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School Sports

  • Bowden speaks at FCA banquet

    Coach Bobby Bowden, who built a football dynasty at Florida State University, told participants at Monday night’s All-South Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet that there’s more to life than winning football games.

    “I’ve won national championships,” said Bowden, 82, “but even after those wins, there was a void in my life. The only way to fill that void is through Jesus Christ. God made us that way.”

  • VCHS to host first meet on all-weather track on Thursday

    The first varsity meet on the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School will take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Other teams participating are Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Patoka, St. Elmo and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    The track, which was built primarily with grant money, has been a great benefit to the track teams, according to coaches.

  • Vandals have successful week with 3 wins

    The Vandals overcame a slow start to beat Mulberry Grove in five innings on Monday.

    Mulberry Grove got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Bloemker and Alex Goodin to help produce three first-inning runs, but those would be the only ones the Aces would score and Vandalia would have two big innings to win, 13-3.

    “Mulberry did that to us last year,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt of the start. “Good teams are going to bounce back, and we were able to do that today.”

  • Vandal notes: Two players have career firsts

    RAMSEY – Sophomore Colin Ledbetter and senior Ethan Nesbit each recorded their first career varsity RBI during last Wednesday’s 12-4 win at Ramsey.

    Nesbit, who also made his first career start, scored in the second inning for his first career run, and in the third, he brought in a pair of runs on a single to center field.

    “Ethan is a first-year player, and that was a big hit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He’s working hard every day at practice.”

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on Tuesday

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals split doubleheader with Woodlawn

    The momentum shifted several times during each game of a doubleheader between Vandalia and Woodlawn on Saturday, and the end result was a win for each side.

    Woodlawn twice snatched the momentum during a 7-3 win in the first game, but the Lady Vandals were able to gain it when they needed it in game two to win 9-8 in eight innings.

    “I wish we could have gotten two today,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher, “but I’m glad we split.”

  • Lady Vandals earn first conference win

    Senior Alex Henna had a home run, double and six RBI to lead the Lady Vandals to a 13-3 win against Carlinville in the team’s South Central Conference opener last Friday.

    Henna had one RBI in each of her first three at-bats – a single, error and double – and she lifted the fourth pitch of her final at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer that moved Vandalia ahead, 12-3.

  • Lady Vandal notes: Single-game goals being met

    Vandalia softball coach Brian Buscher has set five single-game goals for his team to achieve this season, and so far, four of the five are being met every game.

    The goals being met are: have fun, hustle, communicate and be a good teammate. The Lady Vandals have failed to commit one error or less in any game.

    Buscher, however, said that even though several errors are being committed, he has noticed that the other goals have helped counteract any negativity that could come from the miscues.

  • Junior high track teams have success in first meet

    Two school records were set in the first meet on Vandalia's all-weather track on Monday

    The seventh-grade girls 4X100-meter relay team of Emma Meyer, Madeline Cade, Anna Miller and Jensen

    Hollinshead placed first in 57.5 seconds to set a new school mark, and seventh-grader Curtis Gordon cleared 8 feet in the pole vault to break a record.

  • South Central defeats Brownstown

    BROWNSTOWN – South Central won its fifth straight game in handing Brownstown a 15-3 loss last Thursday.
    Senior Cole Armstrong was 4-for-5 for the Cougars, including a triple and two RBI.

    Seniors Colby Bushue, senior Bret Pitts, Larry Schoreck and Luke Krajefska, and juniors Fischer Tharp and Drake Ritter each had two hits.

    Bushue and Krajefska added two RBI each.

    Sophomore Calvin Boggs led Brownstown's offense with a pair of doubles and two runs.

    Senior Brady McDowell also doubled and junior Shane Sefton was 2-for-2.