School Sports

  • 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.

  • Hood stays positive even when he's not in the game plan

    ROBINSON – Clinton Hood didn’t fit into the offensive game plan for Post 95 during the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    So, he trotted out to the first-base coaching box most innings to help guide his teammates once they reached base.

    He didn’t fit into the starting pitching plans, either.

    So, he waited patiently until called upon as a reliever in the championship game, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball.

  • Controversial ejection mars Sr. Legion finale

    A controversial decision by the director of the Fifth Division Sr. Legion Tournament marred what became the final game of the finest Legion season ever played in Vandalia.

    Pitcher Jacob Behrends was ejected from last Wednesday’s game by tournament director Bob Oster, and Post 95 was unable to recover in a 6-2 loss to Herrin that ended its season.

    Herrin’s Nathaneal Higgins got caught in a rundown between third and home, and collided with Behrends as he approached the plate in the fifth inning.

  • Grobie Flooring takes 2nd at ASA state tournament

    A fast-pitch softball team from Altamont which features several players from Fayette County placed second last weekend at the Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state tournament in Casey.

    Grobie Flooring lost its first two games last Saturday, but reeled off four straight wins on Sunday in the consolation bracket to reach the championship game.

    There, Grobie lost to the Belleville Stallions, 4-0. Belleville was undefeated in the event.

  • YMCA holding public meeting on new co-ed summer ball program on Aug. 13

    A public meeting will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the baseball programs offered by the YMCA.

    In June 2015, the YMCA will shift to a new co-ed ball program for youth aged 9-14.

    Children will be broken up into two or three groups, and the program will be held every day of the week for five weeks from noon-1:30 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (July 3)

    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.

  • Lack of strikeouts propels Bray in baseball, life

    ROBINSON – After the worst pair of games of his summer, Kyle Bray needed a break.

    Going hitless for two straight games was bad enough – also striking out in each game just made it worse.

    They were the last two games of the Mattoon Sr. Legion Firecracker Classic – a wooden bat tournament – at the end of June, and Bray would be leaving soon for a hockey camp.