The College Report: Earnest helps Vanderbilt to win

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By Dan Chamness

In years past, the Vanderbilt University bowling team has dominated the Hawk Classic held in Millsboro, Del.

This year was no different. Vandalia grad Jessica Earnest, a Vanderbilt bowler, bowled in four games of the tournament, including the final head-to-head matchup against Fairleigh- Dickinson University. Vanderbilt won convincingly, earning a 4-2 victory.

Earnest finished with a 205.25 average. The junior rolled better than 200 twice in the tournament, including an eye-popping game of 266. The match with FDU was set up by a 4-2 semifinal win over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. FDU had shut out Vandy earlier in the tournament, 4-0.

"We came alive in that Maryland-Eastern Shore semifinal and rode a lot of team energy through the last FDU game," said John Williamson, Vanderbilt's head coach. "Overall, our performance was still not very pretty – too many miscues – but we did enough and everyone did what was needed to win."

Greenville College got 14 points from Laura Hobbie (Vandalia), but it was not enough to overcome Rhodes College during a 72-66 loss. Hobbie scored her all of her points from the floor, hitting 6-of-17 from the field, which included two 3-pointers. She completed the double-double with 10 rebounds, and added two assists and two steals. Fellow Greenville player Ann Githinji (South Central) had one point in the contest.

In Greenville's 80-70 loss to Hendrix College, Hobbie tallied eight points and five rebounds. Githinji had five points in nine minutes of play. Greenville is 2-2 on the season.

Illinois College ended its football season with a 38-20 loss to Wabash College in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. IC senior Brock Doehring (Vandalia) caught two passes for 13 yards. IC won six of its last seven games, and other than the loss to Wabash, IC's only other loss this year was to Monmouth College, 55-14, in week four. Monmouth won the Midwest Conference title with a perfect 9-0 mark and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. IC finished 9-2 overall and 8-1 in the Midwest Conference.

Illinois College split its pair of games at the IC-hosted Bill Merris Tournament. In a 66-43 win against Manchester College, IC junior center Isaac Grapperhaus (South Central) finished with five points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of play. In the Blueboys' 79-73 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University, Grapperhaus had six points and five rebounds. In the team's most recent game, a 75-60 loss to the North Central College Cardinals, Grapperhaus had four points and five rebounds. IC is 1-2 overall.

Bethel College's Amanda Walton (Vandalia) recently finished her volleyball season. Walton, who played in 25 matches, finished with 92 kills, 43 blocks (10 solos), 36 digs and six assists. Bethel College finished 19-13 overall and 12-1 in the TranSouth Conference.

It took an overtime period, but Lake Land College finally overcame Marshalltown Community College, 67-61. Lake Land sophomore Audrey Matheny (South Central) had two points in the contest. Through the first six games, Matheny is averaging 3.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Lake Land is 4-2 overall and ranked 14th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll.

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