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School Sports

  • Vandals baseball game canceled

    Today's Vandalia baseball game against East Alton-Wood River has been canceled due to rain.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brandon Budds

    MULBERRY GROVE – There’s a stark contrast between Brandon Budds the ballplayer and the Brandon Budds that rides the bus to and from games.

    The Patoka senior is one of the leading players and jokesters on the teams, slinging Will Ferrell one-liners on the way to games, but slinging words of advice inside the fences.

    “Usually our funniness stays on the bus,” he said. “We’ll joke on the ride here, but once we are on the field, there‘s no more joking.”

  • Murrell's gem leads to SCC win for VHS

    Senior Ian Murrell remained perfect after tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Pana last Friday.

    The win, which also included 13 strikeouts, was his fifth of the season.

    “We got what we needed from our pitcher today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He was ahead of all the hitters, changed speeds well and had a lot of confidence.”

    Just three batters got three balls in the count, and only two of them got ahead with a 2-1 count. Among them, only one got a hit.

  • Vandals drop doubleheader to Okawville

    Vandalia squandered opportunities to win both games of a doubleheader against Okawville on Saturday, leaving the team at what may become an early-season crossroads.

    After starting 6-3, the two losses came from a team that has struggled for many years, and if the Vandals don’t learn from their mistakes, the season could go in the wrong direction.

    “We will come away from this day learning some things,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We’ll have to be tough mentally.

  • Vandal notes: Godoyo shows bounce-back ability

    A day after striking out four times, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo put the struggles behind him and had six quality at-bats during a doubleheader against Okawville.

    The Vandals lost both of those games on Saturday, but Godoyo getting himself straightened out was definitely a bright spot.

    “He had a rough day yesterday, but he rebounded well for us today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Once he bunted for a hit, you knew he would have a nice day.”

  • Vandals win first meet at new VCHS facility

    Vandalia welcomed threeteams to town for the first high school meet here since the 1980s, and the home teams didn’t disappoint a decent-sized crowd.

    The boys team placed first in 12 of 18 events to win, and the girls added six top finishes to place second last Thursday during a meet that was slowed just once.

    Boys coach Jane Bell had been admittedly nervous going into the meet, and when it ended with the only delay having been due to the set-up of the 300-meter hurdles, she was satisfied.

  • Lady Vandals have tough week with three losses

    The Lady Vandals ended a tough week with a poor defensive performance in an 18-2 loss to Altamont on Tuesday.

    Vandalia committed 10 errors during the game and struggled against the hard-throwing Katie Lang of Altamont, getting seven base runners in five innings.

    Altamont jumped out to just a 2-0 lead in the first inning, despite four errors from Vandalia, but the Lady Vandals were able to get a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by senior Alex Henna.

  • PHOTOS: Ramsey softball wins

    The Lady Rams defeated Neoga, 8-2, last Wednesday.

  • Patoka tops Aces in local rivalry

    MULBERRY GROVE – Though Patoka’s offense got somewhat stagnant after building a lead on Monday, the Warriors came away with a 7-3 victory against local rival Mulberry Grove.

    Patoka scored twice in each the first, second and fourth innings, but entering the fifth with a 6-1 advantage seemed to take the aggressiveness out of the Warriors, who would have just one runner in the fifth and sixth innings.

  • The Next Level: College/professional athlete roundup (April 12)

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

    •Earnest, a Vandalia grad, will bowl with Vanderbilt in the NCAA Championships from April 12-14 in Wickliffe, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. If the Commodores make the championship game, it will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. central time on the 14th.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends