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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia Freight inducted to ASA...

    When Rich Well and several others secured sponsorship for their fast-pitch softball team from Guaranteed Air Freight in 1994, they never dreamed a day like Saturday would be possible.

    But in just its fourth year of existence, Vandalia Freight found itself playing in the Amateur Softball Association national tournament.

    And in 11 of the next 12 years, the club returned, eventually winning national titles in 2005 and 2007.

  • Senior Spotlight: Grove Glover

    Imagine for a moment that it’s regional tournament time.

    There are two outs in the top of the seventh inning with a runner on second base, and the Vandal baseball team is nursing a one-run lead.

    If that runner scores, the Vandals are one step closer to elimination.

    Senior third baseman Matt Grove watches intently as the batter hits a sharp grounder his way and prepares to make the play.

  • Victory better than no-hitter...

    Vandalia’s Megan Godoyo did not deny that she is happy that she threw a no-hitter at St. Elmo last Tuesday, but she made it very clear that helping the team get a victory was more important.

    “It’s always more important to me to get a win than it is how good I pitched,” the freshman said. “Yeah, it was good (to throw a no-hitter), but at least we got a win.”

  • The College Report: Earnest...

    By the time most of you read this, Vanderbilt could be the NCAA Division I women's bowling champions once again.

    But, they also could be driving back from Taylor, Mich., with no hardware.

    "We are not even thinking about Saturday yet," said Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia grad and Vanderbilt sophomore. "We just want to get through Thursday and Friday. After that, we can think about winning the title."

  • Strong play lifts Rams to first...

    RAMSEY – Despite having just nine players available, the Ramsey bats came alive for 13 runs to back up freshman Tyler Knisley’s one-hitter during a shutout win against Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday.

    The Rams, which lost seven seniors to graduation last spring, did not win a game in the fall, but coach Mark Rinehart stayed upbeat and was thrilled to see his players get in the win column.

  • Ramsey's seniors help Rams...

    RAMSEY – A trio of seniors anchor Ramsey’s baseball team, and all three of them played important roles in allowing the Rams to beat Christ Our Rock last Thursday.

    Andrew Cunningham and Luke Webb combined to drive in six runs, and shortstop Jordan Johnson scored twice and had a hand in eight outs on defense during Ramsey’s 13-0 victory, its first win since last spring.

  • Strong finishes please track...

    HILLSBORO – Both Vandalia High School track coaches were pleased with several finishes from a meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    Freshman Kelsey Rubin was in the 1600-meter run for the first time of her career, and veteran coach Mike Travelstead said she easily exceeded his expectations.

    “There’s a fear factor there. What if I start out too fast?” Travelstead said. “She said, ‘What’s a good time?’ And I said, ‘If you run a 7:20, that’ll be pretty good.’

  • Lady Vandals handle Pana for SCC...

    The Lady Vandals sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning against Pana to score four runs.

    That would have been enough to beat Pana during the 5-2 win last Friday, but senior Whitney Newsom hit a towering home run to center in the fifth to give Vandalia some extra security in its second South Central Conference win of the season.

  • Vandalia baseball team has rough...

    The Vandals had a tough slate of games this past week, going 0-3 and having two games washed out by rain on Saturday.

    This week, Vandalia will host Shelbyville on Thursday and South Central on Monday. The Vandals travel to Greenville on Wednesday.

    All games will start at 4:30 p.m.

    Vandalia vs. Altamont
    Altamont defeated Vandalia, 19-8, on Tuesday.

    The Vandals led 5-3 after two innings, but the Indians piled on 10 runs in the final two innings to win.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup...

    Marty Johnson among four area players selected for KC District All-Star Game

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson is one of four area seniors selected to play in Sunday's Kaskaskia College District All-Star Game.

    Patoka's Sawyer Potter, and South Central's Andrew Snow and Taylor Cain were also selected.

    Mulberry Grove's Harley Steed and Allen Tompkins were invited, but are unable to attend.

    Admission to the 3 p.m. game is $3 for adults and $1 for students.