A trio of McKendree University baseball players, give credit to Kaskaskia College for the start on their college education and baseball careers.
KC Alums, Jared Timmermann of New Baden, Lucas Deimeke of Aviston, and Adam Bunnell of Salem, are all now making an impact as McKendree University Bearcats.
Adam Bunnell, a 2016 graduate of Salem Community High started KC the same year and finished with an Associate in Arts Degree from KC in 2018. He is attending McKendree on a baseball scholarship.
"The experience I had a KC and being a member of the Blue Devils Baseball Program was one I will not forget. We were a close-knit team and all the players were like family to me" he said.
"I originally chose to start my baseball and education at Kaskaskia College because it was close to home and was well known for the baseball program. Overall, it is a great place to start a college education".
Bunnell adds, "I would definitely recommend KC to anyone to start college. It definitely helped me get on the path I needed to attain a degree. In fact, my sister Emma Bunnell, is now attending KC and playing on the Blue Angels soccer team".
Deimeke, a 2015 graduate of Mater Dei High School graduated from KC in 2017 with an Associate of Arts Degree. He transferred to McKendree on a Transfer as well as a Baseball Scholarship. He is now finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Management.
"As members of the KC Blue Devils baseball team, we were fortunate to meet many new people and made lifelong friends/brothers along the way". Lucas says he chose KC to start his education without really knowing what his major wanted to do. He also wanted to follow in the steps of his father, Dave, who also played baseball at Kaskaskia.
"I would recommend KC because it is an affordable place to start your college career. It helped me get into a four-year university by earning my associates degree", he adds.
Deimeke says his biggest influence at KC was KCSA Coordinator and Director of Public Information, Cathy Karrick. "She puts the students before herself and had a big impact on me throughout my college career".
Jared Timmermann, a 2016 Wesclin High School graduate completed his Associate in Science and Arts in 2018. Besides being a member of the Blue Devils baseball team, he was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. At McKendree, he received both an academic and baseball scholarship along with a TEACH Grant for Education majors. His future plans are to become a middle school or high school science teacher.
He says of his baseball career at KC, "My KC baseball experience can best be described as memorable. I met some of the best teammates I could ever ask for, and made lifelong friendships with them as well".
Timmermann says he chose KC to start his education "because it was affordable, close to home, and had a great environment surrounding the campus".
"I would recommend KC to others because it is a great and affordable way to begin furthering your education right out of high school. KC has a tremendous staff that will always help you in any way that they can," he adds.
He says, "KC helped start my education by allowing me to find my path in what I wanted to do in life. It showed me that teaching was the path I want to take and I took it. Memorable people who made a difference in my life at KC are Coach Mitch Koester, Cathy Karrick, and President George Evans.
All three players are now playing key roles for the McKendree University Bearcats. Kaskaskia head coach Mitch Koester says, "All three of those guys had a tremendous impact on our program at Kaskaskia. Each player was able to contribute to our program and help us continue to compete for Region Championships."
Pictured are Lucas Deimeke, Jared Timmermann and Adam Bunnell.