Today's Sports

  • News from the YMCA

    Summer baseball and softball sign-up ends Saturday

    Sign-up for the summer baseball and softball programs at the Fayette County Family YMCA ends on Saturday at 5 p.m.

    Many different leagues are available for various age groups, and all players will receive a T-shirt that serves as their uniform.

    Registration information for each league follows.

    •Boys and girls under 5 years old; $15 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

  • Bowden speaks at FCA banquet

    Coach Bobby Bowden, who built a football dynasty at Florida State University, told participants at Monday night’s All-South Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet that there’s more to life than winning football games.

    “I’ve won national championships,” said Bowden, 82, “but even after those wins, there was a void in my life. The only way to fill that void is through Jesus Christ. God made us that way.”

  • PHOTO: YMCA karate tournament

    The Fayette County Family YMCA held its spring grappling tournament recently.

    The YMCA offers karate classes year-round, and for more information, contact 283-1258.

  • PHOTO: Tumblers participate in...

    Members of the Triple AAA tumbling team recently competed in Pana.

  • VCHS to host first meet on all-...

    The first varsity meet on the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School will take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Other teams participating are Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Patoka, St. Elmo and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    The track, which was built primarily with grant money, has been a great benefit to the track teams, according to coaches.

  • Vandals have successful week...

    The Vandals overcame a slow start to beat Mulberry Grove in five innings on Monday.

    Mulberry Grove got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Bloemker and Alex Goodin to help produce three first-inning runs, but those would be the only ones the Aces would score and Vandalia would have two big innings to win, 13-3.

    “Mulberry did that to us last year,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt of the start. “Good teams are going to bounce back, and we were able to do that today.”

  • Vandal notes: Two players have...

    RAMSEY – Sophomore Colin Ledbetter and senior Ethan Nesbit each recorded their first career varsity RBI during last Wednesday’s 12-4 win at Ramsey.

    Nesbit, who also made his first career start, scored in the second inning for his first career run, and in the third, he brought in a pair of runs on a single to center field.

    “Ethan is a first-year player, and that was a big hit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He’s working hard every day at practice.”

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on...

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals split doubleheader...

    The momentum shifted several times during each game of a doubleheader between Vandalia and Woodlawn on Saturday, and the end result was a win for each side.

    Woodlawn twice snatched the momentum during a 7-3 win in the first game, but the Lady Vandals were able to gain it when they needed it in game two to win 9-8 in eight innings.

    “I wish we could have gotten two today,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher, “but I’m glad we split.”

  • Lady Vandals earn first...

    Senior Alex Henna had a home run, double and six RBI to lead the Lady Vandals to a 13-3 win against Carlinville in the team’s South Central Conference opener last Friday.

    Henna had one RBI in each of her first three at-bats – a single, error and double – and she lifted the fourth pitch of her final at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer that moved Vandalia ahead, 12-3.