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School Sports

  • St. Elmo track teams have good day in Vandalia

    On the strength of three first- and second-place finishers, the St. Elmo boys track team placed second at Vandalia last Thursday.

    The Lady Eagles got a pair of firsts and one second to finish in a tie for third place.

    Lucas Hill placed first in the discus, with a throw of 83 feet, 8 ½ inches, Curt Frailey won long jump, with a leap of 18 feet, 6 inches, and the 4X100-meter relay team showed some speed to win in 0:49.59.

  • Patoka track gets pair of first-place finishes in Vandalia

    Patoka’s Mark Rogers took the lone first-place finish for the boys, and Brandi Issak won an event for the girls at Vandalia last Thursday.

    Rogers’ throw of 36 feet, 10 ½ inches in the shot put to win the event by four inches, and Issak’s 18.3 second run in the 100-meter hurdles gave her the win by .06 seconds.

    Issak also placed second in the 200-meter dash (0:30.8) and the fifth in the long jump (12 feet, 8 inches).

  • Four area players selected for KC game

    A Vandalia player and three South Central players have been selected for Kaskaskia College's high school senior district basketball all-star games this Sunday.

    Vandalia senior Haley Wollerman, and South Central seniors Alexis Phillips and Tori Logue will play for the girls, and South Central senior Colby Bushue was selected to the boys team.

    The girls game will start at 2 p.m. in the KC gym, and the boys will start at approximately 4 p.m.

  • Bowden speaks at FCA banquet

    Coach Bobby Bowden, who built a football dynasty at Florida State University, told participants at Monday night’s All-South Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet that there’s more to life than winning football games.

    “I’ve won national championships,” said Bowden, 82, “but even after those wins, there was a void in my life. The only way to fill that void is through Jesus Christ. God made us that way.”

  • VCHS to host first meet on all-weather track on Thursday

    The first varsity meet on the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School will take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Other teams participating are Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Patoka, St. Elmo and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    The track, which was built primarily with grant money, has been a great benefit to the track teams, according to coaches.

  • Vandals have successful week with 3 wins

    The Vandals overcame a slow start to beat Mulberry Grove in five innings on Monday.

    Mulberry Grove got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Bloemker and Alex Goodin to help produce three first-inning runs, but those would be the only ones the Aces would score and Vandalia would have two big innings to win, 13-3.

    “Mulberry did that to us last year,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt of the start. “Good teams are going to bounce back, and we were able to do that today.”

  • Vandal notes: Two players have career firsts

    RAMSEY – Sophomore Colin Ledbetter and senior Ethan Nesbit each recorded their first career varsity RBI during last Wednesday’s 12-4 win at Ramsey.

    Nesbit, who also made his first career start, scored in the second inning for his first career run, and in the third, he brought in a pair of runs on a single to center field.

    “Ethan is a first-year player, and that was a big hit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He’s working hard every day at practice.”

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on Tuesday

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals split doubleheader with Woodlawn

    The momentum shifted several times during each game of a doubleheader between Vandalia and Woodlawn on Saturday, and the end result was a win for each side.

    Woodlawn twice snatched the momentum during a 7-3 win in the first game, but the Lady Vandals were able to gain it when they needed it in game two to win 9-8 in eight innings.

    “I wish we could have gotten two today,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher, “but I’m glad we split.”

  • Lady Vandals earn first conference win

    Senior Alex Henna had a home run, double and six RBI to lead the Lady Vandals to a 13-3 win against Carlinville in the team’s South Central Conference opener last Friday.

    Henna had one RBI in each of her first three at-bats – a single, error and double – and she lifted the fourth pitch of her final at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer that moved Vandalia ahead, 12-3.