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Today's News

  • South Central tops Vandalia in tourney

    ALTAMONT – With coach Mary Brimberry back on the bench with her team after missing a game due to an unexpected death in the family, the South Central High School volleyball team rallied around its coach to beat Vandalia in three sets during the opening game of the Altamont Tournament.

    South Central took that match, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14, but it would not muster another win in pool play to finish seventh.

    Vandalia, meanwhile, would fall to Cumberland and beat Greenville before downing Altamont in the third-place game.

  • Running for the Score

    The VYO football teams won four games against EAWR on Saturday. Scores can be found in the prep scores and schedules or on Page 3B of the print edition.

  • The College Report: minor leaguers closing seasons as colleges begin play

    It is probably better than Spencer Patton could have dreamed.

    The Idaho Falls Chukar hurler, a South Central grad, has been working for the Kansas City Royals affiliate all summer. In 39 2/3 innings of work, the former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville pitcher has compiled a 3-1 mark, with two saves. He has allowed only 15 earned runs on 42 hits for a 3.40 earned run average. Patton, who has appeared mostly in relief, has fanned 56 batters while walking only 15.

  • St. Elmo gets upset win against South Central

    ST. ELMO – After the first set against South Central last Thursday, it appeared the Lady Eagles were on their way to  a disappointing 0-2 start.

    Instead of getting down on themselves, however, the team rallied to lead or hold a tie, including a 24-24 knot in the third set, the rest of the match to earn the upset win, 15-25, 25-20, 26-24.

    “That was very exciting,” said St. Elmo coach Elise Asher. “It was a combination of fantastic plays and very aggressive errors on both sides of the floor.”

  • Gurtner fires no-hitter for Brownstown

    Sophomore Eric Gurtner pitched a no-hitter for Brownstown last Wednesday during an 18-0 win against Ramsey.

    Gurtner struck out nine batters – including the first three of the game – and was perfect, save for two walks.

    He threw 62 pitches in the game, and had plenty of offensive support.

    Senior Brady McDowell was 4-for-4, with four RBI and three runs to lead the offensive onslaught. Close behind were senior Coleman Scott, 2-for-4, with four runs; senior Colten Hunter, 1-for-1, with four runs; and junior Austin Hunter, 2-for-4, with a run.

  • SC bests Brownstown, 20-0

    BROWNSTOWN – The South Central High School baseball team continued its torrid start with a 20-0 drubbing of Brownstown last Thursday.

    Cole Armstrong and Shawn Meyer combined to throw a one-hitter, with Brownstown junior Austin Hunter finally collecting the Bombers' first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, to maintain South Central's perfect start to the season.

    "I'm pretty pleased with how we have done," said coach Curt Jones. "The big question mark was our pitching, and so far, our pitching has been really good."

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 8)

    Vandalia

  • McCarter will address chamber

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter will be the speaker at next Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa. A luncheon is followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Reunions (Sept. 1)

    Austin
    The 17th annual Austin family reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Austin home place with a carry-in dinner at 1 p.m.

    Drinks and tableware will be furnished. All family and friends are invited to attend.

    Dothager
    The annual Dothager family reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Pleasant Mound Community Center with 49 in attendance.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants (Sept. 1)

    On August 25 the ExxonMobil Annuitants met for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia with 28 members and four guests.

    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.

    President Dean Black opened the meeting with a welcome to all present. Secretary/treasurer reports was read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read. Humorous readings were read by LaVerne Laux and Madelon Fisher.