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Today's Sports

  • Girls softball roundup

    Pana 4, Vandalia 0

    Ali Meyer and Maggie Childers held Pana to just seven hits on Tuesday afternoon, but they were enough to give the Lady Panthers a 4-0 win.

    Laura Hobbie, Audra Donaldson and Katie Vieregge each had a double in the contest, but all were stranded. Dakota Kellow added a single to Vandalia’s offensive, stealing second and reaching third before being thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice.

  • Zingraf will play at Millikin

    Mulberry Grove softball player Amanda Zinkgraf has announced that she plans to attend and play softball at Millikin University in Decatur.

    Zinkgraf, the daugher of Sandra Zinkgraft, plans to study nursing and play for second-year coach Debbie Kiick.

    “Amanda Zinkgraf is a talented outfielder who comes highly recommended from a strong high school program,” Kiick said.

    “She is a consistently strong hitter with good power and speed. We’re glad she chose Millikin and are eager to get her on the field with us.”

  • VCHS track teams edged at...

    The Vandalia Community High School boys and girls track teams competed in a tightly contested quadrangular meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday – with both teams finishing second, one point behind the winning team.

    The VCHS girls amassed 59 points – one point behind Greenville (60) and one point ahead of Breese Mater Dei (58). Host Hillsboro placed fourth with 27 points.

    On the boys side, the Vandals scored 63 points – one behind Hillsboro (64) and four ahead of third-place Greenville (59). Mater Dei was fourth with 39.

  • Cumberland 3, St. Elmo 1

    Cumberland 3, St. Elmo 1

    St. Elmo outhit Cumberland in a contest last Tuesday, but the Pirates walked away with a 3-1 win.

    “This is a game we should have won,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “We have limited our strikeouts so far this season, but today we had way too many against a pitcher we should have handled.

    “We still had an opportunity in the seventh to win the game, but couldn’t come through with a timely hit,” Beccue said.

  • Vandalia track squads continue...

    Three individuals and one relay team on the Vandalia boys track team earned a place at Saturday’s Pana Open track meet.

    Angel Osorio led the Vandals with a first-place performance in the high jump. The junior cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to lead the field. The second-place jump was 6 feet.

    Senior Drew Bell battled rival Blake Delong of Hillsboro for most of the race, but had to settle for second place as Delong pulled away to set a new meet record of 4:29.82. Bell’s time was 4:33.98.

  • Josie Earnest leads the country...

    Most teams in the country would have been tremendously happy.

    But when you are hoping for another NCAA Division I championship, finishing fifth can be a bitter pill to swallow. The Vanderbilt University bowling team was ousted from the national championships by the University of Central Missouri, which defeated Vanderbilt 4-0.

    “The 2009-10 season started on Friday afternoon as soon as that game ended,” said Vandalia grad Josie Earnest, a Vanderbilt junior.

  • Area softball roundup

    Mulberry Grove 11, Vandalia 0

    Mulberry Grove held the Lady Vandals to five hits in a five-inning contest on Tuesday.

    Audra Donaldson suffered the loss, giving up six hits while striking out three. None of the Lady Aces’ runs were earned.

    Donaldson also had two of Vandalia’s five hits. Amanda Walton and Laura Hobbie both doubled in the first inning, but neither was able to score. Taylor Brown reached on a single also in the first inning.

    Endia Fletcher’s 2-for-3 performance at the plate included two triples, and she scored twice.

  • Grapperhaus will play at...

    Illinois College announced on Tuesday that South Central multi-sport standout Isaac Grapperhaus will play basketball at the Jacksonville school.

    The 6-foot, 6-inch Grapperhaus scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds per game in helping guide South Central to a 23-7 mark in Gary Shirley’s final season as head coach.

    Grapperhaus was a second-team selection for the 2008-09 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state squad.

  • Girls Softball Action

    St. Elmo 12, Neoga 4

    Neoga 5, St. Elmo 0

    The St. Elmo girls picked up their first win of the season with a 12-4 victory over Neoga in a doubleheader last Thursday.

    Shelby Sapp led St. Elmo hitters with a 2-for-4 performance and 4 RBIs. Also having two hits in the contest were Lindsey Mills, Cortney Calhoun, Taylor Carson and Meghan Evans.

    Mills drove in two runs, and Brooke Maxey, Calhoun, Dylan Dilley, Taylor and Evans each had one RBI.

  • Top Guns

    Five area natives helped their respective college shooting teams to impressive finishes at the Association of College Unions International National Shotgun Championships, held March 18-22 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

    Brett Pruett of Brownstown and Mulberry Grove natives Garrett Blankenship and Matt Blankenship helped Lindenwood University win its sixth straight national championship.

    The Lions finished by hitting 1,562 targets, 67 more than runner-up Missouri.