Today's News

  • Jr. Legion gets first win of season against Salem

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team notched its first victory of the season, using a strong start on offense and a stellar pitching effort to beat Salem, 6-1, in a district game on Monday.

    The first four batters in the bottom of the first inning all scored, and Clinton Hood pitched six innings, allowing a run in the first and just five base runners after that.

    “Clinton did a good job of throwing first-pitch strikes to stay ahead of hitters,” said coach TK Kinkead. “He pitches to contact, and the defense made plays behind him.”

  • Legion notes: Post 95's offense rolling

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion offense has all the pieces to put up a lot of runs this season, and based on how it hit in the first two games of the season, coach Andy Rincker knew it wasn’t going to be long before the runs started piling up.

    Despite scoring just 10 runs in the first two games of the season, Post 95 pounded out 21 hits and had 33 total base runners.

    But with the lack of runs, Rincker could tell something still wasn’t quite there.

  • Hosick Motors defeats Vandals

    Ryan Thiele and Bryan Hobbie slugged home runs for Hosick Motors to lead the dealership to a 9-1 win last Friday in a friendly scrimmage against the Vandalia High School team.

    Hosick’s, a regular contributor to Vandalia athletics, came to high school baseball coach Luke Hohlt with the idea of scrimmaging against his players, and Hohlt had no problem making it happen.

    “Hosick Motors is a big supporter of Vandal athletics,” he said. “They have some guys with talent who wanted to showcase their skills.

  • South Central struggles at Altamont Tourney

    ALTAMONT – South Central struggled during its season-opening Jr. Legion tournament in Altamont on Saturday, losing both games in pool play.

    In each of the two games, a 4-1 loss to Newton and a 12-3 loss to Altamont, Post 519 gave up the lead early on and wasn’t able to recover.

    Newton left the bases loaded in the first inning, but put a run on the board in the third and then took advantage of three walks, two hits and an error in the fourth to go ahead, 4-0.

  • First boys shootout is on Monday

    The first of four summer boys basketball shootouts in Vandalia will be played next Monday and Tuesday.

    There will be 16 teams in the field – including conference rivals Roxana, Litchfield and Hillsboro, and Vandalia Holiday Tournament regulars Flora and Altamont.

    Vandalia’s game will be at the following times.

    Monday, June 11
    at VJHS
    •9 a.m. vs. Fairfield
    •10:40 a.m. vs. Princeton, Ind.
    •1:10 p.m. vs. Jerseyville
    •3:40 p.m. vs. Trico

  • PHOTO: ECI Liberty Take Second in Tourney

    The East-Central Illinois Liberty recently placed second at the Central Illinois Rampage Memorial Day 13U Tournament at Rochester.

    In game one, ECI beat Jacksonville, 5-4, with Andrew Herpstreith picking up the win. In game two, ECI lost to Springfield, 6-5, with Alec Schroeder taking the loss. In game three, ECI beat Pawnee, 8-3, with Adam Miller earning the win. In the championship semifinals, ECI beat Central Illinois, 9-5, with Richie Well notching the win, and in the title game, ECI lost to the Jacksonville Lightning, 17-7, with Well taking the loss.

  • Protz Wins at Coles County Dragway

    Vandalia Community High School principal Randy Protz won the 2012 Coles County Dragway NHRA King of the Track trophy after winning the event on Sunday.

    He placed first in super pro (6.077 seconds) to qualify for the King of the Track competition, which he won in 7.095 seconds. In that race, his reaction time to the green light was just .502 seconds.

    Also on Sunday, Protz's daughter, Brandy, who will be a junior at VCHS next school year, won the Jr. Dragster race in 7.937 seconds.

  • PHOTOS: Boys and girls basketball camps

    Youth basketball camps were recently at Vandalia.

  • Fayette County Speedway – May 25

    HEAT 1
    1.        28  MICHAEL BOLYARD
    2.        81           PAUL BAILEY
    3.        N59        CHAD EVANS
    4.        1A      AARON DRAEGE
    HEAT 2

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball

    Monday, June 4
    Game 1
    Montgomery Plumbing 3
    Riedle Law Office 1
    Mont.: Tyler Montgomery, started GW triple play.
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, 3B.
    Game 2
    Montgomery 10
    Riedle 8
    Mont.: Nick Metzger, 2B.
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, 3B.
    Game 3
    Buckstop 17
    Copper Penny 3
    Buckstop: Justin Atwood, 2B; Jordan Harmon, 2B; Shane Depew, 2B.
    CP: Derek Back, HR.
    Game 4
    Buckstop 17
    Copper Penny 3
    Buckstop: Shane Depew, 2B; Jordan Harmon, 2B.