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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.