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School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Bailey Jones

    Bailey Jones enjoyed her finest season of tennis just when she should have – in her final season.

    The Vandalia senior had 12 doubles wins – most coming with fellow senior Paige Ehrat – to finish second on the team, and included in her total were a win at the South Central Conference Tournament and a second-place finish at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

  • Sophomore Strobel sets personal-best time at state meet

    Ben Strobel knew there would be a lot of fast runners at the state cross country meet.

    And by keeping pace with some of those runners throughout the first mile, Strobel gave himself a good start to a race that would see him finish in a personal-best time.

    The Vandalia sophomore placed 78th out of 210 runners in 16:15 at the state meet on Saturday morning at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Lady Eagles fall in tough super-sectional game

    VALMEYER – Arguably the greatest volleyball season in St. Elmo’s history came to a close on Saturday, with the Lady Eagles losing a tough Elite Eight battle to the hosts of the Valmeyer Super-Sectional.

    Six seniors ended their careers with the second-most wins in school history (29) and the first-ever super-sectional appearance.

  • Lady Eagles win first-ever volleyball sectional title

    LEBANON – St. Elmo brought home its first-ever sectional volleyball championship last Thursday after a gutsy come-from-behind victory against the hosts of the Lebanon Sectional.

    The 19-25, 25-8, 25-22 victory was St. Elmo’s 29th of the season and featured an astounding 19 kills from senior Savannah Feezel and some of the best serving of senior Heather Seibert’s career.

    That, combined with the rest of the efforts from the other five players who played, left coach Elise Asher at a loss for words.

  • Seibert's serve rescues Lady Eagles

    LEBANON – Twice during the sectional championship game last Thursday, St. Elmo senior Heather Seibert was where all of Lebanon’s gym’s attention was focused.

    In the second set, she ripped off 11 straight serves to help St. Elmo build a 19-3 lead, and in the third set, she strung another seven together to tie the match at 18 and propel the Lady Eagles to the sectional title.

  • Coming back nothing new to St. Elmo

    LEBANON – A St. Elmo volleyball comeback is not a new concept.

    Not this season, anyway.

    A three-set win in the finals of the Lebanon Sectional marked the sixth time that the Lady Eagles had used all three sets in a victory this season.

    “All through our season, we have always dug a hole and gotten out,” said senior Perry Manley. “We work together as a team and don’t quit, so little-by-little we get what we need.”

  • Three Lady Vandals earn all-conference honors

    Three seniors from Vandalia earned all-South Central Conference honors in volleyball.

    RaeChelle Leiken was voted to the first team by every coach in the conference, Austyn Krueger also earned first-team honors and Sierah   Ruffner was named to the second team.

    Leiken led Vandalia with 245 kills and added 41 service aces.

    Krueger was the leading server, with 52 aces, and she added 194 kills.

    Ruffner had 174 kills.

  • Annual Red/White Night is Saturday

    The annual Red/White night will be held at Vandalia Community High School on Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.

    The unofficial start to the Vandal basketball season will feature the boys and girls high school teams, the boys and girls Jr. Pro participants, a men’s alumni game and the dash for cash.

    There is no admission charge to the event, and a full schedule follows.

  • South Central's eight seniors will always be remembered

    FARINA – Though South Central was upset in the semifinals of the regional tournament last Tuesday, a large senior class still should be proud of how they banded together to get another 20-win season.

    The Lady Cougars finished the year at 23-11, and the eight-member senior class had a lot to do with that success. Coach Mary Brimberry said she will miss her fun-filled group.

    She said Kallie Garrett was the team’s “mother figure,” Jaci Rothe and Kellie Crain kept the atmosphere lively, and Riley Williams also had a joke to tell.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Nov. 8)

    Many athletes that 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.