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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Patoka starts HS track program

    PATOKA – Patoka High School will field a high school track and field team for the first time this spring.

    The move comes as a continuation of the junior high program, which was started by Superintendent Mike Conlon last spring.

    “We started the junior high program last year, and we hated to see the kids not have the opportunity (to continue), so we started a track program,” said Conlon, who doubles as the track coach.

  • The College Report: Eric Hobbie named POY for second time

    He missed a good portion of his senior year to injury.

    But, Vandalia grad and McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie returned to play in every single American Midwest Conference game that McKendree played. The impressive comeback, combined with his impressive play, has earned Hobbie the AMC Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

  • Jackson hands out boys basketball awards
  • Vandalia cheerleaders hold banquet
  • Sports Briefs (March 17)

    Cripe places fifth at state

    Jr. Club wrestler Blake Cripe finished fifth at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament on Saturday.

    Cripe advanced to the championship quarterfinals, and consolation semifinals before battling in the fifth-place match.

    Bobby Bradley and Dalton Blankenship also participated in the state meet for the Vandals.

    Six Jr. Club wrestlers will take part in the midget state tournament in Danville this weekend.

  • St. Elmo baseball and softball canceled

    St. Elmo baseball and softball games for today have been canceled.

    The baseball game at Shelbyville has been reschduled for tomorrow at 4:15.

    The softball game against Flora has also been canceled.

  • Vandal eighth-graders win regional title

    The dream continues.

    Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball team (19-0) came back from a stunning 1-25 loss in the second set to beat Meredian (19-5) in three sets to win the regional championship on its home floor.

    They advance to play Carlinville in Carlinville on Monday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament.

  • Vandal 8th-graders to play for title

    The Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team’s dream season will continue in the regional championship game on Thursday, after the Lady Vandals defeated Greenville, 25-19, 25-12, in the semifinals on Tuesday.

    Coach Geri Reuss’ team is now 18-0 on the season, and the players hope to win their second straight regional championship when they face Blue Mounds Meredian on Thursday at 6 p.m. on their home court.

  • St. Elmo falls to Woodlawn in sectional battle

    ALTAMONT – St. Elmo was able to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but consistent play from Woodlawn on both sides of the ball in the final three periods doomed the Eagles during a 61-38 loss in the first round of the sectional tournament last Wednesday.

    The loss marked the final game in the careers of regulars Garrett Buzzard and Kase Stolte – who both exited the game to standing ovations – and role player Dylan Bullard.