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School Sports

  • St. Elmo softball off to 1-1 start

    The St. Elmo High School softball team is 1-1 after playing 2 1/2 games this season.

    The Lady Eagles lost to Flora, 11-1, in their season-opener last Thursday, and beat Dieterich, 12-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday.

    The second game against Dieterich was suspended due to darkness after 3 1/2 innings with St. Elmo leading, 7-4.
    Despite the lopsided result against Flora, coach Tom Fedrigon said his team played as well as the Lady Wolves.

    Senior Brooke Maxey was 1-for-3.

    Morgan Myers, also a senior, took the loss in the circle and drove in Maxey in the first inning.

  • Austin, Ambuehl gets top 10s at Charleston

    Two members of the Vandalia High School boys track team recorded top 10 finishes at the Charleston Indoor Invitational at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday.

    As a team, the Vandals finished 34th out of 50 teams. On Tuesday, the team will run at Litchfield at 4:15 p.m.

  • Vandalia girls basketball players honored
  • Vandalia cheerleaders honored
  • Senior Spotlight: Hammerin' 'Hit'ney

    There is a certain confidence in Whitney Newsom’s eyes every time she steps up to the plate for the Lady Vandals.

    The slugging senior has been playing softball with regularity since she was 5 or 6 years old, and has always focused on one piece of advice while waiting for every pitch.

    “My dad always told, “See ball. Hit ball,” she said. “‘You make sure it’s your pitch, and that there’s something you can do with it.’”

    Newsom has proven that lesson over and over again.

  • South Central softball canceled

    Poor field conditions in Altamont have forced Thursday night's softball game between Altamont and South Central to be canceled.

    As of this time, no makeup date has been scheduled.

  • St. Elmo loses area's first baseball game of spring

    After the first scheduled spring baseball games were canceled on Tuesday, St. Elmo kicked off the area season at Shelbyville on Wednesday.

    The Eagles were one-hit by the Rams in a 15-1 loss.

    Freshman Levi Maxey recorded the hit, and senior Kase Stolte suffered the loss for St. Elmo.

    The Eagles play at Christ Our Rock this afternoon.

  • Season in review: Boys Basketball

    St. Elmo did not have the best record in the area, nor did it have the flashiest playing style.

    What it did have was a desire to win, which helped the Eagles (13-16) advance to the sectional tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.

    In that game, St. Elmo lost to state qualifier Woodlawn, but the Eagles return all but two of their top six players, so another run could be in their future next season.

    Vandalia had the area's best record, with a mark of 17-11.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders end remarkable run at sectional

    CARLINVILLE – There is something to be said for determined play at any level of athletics.

    The Lady Vandal eighth-grade volleyball team showed why on Monday, despite a straight-set loss to Carlinville at the sectional tournament.

    At the end of the first set, Carlinville’s Talesha Scott served eight straight points, including seven aces, to put the Lady Warriors ahead, 23-11.

    Vandalia coach Geri Reuss, however, called a timeout in an effort to refocus her team and kill off Carlinville’s momentum.

  • Field of Dreams upgrades HS diamond

    Improvements to the high school baseball field that the Field of Dreams committee hoped to have completed by the start of baseball season have been finished on schedule.

    The improvements included renovation of the backstop and dugouts on the high school field, a warning track on the high school softball field and limestoning the softball field on Locust Street.

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Holht said the latest improvements make the high school baseball field one the best among South Central Conference schools.