School Sports

  • Mulberry Grove JH loses regional final

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High softball team fell short in the regional championship game at Mt. Olive last Wednesday, losing to Nokomis, 7-2.

    Three Mulberry Grove players – Peyton Randolph, April Stitch and Kayla Zimmerman –went 2-for-4 in the game with Randolph stroking two doubles and driving in both of the Aces’ runs in the third inning.

    Nokomis already had a 6-0 lead by that time, adding their final run in the fifth.

    Kylea Vohlken suffered the loss for Mulberry Grove. She finished the season with a 7-4 record.

  • Mulberry Grove still looking for a victory

    MULBERRY GROVE – When Ramsey’s Jessica Carroll took over the serve with her team leading 14-10 in the first set, the coaches, players and fans reacted as if it was just another serve.

    When her service ended with Ramsey leading 21-10, it appeared Mulberry Grove was going to drop a lopsided decision.

    But coach Natalie Lappe called her second timeout of the set and reminded her team of a simple fact.

  • Vandalia wins freshmen tournament

    The Vandalia freshmen volleyball team won the South Central Conference Freshmen Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, defeating Gillespie in three sets, 27-25, 23-25, 15-11.

    In pool play, Vandalia defeated Roxana (25-13, 25-18) but split with Greenville (22-25, 25-22) and Carlinville (18-25, 25-16).

    Taylor Well had 21 kills for the Vandals during the tournament, and Kate Shields had 14 kills, 11 service aces and three blocks. Megan Godoyo added 33 assists and 17 services aces.

  • Mason pitches Brownstown past Mulberry Grove

    BROWNSTOWN – Brownstown did not always capitalize on its opportunities last Thursday, but putting at least one runner in scoring position each inning gave them leverage against Mulberry Grove.

    Forcing the Aces to “make the big play” in a 5-2 Bombers win, Brownstown coach Ken Milano said that even though his team left 11 runners on base during the game, getting them on base was a step in the right direction.

  • South Central takes second in Vandalia Tournament

    South Central coach Mary Brimberry won the inaugural Vandalia Tournament 17 years ago, and after inspiring play from her team in the second set of the championship match, she had reason to think another title might have been in her future.

    Despite a scary head injury to Kellie Crain during that set, the Cougars continued to fight back from a 17-11 deficit, eventually closing out the set with six straight points for a 26-24 win.

    South Central, however, would fall behind early in the third set, losing 25-13 to Carlyle but earning second-place honors.

  • Opfer leading Vandals in senior season

    Natasha Opfer may have lost her singles match to Roxana’s No. 1 player on Tuesday, but in losing, Opfer showed why she is Vandalia's No. 1 singles player.

    Holding a slim 7-6 advantage, Opfer lost the next two games – the first on an excellent drop shot by her opponent, the second out of her own frustration.

    Opfer, however, regained her composure, using two lob shots to win the next game in four serves. Her opponent continued to play hard as well, though, eventually closing out the match 11-9.

  • Goldsmith leads Vandals by example

    Senior Holly Goldsmith showed why she is Vandalia’s go-to player during a two-set victory against Ramsey on Monday night.

    Totaling 10 kills on the night for the third straight non-tournament match, Goldsmith rebounded well after a slightly subpar performance at the Vandalia Tournament over the weekend.

    “She struggled a bit Saturday in the tournament, not getting as many kills as she wanted,” coach Allison Brown said. “But tonight she came out and played well.

  • Vandalia beats Greenville for third in own tourney

    There was plenty of positive takeaway for the Vandalia volleyball squad after it finished third in its own tournament on Saturday by defeating Greenville for the second time in four days.

    The Vandals rallied from a nine-point deficit to win the second set against eventual tournament champion Carlyle.
    Vandalia allowed Greenville to score just two points on its own serves in downing the Comets 25-11 to win the third-place game.

    Every starter drew praise from coach Allison Brown after the tournament.

  • St. Elmo/Beecher to play for EIC title

    St. Elmo and Beecher City will battle for the Egyptian Illini Conference baseball championship Thursday night in Vandalia at 7 p.m.

    Patoka and Brownstown will play the third-place game in Vandalia at 4:30 p.m.

    Tournament Results

    Tuesday, Sept. 21
    No. 1 Beecher City 10
    No. 4 Patoka 0

    Luke Levitt threw a no-hitter for Beecher City, as they shut out Patoka 10-0 to advance to the championship game.

  • VCHS HOF to induct four new members

    Four new members will be inducted into the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 6:40 p.m. at the football field on Friday.

    Jeni (Marquardt) Boyd is a 1988 graduate of VCHS who played volleyball, basketball and softball. She hit above .500 her senior softball season in helping lead the Vandals to a regional title. She was also a member of the 1985 volleyball and basketball regional champion teams.