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School Sports

  • Five to be inducted to VCHS Athletic HOF

    VANDALIA – After a year with no inductees in 2013, Vandalia Community High School will induct four members and one team to its Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the Sept. 26 homecoming football game against Litchfield.

    Individuals to be enshrined are: Dennis Whitten, Mike Hayner, Gary Plum and Jeff Mefford.

    In addition, the 2008-09 girls basketball team will be inducted.

    2008-09 GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • PHOTOS: Vandal football camp officially opens

    A new season of Vandalia Community High School football officially got under way on Monday, with the first practice.

    The Vandals have nearly 70 players spread across the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams this fall, and hope to improve on last year's 1-8 record and contend for the postseason.

    Vandalia's first game is at home on Aug. 29 against Gillespie.

    Official practices for Vandalia's other fall teams began on Wednesday.

  • HARNER: New season brings hope for more breakout performers

    Though there weren’t any dominating teams in Vandalia during the fall season last year, the amount of breakout performers was hard to ignore.

    Each of the five fall sports offered at Vandalia Community High School saw at least one player exceed expectations, and each of those athletes return to his of her respective sport this season, so we get to see their continued improvement as well as look for new surprises.

  • Golfers to open season at EAWR

    The Vandalia golf team will once again open its season at the Hickory Stick Invitational in East Alton-Wood River.

    The Vandals will travel to EAWR on Monday at 10 a.m. for the 18-hole tournament.

    Last season, Vandalia placed seventh, shooting a 373 and finishing 38 strokes off of the lead.

    Senior Zach Schaal shot a round of 88 to lead the Vandals last year, and sophomore Richie Well followed with a 90 at Belk Park Golf Course. Senior Jake Bowen shot a 101.

    As sophomores, Schaal shot an 89 and Bowen shot a 98.

  • Blythe defends Saluki tennis title

    Vandalia Community High School junior Hannah Blythe successfully defended her title in the Girls 16 Division of the annual Saluki Adult/Junior Open in Carbondale.

    Blythe knocked off Reagan Ridgway, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals, before defeating Sofia DiBiase, 6-0, 6-0, in the finals.

    It was Blythe's second tournament championship of the summer.

    She also earned the title at the Frog Island Junior Open in Flora.

    Her father, Bill, also participated in the Saluki Open, finishing second in the Men's 45 Division.

  • PHOTO: Mulberry Grove Shooting Aces Win Championship

    Mulberry Grove Shooting Aces won Championship Squad/Sub-Jr. Class A team championship in the Grand National Singles Championship at the World Shooting Recreational Complex in Sparta on Aug. 5.

  • SEB wins high-scoring affair in opener

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown junior high softball team showed off its offensive abilities on Monday, knocking off Ramsey, 12-7, in the season-opener.

    Katelyn Maxey had three hits, three runs and an RBI to pace the Jr. Lady Eagles (1-0), and Audrey Reynolds had two singles and two runs.

    Payton Hoopingarner added a single, two RBI and two runs.

    Ramsey took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but SEB stormed back for two runs in the bottom of the frame and one in the bottom of the second.

  • Two locals hope second season of college baseball equals more playing time

    Two local players who exclusively played junior varsity baseball during their first year of college are both hopeful that their sophomore seasons will bring more playing time.

    South Central High School graduate Austin Schwarm and Patoka High School graduate Quinn Wadkins both said they have reason to believe they can compete for varsity roster spots at their respective colleges this coming academic year.

  • Miller Field pavilion latest addition at YMCA

    VANDALIA – The Family YMCA of Fayette County has made another improvement to its facility, and yet another will be installed at the end of the month.

    Builders from Pine Ridge Homes recently completed a pavilion that is situated on the west side of the area between the four playing fields on Miller Field, and on Aug. 22, the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Playground is scheduled to be installed.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (Aug. 7)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.