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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Field of Dreams committee...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee will be hosting a pitcher’s and catcher’s camp at the high school baseball field from July 16-20.

    There will be two sessions of the camp, which is being instructed by Kyle Hawkins. Ages 9-14 will participate from 8-10 a.m. daily, and ages 15-18 will participate from 10 a.m.-noon daily.

    Older participants in the first session may stay for the second sessions if they choose.

    The registration cost is $20 per child and must be paid prior to start of camp. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.

  • Vandalia's Men's Slo-...

    Monday, June 25
    Game 1
    Riedle Law Firm 5
    Keck's Marsh 2
    Riedle: Mark Lewis, 2B; Ryan Thiele, 2B; Marcus Smalls, 2B.
    Keck's: Hans Christian, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 7
    Keck's 5
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, GW HR.
    Game 3
    Buckstop Archery 14
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B; Brian Rosenkoetter, 2B.
    Mont.: Tyler Montgomery, 2B.
    Game 4
    Buckstop 14
    Montgomery 7
    Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B, 3B; Justin Atwood, 2B.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (June 2)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held an Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 2. The winners are pictured.

  • Senior Spotlight: Ian Murrell

    Ian Murrell dreams in purple and orange.

    Deciding to attend the University of Evansville on a music scholarship, the 2012 graduate of Vandalia hopes to add to his college experience by walking on to the Evansville baseball team and trading his Vandalia red for Evansville purple and orange.

    “Thinking about it, if I were to make the team – and that is a huge if – I will be the only Division I athlete coming out of my class,” Murrell said. “I would have been the last kid to tell that I would be a Division I athlete.

  • Sr. Legion splits against...

    Facing two standout pitchers who will be pitching in college, the Sr. Legion team on Tuesday was able to split a doubleheader against Effingham.

    In game one, Effingham used Nick Gardewire, who will be attending Kaskaskia College, and he allowed just two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout victory.

    “We weren’t very good offensively, but they threw a very, very good pitcher,” said Post 95 coach Andy Rincker. “He’s an upper 80s/lower 90s guy who shut us down.”

  • 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.