Today's News

  • Post 95 battles in four district tournament games

    Hard-fought battles against Effingham and Salem in the district tournament brought the Vandalia Sr. Legion season to a close this past weekend, with Post 95 getting eliminated by Effingham on Monday.

    Post 95 finished the year with an 18-11 record, which included a season-high winning streak of five games and a stretch with nine wins in 11 games from June 13-28.

    Players from 10 high schools made up the team, and they meshed quickly, making the season both enjoyable and successful.

  • Swofford named alternate for national golf tourney

    Rising Vandalia senior Blake Swofford is an alternate for a national golf tournament after last Thursday placing fourth at the Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic state tournament.

    Swofford placed fourth in the state tournament at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, shooting a two-day, 36-hole total of 148 and defeating Zach Burry in a playoff.

    The top three in the tournament qualified for the national tournament, which will be held at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin from Aug. 7-10.

  • Journey of Hope riders pass through town

    A team of bicyclists participating in the Journey of Hope cross-country ride stopped in Vandalia on Tuesday.

    Push America’s Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C, that raises money for organizations that help people with disabilities, made a stop at FAYCO Enterprises on Tuesday afternoon and stayed overnight at the Fayette County Family YMCA.

    The trip began in Seattle on May 29, and the riders should arrive in Washington on Aug. 5 to conclude the 25th annual Journey of Hope ride.

  • Sr. Legion notes: Rivalries renew in tourney

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion squad got pretty familiar with Salem and Effingham over the summer.

    Playing Effingham five times and Salem six times during the season created quite the rivalry with both teams – and both of them came back up during the district tournament.

    Vandalia played each team twice in the tournament, beating Salem twice and losing to Effingham twice. The widest winning margin in any tournament game was four runs.

  • Jr. Legion nearly pulls off upset at district tournament

    TEUTOPOLIS – Vandalia lost, but Jr. Legion coach TK Kinkead was still very proud of his players after they battled Effingham in the district tournament on Saturday.

    Facing elimination, Post 95 held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but an error allowed two Effingham runners to score to give Post 120 a 3-2 victory.

    “Everyone had the game of their life today,” Kinkead said. “Effingham creamed us last time, so to see us put up a fight and do what we did, that’s the best part.”

  • PHOTOS: KC camps in Vandalia

    Two sports camps were recently held in Vandalia, sponsored by Kaskaskia College.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (June 16)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 16.

  • Sports Briefs (July 19)

    Kickball tournament coming to St. Elmo

    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee is hosting its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Aug. 4. at 10 a.m.

    Teams of 8-12 players comprised of kids and/or adults may register at St. Elmo City Hall by Aug. 1. The entry fee is $50 per team.

    Complete rules are available at city hall and questions can be directed to either 829-3319 or 704-9250.

    KC holding open tennis tryouts

  • Vandalia's treasurer will be appointed, not elected

    Starting next spring, the city of Vandalia's treasurer will be appointed, not elected.

    The Vandalia City Council voted unanimously to switch the treasurer's job to an appointed position.

    The council did so over the strong objection of Marjorie Blythe, who is in her fourth term as city treasurer.

    The council also voted to reduce the treasurer's salary at $4,000. The salary for the part-time position is now $14,000.

  • Sr. Legion to play for district championship on Monday

    After posting a walk-off win against Salem on Sunday night, the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad will battle Effingham for the district championship on Monday.

    To win the title, Vandalia will have to win both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. games against Effingham in the double-elimination tournament. Effingham handed Vandalia its first tournament loss on Sunday afternoon in an 8-5 game.

    This season, Vandalia is 2-2 against Effingham.

    Post 95's tournament summary follows.

    Game 1 — Vandalia defeated Salem, 9-6, in the first round.