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Today's Sports

  • South Central grad Spencer...

    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...

    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...

    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....

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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.

  • Post 95 reigns supreme

    Connor Beasley has found his groove again.

    Beasley fired his first complete game shutout of the summer in last Saturday’s championship game of the inaugural Robinson Sr. Legion Wounded Warriors Tournament, a 4-0 win against Tennessee.

    It was Beasley’s second appearance of the tournament, after having allowed 10 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last three appearances.

    He pitched three perfect innings on 37 pitches in last Thursday’s 18-2 win against short-handed Teutopolis in Post 95’s first game of pool play.

  • Post 95 earns share of District...

    Though neither team knew it at the time, the second game of last Tuesday’s doubleheader against Salem ended up counting in the District standings.

    A doubleheader at Salem was scheduled for Sunday, with the first game to count in the District standings, but those games were canceled.

    It was decided on Tuesday night that Vandalia’s 16-12 win from last Tuesday night would be a District game, giving Post 95 at least a share of the regular-season title.