The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 17)

Many athletes who 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

•Jan. 11-13 – Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, and the No. 3 Vanderbilt University bowling team traveled to the Mid-Winter Classic at Arkansas State University this past weekend, placing fourth. On day one, Earnest was a strong anchor for the Commodores, as they finished 3-2 to fit into fifth place. The following day, Earnest averaged 208 in five games to place ninth among individuals, and helped Vanderbilt get up to third place, despite a 3-2 record. In the first-round of Sunday's championship bracket, the Commodores beat Wisconsin Whitewater, 4-1, but then lost to eventual-champion Nebraska, 4-2, in the semifinals. In the third-place match, Vanderbilt was defeated by Arkansas State, 4-1.

Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

•Jan. 12 – Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, started and played 36 minutes for Greenville in 67-63 loss to Eureka. She scored nine points, and had four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Greenville is 7-6 on the season and 3-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
•Jan. 8 – Hobbie started and played 26 minutes for Greenville in 59-47 win against Blackburn. She scored 12 points, and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Isaac Grapperhaus • Senior • Illinois College

•Jan. 12 – Grapperhaus, a South Central graduate, started and played 18 minutes for Illinois College in a 95-59 loss at St. Norbert College. He scored one point, grabbed one rebound and had a block. The Blueboys are 7-7 (4-5 Midwest Conference) on the season.
•Jan. 9 – Grapperhaus started and played 27 minutes for Illinois College in a monster individual performance in a 78-62 win against Knox College. He scored a team-high 18 points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and had a season-high five blocks.

Marty Johnson • Sophomore • Illinois College

•Jan. 12 – Johnson, a Vandalia graduate, played nine minutes off of the bench for Illinois College in a 95-59 loss at St. Norbert College He had made a 3-pointer in the game. The Blueboys are 7-7 (4-5 Midwest Conference) on the season.
•Jan. 9 – Johnson played two minutes off of the bench for Illinois College in a 78-62 win against Knox College.

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