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Today's Sports

  • Childress has two walk-offs for...

    Derek Childress and the rest of the Jr. Legion squad could get used to this.

    The rising sophomore from Mulberry Grove had a pair of walk-off at-bats in the past week, stroking a double to beat Carlyle last Wednesday and reaching on a two-base error to beat South Central on Saturday.

    “I just try to hit the ball,” Childress said. “I thought it would be the third out (on Saturday).”

  • Vandals make tournament...

    After struggling to a 0-4 record on day one, the Vandals came back with two wins in pool play and a 2-1 record in the tournament of the second Vandal shootout last Thursday and Friday.

    It wasn’t necessarily that the Vandals played poorly on the first day – among the losses included a 35-32 loss to North Mac and a 56-55 loss to Olney – but Vandalia opened day two with an exciting 8 a.m. game.

  • Softball team drops home...

    The first home games of the summer didn’t go quite as Vandalia had planned on Tuesday night, as the softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to McArthur.

    Vandalia lost the games, 8-4 and 17-1.

    In the first game, Morgan Whightsil and Kadi Metzger had back-to-back doubles in the third to get the Lady Vandals on the board, and Caitlin Alverson followed with an RBI single.

    In the fourth, Madison Click singled to open the inning, and she would score on a sacrifice fly from Whightsil, who scored on an error the inning before.

  • PHOTOS: Lady Vandal Shootouts

    Lady Vandal summer shootouts were held on Monday and Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. Vandalia was a combined 1-5.

  • Field of Dreams committee sells...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee has sold the naming rights of the high school baseball field to a local insurance company.

    Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency has agreed to accept naming rights for the next 10 years. The Field of Dreams committee will receive $4,000 annually, starting with this year.

    A sign will be installed above the scoreboard. That will be purchased and installed by Willms and Yakel.

  • Swofford wins summer tournament

    Rising Vandalia senior Blake Swofford recently won a junior tournament at the Roland Varkau Golf Course in Okawville.

    He placed first in the 16-18-year-old boys division by shooting a 70, winning the tournament by seven strokes.

    He is playing on the Jr. Tour of the Southern Illinois Golf Association, and will contend for the tour championship.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch...

    Monday, June 18
    Game 1
    Montgomery Plumbing 14
    Keck's Marsh 11
    Mont.: Josh Plum, 2B; Tyler Montgomery, 2B
    Keck's: Garrett Keck, 2 3B; Hans Christian, 2 2B.
    Game 2
    Keck's 10
    Montgomery 5
    Keck's: Garrett Keck, 3 hits; Jon Keck, 3 hits.
    Mont.: Tyler Montgomery, 3B; Josh Plum, 2B.
    Game 3
    Riedle Law Firm 13
    Copper Penny 10
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, 2B; Marcus Smalls, 2B; Brian Stout, 2B.
    CP: Chris Matthews, HR; Joe Eddy, 2B; Matt Thompson, 2B.
    Game 4

  • Open Bass Tournament (May 19)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held an Open Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 19.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results...

    Friday, June 8
    UMP MODIFIED
    HEAT 1
    1.            1A           Aaron Draege   
    2.            28        Michael Bolyard
    3.            98C         Cole Hussong

  • Buscher pleased with Vandals...

    Getting his first look at his team in action, first-year Vandalia boys basketball coach Brian Buscher was left satisfied.

    The Vandals went 4-4 in the first summer shootout, making the tournament quarterfinals after winning a first-round game, 28-22, against Putnam County on Tuesday.

    Though the team lost to eventual champion Princeton, Ind., 29-24, in the quarterfinals, wins earlier in the day against Benton and West Frankfort evened the Vandals’ overall shootout record.