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School Sports

  • St. Elmo takes third-place in EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – In a quick game that lasted less than 90 minutes last Thursday, St. Elmo beat Brownstown for third place in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament at Vandalia High School.

    The top-seeded Eagles were coming off of a tough eight-inning loss to No. 4 Beecher City in the semifinals, and coach Ryan Beccue was glad his team came away with the 4-1 victory.

  • Mulberry Grove takes fifth at Egyptian-Illini Confernce Tournament

    VANDALIA – The fifth-place game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament started with a no-hitter and ended with a slew of runs.

    Mulberry Grove senior Nate Ketchem carried a no-hitter through the first four innings of last Wednesday’s game against Ramsey, but the teams combined for 15 hits and 15 runs in the final three innings of a 10-8 Aces win, their third of the season.

    “Nate was going after guys,” said Mulberry Grove coach Chad Nelson. “He would get ahead, and then go off-speed late in the counts.”

  • PHOTO: Patoka Jr. High team wins regional title

    The Patoka Jr. High baseball team recently won a regional championship, the second title in school history.

    Mark Herrin pitched a complete game, striking out 16 and allowing just three hits in the 7-0 victory against Rome, to move the Mohawks to 16-2 for the season.

    The next game is on Saturday at Coulterville at 3:30 p.m. against either Century or New Simpson Hill.

  • PHOTO: St. Peter volleyball

    The St. Peter Lady Saints volleyball team placed fourth at the Holly Reeb Tournament in Belleville on Sept. 14-15.

  • Vandalia gets big homecoming victory, despite fumbles

    VANDALIA - Despite losing seven fumbles during the game, Vandalia came away with a 47-6 win against Litchfield for homecoming by scoring a touchdown on its other seven drives.

    Ryan Ambuehl scored four times during the game, rushing for three touchdowns and catching a 24-yard pass from Tim Ritchey, who later threw another 24-yard touchdown pass to Luke Smith.

    Alex Newsom added a pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 49-yard run on Vandalia's first play from scrimmage.

    The Vandal defense played well, recording 13 tackles for loss.

  • Patoka wins EIC Tournament; St. Elmo is third

    VANDALIA — Patoka beat Beecher City, 7-2, Thursday night to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Clinton Hood picked up the win for the second-seeded Warriors, keeping the No. 4 Eagles at bay all game.

    In the third-place game, St. Elmo beat Brownstown, 4-1.

    Connor Beasley picked up the win and had two RBI for the top-seeded Eagles.

  • Lady Vandals suffer first loss of season at Pana

    PANA — A subpar attack against a very disciplined Pana volleyball team led to Vandalia's first loss of the season Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals made too many errors in a 25-10, 25-19 loss, said coach Allison Smith.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had six kills, and senior Shelby Foster had three service aces to lead the Lady Vandals (15-1) in the nonconference game. The conference date is in Vandalia on Oct. 18.

    The next game is on Monday at Taylorville.

  • Senior Spotlight: Gabby McNutt

    Tasked with replacing a college-bound player at the most important position on the volleyball court, the nerves that Gabby McNutt felt early in the season were justified.

    Now 15 games later, the Vandalia senior finds setting to be second nature.

    “I was expecting to be the setter, but when I had to step up and do it, there was a lot of pressure,” McNutt said. “Now, I’m comfortable with everyone, because I’ve played with them all.”

  • Lady Vandals reign supreme at Vandalia Tourney

    It was the game everyone wanted to see in the finals of Saturday’s Vandalia Tournament, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

    County rivals Vandalia and South Central clashed in the championship game, with the Lady Vandals maintaining a 13-0 record by earning a 26-24, 25-22 victory in a rematch of a game from earlier this month to win their first-ever Vandalia Tournament.

    “Exactly the result that we wanted,” said coach Allison Smith.

  • Long runs, defense lead Vandals to big win at Roxana

    ROXANA – If Roxana wasn’t some 60 miles away, the Vandals probably just would have run home instead of taking the bus.

    Piling up 479 rushing yards on 47 carries, the Vandals used three touchdown runs at least 59 yards and a strong defensive performance last Friday night to dispatch South Central Conference rival Roxana, 39-7.