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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals get training from international volleyball coach

    An assistant volleyball coach from Murray State University was in Vandalia last Friday and Saturday to run a clinic for the high school volleyball team.

    Dongping Fang, who was born in China, was brought in by the Sports Boosters, and he helped the Lady Vandals players and coaches improve during his stay.

    “This would not have been possible without the help from the Sports Boosters,” said coach Allison Brown.

  • Two athletes honored for collegiate achievements

    Two area collegiate players were recently honored for athletic or academic achievements.

    Spencer Patton, a South Central graduate and former Southern Illinois University pitcher, was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s NCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove winner.

    He was the only Division I pitcher given the award, and earned the honor after committing no errors in 27 chances this past season at SIU.

    Patton recently began his professional career with the Idaho Falls Chukars, a rookie-league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

  • Lady Vandal Shootout

    During the shootout last Wednesday, which was the final home shootout for either gender this summer, the Lady Vandals found success, as they prepare for a breakout year.

  • Donors needed for track equipment

    A fundraising campaign to help purchase equipment for the new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School has been launched by boys track coach Jane Bell.

    All donations are tax-deductible through the Vandalia Schools Foundation, and donors will be recognized on a board at the facility.

    Donation levels on that board are: platinum ($10,000), gold ($5,000), silver ($3,000) and bronze ($1,000).

    Items needed for the track include:

  • Vandalia, Ramsey split doubleheader

    The joke during the first game of a doubleheader against Ramsey last Thursday was that Brandy Protz was never coming to Taylor Well’s house again.

    Because Ramsey had just seven players for the game, the two Vandalia sophomores found themselves on opposite teams, as Protz and Caitlin Alverson played for Ramsey to give them a full roster.

    The joking came because Protz put out Well twice, but by the end of the game, Well was ahead, as she earned the game-tying RBI during the Lady Vandals’ 9-7 win.

  • Jr. Legion squad loses, gets rained out

    The Vandalia Jr. Legion team struggled against Altamont in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday, falling 10-0 in five innings.

    Post 95 surrendered six runs in the first inning, and Altamont added four more in the third by stringing together several hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles.

    Meanwhile, Vandalia threatened just once. Connor Beasley hit a double to left-center field in the fourth inning and later advanced to third on a single. Vandalia, however, would leave the bases loaded in the inning.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo play in shootout

    The Vandalia and St. Elmo High School boys basketball teams played in the third Vandal Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.

    Both teams were 4-2 in pool play and won their first-round tournament games.

    In the tournament, St. Elmo defeated Chrisman, 24-16, and Vandalia beat DuQuoin, 31-23.

    Marshall was the tournament champion having defeated Mascoutah in the final tournament game.

    The final Vandal Shootout is on Thursday and Friday. Both Vandalia and St. Elmo will partake in the event, which is hosting 18 teams.

  • South Central places second in state bass fishing tournament

    The South Central High School bass fishing team placed second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday at Carlyle Lake.

    South Central caught seven fish for a total of 12 pounds, 13 ounces during the two-day event. Canton High School won the event, with 14 pounds, 6 ounces worth of fish.

    In fifth place after catching five fish weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces on Friday, South Central only caught two fish on the second day.

  • IHSA changes don't affect Fayette County schools

    The Illinois High School Association made two sweeping changes to its by-laws last Thursday, but neither of them affect any Fayette County high schools.

    Because of a discrepancy in the number of schools in each of the four classes in recent years, the IHSA adjusted the enrollment figures for each class, but all seven area high schools’ enrollments leave them in the same classes as before.

    In addition, no school is close to moving up or down a class.

  • The College Report: A quartet of area athletes recently completed their college careers

    Today marks the end of The College Report for the 2010-11 school year. While their college careers are in the books, there are two players that are not done with their athletic careers. One other will continue to compete, although no longer at the college level. The fourth leaves his college as one of its most celebrated players ever.