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School Sports

  • Outdoor opener goes well for track teams

    LITCHFIELD – Both the Vandalia boys and girls track teams earned three first-place finishes at their first outdoor meet of the season on Tuesday.

    Senior Quenten Austin won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and junior Sierah Ruffner won the high jump and was part of two winning relays teams to lead the way for each team.

    By the end, the boys placed third and the girls took fourth, leaving both girls coach Gena Nance and boys coach Jane Bell satisfied.

  • Coach Feezel honored by NTC and IBCA

    St. Elmo boys basketball coach Greg Feezel was recently named Coach of the Year by two entities.

    At the National Trail Conference banquet on March 12, Feezel was selected as the winner of the J.H. Griffin Coach of the Year Award. The Eagles had an 8-2 record in NTC play this past season to finish in a tie for second place.

    Feezel was also honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia wrestler awards

    Vandalia wrestling coach Jason Clay handed out several awards during the team's banquet last Thursday.

  • Prep roundup (March 29)

    Vandalia, South Central combine for 20 runs

    The Vandalia high school softball team picked up its first victory of the season in a 16-4 rout of South Central on Monday.

    Four Lady Vandals had three hits in the game, and four other players had an extra-base hit.

    Senior Molli Tedrick, who picked up her first win from the pitcher's circle with a complete-game effort, paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day, including three RBI and two runs.

  • Help needed for home track meet

    Volunteers are needed to help make Vandalia's first home track meet in years a successful one.

    The meet will be held next Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Anyone interested in helping at the meet should contact the high school at 283-5155 or boys track coach Jane Bell at 704-5515.

    Helpers will also be needed at the second home meet of the season, which will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 29)

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

    Taylor Parrish, a 2011 graduate of Vandalia High School and a current freshman volleyball player at Franklin University was honored by the NCAA on National Student-Athlete Day.

    Parrish was one of 60 NCAA athletes in Indiana to be honored for "achieving excellence in academics and athletics while making a significant contribution to the community."

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  • Vandals baseball game canceled

    Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled this afternoon due to the weather.

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Henna

    Senior catcher Alex Henna showed off her strong arm on Monday, throwing out several runners in key situations during an 8-5 loss to Lincolnwood.

    One of those throws squashed a rally from the Lady Lancers.

    “She threw out at least two runners (today),” Buscher said. “On one, she blocked the pitch, picked it up and still threw her out.

    “It could have been a nightmare, but we got out of it because of her great play.”

  • Vandals walk off with season-opening victory

    It’s just one game into the season, but the Vandals already look like a different baseball team.

    After losing a 1-0 lead by committing two errors in the fourth inning, the Vandals rallied to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to beat Lincolnwood, 3-2, in their season-opener.

    “I’ve seen our team get in the situation where a team scores two runs and the wind comes out of our sails and we deflate,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “That’s the way this team has been, but today we came through and finished strong.”

  • Vandal notes: Brick provides motivation

    It’s not toilet humor at all.

    A brick that sits on top of the water cooler in Vandalia has the words “flush it” written on it eight times, and the message doesn’t pertain to bathrooms.

    It actually has become a very serious motivator in the mental approach for each of Vandalia’s baseball players, who use the phrase to get over mistakes.