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School Sports

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Week 1 at EAWR

    The Vandalia High School football team on Friday night opens its season at East Alton-Wood River.

    Vandalia, which finished last season 4-5 and defeated the Oiliers, 24-21, with a last-second field goal in week one, return several starters this season, including senior running back Levi Ulmer and senior linebacker Blake Mills.

    They, combined with the rest of the veterans, are expected to build a strong core that will allow the Vandals to better their 2010 record and move back into the top half of the South Central Conference.

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.

  • Vandalia tennis team gets strong doubles play but falls to Roxana

    The Lady Vandals definitely had a chance to defeat Roxana for the second straight season, but two of the three close singles matches went to the Lady Shells, who continued on to win the match, 6-3.

    In both team’s season-opener, Vandalia’s Abby Hickerson, a senior and the No. 3 player, earned Vandalia’s only singles win, downing Jane Pratt, 6-0, 6-4.

    The Lady Vandals’ No. 2 Callie George, a senior, won the first set of her match against Josie Mosinalli, 6-4, but Mosinalli rallied back to beat George, 1-6, 4-6, in the final two sets.

  • Brownstown tops Mulberry Grove at Ramsey Tournament

    RAMSEY – Brownstown senior Brady McDowell capped off an eventful game with a two-run homer that gave the Bombers their final margin of 7-2 against Mulberry Grove at the Ramsey Tournament on Tuesday.

    McDowell earlier in the game had a plume of dust float into his eyes and was later accused of intentionally throwing dirt toward a Mulberry Grove player.

    "There was some intensity there, and the guy got his cleat stuck in Brady's arm sleeve," said Brownstown coach Ken Milano. "He says as he was trying to get up, the dirt just flew.

  • Patoka defeats hosts at Ramsey Tourney

    RAMSEY - Quinn Wadkins pitched a complete game, had three hits and scored four times to power Patoka past Ramsey on the second day of the Ramsey Tournament.

    Wadkins also had four steals during the 9-1 victory.

    He led off Tuesday's game with a bloop single and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.

    With a 3-0 lead by the end of the top of the first, after Jake Orrell and Mark Rogers scored, Wadkins struck out two batters in the bottom half.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug. 25)

    VANDALIA GOLF
    Aug. 22
    at Pana
    Team scores:
    •Vandalia, 169
    •Pana, 189
    Individual scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 35
    •Derrick Herker, 38
    •Josh Lawson, 43
    •Zach Jackson, 53
    •Jake Bowen, 57
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Individual JV scores:
    •Zack Schaal, 44
    •Bo Baldock, 45
    •Adam Palmer, 50
    •Jake Shulman, 61
    •Bradley Wehrle, 67

  • 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.