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School Sports

  • Jr. Lady Eagles fall at state tourney

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball team lost to Roanoke-Benson at the state tournament, 25-20, 10-25, 20-25.

    St. Elmo was led by Sarah Maxey, who had seven aces; Jenna Long, who had two aces; and Tyler Mars, who had seven service points.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles finished the season at 18-7.

    Roanoke-Benson placed third in the tournament.

  • Ramsey Sports Boosters holding fish fry

    The Ramsey Sports Boosters will hold a fish fry on Friday, March 30, at Ramsey Grade School.

    The all-you-can-east event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. in the all-purpose room.

    Cost for a meal is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 12 and under, and $8.50 for carryout.

    Advance tickets can be purchased from any Ramsey athlete or at First National Bank in Ramsey.

    For more information, contact Melissa Carroll, mcarrol@ramsey.fayette.k12.il.us; Michele Lay, mblay5@frontiernet.net; or Jullie Moreland, jmoreland@frontiernet.net.

  • Area coaches enjoying weather at start of practices

    Area baseball and softball teams have been outside more often at the start of this season’s practices than last year.

    Warm temperatures over the past two weeks have allowed teams to practice outside instead of inside gymnasiums like last season, when snowy and cold conditions lingered through March.

    In  St. Elmo, the more-traditional practices helped prepare the Eagles for their season-opener with Shelbyville on Tuesday, which the team lost, 12-2.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia basketball awards presented

    Vandalia coaches presented awards earlier this week.

  • St. Elmo eighth-graders qualify for state tournament

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8-2A state tournament on Monday by defeating Neoga 25-9, 25-12 at St. Anthony.

    St. Elmo’s record is now 18-6, and the team will play Roanoke-Benson (17-2) on Saturday at Lewistown High School at 11:15 a.m.

    The winner plays again at 1 p.m.

  • Prep roundup (March 15)

    St. Elmo baseball loses season-opener

    ST. ELMO – A slow start put the Eagles behind early, and they weren't able to recover during a season-opening 12-2 loss to Shelbyville on Tuesday.

    Junior Connor Beasley was hit with the loss after allowing five earned runs in two innings.

    The Eagles (0-1) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second before getting RBIs from Beasley and senior Woodsen Savage in the third.

    Sophomore Dalton Parks had St. Elmo's only multi-hit game, with a 2-for-3 effort.

  • Senior class plays big role in St. Elmo's success

    BRIDGEPORT – It was quiet walking past the St. Elmo Eagles as they waited to leave Red Hill High School last Wednesday.

    Near the door of a gym that had long since emptied, St. Elmo players stood with straight faces and little to say as they wrestled with defeat in the first round of the sectional tournament for the second straight season.

  • Woodlawn again ousts St. Elmo

    BRIDGEPORT – Every sports team eventually has an off-night.

    Unfortunately for the St. Elmo Eagles, theirs came last Wednesday in the first round of the sectional tournament, where cold shooting left them behind early and unable to come back during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn.

    Junior Gabe Owens hit a pair of 3-pointers in the span of 28 seconds early in the first quarter to push Woodlawn ahead 8-2, and by the end of the game, he, along with A.J. Webb and Christian Hollenkamp, had outscored the Eagles by themselves.

  • Three Vandalia boys and girls basketball players receive all-conference honors

    Six Vandalia athletes were given all-conference honors from the South Central Conference East Division coaches.

    Senior Dathan Berning was the only player to be named to the first team.

    He led the Vandals in scoring, with 13.53 points per game, and was a consistent rebounding threat and a strong ball handler.

    Senior Bryan Hosick and junior Tim Ritchey were both named to the second team.

    Hosick had a career-best 10.97 points per game, and was also key to Vandalia's rebounding efforts and offensive ball movement.

  • New softball field is one of the best in the region

    With the renovation of the Vandalia High School softball field nearing completion, coach Brian Buscher already has seen the benefits.

    Though favorable weather has helped, he said that his team has already been on the field for practice five out of the first six days, which is something that would not have happened in the past.

    “That makes our players that much better,” Buscher said. “Being in the gym is just not the same as catching the ball in the air or fielding a ball off of the dirt.”