Today's Sports

  • YMCA to offer new ball program...

    VANDALIA – Traditional baseball and softball leagues for ages 9-14 will no longer be organized at the Family YMCA of Fayette County starting next summer, and another organization in Vandalia may offer a way to help continue the development of traveling teams.

    Starting next June, the YMCA will offer a five-week co-ed ball program for kids ages 9-14, which will better teach fundamentals, as well as expose youth to a broader spectrum of sports.

  • Defensive side of the ball...

    VANDALIA – The Vandals allowed an average of 45 points per game last season and surrendered at least 40 in seven of the nine contests.

    But those days should be over.

    With sophomores, at times, making up half of the defense last season, it wasn’t a surprise that Vandalia faced some struggles.

    Now, those same sophomores will step into full-time starting roles, taking the final step in coach John Stout’s plan for the group.

  • Competition is early theme for...

    VANDALIA – Despite nine seniors on the Vandalia volleyball roster, there is still room for underclassmen to find plenty of playing time.

    With a freshman class that went to state as eighth-graders and several well-developed juniors, coach Allison Hall will have some decisions to make once play begins on Aug. 28 at St. Elmo.

    “We have a lot of kids competing for positions,” Hall said. “We’ll see who works the hardest and earns those positions.

    “They have to show me day in and day out they want to play.”

  • Vandals 8th at Hickory Stick

    VANDALIA – And another season opens.

    The Vandals began the season on Monday at the annual Hickory Stick Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course in East Alton-Wood River, placing eighth, 51 strokes off of the pace.

    Sophomore Richie Well led the Vandals with an 85 on the 18-hole course. Seniors Zach Schaal and Jake Bowen, and freshman Scott Shulman each shot a 96, and sophomore Alec Schroeder posted a 99.

  • Soccer hopes to continue earning...

    VANDALIA – Following one of the best seasons in school history, the Vandalia soccer team is hoping to continue the momentum and earn even more victories.

    The 2-15-2 record from last season isn’t strong from a percentage standpoint, but after back-to-back winless seasons, it was a step in the right direction for the Vandals, half of whose roster is filled by returning players.

    “One thing is that we have a lot of the same kids,” said coach Walt Kinney. “It’s probably about half and half returning players and new players.

  • Ramsey Tournament opens next...

    The annual Ramsey Fall Baseball Tournament will again help kick off the season for several area teams.

    Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove will be joined by Odin in the round-robin event next Monday, Tuesday and Friday at Ramsey High School.

    Games will be at 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. each day, and all games will be on a time limit of 1 hour, 45 minutes.

    The team with the best record will be crowned champion, and in the event of a tie, the tie-breaking criteria are: head-to-head results, fewest runs allowed and fewest strikeouts on offense.

  • Tennis season opens on Monday

    The Vandalia tennis season opens next Monday, and the team’s first-year coach would like to see more freshmen join his team.

    Bill Blythe has no freshmen on the squad this season, and he said any girls interested in joining the squad should see him at practice after school.

    The Lady Vandals – led by junior state qualifier Hannah Blythe – get the season started at Roxana with a 4 p.m. match on Monday, and also play at Shelbyville next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    Vandalia’s first home match is on Sept. 11 against Hillsboro.

  • Area teams open NTC play this...

    Both of the area’s National Trail Conference baseball teams will open the season at the start of next week.

    South Central will host Altamont next Monday at 4:30 p.m., and Brownstown/St. Elmo travels to Dieterich next Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., with each team looking to gets its NTC season started with a win.

    The Cougars were defeated 11-6 by Altamont in last season’s opener, and the teams ended up splitting the NTC regular-season title at 6-1 before South Central went on to win the NTC Tournament.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete...

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •Aug. 17 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a save for the Round Rock Express. Patton pitched the final inning for the Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate during a 5-2 win against Tacoma, striking out two.
    •Aug. 15 – Patton pitched an inning of relief, striking out two and allowing a hit, in an 11-9 loss to Reno.
    •Aug. 12 – Patton pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one while allowing a hit and a walk, in a 4-3 win against Reno.

  • PHOTOS: Triple A Tumblers Go To...

    Members of Triple A Tumbling recently competed in a national event in Louisville, Ky.