and field events. Pillsbury earned an NCAA scholarship to Eastern Illinois University (NCAA Division I) where he twice received All-Conference honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Pillsbury is also a member of the PORTA High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mark Romer – Baseball 1987-1988
Romer was named Athlete of the Year at LLCC in 1988. He was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American in 1988. Romer moved on to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA Division I) where he earned All-Conference two years, Big South Player of the Year in 1990, and Baseball All-Decade Team. In 2001, he was inducted into the Coastal Carolina Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame.
Brad Squibb – Baseball 1987-1988
Squibb achieved NJCAA All-Region XXIV and played in the Illinois Junior College All-Star game at Wrigley Field in 1988. He moved on to play at Armstrong State University-Georgia (NCAA Division II) where he received twice All-America and All-Conference recognition and maintains several hitting records along with a .373 batting average his senior year. His number at Armstrong has been retired.
Gene Vincent – Basketball 1969-1971 and Baseball 1970-1971
Vincent was twice a letter winner in basketball and baseball (1969-1971) and also helped the track team in 1970. He was a point guard and defensive specialist for the Loggers in basketball and a catcher on the baseball team. As a freshman, Gene caught every game but one while hitting .300. Because Gene was needed on the family farm, bowling gained his athletic ability. He has won more than 50 Professional Bowlers Association national titles, three Springfield Round-the-Town tournaments and countless others. Gene has been elected to three bowling hall of fames and holds two world records in bowling.
LLCC 1974 Track and Field Team
Placed third in outdoor and fifth in indoor at 1974 NJCAA Track and Field Championships
Team members Ron Brachear, George Haley, Wilbert Haney, Jerry Thomas, Glen “Sonny” Wilburn; Coach Bill Buzard
LLCC 1994 Baseball Team
1994 NJCAA World Series Champion
Team members Mike Angeli, Bill Antonacci, Mike Bice, Phillip Bigard, Ryan Crawford, Andy Danner, Kris Detmers, Theo Fefee, Justin Goodwin, Brian Graham, Sean Moser, Ron Packingham, Pat Riordan, Jeff Schmohe, Greg Seiders, Kevin Therien, Jeremy Walk, Matt Welch, Kyle Zellers; Coaches Claude Kracik, Bruce Richards, Ron Riggle
For more information about LLCC athletics, visit www.lincolnlandloggers.com. For more information about LLCC’s Founders Day and 50th anniversary activities, visit www.llcc.edu/50.