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School Sports

  • Hill sisters advance to state meet in discus

    ROBINSON -- Two St. Elmo athletes on Friday advanced to the girls state meet next weekend.

    Senior Abby Hill and her younger sister, freshman Molly Hill, placed first and second in the discus throw at the Class A sectional meet at Robinson on Friday.

    The elder sister threw 108 feet, 2 inches to win the event, while also meeting the state's automatic qualifying standard of 107 feet.

  • Several Patoka Junior High students advance to Saturday's state meet

    The Patoka Junior High track team on Saturday is sending several athletes to the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association state meet in Salem.

    The following qualified for the meet:

  • Hohlt: ‘No doubt we can win a regional’

    Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt said on Thursday that the Vandals can win a regional championship this season.

    “I think there is a good possibility of someone looking past us,” he said. “We aren’t looking past anyone … and I think if we play good baseball, there is no doubt we can win a regional.”

  • Softball to play for share of East crown; girls track takes on sectional

    With a win at Hillsboro on Friday, the Vandalia High School softball team will win at least a share of the South Central Conference East Division.

    The Lady Vandals have a 9-3 record in conference (16-16 overall), and are tied with Greenville atop the standings. In the season series against the Lady Comets, Vandalia was 1-1, so neither team holds a tiebreaker.

    On Thursday, freshman Megan Godoyo hit and inside-the-park home run and struck out nine from the pitcher's circle during a 6-3 win at Roxana.

  • Senior Spotlight: Robert Collinsworth

    GREENVILLE – In 2005, Belgium released a coin to represent the 60 years of peace in Europe since the end of World War II.

    The coin features a phoenix, a mythological bird that is often used to express a rebirth or revival, rising from the ashes to symbolize the post-1945, or reborn, Europe.

    Like Belgium, Vandalia senior Robert Collinsworth has also made the phoenix a permanent reminder of a rebirth in his history.

  • St. Elmo wins EIC Tournament; places fourth in NTC

    The St. Elmo High School softball team came-from-behind to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    Facing a 7-0 deficit after  2 1/2 innings against Mulberry Grove, the Lady Eagles used a two-run home run from senior Brooke Maxey, who was named a co-MVP of the EIC, and back-to-back-to-back RBI hits to score five times in the bottom of the third to change the game's complexion.

    The Lady Aces would again take a lead, however, scoring once in each the fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-5 advantage.

  • Austin, Bell get wins at conference meet

    GREENVILLE – Senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin both won individual events at the South Central Conference Championships on Tuesday, helping the Vandals place fifth as a team.

    For Austin, getting to the 300-meter hurdles may have been more of a challenge than actually winning the race.

    In the 110-meter hurdles, the runner in the lane next him inadvertently knocked a hurdle into Austin's lane, making him stumble and finish last.

  • Lady Vandals battling through a rough patch

    Already mired in a slump, the Lady Vandals received no favors on Monday when they faced Marquette Catholic and standout left-handed pitcher Alexis Silkwood.

    She did what she does, striking out 14 Lady Vandals during a 7-1 Marquette win, which pushed Vandalia’s losing skid to four games.

    Coach Brian Buscher said Silkwood was easily the best pitcher Vandalia has faced all season, but he was very glad to see his team produce a run.

  • Mahon racking up wins, saves for SEMO in '11

    Seven and closing.

    St. Elmo grad Logan Mahon, a Southeast Missouri State University pitcher, recorded his seventh save as well as his fifth win of the season over the past 10 days.

    With the most recent save, Mahon moved into third on the SEMO list for saves in a single season. In a 5-4 triumph against Murray State, Mahon, who allowed one hit in two innings of work, walked three batters. He is one save away from being tied for second, and only four saves from the all-time record in a season.

  • Vandals go 1-3 in four SCC games

    The Vandals ended a losing skid with a win at Marquette Catholic on Monday.

    The Vandals beat the Explorers, 6-4, despite just two base hits.

    Juniors Ian Murrell and Dathan Berning both had singles, and junior Trevor Montgomery scored twice during the game.

    Vandalia struck out 14 times during the game, but were able to take advantage of three walks and three Marquette errors.

    Murrell earned the win for the Vandals, striking out six, while allowing just three hits, one walk and no earned runs over seven innings.