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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia golfers finding success...

    Two rising seniors at Vandalia Community High School have been finding success on the Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Tour this summer.

    Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken have a combined seven tournament wins in nine chances this summer.

    Most recently, each won in the 16-18 age division at the Gambit Junior Cup in Vienna by shooting a round under par, and Leiken won the Jackson Junior Tournament in Murphysboro on Monday, with an 82.

  • Area pro ballplayers struggling...

    Two South Central High School graduates have started their seasons in professional rookie leagues.

    Tanner Bushue and Spencer Patton opened their seasons in late June, but have both struggled thus far.

    Bushue, a Houston Astros prospect who was demoted from the Class A Lexington Legends in May, was 0-2 with a 4.70 earned-run average in four relief appearances for the Greeneville Astros, who are based in Greeneville, Tenn.

    He has struck out six in 7 2/3 innings pitched.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch...

    Monday, July 9
    Game 1
    Montgomery Plumbing 11
    Rielde Law Firm 10
    Mont: Josh Lawson, 2B, GW run; Nick Metzger, 3B; Jeff Lucas, 2B.
    Riedle.: Marcus Small, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 13
    Montgomery 2
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, 3B, 2B; Ryan Thiele, 3B.
    Game 3
    Copper Penny 10
    Buckstop Archery 6
    CP: Cody Wimberly, 3-run HR; Joe Eddy, HR.
    Buckstop: Justin Atwood, HR; Steve Hosick, 2B.
    Game 4
    Buckstop 21
    Copper Penny 8

  • Second alumni softball game...

    The second softball alumni game for this season has been rescheduled for next Thursday.

    Initially scheduled for next Tuesday, the game had to be moved due to a scheduling conflict with Greenville, which was scheduled to play Vandalia next Thursday.

    The Lady Vandals will now play Greenville on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the alumni on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

    Both will be home doubleheaders.

  • Fayette County Speedway cancels...
  • Post 95 falters after fast start...

    After a promising start in the first two days of the Mattoon Firecracker Classic left the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad with a 3-0 record, Post 95 had a tough time last Friday, falling to Lincoln, 5-2, and Shelby County, 7-3, to miss out on the championship round.

    After the tournament, Vandalia’s record stood at 12-8.

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    CHARLESTON – All that was needed to win the game was a flyball to the outfield or a simple base hit.

    But Mitch Wolff wasn’t taking any chances.

  • Earnest helps Team USA to gold...

    Vandalia native Jessica Earnest led Junior Team USA to the gold medal on Sunday at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

    In the championship round, Earnest led her team, with a 217, as the girls defeated Singapore, 850-799.

    In the semifinals, Team USA took down two-time defending champion Korea, 924-846.

    “I think even just being picked to represent Junior Team USA here was a big accomplishment,” Earnest told bowl.com. “We went out and we won team gold, and that was our goal from the beginning of the week.

  • Vandals go 4-3 in final shootout

    Vandalia’s boys basketball team finished with a 4-3 record in the final summer shootout, but its fundamental weaknesses showed against some of its competition.

    St. Elmo also played in the shootout, going 2-4 in pool play and losing its tournament game in overtime.

    The Vandals were outrebounded by several teams during the shootout, especially last Friday in a pool play loss to Harrisburg and a tournament loss to Marshall.

  • Jr. Legion team has strong...

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team had mixed results in the past week, starting off the week with losses to Roxana and Mattoon, but sweeping a doubleheader from Bluford on Sunday.

    Upcoming games are at Breese on Friday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Mattoon on Saturday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Teutopolis next Monday (6 p.m. doubleheader) and at Granite City next  Tuesday (5:30 p.m. seven-inning game).

    The District Tournament opens up in Teutopolis next Thursday.

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  • 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.”