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School Sports

  • Come-from-behind win gives Patoka title at Ramsey

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Area Baseball Roundup

    Patoka 4
    MG 2

    All of Patoka’s runs were unearned in its4-2 win over Mulberry Grove on Monday at the Ramsey Tournament.
    Johnnie Clift reached base on errors twice, and both times he scored. Quinn Wadkins had two singles and two RBIs.
    Zach Thompson and Mark Rodgers scored the other Patoka runs.
    Thompson gave up just two hits and recorded eight strikeouts in picking up the win.
    Heilig took the loss for the Aces, giving up just three hits.

    Brownstown 14
    Ramsey 3

  • St. Elmo falls despite some good pitching

    Even though Tom Fedrigon saw his squad lose to Odin last Thursday, the St. Elmo softball coach took some positive things from it.
    St. Elmo lost to Odin, 10-5, even though the Lady Eagles outhit Odin, 10-9.
    Odin jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and added two runs in the fourth, but St. Elmo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the third.
    Odin put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh. St. Elmo scored one run in each of the last three innings.

  • Tennis squad opens with win

    Vandalia’s tennis squad opened the season on Monday with a 5-4 win over Roxana.
    Natasha Opfer, Lauren Wasmuth and Callie George posted singles wins, and the doubles teams of Opfer-Wasmuth and Cassie Goodin-Micah Dugan won in doubles.
    Results
    No. 1 singles-Opfer over L. Becker, 10-4.
    No. 2 singles-Wasmuth over K. Stanley, 10-6.
    No. 3 singles-Goodin lost to J. Masinelli, 0-10.
    No. 4 singles-Dugan lost to J. Pratt, 3-10.
    No. 5 singles-George over L. Cox, 10-7.
    No. 6 singles-Abby Hickerson lost to S. Kamp, 1-10.

  • Simmons named SC basketball coach

    At last week's South Central School District Board meeting, along-time assistant coach and athletic director at South Central High School, Rick Simmons, was named head coach of the high school boys basketball team.
    Simmons being named the new head coach came as very little of a surprise to most in the area. The only shocking thing for most is that Simmons was not named the coach last season following the retirement of Gary Shirley.

  • Jackson's first weeks on the job

    For the past few weeks, Kevin Jackson has been arriving at Vandalia Community High School at 6 a.m. He lets himself in and heads for his office, a 10-foot-by-10-foot room not far from the gymnasium.
    In one corner of his office, he has his desk with a computer; in the other corner, a two-drawer file cabinet.  Behind his desk on a bulletin board are the schedules for the five fall sports in which VCHS participates.

  • Vandalia softball places second at end-of-year Decatur tourney

    This summer, the Vandalia Community High School softball team participated in a Decatur summer league.  The Lady Vandals played in their end-of-season tournament in Decatur, on July 24 and 25,  finishing in second place. 
    In game one, they lost to the Crush, 13-1.  Megan Godoyo hit a triple to drive in the Vandals' lone run of the game.

  • In good hands

    Injuries can occur at any moment in sports, whether it's the big play that wins a game or a simple drill the first day of practice.
    In the past, Vandalia Community High School's on-site medical staff has been somewhat limited. There's always an ambulance and EMT staff at football games, but for every day at practice or at volleyball or tennis matches, the only medical staff is the coach or maybe a parent helping out.