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Hobbie day-to-day after practice injury

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By Dan Chamness

The McKendree University Bearcats were 1-2 with Eric Hobbie.

Now, the Bearcats will have to figure out how to win without him. At least they have for the last few games since Hobbie took a knee to the thigh in practice. The Bearcats have two more games this weekend, and according to McKendree coach Harry Statham, Hobbie is not likely to dress for those games.

"We would like him back for the Nov. 30 game against St. Carharine College," Statham said. "We are watching it day-to-day, and he has not lost any strength, but his mobility is not where it was. The swelling has made it very difficult."

The swelling has moved down to the knee from the deep bone bruise.

Hobbie played in only the first three games, scoring in double figures in each contest. His final game was against St. Ambrose University. In the 71-69 loss, Hobbie scored 15 points as he hit four field goals (two 3-pointers) and five free throws. He also had five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.

Since then, the Bearcats had posted one more victory, but have been saddled with three more losses to bring their record to 3-5.

In the first three games, Hobbie poured in 64 points, an average of 21.3 points per game. He also had 15 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots. He scored his points by hitting 19-of-44 field goals and 17-of-18 free throws. He has hit 9-of-21 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Greenville College has posted a 2-1 mark in its first three games. Ironically, former Vandalia player Laura Hobbie had her best game in the lone loss, a two-point, 63-61 loss to Hendrix College. Hobbie, who scored 15 points in the contest, also had three rebounds and two steals. She hit 7-of-12 from the field, which included one trey.

Greenville downed St. Louis College of Pharmacy (63-25) and Rhodes College (60-56) for its first two wins of the year. Hobbie scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds in the four-point victory over Rhodes. In the blowout win over STLCOP, Hobbie finished with six points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds.

While she has not played yet, former South Central player Ann Githinji is on the Greenville roster.

South Central grad Isaac Grapperhaus scored nine points in Illinois College's first game of the year, a 100-42 triumph over St. Louis Christian College. Grapperhaus, who started and played 14 minutes, also had two steals. IC is 1-0.

Illinois College wide receiver Mitchell Whightsil recently finished his sophomore year. The Vandalia grad, who played in three games, caught six passes for 82 yards. His longest catch was a 20-yard snare, and he had two touchdown catches. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver helped IC finish 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Midwest Conference.

Lake Land College's Amanda Walton, a Vandalia grad, had 40 kills and a .270 hitting percentage this year. She also had 27 digs, 14 blocks and two assists. Lake Land finished with a record of 18-22.

A couple of announcements concerning future college reports. First, we need names for the winter. If anyone has a name to add, please e-mail me (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. Please put "Vandalia Leader Union" in the subject line.

Secondly, within the next six weeks, we will have a senior article focusing on the athletes that finished their careers this fall. There are three athletes that finished this fall, and we will feature Vandalia grads Brock Doehring (Illinois College football), St. Elmo grad Maribel Guerrero (Rockford College volleyball) and Vandalia grad Rachel Bell (Iowa State University cross country) in an article that will either be the last one of the year or the first one of the 2011 calendar year.