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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Field of Dreams starts another project

    Beginning last Wednesday, the fencing at the high school softball diamond was removed to make way for the construction of new dugouts that will match those at the high school baseball field. The Field of Dreams committee is holding its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., where more information will be shared. The public is invited to attend.

  • All-weather track nears completion

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was not completed by the initial Aug. 1 deadline, but it is nearing completion.

    Heavy rains have delayed construction at times this summer, but it does not appear that the track construction will have any effect on the first home football game, which is on Sept. 9 against Roxana.

  • Illinois gov't adopts IHSA concussion standards

    Gov. Pat Quinn last Thursday signed legislation that will help protect Illinois student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries.

    The new law ensures that athletes who receive a concussion will not be allowed to return to play or practice until they are evaluated and receive written clearance from a licensed health professional.

    Additionally, the law ensures that student-athletes, parents and coaches are able to recognize the signs of a concussion.

  • VCHS tennis team to open practice on Aug. 15

    Practice for the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

    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.

    Last season, the tennis team won five matches, which was a higher number than coach Kevin Schroeder expected.