Athletic Hall of Fame Class Honored Saturday
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The Parkland College Foundation and the Parkland Athletics department honored the newest members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame last weekend.
The Class of 2014 were honored Saturday in conjunction with the Parkland Cobras Men’s Basketball game against Lincoln College. This is the eighth Hall of Fame class chosen since the inaugural induction in 2007.
Brief bios on the inductees–featuring two former student-athletes, one coach, one team, and one contributor–have been included. The class was introduced during halftime at the game and were honored at a private reception in the new Student Union immediately following.
Each honoree was nominated by former Parkland College coaches and administrators and finalized in a vote by the Hall of Fame selection committee. BankChampaign, N.A.is the event sponsor for the ceremony, while Central Illinois Manufacturing is the corporate sponsor.
The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class:
Korie Shawver – Softball All-American
Korie Shawver was a standout during her softball career (2002-2004) at Parkland. She helped lead the Cobras to a 4th-place finish in 2003 and to 5th place in 2004. As a freshman, she earned M-WAC Freshman of the Year honors, was selected First Team All-Region and Conference, was named to the All-Region tournament team, and was an NFCA scholar-athlete. During her sophomore year, she was First Team All-Conference and Region selected and earned First Team NJCAA All-American honors. In 2003-2004, Korie hit .516, the second-highest season batting average in Cobra history. After Parkland, she went on to Indiana State University to play softball. Korie has been a 2nd grade teacher for the past eight years.
Sima Shah – Volleyball All-American
Sima Shah attended Parkland from 2001-2003, where she excelled in the Cobras Volleyball program. She was both an NJCAA First Team All-American and a American Volleyball Coaches Association Second Team All-American. She was also an NJCAA Academic All-American, the CCCI Volleyball Player of the Year, and the CCCI Female Athlete of the Year. She was a two-time All-Region 24 selection. After Parkland, Sima played volleyball at Indiana Wesleyan and earned her BS in Exercise Science, graduating with honors. She then attended Loyola University of Chicago, where she graduated with a BS in Nursing. She has worked as a registered nurse for the past eight years and currently works in the Surgical ICU at Rush University Medical Center. Most recently, she graduated from Rush with a Masters in Nursing and plans to advance her career as a Nurse Practitioner. Shah is engaged to be married this May to Jon Powers.
2009 National Champion Baseball Team
This group became the second Parkland Baseball team to win the NJCAA World Series, defeating Scottsdale Community College 11-3 in the title game. The 2009 Cobras Baseball Team went a perfect 5-0 at the series, under first-year coach Matt Kennedy. They outscored the opposition 51-20 in the five games. Kevin Kiermaier was the Series MVP, Kory Rombold was the Pitcher of the Tournament, and Nate Roberts the Hitter of the Tournament. These three were joined on the All-Tournament team by Collin DeDecker and Jordan Mitchelhill. Roberts and hurler Max Friedman were named Second Team All-Americans, while Kiermaier was a Third Team selection for the 49-9 Cobras. For the season, the team hit .362 paced by Roberts, who hit a school record .514 batting average.
Tom Bigler – Contributor
A longtime Parkland College scoreboard operator, Tom Bigler is being honored after nearly 20 years at the Parkland score table for basketball and volleyball games. Tom was a graduate of Champaign High School and Black Hawk College, where he received an AAS degree. He worked as broadcast operator at WILL-TV for 16 years. He also volunteered within the Champaign-Urbana community for more than 43 years: Tom was a sports “timekeeper” for The High School of St. Thomas More for 10 years and prior to that at Parkland College for more than 25 years. He was active in Little League, coaching baseball and helping with tournaments. Tom passed away in 2012 leaving behind his wife of 22 years, F. Donna Reed.
Zach McNabney – Golfer and Coach
Zach McNabney both played (1987-1989) and coached (2008-2014) for the Cobras. He played for fellow Hall of Famer Greg Thom, where he held the lowest scoring average in 1987. Zach served on the Foundation Golf Committee for several years before being named the Parkland Golf head coach in 2008. Under Zach, Parkland won four M-WAC titles and captured the Region 24 title on two occasions. His 2009 team placed 8th while the 2014 team finished 10th. Zach coached three NJCAA All-Americans, including 2013 NJCAA medalist David Keenan. Zach passed away on January 12, 2015 after a three-plus-year battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Jamelynn, and two children, Marrielle and Isabelle.