School Sports

  • Four area players named All-NTC

    Two softball players from the St. Elmo/Brownstown co-op and two players from South Central have been named all-conference in the National Trail Conference.

    The lone first-team selection was St. Elmo senior Megan Maxey.

    Second-team selections were St. Elmo senior Samantha Austin, and South Central seniors Macie Cain and Kellie Crain.

    South Central finished fifth in the NTC with a 3-4 record, and St. Elmo was tied for sixth at 3-5.

    South Central defeated St. Elmo, 8-3, in the seventh-place game of the NTC Tournament.

  • Sports cancellations: May 28, 2013

    The super-sectional softball game between Cumberland and Calhoun scheduled to be played at Vandalia on Tuesday has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday in Springfield.

    The Jr. Legion home opener against Altamont has been canceled for Tuesday.

  • Ambuehl makes state finals in 110-meter hurdles

    For the second straight spring, the Vandals will be represented in the state finals of the 110-meter hurdles.

    Vandalia senior Ryan Ambuehl placed first in his heat and had the No. 4 time in that race after running a time of 15.41 seconds in Thursday's preliminaries on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Last season, Quenten Austin placed sixth in the race.

    The 110-meter hurdle final will be on Saturday at about 1:10 p.m.

    He also ran in the 400-meter prelims, posting a time of 52.67 seconds.

  • 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.