School Sports

  • Stewart shines, but Vandals fall in eight innings

    VANDALIA – It was a day to celebrate the seniors in their final home game, but it was a junior who stole the show despite a Vandalia loss.

    All three seniors got a hit and junior Jake Stewart had another strong outing from the mound, but the Vandals fell to Hillsboro, 2-1, in eight innings in last Wednesday’s South Central Conference matchup.

    “It was a tough one,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We missed a few opportunities offensively.

    “We were just one at-bat, or one big at-bat, away, and just didn’t have it.”

  • After losses, Vandals set to finish regular season

    The regular season comes to a close this week for the Vandals with the final two South Central Conference games and the annual Ish Smith Classic in Greenville.

    Vandalia will two long trips – one to Roxana on Thursday and one to Southwestern on Friday – before playing two games at Greenville on Saturday.

    There, the Vandals will face Pinckneyville at 10:30 a.m. and Red Bud at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Greenville College’s Robert E. Smith Field.

  • Offensive practice pays off vs. Hillsboro

    VANDALIA – In preparation for last Wednesday’s South Central Conference matchup with Hillsboro, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher last Tuesday put his players through a practice focused on hitting.

    Lots and lots of hitting.

    Buscher estimated the team worked on its offensive stroke for an hour and a half, and it all paid off with a 9-3 win against the Lady Toppers in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • Powless clobbers 2 grand slams

    Junior Noah Powless hit grand slams in back-to-back innings, but Salem hit seven long balls in last Wednesday’s offensive showcase that ended with South Central falling 21-17.

    Powless has three grand slams in the past two games and four homers in the past three, giving him 15 RBI in that span.

    Junior Dylan Smith had three hits and homered for the second straight game, and senior Kyle Bray went 4-for-6, with a double and two RBI.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (May 15)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 15)

    Saturday, May 10
    Vandalia 4
    Carlyle 3
    C: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-1—3-4-2
    V: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-2—4-4-3
    WP: Godoyo; 3 IP, 5 K
    Lady Vandals: Well, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, run, GW BB; Bright, 1-for-3, 2 runs, BB; Godoyo, 1-for-4, RBI; Bigelow, 1-for-3.
    Record: 7-19
    Saturday, May 10
    Teutopolis 15
    Vandalia 3
    V: 1-0-2-0-0—3-6-5
    T: 3-2-1-9-X—15-9-0
    LP: Godoyo; 4 IP, 8 K

  • Sports Briefs (May 15)

    St. Elmo hosting volleyball camp

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown high school coaches and players will be hosting a co-ed volleyball camp at St. Elmo High School for kids who just completed grades K-3 or 4-8.

    •Grades 4-8 – June 3-6 from 9-11 a.m. Entry fee: $45.
    •Grades K-3 – June 3-6 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Entry fee: $35.

  • Lady Vandals fourth at SCC Championships; get two wins, two records

    PANA – Freshman Emma Meyer won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at Tuesday’s South Central Conference Championships to lead Vandalia’s 10 top-six finishes and help the team finish fourth.

    Meyer placed four times overall, as did freshman Anna Miller, and sophomore Jalea Paslay had three top-six finishes.

    “I am ecstatic,” said coach Gena Nance. “These girls make a phenomenal team, because even more than athletes, they are great people.

  • Vandals reverse result in upset of Greenville

    Vandalia avenged its most lopsided loss in several years with an upset of Greenville on Monday in nonconference action.

    The Comets beat Vandalia 22-1 on April 23, but the Vandals traveled to Greenville and came away a 4-1 winner behind a strong pitching performance from junior Zach Schaal and the defense’s first errorless game since April 2, 2013.

    Schaal struck out nine in a complete game for his fourth win of the season. He allowed one earned run on five hits and no walks, but he did hit five batters.

  • Lady Vandals can't break skid at GHS

    Vandalia had its best offensive output since mid-April, but a seventh-inning comeback fell just short on Monday in an 11-9 loss at Greenville in nonconference action.

    After two quick outs in the seventh, the Lady Vandals got a run on sophomore Karlie Bright’s first career triple, and scored on a single by senior Kylie Sellers. Both players had two hits in the game.

    Erin Smith’s sixth strikeout of the game ended the contest, but the result for Vandalia was much better than April 23’s 10-0 loss.