School Sports

  • Two place for Vandalia at state event

    Two members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club placed this past weekend at the Illinois Midget Championships in Danville.

    Gavin Mouser was the top finisher, taking third place in the Midget 130 division. He pinned Tucker Shepherd in 2:20 to claim his medal.

    His only loss in the tournament came to eventual champion Xander Schnake.

    Kyle Miller advanced to the championship quarterfinals in the Midget 66B division, but lost to the eventual second-place finisher.

  • Vandals have heavy hearts in 13-3 loss

    VANDALIA – The Vandals played Monday’s home-opener with heavy hearts just days after their coach experienced a death in his family.

    After the 13-3 loss to Lincolnwood, assistant coach Mark Rinehart said that he and players took the field in tribute to head coach Luke Hohlt, whose 26-year-old sister died last Saturday.

    “I’d like to say that I do not want to be doing this press conference,” Rinehart said. “I wish coach Hohlt was here, because he is our leader.

  • Lady Vandals run-rule Lincolnwood in home opener for first win

    VANDALIA – Before the season starterd, Vandalia softball coach Brian Buscher admitted that there would probably be some rough stretches.

    A 0-4 start fits that definition.

    But the Lady Vandals may be beginning to get things figured out, as they played a well-balanced game and showed off their offensive potential on Monday in a 14-4 win against Lincolnwood in the home-opener.

    “We hit the ball well,” Buscher said. “We made a couple of mistakes here or there, but we hit and played good defense.

  • Hood leads Warriors to fourth at tourney

    For the first time, Patoka participated in a season-opening baseball tournament, and the Warriors placed fourth and put on player on the all-tournament team.

    Senior Clinton Hood pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out 12, in a season-opening 5-0 win against Edwards County, and in the three-game event, he was 4-for-10, with four doubles and four RBI as Patoka’s leadoff hitter.

  • Vandals come back to beat Mulberry Grove

    MULBERRY GROVE – An upset was brewing through the first three innings of last Thursday’s baseball game between Vandalia and Mulberry Grove.

    Aces senior Nate Ketchem was perfect through three innings as his team spotted him a four-run lead, but Vandalia tied the game in the fourth and tacked on two insurance runs in the next two innings of a 6-4 season-opening victory.

    “That’s the best response to adversity I have ever seen early in a season,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt. “It was quiet early, but our guys stuck with it.

  • Lady Aces handle Lady Vandals in opener

    MULBERRY GROVE – Vandalia senior Megan Godoyo exposed some of the youth in Mulberry Grove’s lineup last Thursday, but that wasn’t enough to slow down the entire offense.

    Mulberry Grove pounded out nine hits – including four for extra bases – to overcome 11 strikeouts in an 11-3 win.

    “I think we did pretty good,” said Lady Aces coach Emily Thomas. “We did better this game than last game, and that’s about all I can ask.”

  • Gordon strong in debut

    Freshman Curtis Gordon has had a strong start to his high school pole vaulting career.

    He recently set a new school record by clearing 14 feet at an indoor meet in Carbondale, and his vault of 13 feet at last Saturday’s Charleston Indoor earned him a spot in this weekend’s Illinois Top Times Meet, the unofficial indoor state meet.

    The Vandals finished 32nd of 35 teams at the Charleston meet.

    Both the boys and girls were scheduled to travel to Litchfield for the outdoor season-opener, but that was canceled due to the cold weather.

  • Area Prep Roundup (March 27)


    Jacob Behrends continued his mastery of Patoka’s lineup on Monday, striking out 14 Warriors during a 7-2 victory for Brownstown/St. Elmo.

    It was the second straight strong start against the Warriors after Behrends picked up 22 strikeouts this past September during the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Freshman Landon Feezel and sophomore Noah Flowers each had two-run singles, and senior Dustin Lawson and junior Drake Hall each also drove in a run for the Bombers (2-1).

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 27)

    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.

  • Bombers top Rams in five innings

    BROWNSTOWN – The Bombers scored in every inning against county rival Ramsey last Friday to pick up their first win of the season.

    Senior Levi Maxey struck out seven Rams over his three innings of work and added an RBI double to lead Brownstown/St. Elmo to a 15-5 win in six innings.

    BSE’s offense got rolling early, scoring five runs in the first inning, and the Bombers (1-1) led 11-1 going to the fifth inning.

    Ramsey, however, wasn’t ready to be run-ruled that quickly, scoring four times in the fifth to force another inning.