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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals qualify for state in six events; two other locals qualify

    STAUNTON – It was a big day for the Vandalia girls track team at last Friday's Staunton Sectional.

    Two individuals combined to qualify in five events and one relay team placed in the top two to earn a place at this Thursday's Illinois High School Association state track meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Freshman Emma Meyer qualified in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, pole vault and was part of the 4X100-meter relay, which includes freshman Anna Miller, freshman Madison Klanke and sophomore Jalea Paslay.

  • Gordon, Strobel battle hard to earn all-conference honors; Woolsey sets record

    GREENVILLE – Freshman Curtis Gordon matched the height of a future NCAA Division I athlete at Tuesday's South Central Conference championships to place second in the pole vault, junior Ben Strobel took a tough second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and senior Colton Woolsey set a school record in the long jump.

    Gordon cleared 14 feet, 6 inches on a chilly and rainy afternoon at Greenville High School, tying Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who regularly vaults 15-16 feet. Gordon needed more attempts to clear the height than Deby did.

  • Smalls sets Jr. Mid-State Conference record in high jump

    VANDALIA – Seventh-grader Trevor Smalls set a Jr. Mid-State Conference record by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump at Tuesday’s JMSC Championships.

    He also placed first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter dash to help Vandalia to a second-place finish.

    Other conference champions were: Devon Little (110-meter hurdles and 800-meter run) and Blake Barth (400-meter dash).

  • Godoyo strikes out 15 in 1-hitter vs. Ramsey

    VANDALIA – Senior day was a special one for Vandalia’s Megan Godoyo.

    Godoyo – one of four seniors  – struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just one hit on Monday in Vandalia’s 9-2 win against Ramsey in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Godoyo expanded the strike zone, getting almost all of Ramsey’s hitters to swing at high pitches out of the zone, and at one point, struck out seven straight batters

  • Koontz, Tompkins lead MG to title at EIC Tournament

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo/Brownstown cost Mulberry Grove a share of the Egyptian-Illini Conference regular-season championship with a win in April.

    But last Saturday, the Lady Aces wouldn’t be denied the EIC Tournament title.

    Seniors Breann Tompkins and Josie Koontz had four hits, and Mulberry Grove scored multiple runs in three innings to beat SEB, 9-0, a stark contrast to a 9-7 loss to the Lady Eagles in April.

  • Jolliff wins second EIC MVP

    BEECHER CITY – After a monster season in Egyptian-Illini Conference games, Mulberry Grove senior Kate Jolliff took home conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight season.

    Jolliff hit .500 (8-for-16) as the Lady Aces went 3-1 in EIC games, hitting three home runs, one triple and one double while scoring 10 times, and received MVP honors after leading her team to the championship at last Saturday’s EIC Tournament.

  • Hohlt to resign as baseball coach

    Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt has resigned from his duties at Vandalia Community High School, effective at the end of the school year.

    Hohlt will pursue an opportunity with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the All-South Illinois area representative, which will allow him to interact with athletes and coaches in 11 counties.

    Hohlt, who has been the head coach of the baseball team for the past seven seasons and also serves as a guidance counselor, will continue coaching the Vandals through the end of the season.

  • Vandals set 3 F/S SCC records

    The Lady Vandals set two school records and two freshman/sophomore conference records last Saturday at Gillespie, leading Vandalia to a fourth-place finish at the freshman/sophomore South Central Conference Championships.

    Sophomore Jalea Paslay placed first in the 800-meter run, setting a school and a meet record with a time of 2:24.12. The previous school record was held by Ashley Durbin, who in 2009 finished the race in 2:28.45.

  • Vandals hosting play-in regional game

    No area baseball team has a No. 1 seed in its regional tournament, but there will be three teams fighting to make the title game in one tournament and Vandalia will have a first-round home game.

    Vandalia Regional

    The Vandals will host the play-in game next Monday after earning the No. 4 seed over fifth-seeded Pana. Vandalia swept the season series, with 1-0 and 6-2 victories.

    Pana’s hitters struck out a combined 21 times in 15 innings in those games, and junior Collin Nestleroad is 5-for-8 against the Panthers this season.

  • Lady Vandals have to play into own regional

    Two area softball teams will have to play into their own regionals, and two other teams have No. 3 seeds.

    Vandalia Regional

    The fifth-seeded Lady Vandals will travel to No. 4 Wesclin on Monday for the play-in game to the Vandalia Regional.

    Wesclin, No. 1 Greenville, No. 2 Breese Central and No. 3 Carlyle are all a few games over .500, and if the Lady Vandals get on a hot streak, they could surprise.