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School Sports

  • Boggs provides excitement for Bombers in loss

    BROWNSTOWN – Just two weeks ago, sophomore Calvin Boggs had back surgery.

    In his first game after being cleared to return to the baseball field, no one would have guessed that Boggs had just recovered from a medical operation.

    Boggs singled in his first at-bat on Tuesday and showed tremendous hustle on a pair of defensive plays, giving the Bombers something to be excited about on a day they lost to North Clay, 14-4.

  • Beasley named MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    St. Elmo junior Connor Beasley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead three Eagles on the first team.

    Beasley averaged 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead St. Elmo in both categories.

    Seniors Ben Sperry and Blake Pruett were also named to the first team for the EIC champions.

    First Team
    •Beasley (MVP), St. Elmo
    •Luke Moore, Cowden
    •Sperry, St. Elmo
    •Pruett, St. Elmo
    •Jalen Hovis, Cowden

  • Prep roundup (March 22)

    BOYS TRACK
    Saturday, March 17
    at Charleston Indoor
    •Quenten Austin, 55-meter high hurdles, 8.19 seconds. He placed fourth and broke his own school record in the event.
    •Ryan Ambuehl, triple jump, 38 feet, 5 1/2 inches. He placed seventh.
    •Ambuehl, 400-meter dash, 54.82 seconds. He placed eighth.
    •Austin, high jump, 6 feet. He placed ninth.
    •Wade Cowger, 800-meter run, 2:10.15. He placed 11th.
    •Dalton Smith, 200-meter dash, 24.65 seconds. He placed 11th.

  • First pitches thrown out prior to Vandalia home openers

    A first-pitch ceremony was held on both the Vandalia High School softball and baseball fields before the first home games on Monday.

    Those throwing out first pitches represented businesses, organizations or individuals who in the past year were major donors to the Field of Dreams projects that helped renovate each field.

  • S. Central at 0-4 on young season

    A young South Central softball team is 0-4 through the first four games of the season.

    In the first game of the season, the Lady Cougars were no-hit in a 11-0 loss at Olney.

    The next day, they were shut out by Altamont, 21-0.

    In that game, which was last Thursday, South Central got its first hit, a single from Sierra Gunnels.

    Seniors Lexi Schafer and Alexis Phillips each struck out three batters in that game.

    On Monday, South Central scored three times during a 17-3 loss to Mulberry Grove.

  • Jr. Lady Eagles fall at state tourney

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball team lost to Roanoke-Benson at the state tournament, 25-20, 10-25, 20-25.

    St. Elmo was led by Sarah Maxey, who had seven aces; Jenna Long, who had two aces; and Tyler Mars, who had seven service points.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles finished the season at 18-7.

    Roanoke-Benson placed third in the tournament.

  • Ramsey Sports Boosters holding fish fry

    The Ramsey Sports Boosters will hold a fish fry on Friday, March 30, at Ramsey Grade School.

    The all-you-can-east event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. in the all-purpose room.

    Cost for a meal is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 12 and under, and $8.50 for carryout.

    Advance tickets can be purchased from any Ramsey athlete or at First National Bank in Ramsey.

    For more information, contact Melissa Carroll, mcarrol@ramsey.fayette.k12.il.us; Michele Lay, mblay5@frontiernet.net; or Jullie Moreland, jmoreland@frontiernet.net.

  • Area coaches enjoying weather at start of practices

    Area baseball and softball teams have been outside more often at the start of this season’s practices than last year.

    Warm temperatures over the past two weeks have allowed teams to practice outside instead of inside gymnasiums like last season, when snowy and cold conditions lingered through March.

    In  St. Elmo, the more-traditional practices helped prepare the Eagles for their season-opener with Shelbyville on Tuesday, which the team lost, 12-2.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia basketball awards presented

    Vandalia coaches presented awards earlier this week.

  • St. Elmo eighth-graders qualify for state tournament

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8-2A state tournament on Monday by defeating Neoga 25-9, 25-12 at St. Anthony.

    St. Elmo’s record is now 18-6, and the team will play Roanoke-Benson (17-2) on Saturday at Lewistown High School at 11:15 a.m.

    The winner plays again at 1 p.m.