School Sports

  • Meyer improves from 30th to 11th at state; Gordon takes 6th

    CHARLESTON – Vandalia sophomore Ethan Meyer went into last Thursday’s state preliminaries hoping to break the school’s triple jump record.

    Coach Jim Dierkes hoped Meyer would add enough length to his 30th-ranked sectional jump to make the state finals.

    As it happened, both of them got their wish.

  • Vonderheide, WSS again top SC for title

    South Central had beaten Windsor/Stew-Stras three times during the year prior to meeting the Blue Devils in last Saturday’s sectional title game.

    But a healthy and effective Christian Vonderheide proved to be a big difference-maker.

    Vonderheide struck out eight and allowed four hits for WSS and also had two hits, three runs and an RBI as the Blue Devils knocked off South Central, 5-0, in the championship game of the Class 1A North Clay Sectional.

  • Patoka's track qualifiers fall short of state finals

    CHARLESTON – Patoka/South Central sophomore Chase Riley improved on his seed by eight places at last Thursday’s state track meet, despite running a slower time than he did at sectionals in the 200-meter dash.

    Riley ran a 23.27 – a 10th of a second slower than he ran when he finished second at the Newton Sectional – but that was good for 14th overall at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium on the Campus of Eastern Illinois University.

  • Beasley dazzles for Post 95 in first start in nearly a year

    VANDALIA – A year off doesn’t seem to have hindered Connor Beasley’s ability to be an ace pitcher.

    In his first competitive start since he pitched a couple of spot starts for Post 95 last June, Beasley pitched eight strong innings for Vandalia’s Sr. Legion squad on Monday, leading Post 95 to a 5-4 win against New Baden.

  • Three seniors earn All-SCC honors

    Three Vandalia seniors were named all-conference by softball and baseball coaches in the South Central Conference.

    Megan Godoyo earned two all-conference selections, including one spot on the first team.

    Godoyo was named the first-team designated hitter/utility player after leading Vandalia’s offense in South Central Conference play this season, and also earned third-team pitching honors.

    Offensively, she hit .360 in the conference season, smacking one home run, two triples and two doubles, while driving home seven runs and scoring four times.

  • Vandalia, Patoka and Ramsey to play in summer-opening Vandal shootout

    The first of four Vandal Shootouts will be held next Monday and Tuesday, and will feature three teams from the area.

    Vandalia, Patoka and Ramsey will be in the 10-team field, and the shootout begins at 9 a.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Other teams in the field are: Nashville, Heritage/Villa Grove, Edwards County, Breese Central, Mt. Carmel, Seneca and Decatur LSA.

    Games will be played at Vandalia Community High School, Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Lady Vandals to open summer schedule vs. alums

    The Vandalia High School summer softball team will begin play next Tuesday with an alumni doubleheader.

    The Lady Vandals will meet former Vandalia players at 6 p.m. in the first of five matchups.

    Open fields will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on July 8, 10, 15 and 17. Any player ages 8-18 is welcome to attend.
    The full schedule for the summer follows.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia Baseball Awards

    The Vandalia baseball team held its awards banquet last Friday, and coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards.

  • Jr. Legion squad no-hit in season-opening loss

    VANDALIA – Post 95 was no-hit by Carlyle’s Collin Szczeblewski in its season-opening Jr. Legion game last Friday, and a 10-run fifth inning for Post 404 propelled Carlyle to an easy win.

    Eight errors by Vandalia spoiled a solid start, which saw only one Carlyle batter reach base in the first two innings of a 14-0 loss.

    Jake Stewart, Cole Horner and Austin Hoehn were hit by pitches in the first three innings, and Hoehn also drew a walk.

    Vandalia (0-1), however, never hit a ball out of the infield and struck out six times in the loss.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (June 5)

    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.