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Marion County College Report

Zanton and Heern Make an Impact at Kaskaskia College

Centralia High School grads Morgan Heern (far left) and Jacee Zanton (left) each took a break from volleyball during their high school careers.

The two were good enough to return from that break, finished strongly in their senior seasons and went on to collegiate stardom at Kaskaskia College. Heern will be done after this season and Zanton will return next season.

"Morgan had limited volleyball experience coming into the season, but worked hard through the summer and fall," Kaskaskia volleyball coach Tracy Plagemann said.

"I wish we had her for two years. Jacee is a solid utility player and has played or practiced in almost every position on the floor. She can do the job that needs to be done."

Heern has played in 60 games this year, recording 69 kills and 49 blocks (17 solos) in that time. Zanton has 36 digs and seven kills in 44 her 44 games.

"When I realized I could keep playing, I started to work out harder," Heern said. "I will miss the athleticism of volleyball but it was great to play one more year. We are playing a very high level and it is what I expected."

While Heern took a two-year break and did not play, Zanton signed up to play for Florida-based Top Spin, a club team. The Top Spin coaching staff helped Zanton find a college home in KC. The Blue Angels rookie has plans for next year. "I want to improve my defense and reading what we are going to do," said Zanton. "We are a basically a freshman team, so we should be a good sophomore team in one year."...

Former Centralia volleyball player Sara Gordon had 11 kills and five blocks in Rend Lake College's 3-0 loss to Lake Land College this past week. The Rend Lake player also tallied four blocks in the Lady Warriors 3-0 loss to John A. Logan Junior College. ...

Swimming

Centralia grad Andrew Langenfeld started his junior year for the Purdue University swimming team with a pair of wins at the Indiana Intercollegiates. Langenfeld, who spent his first two years at West Virginia University, won the 50-yard freestyle (20.78-seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (49.52). The second-place finisher was nearly three seconds behind Langenfeld in the 100-yard butterfly. Langenfeld was also a member of Purdue's 200-yard medley relay team which took second in 1:33.05.

As a team Purdue finished second with 835 points at the event, well ahead of runner-up University of Indianapolis (405). ... Lindsay Dinkelman, an Irvington resident and Centralia grad, helped the Illinois State Redbirds defeat Lindenwood University 171-75 in a swimming dual this past week. Dinkelman won the 100-yard breastroke, cruising to victory in 1:07.89. ...

Football

Salem grad Ryan Kell caught three passes for 15 yards as his college team, Anderson University, defeated Bluffton University 25-18 in overtime. It was Anderson's second win of the year and its first in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Anderson is 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the league. ... Greenville College split a pair of football games over the past two weeks, defeating the Eureka College Red Devils 54-14 and losing to Benedictine University 10-7. In each of the contests, Centralia grad and Greenville defender Scott Schneider had three tackles (two solos). Greenville is 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Illini Badger Football Conference. ...

Cross country

Centralia grad Brad DeMattei, a Southeast Missouri State harrier, cracked the top 100 at the Bradley University Invitational. DeMattei was the 99th finisher to cross the finish line, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:03. SEMO finished eighth in the team standings with 232 points. University of Missouri won the team title with 27. ...

Tennis

Salem grad Chelsie Thomason was one of the Rend Lake tennis players who picked up a medal in the Region 24 Title Match. Thomason, who teamed with Fairfield product Staci Combs, defeated the Lewis and Clark Community College tandem of Tabitha Aguinaga and Megan Edsall 8-1. As a team, Rend Lake lost a 5-4 decision to the Trail Blazers and finished 6-3. ...

It is time to get us those winter names. There are at least seven NCAA Division I athletes competing in a winter sport this year. I will introduce those athletes next week. Some are present in today's column. Anyone wants to add to my list, please e-mail me at Dan62293@cs.com. I need the name of the athlete, the former high school, the college or university they are attending and the sport they are playing. Remember the column will run every week on this site. ...