School Sports

  • Lady Vandals win at Hillsboro meet

    HILLSBORO – The Lady Vandals won the first outdoor meet of the season last Tuesday, despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to hinder the event.

    Rain came over Hillsboro a little over an hour after the meet began, but that didn’t stop Vandalia from accumulating 74 points and six first-place finishes to beat Southwestern, Hillsboro and Carlinville.

    Freshman Emma Meyer set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and she also was the champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, with times of 13.27 and 28.28 seconds, respectively.

  • SC's Bray has two HRs, Smith strokes game-winning hit in DH sweep of Patoka

    South Central senior Kyle Bray hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader against Patoka on Tuesday, and junior Dylan Smith's seventh-inning single in game two gave the Cougars the sweep.

    Bray's homer in game one broke a scoreless tie, and he also struck out 11 from the mound in the 2-0 victory.
    Junior Noah Powless doubled, and sophomore Brett Harmeier had the team's other RBI.

    Bray again homered in the sixth inning of game two as the Cougars rallied for seven runs in the final three innings of an 8-7 victory.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia cheer awards

    Vandalia's high school and junior high cheerleaders recently held their annual award banquets.


  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 10)

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •April 9 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a two-inning save in a 3-2 win against Memphis. He struck out three and allowed just one hit in his outing.
    •April 5 – Patton earned the win in relief during a 4-3 win against Nashville. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one, while walking one and allowing one hit.

  • Gordon places 3rd at Illinois Top Times indoor meet

    At the Illinois Top Times meet, freshman Curtis Gordon medaled and broke his own school record in the pole vault.

    He cleared 14 feet, 6 inches for third place last Saturday at the unofficial indoor state meet in Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center in Bloomington.

    Gordon finished a foot and a half behind Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who won the event with 16 feet. The second-place finisher was Casey-Westfield’s Riley Smith, who cleared 15 feet, 3 inches.

  • Schaal, Well shine as Vandalia's offense pounds out 20 runs

    VANDALIA – Junior Zach Schaal made the most of his season debut.

    After missing the first two games of the season, Schaal went 4-for-4 at the plate and struck out 12 in a complete game last Friday as Vandalia knocked off in-county rival Ramsey 20-5 in six innings.

    “Last year, he pitched some really big games,” said acting coach Mark Rinehart. “From my point of view, the main thing we were impressed with was that he hung tough.

  • Vandalia dominates SCC's all-conference selections

    VANDALIA – The South Central Conference all-conference wrestling selections were once again dominated by Vandals.

    Thirteen Vandalia wrestlers earned all-conference honors, including nine on the first team.

  • Lady Vandals win second straight

    ST. PETER – Taylor Well just keeps driving in runs for the Lady Vandals.

    The Vandalia senior had four RBI on three hits on Monday, helping back a strong effort from senior pitcher Megan

    Godoyo, who struck out nine in a 13-3 win at South Central, the team’s second straight after dropping the first four games of the season.

    Well has recorded a hit in four of the six games this season, but she has 11 RBI on those eight hits. Her .444 average is second on the team to senior Kylie Sellers, who is batting .533 after a 1-for-3 effort on Monday.

  • Patoka's early scoring leads to lopsided victory at Vandalia

    VANDALIA – The Warriors opened the season with more losses than they would have preferred, but a big win at Vandalia on Monday may get things going in the right direction.

    Patoka scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-1 win at Vandalia Mutual Field, getting a complete game from senior Johnnie Clift and hits from almost every hitter in the lineup.

  • Clift is EIC MVP

    Patoka senior Johnnie Clift was a unanimous selection, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead seven players on the basketball all-conference team.

    Clift averaged 17.5 points per game in the six conference games to lead the Warriors to the EIC championship.