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Future Hawks

2015 HCC Commits

  • Jennifer Wood, West Chicago (IL)
  • Megan Spain, Buffalo Tri-City (IL)
  • Marcy Serrano, Peoria Notre Dame (IL)
  • Bayli Mitchell, Fountain Central (IN)
  • Miceala Childress, Villa Grove (IL)
  • Hailey Coats, Illinois Valley Central (IL)
  • Kendra Gorham, Elmwood (IL)
  • Karissa Fordham, Saratoga Springs (UT)
  • Hannah Smith, Olympia (IL)
  • Jennah Hernandez, Guerin College Prep. (IL)
  • Josie St. Pierre, Cerro Gordo (IL)
  • Alexis Pike, Nooksack Valley (WA)
  • Katie Wilson, Canton (IL)

2016 HCC Commits

  • Allie Emert, East Peoria (IL)
  • Kylie Ackerman, Prophetstown (IL)
  • Madison Routh, Urbana (IL)
  • Ashley Phillips, Bureau County (IL)
  • Amanda Balster, Chatham (IL)
  • Sydney Shubert, Canton (IL)
  • Tori Mills, Wilmington (IL)
  • Paige Miller, Watertown (WI)
  • Ali Nowicki, Petersburg (IL)
  • Hannah Bogle, Leroy (IL)
  • Stephanie Thulen, Erie (IL)
  • Kaylee Burton, Williamsville (IL)

2015 Awards

All-Region 24 Team:

  • Riley Phipps
  • Danielle Turner
  • Alexis Tarver

Region 24 All-Tournament Team:

  • Riley Phipps
  • Briley Spencer
  • Danielle Turner

Academic All-Conference:

  • Alex Tarver
  • Riley Phipps
  • Cassie Kulzin
  • Kelsy Reynolds
  • Chrissy Gadbury
  • Danielle Turner
  • Jessica Brooks
  • Briley Spencer
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Heartland Hawks Softball 2015 Media Guide Cover
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2009 NJCAA D-II National Champions!!!!

2008 NJCAA D-II 3rd Place!!!

4 Straight Region 24 Tournament Championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)!!

Six Out of Seven and Four Straight M-WAC Regular Season Championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)!!

News Stories

Hawk softball clinches #3 seed in Regional Tournament

04/28/15 - After winning six of their last eight games and winning three of four games against John Wood over the weekend, the Heartland Hawks have clinched the #3 seed in the Region 24 Tournament, which is set for Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 2 in Mattoon, Illinois. The Hawks finished the regular season with a 27-15 (.643) overall record and 17-7 (.708) Mid-West Athletic Conference record, and went 17-9 (.654) in the region.

Heartland was led by Danielle Turner who hit .434 with 59 runs scored, 59 hits, 16 doubles, and 15 stolen bases, all of which were team highs. Turner was also third on the team with nine home runs. Alexis Tarver finished with a .398 batting average, was seventh in the nation with 17 home runs, and was tied for 32nd in the country with 51 runs batted in, leading the Hawks in both categories. Riley Phipps was third on the team with a .425 average, and was second with 48 RBI's, which was also good for a tie for 46th in the nation. Cassie Kuizin batted .336, and her 13 home runs were good for second on the team and tied for 16th in the nation.

The Hawks pitching staff was paced by Chrissy Gadbury, who posted a 3.00 earned run average, and 10-4 record, and struck out 34 batters compared to only 18 walks. Jessica Weaver finished with a 9-5 record, a 4.52 ERA, and a team high 50 strikeouts with 26 walks.

Heartland softball ranked 16th to start 2015

01/29/15 - The 2015 Heartland Hawks softball team has been ranked as the number 16 NJCAA D-II team in the country. The Hawks went 35-21 last year under first year head coach Steve Leverton, finished the season ranked 14th nationally, and won their fourth straight Mid-West Athletic Conference championship. Returning this season is first-team All-American and Region 24 Player of the Year Alexis Tarver, who was ninth in the country last year with 16 home runs, and tied for 16th in the nation with 67 runs batted in. Tarver also swept the M-WAC Player and Freshman of the Year awards last season. Another player to watch for the Hawks is outfielder Kelsey Bessler who was named M-WAC Honorable Mention last year.

For more information on this year's NJCAA rankings, please visit http://www.njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=48&divid=2&slid=14.   

Alexis Tarver named First Team All-American and Region 24 Player of the Year

Congrats to Alexis for this outstanding recognition! Also congratulations to Ashli King and Breanna Wonderly for being named to the All-Region team! Tarver led the Hawks with a .477 batting average, 16 home runs, which was also tied for ninth in all of NJCAA Division-II, and 67 RBIs, which was tied for 16th in the nation. She was also second on the team in both hits (82) and runs scored (52). King finished second on the squad in RBIs (47) and home runs (9), while also ending third in batting average (.407). Wonderly led the Hawks pitching staff with 17 wins and 18 complete games, a 1.74 ERA and 115 strikeouts.

Hawks are Tri-Champs in M-WAC Softball Standings

By virtue of Heartland's sweep of Lincoln Land on Saturday, they have finished in a three-way tie for the M-WAC title with Parkland and Lincoln Land. The three teams will be tri-champions as each ended the M-WAC season with an identical 22-6 record.


Lincoln Land22-6
John Wood18-9
Lewis and Clark11-15
Danville Area9-19
Lincoln College5-23
Spoon River1-26

Archived News

2014 Outlook

The Heartland Community College softball team moves into the 2014 season with a sense of excitement surrounding the program. With the Hawks adding 14 freshmen to the returning 7 sophomores, Heartland will again have to prove that they reload, not rebuild!

Heartland players will test themselves early and often during the fall portion of their schedule. The Lady Hawks will play the all ten competition dates against NCAA Division I opponents. "We played competitively against most of the big schools last year," says head coach John Bassett, who enters his fourth season with a combined 144-48 record while at the helm of the softball program. "This year, we will be leaning on sophomore talent and leadership to help push a very talented freshmen class towards reaching their potential."

Heartland plays the likes of Illinois State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Illinois, DePaul and Northwestern – no small task for a group of 17–18 year-olds as they match up against lineups consisting of teams battle-tested against the best collegiate softball players in the country, many of whom are in their 20s.

Maddie Martindale leads a young pitching corps. Martindale posted an 11-2 record last season. She will be joined by sophomores Beka Ferguson, Lindsay Williams, Ashli King, Canella Ontiveros, Laney Thacker, and Katie Dickey.

Ferguson returns after earning MWAC Conference Freshmen of the Year honors as well as All-Region team honors. She will anchor a defense that turned 65 double plays last season. Ferguson batted .431 last season with an outstanding OPS of 1.055. She drove in 59 while swiping 29 bags, all while only striking out 6 times in 236 plate appearances.

Ashli King, Lindsay Williams, and Laney Thacker will be looked upon to continue to provide top notch defense behind the plate as well as help guide a young pitching staff through their first collegiate season.

Katie Dickey and Canella Ontiveros will be looked upon to continue to play an excellent outfield, as well as provide some speed for the offense.

HCC softball coach Bassett to IFPW, Leverton to assume head coaching role

Heartland Community College head softball coach John Bassett has accepted a coaching position at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne. Three-year assistant coach Steve Leverton will assume the head coaching duties for the Hawks, effective immediately.

Bassett, who began coaching at Heartland in 2010, posted a 144-48 overall record. He helped the Hawks captured three M-WAC conference championships, securing the best record in Region 24 each of his three seasons. He has coached five All-Americans, 10 All-Region players and 19 All-Conference players.

"John contributed substantially to our success over the past three years, and we certainly wish him the best in this new chapter of his career," said Nate Metzger, athletics director for the College.

"We're excited to have Steve step up and take the reins of this nationally recognized program," Metzger continued. "This move will provide some continuity and familiarity for our current team, and help us evaluate the potential benefits for a longer-term appointment—if, of course, it makes sense for both Coach Leverton and for Heartland softball."

Learn more about Coach Leverton

04/24/2013 - Heartland Softball moves to number 5 the NJCAA Softball Polls

03/19/2013 - Christina Beam earned NJCAA Player of the week honors.

01/20/2013 - See news story on former Hawk, Burge Binges on Homework and Homers

01/24/2013 - Heartland Softball is ranked in the top 10 in the NJCAA Softball Polls

12/4/2012 - Heartland sophomore, Beth Wilson, has committed to continue her softball career at Kansas University next season. Kansas Softball Adds Dominant Pitcher

10/16/2012 - The Columbia Daily Tribune has a story on Heartland Hawk Hayden Filson

For information on joining the Heartland Hawk Softball team, please fill out and return a player profile form and/or contact Steve Leverton.

*All Hawk softball home games will be played on campus at The Corn Crib, unless otherwise stated on the schedule page. The stadium is east of Heartland's main campus, Corn Crib, 1000 West Raab Road, Normal, IL.

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