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The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels are 16-6 in volleyball action this year.
And with only five sophomores on the Kim Potthast-Rahar-led team, the best may be yet to come. Especially if she can get a few more athletes like St. Elmo grad Brooke Maxey and South Central grad Katie Crain.
Through Monday, Maxey was leading the Blue Angels in kills. The 5-foot-8 freshman outside hitter had 176 kills with a .223 hitting percentage. She also had 180 digs, 27 blocks and 17 aces. In the team's most recent contest, a 3-0 win against Oakton Community College, Maxey had 10 kills and two digs.
"She steps up and puts the ball down very hard for us," Rahar said. "She is strong and has a great vertical leap. I expect her to be one of our leaders as a sophomore."
Crain is also a freshman. The 5-foot-7 defensive specialist has 100 digs, 18 kills and six aces. She had seven digs against OCC.
"She has been filling different roles for us," Rahar said. "She has been playing quite a bit in the back row. It is good to know that she gives us that kind of depth."
Taylor Parrish (Vandalia) had three kills and two digs as her college team, Franklin College, lost a 3-0 decision to the College of Mount St. Joseph. Thus far this year, Parrish, who has played in 17 matches, has 105 kills, 58 digs, seven assists, six aces and four solo blocks. The freshman, who is hitting .190, is second on the team in kills. Franklin is 4-14 overall and 0-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Illinois College football team has split their last two football games. They were topped by Monmouth College, 55-14, on Sept. 24, but rebounded to top Lawrence University, 54-44, on Saturday. IC senior Brock Doehring (Vandalia) caught three passes for 24 yards in the triumph. He caught two passes for 13 yards against Monmouth. IC is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Midwest Conference.
Blackburn College's Amy Walton (Vandalia) had six digs in each of the two most recent Blackburn volleyball games, both losses. Blackburn was topped 3-0 by Greenville College in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. They were also dumped by Robert Morris University-Springfield 3-1. Blackburn is 3-8 overall and 0-3 in the SLIAC.
MacMurray College has struggled to a 2-12 overall mark. The Highlander women's volleyball team is 0-7 in the SLIAC. In a recent 3-0 loss to Webster University, Megan Shreve (Vandalia), a MacMurray player, had three digs and two kills.
Logan Mahon (St. Elmo) finished his minor league baseball season for the Casper Ghosts.
Mahon, who worked six innings, allowed only three earned runs on six hits. He fanned six and walked four this year. Casper, the rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, finished with a 27-49 mark. They were fourth in the Pioneer League-South.
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