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School Sports

  • The College Report: Hobbie named All-American in senior season

    During his basketball career, McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie made everyone sit up and take notice of him.

    There are a lot of players who have accomplished that particular feat, but not many can claim that they have garnered attention on the national scene since their freshman year. The former Vandalia superstar can make that claim.

    While his college career is officially in the books, Hobbie will be getting more awards in the upcoming months.

  • Regional assignments announced by IHSA

    The Illinois High School Association announced the 2011 baseball and softball regional assignments last Thursday.

    Regional tournament games for baseball will begin on May 16, and softball tournaments will start on May 17. The state tournament for each is June 3-4.

    Assignments for area teams are listed below, along with the other teams that were placed in the same regional:

  • Mason leads Brownstown by Christ Our Rock

    BROWNSTOWN – Bryce Mason did just about everything for the Bombers last Thursday.

    The senior shortstop stole two bases, scored a run, drove in the winning run and relayed an outfield assist to home plate that gunned down a Christ Our Rock Lutheran runner for the third out to stave off a potential rally.

    All of that helped secure a 2-1 Brownstown victory.

    “That was a big momentum shift for one team or the other,” coach Ken Milano said of the assist. “Our guys made it a big momentum play for us.”

  • Bids 'a bit high' for new track, but major plans stay the same

    Bids from contractors interested in building the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School were "a bit higher than expected," but Superintendent Rich Well said he doesn’t believe that will slow down the main construction.

    Well said the school hoped to have bids below $500,000, which is how much it received in grant money for the project, so the leftover dollars could be used to purchase pole vault and high jump equipment.

  • Warriors run-rule young Rams on Tuesday

    RAMSEY – It wasn’t the outcome any coach at the high school level wants to see, but Patoka’s 24-10 drubbing of Ramsey on Tuesday was still the first win for the Warriors.

    And coach Joe Eddy said that’s the hardest win to come by, especially for a team that has struggled to get a lead this season.

    “That was our first lead,” Eddy said. “You have to get that first one, no matter how it comes, and hope it snowballs into more.”

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (March 31)

    Ruffner, Austin participate at indoor meet

    Vandalia sophomore Sierah Ruffner and junior Quenten Austin participated in the Class A Illinois Prep Top Times indoor meet last Friday.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet in the high jump to finish ninth.

    Austin had a time of 8.49 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to finish 17th. He was .07 of a second from making the finals.

    They qualified for that meet through their marks at the Eastern Illinois University indoor meets.

  • Sports cancellations -- Friday, March 25

    This list will be updated throughout the day as cancellations are reported.

    •Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled.

    •Patoka baseball on Saturday has been canceled.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Stew-Stras has been canceled.
    •St. Elmo softball at Noble has been canceled.

  • Lady Vandals end week one at 3-2

    Effingham changed its pitcher in the top of the sixth inning twice against Vandalia on Tuesday.

    The first time, at the start of the sixth inning, led to four straight Vandalia base runners and four runs.

    The second time, when the Lady Hearts brought back starter Shelby Koenig seven batters later, led to two quick outs, which kept the Lady Vandals on the short side of a 5-4 loss.

  • Vandals lose tight game to Lincolnwood

    The Vandalia High School baseball team lost its season-opener at Raymond-Lincolnwood on Monday, falling to the Lancers, 4-3.

    The Vandals were held scoreless through the first four innings, but only trailed 2-0.

    In the top of the fifth, junior Dathan Berning smashed a three-run home run to put the Vandals ahead, 3-2. The Lancers, however, knotted the game in the bottom of the inning.

    They added another run in the bottom of the sixth and held the Vandals scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

  • Mulberry Grove, South Central battle in softball

    The Mulberry Grove High School softball team used 14 hits in defeating South Central, 9-2, on Monday.

    Nearly all of the Lady Aces' batters got on base during the game, and the team scored most of its runs in the second half of the game.

    For South Central, it was the first time the team had been outside on a field. For the past three weeks, the Lady Cougars had only been able to practice in the gym, which meant its hitters had not seen any live pitching.