School Sports

  • Lady Rams play well in semifinal loss

    Ramsey/Mulberry Grove was on its way to pulling off another regional upset last Wednesday, but St. Anthony’s firepower proved to be too much in the second half of a semifinal loss.


    The Lady Rams trailed the No. 1 seed by just two points at halftime, but a resurgent St. Anthony offense pulled away to a 56-45 win over the final two quarters.


  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Feb. 20)

    Members of the Vandalia Jr. wrestling club participated in three tournament this past weekend.

    The regular season closes this Sunday at Pinckneyville.

    Saturday, Feb. 15

  • PHOTO: 3-point shootout

    Vandalia athletes shooting were seniors Brandy Protz, Megan Godoyo, Morgan Cripe and Randi Evans, but none of them advanced to the sectional competition.


  • South Central, Ramsey earn upset wins at regionals

    Both of the area’s Class 1A girls basketball teams pulled off upset wins in the first round of their respective regional tournament on Monday.

    South Central handed Oblong a 51-48 overtime loss at the Red Hill Regional in Bridgeport, and Ramsey/Mulberry Grove beat Dieterich, 61-54, at the Altamont Regional.

    For South Central, the 51 points are the most the team scored all season. Freshman Abby Hahn had a career-high 22 points, scoring on 11 free throws, three 3-pointers and one field goal.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia volleyball tournament

    St. Elmo/Brownstown beat Vandalia, 22-25, 25-7, 15-8, on Saturday in the championship game of the Vandalia Tournament.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Feb. 13)

    Members of the Vandalia Jr. wrestling club participated in four different tournaments over the past weekend.

    Next week, the club will be at O'Fallon on Saturday and at Troy on Sunday.

    Saturday, Feb. 8
    at Fairbury
    11- and 12-year-old
    •Jarek Wehrle placed first
    •Tanner Swain placed second

    Sunday, Feb. 9
    at Danville
    7- and 8-year-olds
    •Logan Nance placed first
    11- and 12-year-olds
    •Tanner Swain placed second

  • Schaal pitches Vandals to first back-to-back wins since '12

    VANDALIA – Preston Ruckman made sure arguably the best pitching performance of Zach Schaal’s career wasn’t wasted.

    Ruckman scored as a courtesy runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Schaal pitched a five-hitter, striking out 11 Pana hitters over eight innings, for a 1-0 win in last Friday’s South Central Conference opener to give the Vandals their first back-to-back wins in more than two years.

  • Lady Vandals on losing side of pitcher's duel

    VANDALIA – Senior Megan Godoyo extended her hitting streak to eight games, but that would be the only hit for the Lady Vandals on Tuesday, as they finished on the losing side of a pitcher’s duel.

    Deidre Ledbetter struck out 11, using a stifling rise ball to lead Altamont past Vandalia, 4-0.

  • Several win at home track meet

    VANDALIA – The Vandals set a new school record in the 4X100-meter relay at last Thursday’s home meet.

    Sophomores Ethan Meyer and Bobby Bradley, and seniors Colton Woolsey and Dalton Smith teamed up to the run the race in 46.99 seconds, setting the school record by about half a second.

    The previous record of 47.54 seconds was set in 2010 by Tim Ritchey, Blake Swofford, Quenten Austin and Ryan Ambuehl.

    This year’s relay team missed the record by just .04 seconds at Hillsboro on April 1.

  • Vandals take victory in pair of local rivalries

    VANDALIA – If Matt Beck continues responded like he did last Saturday, coach Luke Hohlt may need to bench him more often.

    With so many players deserving of playing time, Beck was the odd man out last Friday, sitting out his first game of the season.

    But he took his assignment without complaint, and then followed it up with three hits in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, an 8-6 win against Brownstown/St. Elmo, Vandalia's third straight victory.