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Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals fall in...

    Playing without all of its regular starters, the Vandalia High School softball team was swept in a doubleheader against East Alton-Wood River last Thursday.

    EAWR won the first game, 10-3, and then the second, 13-0, but coach Brian Buscher said that is not indicative of how the team is likely to play next spring.

    “We haven’t had nine starters there yet,” Buscher said. “We haven’t done a terrible job, with several players going to new positions.

    “We’re working on things, and that’s what summer is about,” he said. “We’re doing stuff right and getting better.”

  • Coaches encourage athletes to...

    The extreme heat that crossed the region at the end of last week was approached in different ways by area coaches.

    At the Mattoon Firecracker Classic, Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team played two games last Thursday afternoon and one game last Friday afternoon in temperatures above 100 degrees.

    Coach Andy Rincker encouraged his players to sip from cups of water while Post 95 was on offense in an effort to beat the heat.

    But what he really would have liked was a more compact schedule.

  • PHOTOS: Kids Fishing Tournament

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club and Cumberland Quail Unlimited held a free kids fishing tournament at Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 9. A total of 727 fish were caught by the young fishers and better than 110 supporters were on hand.

  • PHOTOS: Kaskaskia College/YMCA...

    Kaskaskia College, in conjunction with the Fayette County Family YMCA, recently held baseball and soccer camps in Vandalia. Those attending are pictured.

  • Postseason starts in community...

    Riedle Law Office and the Pink Panthers were regular-season division champions of the St. Paul summer 3-on-3 basketball league, finishing 15-1 and 14-2, respectively.

    The league’s playoff tournaments and 3-point contest began on Monday, with the championship game set for next Friday at St. Peter Lutheran School.

    Players in the league represent five counties and range in age from 17-48.

    Season leaders
    Points per game
    •Angel Osario, Joe’s Pizza, 20.5
    •Matt Riedle, Riedle Law Office, 18.2
    •Cody Bushue, Team Bushue, 14.4
    Rebounds per game
    •M. Riedle, 8.7

  • Kaskaskia College hosting boys...

    The Kaskaskia College soccer program will hold a soccer camp for boys entering kindergarten through sixth grades on July 16-20 from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

    Registration cost for the camp is $60, and includes a T-shirt.

    The camp will be instructed by Kaskaskia College head coach Frankie Basurto and current KC athletes. All players should meet at the KC Soccer Field on the first day.

    Pre‑registration is required. For a registration form or for further information, contact coach Kim Rahar at 545-3372.

  • Area teams struggle in third...

    Three local teams struggled in the third Vandal Shootout, with Vandalia, St. Elmo and Patoka each falling in the first round of Tuesday’s tournament.

    None of the three teams were able to pick up victories on the second day of pool play on Tuesday, with each losing twice, though the Vandals did have a couple of close contests.

    In its first game of the morning, Vandalia held the lead in parts of each quarter and never trailed by more than four points in the final period, but ultimately came up a point short in a 36-35 loss to Altamont.

  • Post 95 pranks coach after run-...

    Sr. Legion coach Andy Rincker watched last Wednesday as two of his players prepared to dump the contents of the water cooler on him.

    But instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, he stood calmly and let the cold water flow over his body.

    Earlier in the year, players wouldn’t have been able to pull such a prank, but after pounding out 15 hits in five innings for an 11-1 win against Granite City, it was a little easier for Rincker to smile about it.

  • Jr. Legion splits with Granite...

    It looked like a home run off of the bat, but Collin Nestleroad tracked the ball’s path anyway.

    And it was a good thing, because his over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in the top of the seventh inning last Wednesday proved to be a game-saver.

    Johnnie Clift had a pair of doubles and scored twice and three pitchers combined for a four-hitter before Nestleroad’s catch during a 6-5 Jr. Legion win against Granite City.

  • NASCAR driver takes second at...

    A driver on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who also runs a full dirt track schedule placed second at Fayette County Speedway last Thursday.

    Kenny Wallace was unable to beat out Fayette County Speedway regular Larry Anderson in the feature of the UMP Modifieds during a special show for the Summer Nationals.

    Wallace has started seven Nationwide races this season, driving the No. 99 car for RAB Racing.

    In his career, he has driven to nine Nationwide Series wins and 172 top 10s. He was the 1989 Rookie of the Year and finished second in points in 1991.