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School Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.”