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School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Quenten Austin

    Vandalia senior Quenten Austin has dabbled in almost every track event during his four-year high school career, so it’s not a big surprise that some of his future goals include success in more than one event.

    After celebrating senior day last Thursday at his final home meet, Austin went on to win three events at the conference meet on Tuesday, taking victories in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and the high jump. He fell short of his goal of winning four events by placing sixth in discus.

  • Four top finishes lead Vandals to fourth place

    LITCHFIELD – The meet started out as one to forget for Ryan Ambuehl, but it finished as one he will always remember.

    The Vandalia junior missed the finals of the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday after making contact with his teammate and taking a spill during the prelims, but he went on to break the school record in 400-meter dash during the South Central Conference Championships.

  • Beasley tosses no-hitter vs. Bombers on Tuesday

    St. Elmo junior Connor Beasley fired a five-inning no-hitter against Brownstown on Tuesday.

    With the 10-0 win, St. Elmo moved its record to 17-6, which is a school record for wins in a season.

    The Eagles have now won 11 games in a row.

    Beasley (4-3) was locked in throughout the game, striking out seven batters against just one walk. St. Elmo also committed one error in the game.

    The Eagles gave him plenty of run support, too, scoring six times in the first inning and four more times in the fourth.

  • Mulberry Grove wins EIC title

    BEECHER CITY – The Lady Aces are back where they feel most comfortable.

    A year after being upset in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament, the perennial power played flawless defense and got a few timely hits on Saturday to beat Ramsey, 4-1.

    “I am thrilled,” said first-year coach Teresa Tompkins. “The girls did a fantastic job, played hard and did their best.”

  • Jackson breaks school record in pole vault

    Junior Zach Jackson vaulted himself into the Vandalia record books last Thursday, winning the pole vault to help the Vandals place first as a team.

    Jackson’s vault of 12 feet, 3 inches broke Vandalia’s school record for the event, which was set by Tom Ritter in 1967 at 12 feet.

    The first-year vaulter attributed breaking the record to a lot of practice time.

    “I’ve put in a lot of hours,” Jackson said. “I was hoping to get over 12-6, but 12-3 was good enough.”

  • South Central boats take 7th, 26th at state

    The two boats from South Central High School placed seventh and 26th at the Illinois High School Association state bass fishing tournament this past weekend.

    Boat No. 1 caught 24 pounds, 11 ounces of fish during the two-day event at Carlyle Lake to finish seventh.

    Anglers in that boat were: seniors Cole Armstrong, Austin Geiler and Adam White, and sophomore Gunner Huddlestun.

    Boat No. 2 caught 20 pounds, 3 ounces to finish 26th.

    Anglers in that boat were: senior Colton Wilkins, sophomore Coleman Mulvaney and freshman Trevor Butts.

  • Four JV players play vs. Litchfield

    Several JV players were given an opportunity to play at the varsity level last Friday, and the Swain twins impressed during a 14-0 loss.

    Freshman Ashley Swain went 1-for-1 to get her first career varsity hit in the bottom of the third, and Kelsey Swain pitched the final one-third of an inning, allowing one hit.

    Others who earned playing time due to two varsity players being unavailable to play were junior Caitlin Alverson and freshman Kadi Metzger, who each had one at-bat.

  • Vandals snap losing streak; to honor seniors Friday

    While it’s likely that teams will eventually catch on to his bunting, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo still might be fast enough to outrun a prepared defense.

    He showcased his speed last Wednesday, when he had three bunt singles and three stolen bases to help the Vandals snap an 11-game losing streak by defeating Hillsboro, 9-3.

    What’s good, however, is that while Godoyo has attempted bunts in the majority of his recent at-bats, if a defense ever does find a good strategy to stop his bunts, he is perfectly capable of swinging away for hits.

  • Rainey named MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    BEECHER CITY – Ramsey junior Shaunna Rainey on Saturday was named the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference.

    Rainey was joined by teammates junior Taylor Knisley and senior Darien Carter on the all-conference first team.

    “I’m really proud of that,” said coach Mike Jackson. “She is a big boost for our team. Nobody worries about our catching position, and her hitting and base running are good.”

  • St. Elmo takes third place at EIC Tournament

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo regained its focus after a lopsided loss to take third place at the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    The Lady Eagles suffered a 16-1 setback against Ramsey in the semifinals, but St. Elmo scored seven runs in the first two innings of an 8-4 win against Beecher City in the third-place game.

    “It was good to see them get their focus back and play a good game,” said coach Tom Fedrigon. “Samantha (Austin) pitched fantastic, and the defense played well behind her.”