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School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Blaine Scholes

    MULBERRY GROVE – St. Elmo senior Blaine Scholes reached base and scored three times last Wednesday during a win at Mulberry Grove, but that was nothing compared to the performance he had against Beecher City earlier this season.

    During that game, a 17-5 win for St. Elmo, the Eagles’ leadoff hitter had his first career five-hit game.

    “I was hitting the ball hard and picking out my pitch,” Scholes said. “I had a lot of confidence. It’s easier to have a 5-for-5 day at the plate when everyone is hitting well, too.”

  • Vandals come up short against Carlinville's rushing attack

    CARLINVILLE – After Carlinville scored on a 30-yard touchdown run after intercepting Vandalia junior Tim Ritchey, the Vandals looked disappointed that they were trailing 14-0 at halftime.

    The players, however, changed their attitude at halftime, and came out to manufacture an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the second half.

    Vandalia would tie the game at 21 as well, but a pair of sacks late in the fourth quarter forced the Vandals to punt and allowed Carlinville to hold the ball for the final 2:42 of the game to win, 28-21, last Friday night.

  • South Central tops Vandalia in tourney

    ALTAMONT – With coach Mary Brimberry back on the bench with her team after missing a game due to an unexpected death in the family, the South Central High School volleyball team rallied around its coach to beat Vandalia in three sets during the opening game of the Altamont Tournament.

    South Central took that match, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14, but it would not muster another win in pool play to finish seventh.

    Vandalia, meanwhile, would fall to Cumberland and beat Greenville before downing Altamont in the third-place game.

  • The College Report: minor leaguers closing seasons as colleges begin play

    It is probably better than Spencer Patton could have dreamed.

    The Idaho Falls Chukar hurler, a South Central grad, has been working for the Kansas City Royals affiliate all summer. In 39 2/3 innings of work, the former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville pitcher has compiled a 3-1 mark, with two saves. He has allowed only 15 earned runs on 42 hits for a 3.40 earned run average. Patton, who has appeared mostly in relief, has fanned 56 batters while walking only 15.

  • St. Elmo gets upset win against South Central

    ST. ELMO – After the first set against South Central last Thursday, it appeared the Lady Eagles were on their way to  a disappointing 0-2 start.

    Instead of getting down on themselves, however, the team rallied to lead or hold a tie, including a 24-24 knot in the third set, the rest of the match to earn the upset win, 15-25, 25-20, 26-24.

    “That was very exciting,” said St. Elmo coach Elise Asher. “It was a combination of fantastic plays and very aggressive errors on both sides of the floor.”

  • Gurtner fires no-hitter for Brownstown

    Sophomore Eric Gurtner pitched a no-hitter for Brownstown last Wednesday during an 18-0 win against Ramsey.

    Gurtner struck out nine batters – including the first three of the game – and was perfect, save for two walks.

    He threw 62 pitches in the game, and had plenty of offensive support.

    Senior Brady McDowell was 4-for-4, with four RBI and three runs to lead the offensive onslaught. Close behind were senior Coleman Scott, 2-for-4, with four runs; senior Colten Hunter, 1-for-1, with four runs; and junior Austin Hunter, 2-for-4, with a run.

  • SC bests Brownstown, 20-0

    BROWNSTOWN – The South Central High School baseball team continued its torrid start with a 20-0 drubbing of Brownstown last Thursday.

    Cole Armstrong and Shawn Meyer combined to throw a one-hitter, with Brownstown junior Austin Hunter finally collecting the Bombers' first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, to maintain South Central's perfect start to the season.

    "I'm pretty pleased with how we have done," said coach Curt Jones. "The big question mark was our pitching, and so far, our pitching has been really good."

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 8)

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  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Hosick

    WOOD RIVER – Bryan Hosick rumbled through the night against East Alton-Wood River last Friday.

    The Vandalia senior carried the ball just six times for the Vandals during a 27-6 season-opening win, but all but one of those dashes were at least 10 yards, and two of them – a 34-yard scamper and a shifty 68-yard run – set up Vandal touchdowns.

    “The line blocked awesome, and there were holes everywhere,” Hosick said. “It was easy to run like that.”

    His 144 yards were more than double his career-high of 67 yards, which he gained against Roxana last season.

  • Vandalia Fall Leaders (Week 1)

    See the photo below to see Vandalia's team leaders through the first week of the fall season.