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School Sports

  • Vandalia to face Altamont in the first game of Jr. Legion District Tournament

    Vandalia will open the Jr. Legion District Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Altamont.

    Post 95 is the No. 7 seed, while Altamont is seeded second. Effingham is the top seed, and South Central is seeded fourth.

    South Central opens play against No. 5 Teutopolis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. With a win, South Central advances to play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., while a loss would send SC to the 10 a.m. game on Saturday.

  • Vandalia stays alive in Sr. Legion District Tournament; face Olney on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    ROBINSON – Vandalia faced two must-win games on Wednesday at the Sr. Legion District Tournament, and despite falling behind in both games, Post 95 got to 30 wins on the season with a pair of victories, advancing the team to the championship game of the tournament.

    Post 95 erased a 6-2 deficit against Robinson, using an eight-run inning to turn it into a blowout 13-6 win, and after falling behind 1-0 to T-Town, back-to-back extra-base hits in the third and a three-run eighth gave Vandalia a 8-4 win.

  • South Central grad Spencer Patton traded to Texas Rangers

    On the same day he will pitch for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded to the Texas Rangers organization.

    Patton was traded by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in a deal in which they acquired veteran reliever Jason Frasor. Patton was assigned to the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

    Patton was a 24th-round selection of the Royals in 2011, and he steadily advanced throughout their minor league system.

  • Vandalia's fastest soccer player is set to embark on his senior season

    VANDALIA – Austin Durbin finished Monday’s session of the Challenger Sports soccer camp in basketball shoes.

    One of his soccer cleats – which was just barely hanging on as useable – finally met its demise, splitting open at the seams, but Durbin wasn’t about to let that stop him from playing in the end-of-the-day scrimmage.

    And despite the decreased footing, the senior never wavered from his signature playing style – fast and aggressive.

  • Vandalia upset at District tourney

    Top-seeded Vandalia was upset in the first round of the District Tournament on Sunday, taking a 6-4 loss to No. 4 Teutopolis in Robinson.

    T-Town’s Andy Borries struck out 15 in the winner’s bracket semifinals of the District Tournament, which was delayed by rain on Saturday and Monday, pushing Vandalia’s next game to Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

  • HARNER: Sudden success of Sr. Legion is not a surprise

    American Legion baseball exists in part to teach young men of this country the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship by participating in a sport supported by veterans.

    The Legion itself promotes these values on its website, but too many times, these values are forgotten when adults involved with the programs develop their own ulterior motives.

  • Effingham rallies to win Jr. Legion game

    VANDALIA – Two errors proved costly in the top of the seventh inning last Friday, as they helped Effingham score twice to take a 4-3 victory from Vandalia in District play.

    After a leadoff single in the seventh, an out was recorded when a sacrifice bunt turned into a fielder’s choice, but a pair of errors by third baseman Aaron Huber followed, the second leading to the tying run.

    A deep sacrifice fly in the next at-bat gave Effingham the winning run, and Post 120 followed with a 19-5 win in the second game to sweep the doubleheader.

  • Journey of Hope visits FAYCO Enterprises

    VANDALIA – Push America’s Journey of Hope cycling tour made its annual stop at FAYCO Enterprises in Vandalia on Monday afternoon, taking pictures with clients and learning about their daily activities.

    Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapters throughout the country join forces on the west coast each summer and embark on a 4,000-mile cross-country cycling trip that ends in Washington, D.C., along the way raising money and awareness for those with disabilities.

  • PHOTOS: Challenger Sports soccer camp

    Matthew Higginson of Ireland began a week-long Challenger Sports camp for the Vandalia High School soccer team on Monday.

  • Miller hopes eye test will earn him a chance to play college baseball

    ROBINSON – In a baseball era driven by statistical analysis, it’s easy to categorize a player’s hitting ability.

    Punch a few numbers into a spreadsheet after each game, and it will generate his .329 batting average or his .381 on-base percentage or countless other figures developed to help tell how much value a player brings to his team.