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Today's News

  • Mason leads Brownstown by Christ Our Rock

    BROWNSTOWN – Bryce Mason did just about everything for the Bombers last Thursday.

    The senior shortstop stole two bases, scored a run, drove in the winning run and relayed an outfield assist to home plate that gunned down a Christ Our Rock Lutheran runner for the third out to stave off a potential rally.

    All of that helped secure a 2-1 Brownstown victory.

    “That was a big momentum shift for one team or the other,” coach Ken Milano said of the assist. “Our guys made it a big momentum play for us.”

  • 'A-Haunting We Will Go'

    Vandalia Community High School last Friday presented a play titled "A-Haunting We Will Go." The two-act play included a cast of  about 20 students. In the first photo, Chelsey Stewart gestures while Stephanie Boas, left, Ellie Ehrat, center, and Olivia Bowen look on. In the second photo, Ehrat reads while Tanner Opfer watches. The play was directed by Melissa Dreas and Marissa Dunn.  

  • Bids 'a bit high' for new track, but major plans stay the same

    Bids from contractors interested in building the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School were "a bit higher than expected," but Superintendent Rich Well said he doesn’t believe that will slow down the main construction.

    Well said the school hoped to have bids below $500,000, which is how much it received in grant money for the project, so the leftover dollars could be used to purchase pole vault and high jump equipment.

  • 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.