School Sports

  • Nine Jr. Vandals state-bound

    The Jr. Vandals will be well-represented at this weekend’s Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state track meet in East Peoria.

    Nine athletes from Vandalia qualified in a total in 12 events, with seventh-grader Devon Little leading the way with three events, and seventh-grader Emma Warner holding the team’s highest seeding.

    Warner is ranked third among seventh-grade qualifiers in the pole vault.

  • Buscher resigns as Vandalia softball coach

    VANDALIA – For the past six years, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher has gotten just one week per year away from coaching one of his three high school sports.

    A recent decision will give him additional much-deserved time off.

    After six years at the helm, Buscher resigned from his position as head softball coach on Tuesday night. He will maintain his positions as head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach.

  • Vandals falter in regional tournament

    VANDALIA – The Vandals allowed eight unearned runs in the first two innings, and stranded 10 runners on base during Monday’s regional play-in game, an 8-2 loss to Pana.

    Vandalia had previously beaten Pana twice during the regular season, but couldn’t find a big hit after the slow start, while junior Zach Schaal held the Panthers to just two hits in the final five innings.

  • Lady Vandals finish season in play-in game

    The Lady Vandals softball season came to a close on Monday, with a 4-1 loss in the play-in game of the Vandalia Regional.

    As the No. 5 seed, the Lady Vandals had to travel to fourth-seeded Wesclian for the right to play in their own regional tournament, but collected just three hits on the afternoon, finally scoring in the seventh inning.

  • Vandalia grad qualifies for NCAA Division III nationals

    One of the most well-rounded male track athletes to run at Vandalia Community High School is now a qualifier for the NCAA Division III national championships.

    Quenten Austin, a 2012 graduate, will participate in the decathlon at the national level in a meet at Ohio Wesleyan University this Thursday-Saturday.

    The sophomore is ranked No. 18 in the decathlon (6,429 points) for No. 20 Carthage College, which is located in Kenosha, Wis.

    The decathlon is a grueling 10-event athletic test that will be spread across two days.

  • Behrends signs with Lewis and Clark

    Brownstown High School senior Jacob Behrends last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

    Behrends, who is 7-3 for Brownstown/St. Elmo this spring, has had a strong year overall. He went 3-5 this past fall, but he also faced many of the toughest teams in the National Trail Conference.

    His biggest highlight was his 22-strikeout performance against Patoka in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

  • Scholes battles illness in regional loss

    ALTAMONT – Junior Baylee Scholes has been a mainstay in the pitcher’s circle for St. Elmo/Brownstown the past two seasons, and she wasn’t going to let an illness stop her from making her final start of the spring.

    Though, it was looking questionable until the day of the game.

    Scholes had just enough health to give the Lady Eagles six gritty innings of pitching, but the offense sputtered in a 6-1 loss to Windsor/Stew-Stras in the semifinals of the Altamont Regional.

  • BSE baseball, South Central softball win play-in games

    Senior Jacob Behrends struck out nine, and fourth-seeded Brownstown/St. Elmo collected five doubles to knock off No. 5 Patoka, 3-2, in Monday’s regional play-in game.

    Behrends dominated Patoka this year, going 3-0 against the Warriors in three complete games, striking out 45 batters in 21 innings.

    He also had one of the team’s doubles, and was joined by freshman Landon Feezel, junior Drake Hall and seniors Levi Maxey and Dalton Parks.

  • Vandals drop final four games of regular season

    All three seniors singled in the final game of their careers on Tuesday, an 11-0 loss at Roxana.

    Matt Beck, Colin Ledbetter and Carson Smith had all of Vandalia’s hits in the South Central Conference game, which gave Roxana a share of the conference title.

    The Vandals finish the season at 8-18 (1-8 SCC).

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 22)


    The Bombers closed the regular season with a walk-off victory last Friday against Ramsey.

    Sophomore Malachi Maxey roped an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to score senior Dustin Lawson from first base to give Brownstown/St. Elmo a 2-1 victory.

    Maxey had not recorded a hit since April 29.

    Offense was otherwise hard to come by for either team, as the team’s pitchers combined to allow seven hits and four walks.