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Today's Sports

  • Rainey named MVP of Egyptian-...

    BEECHER CITY – Ramsey junior Shaunna Rainey on Saturday was named the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference.

    Rainey was joined by teammates junior Taylor Knisley and senior Darien Carter on the all-conference first team.

    “I’m really proud of that,” said coach Mike Jackson. “She is a big boost for our team. Nobody worries about our catching position, and her hitting and base running are good.”

  • St. Elmo takes third place at...

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo regained its focus after a lopsided loss to take third place at the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    The Lady Eagles suffered a 16-1 setback against Ramsey in the semifinals, but St. Elmo scored seven runs in the first two innings of an 8-4 win against Beecher City in the third-place game.

    “It was good to see them get their focus back and play a good game,” said coach Tom Fedrigon. “Samantha (Austin) pitched fantastic, and the defense played well behind her.”

  • Ramsey makes contact all game...

    BEECHER CITY – Even their foul balls were hit hard.

    The Lady Rams came out swinging against St. Elmo in the semifinals of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday, posting the day’s highest run total in a 16-1 drubbing.

    “They are adjusting and not going for any pitch (that isn't want they want) on the first strike,” said Ramsey coach Mike Jackson of hitters.

    Included in Ramsey’s 14 hits were six doubles, four of which brought home at least one run.

  • The Next Level: graduated...

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher/Minor Leagues
    •May 1 – Bushue, a South Central graduate, was reassigned to extended spring training after a rough start to his season with the Class A Lexington Legends. In six appearances (three starts), Bushue was 0-3 with an 18.82 ERA. He had allowed 27 hits and 23 earned runs in 11 innings of work, while striking out 10.

    Paige Dodson • Junior/Greenville College

  • Prep roundup (May 10)

    Several Jr. High track athletes going to state

    Patoka eighth-grader Taylor Issak qualified for Saturday's state meet in three events.

    Issak qualified for the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class S state meet in Salem in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump.

    In her three years with PJH, Issak had qualified for the state meet in six events.

    In addition, 16 Brownstown athletes have qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class A state meet.

  • Vandalia baseball, softball...

    The Vandalia baseball and softball games scheduled for Monday have been canceled.

  • Lady Vandals now to play in...

    The softball game between Vandalia and Marquette Catholic will now be played in Vandalia due to wet grounds in Alton.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo baseball...

    The Vandalia baseball game at Litchfield has been canceled due to a school activity scheduling conflict at Litchfield. It will be made up on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. (varsity only). In addition, St. Elmo at North Clay has been canceled for Friday.

  • Jackson stepping down as boys...

    Kevin Jackson has stepped down as head boys basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

    His resignation was accepted by the school board at a special meeting on Tuesday night. He will maintain his roles as athletic director and driver’s education teacher.

    “Priorities change over time,” Jackson said. “I still love to compete with the guys that we have here, but priorities change.

    “It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision.”

  • Ruffner is SCC high jump champ

    CARLINVILLE – Junior Sierah Ruffner was the lone champion for Vandalia at Tuesday’s South Central Conference girls track meet, but first-year Gena Nance was left satisfied by a solid team-effort that earned the Lady Vandals sixth place.

    Ruffner placed first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet on her third attempt at that height. She was assured of first place after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches, however, because neither of the two individuals who tied for second place could clear that height.