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School Sports

  • Controversial ejection mars Sr. Legion finale

    A controversial decision by the director of the Fifth Division Sr. Legion Tournament marred what became the final game of the finest Legion season ever played in Vandalia.

    Pitcher Jacob Behrends was ejected from last Wednesday’s game by tournament director Bob Oster, and Post 95 was unable to recover in a 6-2 loss to Herrin that ended its season.

    Herrin’s Nathaneal Higgins got caught in a rundown between third and home, and collided with Behrends as he approached the plate in the fifth inning.

  • Grobie Flooring takes 2nd at ASA state tournament

    A fast-pitch softball team from Altamont which features several players from Fayette County placed second last weekend at the Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state tournament in Casey.

    Grobie Flooring lost its first two games last Saturday, but reeled off four straight wins on Sunday in the consolation bracket to reach the championship game.

    There, Grobie lost to the Belleville Stallions, 4-0. Belleville was undefeated in the event.

  • YMCA holding public meeting on new co-ed summer ball program on Aug. 13

    A public meeting will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the baseball programs offered by the YMCA.

    In June 2015, the YMCA will shift to a new co-ed ball program for youth aged 9-14.

    Children will be broken up into two or three groups, and the program will be held every day of the week for five weeks from noon-1:30 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (July 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Lack of strikeouts propels Bray in baseball, life

    ROBINSON – After the worst pair of games of his summer, Kyle Bray needed a break.

    Going hitless for two straight games was bad enough – also striking out in each game just made it worse.

    They were the last two games of the Mattoon Sr. Legion Firecracker Classic – a wooden bat tournament – at the end of June, and Bray would be leaving soon for a hockey camp.

  • Post 95 routed at Divisions

    NEW BADEN – Once the Swansea/Fairview Heights Giants began to hit, it didn’t seem like it would ever stop.

    And it only did because of the mercy rule.

    S/FH scored 11 runs in the fourth inning and kept on scoring to beat Vandalia, 20-3, on Tuesday in the first game of the Fifth Division Tournament, sending Post 95 to its most lopsided loss of the season.

  • 'We all felt like we shouldn’t have been in the loser’s bracket in the first place'

    ROBINSON – For the first time ever, Vandalia reigned supreme over the East Division Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    After losing its first game, Post 95 rallied to score 48 runs in four games in the loser’s bracket, capping the comeback with a 13-3 win against Olney in last Friday’s double-elimination championship game.

  • Post 95 forces double-elimination title game

    ROBINSON – Quinn Wadkins had very little experience running a home run trot going into last Thursday’s District Tournament game against Olney.
    And he never anticipated that would be the day he would round the bases.
    Wadkins hit his first home run since pony league in the eighth inning and Austin Schwarm also homered to back a complete game from Matt Tomazzoli in a 14-2 win against Olney that forced a double-elimination championship game.

  • Vandalia eliminates T-Town; wins 30th

    ROBINSON – For the second time this season, a Vandalia pitcher fired a nine-inning complete game.

    And it’s not even a contest when determining which was the better outing.

    Jacob Behrends needed 143 pitches to complete last Wednesday’s must-win game against Teutopolis in the Sr. Legion District Tournament, striking out a season-high 10 as he led Vandalia to its 30th win of the summer, an 8-4 victory.

  • Beasley homer propels Vandalia comeback vs. Robinson

    ROBINSON – Connor Beasley picked a pretty good time to hit his first home run of the summer.

    Beasley ripped a towering home run to right last Wednesday to pull Vandalia back within a run of the lead after five innings, setting up a momentum shift that included an eight-run sixth as Post 95 picked up a must-win 13-6 victory against Robinson in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.