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  • March 2019

    Alton Athlete Makes Her Own Way as a Trailblazer

    Most college athletes leave high school having already signed with a school to pay a specific sport. That wasn’t the case for Kenya Burnett, a 2017 graduate of Alton High.

    All in the Family

    When Abby Palen joined the Lewis and Clark Community College softball team for the 2018 season, she was thrilled that she became part of a family connection.

    L&C Sweeps East Central, Runs Win Streak to Five

    The Lewis and Clark Community College softball team is evidently onto something - a winning streak.

    L&C’s Rexford Throws No-Hitter at Bay College

    The L&C softball Trailblazers got good look at what Hannah Rexford can mean to them when they notched their first victory of the season.

    L&C’s Stotler Reflects on ‘Unusual Season’

    As Doug Stotler sat watching the craziness unfold Wednesday at the NJCAA District 16 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Rend Lake College, he likely couldn’t help but let his mind go where coaches’ minds aren’t supposed to go: The dreaded taboo of comparing scores.

    L&C Faced Uphill Climb Against Some of Nation’s Best DII Teams

    The Lewis and Clark Community College women’s basketball team faced a difficult situation this season. Despite a load of talent, the Trailblazers found themselves in a familiar quandary: Right team, tough region.

    New UI Hall of Famer Deon Thomas Spent Five Years as LC AD, Coach

    The University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019, including a pair of basketball players with Telegraph-area connections.

    Blazers Return to Parkland for Quarterfinal

    Six points may have cost the Lewis and Clark Community College women’s basketball team a home quarterfinal game in this week’s District M/Region 24 Tournament.

    George C. Terry River Bend Arena Closing for Renovation April 1

    L&C’s George C. Terry River Bend Arena will undergo a renovation project this spring and summer, which will include a new roof, HVAC upgrades, gutter replacement, electrical improvements, waterproofing, a new gym floor, and other interior improvements.

    February 2019

    Blazers Start Slow, Then Roll Past Danville

    The start of Monday night’s L&C-Danville Area College women’s basketball game was late - almost two weeks late - because of a winter weather delay.

    Marquette Catholic Golfer Cogan Chooses L&C

    Marquette Catholic has sported a strong boys golf team in recent years and this past week, two golfers - Sam Cogan and Kolten Bauer - reaped benefits from that program.

    Griffiths Set to Play for Lewis and Clark

    When it comes to golf, Edwardsville senior Parker Griffiths is a late bloomer, but he has already improved his game enough to earn a college scholarship.

    January 2019

    Trailblazers Drub Shawnee 92-72

    For Doug Stotler and his L&C Trailblazers, Saturday’s 92-72 victory over visiting Shawnee College was more than welcome - it was a little overdue.

    Trailblazers Hold On to Beat STLCC

    Doug Stotler scratched his head and lifted a blank stare skyward following Lewis and Clark Community College’s 71-67 victory over St. Louis Community College Saturday.

    December 2018

    Diagnosis In, Stotler Working On Cure

    For L&C men’s basketball coach Doug Stotler, making a diagnosis as to his team’s needs was the easy part. Now he’s working on the cure.

    Trailblazers Men’s Soccer Players Earn Honors

    Despite a loss to Illinois Central in the finals of the Region 24 tournament, Trailblazers men’s soccer put together a successful 12-3-1 season, with several players receiving post-season honors.

    November 2018

    Trailblazers Provide Stotler With 400th Career Win

    L&C powered its way to a 101-39 victory and in the process gave Coach Doug Stotler his 400th NJCAA win as a head basketball coach.

    Trailblazers Hand STLCC Its First Loss, 62-58

    The Lewis and Clark Community College Trailblazers pulled away in the second half and handed St. Louis Community College its first loss of the season Wednesday night, 62-58 in men’s basketball action at Forest Park Community College.

    Transfer Alexus Williams Brings Much to the Table for ‘Blazers

    One thing L&C coach Jaron Young knows for sure: His Trailblazers women’s basketball team has experience at the right spots.

    Trailblazers Volleyball Record Improves Under New Coach

    In his first year at the helm of Lewis and Clark Trailblazers volleyball, Coach Bron Wilkerson led the team to an improved record.

    October 2018

    Former AHS and UE Standout Hired as L&C Assistant Coach

    Kavon Lacey has come home to the Riverbend. And Lewis and Clark Community College basketball coach Doug Stotler couldn’t be happier about it.

    Region 24 NJCAA Division 1 Soccer Tourney Seeds, Schedule Released

    That Lewis and Clark Community College’s women’s soccer team is seeded No. 1 in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament came as no surprise Wednesday. But now, the Trailblazers know how the rest of the field will shape up.

    Idle L&C Teams Stand Pat in National Polls

    It was status quo for the Lewis and Clark Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams when this week’s NJCAA national rankings were released Tuesday afternoon. The L&C men remained at No. 7 in their poll, while the L&C women stayed unbeaten at No. 6 in their poll.

    Lewis and Clark Sweeps Late-Night Games in Quincy

    Saturday was a long, wet day for the Lewis and Clark Community Collage soccer teams. But after all was said and done, the L&C men’s and women’s teams emerged with a doubleheader sweep of John Wood College, as well as home-field advantage in the postseason.

    September 2018


    L&C’s Hansen Making this Soccer Season a Special One

    While Hansen hasn’t officially decided that this season at L&C will be her final on the soccer field, she’s playing as if it may well be. She’s leaving it on the field every game.

    Trailblazers Roll Past Rival SWIC 6-0

    Ahmed Mahdi was winded when he came off the field in the second half of Thursday’s Region 24 soccer game at Southwestern Illinois College. And with good reason, he’d just scored back-to-back goals in less than a minute to put Lewis and Clark Community College’s 6-0 victory on ice.

    L&C Women Ranked Sixth in Nation, Men Receive Votes

    A 5-0 start to the season has helped propel the Lewis and Clark Community College women’s soccer team to sixth in this week’s NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll, which was released Wednesday.

    August 2018


    Alumni Help Dedicate Tim Rooney Stadium

    With the help of Trailblazers men’s and women’s soccer, both alumni and current players, Lewis and Clark Community College dedicated the Tim Rooney Stadium Aug. 11.

    L&C Reveals New Mascot, Athletics Logo

    It’s cute. It’s furry. It’s friendly. It’s loyal. It’s Lewis and Clark Community College’s newest “student” – a Newfoundland mascot named Blazer.

    Rooney Did It Honestly and with Class

    L&C soccer coach Tim Rooney, the winningest coach in NJCAA history, fights back tears after being introduced to the crowd Saturday at a ceremony naming the school’s soccer stadium after him. The ceremony took place before a packed house at the stadium between the annual women’s and men’s alumni games.

    Trailblazers Women’s Soccer Ranked No. 10 in Preseason Poll

    Expectations are high for Trailblazers women’s soccer. The team will enter the 2018 season ranked 10th among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I teams, according to a preseason poll from United Soccer Coaches (USC).

    Tim Rooney Stadium Dedication Set for Aug. 11

    Lewis and Clark Community College is set to dedicate its soccer field in honor of Coach Tim Rooney, Saturday, Aug. 11.

    July 2018

    Edwardsville/L&C tennis Player Anna Holland Signs with Ottawa University in Kansas

    Anna Holland, a 2016 Edwardsville High graduate, has been an outstanding representative for the EHS girls tennis program since she parlayed an outstanding senior year into a spot on Lewis and Clark Community College’s women’s tennis year.

    June 2018

    Busy Summer for L&C Athletic Director Doug Stotler

    The Lewis and Clark Community College athletics director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, wouldn’t complain, mind you. But his list of summer goings on will be detailed - and full.

    Tanner Hendrickson to Continue his Tennis career at Lewis & Clark

    Richland County High School graduate Tanner Hendrickson has made a decision on where he will continue his tennis career.

    Wielgus to Join the Trailblazer

    Eight months after turning in his best season of his high school golf career at Granite City, Drew Wielgus has finalized his college plans.

    May 2018

    L&C’s Hilliard Fires 78 on First Day of NJCAA Nationals

    Lewis and Clark Community College’s Alec Hilliard fired a 6-over par 78 Monday and is tied for 63rd place after the first day of play Monday at the NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at Glen Lakes Golf Club.

    Rexford Signed to Play Softball with L&C

    Ronda Roberts, head softball coach at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, watched Hannah Rexford as a sophomore and liked what she saw. She decided to give Rexford another shot, signing her to play for the Trailblazers next year.

    Trailblazers to Begin Region 24 Tourney Against Lincoln Land

    L&C will begin the postseason at 1 p.m. Thursday against Lincoln Land in an opening-round game of the NJCAA Region 24 Division II Baseball Tournament in Bloomington.

    L&C’s Roberts Already Pointing to Future

    Lewis and Clark Community College’s roller-coaster softball season came to an end on a day which was a microcosm of the Trailblazers’ season that saw them take the field for three games.

    April 2018

    Trailblazers Earn Sixth Consecutive Trip to Nationals

    The Trailblazers women’s tennis team will compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division I national tournament set for May 6-11 in Waco, Texas.

    Trailblazers Baseball Takes the Game to a Special Fan

    Zach Seavers visited his grandmother at her Edwardsville home in March, about two weeks before she died. He leaned into her bed, hugged her goodnight and told her "see you tomorrow at the game."

    March 2018

    Alton High's Hunter Dill signs letter of intent

    Alton High School's Hunter Dill signed his letter of intent Tuesday afternoon with Lewis and Clark Community Collge to play soccer in the coming fall.

    Women’s Soccer Blazing Away

    Emma Lucas is already enjoying an outstanding high school career at Roxana, scoring over 70 goals in four years.

    Trailblazers Start League Play 2-2

    L&C Baseball Coach Randy Martz knows a JUCO baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. And he’s glad of it.

    Rooney returning as women’s soccer coach at L&C

    Lewis and Clark Community College’s search for a new women’s soccer coach ended Friday. After a four-month search, the new coach is … the old one.

    Palen leads Trailblazers past Onondaga

    The Lewis and Clark Community College Trailblazers had their hitting shoes on Monday against Onondaga College in JUCO softball action.

    Roberts, Pfeiffer lead Trailblazers past Mercer

    Myrtle Beach may be a vacation destination, but for the Lewis and Clark Community College softball team, it was all business Saturday. And it was a profitable day, thanks to a pair of freshmen.

    L&C Women Open Playoffs Against ICC

    The fourth-seeded Trailblazers will face No. 5 Illinois Central College (23-7) in a quarterfinal-round game at 2 p.m. Thursday at the NJCAA Division II Region 24 Tournament at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

    ‘Every Play Matters’: Stotler, Trailblazers Look Back on What Might Have Been

    “Every play matters in college basketball,” Stotler said. “It’s no different if it’s junior college or NCAA Division I. Every play matters.”