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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Nance hired as VCHS girls track coach

    Vandalia Community High School’s new girls track coach hopes to build a program based on allowing athletes to have fun, while still getting better as the season progresses.

    Gena Nance, who qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet four years for Charleston High School, was recently hired by VCHS to fill the void left by Mike Travelstead, who retired in May.

  • Summertime thrill

    DECATUR – By the sixth inning of the double-elimination championship game on Saturday, the Vandalia High School softball team had left the bases loaded twice and left runners in scoring position in the other three innings.

    Coach Brian Buscher sensed a change.

    And he was right.

    The Lady Vandals brought all their hitters to the plate, scoring five runs in the sixth to regain the lead that they had traded with Warrensburg-Latham all game en route to a 15-13 victory that gave them the title in the Decatur league.

  • Lady Vandals fall to L-W in 1st title game

    DECATUR – As the game between Warrensburg-Latham and the “No-Names” played out, the Lady Vandals sat and waited to see which team they would face in the 2 p.m. title game.

    The problem was that the game being played didn’t end until just after 3 p.m., and by that point, the Lady Vandals had been sitting in an heat index of about 120 degrees for almost two hours before learning they would face top-seeded Warrensburg-Latham in the title game.

  • All players benefit from league

    DECATUR – Looking back at the Decatur summer league, Vandalia High School softball coach Brian Buscher realized something after his short-handed team won the championship game on Saturday night.

    The long drives to Decatur every week paid off, as every player gained something from the 19 games the Lady Vandals played.

    “Everybody,” Buscher said. “Getting those at-bats, and any time you can have live situations, kids can learn on the field. That’s why we come up here.”

  • Softball alums split with HS squad

    A collection of 12 former Vandalia High School softball players gathered for a doubleheader against the current high school team on Monday night.

    The former stars got the best of a short-handed varsity squad in the first game, pulling away to a 13-5 victory, but the alumni did not fare as well in the second game, falling, 5-2.

    The alumni got on the board first, thanks to Hannah Edgar's second-inning single that brought in Whitney Newsom and Michelle McNary.

  • It takes two games, but Lady Vandals win Decatur title

    DECATUR - Battling excessive heat and the top seed, the Lady Vandals still came out on top.

    After falling to Warrensburg-Latham in the first game of the double-elimination tournament in a Decatur league for high schools on Saturday in 100-degree heat, the Lady Vandals stormed back in an offensive show the second game to win the league championship, 15-13.

  • Softball team to play for Decatur title on Saturday

    The Vandalia High School softball team will play for the Decatur league championship on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Vandals will play on a field on Division St. about a mile from MacArthur High School.

  • Vandalia softball to play in semifinals

    The Vandalia High School softball team is nearing completion of its summer season and will face the "No Names" in the championship semifinal of the Decatur summer league tournament on Friday at 6 p.m.

    Whichever team wins will play for the title on Saturday at 2 p.m., and the loser plays at noon.

    So far in the tournament, the Lady Vandals have beaten MacArthur, 13-11, and Taylorville, 24-3.

  • South Central offering sports physicals

    South Central Schools will be holding a sports physical clinic at South Central Middle School on Tuesday.

    The exams are for athletes only and those entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade should not register to receive their health physical.

    Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and the physicals will be given from 9-11 a.m.

    The cost is $15 and checks are payable to Salem Medical Center.