School Sports

  • Meyer, Paslay and 4X100-meter relay team qualify for IHSA state track meet

    STAUNTON – The 4X100-meter relay is the most chaotic event run at a track meet.

    Precise hand-offs are a must, and runners are often mere seconds apart throughout the entire race – which lasts less than a minute – and the gaps only tighten at the state level.

    And that’s exactly where Vandalia’s relay squad will run this Thursday.

  • Hill makes fourth state meet

    Brownstown/St. Elmo senior Molly Hill will make her fourth appearance at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state meet, and will be looking to make the discus finals for the second time in her career.

    Hill’s sectional throw of 111 feet, 6 inches is the 13th-best among qualifers, and she needs to be in the top 12 to make finals.

    She made the finals as a sophomore, placing seventh, with a throw of 116 feet, 2 inches, but her other two state appearances saw her fail to reach 100 feet.

  • Issak again qualifies for state in 300 hurdles

    After falling more than two seconds short of making the state finals last season, Patoka sophomore Taylor Issak will be looking to make a big jump in the standings of the 300-meter hurdles.

    Issak will make her second appearance at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A on Thursday after winning the 300-meter hurdles at last Thursday’s Lawrenceville Sectional.

    Her time of 47.95 seconds puts her ninth among qualifiers, and nine athletes make Saturday’s state finals.

  • Nine Jr. Vandals state-bound

    The Jr. Vandals will be well-represented at this weekend’s Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state track meet in East Peoria.

    Nine athletes from Vandalia qualified in a total in 12 events, with seventh-grader Devon Little leading the way with three events, and seventh-grader Emma Warner holding the team’s highest seeding.

    Warner is ranked third among seventh-grade qualifiers in the pole vault.

  • Buscher resigns as Vandalia softball coach

    VANDALIA – For the past six years, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher has gotten just one week per year away from coaching one of his three high school sports.

    A recent decision will give him additional much-deserved time off.

    After six years at the helm, Buscher resigned from his position as head softball coach on Tuesday night. He will maintain his positions as head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach.

  • Vandals falter in regional tournament

    VANDALIA – The Vandals allowed eight unearned runs in the first two innings, and stranded 10 runners on base during Monday’s regional play-in game, an 8-2 loss to Pana.

    Vandalia had previously beaten Pana twice during the regular season, but couldn’t find a big hit after the slow start, while junior Zach Schaal held the Panthers to just two hits in the final five innings.

  • Lady Vandals finish season in play-in game

    The Lady Vandals softball season came to a close on Monday, with a 4-1 loss in the play-in game of the Vandalia Regional.

    As the No. 5 seed, the Lady Vandals had to travel to fourth-seeded Wesclian for the right to play in their own regional tournament, but collected just three hits on the afternoon, finally scoring in the seventh inning.

  • Vandalia grad qualifies for NCAA Division III nationals

    One of the most well-rounded male track athletes to run at Vandalia Community High School is now a qualifier for the NCAA Division III national championships.

    Quenten Austin, a 2012 graduate, will participate in the decathlon at the national level in a meet at Ohio Wesleyan University this Thursday-Saturday.

    The sophomore is ranked No. 18 in the decathlon (6,429 points) for No. 20 Carthage College, which is located in Kenosha, Wis.

    The decathlon is a grueling 10-event athletic test that will be spread across two days.

  • Behrends signs with Lewis and Clark

    Brownstown High School senior Jacob Behrends last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

    Behrends, who is 7-3 for Brownstown/St. Elmo this spring, has had a strong year overall. He went 3-5 this past fall, but he also faced many of the toughest teams in the National Trail Conference.

    His biggest highlight was his 22-strikeout performance against Patoka in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

  • Scholes battles illness in regional loss

    ALTAMONT – Junior Baylee Scholes has been a mainstay in the pitcher’s circle for St. Elmo/Brownstown the past two seasons, and she wasn’t going to let an illness stop her from making her final start of the spring.

    Though, it was looking questionable until the day of the game.

    Scholes had just enough health to give the Lady Eagles six gritty innings of pitching, but the offense sputtered in a 6-1 loss to Windsor/Stew-Stras in the semifinals of the Altamont Regional.