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School Sports

  • Childress has two walk-offs for Jr. Legion team

    Derek Childress and the rest of the Jr. Legion squad could get used to this.

    The rising sophomore from Mulberry Grove had a pair of walk-off at-bats in the past week, stroking a double to beat Carlyle last Wednesday and reaching on a two-base error to beat South Central on Saturday.

    “I just try to hit the ball,” Childress said. “I thought it would be the third out (on Saturday).”

  • Vandals make tournament semifinals in second shootout

    After struggling to a 0-4 record on day one, the Vandals came back with two wins in pool play and a 2-1 record in the tournament of the second Vandal shootout last Thursday and Friday.

    It wasn’t necessarily that the Vandals played poorly on the first day – among the losses included a 35-32 loss to North Mac and a 56-55 loss to Olney – but Vandalia opened day two with an exciting 8 a.m. game.

  • Softball team drops home doubleheader to McArthur

    The first home games of the summer didn’t go quite as Vandalia had planned on Tuesday night, as the softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to McArthur.

    Vandalia lost the games, 8-4 and 17-1.

    In the first game, Morgan Whightsil and Kadi Metzger had back-to-back doubles in the third to get the Lady Vandals on the board, and Caitlin Alverson followed with an RBI single.

    In the fourth, Madison Click singled to open the inning, and she would score on a sacrifice fly from Whightsil, who scored on an error the inning before.

  • PHOTOS: Lady Vandal Shootouts

    Lady Vandal summer shootouts were held on Monday and Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. Vandalia was a combined 1-5.

  • Swofford wins summer tournament

    Rising Vandalia senior Blake Swofford recently won a junior tournament at the Roland Varkau Golf Course in Okawville.

    He placed first in the 16-18-year-old boys division by shooting a 70, winning the tournament by seven strokes.

    He is playing on the Jr. Tour of the Southern Illinois Golf Association, and will contend for the tour championship.

  • Buscher pleased with Vandals after shootout

    Getting his first look at his team in action, first-year Vandalia boys basketball coach Brian Buscher was left satisfied.

    The Vandals went 4-4 in the first summer shootout, making the tournament quarterfinals after winning a first-round game, 28-22, against Putnam County on Tuesday.

    Though the team lost to eventual champion Princeton, Ind., 29-24, in the quarterfinals, wins earlier in the day against Benton and West Frankfort evened the Vandals’ overall shootout record.

  • Ulmer, Hosick selected for All-Star Game this weekend

    Two 2012 graduates of Vandalia Community High School have been selected to play in a football all-star game this weekend.

    Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick will represent the South at the 24th annual West Central Illinois All-Star Game on Saturday at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.

    The game features 108 seniors from this past school year, and 34 high schools are represented, including 16 players from the South Central Conference.

  • PHOTO: Vandal volleyball camp

    A youth volleyball camp was hosted last week at VCHS.

  • Senior Spotlight: Nick Metzger

    Nick Metzger wasn’t much of a ballplayer four years ago.

    Self-described as “not very good and really slow” during his first year with the Vandals, Metzger didn’t let his lack of ability force him out of the game.

    “Coach saw something in me, so I got to play,” he said.

    And it was a good thing he had a supportive coach, because the recent Vandalia graduate became an essential player his junior and senior seasons.

  • Jr. Legion gets first win of season against Salem

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team notched its first victory of the season, using a strong start on offense and a stellar pitching effort to beat Salem, 6-1, in a district game on Monday.

    The first four batters in the bottom of the first inning all scored, and Clinton Hood pitched six innings, allowing a run in the first and just five base runners after that.

    “Clinton did a good job of throwing first-pitch strikes to stay ahead of hitters,” said coach TK Kinkead. “He pitches to contact, and the defense made plays behind him.”