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School Sports

  • Strong play lifts Rams to first win since spring of 2009

    RAMSEY – Despite having just nine players available, the Ramsey bats came alive for 13 runs to back up freshman Tyler Knisley’s one-hitter during a shutout win against Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday.

    The Rams, which lost seven seniors to graduation last spring, did not win a game in the fall, but coach Mark Rinehart stayed upbeat and was thrilled to see his players get in the win column.

  • Ramsey's seniors help Rams win

    RAMSEY – A trio of seniors anchor Ramsey’s baseball team, and all three of them played important roles in allowing the Rams to beat Christ Our Rock last Thursday.

    Andrew Cunningham and Luke Webb combined to drive in six runs, and shortstop Jordan Johnson scored twice and had a hand in eight outs on defense during Ramsey’s 13-0 victory, its first win since last spring.

  • Strong finishes please track coaches

    HILLSBORO – Both Vandalia High School track coaches were pleased with several finishes from a meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    Freshman Kelsey Rubin was in the 1600-meter run for the first time of her career, and veteran coach Mike Travelstead said she easily exceeded his expectations.

    “There’s a fear factor there. What if I start out too fast?” Travelstead said. “She said, ‘What’s a good time?’ And I said, ‘If you run a 7:20, that’ll be pretty good.’

  • Lady Vandals handle Pana for SCC win

    The Lady Vandals sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning against Pana to score four runs.

    That would have been enough to beat Pana during the 5-2 win last Friday, but senior Whitney Newsom hit a towering home run to center in the fifth to give Vandalia some extra security in its second South Central Conference win of the season.

  • Vandalia baseball team has rough week

    The Vandals had a tough slate of games this past week, going 0-3 and having two games washed out by rain on Saturday.

    This week, Vandalia will host Shelbyville on Thursday and South Central on Monday. The Vandals travel to Greenville on Wednesday.

    All games will start at 4:30 p.m.

    Vandalia vs. Altamont
    Altamont defeated Vandalia, 19-8, on Tuesday.

    The Vandals led 5-3 after two innings, but the Indians piled on 10 runs in the final two innings to win.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (April 14)

    Marty Johnson among four area players selected for KC District All-Star Game

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson is one of four area seniors selected to play in Sunday's Kaskaskia College District All-Star Game.

    Patoka's Sawyer Potter, and South Central's Andrew Snow and Taylor Cain were also selected.

    Mulberry Grove's Harley Steed and Allen Tompkins were invited, but are unable to attend.

    Admission to the 3 p.m. game is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

  • Vandalia Junior High track results

    Thursday, April 7
    at St. Anthony
    Seventh-grade boys

    First-place finishers
    •Marcus Durbin, 100-meter dash
    •Curtis Gordon, 110-meter hurdles
    •Kasey Jones, 800-meter run
    •Jones, discus
    •Ethan Meyer, shot put
    •Logan Sullens, 200-meter dash
    Second-place finishers
    •Gordon, pole vault
    •Enrique Jenner, 800-meter run
    •Sullens, 100-meter dash
    •Wells, long jump

  • 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.”