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School Sports

  • Vandalia softball to play at home on Tuesday

    The softball game between Vandalia and Altamont scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, has been moved from Altamont to Vandalia.

    The game will be played at 4:15 p.m. at the fields between VCHS and Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Senior Spotlight: Kase the Krusher

    ST. ELMO – A grand slam earlier this season has already given St. Elmo senior Kase Stolte something from his senior year that he will always remember.

    “Me and Ben Sperry have a thing about who is leading the team in home runs, so it was a good feeling that I tied him and hit in three other guys,” Stolte said.

    Through Tuesday, they were still tied with two apiece.

    But, if it’s up to Stolte, the grand slam and contest will be just two of many memories created this season.

  • Lady Vandals top Teutopolis with Newsom's homer

    As Whitney Newsom led off the bottom of the seventh inning against Teutopolis last Thursday, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher was scrambling to find a pinch runner in the event Newsom got on base.

    “I sent (sophomore) Amber Bruno to get two JV girls, because I thought, ‘All right, she’s going to get a base hit, and I have to decide whether or not to sub in a runner,’” Buscher said.

    “I got Kylie Sellers to run for her and got Lauren Wasmuth to sub in to play third. I was stressing out about that.”

  • Vandals shut out Carlinville in SCC opener

    Sophomore Leyton Godoyo was filthy after he stole two bases and dove head-first into home during the fifth inning last Friday against Carlinville.

    But he was all smiles, because his run gave the Vandals a 10-0 win in the South Central Conference season-opener last Friday.

    Good jumps allowed Godoyo to steal both second and third base, and he advanced home after the catcher’s throw to third sailed into left field.

  • Boys and girls track teams place several in first two outdoor meets

    ALTAMONT – Sixteen top-three finishes, including seven first-place marks, helped the Vandals place second at Altamont on Tuesday.

    The boys track team would have had an opportunity to win the meet had it been able to field a team in the 4X400-meter relay, but all but two of its athletes had already participated in the maximum of four events.

    That isn’t typical for most track teams from schools the size of Vandalia, but with only 11 members, every athlete’s efforts, and points, count.

  • Field of Dreams donors honored; throw out ceremonial first pitch
  • Board approves bid for all-weather track

    A bid for the construction of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was approved by the school board on Monday.

    The bid, which came from National Erectors in Highland, was $502,500, slightly higher than the $500,000 the school received in funding.

    It had been higher, but the school opted to cut out some less important features, including paving the walkway between the high school and junior high school, asphalting the gravel area near the ticket window and some of the reworked fencing.

  • Lady Aces get 3rd in own tournament

    MULBERRY GROVE – Playing without its top pitcher, the Mulberry Grove High School softball team went 1-1 to finish third at its own tournament on Saturday.

    Sophomore Becca Oldham was involved in a car accident on Saturday morning and was unable to pitch for the Lady Aces, but Megan Blankenship, a junior, filled in and pitched well, according to coach John Barnes.

    “She got some innings she normally wouldn’t have gotten,” Barnes said. “She showed that she could step up.”

  • Lady Eagles meeting expectations

    The high expectations bestowed on the St. Elmo High School softball team before the season are coming to fruition, as the Lady Eagles are off to a 4-4 start, a good beginning toward their goal of winning 20 games.

    St. Elmo vs. Vandalia
    The Lady Eagles were no-hit by Vandalia on Tuesday during a 6-0 loss.

    Four Lady Eagles reached base in the game, however.

    Senior Brooke Maxey made it the farthest, reaching second on an error in the fourth and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Myers.

  • Eagles at .500 after suffering three losses

    The St. Elmo High School baseball is at .500 after losing three games last week.

    The Eagles have a 6-6 record.

    St. Elmo at Cumberland
    St. Elmo lost its third straight game on Tuesday, falling to Cumberland, 14-4.

    Nine different Cumberland players had at least one hit, as the Pirates scored 13 runs in the first three innings.

    St. Elmo scored in the top of the first on a single by Woodsen Savage. Four others would have at least one hit, including two from Blaine Scholes.