School Sports

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 3)


    The Bombers again struggled to find their offense on Tuesday, getting just four hits in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Neoga.

    Brownstown/St. Elmo has not had more than five hits in any game this season, but still holds a 3-4 record by taking advantage of its strong pitching and base running.

    Sophomore Noah Flowers struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of work, but Neoga (4-0-1) had four doubles in the game that helped lead to a pair of three-run innings.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia wrestling awards

    The Vandalia wrestling team last Thursday held its awards banquet at the Moose Lodge, and coach Jason Clay handed out several awards.

  • Historic season ends in Elite Eight

    TOLONO – Two long serving streaks for Beecher hurt Vandalia’s chances in last Saturday’s volleyball state quarterfinals.

    Playing in the school’s first-ever Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament, the Jr. Lady Vandals’ improbable postseason run came to an end with a 20-25, 11-25 loss in the Elite Eight.

    Playing at Unity Jr./Sr. High, Vandalia lost a six-point lead late in the first set by allowing Beecher nine straight points, and lost a two-point lead early in the second set by allowing 13 straight points.

  • Two place for Vandalia at state event

    Two members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club placed this past weekend at the Illinois Midget Championships in Danville.

    Gavin Mouser was the top finisher, taking third place in the Midget 130 division. He pinned Tucker Shepherd in 2:20 to claim his medal.

    His only loss in the tournament came to eventual champion Xander Schnake.

    Kyle Miller advanced to the championship quarterfinals in the Midget 66B division, but lost to the eventual second-place finisher.

  • Vandals have heavy hearts in 13-3 loss

    VANDALIA – The Vandals played Monday’s home-opener with heavy hearts just days after their coach experienced a death in his family.

    After the 13-3 loss to Lincolnwood, assistant coach Mark Rinehart said that he and players took the field in tribute to head coach Luke Hohlt, whose 26-year-old sister died last Saturday.

    “I’d like to say that I do not want to be doing this press conference,” Rinehart said. “I wish coach Hohlt was here, because he is our leader.

  • Lady Vandals run-rule Lincolnwood in home opener for first win

    VANDALIA – Before the season starterd, Vandalia softball coach Brian Buscher admitted that there would probably be some rough stretches.

    A 0-4 start fits that definition.

    But the Lady Vandals may be beginning to get things figured out, as they played a well-balanced game and showed off their offensive potential on Monday in a 14-4 win against Lincolnwood in the home-opener.

    “We hit the ball well,” Buscher said. “We made a couple of mistakes here or there, but we hit and played good defense.

  • Hood leads Warriors to fourth at tourney

    For the first time, Patoka participated in a season-opening baseball tournament, and the Warriors placed fourth and put on player on the all-tournament team.

    Senior Clinton Hood pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out 12, in a season-opening 5-0 win against Edwards County, and in the three-game event, he was 4-for-10, with four doubles and four RBI as Patoka’s leadoff hitter.

  • Vandals come back to beat Mulberry Grove

    MULBERRY GROVE – An upset was brewing through the first three innings of last Thursday’s baseball game between Vandalia and Mulberry Grove.

    Aces senior Nate Ketchem was perfect through three innings as his team spotted him a four-run lead, but Vandalia tied the game in the fourth and tacked on two insurance runs in the next two innings of a 6-4 season-opening victory.

    “That’s the best response to adversity I have ever seen early in a season,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt. “It was quiet early, but our guys stuck with it.

  • Lady Aces handle Lady Vandals in opener

    MULBERRY GROVE – Vandalia senior Megan Godoyo exposed some of the youth in Mulberry Grove’s lineup last Thursday, but that wasn’t enough to slow down the entire offense.

    Mulberry Grove pounded out nine hits – including four for extra bases – to overcome 11 strikeouts in an 11-3 win.

    “I think we did pretty good,” said Lady Aces coach Emily Thomas. “We did better this game than last game, and that’s about all I can ask.”