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School Sports

  • Vandalia Baseball Awards

    The Vandalia High School baseball team held its award banquet last week. Coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards during the evening, and the winners are pictured.

  • Vandalia Girls Track Awards

    The Vandalia High School girls track team held its banquet on Tuesday night. Coach Mike Travelstead handed out several awards during the evening, and the winners are pictured.

  • Vandalia Boys Track Awards

    The Vandalia High School boys track team held its banquet on Tuesday night. Coach Jane Bell handed out several awards during the evening, and the winners are pictured.

  • Brownstown Baseball Awards

    Brownstown High School baseball coach Ken Milano handed out awards after the Bombers were ousted from the regional tournament last Wednesday, and the winners are pictured.

  • High School Sports Briefs (May 26)

    Coach Brown to hold volleyball camp at VCHS

    Vandalia High School volleyball coach Allison Brown will hold a volleyball camp at the high school for children who were in grades K-8 during the 2010-11 school year.

    The camps will run from Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 3, with grades K-4 from 4-5:30 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 5:30-7 p.m.

    The cost is $30 per individual, and $25 each for households with more than one child.

    Registration forms are available at the school and individuals can also sign up on the first day of camp.

  • Junior High State Track Results

    Vandalia Boys
    at IESA Class AA State

    Seventh-grade
    •Ethan Meyer, 200-meter dash, 31st (0:26.21)
    Eighth-grade
    •Ben Strobel, 1,600-meter run, 16th (5:03.4)
    •Luke Hollinshead, shot put, 26th (39 feet, 9 1/2 inches)
    •Ryan Bayles, long jump, 31st (17 feet, 8 3/4 inches)

  • Austin, Bell advance to state meet

    NEWTON — Two members of the Vandalia High School boys track team qualified for the state track meet on Friday night at the Newton sectional meet.

    Junior Quenten Austin qualified by winning the 300-meter hurdles and placing second in the discus.

    Senior Daniel Bell qualified after winning discus and placing second in the 800-meter run.

    As a team, the Vandals placed third despite using only a handful of athletes.

  • Hill sisters ousted in prelims

    Both Abby and Molly Hill of St. Elmo High School were eliminated from the state meet during the preliminaries of the discus throw.

    Molly, who was one of just two freshman in discus, had a throw of 97 feet, 4 inches.

    Abby, a senior, threw 88 feet, 11 inches.

    The shortest distance that qualified for the finals was 116 feet, 1 inch, which is better than both Hills' personal-best.

  • Three area teams to play for regional championships on Saturday

    Three area teams will play for regional championships on Saturday morning.

    The second-seeded South Central High School baseball team will face top-seeded North Clay at 11 a.m. in Kinmundy. The Cougars advanced after defeating St. Elmo in a 1-0 pitcher's duel on Wednesday.

    The difference-maker was a solo home run by Larry Schoreck.

    Senior Derek Harmeier will start for the Cougars, as they look to win their sixth straight regional title. North Clay had a slow start against Brownstown in the semifinals before prevailing 14-4 on Wednesday.

  • Senior Spotlight: Matt Hoffman

    Four years ago, Matt Hoffman had an admittedly ugly curveball.

    “I didn’t even have a curveball when I was a freshman,” the Vandalia senior said. “It was just a big hanger and wasn’t good.”

    His freshman season was when he first began working on a curveball with then-Legion coach Steve Hosick, and since then, he has developed a big breaking ball that has fooled several hitters this season.

    Against South Central last month, the right-handed hurler had 12 strikeouts, and the majority of them came via the curve.