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Today's News

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 4)

    On Tuesday, the South Central softball team finally played its first game of the season, falling to Windsor, 10-0, in six innings.

    After having nine cancellations and no practice on an infield, the Lady Cougars played with a lot of hustle, according to coach Gary Kapper.

    "We struggled some at the plate, but that was to be expected for not seeing much live pitching," he said. "We did make some errors in the field, but as we continue to get more time on the diamond, that will improve."

  • This week's schedule (April 4-10)

    VANDALIA
    Baseball
    •April 5 at Pana, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 6 vs. Brownstown, 10 a.m.
    •April 6 vs. Okawville, 1 p.m.
    •April 9 vs. Altamont, 4:15 p.m.
    Softball
    •April 5 vs. Pana, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 9 at Altamont, 4:15 p.m.
    •April 10 vs. Centralia, 4:30 p.m.
    Boys track
    •April 9 at Roxana, 4:30 p.m.
    Girls track
    •April 8 at Breese, 4 p.m.
    •April 9 at Roxana, 4:30 p.m.
    JH track
    •April 8 at Pana, 4 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 4)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

    •Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, has led the Vanderbilt bowling team to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight year. Earnest, the lone senior on the team, will finish her college career in Canton, Mich., from April 11-13 with the No. 5 seed Commodores.

  • All teams 1-1 at Mulberry Grove Invite

    Mulberry Grove, Greenville and Mater Dei each finished 1-1 at the Mulberry Grove softball invitational on Saturday.

    The Lady Aces defeated Mater Dei, 11-5, and fell to Greenville, 10-9, in nine innings.

    Mater Dei also beat Greenville at the event.

    Against Mater Dei, the Lady Aces relied heavily on home runs, hitting two.

    Kate Jolliff lifted a grand slam in the third inning, and Sam Goodin hit a three-run homer in the fourth.
    All 11 runs were scored in those two innings.

  • MLB Pitch, Hit and Run returning

    The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be returning to Vandalia on Saturday, April 27.

    Hosted by the Family YMCA of Fayette County, the free event is part of a national competition held by the MLB and sponsored by Scott's.

    The event will be held at the Vandalia high school baseball and softball fields, and is open to all youth ages 7-14.

    The competition begins at 4 p.m.

    Boys and girls are divided into age groups of 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, and 13 and 14.

  • Ramsey Lions' Community Sale is Saturday

    The Ramsey Lions Club's 52nd annual Community Sale will be held this Saturday in Lions Park in downtown Ramsey.

  • Area softball schedule changes

    There have been softball schedule changes for Monday and Tuesday.

    On Monday, St. Elmo will now travel to Greenville for a 4:15 p.m. game.

    On Tuesday, Vandalia will play at St. Elmo in a JV game at 4:15 p.m.

  • McCarter: VCC Work Camp may be restarted

    Springfield - The now closed Work Camp program at Vandalia Correctional Center may be restarting in the coming weeks, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.  Sen. McCarter and Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman have been working with the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) to restart the Work Camp.  

  • Friday's Vandalia baseball and softball games rescheduled

    The Vandalia baseball and softball teams were set to open the South Central Conference season on Friday, but the fields will not be ready for the games, which have been rescheduled.

    Both games against Carlinville have been rescheduled for April 30 at 5 p.m.

  • 'Black Hearts & Bearded Ladies'