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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals fall in doubleheader with EAWR

    Playing without all of its regular starters, the Vandalia High School softball team was swept in a doubleheader against East Alton-Wood River last Thursday.

    EAWR won the first game, 10-3, and then the second, 13-0, but coach Brian Buscher said that is not indicative of how the team is likely to play next spring.

    “We haven’t had nine starters there yet,” Buscher said. “We haven’t done a terrible job, with several players going to new positions.

    “We’re working on things, and that’s what summer is about,” he said. “We’re doing stuff right and getting better.”

  • Area teams struggle in third shootout

    Three local teams struggled in the third Vandal Shootout, with Vandalia, St. Elmo and Patoka each falling in the first round of Tuesday’s tournament.

    None of the three teams were able to pick up victories on the second day of pool play on Tuesday, with each losing twice, though the Vandals did have a couple of close contests.

    In its first game of the morning, Vandalia held the lead in parts of each quarter and never trailed by more than four points in the final period, but ultimately came up a point short in a 36-35 loss to Altamont.

  • Senior Spotlight: Ian Murrell

    Ian Murrell dreams in purple and orange.

    Deciding to attend the University of Evansville on a music scholarship, the 2012 graduate of Vandalia hopes to add to his college experience by walking on to the Evansville baseball team and trading his Vandalia red for Evansville purple and orange.

    “Thinking about it, if I were to make the team – and that is a huge if – I will be the only Division I athlete coming out of my class,” Murrell said. “I would have been the last kid to tell that I would be a Division I athlete.

  • Childress has two walk-offs for Jr. Legion team

    Derek Childress and the rest of the Jr. Legion squad could get used to this.

    The rising sophomore from Mulberry Grove had a pair of walk-off at-bats in the past week, stroking a double to beat Carlyle last Wednesday and reaching on a two-base error to beat South Central on Saturday.

    “I just try to hit the ball,” Childress said. “I thought it would be the third out (on Saturday).”

  • Vandals make tournament semifinals in second shootout

    After struggling to a 0-4 record on day one, the Vandals came back with two wins in pool play and a 2-1 record in the tournament of the second Vandal shootout last Thursday and Friday.

    It wasn’t necessarily that the Vandals played poorly on the first day – among the losses included a 35-32 loss to North Mac and a 56-55 loss to Olney – but Vandalia opened day two with an exciting 8 a.m. game.

  • Softball team drops home doubleheader to McArthur

    The first home games of the summer didn’t go quite as Vandalia had planned on Tuesday night, as the softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to McArthur.

    Vandalia lost the games, 8-4 and 17-1.

    In the first game, Morgan Whightsil and Kadi Metzger had back-to-back doubles in the third to get the Lady Vandals on the board, and Caitlin Alverson followed with an RBI single.

    In the fourth, Madison Click singled to open the inning, and she would score on a sacrifice fly from Whightsil, who scored on an error the inning before.

  • PHOTOS: Lady Vandal Shootouts

    Lady Vandal summer shootouts were held on Monday and Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. Vandalia was a combined 1-5.

  • Swofford wins summer tournament

    Rising Vandalia senior Blake Swofford recently won a junior tournament at the Roland Varkau Golf Course in Okawville.

    He placed first in the 16-18-year-old boys division by shooting a 70, winning the tournament by seven strokes.

    He is playing on the Jr. Tour of the Southern Illinois Golf Association, and will contend for the tour championship.

  • Buscher pleased with Vandals after shootout

    Getting his first look at his team in action, first-year Vandalia boys basketball coach Brian Buscher was left satisfied.

    The Vandals went 4-4 in the first summer shootout, making the tournament quarterfinals after winning a first-round game, 28-22, against Putnam County on Tuesday.

    Though the team lost to eventual champion Princeton, Ind., 29-24, in the quarterfinals, wins earlier in the day against Benton and West Frankfort evened the Vandals’ overall shootout record.

  • Ulmer, Hosick selected for All-Star Game this weekend

    Two 2012 graduates of Vandalia Community High School have been selected to play in a football all-star game this weekend.

    Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick will represent the South at the 24th annual West Central Illinois All-Star Game on Saturday at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.

    The game features 108 seniors from this past school year, and 34 high schools are represented, including 16 players from the South Central Conference.