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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • VCHS tennis team to open...

    Practice for the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

    Last season, the tennis team won five matches, which was a higher number than coach Kevin Schroeder expected.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch...

    Tuesday, July 26
    Game 1
    K-Moe’s 8
    Montgomery Plumbing 1
    •Wyant Schnarre doubled twice and Justin Lowe doubled once for K-Moe’s.
    Game 2
    K-Moe’s 4
    Montgomery 1
    •Schnarre turned a triple play, and Keri Wilkinson, Nick Simmons and Drew Jones had extra-base hits for K-Moe’s.
    Game 3
    Ugly Koyote 15
    Goldsmith Farms 2
    •Nick Beard tripled, John Spier doubled and Joe Eddy doubled for Ugly Koyote.
    Game 4
    Ugly Koyote 9

  • Community Sports Briefs (August...

    YMCA to host sand volleyball tourney

    The Fayette County Family YMCA is hosting a double-elimination sand volleyball tournament on Sept. 24-25.

    The registration fee is $90 per team. A maximum of eight people high school-age or older can be on a team, but only six individuals will receive a T-shirt. At least two women must on the court at all times.

    Those younger than 18 will need a parent's signature to play, and all players must sign a waiver.

    The minimum number of players on the court is four, and the maximum is six.

  • SAFE Tournament P.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place p.m. women's team are pictured.

  • SAFE Tournament A.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place a.m. women's team are pictured.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (July 16)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, July 16.

  • Nance hired as VCHS girls track...

    Vandalia Community High School’s new girls track coach hopes to build a program based on allowing athletes to have fun, while still getting better as the season progresses.

    Gena Nance, who qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet four years for Charleston High School, was recently hired by VCHS to fill the void left by Mike Travelstead, who retired in May.

  • Summertime thrill

    DECATUR – By the sixth inning of the double-elimination championship game on Saturday, the Vandalia High School softball team had left the bases loaded twice and left runners in scoring position in the other three innings.

    Coach Brian Buscher sensed a change.

    And he was right.

    The Lady Vandals brought all their hitters to the plate, scoring five runs in the sixth to regain the lead that they had traded with Warrensburg-Latham all game en route to a 15-13 victory that gave them the title in the Decatur league.

  • Lady Vandals fall to L-W in 1st...

    DECATUR – As the game between Warrensburg-Latham and the “No-Names” played out, the Lady Vandals sat and waited to see which team they would face in the 2 p.m. title game.

    The problem was that the game being played didn’t end until just after 3 p.m., and by that point, the Lady Vandals had been sitting in an heat index of about 120 degrees for almost two hours before learning they would face top-seeded Warrensburg-Latham in the title game.