For Brock Doehring, the 2008 football season ended far too early.
The Illinois College sophomore tight end, a Vandalia grad, tore ligaments in his elbow in IC’s opener, a 38-20 loss to Millikin University. The grade-three tear effectively ended Doehring’s season. The injury should allow him to redshirt and gain another year of eligibility, if cleared by the NCAA. The injury will require surgery.
‘I knew that something was wrong immediately,’ said Doehring of the injury. ‘My arm got caught in the turf, and it was hit by a player from Millikin.
‘I was ready for the year and the team was ready as well. I plan to listen to the doctor, and whatever exercises I can do, I will.’
It will take nine months to be cleared to work out his upper body, especially his arm. The operation, commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, will replace the elbow ligament with a ligament from another part of Doehring’s body.
‘I was very hopeful it was a grade-two tear,’ said Doehring. ‘If it would have been, I would have been able to return for the end of the season. I would not have to go through surgery.
‘I loved every minute of college football thus far and am looking forward to returning. Watching the game being played and knowing I could not play was terrible.’
Immediately after the injury, Doehring was diagnosed by the IC trainer, Terry Geirnaeirt. His arm was put in a sling and he was told to ice it. On Monday, he saw a doctor; on Tuesday, he was given a MRI. He will meet with the surgeon this week.
Doehring, who played both on offense and special teams, did not have any stats this year. As a freshman, he had 6 receiving yards and 4 rushing yards. He earned a starting position as the tight end for this season.
Vandalia grad Drew Whightsil, a Eureka College junior wide receiver, caught two passes for 16 yards, as Eureka downed Concordia University-Chicago Saturday, 28-8. In Eureka’s opener, a 26-0 loss to Knox College, Whightsil started but did not have any stats. Eureka is 1-1.
The Kaskaskia College volleyball team has a record of 8-9. St. Elmo grad Maribel Guerrero has 108 digs and eight service aces. In KC’s most recent win, a 3-2 triumph over Southwestern Illinois College, Guerrero had six digs. On Sept. 12, Guerrero had two digs in a 2-0 loss to Mineral Area College. Teammate Ginny Johnson, a Vandalia grad, has played sparingly and has four digs.
Kankakee Community College volleyball player Laura VanUytven, a Ramsey grad, has six digs thus far.
Vandalia grads Dallas Gray and Dan Reuscher will begin the short fall golf season this weekend. Blackburn College will compete in only two golf outings during the fall months.
It may seem like a long way off, but winter sports will be here before you know it. We will introduce those winter athletes in late October.
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