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Today's News

  • Warriors run-rule young Rams on Tuesday

    RAMSEY – It wasn’t the outcome any coach at the high school level wants to see, but Patoka’s 24-10 drubbing of Ramsey on Tuesday was still the first win for the Warriors.

    And coach Joe Eddy said that’s the hardest win to come by, especially for a team that has struggled to get a lead this season.

    “That was our first lead,” Eddy said. “You have to get that first one, no matter how it comes, and hope it snowballs into more.”

  • Community Sports Briefs (March 31)

    Pro wrestling show coming to Vandalia Moose Lodge

    Pro Wrestling Prestige is presenting a show at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia on Saturday, April 9, that will feature local professionals, including Vandalia native D.A. Morrison, and others who are known nationally.

    The doors open for the show at 1:30 p.m., with the main show beginning at 2 p.m., and tickets are currently on sale at the Moose Lodge at 328 S. Third St.

    Adult tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and children’s tickets are $5.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (March 31)

    Ruffner, Austin participate at indoor meet

    Vandalia sophomore Sierah Ruffner and junior Quenten Austin participated in the Class A Illinois Prep Top Times indoor meet last Friday.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet in the high jump to finish ninth.

    Austin had a time of 8.49 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to finish 17th. He was .07 of a second from making the finals.

    They qualified for that meet through their marks at the Eastern Illinois University indoor meets.

  • Community sports photos (March 31)
  • Sports cancellations -- Friday, March 25

    This list will be updated throughout the day as cancellations are reported.

    •Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled.

    •Patoka baseball on Saturday has been canceled.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Stew-Stras has been canceled.
    •St. Elmo softball at Noble has been canceled.

  • Augsburg Angels will host free-will dinner Sunday

     The Augsburg Angels Relay For Life team will be hosting a free-will offering dinner at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg this Sunday in the fellowship hall.

    Porcelain crosses will be available for $3 each, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

  • Enlow wins state title

    Vandalia Jr. club wrestler Anthony Enlow won the midget 130-pound division at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Foundation's Midget State Tournament this past weekend. Enlow (42-6) pinned his opponent in 44 seconds to win the state title. The 8-year-old also won a 9- and 10-year-old division at the Bantam State Tournament earlier this year. Because of his stellar performances, Enlow has been invited to join the King Select Wrestling Club from Belleville. That club is ranked No. 3 in the nation, and will be wrestling at nationals in Tennessee in April.

  • Lady Vandals end week one at 3-2

    Effingham changed its pitcher in the top of the sixth inning twice against Vandalia on Tuesday.

    The first time, at the start of the sixth inning, led to four straight Vandalia base runners and four runs.

    The second time, when the Lady Hearts brought back starter Shelby Koenig seven batters later, led to two quick outs, which kept the Lady Vandals on the short side of a 5-4 loss.

  • Vandals lose tight game to Lincolnwood

    The Vandalia High School baseball team lost its season-opener at Raymond-Lincolnwood on Monday, falling to the Lancers, 4-3.

    The Vandals were held scoreless through the first four innings, but only trailed 2-0.

    In the top of the fifth, junior Dathan Berning smashed a three-run home run to put the Vandals ahead, 3-2. The Lancers, however, knotted the game in the bottom of the inning.

    They added another run in the bottom of the sixth and held the Vandals scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

  • Mulberry Grove, South Central battle in softball

    The Mulberry Grove High School softball team used 14 hits in defeating South Central, 9-2, on Monday.

    Nearly all of the Lady Aces' batters got on base during the game, and the team scored most of its runs in the second half of the game.

    For South Central, it was the first time the team had been outside on a field. For the past three weeks, the Lady Cougars had only been able to practice in the gym, which meant its hitters had not seen any live pitching.