School Sports

  • Ruffner qualifies for state for Lady Vandals

    Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner will make her third trip to the state track meet after qualifying in the high jump at Thursday night's sectional meet in Carlinville.

    Ruffner cleared the automatic state-qualifying height of 5 feet, 2 inches to place third at the sectional, and will jump at state next Thursday at the Class A state preliminaries on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    She has cleared 5 feet, 5 inches this season, and will be looking to better her best jump at the state meet, which is just 5 feet.

  • Williams – Brouk

    Aubrey Ione Williams and Adam James Brouk, both of Fenton, Mo., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Seniors Cowger, Ambuehl win SCC championships

    GILLESPIE – Seniors Ryan Ambuehl and Wade Cowger set school records to each earn a South Central Conference individual track championship, and both finished second in another event.

    Racing at Gillespie High School, Cowger took an easy win in the 800-meter run (2:01.22), and Ambuehl won a 100-meter sprint at the end of the 400-meter dash (:51.36) to get the win.

    “Those guys worked hard and reaped the benefits,” said coach Jane Bell. “It’s always great to have conference champions.”

  • Jr. Vandals break two conference records

    The Vandalia Jr. High track teams had five individual conference champions at Tuesday’s Jr. Mid-State Conference meet in Pana.

  • Godoyo shines in return to Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – It was a long time coming.

    Junior Megan Godoyo made her first appearance for the Lady Vandals since she was a freshman last Wednesday and immediately showed why she has been missed so much the past two seasons.

    Pitching at about 80 percent of her full strength, Godoyo struck out six over five innings of work to put Vandalia in position to take a 2-1 South Central Conference win from Hillsboro.

  • Beasley's record spring continues with 31st win in no-hitter

    The record-setting spring continued for St. Elmo senior Connor Beasley.

    Pitching in the second game of a doubleheader last Wednesday, Beasley pitched a no-hitter, striking out 19 batters to tie his own school record in a 1-0 win for the Eagles. He had previously struck out 19 batters on April 8.

    With the win, Beasley set the school record for career wins with 31. Logan Mahon had previously held that record.

    Ramsey's Waylon Davis was the tough-luck loser in the game, allowing just two hits and one walk over his six innings of work.

  • IHSA regional softball, baseball starts Monday

    The Illinois High School Association baseball and softball regional tournaments begin on Monday.

    All games that are played on Monday will be played at the higher-seeded team's school. There is no play-in game at the St. Elmo softball regional.

    Games scheduled for any day later in the week will be played at the regional host's school.

  • Hawkins helps SIUE reach NCBA World Series

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins pitched a complete game in the quarterfinals of the District VI Tournament to help Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s club baseball team reach the World Series.
    The No. 2 Cougars beat third-seeded Ohio State, 2-1, in that game – with Hawkins striking out four and allowing no earned runs – and went on to beat No. 1 Southeast Missouri St., 3-0, in the semifinals and Ohio State in Columbus in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament.

  • PHOTOS: YMCA hosts MLB Hit, Pitch and Run competition

    The YMCA held a regional competition in Major League Baseball's national Hit, Pitch and Run contest.

    Twelve boys and six girls took part in the event last Wednesday, with six boys and six girls advancing to the sectional competition.

    That will be held in Vandalia on May 19, and the YMCA needs volunteers to help make the event a success.

    Those interested in volunteering should call the YMCA at 283-1258. Registration for the participants begins at 3:30 p.m.

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 11)

    A pair of tournaments featuring local teams will take place on Saturday.

    In Greenville, the Ish Smith Classic will feature the Vandalia baseball team with two games at Greenville College’s Robert E. Smith Field.

    The Vandals will face Pinckneyville at 10:30 a.m., and then take on Red Bud at about 12:30 p.m.

    In St. Elmo, the Egyptian-Illini Conference softball tournament will be running all day.