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Today's Sports

  • Junior Olympian Champion

    Kassidy VanUytven recently competed in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans, earning a gold medal in tumbling.

    Kassidy is a member of the Triple AAA tumbing team of Vandalia.

    She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven of Vandalia, and the granddaughter of Mark Lorton of Vandalia; and Cindy and Huck Scribner, and Dan and Patti VanUytven of Ramsey. She is the great-granddaughter of Faye Lorton of Ramsey; Brad Lorton of Cowden; and Donna and the late John VanUytven of Occonee.

  • SAFE Golf Tournament raises more...

    A charity golf tournament and luncheon recently raised more than $10,000 for SAFE.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch...

    Tuesday, Aug. 2
    Game 1

    Ugly Koyote 4
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    •Brad Portz tripled for Ugly Koyote, and Cole Rhodes doubled for Montgomery.
    Game 2
    Ugly Koyote 14
    Montgomery 7
    •For Ugly Koyote, Luke Murfin tripled, and Cody Goldsboro and Jon Spicer doubled. Rhodes had a double and a triple, and Tyler Montgomery had a pair of doubles for Montgomery.
    Game 3
    Buckstop Archery 24
    Goldsmith Farms 1

  • Fayette County Speedway Results...

    Modifieds - 19 cars
    Heat 1    
    1.    24H    Mike Harrison
    2.    M2    Chad Kinder
    3.    66    Michael Fox
    4.    11    Kelly Devall
    Heat 2    
    1.    25    Brent Keyes
    2.    Bud1    Larry Anderson
    3.    1A    Aaron Draege

  • Players with local connections...

    The Illinois Amateur Softball Association held a state wooden bat tournament at the Vandalia Freight field this past weekend. Several local players and some former Vandalia Freight players participated in the fast-pitch tourney.

  • Early-life lessons molded new...

    Reflecting back on the reasons why she has worked so hard to find jobs that she loved and where she could also be influential, Amber Daulbaugh pin-pointed a pair of life lessons she learned when she was young.

    “Whenever I was competing or playing (sports), he was there,” Daulbaugh said of her late father, William. “But he would always be critical, ‘Well, you did good, but you could have done this, too.’

  • Well says ASA wooden bat tourney...

    Sixth-seeded Teutopolis Wessel’s on Sunday won the country’s inaugural Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state fast-pitch softball tournament at the Freight Field in Vandalia.

    Wessel’s lost to the Belleville Stallions in the championship game, 11-2, but because that was Wessel’s first loss, the teams met again, with T-Town coming out on top, 9-1.

    Getting to that title game was somewhat of a chore, however.

  • Field of Dreams starts another...

    Beginning last Wednesday, the fencing at the high school softball diamond was removed to make way for the construction of new dugouts that will match those at the high school baseball field. The Field of Dreams committee is holding its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., where more information will be shared. The public is invited to attend.

  • All-weather track nears...

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was not completed by the initial Aug. 1 deadline, but it is nearing completion.

    Heavy rains have delayed construction at times this summer, but it does not appear that the track construction will have any effect on the first home football game, which is on Sept. 9 against Roxana.

  • Illinois gov't adopts IHSA...

    Gov. Pat Quinn last Thursday signed legislation that will help protect Illinois student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries.

    The new law ensures that athletes who receive a concussion will not be allowed to return to play or practice until they are evaluated and receive written clearance from a licensed health professional.

    Additionally, the law ensures that student-athletes, parents and coaches are able to recognize the signs of a concussion.