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Today's Sports

  • Lifeguard given award in...

    J.K. Barnes, grandson of John and Dorothy Barnes of Patoka, and Jennie Alice and the late Joe Harner of Brownstown, received the Mountain Mike McKay Rookie of the Year Award from the city of Solana Beach, Calif., after finishing his first year as an ocean beach lifeguard. He also served as president of a lifeguard association this summer.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (Sept. 25)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, Sept. 25. The winners are pictured; from left to right: Owen Karnes Jr. and Terry Bell, first place with 10.44 pounds; Lonnie Gerdes, second place with 10.01 pounds; and Carl Runkel and Shawn Runkel, third place with 9.35 pounds. The big bass winner was Karnes with a 2.97-pound catch.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall to...

    Vandalia eighth-grader Kate Evans calls for a pass during the Vandals' 55-9 loss to Litchfield last Thursday. Members of Litchfield's eighth-grade team won the state championship last season as seventh-graders, and easily outsized Vandalia's players. Haley Cannon, Mercedes Reynolds, Alex Sasse and Evans each scored during the game.

  • Phase two of Field of Dreams...

    Jeff Stone piles up bricks for the new backstop at the Vandalia High School baseball diamond. The work is being done as part of the Field of Dreams committee's second phase of improvements to ball fields in the city. The committee has three more phases it hopes to complete in the next five years and is always accepting donations, which can be made by dropping off a check payable to Vandalia Field of Dreams at Lincoln Land Credit Union or by sending a check to P.O. Box 242 in Vandalia.

  • NTC and MTC name top baseball...

    National Trail Conference

    Player of the Year
    Derek Thompson, Teutopolis

    First-Team NTC
    Derek Repking, Teutopolis
    Sam Thoele, Dieterich
    Clayton Brandt, Stew-Stras
    Kyle Floyd, Windsor
    Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis
    Dalton McFarland, Neoga
    Patrick Schutzbach, St. Anthony
    Jacob Massengill, Neoga
    Austin Miley, Beecher City
    Kyle Helmuth, Stew-Stras
    Dillon Hardiek, Teutopolis

  • Vandalia volleyball gets win No...

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team notched its 20th win of the season last Thursday, defeating Taylorville, 26-24, 25-11.

    Senior Holly Goldsmith led the charge for Vandalia, scoring 10 kills and blocking eight Taylorville attacks.

    Taylor Parrish also performed well, with seven kills and two service aces.

    Haley Wollerman added 22 assists and three service aces.

    The Vandals will conclude the regular season on Thursday at 6 p.m., when they take on conference-rival Pana.

  • Cougars are MTC volleyball champs

    The South Central High School volleyball team won the Midland Trail Conference championship after defeating Grayville and Clay City last Friday during the MTC Tournament.

    No. 2 seed South Central downed top-seeded Grayville, 25-22, 25-17, and No. 3 seed Clay City, 25-15, 25-10.
    South Central (24-5) also beat Sandoval (25-8, 25-12) and Cisne (25-18, 25-19) during the tournament.

  • Seventh-graders stay perfect

    The key to Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team’s fast 9-0 start is that coach Dana Kirk has a team that learns from every situation.

    “We just learn from every game and keep getting better and better every time we step out on the floor,” Kirk said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but it’s still early in the season.”

    One of the bigger mistakes Kirk has noticed thus far is that her team often plays at a high-tempo, even when it should be playing slower to run down the clock.

  • Patoka upset in pool B of EIC...

    ST. ELMO – The Patoka High School volleyball team was upset by fifth-seeded Beecher City in pool B of the Egyptian Illini Conference Tournament on Monday night in St. Elmo.

    The second-seeded Warriors got off to a fast start, dominating eighth-seeded Odin in straight sets in the opening game of pool play, 25-13, 25-11. But after Beecher City defeated Odin, 25-10, 25-15 in game two, it came into game three against Patoka seeking an upset.

    The Eagles then did what Odin could not by keeping the Warriors entrenched in a battle.

  • Eagles satisfied with NTC...

    EFFINGHAM – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team finished second in the silver pool of the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing an exciting match to Dieterich, 25-22, 25-20.

    The third-seeded Eagles also faced sixth-seeded Cowden-Herrick in silver pool play, defeating the Hornets 25-21, 25-15, but losing to second-seeded Dieterich forced St. Elmo to settle for fifth place in the tournament.