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South Central Cougars – State Champions!

It was a post-season where the sectional and super-sectional games seemed much more difficult than the state finals for the South Central Cougars. The Cougars brought home the only state championship for the school in history. South Central defeated Glen Carbon’s Father McGivney in the championship game of Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A baseball…

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Vandalia represented well on all-conference ball team selections

All conference team selection for softball and baseball were recently announced for the South Central Conference. Gracie Philpot, Vandalia sophomore, was unanimously named to the first team in the outfield. On the second team, Morgan Lidy was named as pitcher; Megan Lupton as infield, and Lexi Wehrle in outfield. For the third team, Bailey Stewart…

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Girls do well, two boys head to state track

The Vandalia girls represented the community well at the girls state track meet held last week at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston. Junior Riely Ward was 14th Place in the  Shot Put with a throw of 35’6”. She did not place in the discus. Sophomore   Addie   McWhorter   of    Brownstown-St. Elmo   …

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South Central headed to first state semifinal baseball appearance

The South Central Cougars have chosen the most difficult paths to reach their first ever IHSA baseball state finals in Normal, as the sectional and supersectional games were barn burners. Supersectional In the supersectional, the Cougars faced off against Gorville. South Central was a number two ranked team, and Gorville was number one. It took…

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Ward sets discus school record at sectional

Vandalia Girls Track standout Riely Ward will be going to the state track meet next week as she took first place in shot and second in discus, breaking the school record with a distance of 104’9”. Ward also holds the record for the shot, which she set just a few weeks ago. The record was…

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Jones, Cougars set milestones in Neoga game

After coaching for 25 years, Curt Jones, has held an impressive record at the helm of the South Central baseball program, and earned his 800th career win on Thursday, May 20 at home against Neoga. It was also the team’s 1000th win since consolidation back in 1990. “800 for me is not that big of…

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Vandals take two wins, drop games recently

Vandalia posted nine runs in the second inning on its way to a 9-2 rout over Gillespie on Thursday, May 13. The Vandals were led by Carson Ruot, Nic Rosborough, Conner Ray, Jayden Lotz, Reid Well, and Aiden Polite, who all drove in runs. The good guys opened up scoring in the second inning. Ruot drove in two when Ruot singled. Lotz earned the win. The…

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Vandals destroy competition on the mat

The Wrestling Vandals undefeated streak as a team continues as they dispatch many opponents over the past week. Due to the number of matches this week, free falls are not listed. Vs. Centralia The Vandals swept Centralia in all matches Tuesday night here, as only five matches took place. Those winning their matches for the…

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EIC all-conference selections announced

All conference teams were recently named for the Egyptian Illini Conference. Those selected for the honor were: First team Laney Baldrige – CoMVP SEB Kassidy Devall- CoMVP Patoka Addie Eddy Ramsey Zaryah Smith CHBC Abby Sloan CHBC Tatyana Duckwitz CHBC Makayla Gebke Patoka Second team Jo Strauch SEB Morgan Hall SEB Makayla Cook Ramsey Abria…

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