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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Jr. Legion loses to Trenton in high-scoring game

    The Fourth of July was on Monday, but the Vandalia and Trenton Jr. Legion baseball teams waited until Tuesday to set off their fireworks.

    Twenty-six runs were scored, coaches and umpires traded words several times and one assistant coach was ejected during a 19-7 Trenton win in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • SC pitchers record 12 K's in win vs. Trenton

    KINMUNDY – Two pitchers combined to strike out 12 Trenton hitters, and each South Central player reached base at least once during an 8-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday.

    Shawn Meyer started for Post 519 and struck out 11 before being replaced on the mound after 6 1/3 innings of work. Luke Krajefska finished out the game, inducing a fielder's choice and striking out the final batter.

  • 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.