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School Sports

  • 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."

  • Former South Central pitcher drafted by Royals

    Former South Central High School pitcher Spencer Patton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round (726th overall) of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday night.

    "I could not be happier," Patton said. "I was willing to play for anyone that was willing to give me the chance to play.

    "I like the way (the Royals) handle their minor leagues," he said. "They bring in raw talent and build their players."

  • Senior Spotlight: Audra Donaldson

    Two surgeries early in her high school career were not enough to make Audra Donaldson quit playing softball.

    A condition in the recently-graduated Vandalia athlete’s feet left her with tendons that were too short, and she first had surgery to correct them after her freshman year.

    That surgery, which included cutting out the tendons, stretching them out and replacing them, did not fix the problem, and Donaldson was back under the knife after her sophomore year.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game in 'rebuilding' year

    LEBANON – Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes spilled plenty of appreciation for his nine-person team after the Lady Aces lost to Calhoun, 5-4, on Monday.

    “This was the hardest year of coaching,” Barnes said. “I had nine kids, who could take advantage of their coach anytime they wanted, as far as, ‘I don’t have to listen or do what you say, because you barely have enough (players).’

    “That didn’t happen, and that’s the type of kids we have.”

  • Austin, Bell fail to make finals at state

    Through rainy conditions, the Illinois High School Association state meet went on as scheduled, with preliminaries last Thursday.

    Two Vandalia athletes – senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin – battled through those conditions, and while neither made the finals, both bettered their qualifying marks.

    “I think the goal was for them to run a personal best, and their personal best would re-set the school record,” said coach Jane Bell. “It was a little disappointing that the weather prevented them from doing that.

  • College Report: Mahon named all-conference

    No team is complete without a relief pitcher.

    Not even for the Ohio Valley all-conference team. When selecting a relief pitcher, St. Elmo grad and Southeast Missouri State  senior Logan Mahon was definitely going to be discussed and be in the mix. Mahon was named to the OVC's second team.

    In league action, there was almost none better. Mahon got the proper setup, and he earned six saves in OVC games. His six saves were  the best in conference.

  • Vandalia, South Central legion teams start season

    Legion baseball will be back on the diamonds in Vandalia this week, with both the Sr. and Jr. Legion teams opening their seasons.

    Between June 1 and June 9, the Sr. Legion team, which is coached by Luke Hohlt, will play seven games, including five at home. The season opened on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Carlyle.

    The Jr. Legion team, which is coached by TK Kinkead, has its first game on Thursday at Salem and opens the home season on Monday against South Central. Both games are 6 p.m. doubleheaders.