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At 7-15 overall and 2-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Franklin College has struggled.
Since Oct. 5, however, it has been a pretty good stretch. The team has lost only one match since then, which came against Spalding College. Franklin freshman Taylor Parrish, a Vandalia graduate, has been a big part of that turn-around.
The Grizzlies have defeated Manchester College (3-2), Indiana University-Northwest (3-1) and Earlham College (3-1).
In the first win in the HCAC, which was the victory against Earlham, Parrish had nine kills and two digs. She hit .259 in the contest. She was even better in the second consecutive win, which came against Manchester. Parrish had 12 kills, four digs and a .263 hitting percentage that night.
The 5-foot-8 outside hitter has a team-high 137 kills, 70 digs, 10 assists, six aces and four solo blocks.
The Illinois College football team has won its past three games in a row. On the past two Saturdays, IC has downed Knox College (46-19) and St. Norbert College (48-34). IC tight end Brock Doehring (Vandalia) caught four passes for 47 yards in IC's win against SNC. He had 24 receiving yards on two catches against Knox. The IC Blueboys are 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Midwest Conference.
The Kaskaskia College volleyball team cruised to two more victories in the past 10 days, beating Danville Area Community College and Rend Lake College. Both matches were decided by 3-0 scores.
In the win against DACC, KC freshman Brooke Maxey (St. Elmo) had 14 kills and five digs. Fellow KC player Katie Crain (South Central) added nine digs and eight kills. In the win against the RLC Lady Warriors, Crain finished with a double-double. She had 22 digs and 10 kills. Maxey finished with nine kills and two digs. Kaskaskia is 18-7 overall.
Blackburn College's Amy Walton (Vandalia) had 10 digs and two service aces, but it was not enough to push Blackburn by Webster University. Webster won a 3-0 decision. Blackburn is 3-14 overall and 0-9 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The MacMurray women's volleyball got its first SLIAC win by topping Blackburn College. Megan Shreve (Vandalia), a MacMurray player, finished the contest with two assists. MacMurray is 3-17 overall and 1-10 in the SLIAC.
MacMurray College golfer Zeke Asher (St. Elmo) finished 45th at the Millikin University hosted Big Blue Classic, which was held in Forsyth. Asher finished the 36 holes with a 205. He shot a low round of 100 in the second round. MacMurray finished ninth with a 739. Millikin won the outing with a 584.
Vanderbilt University junior and Vandalia graduate Jessica Earnest will start the bowling season on Saturday at the Alabama A&M Tri-Meet, before heading the Fairleigh Dickinson University New Jersey Jamboree on Nov. 4.
We need names for the winter months. While the high school basketball teams will start in about a month, the winter sports in college start much earlier. Within two weeks, the basketball teams will be playing exhibition games.
If you want to add a name, please contact me via e-mail (Dan62801@aol.com). I will need the name of the athlete, the former high school, the college/university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing.
There are only two rules to be included in this column. The athlete must be a resident of a town or a graduate of a high school normally covered by The Leader-Union. Secondly, the athlete must be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen team plays other colleges/universities.
Please put "Vandalia Leader-Union" in the subject line of the e-mail.
The two new basketball players I have are Andrew Snow and Marty Johnson.