School Sports

  • Gordon places 3rd at Illinois Top Times indoor meet

    At the Illinois Top Times meet, freshman Curtis Gordon medaled and broke his own school record in the pole vault.

    He cleared 14 feet, 6 inches for third place last Saturday at the unofficial indoor state meet in Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center in Bloomington.

    Gordon finished a foot and a half behind Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who won the event with 16 feet. The second-place finisher was Casey-Westfield’s Riley Smith, who cleared 15 feet, 3 inches.

  • Schaal, Well shine as Vandalia's offense pounds out 20 runs

    VANDALIA – Junior Zach Schaal made the most of his season debut.

    After missing the first two games of the season, Schaal went 4-for-4 at the plate and struck out 12 in a complete game last Friday as Vandalia knocked off in-county rival Ramsey 20-5 in six innings.

    “Last year, he pitched some really big games,” said acting coach Mark Rinehart. “From my point of view, the main thing we were impressed with was that he hung tough.

  • Vandalia dominates SCC's all-conference selections

    VANDALIA – The South Central Conference all-conference wrestling selections were once again dominated by Vandals.

    Thirteen Vandalia wrestlers earned all-conference honors, including nine on the first team.

  • Lady Vandals win second straight

    ST. PETER – Taylor Well just keeps driving in runs for the Lady Vandals.

    The Vandalia senior had four RBI on three hits on Monday, helping back a strong effort from senior pitcher Megan

    Godoyo, who struck out nine in a 13-3 win at South Central, the team’s second straight after dropping the first four games of the season.

    Well has recorded a hit in four of the six games this season, but she has 11 RBI on those eight hits. Her .444 average is second on the team to senior Kylie Sellers, who is batting .533 after a 1-for-3 effort on Monday.

  • Patoka's early scoring leads to lopsided victory at Vandalia

    VANDALIA – The Warriors opened the season with more losses than they would have preferred, but a big win at Vandalia on Monday may get things going in the right direction.

    Patoka scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-1 win at Vandalia Mutual Field, getting a complete game from senior Johnnie Clift and hits from almost every hitter in the lineup.

  • Clift is EIC MVP

    Patoka senior Johnnie Clift was a unanimous selection, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead seven players on the basketball all-conference team.

    Clift averaged 17.5 points per game in the six conference games to lead the Warriors to the EIC championship.

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 3)


    The Bombers again struggled to find their offense on Tuesday, getting just four hits in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Neoga.

    Brownstown/St. Elmo has not had more than five hits in any game this season, but still holds a 3-4 record by taking advantage of its strong pitching and base running.

    Sophomore Noah Flowers struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of work, but Neoga (4-0-1) had four doubles in the game that helped lead to a pair of three-run innings.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia wrestling awards

    The Vandalia wrestling team last Thursday held its awards banquet at the Moose Lodge, and coach Jason Clay handed out several awards.

  • Historic season ends in Elite Eight

    TOLONO – Two long serving streaks for Beecher hurt Vandalia’s chances in last Saturday’s volleyball state quarterfinals.

    Playing in the school’s first-ever Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament, the Jr. Lady Vandals’ improbable postseason run came to an end with a 20-25, 11-25 loss in the Elite Eight.

    Playing at Unity Jr./Sr. High, Vandalia lost a six-point lead late in the first set by allowing Beecher nine straight points, and lost a two-point lead early in the second set by allowing 13 straight points.