School Sports

  • Tennis season opens on Monday

    The Vandalia tennis season opens next Monday, and the team’s first-year coach would like to see more freshmen join his team.

    Bill Blythe has no freshmen on the squad this season, and he said any girls interested in joining the squad should see him at practice after school.

    The Lady Vandals – led by junior state qualifier Hannah Blythe – get the season started at Roxana with a 4 p.m. match on Monday, and also play at Shelbyville next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    Vandalia’s first home match is on Sept. 11 against Hillsboro.

  • Area teams open NTC play this week

    Both of the area’s National Trail Conference baseball teams will open the season at the start of next week.

    South Central will host Altamont next Monday at 4:30 p.m., and Brownstown/St. Elmo travels to Dieterich next Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., with each team looking to gets its NTC season started with a win.

    The Cougars were defeated 11-6 by Altamont in last season’s opener, and the teams ended up splitting the NTC regular-season title at 6-1 before South Central went on to win the NTC Tournament.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (Aug. 21)

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •Aug. 17 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a save for the Round Rock Express. Patton pitched the final inning for the Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate during a 5-2 win against Tacoma, striking out two.
    •Aug. 15 – Patton pitched an inning of relief, striking out two and allowing a hit, in an 11-9 loss to Reno.
    •Aug. 12 – Patton pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one while allowing a hit and a walk, in a 4-3 win against Reno.

  • SEBJH at .500 after BCCH Tournament

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown junior high softball team was only able to get in two of its three games at last Saturday’s Beecher City Tournament, and finished with a 1-1 record.

    SEB defeated Mulberry Grove, 6-1, in the first game, but lost to Windsor/Stew-Stras, 16-0.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles were to meet Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick, but rain washed out the contest.

    Against Mulberry Grove, SEB got three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the victory, the second of the season for Natalie Oberlink.

  • 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.


  • 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.