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Today's News

  • And the Band Played On ...

    Senior Abby Hickerson of the Vandalia Community High School band practices marching during band camp last week. The band's first pre-game and halftime performances will be on Sept. 9, when the VCHS varsity football squad plays its home opener.

  • Senior Spotlight: Derrick Herker

    Not too many people are blessed with the opportunity to become a professional golfer.

    But that hasn’t stopped Derrick Herker from giving the idea some thought.

    The Vandalia High School senior knows he would be a longshot to make the PGA Tour and isn’t even sure if he will try to play on the Amateur Tour after college, but when talking about his dream of becoming a pro on Monday morning, Herker’s eyes lit up with excitement.

  • Field of Dreams committee wants new backstop

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting.

    During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.

  • Harmeier prepping for first KC season

    The journey to see if Derek Harmeier will become the fourth South Central player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team will begin this fall at Kaskaskia College.

    The 2011 South Central graduate will be pitching for the Blue Devils for the next two seasons, and he said the preparations for a KC fall season are not as demanding as they were in high school.

    Once spring rolls around, however, that will change.

  • Vandalia team holds Golf-a-Thon

    The Vandalia High School golf team held a Golf-a-Thon fundraiser on Monday morning, during which players received donations for each hole they played to put toward the purchase of their uniform shirts for the fall season.

    The Vandals open the season on Monday at East Alton-Wood River.

  • VCHS track gets paved

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was paved last Wednesday by Howell's Asphalt Co.

    The paving was supposed to be done in three segments, with the high jump area and the area around the concession stand and entrance gate to be paved later that week.

    On Thursday, the sprinkler system on the football field was turned on, however, soaking the stone base of the high jump area and delaying paving.

  • Sports Briefs (Aug. 11)

    VCHS tennis team to open practice

    Practice for members of the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin this Monday.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Junior Olympian Champion

    Kassidy VanUytven recently competed in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans, earning a gold medal in tumbling.

    Kassidy is a member of the Triple AAA tumbing team of Vandalia.

    She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven of Vandalia, and the granddaughter of Mark Lorton of Vandalia; and Cindy and Huck Scribner, and Dan and Patti VanUytven of Ramsey. She is the great-granddaughter of Faye Lorton of Ramsey; Brad Lorton of Cowden; and Donna and the late John VanUytven of Occonee.

  • SAFE Golf Tournament raises more than $10,000

    A charity golf tournament and luncheon recently raised more than $10,000 for SAFE.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball Results from Aug. 2-4

    Tuesday, Aug. 2
    Game 1

    Ugly Koyote 4
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    •Brad Portz tripled for Ugly Koyote, and Cole Rhodes doubled for Montgomery.
    Game 2
    Ugly Koyote 14
    Montgomery 7
    •For Ugly Koyote, Luke Murfin tripled, and Cody Goldsboro and Jon Spicer doubled. Rhodes had a double and a triple, and Tyler Montgomery had a pair of doubles for Montgomery.
    Game 3
    Buckstop Archery 24
    Goldsmith Farms 1