Today's Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete...

    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.

  • PHOTO: Pepsi State Qualifier

    Vandalia's Sophia Richardson recently qualified for the Pepsi state bowling tournament by finishing third in the 15U division at Bowlmor Laketown Lanes in Springfield.

    The tournament will take place next Wednesday at Landmark Lanes in Peoria.

    Also bowling at the qualifier from Vandalia Bowl were: Kennedy Fiscus, Emma Warner, Mattie Howard, Karsyn Garrison, Joey Giller, James Seely, James Taylor, Dylan Garrett, Brendon Howard and Ty Wright.

  • SEB clinches EIC championship...

    MULBERRY GROVE – Mother Nature helped the Lady Eagles build a lead.

    Then she almost took it away.

    St. Elmo/Brownstown hit its first three home runs of the season into a strong wind blowing out to left-center field on Tuesday, and then fought through a downpour in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the regular-season Egyptian-Illini Conference championship by beating Mulberry Grove, 9-7.

  • Lady Vandals 3rd at Greenville,...

    Four first-place finishes on Tuesday helped the Lady Vandals to fourth place at a meet in Cumberland.

    Sophomore Jalea Paslay picked up a pair of top finishes, winning the 400-meter dash (1:05) and the 800-meter run (2:43).

    Freshman Emma Meyer won the 100-meter dash (13.28), and the 4X100-meter relay team of freshmen Anna Miller and Madeline Cade, Paslay and Meyer won in 54.15.

  • Two school records fall at Comet...

    GREENVILLE – Two school records fell, but the Vandals did not produce many high finishes in finishing seventh last Friday at the 29th annual Comet Relays at Greenville High School.

    Freshman Curtis Gordon once again broke the school record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 7 inches to place first. He beat his previous personal-best vault of 14-6.

    Vandalia also set a new school record in the 4X100-meter relay for the second time this season, but did it with a slightly different group of athletes.

  • Lady Vandals fall in another...

    The Lady Vandals played another tight South Central Conference game on Tuesday, but saw their lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh at Carlinville.

    A single and an error followed by a two-run double allowed the Lady Cavaliers to earn a 5-4 win, dropping Vandalia to 1-2 in SCC games decided by one run.

    Senior Megan Godoyo hit her third home run of the season and also tripled, and has six extra-base hits in the past seven games.

  • Vandals drop two SCC games in...

    The Vandals fought back from a pair of deficits on Tuesday, but Carlinville broke a 4-4 tie with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 5-4 win in South Central Conference action.

    Freshman Richie Well had three hits, freshman Alec Schroeder had a pair of doubles and senior Carson Smith ran his hitting streak to 12 games with two singles, but the team’s second-best hit total of the season wasn’t enough to snap a losing streak that now counts seven games.

  • PHOTOS: Well, Casey inducted to...

    Two of the best players from the two-time national champion Vandalia Freight fast-pitch softball team were recently inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.

    Nick Casey and Rich Well gave their induction speeches at a ceremony on April 12 in Decatur.

    Casey holds team records in home runs (144), triples (45), walks (286) and slugging percentage (.684), playing in 567 games. He also held a 74-59 record as a pitcher, and drove home 560 runs, while scoring 481 times.

  • Weather doesn't slow down...

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    This week, Fayette County Speedway fought Mother Nature and won.

    Rain that hit the area on Thursday night tried to wash out racing this week but track promoter Charlie Depew and his crew worked on the facility to make for another great night of racing.

    Although, it wasn’t easy.

    The pits were muddy, and the track was soft. Early races had to deal with some rough areas and a bit of a slimy surface, but as the night wore on, the track slowly took shape.

  • Area Prep Roundup (May 1)

    Vandalia's junior high boys finished first, and the girls finished second on Tuesday against Hillsboro.
    Tuesday, April 29
    at Vandalia
    Eighth-grade boys
    First-place finishers
    •Garrett, 110-meter hurdles
    •Garrett, long jump
    •McNary, discus
    •Schaub, 1,600-meter run
    •Truitt, high jump
    •Zimmerman, 100-meter dash
    •Zimmerman, shot put
    •4X100-meter relay (Garrett, Taylor, Smith and Zimmerman)