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Today's News

  • Post 95 falters after fast start at Mattoon

    After a promising start in the first two days of the Mattoon Firecracker Classic left the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad with a 3-0 record, Post 95 had a tough time last Friday, falling to Lincoln, 5-2, and Shelby County, 7-3, to miss out on the championship round.

    After the tournament, Vandalia’s record stood at 12-8.

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    CHARLESTON – All that was needed to win the game was a flyball to the outfield or a simple base hit.

    But Mitch Wolff wasn’t taking any chances.

  • Earnest helps Team USA to gold medal

    Vandalia native Jessica Earnest led Junior Team USA to the gold medal on Sunday at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

    In the championship round, Earnest led her team, with a 217, as the girls defeated Singapore, 850-799.

    In the semifinals, Team USA took down two-time defending champion Korea, 924-846.

    “I think even just being picked to represent Junior Team USA here was a big accomplishment,” Earnest told bowl.com. “We went out and we won team gold, and that was our goal from the beginning of the week.

  • Vandals go 4-3 in final shootout

    Vandalia’s boys basketball team finished with a 4-3 record in the final summer shootout, but its fundamental weaknesses showed against some of its competition.

    St. Elmo also played in the shootout, going 2-4 in pool play and losing its tournament game in overtime.

    The Vandals were outrebounded by several teams during the shootout, especially last Friday in a pool play loss to Harrisburg and a tournament loss to Marshall.

  • Jr. Legion team has strong finish to week

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team had mixed results in the past week, starting off the week with losses to Roxana and Mattoon, but sweeping a doubleheader from Bluford on Sunday.

    Upcoming games are at Breese on Friday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Mattoon on Saturday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Teutopolis next Monday (6 p.m. doubleheader) and at Granite City next  Tuesday (5:30 p.m. seven-inning game).

    The District Tournament opens up in Teutopolis next Thursday.

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  • Lady Vandals fall in doubleheader with EAWR

    Playing without all of its regular starters, the Vandalia High School softball team was swept in a doubleheader against East Alton-Wood River last Thursday.

    EAWR won the first game, 10-3, and then the second, 13-0, but coach Brian Buscher said that is not indicative of how the team is likely to play next spring.

    “We haven’t had nine starters there yet,” Buscher said. “We haven’t done a terrible job, with several players going to new positions.

    “We’re working on things, and that’s what summer is about,” he said. “We’re doing stuff right and getting better.”

  • Coaches encourage athletes to beat the heat with water

    The extreme heat that crossed the region at the end of last week was approached in different ways by area coaches.

    At the Mattoon Firecracker Classic, Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team played two games last Thursday afternoon and one game last Friday afternoon in temperatures above 100 degrees.

    Coach Andy Rincker encouraged his players to sip from cups of water while Post 95 was on offense in an effort to beat the heat.

    But what he really would have liked was a more compact schedule.

  • PHOTOS: Kids Fishing Tournament

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club and Cumberland Quail Unlimited held a free kids fishing tournament at Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 9. A total of 727 fish were caught by the young fishers and better than 110 supporters were on hand.

  • PHOTOS: Kaskaskia College/YMCA camps

    Kaskaskia College, in conjunction with the Fayette County Family YMCA, recently held baseball and soccer camps in Vandalia. Those attending are pictured.

  • Postseason starts in community league

    Riedle Law Office and the Pink Panthers were regular-season division champions of the St. Paul summer 3-on-3 basketball league, finishing 15-1 and 14-2, respectively.

    The league’s playoff tournaments and 3-point contest began on Monday, with the championship game set for next Friday at St. Peter Lutheran School.

    Players in the league represent five counties and range in age from 17-48.

    Season leaders
    Points per game
    •Angel Osario, Joe’s Pizza, 20.5
    •Matt Riedle, Riedle Law Office, 18.2
    •Cody Bushue, Team Bushue, 14.4
    Rebounds per game
    •M. Riedle, 8.7

  • Kaskaskia College hosting boys soccer camp

    The Kaskaskia College soccer program will hold a soccer camp for boys entering kindergarten through sixth grades on July 16-20 from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

    Registration cost for the camp is $60, and includes a T-shirt.

    The camp will be instructed by Kaskaskia College head coach Frankie Basurto and current KC athletes. All players should meet at the KC Soccer Field on the first day.

    Pre‑registration is required. For a registration form or for further information, contact coach Kim Rahar at 545-3372.