Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that its Athletic Department has received the All Sports Award from the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The award is based on the overall conference finish of the six conference sports that include volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. The award is for the best overall seasons across the conference sports. Kaskaskia College sports had an exceptional year in the GRAC as volleyball and women’s basketball finished 1st, baseball and men’s golf finished 2nd, softball finished 5th and men’s basketball finished 8th.
Vice President of Student Services, Susan Batchelor is delighted that the College was honored. “This has been an exciting year for our athletic teams at KC. It has been a pleasure to watch our athletes succeed in competition and academically. I am very proud to be working with a fine group of athletes and coaches. The support we have received from the KC Board, administration, The KC Sports Association, faculty and staff, our athletes’ families and the community has been exceptional and we are truly appreciative. Achievements such as this happen only when many people work together for a common goal. Thank you to all those who helped our athletes succeed.”
The KC Athletic Department successes this year were outstanding as the women’s basketball team went to the National tournament for the second time in five years, the baseball team went to the College World Series for the first time in school history and the women’s volleyball team had the best season in school’s history. Other top accomplishments were two golfers, Parker Lawrence of Highland and Taylor Hinkle of Teutopolis both advancing to the NJCAA Golf National Tournaments.
Coaches honored this year include volleyball coach Kim Rahar being named GRAC and Region 24 Coach of the Year; baseball coach Mitch Koester named Region 24 Coach of the Year and Northern District Coach of the Year; and women’s basketball Coach Shane Larson named GRAC Coach of the Year and Co-Coach of the Year” by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
Shane Larson, Athletic Director and women’s basketball coach agrees with Batchelor “I am so proud of our coaches and student-athletes at Kaskaskia College. The success we have had here this year has been amazing. It is quite an accomplishment to achieve such high levels of success in multiple sports. As a department we would like to thank KC President Dr. Underwood and the Board of Trustee’s for their continued support of KC Athletics and the Kaskaskia College Sports Association for their assistance in helping to continue to grow and improve our athletic programs.”