School Sports

  • Behrends signs with Lewis and Clark

    Brownstown High School senior Jacob Behrends last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

    Behrends, who is 7-3 for Brownstown/St. Elmo this spring, has had a strong year overall. He went 3-5 this past fall, but he also faced many of the toughest teams in the National Trail Conference.

    His biggest highlight was his 22-strikeout performance against Patoka in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

  • Scholes battles illness in regional loss

    ALTAMONT – Junior Baylee Scholes has been a mainstay in the pitcher’s circle for St. Elmo/Brownstown the past two seasons, and she wasn’t going to let an illness stop her from making her final start of the spring.

    Though, it was looking questionable until the day of the game.

    Scholes had just enough health to give the Lady Eagles six gritty innings of pitching, but the offense sputtered in a 6-1 loss to Windsor/Stew-Stras in the semifinals of the Altamont Regional.

  • BSE baseball, South Central softball win play-in games

    Senior Jacob Behrends struck out nine, and fourth-seeded Brownstown/St. Elmo collected five doubles to knock off No. 5 Patoka, 3-2, in Monday’s regional play-in game.

    Behrends dominated Patoka this year, going 3-0 against the Warriors in three complete games, striking out 45 batters in 21 innings.

    He also had one of the team’s doubles, and was joined by freshman Landon Feezel, junior Drake Hall and seniors Levi Maxey and Dalton Parks.

  • Vandals drop final four games of regular season

    All three seniors singled in the final game of their careers on Tuesday, an 11-0 loss at Roxana.

    Matt Beck, Colin Ledbetter and Carson Smith had all of Vandalia’s hits in the South Central Conference game, which gave Roxana a share of the conference title.

    The Vandals finish the season at 8-18 (1-8 SCC).

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 22)


    The Bombers closed the regular season with a walk-off victory last Friday against Ramsey.

    Sophomore Malachi Maxey roped an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to score senior Dustin Lawson from first base to give Brownstown/St. Elmo a 2-1 victory.

    Maxey had not recorded a hit since April 29.

    Offense was otherwise hard to come by for either team, as the team’s pitchers combined to allow seven hits and four walks.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (May 22)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • IBCA honors Eddy

    The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently named Patoka coach Joey Eddy District 20's coach of the year. 

    Eddy was chosen by the vote of the coaching colleagues in the district for outstanding achievement during the 2013-14 season.

    The Warriors were undefeated in Egyptian-Illini Conference play, finished second at the Mulberry Grove and Christ Our Rock Lutheran tournaments, and won the school's first regional championship in 25 years. 

    Patoka finished with a 23-7 record.

  • Lady Vandals qualify for state in six events; two other locals qualify

    STAUNTON – It was a big day for the Vandalia girls track team at last Friday's Staunton Sectional.

    Two individuals combined to qualify in five events and one relay team placed in the top two to earn a place at this Thursday's Illinois High School Association state track meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Freshman Emma Meyer qualified in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, pole vault and was part of the 4X100-meter relay, which includes freshman Anna Miller, freshman Madison Klanke and sophomore Jalea Paslay.

  • Gordon, Strobel battle hard to earn all-conference honors; Woolsey sets record

    GREENVILLE – Freshman Curtis Gordon matched the height of a future NCAA Division I athlete at Tuesday's South Central Conference championships to place second in the pole vault, junior Ben Strobel took a tough second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and senior Colton Woolsey set a school record in the long jump.

    Gordon cleared 14 feet, 6 inches on a chilly and rainy afternoon at Greenville High School, tying Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who regularly vaults 15-16 feet. Gordon needed more attempts to clear the height than Deby did.

  • Smalls sets Jr. Mid-State Conference record in high jump

    VANDALIA – Seventh-grader Trevor Smalls set a Jr. Mid-State Conference record by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump at Tuesday’s JMSC Championships.

    He also placed first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter dash to help Vandalia to a second-place finish.

    Other conference champions were: Devon Little (110-meter hurdles and 800-meter run) and Blake Barth (400-meter dash).