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School Sports

  • Jackson stepping down as boys basketball coach

    Kevin Jackson has stepped down as head boys basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

    His resignation was accepted by the school board at a special meeting on Tuesday night. He will maintain his roles as athletic director and driver’s education teacher.

    “Priorities change over time,” Jackson said. “I still love to compete with the guys that we have here, but priorities change.

    “It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision.”

  • Ruffner is SCC high jump champ

    CARLINVILLE – Junior Sierah Ruffner was the lone champion for Vandalia at Tuesday’s South Central Conference girls track meet, but first-year Gena Nance was left satisfied by a solid team-effort that earned the Lady Vandals sixth place.

    Ruffner placed first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet on her third attempt at that height. She was assured of first place after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches, however, because neither of the two individuals who tied for second place could clear that height.

  • PHOTO: Scholes signs with Illinois College

    St. Elmo High School senior Blaine Scholes has signed to continue his athletic and academic careers at Illinois College. Scholes committed to the IC baseball team last week.

  • Lady Vandals dispatch Pana

    The Lady Vandals put to rest a nine-game losing streak by defeating Pana, 7-5, last Wednesday.

    The victory didn’t come easily, however, as Pana had several base runners in all but one inning and Vandalia’s defense committed five errors.

    Senior Molli Tedrick flirted with disaster over the first three innings, loading the bases in the first and second innings, and allowing runners to reach second and third with no outs in the third.

    The defense bailed her out each time, committing zero errors in those innings to keep Pana scoreless.

  • Vandals fall to Pana, Greenville in conference ballgames

    The Vandalia baseball team was unable to end its losing streak, falling in two conference games in the past week.

    The Vandals fell at Pana last Wednesday, 7-5, and dropped a road game at Greenville on Tuesday, 8-0.

    Vandalia has lost 11 games in a row and is now 6-14 (2-6 South Central Conference) for the season.

    Against Pana, senior Dathan Berning had a pair of doubles, but the Panthers scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and maintained control throughout the rest of the game.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 3)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes with recent results.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends

  • Prep roundup (May 3)

    Lady Cougars take 3rd in shortened tourney

    The South Central softball team won two of three games in a rain-shortened tournament at Robinson last Saturday.

    The Lady Cougars then won a coin toss to take third place.

    South Central had advanced to the third-place game after defeating Neoga and Hutsonville, and losing to Robinson, but that game against Red Hill was called off after just a third of an inning.

    In game one, senior Alexis Phillips had four singles and two RBI to lead South Central to a 7-5 win.

  • VJHS track and field results

    EIGHTH-GRADE BOYS
    Monday, April 30
    at Litchfield
    First-place finishers
    •Marcus Durbin, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash
    •Ethan Meyer, shot put
    •Shane Murray, pole vault
    •Tucker Willms, discus
    •4X200-meter relay (Grant Wells, Eli Bowen, Enrique Jenner and Bobby Bradley)
    Second-place finishers
    •Bowen, long jump
    •Bradley, 400-meter dash, shot put
    •Jenner, high jump
    •Murray, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run

  • Boys and girls basketball, and volleyball youth camps being hosted at VCHS

    A basketball camp for girls curently in grades K-7 will be held at VCHS from May 21-24.

    The camp will teach the fundamentals of girls basketball, and will be led by VCHS coach Michelle McNary.

    The camp will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. each day, and the registration cost is $30 for individuals and $25 for each additional child within the same family.

    Early registration is appreciated.

    For more information, contact McNary at 267-7047.

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  • Vandalia softball game canceled

    The makeup softball game between Vandalia and East Alton-Wood River for Tuesday has been postponed. A make-up is to be announced for the game that was originally scheduled for April 13.