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School Sports

  • Three seniors earn All-SCC honors

    Three Vandalia seniors were named all-conference by softball and baseball coaches in the South Central Conference.

    Megan Godoyo earned two all-conference selections, including one spot on the first team.

    Godoyo was named the first-team designated hitter/utility player after leading Vandalia’s offense in South Central Conference play this season, and also earned third-team pitching honors.

    Offensively, she hit .360 in the conference season, smacking one home run, two triples and two doubles, while driving home seven runs and scoring four times.

  • Vandalia, Patoka and Ramsey to play in summer-opening Vandal shootout

    The first of four Vandal Shootouts will be held next Monday and Tuesday, and will feature three teams from the area.

    Vandalia, Patoka and Ramsey will be in the 10-team field, and the shootout begins at 9 a.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Other teams in the field are: Nashville, Heritage/Villa Grove, Edwards County, Breese Central, Mt. Carmel, Seneca and Decatur LSA.

    Games will be played at Vandalia Community High School, Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Lady Vandals to open summer schedule vs. alums

    The Vandalia High School summer softball team will begin play next Tuesday with an alumni doubleheader.

    The Lady Vandals will meet former Vandalia players at 6 p.m. in the first of five matchups.

    Open fields will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on July 8, 10, 15 and 17. Any player ages 8-18 is welcome to attend.
    The full schedule for the summer follows.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia Baseball Awards

    The Vandalia baseball team held its awards banquet last Friday, and coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards.

  • Jr. Legion squad no-hit in season-opening loss

    VANDALIA – Post 95 was no-hit by Carlyle’s Collin Szczeblewski in its season-opening Jr. Legion game last Friday, and a 10-run fifth inning for Post 404 propelled Carlyle to an easy win.

    Eight errors by Vandalia spoiled a solid start, which saw only one Carlyle batter reach base in the first two innings of a 14-0 loss.

    Jake Stewart, Cole Horner and Austin Hoehn were hit by pitches in the first three innings, and Hoehn also drew a walk.

    Vandalia (0-1), however, never hit a ball out of the infield and struck out six times in the loss.

  • South Central to meet Windsor/Stew-Stras in sectional finals

    LOUISVILLE – South Central came from behind to beat Dieterich, 6-4, in Wednesday's sectional semifinal game, and that sets up a rematch of last season's sectional title game.

    The Cougars will face Windsor/Stew-Stras on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the North Clay Sectional, which is contested in the city park in Louisville.

    The winner advances to the Marion Super-Sectional, which will be played on Monday at noon at Rent One Park, the home of the Southern Illinois Miners.

  • Gordon, Meyer make state track finals

    CHARLESTON – Both of Vandalia's state qualifers advanced to the Saturday's state finals.

    Freshman Curtis Gordon is one of 14 vaulters who cleared 13 feet, 6 inches to make the pole vault finals, and sophomore Ethan Meyer is the 12th qualifier in the triple jump, with a school record leap of 41 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

    The pole vault competition begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Triple jump will begin immediately following the completion of long jump, which begins at 10 a.m.

  • Gordon, Meyer qualify for state meet

    NEWTON – According to dyestat.com, Vandalia’s Curtis Gordon is the No. 2 freshman pole vaulter in the United States.

  • Peters, Ross lead Cougars to extra-inning win in regional title game

    ALTAMONT – Dylen Peters admittedly didn’t have his finest control during last Saturday’s regional championship game.

    But the South Central junior had about everything else, including a defense behind him that did not commit an error and helped him get out of several jams.

  • Riley, 4X200 relay qualify for state

    NEWTON – Patoka/South Central will be represented at the state track meet by one individual and one relay team.

    Sophomore Chase Riley will be making his second straight appearance in the 200-meter dash, and he will be the anchor leg of the 4X200-meter relay team at Thursday’s Illinois High School Association state preliminaries.