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School Sports

  • Jr. High track athletes break more records

    More school records fell as the Vandalia Junior High track teams had two meets in the past week.

    Emma Meyer improved her own record in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.2 seconds. The seventh-grade 4X100-meter relay team of Meyer, Madeline Cade, Anna Miller and Jensen Hollinshead, also bettered its record, with a time of 56.4 seconds.

    For the boys, Curtis Gordon broke his own record in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 17.8 seconds.

    All three of those records were set last Thursday at Greenville.

  • Graumenz signs to wrestle for Neosho County CC

    Kyle Graumenz, a senior at Triad High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Neosho County Community College in Chaunte, Kan.

    The grandson of Devon and Patty Graumenz of Shobonier placed fourth at 138 pounds in the Class 2A individual state tournament this past February. He was the state runner-up as a sophomore in the 119-pound bracket.

    He qualified for the Illinois High School Association state tournament all four years of his high school career.

  • Jackson to host boys basketball camp

    Vandalia High School boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson will be holding a basketball camp for boys in grades K-7 from May 29-June 1.

    The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and man-to-man defense.

    Individual offensive moves and team play will also be included.

    Grades K-3 will participate from 8:30-9:45 a.m., and grades 4-7 will go from 10-11:45 a.m.

    Registration for grades K-3 is $25, and for grades 4-7, it is $35.

  • Vandalia baseball takes 12-inning loss; Saturday game canceled

    Saturday's Vandalia baseball game against Centralia (varsity and JV) has been canceled. The cancellation comes one day after the Vandals lost 7-6 at Hillsboro in 12 innings.

  • Vandalia softball moved to Hillsboro

    Today's Lady Vandals softball game has been moved from Vandalia to Hillsboro. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

  • A stripe for Ethan

    MULBERRY GROVE – Wearing an Aces baseball cap emblazoned with a black stripe to honor his older brother’s memory, sophomore Dalton Crisman sat mostly quiet in the dugout prior to last Thursday’s game.

    It was his first game back with the team since the death of his brother, Ethan, who died last Tuesday, and he was itching to get back to his starting post in left field.

    But before he could do that, teammates, coaches, opponents and fans all stood for a moment of silence to honor Ethan’s memory.

  • South Central tops Vandalia with eight-run sixth inning

    South Central has lived on the edge all season.

    Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars exploded for eight runs to secure an 11-5 victory on Monday, their sixth comeback win in 13 games.

    “That’s the way it’s gone so far, but that’s something hard to do every game,” said coach Curt Jones. “I sure hope they don’t plan on doing that the rest of the season.”

    It’s a nerve-racking way to win, but the Cougars have seemed to always get the job done this spring.

  • Baseball notes: County rivals respect each other

    Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt and South Central coach Curt Jones both had positive things to say about their opponents after Monday’s game.

    Jones, a veteran coach who has seen Vandalia play for many years and coached Hohlt during summer baseball years ago, said he could “by far” see drastic improvement in the Vandals’ approach.

    “When I was watching them take infield, I said, ‘This is a pretty good looking group,’” Jones said. “Luke is obviously doing a great job with them.

  • Lady Aces take down Vandalia

    The Lady Aces didn’t have any problems with not having a game for almost a week.

    Senior Harley Tompkins homered and Mulberry Grove pounded out 13 hits on Tuesday during a 12-1 win against

    Vandalia, a team that still struggled defensively in taking its fourth straight loss by double digits.

    “We hit very well today,” said  Mulberry Grove coach Teresa Tompkins. “I didn’t know what we were going to do, since we haven’t played in a week.

  • Mulberry Grove's Potts gives area another NCAA-level bowler

    VANDALIA – Mulberry Grove senior Jennifer Potts will become the third local individual in recent years to bowl for an NCAA college.

    Potts signed a National Letter of Intent last Wednesday, committing to bowl for the University of Central Missouri for the next four years, joining former Vandalia High Schoolers Josie and Jessica Earnest as NCAA-level bowlers from the area.