School Sports

  • Vandals win big at home track meet

    VANDALIA – The Vandals picked up 12 first-place finishers to win a small track meet at home.

    Competing against St. Elmo and Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday, Vandalia had little trouble winning the meet, scoring 97 points to St. Elmo’s 34 and CORL’s 16.

    Senior Wade Cowger had individual first-place finishes in the 800-meter run and high jump, and was also part of the winning 4X200-meter and 4X400-meter relay teams.

  • Vandals fall to South Central in county clash

    VANDALIA – It was only the first inning, but it was a significant turning point in the game.

    After South Central scored five runs in the top of the first inning, Vandalia responded by loading the bases with the first three batters in the bottom of the frame.

    Senior Kyle Bray recovered, however, striking out the next three hitters to end the inning and help propel the Cougars to an 11-3 victory.

  • Vandals fall in tight conference game

    VANDALIA – The Vandals scored two quick runs in the first inning last Friday, but Staunton slowly worked its way back into the game, scoring two unearned runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 victory.

    Staunton’s first two batters reached base in the top of the sixth on a walk and a hit by pitch, and the Bulldogs followed by reaching on a pair of errors that each brought in one run in the South Central Conference matchup.

    The Vandals did not threaten after Staunton took the lead.

  • Cougars finish 1-1 at Wooden Bat Classic

    KINMUNDY – The Cougars finished 1-1 at their own Wooden Bat Invitational on Saturday, defeating Casey-Westfield in game one and losing to North Clay in game two.


    KINMUNDY – South Central used a consistent offensive effort to back a complete game for Shawn Meyer to defeat Casey-Westfield in the opening game of the South Central Wooden Bat Invitational.

    Those wood bats didn’t slow down the Cougars, who pounded out 11 hits in the 8-2 victory.

  • Enlow is Jr. All-American

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow earned All-American Copper status after going 6-3 for Illinois Team United at the national AAU Elementary Duals in Kingsport, Tenn. Illinois Team United placed fifth, going 7-2.

  • Lady Rams win own invitational on tie-breaker criteria

    The Lady Rams went 2-1 to win their own invitational on Saturday.

    Ramsey opened with a 5-2 win against Arthur-Lovington, and that proved to be the difference-maker, as the teams each finished the event at 2-1 and the game was used as the tie-breaker.

    Senior Shaunna Rainey had two triples in the game and drove home two runs, and freshman Megan Kimberlin hit her first home run in the fourth inning.

    Taylor Knisley, a senior, pitched seven strong innings to earn the win.

  • Lady Eagles beat Ramsey in EIC action

    ST. ELMO – Prior to a delay for lightning seen in the distance, it looked like Ramsey was going to get into the win column in Egyptian-Illini Conference play.

    But something about that 30-minute delay last Wednesday must have motivated St. Elmo’s players, because the Lady Eagles scored 10 times in the final four innings to earn the 12-6 victory.

    St. Elmo had plenty of base runners prior to the delay, but had managed just two runs, and the game’s feel suggested that Ramsey was in line to break its losing streak.

  • Hawkins pitching well for SIUE club team

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins has been a very effective pitcher for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville club baseball team this spring.

    In his last four games, he has pitched 18 1/3 innings, striking out 28 batters.

    Included in those starts were a complete game in a 7-1 win against SIU-Carbondale on Sunday, and a four-hitter against St. Louis University last Tuesday.

    Against SIUC, Hawkins struck out eight, walked one and allowed just five hits to keep SIUE undefeated in conference play, at 8-0.

  • Vandalia prep roundup (April 18)

    Girls track
    Monday, April 15, 2013
    at Roxana Relays
    First-place finisher
    •Sierah Ruffner, high jump, 5 feet, 4 inches (tied meet record)
    Third-place finishers
    •Johanna Walton, high jump, 5 feet, 2 inches
    •Sprint medley (Karlie Bright, Ruffner, Ally Sasse and Jalea Pasley), 2:04.1
    Fifth-place finishers
    •Makayla Tinker, long jump, 14 feet, 5 inches
    •4X800-meter relay (Paslay, Hallie Leigh, Kelsey Rubin and Makenzie Roberts), 12:52.9
    Team score

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 18)

    Tuesday, April 16
    North Clay 4
    South Central 0
    S: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0—0-3-2
    N: 4-0-0-0-0-0-X—4-4-0
    LP: Diss (1-2); 5 IP, 4 K
    Cougars: Schwarm, 1-for-2, 2B; Bray, 1-for-3; Tharp, 1-for-3.
    Record: 5-7
    Friday, April 12
    South Central 6
    Dieterich 5
    D: 0-0-0-0-0-5-0—5-6-2
    S: 1-0-1-0-4-0-X—6-6-2
    WP: King; 7 IP, 6 K