The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 2)

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By Andrew Harner

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.

Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Wilmington Blue Rocks

•April 29 – Patton, a South Central graduate, pitched two innings of scoreless relief during a 5-4 loss against Salem. He struck out four and walked two in the game. This season, he is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA.
•April 25 – Patton started his first game of the season, lasting 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four, while allowing one run on three hits and two walks in the no decision. The Blue Rocks would lose at Salem, 7-3.

Quenten Austin • Freshman • Carthage

•April 27 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, participated in five events at the Wisconsin Private College Championships. His best finishes were second in the javelin throw, with 160 feet, 6 inches, and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 16.3 seconds. He also placed 10th in the long jump (19 feet, 7 1/2 inches), 17th in the shot put (36 feet, 7 inches) and 19th in the discus throw (112 feel, 10 inches). Carthage placed second of eight teams in the event, and this weekend will be in Decatur for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships at Millikin University.

Dathan Berning • Freshman • Greenville

•April 25 – Berning, a Vandalia graduate, drove in a run and scored during a 7-5 win at Principia.

Whitney Newsom • Soph. • Greenville

•April 26 – Newsom, a Vandalia graduate, went 1-for-3 in a 3-2 loss at Westminister (Mo.).

Harley Tompkins • Freshman • Parkland

•April 27 – Tompkins, a Mulberry Grove graduate, had an RBI single as Parkland won its 12th straight game, a 7-3 rain-shortened victory at Lincoln College. Parkland is 35-9 (20-4 Mid-West Conference). The Region 24 Tournament is this Thursday-Saturday.
•April 25 – Tompkins had an RBI single in a 1-0 win at Lincoln Land.

Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

•Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, helped lead Vanderbilt University's women's bowling team to a No. 2 ranking in the final National Ten-Pin Coaches Association poll.

Jennifer Potts • Freshman • Central Missouri

•Potts, a Mulberry Grove graduate, helped lead Central Missouri's women's bowling team to a No. 5 ranking in the final National Ten-Pin Coaches Association poll.