Former ECC Basketball Player Cassie Dumoulin Earns NJCAA Award
October 30, 2012
July 9, 2012 - Former Elgin Community College women’s basketball player Cassie Dumoulin is the 2012 recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Lea Plarski Award, named after the association’s first female president. The annual honor is given to a student-athlete who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence, athletic ability, and achievements—core values that are promoted by the NJCAA.
“It means a great deal to me,” says Dumoulin, of Hampshire. “It’s a very elite award and it’s a testament to all the people who have made an impact in my life and made me who I am today. I’m completely honored to win an award named after a woman that has done so much for athletics and made it possible for me to continue my athletic career.”
Dumoulin has led the Spartans in scoring during the past two seasons. As a freshman, she ranked fourth nationally in Division II in scoring with 22.9 points per game and was a NJCAA third team All-American selection. During her sophomore year, Dumoulin ranked fifth nationally in Division II in scoring with 22.0 points per game and was a NJCAA second team All-American. The two-time Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year ultimately finished her ECC career with 1,393 points—the only ECC basketball player, male or female, to score 1,000 career in the college’s history.
“This is as proud as I’ve been as a head coach for any player,” said ECC Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jerry McLaughlin. “This is special because it’s an award that embodies academic achievement, athletic achievement, volunteer work, community service and leadership on and off the floor.”
Off the court, Dumoulin was able to translate her success to the classroom where she earned a 4.0 grade-point average and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also found time between her academic and athletic commitments to give back to the community, being involved in several community service projects like the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, Feed My Starving Children, and the basketball team’s fundraiser for The V Foundation.
“It is so important to give back to your community,” says Dumoulin, who will attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign this fall. “Everyone is given gifts and talents that you’re supposed to use and not just for yourself, but also to help others. There are certain things that I am able to do and it’s only right for me to share them with others.”
Elgin Community College's Bill Angelo Captures 500th Win
April 18, 2012
Elgin Community College Baseball Coach Bill Angelo earned his 500th and 501st career victories after the Spartans defeated Morton College in an April 14 doubleheader. He has a record of 501-310 during the 15 years he’s coached at ECC.
"I am very proud of this accomplishment,” says Angelo, of Elburn. “I view it as a tribute to all of the great players that we have had come here to play baseball. A lot of student-athletes have put their heart and soul into this program, and that's the special part of all of this."
The program has been a model of consistency with Angelo. His teams have averaged 33 wins a year, competed in five National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series, and won 12 sectional championships, five Region IV titles, and five district titles. Angelo is a two-time recipient of the Skyway Conference Men's Sports Coach of the Year Award. Under his leadership, more than 70 players have moved on to compete at the university-level, 18 have been named All-Americans, and 10 players have been drafted.
“Coach Angelo has built this program from the ground up with core principles like accountability, being a student-athlete, responsibility, and good old-fashioned hard work,” says ECC Athletic Director Kent Payne. “The results speak for themselves. He has created a first class program that will leave a legacy at ECC.”
Angelo was an assistant coach of the Spartans prior to being named head coach in 1998. He also played for ECC in 1990-91.
Ashley Scheffler Signs With McKendree
January 18, 2012
Burlington Central graduate and Elgin Community College sophomore Ashley Scheffler will continue her softball career at McKendree University in downstate Lebanon. Scheffler, who helped the Rockets to third place in the 2009 Class 3A state high school tournament, earned a near full scholarship at McKendree, which is an NAIA school now but will become an NCAA Division II school in the fall of 2013.