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Today's Sports

  • Pro ballplayers offering...

    St. Elmo graduate Logan Mahon and Shelbyville graduate Jason Sullivan, who are both professional pitchers, will offer pitching lessons during the winter.

    A 30-minute session for any pitcher in grades 5-12 will cost $30.

    For more information, contact Mahon at 267-1244, or Sullivan at 217-273-3160.

  • Two titles for Brownstown/St....

    The Brownstown Jr. High basketball team recently were named champions of two tournaments, winning at South Central on Oct. 5, and at the National Trail Conference Tournament in Dieterich last Saturday.

    Team members are: Tessa Philpot, Brooke Mayfield,  Courtney Zasada, Morgan Brown, Mannie Grames, Elissa Baron, Brandi Howard, Deanna Shelton, Fatima Viramontes, Dana Shelton, Makenzie Parkison, Sierra Stevens and Madison Carson. The Jr. Lady Bombers are coached by Emily Dees, who is assisted by Randy Sasse.

  • PHOTOS: Fishermen take to...

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club recently held two bass tournaments on Vandalia Lake on Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15. The winners are pictured.

  • No. 3 Vandals to face No. 6...

    Vandalia earned the No. 3 seed in the bottom bracket of the Class 3A state football playoffs, and will face sixth-seeded Carterville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at home in the first round.

    Carterville finished the regular season with a 6-3 record and a 4-1 mark in the Southern Illinois River-to-River (Mississippi) Conference.

    Greenville is the No. 1 team in Vandalia's quad, and Benton is No. 2.

    Other teams in the quad are:

    (4) Vienna

    (5) Sesser

    (7) Robinson

    (8) Anna-Jonesboro

  • Vandals lose Ritchey, Runkel and...

    Vandalia senior quarterback Tim Ritchey was taken from the game by ambulance, C.J. Runkel returned to the sidelines on crutches and the Vandals lost to Greenville, 28-12, on Friday night.

    Ritchey, who was injured on a late hit from Greenville's Brandon Duncan for the second straight season, was flown out of Vandalia after the game, and reportedly suffered a T1 and T2 fracture and will be in a neck brace for the next two weeks.

    Runkel was lost in the first half after suffering a knee injury, which is believed to be a torn ACL.

  • Finals set for EIC Tournment

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament finals have been set for Friday, with St. Elmo to battle Christ Our Rock Lutheran for the championship.

    That game will on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Elmo High School and will be a rematch of the season-opener, when CORL defeated St. Elmo, 15-25, 25-21, 29-27.

    The full schedule is (all games at SEHS):

    Beecher City vs. Mulberry Grove, 5 p.m.
    Patoka vs. Ramsey, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Cowden-Herrick, 7 p.m.
    Christ Our Rock vs. St. Elmo, 8 p.m.

    Thursday night's results were:

  • Lady Vandals win conference title

    The Lady Vandals finished off a perfect conference season on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to Pana with a 25-23, 25-20 victory to earn the South Central Conference championship.

    Vandalia (23-5, 9-0 SCC) had lost at Pana (27-7) on Sept. 20, but a strong attack game and nearly-perfect defense allowed the Lady Vandals to control Thursday's game.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had eight kills in the match, and seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken each edded seven.

  • Patoka's Wadkins is MVP of...

    Patoka senior Quinn Wadkins was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference, and several other area players were named all-conference.

    First-team
    •Wadkins (MVP)
    •Connor Beasley, St. Elmo
    •Clinton Hood, Patoka
    •Tylor Knisley, Ramsey
    •Kaiah Miller, Mulberry Grove
    •Jacob Behrends, Brownstown
    •Johnnie Clift, Patoka
    •Dalton Parks, St. Elmo
    •Donovan Riley, Beecher City

  • College exhibition game to...

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville's club baseball team will take on Indiana State University at Vandalia Mutual Field on Saturday at noon.

  • Three county teams have No. 1...

    Vandalia, St. Elmo and South Central are all No. 1 seeds in three different regional volleyball tournaments that begin next Monday.

    The Lady Vandals are the top seed in the Class 2A Vandalia Regional, and will play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against either (4) Metro-East Lutheran or (5) Altamont.

    Other teams in the regional are (2) Flora, (3) Staunton and (6) Marquette Catholic.

    During the regular season, Vandalia only played against Staunton, winning that season-opening match, 25-18, 25-17.