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School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Opfer-2-nity knocks

    Years ago, there was a day that Trevor Opfer was simply trying to mind his own business when his identical twin brother, Tanner, decided it would be fun to pester his sibling.

    After a while, Trevor had had enough and took matters into his own hands.

    “He kept bothering me and calling me names, so I fought back,” Trevor said. “I hurt him pretty bad, with a black eye.”

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf tour

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf tour

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.

  • The fall season is coming

    The busy fall sports season is nearly upon the seven area high schools, and practice for many teams opened last week.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug. 18)

    ST. ELMO JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL
    Aug. 15
    St. Elmo 23, Altamont Lutheran 6

    SEJH: 9-1-13—23-17-2
    ALJH: 0-6-0—6-2-1
    WP: Elizabeth Biggs (2-1)
    Offense: Sarah Maxey, 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Biggs, 2-for-3, 4 RBI; Morgan Brown, 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Emily Bone, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Kyrstyn Fitch, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Tessa Philpot, 2 runs; Fatima Viramontes, 2 runs; Makenzie Parkison, 1 run; Jenna Long, 1 run; Laura Gurtner, 1 run.
    Record: 3-3 (1-1 NTC)

  • Senior Spotlight: Derrick Herker

    Not too many people are blessed with the opportunity to become a professional golfer.

    But that hasn’t stopped Derrick Herker from giving the idea some thought.

    The Vandalia High School senior knows he would be a longshot to make the PGA Tour and isn’t even sure if he will try to play on the Amateur Tour after college, but when talking about his dream of becoming a pro on Monday morning, Herker’s eyes lit up with excitement.

  • Harmeier prepping for first KC season

    The journey to see if Derek Harmeier will become the fourth South Central player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team will begin this fall at Kaskaskia College.

    The 2011 South Central graduate will be pitching for the Blue Devils for the next two seasons, and he said the preparations for a KC fall season are not as demanding as they were in high school.

    Once spring rolls around, however, that will change.

  • Vandalia team holds Golf-a-Thon

    The Vandalia High School golf team held a Golf-a-Thon fundraiser on Monday morning, during which players received donations for each hole they played to put toward the purchase of their uniform shirts for the fall season.

    The Vandals open the season on Monday at East Alton-Wood River.

  • VCHS track gets paved

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was paved last Wednesday by Howell's Asphalt Co.

    The paving was supposed to be done in three segments, with the high jump area and the area around the concession stand and entrance gate to be paved later that week.

    On Thursday, the sprinkler system on the football field was turned on, however, soaking the stone base of the high jump area and delaying paving.

  • Sports Briefs (Aug. 11)

    VCHS tennis team to open practice

    Practice for members of the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin this Monday.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.