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School Sports

  • Blankenship tosses no-hitter to help Mulberry Grove make sectional final

    Mulberry Grove senior Megan Blankenship threw a no-hitter against Altamont in the semifinals of the Woodlawn Sectional to give the Lady Aces a 7-1 victory and a spot in Saturday's 11 a.m. sectional final.

    Blankenship was not overpowering, striking out just two, but Altamont was only able to bring across an unearned run in the seventh inning.

    Senior Harley Tompkins led the Lady Aces, with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs.

    The Lady Aces will face Woodlawn the finals.

  • Gordon is state champ

    Vandalia seventh-grader Curtis Gordon on Saturday became the junior high’s first state champion in more than 30 years by winning the pole vault.

    His vault of 10 feet was three inches short of his personal best, but it was still good enough to beat out two contenders by three inches.

    “My hard work paid off through the year,” Gordon said on Monday. “There were a lot of good competitors at the meet, but I guess I had the best day.”

  • Three Vandals set school records, make state

    Three Vandalia High School boys track athletes qualified for the state meet, and each of them set one school record in the process.

    Senior Quenten Austin headlines the group – which includes juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Wade Cowger – after winning the sectional championship in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

    “These guys set goals and worked for the goals, and it’s a privilege to be part of that,” said coach Jane Bell. “Coaches put together the workouts, but the athletes have to do them.”

  • Hill takes 7th at state track meet

    CHARLESTON – St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill uncorked a strong throw at the state meet last Saturday to better her seed by four spots to place seventh in the discus.

    Hill, who qualified for the meet but did not advance past the preliminaries last season as a freshman, came into the meet as the No. 11 seed, but threw a personal-best 116 feet, 2 inches.

    In the preliminaries last Thursday, Hill threw a then-personal-best 113 feet, 6 inches to qualify for the finals as the No. 7 seed.

  • Lady Aces win regional championship

    Mulberry Grove won its fifth regional title in seven years last Thursday, using a flurry of late scoring to secure an 11-1 win against Odin at the Odin Regional.

    Sophomore Breann Tompkins had an inside-the-park home run to highlight a 3-for-4 day from the plate, which also included two runs and two RBI.

    Her home run came in the sixth inning and scored senior Cheyenne Rogier. Sam Goodin followed with a triple, and she scored on a passed ball to give the Lady Aces a 10-run lead.

  • Cougars win 4-3 to claim regional title

    South Central won its first regional championship since 2010 by defeating Edwards County, 4-3, on Saturday at the Wayne City Regional.

    The top-seeded Cougars wasted no time getting on the board, posting three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

    Senior Colby Bushue opened his 3-for-3 game with a single and a stolen base before scoring on a single by junior Fischer Tharp.

    Senior Cole Armstrong reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.

  • VJHS athletes run at IESA state meet

    Other than state champion Curtis Gordon, 10 other Jr. Vandals participated at the state meet last Saturday, with seventh-grader Emma Meyer recording the next-highest finish.

    Meyer qualified in four events at the Illinois Elementary School Association state meet, and her ninth place finish in the pole vault (7 feet, 9 inches) was Vandalia’s only other top 10.

    She also placed 21st in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (0:13.98), 19th in the long jump (14 feet, 7 ¾ inches) and was part of the 4X100-meter relay team which placed 14th (0:54.92).

  • Buscher brings experience to Vandals

    The new boys basketball coach at Vandalia High School brings a wealth of experience and familiarity to the position.

    Brian Buscher was the starting point guard for the Vandals his sophomore through senior seasons, and he has been an assistant coach with the team for the past 14 seasons.

    And ever since his playing days, he has had a strong desire to win, which is a key ingredient for someone taking over one of the highest profile coaching positions in town.

  • Ramsey falls in regional championship game

    ALTAMONT – The Lady Rams had six extra-base hits, but struggled at the plate with runners in scoring position on Saturday during a 10-3 loss to Altamont in the championship game of the Altamont Regional.

    Seven Ramsey runners were left on second or third, and the Lady Rams were just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

    Senior Stevie Coates had a pair of triples, but a total of five strikeouts followed her hits to leave her stranded at third base both times.

  • Season ends too early for St. Elmo senior class

    ASSUMPTION – The season ended prematurely for St. Elmo last Thursday in the semifinals of the regional tournament, halting the careers of four extremely talented seniors.

    Ben Sperry, Blaine Scholes, Willie Magnus and Woodsen Savage all have started for four years for the Eagles, and an 11-1 loss to Windsor that snapped a 14-game winning streak was not the finish anyone had in mind.