College Report to cover 15 area athletes this fall

After a two-month break, I am back.

As always, we start the year with an introduction article. If I have left someone out of the introduction article, it is completely unintentional. To add a name to my growing list, please send me an e-mail at [email protected] Be sure to include ‘The Leader-Union’ in the subject line.

There are only two requirements to be included in the College Report. First, athletes must be a graduate of a high school (or residents of a town) in Fayette County. Secondly, the athlete must be an intercollegiate athlete, meaning their college or university competes against other colleges. When e-mailing, please provide the name of the athlete, the high school, the college or university and the sport they participate in.

As in previous years, the column will be published every other week.

We have a more-the-merrier attitude, so don’t hesitate to submit a name for the article. The introduction article for winter sports athletes will be the first article of November, while spring sports athletes will be introduced during the first article in February.

There is no better place to start with the introductions than Vandalia Community High School. The school has 10 athletes competing in college sports this fall.

Of those athletes, five are football players. Drew Whightsil, Andrew Hall and Devan Matthews are all suiting up for Eureka College. Brock Doehring and Curtis Hemminghaus are both football players for Illinois College. Dallas Gray and Dan Reuscher are both Blackburn College golfers, and Meagan Wright is an IC golfer.

The Vandalia list is rounded out by NCAA Division I cross country runner Rachel Bell and junior college volleyball player Ginny Johnson. Bell runs for Iowa State University, while Johnson plays for Kaskaskia College.

Ramsey, St. Elmo, Mulberry Grove, Brownstown and South Central each have one athlete competing during the fall months.

Brownstown grad Brett Pruett and Mulberry Grove grad Garrett Blankenship are both trap shooters for Lindenwood University. Ramsey grad Laura VanUytven is a volleyball player for Kankakee College.

Maribel Guerrero, a St. Elmo grad, is a volleyball player, and Shea Burton is a golfer. Both are student-athletes at Kaskaskia College.

Guerrero has eight digs through the first 10 matches. Johnson does not have any stats at this time. The KC golf team has posted a record of 4-6.

While the football seasons for Illinois College and Eureka have not started yet, they will this weekend. Eureka will travel to Knox College for a 1 p.m. meeting on Saturday, while the IC Blueboys will welcome Millikin University at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Like the football season, the trap shooting season for Lindenwood will begin this weekend. All other seasons are currently under way.

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