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Today's Sports

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 7)

    Bushue to open season with Lexington on Thursday

    Houston Astros prospect and South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue will open the 2011 season with the Class A Lexington Legends on Thursday.

    Lexington opens the season with eight straight home games, the first four against Charleston and the last four against Hagarstown. Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's Major League draft, plays for Hagarstown.

    In 25 starts, Bushue was 7-8 with a 4.11 earned run average for the Legends last season.

  • Local bowling team wins tourney
  • Sports cancellations -- April 4-5

    Sports cancellations for Monday and Tuesday.

    •Tuesday's South Central/Patoka baseball game will be played in Kinmundy instead of Patoka.

    •Tuesday's South Central softball home game has been canceled.

    •The Vandalia baseball game at Teutopolis has been canceled. The JV game versus T-Town is also canceled.

    •Both the South Central baseball and softball home games have been canceled.

    •The Ramsey baseball game against Mulberry Grove has been canceled.

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Wadkins

    It could be argued that the catcher is the most important player on a baseball diamond.

    Catchers call the pitches; have to catch those same pitches no matter if they are high, low or several feet to the left or right of the target; stick close pitches on the corners of the plate; monitor base runners; and calm a pitcher down if he’s in a jam.

    Finding the right fit could drive a coach mad, especially if a team’s pitchers are young and inexperienced.

  • Lady Vandals continue strong...

    The Lady Vandals scored in every inning against South Central on Monday, but it was a six-run fifth inning that ended the game by the 10-run rule in favor of Vandalia, 13-3.

    A two-run single to center by senior Amy Walton drove in fellow senior Whitney Newsom and junior Alex Henna to secure the win, and Walton was the seventh Lady Vandal to reach base in the inning.

  • Effingham spoils Vandalia's...

    Effingham took full advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left last Wednesday, using three home runs to compliment a strong pitching performance in a 11-0 win, which spoiled Vandalia’s home opener.

    Tyler Pilcher led off the game with a line-drive home run to left, and then no-hit the Vandals through the first three innings. Cole Braunecker pitched the final two innings, allowing the Vandals’ only hit – a double by junior Nick Metzger – to lead off the top of the fifth.

  • The College Report: Hobbie named...

    During his basketball career, McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie made everyone sit up and take notice of him.

    There are a lot of players who have accomplished that particular feat, but not many can claim that they have garnered attention on the national scene since their freshman year. The former Vandalia superstar can make that claim.

    While his college career is officially in the books, Hobbie will be getting more awards in the upcoming months.

  • Regional assignments announced...

    The Illinois High School Association announced the 2011 baseball and softball regional assignments last Thursday.

    Regional tournament games for baseball will begin on May 16, and softball tournaments will start on May 17. The state tournament for each is June 3-4.

    Assignments for area teams are listed below, along with the other teams that were placed in the same regional:

  • Mason leads Brownstown by Christ...

    BROWNSTOWN – Bryce Mason did just about everything for the Bombers last Thursday.

    The senior shortstop stole two bases, scored a run, drove in the winning run and relayed an outfield assist to home plate that gunned down a Christ Our Rock Lutheran runner for the third out to stave off a potential rally.

    All of that helped secure a 2-1 Brownstown victory.

    “That was a big momentum shift for one team or the other,” coach Ken Milano said of the assist. “Our guys made it a big momentum play for us.”

  • Bids 'a bit high' for...

    Bids from contractors interested in building the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School were "a bit higher than expected," but Superintendent Rich Well said he doesn’t believe that will slow down the main construction.

    Well said the school hoped to have bids below $500,000, which is how much it received in grant money for the project, so the leftover dollars could be used to purchase pole vault and high jump equipment.