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School Sports

  • Ruffner repeats as high jump champ; Vandalia is 6th

    LITCHFIELD – Senior Sierah Ruffner repeated as South Central Conference high jump champion, and Vandalia had six other placers on Tuesday to finish sixth at the SCC meet at Litchfield High School.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet, 2 inches with ease on her first attempt at that height to win the event, and nearly was able to get over two more inches, just nicking the bar on her second attempt at 5 feet, 4 inches.

    Pana’s Allie Schoonover and Gillespie’s Kayli Morris each cleared 5 feet, but did not threaten Ruffner at 5-2.

  • Vandals fall to Greenville, split SCC matchups

    The Vandals picked up their first win South Central Conference win of the season on Tuesday, using a five-run fifth inning to break a tie in an 8-3 win against Carlinville.

    Seniors Leyton Godoyo and Michael Wells each had three hits – including a double – in support of sophomore Zach Schaal, who fired a complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks.

  • Records fall for junior high track teams

    Two eighth-graders set school records in the pole vault last Thursday, as all four junior high track teams were victorious at Cowden-Herrick.

    Emma Meyer set a new school standard for the girls by clearing 9 feet, and eighth-grader Curtis Gordon improved on his own record by clearing 11 feet, 6 inches.

    Each broke their own record.

    The record-breaking continued on Monday at Litchfield.

    Meyer tied the 200-meter dash record with a time of 28 seconds.

  • Track teams fall to Litchfield at home

    VANDALIA – There was little drama for senior day last Thursday, as Litchfield’s boys and girls handled Vandalia in a track meet at Mark Greer Field.

    Six Vandalia seniors were recognized during the event, with half of them going on to earn at least one first-place finish and one breaking a school record.

    Wade Cowger won the 800-meter run in 2:02.84 (FAT converted) to break his own school record by almost a second, and Ryan Ambuehl had two first-place finishes that almost set school standards.

  • Pair of big innings hurt Lady Vandals in SCC loss

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals were able to rally back from an early deficit last Friday against Gillespie.

    But a second comeback wouldn’t come to fruition in the South Central Conference matchup, as Gillespie shrugged off the second-inning outburst and cruised to an 18-8 victory in six innings.

    Despite a six-run second inning, Vandalia still trailed 8-6 after the Lady Miners scored three runs in the first and five more in the second.

  • Beasley ties school record for wins

    Senior Connor Beasley tied the school record for wins by a pitcher, and junior Levi Maxey hit a grand slam last Thursday to lead St. Elmo past Beecher City, 8-2.

    Beasley struck out 15 batters over six innings of work to record the 30th win of his career, tying the school standard set by Logan Mahon.

    Earlier in the season, Beasley set the school record with 19 strikeouts in one game.

    Maxey’s grand slam was the key hit in a seven-run fourth inning for the Eagles (6-5).

  • Hawkins leads SIUE to title

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins pitched the conference championship-clinching game for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville club baseball team on Saturday.

    On a rainy afternoon, Hawkins helped the Cougars win the District VI North Conference title with an 8-6 win against the University of Illinois, last season’s World Series runner-up.

    The regular season ended with SIUE at 13-3 and 11-1 in conference play.

  • PHOTOS: Homers for Health

    The Vandalia fifth- and sixth-grade student councils hosted a local competition in the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center’s Homers for Health home run derby.

    All entrants hit whiffle balls off of a tee, and received up to four points, depending on how far their hit traveled.

    The boys and girls winners in each grade division advance to the championship round in Forest Park on May 10, and will also get to meet St. Louis Cardinals players David Freese, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig.

    All proceeds go to the hospital.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 2)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 2)

    SOUTH CENTRAL
    Baseball
    Tuesday, April 30
    Windsor/Stew-Stras 8
    South Central 1
    S: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0—1-7-2
    W: 0-1-4-0-0-3-X—8-6-1
    WP: White; 7 IP, 4 K
    LP: Peters (0-2); 2 IP, 2 K
    Cougars: Schwarm, 2-for-3, HR, RBI; Diss, 2-for-3; Bray, 1-for-3; Hoffmann, 1-for-3; Powless, 1-for-3.
    Record: 5-13
    Saturday, April 27
    at Centralia Tournament
    Centralia 7
    South Central 0
    S: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0—0-5-2
    C: 3-2-0-1-1-0-X—7-8-1