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Today's News

  • Twice as nice: Vandalia's Bell, Austin each qualify for state meet in two events

    NEWTON – It’s a good thing there are do-overs in life or Daniel Bell might not be going to the state meet to throw discus on Thursday.

    “And in first place, Danielle … (pause) … Daniel Bell of Vandalia,” echoed from the public address system at Newton after the discus throw at last Friday’s sectional meet.

    Bell, who at the time, with arms raised, was basking in the moment of hearing his name called as a state qualifier for the first time, cracked a smile when his name was botched.

  • Senior Spotlight: Cody Allen

    NEWTON – Just 2 1/2 hours before his high school graduation ceremony, Patoka senior Cody Allen was more than an hour from town facing a more intimidating obstacle.

    It was a high jump bar.

    With just a handful of jumpers left in the event at the Illinois High School Association sectional meet in Newton, Allen showed signs of nerves while waiting for his turn to try to clear 6 feet, which was his personal best.

  • Lady Aces slowly build lead to win regionals

    MULBERRY GROVE – It wasn’t the desired approach, but the nine-person Mulberry Grove High School softball team scored in all but one inning to slowly pile up a lead against Ramsey to win its fourth regional championship in six years on Saturday.

    Coach John Barnes said he wanted his team to score a lot of runs early in the game, but the Lady Aces instead used consistent hitting and stellar pitching through the middle innings to wear down Ramsey during a 9-4 victory.

  • South Central gets thumped during regional title game

    KINMUNDY – A solo home run from junior Larry Schoreck was all South Central needed to win what was a pitcher’s duel in a regional semifinal game against St. Elmo last Wednesday.

    The Cougars came away with the 1-0 win after senior Derek Harmeier and junior Colby Bushue combined to hold the Eagles to just two hits and one walk.

    South Central was unable to secure its sixth straight regional championship on Saturday, however, falling to North Clay, 11-1.

  • Bombers hold early lead but fall to N. Clay

    KINMUNDY – For four innings last Wednesday, Brownstown played nearly flawless baseball against North Clay in a semifinal regional tournament game.

    But then the Cardinals showed why they were seeded No. 1, scoring 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat the fourth-seeded Bombers, 14-4.

    “Colten (Hunter) went out there and threw four beautiful innings,” said Brownstown coach Ken Milano. “Then (North Clay) made a couple important plays, and that was it.”

  • Beccue encouraged by dugout comment during regional game

    KINMUNDY – When senior Derek Harmeier stepped onto the field to pitch the seventh inning for South Central last Wednesday, some players in the St. Elmo dugout said they were happy to see the Cougars’ top pitcher back on the mound.

    And though Harmeier induced a lightly-hit grounder and struck out the final two batters of the 1-0 South Central win, Eagles coach Ryan Beccue was pleased to see his team wanting to compete against the best available player.

  • Conlon expects improvement from Patoka

    NEWTON – With its first season completed, the future of the Patoka High School track program looks promising, according to the team’s coach.

    Mike Conlon, who also serves as the school’s superintendent, said athletes on Patoka’s team showed improvement throughout the season, and as they get more seasoning and are combined with promising runners at the junior high level, the Warriors may be competitive very soon.

  • Three from St. Elmo participate in track post season

    Three individuals from the St. Elmo High School track team were in action this past week, and they are pictured.

  • Vandalia Baseball Awards

    The Vandalia High School baseball team held its award banquet last week. Coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards during the evening, and the winners are pictured.

  • Vandalia Girls Track Awards

    The Vandalia High School girls track team held its banquet on Tuesday night. Coach Mike Travelstead handed out several awards during the evening, and the winners are pictured.