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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Errors causing problems for Vandalia softball team

    Vandalia’s softball team has struggled with defense in its first few games of the year, but coach Brian Buscher still believes his team can have a successful season.

    “We’re 0-3, but we are good enough to be 3-0,” he said. “We are better than this, but by no means are we playing well.”

    In the team’s three official games, the Lady Vandals have committed 17 errors. In two innings of a game against

    Hutsonville that was canceled by rain last Saturday, there were two more committed.

  • Eagles 'turn corner' in losses at Greenville

    GREENVILLE – St. Elmo came away from two games at last Saturday’s Greenville Round-Robin without any wins, but with some positive momentum.

    In the first of back-to-back games, the Eagles lost a back-and-forth affair to Harvard, 8-7, and then stifled defending sectional finalist Greenville’s offense in a 2-0 loss.

    “Today, I think we turned the corner,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “Last week, I thought we were so-so (in two games). Today, we were swinging better, so I’m not worried about being 1-3.”

  • St. Elmo notes: Maxey impresses at plate

    GREENVILLE – Though he is just a sophomore, Levi Maxey showed tremendous plate discipline during Saturday’s 8-7 loss to Harvard.

    In four plate appearances, Maxey did not swing and miss at any of the 14 strikes he saw, fouling off 12 of them.

    “Doing that as a sophomore is a pretty big deal,” said coach Ryan Beccue.

    He fouled off the first four pitches of his at-bat in the third inning before singling to start a two-run rally, and he drew a walk on five pitches in the fourth inning to load the bases during a four-run inning.

  • Boggs provides excitement for Bombers in loss

    BROWNSTOWN – Just two weeks ago, sophomore Calvin Boggs had back surgery.

    In his first game after being cleared to return to the baseball field, no one would have guessed that Boggs had just recovered from a medical operation.

    Boggs singled in his first at-bat on Tuesday and showed tremendous hustle on a pair of defensive plays, giving the Bombers something to be excited about on a day they lost to North Clay, 14-4.

  • Beasley named MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    St. Elmo junior Connor Beasley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead three Eagles on the first team.

    Beasley averaged 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead St. Elmo in both categories.

    Seniors Ben Sperry and Blake Pruett were also named to the first team for the EIC champions.

    First Team
    •Beasley (MVP), St. Elmo
    •Luke Moore, Cowden
    •Sperry, St. Elmo
    •Pruett, St. Elmo
    •Jalen Hovis, Cowden

  • Prep roundup (March 22)

    BOYS TRACK
    Saturday, March 17
    at Charleston Indoor
    •Quenten Austin, 55-meter high hurdles, 8.19 seconds. He placed fourth and broke his own school record in the event.
    •Ryan Ambuehl, triple jump, 38 feet, 5 1/2 inches. He placed seventh.
    •Ambuehl, 400-meter dash, 54.82 seconds. He placed eighth.
    •Austin, high jump, 6 feet. He placed ninth.
    •Wade Cowger, 800-meter run, 2:10.15. He placed 11th.
    •Dalton Smith, 200-meter dash, 24.65 seconds. He placed 11th.