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Today's Sports

  • Mason leads Brownstown by Christ...

    BROWNSTOWN – Bryce Mason did just about everything for the Bombers last Thursday.

    The senior shortstop stole two bases, scored a run, drove in the winning run and relayed an outfield assist to home plate that gunned down a Christ Our Rock Lutheran runner for the third out to stave off a potential rally.

    All of that helped secure a 2-1 Brownstown victory.

    “That was a big momentum shift for one team or the other,” coach Ken Milano said of the assist. “Our guys made it a big momentum play for us.”

  • Bids 'a bit high' for...

    Bids from contractors interested in building the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School were "a bit higher than expected," but Superintendent Rich Well said he doesn’t believe that will slow down the main construction.

    Well said the school hoped to have bids below $500,000, which is how much it received in grant money for the project, so the leftover dollars could be used to purchase pole vault and high jump equipment.

  • Warriors run-rule young Rams on...

    RAMSEY – It wasn’t the outcome any coach at the high school level wants to see, but Patoka’s 24-10 drubbing of Ramsey on Tuesday was still the first win for the Warriors.

    And coach Joe Eddy said that’s the hardest win to come by, especially for a team that has struggled to get a lead this season.

    “That was our first lead,” Eddy said. “You have to get that first one, no matter how it comes, and hope it snowballs into more.”

  • Community Sports Briefs (March...

    Pro wrestling show coming to Vandalia Moose Lodge

    Pro Wrestling Prestige is presenting a show at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia on Saturday, April 9, that will feature local professionals, including Vandalia native D.A. Morrison, and others who are known nationally.

    The doors open for the show at 1:30 p.m., with the main show beginning at 2 p.m., and tickets are currently on sale at the Moose Lodge at 328 S. Third St.

    Adult tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and children’s tickets are $5.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup...

    Ruffner, Austin participate at indoor meet

    Vandalia sophomore Sierah Ruffner and junior Quenten Austin participated in the Class A Illinois Prep Top Times indoor meet last Friday.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet in the high jump to finish ninth.

    Austin had a time of 8.49 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to finish 17th. He was .07 of a second from making the finals.

    They qualified for that meet through their marks at the Eastern Illinois University indoor meets.

  • Community sports photos (March...
  • Sports cancellations -- Friday,...

    This list will be updated throughout the day as cancellations are reported.

    •Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled.

    •Patoka baseball on Saturday has been canceled.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Stew-Stras has been canceled.
    •St. Elmo softball at Noble has been canceled.

  • Enlow wins state title

    Vandalia Jr. club wrestler Anthony Enlow won the midget 130-pound division at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Foundation's Midget State Tournament this past weekend. Enlow (42-6) pinned his opponent in 44 seconds to win the state title. The 8-year-old also won a 9- and 10-year-old division at the Bantam State Tournament earlier this year. Because of his stellar performances, Enlow has been invited to join the King Select Wrestling Club from Belleville. That club is ranked No. 3 in the nation, and will be wrestling at nationals in Tennessee in April.

  • Lady Vandals end week one at 3-2

    Effingham changed its pitcher in the top of the sixth inning twice against Vandalia on Tuesday.

    The first time, at the start of the sixth inning, led to four straight Vandalia base runners and four runs.

    The second time, when the Lady Hearts brought back starter Shelby Koenig seven batters later, led to two quick outs, which kept the Lady Vandals on the short side of a 5-4 loss.

  • Vandals lose tight game to...

    The Vandalia High School baseball team lost its season-opener at Raymond-Lincolnwood on Monday, falling to the Lancers, 4-3.

    The Vandals were held scoreless through the first four innings, but only trailed 2-0.

    In the top of the fifth, junior Dathan Berning smashed a three-run home run to put the Vandals ahead, 3-2. The Lancers, however, knotted the game in the bottom of the inning.

    They added another run in the bottom of the sixth and held the Vandals scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn the win.