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School Sports

  • 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.”

  • Legion notes: Post 95's offense rolling

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion offense has all the pieces to put up a lot of runs this season, and based on how it hit in the first two games of the season, coach Andy Rincker knew it wasn’t going to be long before the runs started piling up.

    Despite scoring just 10 runs in the first two games of the season, Post 95 pounded out 21 hits and had 33 total base runners.

    But with the lack of runs, Rincker could tell something still wasn’t quite there.

  • Hosick Motors defeats Vandals

    Ryan Thiele and Bryan Hobbie slugged home runs for Hosick Motors to lead the dealership to a 9-1 win last Friday in a friendly scrimmage against the Vandalia High School team.

    Hosick’s, a regular contributor to Vandalia athletics, came to high school baseball coach Luke Hohlt with the idea of scrimmaging against his players, and Hohlt had no problem making it happen.

    “Hosick Motors is a big supporter of Vandal athletics,” he said. “They have some guys with talent who wanted to showcase their skills.

  • First boys shootout is on Monday

    The first of four summer boys basketball shootouts in Vandalia will be played next Monday and Tuesday.

    There will be 16 teams in the field – including conference rivals Roxana, Litchfield and Hillsboro, and Vandalia Holiday Tournament regulars Flora and Altamont.

    Vandalia’s game will be at the following times.

    Monday, June 11
    at VJHS
    •9 a.m. vs. Fairfield
    •10:40 a.m. vs. Princeton, Ind.
    •1:10 p.m. vs. Jerseyville
    •3:40 p.m. vs. Trico

  • PHOTOS: Boys and girls basketball camps

    Youth basketball camps were recently at Vandalia.

  • Austin takes 6th at state in 110-meter hurdles

    CHARLESTON – A school record and a spot on the medal stand made Vandalia senior Quenten Austin’s final high school track meet a memorable one.

    Austin broke the school record in the 110-meter hurdles (0:15.38) during last Thursday’s state preliminaries, and he went on to match his time to finish sixth in Saturday’s finals to receive his first state medal in three tries.

    Taking his place on the medal stand, Austin said, was everything he imagined and more.

  • Making school history: Mulberry Grove softball team wins school's first sectional title in any sport, but falls at super-sectional

    CARBONDALE – Two days after making school history, the Mulberry Grove softball team was shut out for the first time on the season at Monday’s Carbondale Super-Sectional, falling 14-0 to a very talented Goreville squad.

    The Lady Aces (23-5) came into the game aware that the Lady Blackcats had a lineup full of disciplined hitters and a tough pitcher, but Goreville was simply overwhelming.

  • Bushue leads Cougars to semifinal win

    EFFINGHAM – Senior Colby Bushue made sure that if South Central was going to lose in the sectional semifinals last Wednesday, it wasn’t going to be because he didn’t give his best effort.

    After allowing hits to the first two Windsor batters to spot the Blue Devils an early 1-0 lead, Bushue struck out the next five batters, started a two-run rally with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then drove home two more runs with a single in the second inning as the Cougars cruised to an 11-2 victory.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia baseball awards

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards during the team's awards banquet last Friday night.