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School Sports

  • St. Elmo baseball game canceled

    The baseball game scheduled for Tuesday between St. Elmo and St. Anthony has been canceled.

  • Vandalia baseball and softball games canceled

    The Vandalia baseball game at Greenville, and the Vandalia softball game against Greenville scheduled for today have both been canceled.

    The baseball game will be played in Greenville on Tuesday, weather-permitting, and the softball game will be made up on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Vandalia.

    The softball team plays at East Alton-Wood River on Tuesday in a makeup game from earlier in the season.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brady McDowell

    BROWNSTOWN – Running around his grandparents’ living room after hitting imaginary home runs some 15 years ago was just a preview of what was in store for Brady McDowell’s life.

    The Brownstown senior hasn’t stopped hustling since, and now pays tribute to his late grandpa, Dale McDowell, every time he cranks one out of the park.

    There was always a wiffle ball in a vase at grandpa’s house, McDowell remembered, but little did he know that the make-believe games from his childhood would become his reality.

  • Earnest appears on national TV for bowling finals

    Vandalia native Josie Earnest appeared on national TV on Tuesday, after making the finals of the United States Bowling Congress Queens Tournament.

    Earnest, a No. 16 seed in the Texas-based tournament, was matched against (4) Liz Johnson, an 11-time Women's Professional Bowling Association winner, in the first-round of the TV finals on Tuesday.

    In that match, Earnest, who was making her first appearance in the Queens Tournament, lost despite rolling a 223. Johnson had a 268, the second highest game of the night.

  • Track teams both have pair of good showings

    GREENVILLE – Battling harsh weather conditions last Friday, both Vandalia High School track teams placed third at the Comet Relays.

    Despite temperatures in the 40s, blustery winds and pockets of drizzle, all of Vandalia’s athletes were there to compete, and several of them were rewarded with personal-best times.

    Junior Austyn Krueger had two of them, running her leg of the 4X800-meter relay in 2:43 and her leg of the 4X400-meter relay in 1:08.

  • Vandals again have tough week of games

    Vandalia never was able to get too far ahead at any point in Tuesday’s game with East Alton-Wood River, leading to a 6-2 loss, the Vandals' ninth in a row.

    Four times in the game, Vandalia had two runners on base with two outs, and they could only capitalize twice, once in each the fifth and sixth innings off of Mike Sabatino, who has signed to play college baseball next season.

    “That kid is one of the better pitchers in the conference,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We went up against another top guy.

  • St. Elmo pushes winning streak to 9 games

    ST. ELMO – Senior Ben Sperry pitched no-hit ball for the first three innings during a 10-4 win against Sandoval last Thursday that pushed the Eagles’ winning streak to six games.

    Wins against Mulberry Grove, Christ Our Rock Lutheran and Stew-Stras on Monday and Tuesday kept that streak alive, and gives St. Elmo (15-6) victories in 13 of its past 15 games after starting the season 2-4.

  • South Central bass fishing team qualifies for state

    For the second straight year, South Central High School's bass fishing team has qualified for the Illinois High School Association state tournament.

    The Cougars placed first and second at last weekend's Forbes Lake sectional, advancing seven anglers to the state level.

    In boat No. 1, seniors Cole Armstrong, Austin Geiler and Adam White, and sophomore Gunner Huddlestun caught five fish, weighing in at 8.66 pounds.

  • Clift overcomes small zone to pitch Patoka to win

    BROWNSTOWN – Despite throwing to a miniscule strike zone, Patoka sophomore Johnnie Clift still managed 11 strikeouts during a 9-4 Patoka win on Monday.

    The home plate umpire was squeezing both pitchers during the game – helping lead to eight walks – but Patoka coach Joey Eddy was glad to see his young hurler battle through the challenge.

    “He’s got a level head,” Eddy said. “He trusted his stuff to keep them off-balance, because he had to hit a coffee can.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 26)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes with recent results.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends

    •April 21 – Bushue, a South central graduate, lost his spot in the Lexington Legends' rotation after struggling in his first three starts of the season. During a 7-1 win against Kannapolis, Bushue pitched one inning in relief, striking out one and walking one. Through Tuesday, the Legends were 8-11.