School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Hammerin' 'Hit'ney

    There is a certain confidence in Whitney Newsom’s eyes every time she steps up to the plate for the Lady Vandals.

    The slugging senior has been playing softball with regularity since she was 5 or 6 years old, and has always focused on one piece of advice while waiting for every pitch.

    “My dad always told, “See ball. Hit ball,” she said. “‘You make sure it’s your pitch, and that there’s something you can do with it.’”

    Newsom has proven that lesson over and over again.

  • South Central softball canceled

    Poor field conditions in Altamont have forced Thursday night's softball game between Altamont and South Central to be canceled.

    As of this time, no makeup date has been scheduled.

  • St. Elmo loses area's first baseball game of spring

    After the first scheduled spring baseball games were canceled on Tuesday, St. Elmo kicked off the area season at Shelbyville on Wednesday.

    The Eagles were one-hit by the Rams in a 15-1 loss.

    Freshman Levi Maxey recorded the hit, and senior Kase Stolte suffered the loss for St. Elmo.

    The Eagles play at Christ Our Rock this afternoon.

  • Season in review: Boys Basketball

    St. Elmo did not have the best record in the area, nor did it have the flashiest playing style.

    What it did have was a desire to win, which helped the Eagles (13-16) advance to the sectional tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.

    In that game, St. Elmo lost to state qualifier Woodlawn, but the Eagles return all but two of their top six players, so another run could be in their future next season.

    Vandalia had the area's best record, with a mark of 17-11.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders end remarkable run at sectional

    CARLINVILLE – There is something to be said for determined play at any level of athletics.

    The Lady Vandal eighth-grade volleyball team showed why on Monday, despite a straight-set loss to Carlinville at the sectional tournament.

    At the end of the first set, Carlinville’s Talesha Scott served eight straight points, including seven aces, to put the Lady Warriors ahead, 23-11.

    Vandalia coach Geri Reuss, however, called a timeout in an effort to refocus her team and kill off Carlinville’s momentum.

  • Field of Dreams upgrades HS diamond

    Improvements to the high school baseball field that the Field of Dreams committee hoped to have completed by the start of baseball season have been finished on schedule.

    The improvements included renovation of the backstop and dugouts on the high school field, a warning track on the high school softball field and limestoning the softball field on Locust Street.

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Holht said the latest improvements make the high school baseball field one the best among South Central Conference schools.

  • Patoka starts HS track program

    PATOKA – Patoka High School will field a high school track and field team for the first time this spring.

    The move comes as a continuation of the junior high program, which was started by Superintendent Mike Conlon last spring.

    “We started the junior high program last year, and we hated to see the kids not have the opportunity (to continue), so we started a track program,” said Conlon, who doubles as the track coach.

  • The College Report: Eric Hobbie named POY for second time

    He missed a good portion of his senior year to injury.

    But, Vandalia grad and McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie returned to play in every single American Midwest Conference game that McKendree played. The impressive comeback, combined with his impressive play, has earned Hobbie the AMC Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

  • Jackson hands out boys basketball awards
  • Vandalia cheerleaders hold banquet