School Sports

  • Vandals drop final four games of regular season

    All three seniors singled in the final game of their careers on Tuesday, an 11-0 loss at Roxana.

    Matt Beck, Colin Ledbetter and Carson Smith had all of Vandalia’s hits in the South Central Conference game, which gave Roxana a share of the conference title.

    The Vandals finish the season at 8-18 (1-8 SCC).

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 22)


    The Bombers closed the regular season with a walk-off victory last Friday against Ramsey.

    Sophomore Malachi Maxey roped an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to score senior Dustin Lawson from first base to give Brownstown/St. Elmo a 2-1 victory.

    Maxey had not recorded a hit since April 29.

    Offense was otherwise hard to come by for either team, as the team’s pitchers combined to allow seven hits and four walks.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (May 22)

    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.

  • IBCA honors Eddy

    The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently named Patoka coach Joey Eddy District 20's coach of the year. 

    Eddy was chosen by the vote of the coaching colleagues in the district for outstanding achievement during the 2013-14 season.

    The Warriors were undefeated in Egyptian-Illini Conference play, finished second at the Mulberry Grove and Christ Our Rock Lutheran tournaments, and won the school's first regional championship in 25 years. 

    Patoka finished with a 23-7 record.

  • Lady Vandals qualify for state in six events; two other locals qualify

    STAUNTON – It was a big day for the Vandalia girls track team at last Friday's Staunton Sectional.

    Two individuals combined to qualify in five events and one relay team placed in the top two to earn a place at this Thursday's Illinois High School Association state track meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Freshman Emma Meyer qualified in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, pole vault and was part of the 4X100-meter relay, which includes freshman Anna Miller, freshman Madison Klanke and sophomore Jalea Paslay.

  • Gordon, Strobel battle hard to earn all-conference honors; Woolsey sets record

    GREENVILLE – Freshman Curtis Gordon matched the height of a future NCAA Division I athlete at Tuesday's South Central Conference championships to place second in the pole vault, junior Ben Strobel took a tough second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and senior Colton Woolsey set a school record in the long jump.

    Gordon cleared 14 feet, 6 inches on a chilly and rainy afternoon at Greenville High School, tying Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who regularly vaults 15-16 feet. Gordon needed more attempts to clear the height than Deby did.

  • Smalls sets Jr. Mid-State Conference record in high jump

    VANDALIA – Seventh-grader Trevor Smalls set a Jr. Mid-State Conference record by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump at Tuesday’s JMSC Championships.

    He also placed first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter dash to help Vandalia to a second-place finish.

    Other conference champions were: Devon Little (110-meter hurdles and 800-meter run) and Blake Barth (400-meter dash).

  • Godoyo strikes out 15 in 1-hitter vs. Ramsey

    VANDALIA – Senior day was a special one for Vandalia’s Megan Godoyo.

    Godoyo – one of four seniors  – struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just one hit on Monday in Vandalia’s 9-2 win against Ramsey in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Godoyo expanded the strike zone, getting almost all of Ramsey’s hitters to swing at high pitches out of the zone, and at one point, struck out seven straight batters

  • Koontz, Tompkins lead MG to title at EIC Tournament

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo/Brownstown cost Mulberry Grove a share of the Egyptian-Illini Conference regular-season championship with a win in April.

    But last Saturday, the Lady Aces wouldn’t be denied the EIC Tournament title.

    Seniors Breann Tompkins and Josie Koontz had four hits, and Mulberry Grove scored multiple runs in three innings to beat SEB, 9-0, a stark contrast to a 9-7 loss to the Lady Eagles in April.

  • Jolliff wins second EIC MVP

    BEECHER CITY – After a monster season in Egyptian-Illini Conference games, Mulberry Grove senior Kate Jolliff took home conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight season.

    Jolliff hit .500 (8-for-16) as the Lady Aces went 3-1 in EIC games, hitting three home runs, one triple and one double while scoring 10 times, and received MVP honors after leading her team to the championship at last Saturday’s EIC Tournament.