By Tony Hooker
VGHS Track and Field
Boys place third at LPC conference meet
Paced by first place finishes in the 4×100 relay (Gunner Cline, Mason Carter, Braydon Dowler, Layne Rund) and the 4×200 relay (Carter, Cline, Dowler, Ryan Schlueter) the VG boys track team raced to a third-place team finish at the Lincoln Prairie Conference track meet, held in Cerro Gordo on May 9.
Other Blue Devil points scorers included Dowler (2nd in 110 hurdles, 3rd in the 200m) Carter (3rd in the 100m) Rund, (3rd in the 400m, 5th in the high jump) Elijah Kiesel (3rd in the triple jump) Kurt Zimmerman (3rd in the 1600, 4th in the 3200) and Kyle Williams, who finished 4th in the triple jump. The 4×400 relay team (Brady Clodfelder, Layne Rund, Nolan Morse, Schlueter) raced to a 4th place finish, and the 4×800 relay team of Austin Zoch, Zimmerman, Chase White and Logan Turner finished 6th. Gunner Cline rounded out the scoring by sprinting to a sixth-place finish in the 100 meters.
Girls come in 8th at LPC meet
Ava Vollmer and Carly Eads finished in 3rd and 6th place respectively to lead VG at the conference meet. Emma Buesing finished 4th in the 1600 and Scarlet Howard ran 5th in the 800 to help the team. The 4×800 relay quartet of Howard, Madison Logan, Kyleigh Price and Buesing raced to a 3rd place finish. Both the 4×200 (Howard, Molly Little, Kayci Leith, Kenzie Cardiff) and 4×400 (Howard, Little, Price, Buesing) finished in sixth place on the day.
Junior High Track and Field
Piper Kiser finished in 5th place in the discus at the IESA state Class 2A track meet on Saturday, May 14.
Scuttled by Storm
The Blue Devils dropped a 7-4 decision to a solid Salt Fork squad on Tuesday, May 10. Starter Sam Bender was the hard luck loser, giving up all seven runs (two earned) while fanning seven. Luke Zimmerman led the way for VGBB at the dish, going 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Bender, Brady Clodfelder and Peyton Smith also drove in runs for Villa Grove.
Maci Clodfelder went 1-3 with a homer and two runs scored to lead VG to a 3-2 win over Paxton Buckley Loda on May 9. Logan Lillard went 2-3 with a double and a run scored, and Kaylee Arbuckle doubled and drove in a run for the Blue Devils. Alex Brown got the win, giving up two runs on two hits while fanning 11.
Clawed by Tigers
The Blue Devils only managed four hits while striking out 11 times in a 6-0 loss to Paris on May 11. Emma Bratten-Noice took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in four innings of work.
Maci Clodfelder homered and scored a pair of runs to lead VG to a 6-3 win over Rantoul on May 12. Alison Pangburn, Chloe Reardon, Alex Brown and Kaylee Arbuckle scored the other VG runs, and Logan Lillard had an RBI. Lillard got the win, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out nine.
Mauled by Tigers
Westville banged out 16 hits in a 9-2 win over Villa Grove on May 13. Alex Brown took the loss, giving up six earned runs while fanning ten. Alison Pangburn homered and drove in two runs, and Logan Lillard doubled to lead the way offensively.