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Today's Sports

  • Boys track ties for 6th at...

    Vandalia tied for sixth as a team and freshman Curtis Gordon placed first in the pole vault on Tuesday at Cumberland.

    Gordon cleared 14 feet to win, and also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.02). Other second-place finishers for the Vandals were: senior Colton Woolsey, shot put (42-10), and sophomore Ethan Meyer, triple jump (38 feet, 6¼ inches).

    Also placing for Vandalia was junior Ben Strobel, who took fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4:55.91).

    The Vandals had 52 points. Teutopolis won the meet, with 116.

  • Ramsey gets first win of spring

    Ramsey's baseball team earned its first win of the spring season on Monday, taking down Sandoval, 7-6.

    Senior Tristan Wesselman hit a grand slam in the fifth inning after Michael lay, Ryan Black and Tylor Knisley had three straight singles to load the bases.

    Wesselman also earned the win from the mound, throwing a complete game.

    Knisley had three runs and drove home a run on a sacrifice fly.

    Adam Casey's bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh won the game.

  • Sports Briefs (April 24)

    FCH 5K run is on June 21

    Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital will be hosting a 5K fun run/walk on June 21.

    The event will begin and end at the southwest parking lot of the hospital. The race will start at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8:15 a.m.

    Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and all registrants who are signed up before May 31 will be guaranteed a race T-shirt.

  • Fayette County Speedway: Close...

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    Week No. 2 at Fayette County Speedway is in the record books, with several great battles on the track all night long last Friday.

    The UMP modified division was a dogfight all night, ending in heartbreak for some and a victory for only one driver.

    The night started fast, with an outstanding duel in heat No. 1 between front row starters Michael Meyer and Craig Kern. The race quickly became an all-out battle, with Meyer edging Kern for the win.

  • Schaal pitches Vandals to first...

    VANDALIA – Preston Ruckman made sure arguably the best pitching performance of Zach Schaal’s career wasn’t wasted.

    Ruckman scored as a courtesy runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Schaal pitched a five-hitter, striking out 11 Pana hitters over eight innings, for a 1-0 win in last Friday’s South Central Conference opener to give the Vandals their first back-to-back wins in more than two years.

  • Lady Vandals on losing side of...

    VANDALIA – Senior Megan Godoyo extended her hitting streak to eight games, but that would be the only hit for the Lady Vandals on Tuesday, as they finished on the losing side of a pitcher’s duel.

    Deidre Ledbetter struck out 11, using a stifling rise ball to lead Altamont past Vandalia, 4-0.

  • Several win at home track meet

    VANDALIA – The Vandals set a new school record in the 4X100-meter relay at last Thursday’s home meet.

    Sophomores Ethan Meyer and Bobby Bradley, and seniors Colton Woolsey and Dalton Smith teamed up to the run the race in 46.99 seconds, setting the school record by about half a second.

    The previous record of 47.54 seconds was set in 2010 by Tim Ritchey, Blake Swofford, Quenten Austin and Ryan Ambuehl.

    This year’s relay team missed the record by just .04 seconds at Hillsboro on April 1.

  • Vandals take victory in pair of...

    VANDALIA – If Matt Beck continues responded like he did last Saturday, coach Luke Hohlt may need to bench him more often.

    With so many players deserving of playing time, Beck was the odd man out last Friday, sitting out his first game of the season.

    But he took his assignment without complaint, and then followed it up with three hits in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, an 8-6 win against Brownstown/St. Elmo, Vandalia's third straight victory.

  • Mulberry Grove beats Okawville...

    The Aces split games played at Vandalia last Saturday, defeating Okawville in game one, but losing to Brownstown/St. Elmo in game two.

    Offense was easy to find, however, as Mulberry Grove beat Okawville 12-7, and lost to BSE, 20-10.

    BSE senior Jacob Behrends had two home runs in the game, and Mulberry Grove junior Alex Goodin also homered.
    There were just 17 hits, despite the 30 runs, as 16 errors were committed.

  • PHOTOS: St. Elmo And Brownstown...

    The co-op teams from St. Elmo and Brownstown high schools each picked up wins last Thursday.