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Today's Sports

  • PHOTO: Vandal volleyball camp

    A youth volleyball camp was hosted last week at VCHS.

  • PHOTOS: State champion tumblers

    There were 26 local tumblers who recently participated at a state meet in Pana, with 19 of them qualifying for this month's national event in Madison, Wis.

  • Senior Spotlight: Nick Metzger

    Nick Metzger wasn’t much of a ballplayer four years ago.

    Self-described as “not very good and really slow” during his first year with the Vandals, Metzger didn’t let his lack of ability force him out of the game.

    “Coach saw something in me, so I got to play,” he said.

    And it was a good thing he had a supportive coach, because the recent Vandalia graduate became an essential player his junior and senior seasons.

  • Sr. Legion squad posts another...

    A towering home run from Brady Huber and a three-run seventh inning pushed the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad to victory against Aviston last Thursday.

    Huber, a 2012 Greenville graduate, blasted a solo home run more than 360 feet in the fourth to tie the game at two, and Post 95 used a timely hit and aggressive base running in the seventh to put away the 6-2 win.

    “That’s the way we want to play,” said coach Andy Rincker. “We want to be aggressive and force the issue.”

  • Jr. Legion gets first win of...

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team notched its first victory of the season, using a strong start on offense and a stellar pitching effort to beat Salem, 6-1, in a district game on Monday.

    The first four batters in the bottom of the first inning all scored, and Clinton Hood pitched six innings, allowing a run in the first and just five base runners after that.

    “Clinton did a good job of throwing first-pitch strikes to stay ahead of hitters,” said coach TK Kinkead. “He pitches to contact, and the defense made plays behind him.”

  • Legion notes: Post 95's...

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion offense has all the pieces to put up a lot of runs this season, and based on how it hit in the first two games of the season, coach Andy Rincker knew it wasn’t going to be long before the runs started piling up.

    Despite scoring just 10 runs in the first two games of the season, Post 95 pounded out 21 hits and had 33 total base runners.

    But with the lack of runs, Rincker could tell something still wasn’t quite there.

  • Hosick Motors defeats Vandals

    Ryan Thiele and Bryan Hobbie slugged home runs for Hosick Motors to lead the dealership to a 9-1 win last Friday in a friendly scrimmage against the Vandalia High School team.

    Hosick’s, a regular contributor to Vandalia athletics, came to high school baseball coach Luke Hohlt with the idea of scrimmaging against his players, and Hohlt had no problem making it happen.

    “Hosick Motors is a big supporter of Vandal athletics,” he said. “They have some guys with talent who wanted to showcase their skills.

  • South Central struggles at...

    ALTAMONT – South Central struggled during its season-opening Jr. Legion tournament in Altamont on Saturday, losing both games in pool play.

    In each of the two games, a 4-1 loss to Newton and a 12-3 loss to Altamont, Post 519 gave up the lead early on and wasn’t able to recover.

    Newton left the bases loaded in the first inning, but put a run on the board in the third and then took advantage of three walks, two hits and an error in the fourth to go ahead, 4-0.

  • First boys shootout is on Monday

    The first of four summer boys basketball shootouts in Vandalia will be played next Monday and Tuesday.

    There will be 16 teams in the field – including conference rivals Roxana, Litchfield and Hillsboro, and Vandalia Holiday Tournament regulars Flora and Altamont.

    Vandalia’s game will be at the following times.

    Monday, June 11
    at VJHS
    •9 a.m. vs. Fairfield
    •10:40 a.m. vs. Princeton, Ind.
    •1:10 p.m. vs. Jerseyville
    •3:40 p.m. vs. Trico

  • PHOTO: ECI Liberty Take Second...

    The East-Central Illinois Liberty recently placed second at the Central Illinois Rampage Memorial Day 13U Tournament at Rochester.

    In game one, ECI beat Jacksonville, 5-4, with Andrew Herpstreith picking up the win. In game two, ECI lost to Springfield, 6-5, with Alec Schroeder taking the loss. In game three, ECI beat Pawnee, 8-3, with Adam Miller earning the win. In the championship semifinals, ECI beat Central Illinois, 9-5, with Richie Well notching the win, and in the title game, ECI lost to the Jacksonville Lightning, 17-7, with Well taking the loss.