St. Elmo grad earns all-conference honors

St. Elmo grad Maribel Guerrero was one of the big reasons Kaskaskia College’s volleyball team approached the .500 mark this year.

That fact was recognized by the Great Rivers Athletic Conference in mid-November. Guerrero, who is a 5-foot-5 sophomore defensive specialist, was named to the GRAC’s first team. She finished her sophomore year with 394 digs and 16 service aces. As a freshman, Guerrero finished with 96 digs and one service ace, bringing her two-year career total to 490 digs and 17 aces.

“Maribel was very deserving of these awards,” said Kim Potthast, the Kaskaskia College head coach. “She was our libero for most of the year and was our team captain. She would go after every ball. Maribel worked hard and it showed both on and off the court.”

KC finished the year with an 18-19 overall record.”

Blake Doehring scored 22 points, but it was not enough to power Blackburn College past Illinois College recently. In the 86-49 Blackburn loss, the Vandalia grad hit 9-of-18 from the floor, which included a 3-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. He also hit one free throw. Doehring tallied nine points and doled out two assists recently in Blackburn’s 59-50 loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Blackburn is 0-2.

Vanderbilt University bowler Josie Earnest finished fourth overall in a recent tournament with 1,219 pins. The Vandalia grad was named to the five-member all-tournament team. One other Vanderbilt bowler was also named to the team. Vanderbilt won the tournament, beating 14 opponents. They topped five on the first day, three on day two and finished by beating six opponents on Sunday, Nov. 23. It suffered three losses in the tournament as well. Vanderbilt posted a total pin count of 16,366, which was 357 more pins than second-place competitor Kutztown University. Vanderbilt is 28-5 on the young season.

Eric Hobbie, a McKendree University sophomore and Vandalia grad, scored in double figures twice in the past two weeks. Hobbie poured in 21 points in McKendree’s 83-80 overtime loss to Union University recently in the McKendree Classic. Hobbie hit 8-of-18 field goals and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He struck three times from beyond the arc. Hobbie finished with nine rebounds and four assists.

In an 89-70 win over Mid-Continent University, Hobbie hit 5-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws to finish with 16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds. He also had two treys. McKendree, which is currently ranked ninth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll, is 6-3.

Former Vandalia runner Rachel Bell, an Iowa State University sophomore, finished 104th recently at the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional, which was hosted by Oklahoma State. Bell finished the 6,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 10.15 seconds. As a team, Iowa State finished ninth with 286 points. The University of Minnesota won the women’s team title with 57 points.

St. Elmo grad Colton Booher, an Olney Central College men’s basketball player, scored 12 points as OCC lost a 97-93 battle recently to Lincoln College. Booher hit 3-of-5 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. He hit one trey.

The Greenville College Lady Panthers started their women’s basketball season with a pair of losses at the Centre College-hosted Country Hearth Inn/Famous Recipe Classic. Meredith Banal, a Greenville senior, scored nine points in the opening contest, a 77-39 loss to Thomas More College. She also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Fellow Greenville player Susan Githinji, a South Central grad, had two points, six rebounds and two steals in the contest. While she did not have any stats, Greenville freshman Ann Githinji, also a South Central grad, got her first taste of college basketball, playing two minutes.

Greenville was topped 82-38 by Centre in their second contest of the tournament. Susan Githinji had nine points and seven rebounds, while Banal had two points, four rebounds and two assists.

Kaskaskia College freshman Beth Daugherty, a South Central grad, scored the first two points of her college career recently against the Washington University junior varsity team. The KC Blue Angels won the contest, 75-73.

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