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School Sports

  • NTC and MTC name top baseball players

    National Trail Conference

    Player of the Year
    Derek Thompson, Teutopolis

    First-Team NTC
    Derek Repking, Teutopolis
    Sam Thoele, Dieterich
    Clayton Brandt, Stew-Stras
    Kyle Floyd, Windsor
    Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis
    Dalton McFarland, Neoga
    Patrick Schutzbach, St. Anthony
    Jacob Massengill, Neoga
    Austin Miley, Beecher City
    Kyle Helmuth, Stew-Stras
    Dillon Hardiek, Teutopolis

  • Vandalia volleyball gets win No. 20

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team notched its 20th win of the season last Thursday, defeating Taylorville, 26-24, 25-11.

    Senior Holly Goldsmith led the charge for Vandalia, scoring 10 kills and blocking eight Taylorville attacks.

    Taylor Parrish also performed well, with seven kills and two service aces.

    Haley Wollerman added 22 assists and three service aces.

    The Vandals will conclude the regular season on Thursday at 6 p.m., when they take on conference-rival Pana.

  • Cougars are MTC volleyball champs

    The South Central High School volleyball team won the Midland Trail Conference championship after defeating Grayville and Clay City last Friday during the MTC Tournament.

    No. 2 seed South Central downed top-seeded Grayville, 25-22, 25-17, and No. 3 seed Clay City, 25-15, 25-10.
    South Central (24-5) also beat Sandoval (25-8, 25-12) and Cisne (25-18, 25-19) during the tournament.

  • Seventh-graders stay perfect

    The key to Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team’s fast 9-0 start is that coach Dana Kirk has a team that learns from every situation.

    “We just learn from every game and keep getting better and better every time we step out on the floor,” Kirk said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but it’s still early in the season.”

    One of the bigger mistakes Kirk has noticed thus far is that her team often plays at a high-tempo, even when it should be playing slower to run down the clock.

  • Patoka upset in pool B of EIC Tournament

    ST. ELMO – The Patoka High School volleyball team was upset by fifth-seeded Beecher City in pool B of the Egyptian Illini Conference Tournament on Monday night in St. Elmo.

    The second-seeded Warriors got off to a fast start, dominating eighth-seeded Odin in straight sets in the opening game of pool play, 25-13, 25-11. But after Beecher City defeated Odin, 25-10, 25-15 in game two, it came into game three against Patoka seeking an upset.

    The Eagles then did what Odin could not by keeping the Warriors entrenched in a battle.

  • Eagles satisfied with NTC Tourney finish

    EFFINGHAM – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team finished second in the silver pool of the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing an exciting match to Dieterich, 25-22, 25-20.

    The third-seeded Eagles also faced sixth-seeded Cowden-Herrick in silver pool play, defeating the Hornets 25-21, 25-15, but losing to second-seeded Dieterich forced St. Elmo to settle for fifth place in the tournament.

  • Dugan ends career with tight match

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Dugan ends career with tight match

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Vandals must win to make playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team will look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Greenville this Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

    After losing its last two games, Vandalia’s only hope to continue its season is by winning its regular-season finale against the 7-1 Comets.

    Vandals coach John Stout, who has led the team to a 4-4 record this season, said that just because Greenville looks superior on paper does not mean his team should be counted out.

  • Herker finishes 26th at state golf tournament

    Battling winds gusting up to 40 mph, Vandalia junior Derrick Herker finished in a tie for 26th at the Illinois State Golf Tournament last weekend, shooting a two-day total of 157 in Bloomington.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said first-year coach Brandon Taylor. “Hopefully, it shows him he can hang with the big dogs in the state tournament, and next year, he can go back and improve on his finish.”