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Marauders News · 2017 Fall NLI Signees


Mt. Vernon High School is pleased to recognize the student athletes who have chosen to continue their athletic careers at the next level:

Grace Hurst – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Volleyball)

Grace Hurst will be continuing her education and volleyball career next year at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where she will major in Education.  Grace was a member of a resurgent Mt. Vernon volleyball team for four years, earning All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and All-District honors her senior season.  Hurst was also named to the inaugural IHSVCA All-Star Team as a senior and was named volleyball’s Marauder of the Year.  Grace set the record for most digs in a season at Mt. Vernon and finished the year in the top 10 in Indiana.  During her time at Mt. Vernon, the Marauders won back-to-back sectional titles (2015, 2016), and accumulated a 98-34 record.

SIU-Edwardsville is an NCAA Division I institution in Edwardsville, IL.  The Cougars are members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Hunter Davis – Cincinnati Christian University (Baseball)

Hunter Davis has signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Cincinnati Christian University in 2018.  Davis will be join the Marauders roster this year for the first time as the team looks to capitalize off of the hard work they have put in this off-season.  While at CCU, Davis plans to major in Sports Management and Youth Ministry.

Cincinnati Christian University is an NAIA school located in Cincinnati, OH.  The Eagles are members of the River States Conference.

Caleb Rush – Frontier Community College (Baseball)

Caleb Rush will continue his baseball career while studying sports management & kinesiology at Frontier Community College.  Rush will be entering his 3rd year on the mound for the varsity team at Mt. Vernon.  During his sophomore season, the Marauders posted an 18-9 (9-5 HHC) record, finishing 2nd in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.  Rush posted a 1.75 ERA in 6 appearances that year, helping the Marauders to marquee wins over Guerin Catholic and Decatur Central (@ Victory Field).

Frontier Community College is an NJCAA school located in Fairfield, IL.  The Bobcats are members of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Dino Tharp – Urbana University (Baseball)

Dino Tharp will join the roster at Urbana University in 2018 while majoring in sports management.  As a junior, Tharp recorded a .309 batting average, driving in 11 runs.  Tharp will be a key returner for a Marauders team hungry for success in the spring.

Urbana University is an NCAA Division II institution located in Urbana, OH.  The Blue Knights are members of the Mountain East Conference.