Today's News

  • Mulberry Grove's Potts gives area another NCAA-level bowler

    VANDALIA – Mulberry Grove senior Jennifer Potts will become the third local individual in recent years to bowl for an NCAA college.

    Potts signed a National Letter of Intent last Wednesday, committing to bowl for the University of Central Missouri for the next four years, joining former Vandalia High Schoolers Josie and Jessica Earnest as NCAA-level bowlers from the area.

  • Mulberry Grove upsets Altamont

    MULBERRY GROVE – There were some tense moments, but in the end, the Aces were the upset winner.

    Everything from uncalled balks and name-calling to an inning with two RBI triples and an uncoventional pickoff were scattered throughout the Aces’ 13-8 win against Altamont last Thursday.

    Mulberry Grove blew the game open in the second inning, scoring nine runs on offense.

    Jesse Sloan got the first big hit of the game, a three-run triple to right field to give the Aces a 3-0 lead.

  • Junior high track teams have good showings, break several school records


  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (April 19)

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

    •April 11 – Earnest, a Vandalia grad, was for the second time named a second-team All-American. She had a 205.43 average for the year.

    •April 12 – Vanderbilt was given the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championships after posting a 5-2 record in first-day round-robin action. The Commodores beat the No. 1, 2 and 5 ranked teams during the day. Earnest averaged 199.57 over seven games, with high scores of 224 and 222.

  • Prep roundup (April 19)

    Both the Vandalia boys and girls high school track teams had positive results in recent meets.

    The boys team did not participate in the Pana Open, which was canceled on Saturday due to heavy rains, but on Tuesday, placed fifth at Cumberland.

    For the girls, the team has not finished all that high, but coach Gena Nance said that many personal records have been broken in recent meets.

  • Field of Dreams committee members have brief meeting

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee had a brief meeting on Tuesday to discuss a few items of business.

    •The committee has received a grant for $3,900 to install a concrete floor in the hitting shed between the high school fields.

    All of the materials will be purchased with the grant money.

    The dirt that will be dug out of areas in the hitting shed will be moved to the area between the softball backstop and the road, where flooding occurs when it rains.

  • Lady Rams get by St. Elmo in EIC matchup

    RAMSEY – Junior Shaunna Rainey homered in the second inning and junior Taylor Knisley struck out five over seven innings to get the win during Ramsey's 10-4 victory against St. Elmo last Wednesday.

    Jenna Hunt, also a junior, went 3-for-4 for the Lady Rams, who scored three runs in the first and second innings. Peyton Banal and Stevie Coates were each 2-for-4 with two RBI.

    The win evened each team's Egyptian-Illini Conference record at 1-1.

  • YMCA news (April 19)

    YMCA hosting local level of Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition

    The Fayette County Family YMCA will be hosting a local level of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit and Run competition for children from ages of 7 to 14.

    There is no charge to participate, but all children must bring a copy of their birth certificate and sign a waiver/registration form prior to the event.

  • VYO football registration is May 3-4

    Registration for Vandalia Youth Organization football will be on Thursday and Friday, May 3-4 from 3:30-6 p.m. in the Vandalia Junior High School cafeteria.

    Students entering grades 5-8 may register.

  • Swain helps wrestlers win AAU event

    Vandalia Jr. wrestler Tanner Swain helped Team IL Orange and Blue win the AAU Elementary Duals in Kingsport, Tenn., this past weekend.

    Individually, Swain had a 3-5 record to help his team go 6-2 to win the Silver Division.

    There were 22 teams from 12 states at the event.