Shanuel Named DII All American

June 9th, 2016

Parkland freshman pitcher Brady Schanuel (Edwardsville HS) has been named a 2nd team All-American today by the NJCAA. Schanuel, has signed with Ole Miss, and will have the option to go there next year, return to Parkland, or sign a professional contract; depending on the results of this week’s Major League Baseball draft. 

 

Schanuel finished the season with a 10-3 record and a school record 131 strikeouts in just 83.2 innings of work.  He compiled an earned run average of just 1.82 allowing only 17 earned runs and 52 hits in 14 starts for the Cobras. He threw 4 complete games and had 7 games with over 10 strikeouts including a career high 16 against Spoon River and 14 against both Illinois Central and John Wood. He led all of NJCAA D-2 in strikeouts and strikeouts per innings pitched, was 6th in lowest earned run average and tied for 10th in victories.

 

Schanuel becomes the Cobras 10th NJCAA All-American since 2009 and the first since 2014 when Isaac Sampen was also named a 2nd Team selection. 

FIELD SET FOR NJCAA D-II WORLD SERIES

May 23rd, 2016

The field is set for the 2016 NJCAA D-II World Series to be held May 28-June 4 at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Ok.  Top-seed and returning National Champion LSU-Eunice did not make the field but last year’s runner-up Western Oklahoma returns as does 8 nationally ranked teams. Only two teams return from last year’s field (Western Okla. And North Iowa, the biggest turnover in Series history.  Just two programs Parkland (2) and Western Oklahoma (1) have ever won a WS title and two teams, McHenry and Sinclair will be making their first trip to the D-II World Series.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

 

Qualifying Teams:

 

#2 Mercer County NJ (48-8)  Last trip to WS  2014

#3 Jones County MS. (49-8)  Last trip to WS 2011

#4 No. Iowa Area CC  (47-14) Last trip to WS 2015

#5 Sinclair CC  OH (49-10) First trip to WS

#6 McHenry CC IL. (48-10) First trip to WS

#9 Parkland (45-14)  Last trip to WS 2010

#11 Western Oklahoma (46-16) Last trip to WS 2015

#14 Monroe CC NY (33-14) Last trip to WS 2009

NR  Brunswick NC (40-16) Last trip to WS 2013

NR  Gateway AZ. (40-20) Last trip to WS 2011

 

Notes: McHenry ended Madison Area College’s streak of 6 straight World Series

              Defending Champion LSU-E who has won 5 World Series titles, three in Enid, will have to wait anoter year to try and break the record for most titles. They are    currently tied with Grand Rapids with 5 each.  Parkland and Lincoln Land are the only other programs to win multiple titles with two each.

 

Opening Round Schedule:

Saturday May 28

 

10:00   Gateway  vs No. Iowa Area CC

1:00      Jones County vs McHenry

4:00      Parkland vs Western Oklahoma State

7:15      Brunswick vs Mercer

 

Sunday May 29

12:00    Monroe vs Sinclair

3:30      Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2

7:00      Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4

 

Monday May 30 (Memorial Day)

12:00   Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4

3:30     Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7

7:00     Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2

Parkland Has Amazing Honor With National Player and Coach of the Year from AVCA

December 10th, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 10, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce Parkland College freshman middle blocker Sofi Kelemete as its 2015 AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year and her head coach Cliff Hastings as the National Coach of the Year.  

 

The formal presentation of the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 18th in Omaha, Nebraska at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention and NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships. Hastings will also be honored at the AVCA Convention at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon on December 17th.

 This is the first time ever that a Parkland player or coach has been named the top person in their respective category. The AVCA, unlike the NJCAA, covers all three divisions of the NJCAA as well as the California Division of two-year programs.

 Sofi Kelemete Fast Facts

Led the nation in blocks per set (2.02)
One of four freshmen in this year’s class to be selected an AVCA First-Team All-American
Helped the Cobras to an undefeated season (57-0)
Won their first NJCAA Volleyball Championship since 1999
In the NJCAA Division II Championship, she had eight kills, hit .615 and recorded seven blocks
NJCAA Tournament MVP
The first AVCA Two-Year College Player of the Year for Parkland College
Highland High School Female Athlete of the Year
Also ran track in high school for one season, and finished first in Districts and fourth in state for long jump

 

 

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From Kelemete on the team struggling early in the tournament, as told to theProspectus Staff Writer Jacob Kenter…

 

 

“Once we got that mindset that we can’t just go through the motions it was easier for us to win.”

 

 

 

Cliff Hastings Fast Facts

 

Season No. 7 leading the Cobras, career record of (330-40)
NJCAA Division II National Champions
Their second NJCAA National Championship in program history (1999)
Finished the season a perfect 57-0
NJCAA Division II Coach of the Tournament
Dropped just nine sets all season
161-5 overall record over the last three seasons
Ranked third nationally in hitting percentage (.299) and first in assists (2,117), kills (2,310) and blocks (666)
Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete is the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year
Kelemente led NJCAA Division II in blocks per set (2.02)

 

Congratulations to both well deserving honorees!

Parkland Athletics Announce 2014-2015 Awards

June 5th, 2015
Co-Female Athlete's of the Year:  Lori VanBeek Volleyball and Hannah Wascher Basketball
 
Two of the best female athletes in Parkland history will share the award for top Parkland Female Athlete. VanBeek (Paw Paw HS) was the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year and an NJCAA First Team All-American this year leading the Cobras to a second consecutive NJCAA Runner-Up finish. PC lost 3-2 to Glendale CC in the Championship match a year after falling 3-2 to Cowley in the title game.  The Cobras were an amazing 106-6 during her time at PC, winning two M-WAC and District titles. Van Beek led the NJCAA in hitting percentage and finished in the top five in kills. She will attend Youngstown State on a volleyball scholarship next fall.
 
Wascher (Rantoul HS) helped PC to a National Runner-Up finish as well, leading the Cobras to their best season in school history. PC finished a record breaking (35-2) losing a heartbreaking 66-64 decision in the title game. Wascher was named the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Player of the Year to go along with her All-American, All-Region, and All-MWAC recognition. She also earned Player of the Year in the Conference and the Region as well as being named to the All-Tournament team for two consecutive seasons.  Wascher finished second in the nation in FG% and was sixth in rebounds per game. She will continue her playing career next year for former Cobra Rick Stein at Southern Indiana.
 
Male Athlete of the Year:  Nick Berger Golf
 
Berger (Judah Christian) wrapped up a successful two year career by earning All-Region and All-Conference recognition. Berger was a two-time NJCAA National Qualifier and he finished in 35th place out of 120 golfers at the recently completed NJCAA D-2 Golf Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama.  Berger placed 49th as a freshman to help the Cobras to a 10th place finish. During his time at PC. Berger helped the Cobras to an M-WAC title and a Region 24 championship. This year's team finished as the runner-up in both, missing out on a trip to Nationals my just one stroke. He is currently undecided where he will attend college and play golf next year.
 
Freshman of the Year:   Catharine McHale  Women's Soccer
 
The Mahomet-Seymour graduate had a great first year on the Cobra Soccer Team as she was named the M-WAC Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leading PC to a conference title. McHale also was named First Team All-Region helping PC to a (14-4) record this season. She led the team with 17 goals and 5 assists for a total of 39 points this season. She will return to Parkland for her sophomore season in 2015-16.
 
Student-Athlete of the Year:  Morgan Hickman Softball and Volleyball
 
Parkland's lone two sport athlete in 2014-15 was also was one of the best in the classroom. Hickman, a graduate of Clinton HS, earned a 3.82 grade point average at PC despite playing on both the Volleyball and Softball teams her sophomore year. On the VB team, she was part of a two-setter rotation that helped the Cobras to two trips to Nationals and a pair of M-WAC titles. She joined the Softball team this season and started in CF for the Cobras.  Hickman his .284, hitting a home run and driving in 14 runs while also stealing 12 bases. She will attend SIC-Carbondale next fall majoring in Pre-Medicine with the hope of one day being a chiropractor.

Parkland Earns Top Spot of Illinois JUCO Sports Teams

July 1st, 2014
On the strength of a runner-up finish in Volleyball and solid appearances by the Women's Basketball and Men's Golf teams, the Parkland College Athletic Department finished as the top school in Illinois in rankings released by the National Alliance for Two-Year Colleges (NATYCA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Learfield Sports Director's Cup is divided into scholarship and non-scholarship divisions and has been awarded for the past three years. Iowa Western was the over-all winner with Iowa Central and Tyler TX. finishing 2nd and 3rd.
In looking only at Illinois two-year colleges, Parkland scored a total of 46 points, easily out pointing Black Hawk 32.5 and Lincoln College 29. Below is a listing of the Illinois schools.
Parkland 46
Black Hawk 32.5
Lincoln College 29
Kankakee 26.5
Illinois Central 26.5
Lincoln Land 25
Waubonsee 19
Lewis and Clark 19
College of Dupage 18
John A Logan 13
Kishwaukee 13
Moraine Valley 13
Carl Sandburg 10.5
College of Lake Co. 10.5
John Wood 6.5
Lake Land 6.5
Prairie State 2.5
Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches at Parkland that helped make this happen in 13-14. Here's to more success in 14-15!

Parkland College Athletes Receive Academic Honors

June 26th, 2014
Three teams and 15 individuals have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2013-14 school year. The Cobra Softball, Volleyball, and Golf teams were all honored as NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year for compiling an over-all grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the school year.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.1% or 1, 799 student-athletes, were recognized with academic awards for their achievement in the classroom. Receiving the highest honor with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, 171 athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
Parkland had 15 honorees this year, easily outdistancing John A Logan and Kaskaskia College which had 10 Academic All-Americans each. Congratulations to the following Cobra Athletes:
4.0 NJCAA Pinnacle Award:
Erin Hettinger Softball
Beau Swinford Men's Basketball
Elizabeth Walker Softball
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80-3.99):
Sam Kohlbecker Women's Basketball
Lynette Ramsey Women's Soccer
Carly Sarff Softball
Harley Tompkins Softball
Ashley Walker Women's Basketball
Jordan Wheeler Softball
Emily Wilson Volleyball
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60-3.79):
Matt Deal Baseball
Dan Leake Baseball
Jake Sale Baseball
Isaac Sampen Baseball
Julie Sciole Volleyball
Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches on this outstanding achievement.

Bad News for Former Cobra Winkler

June 26th, 2014

The Rockies organization has been hit with more bad news. According to a major-league source, prized right-handed prospect Daniel Winkler will have to undergo Tommy John (reconstructive elbow) surgery.

Winkler, pitching like an ace for Double-A Tulsa, injured his right elbow last Saturday pitching against the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals. He threw 3 2/3 hitless innings before he left the mound in the fourth inning.

Winkler told the team that something felt wrong in his elbow. An MRI this week confirmed that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and he will have to have surgery to repair his elbow.

Fellow Double-A right-handers Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have received more publicity than Winkler, who has drafted out of Central Florida in the 20th round in 2011. Butler, in fact, made his big-league debut last Friday.

But Winkler was having a terrific season with the Oilers until his injury. He was 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA while striking out 71 and walking only 17. He was certainly on the Rockies' radar. Now he'll be out of action for at least a year.

Parkland Baseball Players Professional Update

June 26th, 2014
Four former Cobra Baseball players are enjoying a great amount of success in professional baseball so far this Spring. Leading the list is Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. After being called up for a pair of games at the end of last season, Kiermaier started this season with the AAA Durham Bulls but has been called up on three occasions. Since his most recent call-up on May 18, he has started 5 of 8 games in right field for the Rays. He is currently hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. He also has collected a pair of doubles and a triple while scoring four times. With injuries mounting, Kiermaier expects to be up with the Rays for several more weeks if he continues to perform.
Three other Cobras are also excelling at the AA and AAA levels. Working as the closer for the AAA Omaha Storm Chaser (Kansas City), hurler Spencer Patton continues to build on his success from last season as he is 2-0 with 11 saves while appearing in 20 games. He has thrown 28.1 innings allowing just 4 runs on 12 hits, walking 10 and striking out 31. Opponents are hitting a low .128 against him this season.
Danny Winkler is having similar success for the AA Tulsa Drillers (Colorado) in a starters role. Winkler has compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.49 ERA in 66 innings of work. He has allowed just 11 earned runs in starts this season, walking 16 while striking out 68. Teams are hitting just .146 against him so far this year. He hopes to be moved up to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the near future.
And finally, reliever Nick Wittgren is throwing well for the AA Jacksonville Suns (Florida) franchise. A year after being selected Minor League Baseball Reliever of the Year, Wittgren stands at 1-3 with 8 saves to go along with a 4.39 ERA in 20 games. After some early seasons struggles, Wittgren has righted the ship and has earned saves in 4 of his last 6 appearances and given up just 1 run during those six games.
Parkland has three others still playing in the minors. Nate Roberts is on the disabled list for the Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota), Justin Parr is playing for the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) Class A, while brother Jordan Parr plays for the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona) Class A team.

Issac Sampen Honored by NJCAA

June 26th, 2014

Parkland outfielder Isaac Sampen has been named a 2nd Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The sophomore outfielder from Brownsburg HS in Indiana led the Cobras with a .459 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases,16 doubles, and was second in runs scored with 46. Previously, Sampen had been named 1st Team All-Region and was Co-MVP of the Midwest Athletic Conference. He was one of four M-WAC players to earn All-American recognition. Lincoln Land hurler Ridge Ackerman was a First team selection while infielders Nolan Lodden of Heartland and Mason McCoy of Illinois Central College were 3rd team honorees. Sampen has signed to play at Eastern Illinois University next year.

Burns Strong Showing at Nationals Earns Recognition

June 26th, 2014
Sophomore Lyle Burns finished in a tie for 8th place today at the NJCAA D-2 Golf National Tournament, earning him First Team All-American and All-Tournament honors. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate and Bradley Univeristy signee, finished the four-day 72-hole tournament at 297 (73-73-73-78). The finish was a huge jump for the Cobra leader as he finished 52nd at Nationals as a freshman. As a team, PC placed 10th over-all after slipping to a 315 on Friday.

Walter State CC of Tennessee won the team title by a comfortable 11 strokes over runner-up Mesa. Mississippi Gulf Coast, Black Hawk, and Owens rounded out the top 5. Individual medalist was Levi Fink of North Iowa CC who fired a 287 (77-68-72-70) to win by just two strokes over Tyler McKinney (Mineral Area ) and Charlie Cameron of Tyler. Heath Weathersby of Miss. Gulf Coast finished 4th while Kyle Workman of Blackhawk and Brad Hawkins of Walters State tied for 5th.

In addition to Burns earning 1st Team All-American honors, two other Region 24 golfers, Connor Graves of Logan and Lewis Bain of Lewis and Clark both earned 2nd Team All-American recognition.

Final Parkland Scores:

Parkland (IL) College Cobras 300 298 320 315 1233 +81 10th
Burns, Lyle 73 73 73 78 297 +9 9th
Berger, Nick 77 77 80 78 312 +24 t-49th
Egbers, Austin 74 72 84 83 313 +25 t-51st
Niebrugge, Jack 76 76 87 81 320 +32 t-75th
Powell, Joe 79 83 83 78 323 +35 84th

All-Tournament Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Chalire Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral Area (MO) Area
Hayes Weathersby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland (MI) CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC
Brandon Rougeau, Tyler (TX) JC

All-American Team
First Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Charlie Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral (MO) Area College
Kyle Workman, BlackHawk (IL) College
Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC

Second Team

Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC

Jacobs Named All-American

June 26th, 2014
Parkland Softball first baseman Alex Jacobs has been named a 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA this afternoon. Jacobs hit .471 for the 37-16 Cobras who earned a share of the M-WAC title. Jacobs had a .526 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .671. She tied for the team high with 66 hits and had 6 HR and 35 RBI. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first not making an error in 235 chances. The Pontiac graduate had early been named First Team All-Region 24 and All-Conference.

Cassagrande Garners Another Post Season Honor

December 11th, 2013
Parkland Sophomore Megan Casagrande has added another post-season honor, this time as a 2nd Team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American.
 
The AVCA honors the top NJCAA D-1, D-2. and D-3 players as well as players from the states of California and Washington which are not part of the NJCAA. Casagrande was one of just four NJCAA D-2 players to make the list.  Eighteen players are selected for both the 1st and 2nd team.

Pair of Cobras Earn All-American Honors

December 11th, 2013



Two members of the D-2 National Runner-Up Parkland College Volleyball team have been named NJCAA All-American's.  Sophomore Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More) has earned 1st Team All-American recognition while freshman Lori VanBeek (Paw Paw) was selected to the 2nd Team.
 
Casagrande's award caps an amazing season where she previously had been named the Midwest-Athletic Conference and Region 24 Player of the Year. She saved her best performance for last as she had a season high 17 kills in the title match vs Cowley and 16 the night before against Johnson County. Casagrande had 12 matches this season where she finished in double digits in kills averaging 2.32 kills per set.  She also finished with 219 blocks (1.25 per set).  Megan was an Honorable Mention All-American choice as a freshman.
 
VanBeek had an equally impressive year for the (52-3) Cobras capped off by her 2nd team recognition. Earlier she has been named the M-WAC Freshman of the Year and was an All-Region selection. She led Parkland. the top hitting percentage team in the NJCAA, with a .459 attack percentage and had 381 kills (2.09 per set).  Lori also averaged 1.75 blocks per set which placed her 3rd among all NJCAA D-2 players. The Cobras as a team were 2nd in the NJCAA in total blocks.



Former Cobra Dave Garcia Named Head Baseball Coach

August 12th, 2013


Former Parkland Cobras Baseball standout Dave Garcia has been selected as the college's new baseball head coach and Fitness Center director.
 
Garcia was a catcher for the Cobras from 1998-2000 before finishing his college career at Northern Illinois University. He replaces Head Coach Matt Kennedy, who resigned earlier this summer to take a job at High Point University. Garcia becomes the 10th coach in the 42-year history of the baseball program.
 
Garcia is presently the hitting coach for the Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League after serving as the hitting/bench coach for the River City Rascals for the previous three seasons. He has also been the head coach and athletic director at Putnam County High School for the past eight years, leading the Panthers to the state finals in both 2013 (2nd) and 2008 (3rd). He has a career record of 124-52 at Putnam County and has earned numerous coaching honors.
 
"Coming back to Parkland is a dream for me," Garcia said.. Fifteen years ago I came to Parkland to play college baseball and to return now as the coach is truly amazing. I have stayed in touch with and followed the program closely since I graduated in 2000, and I want to return the team to the World Series. I’m excited to get started and look forward to the challenge."
 
Parkland Athletic Director Rod Lovett, who was Garcia’s coach in 1998-2000, said the standout "was at the top of my list when the job opened up earlier this summer.
 
"He has been a highly successful high school coach and athletic director and gained valuable experience coaching at the minor league level over the past four summers," Lovett said. "He is very knowledge about the game and is a tireless worker who will do an incredible job. I could not be happier to have Dave back at Parkland."
 
Garcia has worked quickly to fill out his coaching staff. Pitching Coach Travis Webb will return for a second season and will be joined by two newcomers, Nate Wilder and Zach Berryman. Wilder, who played at Kansas City CC and Arkansas Tech, played for Garcia at Joliet this summer and has decided to end his professional career to take up coaching. He will work with the outfielders and assist with the hitters. Another former Cobra, Zach Berryman, returns as a volunteer coach. Berryman was a member of the 2009 National Championship team before finishing his career at North Park University. He was an assistant under Garcia at Putnam County last season and will work with infielders and also help with the hitters. 

“Former” Cobra Athletes named June Athletes of the Month

June 26th, 2013

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With Parkland College athletic teams off for the summer, there are no current athletes to name as the June Athlete of the Month award. However a trio of former Cobra Baseball players are making their mark in Minor League Baseball and will be recognized as the "Former-Athletes" of the Month for June.
Pitchers Danny Winkler and Nick Wittgren along with outfielder Kevin Kiermaier are all excelling for their respective teams. Winkler was recently named a California League All-Star as a member of the Modesto Nuts, an advanced A league team of the Colorado Rockies. Although the California All-Stars lost 12-2 to the Carolina League Stars, Winker was a bright spot throwing a hitless inning striking out two.
For the season, Winkler is 9-2 with a 2.15 earned run average. He has appeared in 14 games, all starts, working 83.2 innings while giving up just 47 hits and 20 earned runs. Opponents are hitting just .163 against him and he has issued 21 walks while striking out 98. In his most recent start, he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a one-out double.   If Winkler were to move up, the Rockies AA team is the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.
Closer Nick Wittgren has been equally as dominant for the Jupiter Jammerheads, the high Class A Florida State League team, of the Miami Marlins. Wittgren was also named an All-Star and worked the final inning for the winning team striking out two of the three hitters he faced to seal the 8-1 victory.

So far this season he is 1-1 with 14 saves and an ERA of just 0.86.  He has appeared in 26 games, all in relief, allowing just 24 hits and 3 earned runs. His control has also been on mark as the hard throwing right-handed hurler has walked just 6 while striking out 39.  The next team in the minor league system for the Marlins is the AA Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League.
And finally, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is having an outstanding season for the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Kiermaier is hitting .313 on the year appearing in 73 games and compiling 281 at bats. He has a team-high 88 hits, 20 for extra bases, and has scored 54 runs while driving in 22 from the lead-off spot in the order.  He also has stolen 12 bases while walking 26 times.
He has been red-hot as of late hitting .359 over the last 10 games, going 14-39.  He is expected to be chosen for the Southern League All-Star game when it is held on July 17 in Jacksonville, Florida. Kiermaier hopes to get called up to the AAA Durham Bulls before the season is over. He was called up to the Bulls at the end of last season. appearing in four games and going 3-9.
Congratulations to all three young men as they work toward their goal of reaching the major leagues!