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School Sports

  • Vandalia soccer team picks up first win

    The Vandalia soccer team picked up its first victory of the season last Thursday, defeating Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran, 4-0.

    Lucas McDowell, Matt Grove, Matt Hubbart and Steven Daley all scored goals for the Vandals, with McDowell also picking up two assists.

    Vandalia and Centralia played to a 2-2 draw earlier this season.

    On Tuesday, the Vandals were defeated by Gillespie, 3-1.

    Hubbart scored the Vandals' lone goal in the game. He was assisted by McDowell.

    Patrick Bauer had nine saves in the match.
     

  • Local volleyball results (Sept. 14-21)

    Brownstown

    Tuesday, Sept. 21
    vs. Beecher City
    Brownstown lost to Beecher City in three sets (22-25, 25-18, 25-21) on Tuesday night.

    Katy Satterthwaite led the Bombers with six kills and three service aces. Morgan Stinebring added five kills, two service aces and two blocks of her own. Brittany Kistler had eight digs.

  • Jackson warns of company selling athletic advertising to area businesses

    Vandalia Athletic Director Kevin Jackson said an unauthorized company is attempting to sell advertising to local businesses regarding athletics.

    The company is based in Texas and is called Impression Scoreboard. Jackson is urging local businesses to disregard the company.

    Authorized advertisers for athletics are the Sports Boosters and the Illinois Program and Calendar Co. from Decatur.

  • Mulberry Grove JH loses regional final

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High softball team fell short in the regional championship game at Mt. Olive last Wednesday, losing to Nokomis, 7-2.

    Three Mulberry Grove players – Peyton Randolph, April Stitch and Kayla Zimmerman –went 2-for-4 in the game with Randolph stroking two doubles and driving in both of the Aces’ runs in the third inning.

    Nokomis already had a 6-0 lead by that time, adding their final run in the fifth.

    Kylea Vohlken suffered the loss for Mulberry Grove. She finished the season with a 7-4 record.

  • Mulberry Grove still looking for a victory

    MULBERRY GROVE – When Ramsey’s Jessica Carroll took over the serve with her team leading 14-10 in the first set, the coaches, players and fans reacted as if it was just another serve.

    When her service ended with Ramsey leading 21-10, it appeared Mulberry Grove was going to drop a lopsided decision.

    But coach Natalie Lappe called her second timeout of the set and reminded her team of a simple fact.

  • Vandalia wins freshmen tournament

    The Vandalia freshmen volleyball team won the South Central Conference Freshmen Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, defeating Gillespie in three sets, 27-25, 23-25, 15-11.

    In pool play, Vandalia defeated Roxana (25-13, 25-18) but split with Greenville (22-25, 25-22) and Carlinville (18-25, 25-16).

    Taylor Well had 21 kills for the Vandals during the tournament, and Kate Shields had 14 kills, 11 service aces and three blocks. Megan Godoyo added 33 assists and 17 services aces.

  • Mason pitches Brownstown past Mulberry Grove

    BROWNSTOWN – Brownstown did not always capitalize on its opportunities last Thursday, but putting at least one runner in scoring position each inning gave them leverage against Mulberry Grove.

    Forcing the Aces to “make the big play” in a 5-2 Bombers win, Brownstown coach Ken Milano said that even though his team left 11 runners on base during the game, getting them on base was a step in the right direction.

  • South Central takes second in Vandalia Tournament

    South Central coach Mary Brimberry won the inaugural Vandalia Tournament 17 years ago, and after inspiring play from her team in the second set of the championship match, she had reason to think another title might have been in her future.

    Despite a scary head injury to Kellie Crain during that set, the Cougars continued to fight back from a 17-11 deficit, eventually closing out the set with six straight points for a 26-24 win.

    South Central, however, would fall behind early in the third set, losing 25-13 to Carlyle but earning second-place honors.

  • Opfer leading Vandals in senior season

    Natasha Opfer may have lost her singles match to Roxana’s No. 1 player on Tuesday, but in losing, Opfer showed why she is Vandalia's No. 1 singles player.

    Holding a slim 7-6 advantage, Opfer lost the next two games – the first on an excellent drop shot by her opponent, the second out of her own frustration.

    Opfer, however, regained her composure, using two lob shots to win the next game in four serves. Her opponent continued to play hard as well, though, eventually closing out the match 11-9.

  • Goldsmith leads Vandals by example

    Senior Holly Goldsmith showed why she is Vandalia’s go-to player during a two-set victory against Ramsey on Monday night.

    Totaling 10 kills on the night for the third straight non-tournament match, Goldsmith rebounded well after a slightly subpar performance at the Vandalia Tournament over the weekend.

    “She struggled a bit Saturday in the tournament, not getting as many kills as she wanted,” coach Allison Brown said. “But tonight she came out and played well.