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Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2017

Eight individuals to be honored in late February

Rod Lovett
Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Parkland College Foundation and the Parkland Athletics department has announced the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The Class of 2017 will be honored at festivities on Saturday, Feb. 24 in conjunction with the Parkland Cobras Men's Basketball game against John Wood Community College. The game begins at 3 p.m. This is the 11th Hall of Fame class chosen since the inaugural induction in 2007.

The following inductees, including seven student athletes and one contributor, will be introduced during halftime at the game (some time after 3:30 p.m.) and will be honored at a private reception in the Student Union immediately following. Each was nominated by former Parkland College coaches and administrators and finalized in a vote by the Hall of Fame selection committee. 

The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Class:

Brittany (Moody) Bolender (Softball): Brittany played for the Parkland Cobras Softball team in 2005 and 2006. The 2006 team ended its season as the national runner-up and was previously inducted into the first class of the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame. Brittany batted second for the national runner-up team and led the team in runs scored (48), triples (7), walks (25), and sacrifices (10). She batted at .329 with a .460 on-base percentage and had a .976 fielding percentage. She was a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American and 1st Team All-Conference selection in 2006, and an All-Regional selection in 2005 and 2006. Brittany and her husband Steve have two children. 

Stephen E. Brown (Contributor): During Stephen's 33-year tenure at Parkland, he was instrumental in bringing Parkland College Athletics to fans around the globe. Stephen began as Parkland's director of broadcasting in 1979, where he ran WPCD-TV which eventually became PCTV. He brought Cobras basketball games to both radio and television and did the play-by-play for several TV games. In 2008, Stephen returned to covering Cobras athletics and began the audio blog/website called CobraSports.Net. From 2010 through 2012, he produced hundreds of games, interviews, commentaries and stories both as live webcasts and recorded programming for the website. Stephen retired from Parkland in 2012 after serving as president of the PCA and as a faculty exchange participant at Christchurch College, Canterbury, England. Stephen and his wife Carolyn have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Kylie Cavanah (Volleyball): Kylie played on the 2008 and 2009 Parkland Cobras Volleyball teams. She was a 1st Team Academic All-American, the MWAC All-Conference Player of the Year, and the Region 24 Player of the Year in 2008. She was named to the NJCAA National Tournament All-Tournament Team in 2008 and was an NJCAA 1st Team All-American and AVCA 1st Team All-American in 2008 before being named Parkland College Female Athlete of the Year in 2009. Kylie went on to play Division 1 volleyball for Eastern Illinois University from 2009-2011, where she graduated cum laude with a BS in Biological Sciences. She then earned her BSN in December 2013 from Saint Francis College of Nursing, graduating summa cum laude. Kylie was the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award in 2013 and is currently an RN in the NICU of the Children's Hospital of Illinois at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She is ECMO-certified, a charge nurse, and part of the NICU Life Flight Transport team. Kylie plans to graduate with her master's degree from the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in May 2019 as a neonatal nurse practitioner. 

Michael Davan (Golf): Michael was a member of the Parkland Cobras Men's Golf teams in 2008 and 2009, where he was a two-time Co-Male Athlete of the Year. Michael qualified individually for the NJCAA national championship tournament during the 2008 season and was a four-time medalist during his two-year stint as a Cobra. He was both All-Conference and All-Region and ranked third going into the national competition. In 2009, Michael was again an All-Conference, All-Region, and 2nd Team All-American selection. He went on to play Division 1 Golf at IUPUI, where he won four tournament titles at the Division 1 level. Michael was All-Conference in 2011 and 2012, was Summit League Player of the Year in 2012, and was inducted into the IUPUI Hall of Fame in 2017. He holds the lowest career stroke average at IUPUI and set the record for lowest tournament score at the Summit League Championship. Currently, Michael is playing for the PGA Latinoamérica tour. He placed second at the 2017 Flor de Caña Open and played in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.  

Mike Duis (Basketball): Mike was a member of the 1990 and 1991 Parkland Cobras Men's Basketball teams. He was 1st Team All-Region, made the Parkland College/Christie Clinic Shootout Men's All-Tournament Team, and was voted MVP at the CLC Tip-Off Tournament in 1990. He was once again selected for the 1st Team All-Region in 1991, made the Region 24 All-Tournament Team and was voted the Cobras Co-MVP and team captain. Mike went on to earn a varsity letter from the University of Illinois Men's Basketball team and traveled with the Fighting Illini to Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 1992. Mike earned his BS in Agriculture in 1993 and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He returned home to farm after earning his degree, where he still lives with his wife and three daughters. Mike has been the high school varsity assistant coach for Watseka High School and Cissna Park-Crescent-Iroquois Co-op, and he is currently head coach for the Milford High School Girls’ Basketball team. 

Mia Perry (Volleyball): Mia played for the 1999 NJCAA Championship Volleyball Team, earning All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference recognition. She was also named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team. Mia was later named as the Parkland College MVP that season, finishing with 519 kills and 577 digs as the Cobras finished 54-9 and won their first volleyball national title. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Illinois, with her two daughters, Tya (16) and Jade (11) and her mom, Jackie Killion. Mia loves to cook and is an active volunteer with her church. 

Zach Skidmore (Baseball): Zach was a member of the 2006 and 2007 Cobras Baseball teams. As a freshman, he led the team in both hits and batting average and was named a 1st Team All-American, the Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year in 2006. In Zach's sophomore year, he was named as a pre-season All-American, led the team in all offensive categories, and led the nation in hits and RBIs. He was 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-Conference, and was Parkland's Male Athlete of the Year. He went on to play for Eastern Illinois University as the starting third baseman, where his team won the 2008 OVC Tournament title. Zach earned his BS in Sport Management and Finance and currently lives with his fiancée and daughter.

Eric Xidis (Baseball): Eric played for the Parkland Cobras Baseball team in 2000 and 2001. In 2001 he was named All-Conference Pitcher of the Year and earned All-Region and All-American honors. Eric still holds the single season win record with a 13-1 record, and led the 2001 team to the NJCAA World Series for the first time in Parkland's history. Eric received a full baseball scholarship to the University of Illinois at Chicago and helped advance his 2002 team to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. He and his UIC teammates have since been inducted into the UIC Hall of Fame. Eric earned his BS in Kinesiology in 2003 and currently works in the digital advertising and marketing industry. He regularly volunteers with the Grand Kids Foundation, assisting with youth baseball clinics.  
 
 
 
 
 

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