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  • Vandals can't find big hit in loss to Altamont

    VANDALIA – The Vandals had several base runners, but never could find a big hit to drive them home on Tuesday in a loss to Altamont.

    Six runners were left in scoring position and 11 total runners were stranded as the Indians used a late push to take a 10-1 victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    “We had the bases loaded a couple of times, and we just have to come up big in those situations,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “I am confident we will get there with these guys.”

  • Vandals 1-1, Bombers 0-2 at round-robin

    VANDALIA – Hits were hard to find for the Vandals and Bombers in the first game of Saturday’s round-robin in Vandalia, and one run was enough for Vandalia to secure the win.

    Both teams had three hits in the game, but a first-inning RBI infield single by Michael Wells was enough to give the Vandals the 1-0 victory

    “I thought that we could have put the ball in play some more, but I am happy we came away with a win,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt.

  • Lady Vandals Insider: Plenty of players available for softball team

    VANDALIA – It’s hard to say if the Lady Vandals will ever have a true group of regular starters this season.

    With some 15 players who have proven they deserve playing time, coach Brian Buscher has employed several different lineups already this spring to give as many players as possible the chance to get on the field.

    “We’ve basically played 14 players, and Kylie Sellers will hopefully be back next week, so that’s 15 in the rotation,” Buscher said. “The girls will have be patient.”

  • Lady Vandals start conference season with win over Pana

    VANDALIA – Senior Abby Dugan pitched three innings of shutout relief, and the offense had a season-high 11 runs against Pana in picking up the first win of the season.

    Dugan allowed just one runner to reach third base in the final three innings of an 11-8 win in the South Central Conference opener, a game that featured seven lead changes.

    “We’d take a lead, they’d take a lead,” said Lady Vandals coach Brian Buscher. “That helped us keep our focus.

  • Ruffner leaps 5-5 to set new high jump record

    Senior Sierah Ruffner twice broke the school record in the high jump earlier this week.

    With a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches at Breese Central on Monday, Ruffner broke her old record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

    She bettered that by another inch at Roxana on Tuesday.

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    The Vandalia boys track team will take part in its first home track meet of the spring on Thursday.

    Patoka, St. Elmo and Altamont will be the other teams at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.

  • Senior Spotlight: Connor Beasley

    ST. ELMO – High school athletes often joke about outlandish accomplishments that they would like to achieve.

    Not that breaking St. Elmo’s single-game strikeout record was an outlandish feat for senior Connor Beasley, but he still just laughed it off when it was suggested he should strike out 19 batters before Monday night’s game.

  • Vandals trounce Aces on the road

    MULBERRY GROVE – Senior Michael Wells struck out seven, and Jake Bowen broke open the game with a fourth-inning triple on Tuesday as the Vandals run-ruled Mulberry Grove in five innings.

    Wells allowed just five Aces to reach base in his four innings of work, and Bowen’s two-run triple helped the Vandals to an 11-0 victory.

    “Michael was solid today,” said Vandals coach Luke Hohlt. “He will have to be the guy who comes in and throws strikes for us.

  • Ruffner, Krueger and Leiken each make college commitments

    Three Vandalia athletes recently signed letters of intent.

  • Ruffner ties own school record in high jump

    Senior Sierah Ruffner tied her own school record in the high jump, and the boys got three first-place finishes at a three-team track meet in Pana on Tuesday.

    Ruffner’s leap of 5 feet, 3 inches gives her a good start toward meeting her goal of breaking that mark in her final season with the Lady Vandals.

    Sophomore Ben Strobel picked up a pair of first-place finishes, taking the top place in the 1,600-meter run (4:52.5) and the 3,200-meter run (10:17.4).

  • Vandals Insider: Steal of home plate prompts discussion

    MULBERRY GROVE – Jake Shulman and Carson Smith didn’t want to wait to decide.

    So they each trotted out to centerfield following Tuesday’s game at Mulberry Grove to have a little race to see which player was faster.

    “It all came from a discussion about being aggressive on the base paths,” said coach Luke Hohlt following the 11-0 victory. “Carson actually called the steal of home. He said, ‘I think I can get this.’”