School Sports

  • Schaal pitches Vandals to first back-to-back wins since '12

    VANDALIA – Preston Ruckman made sure arguably the best pitching performance of Zach Schaal’s career wasn’t wasted.

    Ruckman scored as a courtesy runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Schaal pitched a five-hitter, striking out 11 Pana hitters over eight innings, for a 1-0 win in last Friday’s South Central Conference opener to give the Vandals their first back-to-back wins in more than two years.

  • Lady Vandals on losing side of pitcher's duel

    VANDALIA – Senior Megan Godoyo extended her hitting streak to eight games, but that would be the only hit for the Lady Vandals on Tuesday, as they finished on the losing side of a pitcher’s duel.

    Deidre Ledbetter struck out 11, using a stifling rise ball to lead Altamont past Vandalia, 4-0.

  • Several win at home track meet

    VANDALIA – The Vandals set a new school record in the 4X100-meter relay at last Thursday’s home meet.

    Sophomores Ethan Meyer and Bobby Bradley, and seniors Colton Woolsey and Dalton Smith teamed up to the run the race in 46.99 seconds, setting the school record by about half a second.

    The previous record of 47.54 seconds was set in 2010 by Tim Ritchey, Blake Swofford, Quenten Austin and Ryan Ambuehl.

    This year’s relay team missed the record by just .04 seconds at Hillsboro on April 1.

  • Vandals take victory in pair of local rivalries

    VANDALIA – If Matt Beck continues responded like he did last Saturday, coach Luke Hohlt may need to bench him more often.

    With so many players deserving of playing time, Beck was the odd man out last Friday, sitting out his first game of the season.

    But he took his assignment without complaint, and then followed it up with three hits in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, an 8-6 win against Brownstown/St. Elmo, Vandalia's third straight victory.

  • Mulberry Grove beats Okawville at Vandalia, but falls to Brownstown/St. Elmo

    The Aces split games played at Vandalia last Saturday, defeating Okawville in game one, but losing to Brownstown/St. Elmo in game two.

    Offense was easy to find, however, as Mulberry Grove beat Okawville 12-7, and lost to BSE, 20-10.

    BSE senior Jacob Behrends had two home runs in the game, and Mulberry Grove junior Alex Goodin also homered.
    There were just 17 hits, despite the 30 runs, as 16 errors were committed.

  • PHOTOS: St. Elmo And Brownstown team up for wins

    The co-op teams from St. Elmo and Brownstown high schools each picked up wins last Thursday.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 17)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •April 11 – Patton, a South Central graduate, picked up his second save of the season after pitching the final three innings of a 5-4 win at Nashville. The Kansas City Royals AAA prospect allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks, but struck out four.

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 17)

    The Vandals took a 13-3 loss on the road at Altamont on Tuesday afternoon.

    Seniors Carson Smith and Matt Beck, and junior Jake Bowen each had an RBI single for Vandalia in the first inning, but Altamont countered with five runs in the bottom of the frame and continued scoring for the lopsided win.

  • Dagen's double, Godoyo's 11 strikeouts lead Lady Vandals to win

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals were happy to be back.

    Freshman Lindsay Dagen hit a two-run double to break open a one-run game in the bottom of the fourth inning to back up an 11-strikeout effort from senior Megan Godoyo, and Vandalia beat St. Elmo/Brownstown, 5-2, to run its winning streak to three games.

    “You have to score runs, and we’re getting enough hits,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher. “I think we’re going to hold people down for the most part, as long as we play solid defensively.”

  • Vandals to open SCC play after rainouts

    When the Vandals take the field of their South Central Conference opener, it will begin a stretch of six games in a week’s time and be just the second game played in April.

    Vandalia was scheduled to open SCC play last Friday at Carlinville, but that game was canceled and rescheduled for April 29, so the conference opener will now be at home on Friday against Pana.