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Today's Sports

  • South Central tops Vandalia in...

    ALTAMONT – With coach Mary Brimberry back on the bench with her team after missing a game due to an unexpected death in the family, the South Central High School volleyball team rallied around its coach to beat Vandalia in three sets during the opening game of the Altamont Tournament.

    South Central took that match, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14, but it would not muster another win in pool play to finish seventh.

    Vandalia, meanwhile, would fall to Cumberland and beat Greenville before downing Altamont in the third-place game.

  • Running for the Score

    The VYO football teams won four games against EAWR on Saturday. Scores can be found in the prep scores and schedules or on Page 3B of the print edition.

  • The College Report: minor...

    It is probably better than Spencer Patton could have dreamed.

    The Idaho Falls Chukar hurler, a South Central grad, has been working for the Kansas City Royals affiliate all summer. In 39 2/3 innings of work, the former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville pitcher has compiled a 3-1 mark, with two saves. He has allowed only 15 earned runs on 42 hits for a 3.40 earned run average. Patton, who has appeared mostly in relief, has fanned 56 batters while walking only 15.

  • St. Elmo gets upset win against...

    ST. ELMO – After the first set against South Central last Thursday, it appeared the Lady Eagles were on their way to  a disappointing 0-2 start.

    Instead of getting down on themselves, however, the team rallied to lead or hold a tie, including a 24-24 knot in the third set, the rest of the match to earn the upset win, 15-25, 25-20, 26-24.

    “That was very exciting,” said St. Elmo coach Elise Asher. “It was a combination of fantastic plays and very aggressive errors on both sides of the floor.”

  • Gurtner fires no-hitter for...

    Sophomore Eric Gurtner pitched a no-hitter for Brownstown last Wednesday during an 18-0 win against Ramsey.

    Gurtner struck out nine batters – including the first three of the game – and was perfect, save for two walks.

    He threw 62 pitches in the game, and had plenty of offensive support.

    Senior Brady McDowell was 4-for-4, with four RBI and three runs to lead the offensive onslaught. Close behind were senior Coleman Scott, 2-for-4, with four runs; senior Colten Hunter, 1-for-1, with four runs; and junior Austin Hunter, 2-for-4, with a run.

  • SC bests Brownstown, 20-0

    BROWNSTOWN – The South Central High School baseball team continued its torrid start with a 20-0 drubbing of Brownstown last Thursday.

    Cole Armstrong and Shawn Meyer combined to throw a one-hitter, with Brownstown junior Austin Hunter finally collecting the Bombers' first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, to maintain South Central's perfect start to the season.

    "I'm pretty pleased with how we have done," said coach Curt Jones. "The big question mark was our pitching, and so far, our pitching has been really good."

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept...

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  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Hosick

    WOOD RIVER – Bryan Hosick rumbled through the night against East Alton-Wood River last Friday.

    The Vandalia senior carried the ball just six times for the Vandals during a 27-6 season-opening win, but all but one of those dashes were at least 10 yards, and two of them – a 34-yard scamper and a shifty 68-yard run – set up Vandal touchdowns.

    “The line blocked awesome, and there were holes everywhere,” Hosick said. “It was easy to run like that.”

    His 144 yards were more than double his career-high of 67 yards, which he gained against Roxana last season.

  • Vandalia Fall Leaders (Week 1)

    See the photo below to see Vandalia's team leaders through the first week of the fall season.

  • Vandals open season with fifth...

    WOOD RIVER – Four different Vandalia High School football players scored touchdowns during a 27-6 win against East Alton-Wood River last Friday night in what is likely to be the final conference game between the schools.

    Juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Tim Ritchey, and seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick all scored in the last game against EAWR before the South Central Conference re-aligns at the start of next season.