Blake Vandiver | Football
Vandiver, a junior running back for the Roxana Shells, helped his team close out the regular season in style in Week 9 at home.
Vandiver hauled the rock 25 times for 174 yards and scored a team-high three touchdowns in the Shells’ 45-32 win over South Central Conference rival Southwestern.
Vandiver raced up the gut for 49 yards for a score in the first quarter, then added a 30-yard scamper into the end zone and a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.
He’s been an integral part of Roxana’s 7-2 squad that finds itself in the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The Shells open the Class 4A postseason at 7 p.m. Saturday at Freeburg (8-1).
Alyssa Herzing | Volleyball
Marquette Catholic setter Alyssa Herzing closed out the season for the Explorers with a solid Class 2A East Alton-Wood River Regional.
Herzing compiled a total of 28 assists in two regional contests. She compiled 13 assists in Monday’s 25-19, 25-18 win over the host EA-WR Oilers. Herzing then turned in 15 assists as the Explorers pushed No. 1 seed Staunton in a 25-17, 17-25, 25-19 loss.
Marquette ended its season with a 11-15 record. She completed her senior season with 215 assists for the Explorers.