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Today's Sports

  • PHOTOS: KC camps in Vandalia

    Two sports camps were recently held in Vandalia, sponsored by Kaskaskia College.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (June 16)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 16.

  • Sports Briefs (July 19)

    Kickball tournament coming to St. Elmo

    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee is hosting its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Aug. 4. at 10 a.m.

    Teams of 8-12 players comprised of kids and/or adults may register at St. Elmo City Hall by Aug. 1. The entry fee is $50 per team.

    Complete rules are available at city hall and questions can be directed to either 829-3319 or 704-9250.

    KC holding open tennis tryouts

  • Sr. Legion to play for district...

    After posting a walk-off win against Salem on Sunday night, the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad will battle Effingham for the district championship on Monday.

    To win the title, Vandalia will have to win both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. games against Effingham in the double-elimination tournament. Effingham handed Vandalia its first tournament loss on Sunday afternoon in an 8-5 game.

    This season, Vandalia is 2-2 against Effingham.

    Post 95's tournament summary follows.

    Game 1 — Vandalia defeated Salem, 9-6, in the first round.

  • Jr. Legion falls at districts

    TEUTOPOLIS - In a game that was three times delayed by rain and lightning on Thursday night, Vandalia's Jr. Legion team was never able to find a groove in a 13-5 loss to Teutopolis at the district tournament. With the loss, Post 95 will now play the loser of Effingham/South Central on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Teutopolis High School.

  • Vandalia native closes youth...

    Waking up on the first day of team competition at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, the first thing that Jessica Earnest encountered was a plastic remote control holder – digging into her toe.

    Not realizing her toe was bleeding after stepping on it, the squeamish Vandalia native surprised even herself by not passing out when she turned over her foot to check out the damage.

  • Post 95 set for districts after...

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team rebounded from its tough ouster at the Mattoon Firecracker Classic with a pair of wins over the weekend.

    Now, the focus will be on taking that momentum into the district tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Vandalia.

    “If we keep playing the way we are playing, I really think that we are capable of beating anybody,” said coach Andy Rincker of his 14-9 squad. “We are at least six deep on the mound, but it’s all going to come down to how we swing the bats.”

  • Vandalia softball beats county...

    The Vandalia softball team pounded out double-digit run totals in both games of a doubleheader against St. Elmo last Thursday, picking its first two wins of the summer.

    “It feels better to win,” said coach Brian Buscher

    A winning streak would not ensue, however, as the Lady Vandals were swept by Greenville on Tuesday, 18-5 and 25-11.

    After allowing eight runs in the top of the first inning of game one, the Lady Vandals stormed back to win, 14-12.

    In game two, Vandalia took a 9-0 lead after three innings of a 12-6 victory.

  • 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.