Trio of ex-Rockets complete careers at Lincoln Land College

Three former Unity High School student-athletes have completed their eligibility at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Volleyball player Brea Cunningham and softball players Gracie Schweighart and Madison Routh each competed two years for the Loggers after graduating from Unity in the spring of 2016.

On the volleyball court, Cunningham, a 5-11 middle hitter, saw action in 91 matches during her Lincoln Land career, a total of 266 sets. Cunningham’s total stats for the Loggers included 427 kills, 25 assists, 43 aces, 186 digs and 186 blocks during her two years. In 2017, Cunningham appeared in 43 matches, and racked up 227 kills, 20 assists, 80 digs, 3 aces and 75 blocks. During her two years at Lincoln Land, the Loggers went 77-14 overall with a record of 9-4 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference. LLCC advanced to the NJCAA Division II National

Tournament in both 2016 and 2017. After winning the District 24 tournament championship, the Loggers played in the nationals at Charleston, West Virginia, where they defeated Carl Sandburg College and Sauk Valley before losing in the semi-finals to Owens Community College. Lincoln Land captured third place by defeating conference rival Parkland,three sets to two in the consolation match. IN 2016, Lincoln Land won the District 24 tourney and qualified for the nationals, where they lost in the national championship match to Parkland.

Outfielder Gracie Schweighart and pitcher/infielder Madison Routh both made the transition from high school softball to the junior college game at Lincoln Land. 

Schweighart played in 77 games during her two years with the Loggers, and compiled 164 at bats. Her career stats included 34 runs scored and 41 hits, for a batting average of .250, with three doubles, one home run and 19 runs batted in. Schweighart stole ten bases in eleven attempts during her two years at LLCC. During the 2018 season, Schweighart batted .222, with 6 hits in 27 at-bats. Schweighart also scored four runs, drove in three, and was four for five in stolen base attemtps.

Routh split her time between the infield and the pitching circle at Lincoln Land, and in her career as a pitcher appeared in 43 games, starting 17 times. 

As a pitcher, Routh recorded a 12-5 record with a save and four complete games. Routh pitched a total of 123.1 innings, allowed 196 hits and 118 runs, 88 of which were earned, for a 4.99 earned run average. The righthander struck out 58 batters and walked 19. At the plate, Routh batted 63 times, with 11 hits, 11 runs scored, with five doubles and nine RBI’s. Routh’s career batting average was .174.

During the past two seasons, Lincoln Land compiled a record of 67-44, including a 41-15 mark in conference play. In 2018, the Loggers won the District 24 championship and qualified for the national tournament in Clinton, MIssissippi. At the nationals, LLCC went 1-2, and was eliminated in the second round of the consolation bracket.

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