CLC athlete and coach honored by Skyway Conference

Hannah Woods of Grayslake, who played basketball during the 2012-13 season for the College of Lake County, has won the prestigious Dick Durrant Academic Award from the Skyway Conference. The award is given to the student athlete with the highest GPA with at least 48 credit hours earned. Woods graduated from CLC in May 2013 with a 4.0 GPA. In addition, 13 other CLC student athletes were honored for achieving a minimum 3.0 GPA average with at least 48 credit hours. Woods is the ninth student athlete from CLC to win the award and the fourth women’s basketball player to win.

In addition, former CLC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Richard Watson was inducted into the Skyway Conference Hall of Fame. During Watson’s tenure as coach, CLC teams won five consecutive Skyway Conference Championships in women’s tennis and four out of five in men’s tennis. The women’s team finished in the top five nationally on five occasions culminating with a season that included 24 out of 25 wins and a second place finish at the national championships.

The awards were presented June 13 at the Illinois Skyway conference event, held at McHenry County College.

Woods earned an Associate in Science degree from CLC in May. She plans to continue basketball at the intramural level this fall (2013) after transferring to Purdue University to major in chemical engineering.

“The best part about sports at CLC is walking onto the court for practice each day hearing your name happily shouted from many different directions,” Woods said. “And Coach (Bill) Braman encouraged us to also excel in academics, making it possible for me to handle a full class load in the honors program while playing college sports. My time at CLC was well worth it. I loved the small class sizes because it felt like one big family. The teachers at CLC encouraged us to think for ourselves while guiding us in the right direction. My fellow students were supportive and made my community college experience more fun than I ever imagined.”

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