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Today's Sports

  • Sports cancellations and...

    Vandalia vs. Christ Our Rock baseball has been canceled for today. It will be made up tomorrow.

    On May 6, Vandalia will makeup its game with Pana at home, following a scheduled game against Litchfield. Because of that, the May 5 game against Mater Dei has been canceled.

    The St. Elmo baseball game scheduled at Beecher City on Thursday has been canceled.

  • Rain soaks Vandalia at poor time...

    The continuous rainy weather that recently soaked the region came at a bad time for the Vandalia High School baseball and softball teams, canceling a combined six games at a crucial juncture in the season.

    The baseball team has lost six of its past seven games, and coach Luke Hohlt considers that stretch more as bad luck than a slump, but still would have preferred to play the missed games to try to break out of it.

  • Boys and girls track teams...

    TEUTOPOLIS – Coaches for both the Vandalia High School boys and girls track teams said many of their athletes can take their experiences from a meet at Teutopolis on Tuesday and learn from them.

    After finishing her leg of the 4X400-meter relay, senior Christina Pennington worked her way off the track to the infield to find her coach. She was visibly winded and said, “It hurts.”

    Veteran coach Mike Travelstead had a simple answer to that.

  • The College Report: Earnest...

    Another one for the trophy case.

    For Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia grad and Vanderbilt University bowler, it was another certificate for her wall. But, this one might mean more than most.

    The Vanderbilt sophomore was named to the National Ten Pin Coaches Association All-American team. Earnest was named to the second team and was one of three Vanderbilt bowlers selected.

  • Newsom has another walk-off for...

    Whitney Newsom has a flair for the dramatic.

    For some reason, the Vandalia senior always seems to find a bat in her hands with the game on the line.

    Not that anyone cares, since she seems to deliver every time.

    Such was the case last Wednesday when her sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning brought home sophomore Morgan Whightsil to give the Lady Vandals a 3-2 comeback win against Greenville.

    That was Newsom's second walk-off at-bat of the season.

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  • Lady Eagles win EIC softball...

    The St. Elmo High School softball team beat Mulberry Grove, 4-3, on Tuesday to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference regular-season championship.

    "I asked the girls to simply play like they were playing for first, and they definitely stepped up to the challenge," said coach Tom Fedrigon.

    The Lady Eagles scored four times in the third inning, led by an RBI double by senior Brooke Maxey and a two-run bunt single by sophomore Savannah Feezel.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup...

    Vandals shut out by Greenville

    The Vandalia High School baseball team had just four hits during a 10-0 loss to Greenville last Wednesday.

    Sophomore Leyton Godoyo was 2-for-2 at the plate, and pitched 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.

    He struck out six and allowed five earned runs on six hits.

    Sophomore Jacob Rau and freshman Andrew Dossett had Vandalia's other hits.

    Box
    VHS 0-0-0-0-0-0—0-4-2
    GHS 0-1-2-1-4-2—10-6-2

  • Vandalia Junior High track...

    Tuesday, April 19
    at Pana

    Eighth-grade boys
    First-place finishers
    •Devin Durbin, 110-meter hurdles
    •Lucian Kinney, shot put
    •Robby Lott, high jump
    •Ben Strobel, 800-meter run
    •Strobel, 1600-meter run
    Second-place finishers
    •Ryan Bayles, 200-meter dash
    •Bayles, long jump
    •Collin Nestleroad, 400-meter dash
    •Matt Rademacher, 800-meter run
    Third-place finishers
    •Luke Hollinshead, shot put

  • IHSA establishes new concussion...

    The Illinois High School Association implemented a new policy outlining return to play guidelines for student-athletes who have been diagnosed with a concussion.

    The new policy reads: “In cases when an athlete is not cleared to return to play the same day as he/she is removed from a contest following a possible head injury (i.e., concussion), the athlete shall not return to play or practice until the athlete is evaluated by and receives written clearance from a licensed health care provider to return to play.