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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals shut down EAWR in summer showdown

    Megan Godoyo struck out 10 and allowed just one hit, and the Lady Vandal offense took advantage of nine East Alton-Wood River errors in defeating the Lady Oilers, 10-0, in five innings last Thursday.

    In total, Vandalia players took an extra 20 bases because of defensive miscues or errant pitches from EAWR.

    Several of those bases were swiped, however, because of good awareness on the part of the players.

    “It was definitely some heads-up baserunning,” said coach Brian Buscher. “For the most part, they were heads-up and got experience to build from.”

  • Vandals complete second summer shootout

    The second summer Vandal Shootout was completed last Friday, with Breese Central, DuQuoin and Harrisburg going undefeated in pool play, and Mounds Meridian winning the tournament.

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team was 1-5 in pool play, defeating Cumberland, and lost its first game in the tournament to Benton.

    The final two summer shootouts will be from June 20-21 and June 23-24.

    Below are results of the shootout.

    Pool play
    •Breese Central, 6-0
    •DuQuoin, 6-0
    •Harrisburg, 6-0
    •Flora, 4-2
    •Mounds Meridian, 4-2
    •PBL, 4-2
    •Riverton, 4-2
    •Benton, 3-3

  • Lady Vandals comlete first shootout

    The Vandalia High School varsity girls basketball team was undefeated at the Lady Vandal Shootout last Wednesday.

    The Lady Vandals beat Altamont, Shelbyville and Cumberland during the event. Also at the shootout, the Vandalia JV team lost to Altamont and Central A&M. The Lady Vandals will host their final shootout this summer on June 29.

  • Senior (Citizen) Spotlight: Mike Travelstead

    Mike Travelstead has always cared.

    The recently retired Vandalia English teacher and girls track coach cared for his “A” students just as much as he did for his average students, and he cared for his state-caliber track stars just as much as he did for the girls who just wanted to set a personal-best time, even if that meant finishing in last place.

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion team splits season opener vs. Carlyle

    There is something about teams that Luke Hohlt coaches that gets players motivated to score runs in the seventh inning.

    Many times during the high school season, the Vandalia Vandals would score in the late innings, and Vandalia's Sr. Legion team did the same during its first game of the season, a 9-7 loss to Carlyle last Wednesday.

    Post 95 trailed 9-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, but the first five batters reached base, Caleb Randle scored on a passed ball and Dathan Berning got an RBI by driving home Ian Murrell on a fielder's choice.

  • Meyer's grand slam sets tone for SC win

    A grand slam from Shawn Meyer in the first inning set the tone for South Central, as its Jr. Legion team defeated Vandalia, 10-6, after a steady barrage of base runners on Monday.

    Three of the first four Post 519 batters reached base to set up Meyer’s home run, and at least one runner would reach in five of the next six innings, with South Central scoring in four of them.

    “They are kind of a rare group,” said coach Curt Jones. “They have a lot of fun, but are also serious about this thing.”

  • Boys basketball teams open summer season

    Vandalia and Brownstown High Schools opened their summer boys basketball seasons at the Vandal Shootout.
    Both teams played four games on Monday, with each earning one win.

    In Vandalia's first game against Carlyle, it held an early lead, but a barrage of 3-pointers from the Indians in the second half propelled them ahead. They would win, 52-42.

    Vandalia would fall in the second game, losing to Columbia, 46-27.

    In the afternoon, the Vandals would lose a lopsided game to Trico, and defeat Flora, which was not playing with stars Paul Knapp and Nick Painter.

  • Local youngsters take part in sports camps

    Several area youngsters took part in sports camps last week, and they are pictured.

  • Sports Briefs (June 9)

    Several Vandalia players named All-SCC for spring season

    Five softball players and two baseball players from Vandalia were named all-conference by the South Central Conference.

    They join senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin, who received All-SCC honors by winning races at the boys conference track meet, as Vandalia athletes to be honored in the spring.

    Freshman Megan Godoyo was named to the softball team twice, as a first-team pitcher and as a second-team designated hitter.

  • Former St. Elmo pitcher drafted by Colorado Rockies

    Former St. Elmo High School pitcher Logan Mahon was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday night.

    "They called me (Tuesday) morning, and I talked to the area scout (for the Rockies)," Mahon told the Southeast Missourian. "He told me they were going to draft me before the 30th round, but I was really unsure.

    "I was hoping it would be (Tuesday). Then when they called and said they had taken me in the 22nd round, I was ecstatic."