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School Sports

  • Home runs, defense highlight sectional win for South Central

    GREENUP — Two home runs, 16 hits and stellar defense fueled an 11-3 win for South Central on Wednesday, as the Cougars took down North Clay in a sectional semifinal game.

    Seniors Kyle Bray and Austin Schwarm accounted for five of those runs with home runs, and Schwarm made about as good of a catch as any high school player could make to rob a North Clay batter of what would have been a two-run double.

  • Gordon repeats as state champ

    EAST PEORIA – Oh, the drama.

    For anyone with a rooting interest in Curtis Gordon’s pole vault performance at Saturday’s Illinois Elementary School Association state championships, it was tough to stand still throughout the final four heights.

    Battling Parkside’s Ryan Ashenbremer in 3-inch increments in the Class AA finals, the tension rose on every attempt as Gordon and Ashenbremer matched heights up to 12 feet, 9 inches.

  • Meyer is fourth at IESA state meet

    EAST PEORIA – Of the three events she qualified in, eighth-grader Emma Meyer made her biggest impact at Saturday’s state meet in the pole vault.

    After easily clearing the first six heights, Meyer needed all three attempts to set a new school record with 9 feet, 9 inches, and in doing so, she finished fourth at the Illinois Elementary School Association state championships.

  • Two Vandals qualify for IHSA state meet

    For all of the excitement of two Vandalia boys track athletes making the state meet, there was just as much disappointment, as a senior missed qualifying by just a fraction of a second.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl qualified in two events and sophomore Ben Strobel qualified in one for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state track championships on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    In the 800-meter run, senior Wade Cowger placed third, and his time was just six-hundreths of a second over the automatic state-qualifying time.

  • Ruffner places 11th in high jump

    CHARLESTON – Vandalia’s Sierah Ruffner has shown a different demeanor throughout her senior season of track.

    And that focus and dedication paid its dividends at the state track championships.

    Ruffner made the state high jump finals for the first time in three tries last Thursday, and took 11th place on Saturday, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

  • Lady Rams earn first regional title since '93

    MACON – Senior Shaunna Rainey got one last home run trot, but otherwise, there wasn’t much excitement for Ramsey in its final game of the season.

    The Lady Rams held an early 2-2 tie, but the sectional semifinal game slipped out of hand in the top of the fourth when Cumberland added eight runs on the way a 13-3 win in six innings at Meridian High School.

  • Cougars are regional champions

    When South Central senior Rudy Hablewitz returned to the Cougars baseball team this spring, everyone knew his defense in centerfield was going to be a benefit.

    Little did anyone know that it would be the reason South Central earned a regional championship.

  • Lady Aces fall in regional title game

    ST. ELMO – Mulberry Grove was outlasted by Altamont in a 12-inning regional championship game last Friday, losing 4-3 on a bloop single in the bottom of the 12th inning.

    Deidre Ledbetter’s flare to left was the third straight single of the 12th, and easily brought in the winning run at the St. Elmo Regional, ending a hard-fought game that saw both teams bring a tremendous amount of effort.

  • Isaak, Hill take part at IHSA state meet

    CHARLESTON – Two small-school athletes from the area last Thursday participated in the state track preliminaries.

    Patoka freshman Taylor Isaak took fifth in her heat of the 300-meter hurdles in her first state appearance, and St. Elmo junior Molly Hill came a couple of feet from throwing the discus 100 feet in her third state appearance.

    Isaak found herself racing against some of the best 300-meter hurdlers in the state, with three of the top-five finishers in heat two, and her time of 48.95 seconds was the 17th best in the state.

  • South Central freshman makes state in 200

    One small-school athlete from the area has qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class A state track meet.

    Chase Riley, a freshman at South Central High School who runs for the Patoka/South Central co-op track team, placed second in the 200-meter dash at the Lawrenceville Sectional to qualify for state.

    His time of 24.05 seconds allows him to be the only freshman qualifier in the 200.

    Preliminaries in the 200-meter dash will be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Thursday at about 2:15 p.m.