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The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Oct. 18)

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By Andrew Harner

Many athletes that 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

•Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, and the Vanderbilt University bowling team open the season on Saturday at the Bulldog Classic in Huntsville, Ala.

Jennifer Potts • Freshman • Central Missouri

•Oct. 15 – Potts, a Mulberry Grove graduate, had the highest average among players on the University of Central Missouri's JV "A" team at the Newman Mid-States Invitational in Wichita, Kan. She bowled eight games, averaging 178.88, which was second among all of UCM's JV players in the tournament. She had a high game of 202 and had three games better than 190 in helping the "A" team finish fourth in the JV standings.

Kinzie Neilson • Freshman • Lincoln Land

•Oct. 13 – Neilson, a South Central graduate, helped No. 7 Lincoln Land earn the championship in the Logger Invitational in Springfield. LLCC was 4-0 in the tournament, moving its winning streak to 15 games. Against No. 8 Vicennes, Neilson had 12 digs in a 3-0 victory. Against Allen County (Kansas), she had six service aces in a 3-0 win. Against John A. Logan, she had three service aces. LLCC is 25-5 on the season.
•Oct. 12 – Neilson had 21 digs in a 3-1 win against Kaskaskia College in the opening game of the Logger Invite.

Amanda Walton • Senior • Bethel

•Oct. 9 – Walton, a Vandalia grad, played in three sets of a 3-0 win against Martin Methodist. She had one kill in the match.

Brooke Maxey • Sophomore • Kaskaskia

•Maxey, A St. Elmo graduate, has helped Kaskaskia to a 24-6 (5-1 Great Rivers Athletic Conference) record this season.

Katie Crain • Sophomore • Kaskaskia

•Crain, a South Central graduate, has helped Kaskaskia to a 24-6 (5-1 Great Rivers Athletic Conference) record this season.

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