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School Sports

  • 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.

  • South Central Lady Cougars fall by one run, 6-5, to Odin in regional tournament

    The South Central High School softball team surrendered two runs in the seventh inning of a 6-5 loss to Odin last Wednesday in the Odin Regional.

    A victory would have secured the Lady Cougars a spot in the regional championship game.

    Senior Alexis Phillips led the offense in the game, hitting a triple and driving home a pair of runs in her final high school game.

    Senior Celeste Fox had a single and an RBI.

    Kellie Crain had a pair of singles, and Oceana Whitt and Macie Cain each had one single.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia boys and girls track awards

    Vandalia High School girls track coach Gena Nance and boys track coach Jane Bell handed out several awards during the teams' awards banquet on Monday night.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia softball awards

    Vandalia High School softball coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards during the team's awards banquet last Thursday night.

  • South Central athletes teaming with Engel Bros. for test drives

    South Central High School athletes and FBLA members will be working at the Ford "Drive One 4 UR School Event" on Saturday at Engel Bros. Ford in Farina from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Drivers who are 18 years and older with a valid driver's license are encouraged to attend the event and test drive a vehicle.

    SCHS will receive $20 for each test drive, up to $6,000.

    Only one driver per address is permitted.

  • Lady Aces win regional title

    The Mulberry Grove High School softball team won a regional championship by defeating Odin, 11-1, on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, the Lady Aces will battle the winner of the Altamont Regional next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Woodlawn Sectional.

  • Hill advances to state finals

    St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill advanced to the finals in the discus throw at the Illinois High School Association state meet.

    She threw 113 feet, 6 inches to make the finals; her throw was the seventh best.

    The finals begin at noon on Saturday at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Two locals qualify for state meet

    Vandalia junior Sierah Ruffner and St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill have both qualified for this weekend’s state track meet.

    Ruffner cleared state qualifying height of 5-feet, 2 inches in high jump to place second at the Newton Sectional and make the state meet, and Hill threw the discus 113 feet, 2 inches to win the sectional.

  • Buscher named boys basketball coach

    The Vandalia school board on Tuesday approved the decision to hire Brian Buscher as the head coach of the high school boys basketball team.

    Buscher, who has served as a basketball assistant coach for several years, will now coach two varsity teams at VCHS, as he is also the head coach of the softball team.

    "Through softball, he has shown that he can do the job of a head coach," said Superintendent Rich Well. "This is an opportunity for him to take on the task at hand and give it a shot."