The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Nov. 8)

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.

Kinzie Neilson • Freshman • Lincoln Land

•Nov. 4 – Neilson, a South Central graduate, and Lincoln Land have qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national championship tournament, marking the school's first-ever national appearance. The Loggers qualified after a 3-1 win against Illinois Central College in the finals of the Region XXIV Tournament. Neilson had a team-high 14 kills, and added 17 digs in the match. The Loggers have a 32-7 record on the season, and play at nationals in Toledo, Ohio, from Nov. 15-17.

•Nov. 3 – Neilson and LLCC split two games in the Region XXIV Tournament, beating Lincoln College, 3-1, and falling to Parkland College, 3-0. Against Parkland, Neilson had a team-high nine kills. Against Lincoln, Neilson had 12 digs and a team-high four aces.

•Oct. 31 – LLCC won the first game in the Region XXIV Tournament, beating Danville Area CC, 3-0.

Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

•Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, and the Vanderbilt University bowling team were unable to bowl last weekend after the Fairleigh-Dickenson Invitational was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. The Commodores will travel to the Crusader Classic at Valparaiso this weekend.

Marty Johnson • Sophomore • Illinois College

•Nov. 2 – Johnson, a Vandalia graduate, played 13 minutes off of the bench during a 109-79 exhibition loss at UT-Martin. Johnson scored three points (one field goal and one free throw), while adding three rebounds, one block and one steal.

Isaac Grapperhaus • Senior • Illinois College

•Nov. 2 – Grapperhaus, a South Central graduate, started and played 20 minutes during a 109-79 exhibition loss at UT-Martin. Grapperhaus had eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist. His seven points came on 1-of-6 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

Brooke Maxey • Sophomore • Kaskaskia

•Maxey, A St. Elmo graduate, has helped Kaskaskia to a 33-7 (7-1 Great Rivers Athletic Conference) record this season.

Katie Crain • Sophomore • Kaskaskia

•Crain, a South Central graduate, has helped Kaskaskia to a 33-7 (7-1 Great Rivers Athletic Conference) record this season.

Taylor Parrish • Sophomore • Franklin

•Parrish, a Vandalia graduate, had 22 kills in 11 matches for Franklin this season. She added 18 digs, 2 1/2 blocks and an assist. Franklin finished the season at 8-22.

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