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Today's Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Matt Hoffman

    Four years ago, Matt Hoffman had an admittedly ugly curveball.

    “I didn’t even have a curveball when I was a freshman,” the Vandalia senior said. “It was just a big hanger and wasn’t good.”

    His freshman season was when he first began working on a curveball with then-Legion coach Steve Hosick, and since then, he has developed a big breaking ball that has fooled several hitters this season.

    Against South Central last month, the right-handed hurler had 12 strikeouts, and the majority of them came via the curve.

  • Hill sisters qualify for state...

    ROBINSON – Sisters Abby and Molly Hill this week will represent St. Elmo at the state track meet in Charleston after placing first and second in the discus throw at last Friday’s sectional meet.

    Abby, a senior, placed first, with a throw of 108 feet, 2 inches, and Molly, a freshman, was right behind, with a throw of 102 feet, 2 inches.

    “I’m really excited that we are going back to state,” said coach Travis Redden. “It’s great to have the sisters going, because there is a lot of camaraderie between the two.”

  • Seven Jr. Vandals qualify for JH...

    PANA – Through on-and-off drizzling rains and chilly temperatures, the Vandalia Junior High boys and girls track teams combined to qualify seven athletes for this weekend's Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state meet in Peoria.

    Eighth-graders qualifying were:
    •Luke Hollinshead (shot put)
    •Ryan Bayles (long jump)
    •Ben Strobel (1,600-meter run)
    •Allie Holtmann (high jump)
    •Johanna Walton (high jump)

  • Lady Vandals end season with new...

    The Lady Vandals ended their season on Monday with an 11-1 loss to Carlyle in the regional tournament, but that does not diminish the accomplishments the team achieved throughout the season.

    Vandalia set a new school record with 17 wins, besting the previous record by two, and a victory against Hillsboro in the regular-season finale last Friday gave the Lady Vandals a share of the South Central Conference East Division for the first time since 2003.

  • No qualifiers for Vandalia in...

    ROBINSON – No one from Vandalia’s girls track qualified for the state meet at last Friday’s sectional, but several individuals and relays had personal-best times, leaving coach Mike Travelstead satisfied at the end of his final meet as a coach.

    “I’m jumping up and down,” he said. “I got pretty excited that they were getting their best times and marks.”

  • Vandals set new 3,200-meter...

    The 4X800-meter relay team of sophomore Wade Cowger, sophomore Ryan Ambuehl, junior Quenten Austin and senior Daniel Bell set a new school record last Thursday during a meet at Hillsboro.

    The quartet ran the race in 8:52.34 (fully-automatic timing) to best the old record by more than 10 seconds.

    The old mark was set in 2009 by Drew Bell, Daniel Bell, Quinn Phillips and Andy Koonce. Their time was 9:03.54 (FAT converted).

  • Vandals end season showing...

    The Vandalia baseball team had a brief winning streak halted last Thursday, but coach Luke Hohlt said the game was still a step forward, because the Vandals fought to the finish.

    Knowing that game was one of the last before the regional tournament, Hohlt knew Vandalia would need to continue showing that resilience to pull off an upset at regionals.

    The Vandals, however, would lose their season finale to Hillsboro on Friday, before dropping a first-round regional game to Litchfield, 3-1, on Monday to end the season.

  • Patoka ends first HS girls track...

    ROBINSON – Patoka High School closed its first season of girls track without a state qualifier last Friday at the Robinson sectional.

    Senior Paige Myers had the Lady Warriors' only top-10 finish after leaping 4 feet, 8 inches to place ninth in high jump.

    Patoka's 4X200-meter relay team of Arizona Berning, Myers, Latosha Carbaugh and Brandi Isaak placed ninth, with a time of 2:03.43, and the 4X100-meter relay team of Berning, Myers, Karlie Nettier and Carbaugh, finished 10th, with a time of 0:58.67.

  • Several area teams win regional...

    Four area teams on Monday won first-round games of regional tournaments, and two teams lost.

    St. Elmo softball
    Stew-Stras Regional

    Senior Brooke Maxey had two of the third-seeded Lady Eagles' three hits, drove in the game-winning run and also tagged out two runners at home during a 2-1 St. Elmo win against No. 6 Neoga.

    Maxey led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, stole second and third base, and scored on a passed ball to give St. Elmo a 1-0 lead.

  • Sports Briefs (May 19)

    Bone has best finish for BJHS at state

    A 10th-place finish in the seventh-grade 400-meter dash was the highest any Brownstown Junior High track member finished at the Illinois Elementary Association Class A state meet in Peoria this past weekend.

    Bone finished that race in 1:05.62, and participated in three other events.

    In the 100-meter dash, she finished 38th, with a time of 0:14.69, and in the high jump, she placed 24th, with a jump of 4 feet, 2 inches.