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School Sports

  • Pitchers shine in NTC title game

    ST. ELMO – Every opportunity mattered in Tuesday’s National Trail Conference Tournament championship game between South Central and St. Anthony.

    And each team had several opportunities to score against the other team’s ace pitcher, but it was the Bulldogs who were able to scratch the most runs across the plate in a 4-1 win at Deken Park in St. Elmo.

  • Hawkins returns to alma mater

    Kyle Hawkins, a 2010 Vandalia graduate, returned to his alma mater to pitch during an exhibition doubleheader on Saturday.

    Pitching for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s club baseball team, Hawkins tossed three innings and allowed just his first earned run of the season during a 6-4 win against St. Louis University’s club team.

    Hawkins struck out three and allowed four hits during the game, which was the second in the doubleheader. SIUE won the first game, 8-6.

  • Eagles are NTC consolation champs

    St. Elmo baseball’s team rallied to finish the season at .500 and take the consolation championship in the National Trail Conference Tournament.

    After falling to 6-8 on Sept. 18, the Eagles went 4-2 in the final six games, including a 2-1 mark in the NTC Tournament to better their tournament seed and finish the season 10-10.

    In the consolation championship on Monday, the Eagles fell behind 2-0 after the first inning, but made up for that in the third-fifth innings of an 8-3 victory.

  • Vandal Leaders (Oct. 11)

    Football
    Single-game leaders
    •Rushing yards: Ambuehl, 171
    •Passing yards: Ritchey, 77
    •Rec. yards: Cowger, 67
    •Total TD: Ambuehl/Ritchey, 4
    •Tackles for loss: Lucken, 5
    •Team scoring: 48 points
    •Team rushing yards: 479
    •Team passing yards: 77
    •Team receiving yards: 77
    •Team tackles for loss: 13
    •Margin of victory: 42 (48-6)
    Season leaders
    •Rushing yards: Ambuehl, 875
    •Passing yards: Ritchey, 228

  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 11)

    Soccer team falls
    in final home match

    In the final home match of the season, the Vandalia soccer team fell to Greenville, 7-0.
    The game on Saturday was a makeup from a rained out game originally scheduled for Sept. 25.
    Blake Torbeck had 11 saves in-goal for the Vandals (0-16-1, 0-8 SCC).

    Jr. Lady Vandals fall to Pana
    The Vandalia Jr. High eighth-grade girls basketball team fell in a low-scoring affair at Pana on Tuesday.
    Emma Meyer led Vandalia with five points in the 16-11 loss.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Oct. 11)

    Taylor Parrish • Sophomore • Franklin

    •Oct. 6 – Parrish, a Vandalia grad, played in two sets of a 3-1 loss at North Manchester (Ind.). She had one dig and one block assist during the match. Franklin is 7-13 on the season..

  • NTC volleyball tournament begins on Thursday

    The National Trail Conference volleyball tournament begins on Thursday at St. Anthony High School in Effingham.

    Three area teams – South Central, St. Elmo and Brownstown – are all in Pool C.

  • This week's schedule (Oct. 11-17)

    VANDALIA
    Football
    •Friday at Pana, 5 p.m.
    Volleyball
    •Thursday vs. Carlyle, 5 p.m.
    •Tuesday at Gillespie, 5 p.m.
    Golf
    •Friday at IHSA State*
    •Saturday at IHSA State*
    *Boys at Prairie Vista in Bloomington
    *Girls at Red Tail Run in Decatur
    Tennis
    •Friday at IHSA Sectional, 1 p.m.*
    *at Effingham
    JV Football
    •Monday vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Freshmen Football
    •Thursday vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Jr. High Girls Basketball

  • PHOTOS: VYO football vs. Litchfield

    The VYO football teams took to Mark Greer Field on Saturday against Litchfield, winning all four contests in the second-to-last week of the season. The teams will make up games at EAWR on Saturday.

  • Swofford, Leiken advance to state tournaments

    Vandalia seniors Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken qualified for the state golf tournaments on Monday.

    Swofford shot a 79 at the Carterville Sectional, and Leiken shot an 86 at the Teutpolis Sectional.

    The tournaments are both being run on Friday and Saturday, with the boys in Bloomington and the girls in Decatur.