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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo play in...

    The Vandalia and St. Elmo High School boys basketball teams played in the third Vandal Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.

    Both teams were 4-2 in pool play and won their first-round tournament games.

    In the tournament, St. Elmo defeated Chrisman, 24-16, and Vandalia beat DuQuoin, 31-23.

    Marshall was the tournament champion having defeated Mascoutah in the final tournament game.

    The final Vandal Shootout is on Thursday and Friday. Both Vandalia and St. Elmo will partake in the event, which is hosting 18 teams.

  • South Central places second in...

    The South Central High School bass fishing team placed second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday at Carlyle Lake.

    South Central caught seven fish for a total of 12 pounds, 13 ounces during the two-day event. Canton High School won the event, with 14 pounds, 6 ounces worth of fish.

    In fifth place after catching five fish weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces on Friday, South Central only caught two fish on the second day.

  • Racing Briefs (June 23)

    County speedway to host Thurs. show

    Racing at Fayette County Speedway was rained out for the second straight week last Friday, but the track is hosting a special show on Thursday.

    Gates will open for the UMP Summer Nationals DIRTcar Hell Tour this Thursday at 3 p.m., with the racing hot laps to begin at 7 p.m.

    Qualifying for late models will begin at 7:30 p.m., and racing will follow immediately.

    Double track points will be awarded during the night.

  • All-Star Cheerleader

    Cheerleader gets awarded.

  • Vandalia men's slo-pitch...

    Teams in the Vandalia men's slo-pitch league played four games last Wednesday.

    Game 1
    Ugly Koyote 4
    Motgomery Plumbing 2
    •Preson Spicer had a game-winning three-run triple for Ugly Koyote, and Curtis Brubaker had a triple for Montgomery.

    Game 2
    Ugly Koyote 12
    Montgomery 4
    •T. Payne, S. Murray (2) and M. Podergois each had doubles for Ugly Koyote.

  • IHSA changes don't affect...

    The Illinois High School Association made two sweeping changes to its by-laws last Thursday, but neither of them affect any Fayette County high schools.

    Because of a discrepancy in the number of schools in each of the four classes in recent years, the IHSA adjusted the enrollment figures for each class, but all seven area high schools’ enrollments leave them in the same classes as before.

    In addition, no school is close to moving up or down a class.

  • The College Report: A quartet of...

    Today marks the end of The College Report for the 2010-11 school year. While their college careers are in the books, there are two players that are not done with their athletic careers. One other will continue to compete, although no longer at the college level. The fourth leaves his college as one of its most celebrated players ever.

  • Lady Vandals shut down EAWR in...

    Megan Godoyo struck out 10 and allowed just one hit, and the Lady Vandal offense took advantage of nine East Alton-Wood River errors in defeating the Lady Oilers, 10-0, in five innings last Thursday.

    In total, Vandalia players took an extra 20 bases because of defensive miscues or errant pitches from EAWR.

    Several of those bases were swiped, however, because of good awareness on the part of the players.

    “It was definitely some heads-up baserunning,” said coach Brian Buscher. “For the most part, they were heads-up and got experience to build from.”

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion takes down T...

    A consistent offensive outpouring complemented a shut-out pitching performance from Derek Harmeier, as the Vandalia Sr. Legion team defeated Teutopolis, 9-0, last Wednesday.

    Post 95 scored two runs in each of the first four innings and sent at least five hitters to the plate in every inning, while Teutopolis struggled against Harmeier, who did not allow a runner to advance farther than second base.

    “That was what I’ve been looking for,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Obviously, we had good pitching, and we took care of him by giving him run support.”

  • Vandals complete second summer...

    The second summer Vandal Shootout was completed last Friday, with Breese Central, DuQuoin and Harrisburg going undefeated in pool play, and Mounds Meridian winning the tournament.

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team was 1-5 in pool play, defeating Cumberland, and lost its first game in the tournament to Benton.

    The final two summer shootouts will be from June 20-21 and June 23-24.

    Below are results of the shootout.

    Pool play
    •Breese Central, 6-0
    •DuQuoin, 6-0
    •Harrisburg, 6-0
    •Flora, 4-2
    •Mounds Meridian, 4-2
    •PBL, 4-2
    •Riverton, 4-2
    •Benton, 3-3