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School Sports

  • South Central bass fishing team qualifies for state

    For the second straight year, South Central High School's bass fishing team has qualified for the Illinois High School Association state tournament.

    The Cougars placed first and second at last weekend's Forbes Lake sectional, advancing seven anglers to the state level.

    In boat No. 1, seniors Cole Armstrong, Austin Geiler and Adam White, and sophomore Gunner Huddlestun caught five fish, weighing in at 8.66 pounds.

  • Clift overcomes small zone to pitch Patoka to win

    BROWNSTOWN – Despite throwing to a miniscule strike zone, Patoka sophomore Johnnie Clift still managed 11 strikeouts during a 9-4 Patoka win on Monday.

    The home plate umpire was squeezing both pitchers during the game – helping lead to eight walks – but Patoka coach Joey Eddy was glad to see his young hurler battle through the challenge.

    “He’s got a level head,” Eddy said. “He trusted his stuff to keep them off-balance, because he had to hit a coffee can.

  • 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.