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School Sports

  • Hohlt to resign as baseball coach

    Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt has resigned from his duties at Vandalia Community High School, effective at the end of the school year.

    Hohlt will pursue an opportunity with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the All-South Illinois area representative, which will allow him to interact with athletes and coaches in 11 counties.

    Hohlt, who has been the head coach of the baseball team for the past seven seasons and also serves as a guidance counselor, will continue coaching the Vandals through the end of the season.

  • Vandals set 3 F/S SCC records

    The Lady Vandals set two school records and two freshman/sophomore conference records last Saturday at Gillespie, leading Vandalia to a fourth-place finish at the freshman/sophomore South Central Conference Championships.

    Sophomore Jalea Paslay placed first in the 800-meter run, setting a school and a meet record with a time of 2:24.12. The previous school record was held by Ashley Durbin, who in 2009 finished the race in 2:28.45.

  • Vandals hosting play-in regional game

    No area baseball team has a No. 1 seed in its regional tournament, but there will be three teams fighting to make the title game in one tournament and Vandalia will have a first-round home game.

    Vandalia Regional

    The Vandals will host the play-in game next Monday after earning the No. 4 seed over fifth-seeded Pana. Vandalia swept the season series, with 1-0 and 6-2 victories.

    Pana’s hitters struck out a combined 21 times in 15 innings in those games, and junior Collin Nestleroad is 5-for-8 against the Panthers this season.

  • Lady Vandals have to play into own regional

    Two area softball teams will have to play into their own regionals, and two other teams have No. 3 seeds.

    Vandalia Regional

    The fifth-seeded Lady Vandals will travel to No. 4 Wesclin on Monday for the play-in game to the Vandalia Regional.

    Wesclin, No. 1 Greenville, No. 2 Breese Central and No. 3 Carlyle are all a few games over .500, and if the Lady Vandals get on a hot streak, they could surprise.

  • Lady Eagles 2nd at EIC tourney

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo/Brownstown coach Megan Burrus was hoping for a repeat of the season-opening Fairfield Tournament after her team surrendered four runs in the top of the first inning of the championship game at last Saturday’s Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    After playing at 11 a.m., the Lady Eagles didn’t take the field again until more than three hours had passed on a hot and sunny day, and were shut out by Mulberry Grove, 9-0.

  • Lady Rams beat BCCH for third

    BEECHER CITY – With the temperature in the mid-80s and already having thrown a couple of innings in relief in the semifinals, it was understandable that Ramsey senior Whitney Moreland was a bit tired toward the end of the third-place game of last Saturday’s Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    But with an adjustment to the pitches she threw, her tired arm never became an issue.

  • SEB takes fourth in NTC Tourney

    St. Elmo/Brownstown finished fourth in the National Trail Conference Tournament after a 10-0 loss to St. Anthony in Monday’s third-place game.

    The No. 3 Lady Eagles kept the game close through five innings, trailing 2-0 after the fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the top of the first.

    But St. Anthony added five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, while Parkland College-bound Makayla Walsh held SEB to no runs on four hits and one walk.

  • Stewart shines, but Vandals fall in eight innings

    VANDALIA – It was a day to celebrate the seniors in their final home game, but it was a junior who stole the show despite a Vandalia loss.

    All three seniors got a hit and junior Jake Stewart had another strong outing from the mound, but the Vandals fell to Hillsboro, 2-1, in eight innings in last Wednesday’s South Central Conference matchup.

    “It was a tough one,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We missed a few opportunities offensively.

    “We were just one at-bat, or one big at-bat, away, and just didn’t have it.”

  • After losses, Vandals set to finish regular season

    The regular season comes to a close this week for the Vandals with the final two South Central Conference games and the annual Ish Smith Classic in Greenville.

    Vandalia will two long trips – one to Roxana on Thursday and one to Southwestern on Friday – before playing two games at Greenville on Saturday.

    There, the Vandals will face Pinckneyville at 10:30 a.m. and Red Bud at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Greenville College’s Robert E. Smith Field.

  • Offensive practice pays off vs. Hillsboro

    VANDALIA – In preparation for last Wednesday’s South Central Conference matchup with Hillsboro, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher last Tuesday put his players through a practice focused on hitting.

    Lots and lots of hitting.

    Buscher estimated the team worked on its offensive stroke for an hour and a half, and it all paid off with a 9-3 win against the Lady Toppers in the first game of a doubleheader.