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School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 26)

    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

    •April 21 – Bushue, a South central graduate, lost his spot in the Lexington Legends' rotation after struggling in his first three starts of the season. During a 7-1 win against Kannapolis, Bushue pitched one inning in relief, striking out one and walking one. Through Tuesday, the Legends were 8-11.

  • Prep roundup (April 26)

    Lady Eagles win EIC slugfest with Beecher City

    The Lady Eagles won a wild one in Beecher City last Thursday.

    St. Elmo scored seven runs in the top of the seventh, only to have Beecher City rally back in the bottom of the frame to tie the game 12.

    But the Lady Eagles would add three runs in the eighth to come away with a 15-12 victory, their second Egyptian-Illini Conference win of the season.

  • Vandal notes: Team gets respect from SCC rival

    When Greenville’s A.J. Childerson toed the rubber for last Wednesday’s game in Vandalia, the home team players and coaches knew it would be a challenge to get going offensively.

    The Vandals never could get Childerson figured out during a 6-0 loss, but the fact that Greenville coaches respected the Vandals enough to throw their ace, even though Vandalia had lost five in a row, should tell Vandals players something about their talent.

  • Jr. High track athletes break more records

    More school records fell as the Vandalia Junior High track teams had two meets in the past week.

    Emma Meyer improved her own record in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.2 seconds. The seventh-grade 4X100-meter relay team of Meyer, Madeline Cade, Anna Miller and Jensen Hollinshead, also bettered its record, with a time of 56.4 seconds.

    For the boys, Curtis Gordon broke his own record in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 17.8 seconds.

    All three of those records were set last Thursday at Greenville.

  • Graumenz signs to wrestle for Neosho County CC

    Kyle Graumenz, a senior at Triad High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Neosho County Community College in Chaunte, Kan.

    The grandson of Devon and Patty Graumenz of Shobonier placed fourth at 138 pounds in the Class 2A individual state tournament this past February. He was the state runner-up as a sophomore in the 119-pound bracket.

    He qualified for the Illinois High School Association state tournament all four years of his high school career.

  • Jackson to host boys basketball camp

    Vandalia High School boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson will be holding a basketball camp for boys in grades K-7 from May 29-June 1.

    The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and man-to-man defense.

    Individual offensive moves and team play will also be included.

    Grades K-3 will participate from 8:30-9:45 a.m., and grades 4-7 will go from 10-11:45 a.m.

    Registration for grades K-3 is $25, and for grades 4-7, it is $35.

  • Vandalia baseball takes 12-inning loss; Saturday game canceled

    Saturday's Vandalia baseball game against Centralia (varsity and JV) has been canceled. The cancellation comes one day after the Vandals lost 7-6 at Hillsboro in 12 innings.

  • Vandalia softball moved to Hillsboro

    Today's Lady Vandals softball game has been moved from Vandalia to Hillsboro. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

  • A stripe for Ethan

    MULBERRY GROVE – Wearing an Aces baseball cap emblazoned with a black stripe to honor his older brother’s memory, sophomore Dalton Crisman sat mostly quiet in the dugout prior to last Thursday’s game.

    It was his first game back with the team since the death of his brother, Ethan, who died last Tuesday, and he was itching to get back to his starting post in left field.

    But before he could do that, teammates, coaches, opponents and fans all stood for a moment of silence to honor Ethan’s memory.

  • South Central tops Vandalia with eight-run sixth inning

    South Central has lived on the edge all season.

    Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars exploded for eight runs to secure an 11-5 victory on Monday, their sixth comeback win in 13 games.

    “That’s the way it’s gone so far, but that’s something hard to do every game,” said coach Curt Jones. “I sure hope they don’t plan on doing that the rest of the season.”

    It’s a nerve-racking way to win, but the Cougars have seemed to always get the job done this spring.