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The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Feb. 7)

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Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

•Feb. 1-3 – Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, helped Vanderbilt University to a fourth-place finish at the Prairie View A&M in Arlington, Tex., this past weekend. Individually, she had a subpar tournament, finishing 26th with a high game of 202. In the championship semifinals, the Commodores lost to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 4-3, and they fell to Arkansas State, 4-2, in the third-place match. Vanderbilt is off until the Holiday Collegiate Classic in Bessemer, Ala., from Feb. 22-24.

Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

•Feb. 2 – Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, started for Greenville in 65-48 loss at Webster. She scored nine  points, and added three rebounds and an assist. Greenville is 10-10 on the season and 5-5 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
•Jan. 30 – Hobbie started for Greenville in a 71-49 loss at Eureka. She scored six points, and had two steals and an assist.

Quenten Austin • Freshman • Carthage

•Feb. 1-2 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, participated in the heptathlon at the Bob Keck Invitational at Illinois Wesleyan University. He placed eighth out of 20 athletes in the event. His individual event results follow: Shot put, third place, 36 feet, 10 1/2 inches; 1,000-meter run, third place, 2:56.48; 60-meter hurdles, sixth place, :09.24; high jump, seventh place, 5 feet, 11 1/4 inches; long jump, 12th place, 18 feet, 9 inches; 60-meter dash, 13th place, :07.70; and pole vault, 16th place, 9 feet, 7 1/4 inches. Austin is back in action on Saturday at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships in Naperville.

Isaac Grapperhaus • Senior • Illinois College

•Feb. 2 – Grapperhaus, a South Central graduate, started and played 21 minutes for Illinois College in an 80-57 loss at Lawrence University. He scored 12 points, and had a team-high eight rebounds. The Blueboys are 8-11 (5-9 Midwest Conference) on the season.
•Jan. 29 – Grapperhaus started and played 28 minutes for Illinois College in a 77-74 loss to Monmouth College. He had a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds, and also added two steals and an assist.

Seth VonBehren • Coach • Maryville

•VonBehren, a Vandalia graduate, will begin his head coaching tenure with Maryville University on Saturday at Harding University. The teams will also play on Sunday.