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Today's Sports

  • Patoka to face South Central in...

    Patoka will play South Central on Saturday in the Albion Sectional championship at 1 p.m.

    The winner plays in the Marion Supersectional on Monday at 6 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Patoka defeated Dieterich 3-0 and South Central defeated Albion 7-4.

    South Central beat Patoka 9-7 earlier this season.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cowger and Kramer...

    Will Cowger of Vandalia and Michael Kramer of St. Elmo co-op have qualified for the IHSA state track and field finals on Saturday.

    Cowger qualified in the shot put, with a heave of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

    Kramer qualified in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches.

    Vandalia's Angel Osorio also competed in the high jump, but could not clear the 6 feet, 3 inch cutline.

    Cowger and Kramer will both compete on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Charleston.

  • Osorio returning to state meet,...

    For the second straight year, Vandalia qualified athletes for the boys IHSA Track and Field State Finals.

    Angel Osorio is returning to state for the second consecutive year, after placing second in the high jump at the Robinson Sectional on Friday, with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches.

    Osorio nearly qualified for state in the 400-meter dash, placing third with a time of 52.90 seconds

    Last season at state, Osorio had to compete with the rain as well as other athletes. The weather hindered his performance placing him in a tie for 18th at 6 feet.

  • SC wins fifth straight regional...

    No area school has had the amount of success that the South Central baseball team has experienced during coach Curt Jones' tenure.

    With 10 regional championships, two professional baseball players, countless college players through the years and a steady follow of talent and 20-win seasons, South Central's program continues to thrive.

    Saturday's 14-6 thrashing of North Clay added another chapter to the Cougars' history, as South Central got its 22nd win of the season and its fifth straight regional crown.

  • T-Town ends Vandals' season...

    T-Town continues to have Vandalia's number, beating the Vandals 11-0 on Wednesday, ending their season in the regional semifinal for the second straight season.

    "T-Town has had a good program for a very long time, and we're trying to turn our program around. It's only a matter of time before things turn and we take care of business, just like they did today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • UPDATED: Area softball and...

    Area Softball Results

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Anthony 1, Vandalia 0

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Elmo 13, Stew-Stras 2

    Tuesday, May 18, Mt. Olive at Ramsey at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19,  Mulberry Grove vs. (winner of Mt. Olive/Ramsey) at Nokomis at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19, Windsor 8, St. Elmo 7

    Wednesday, May 19, South Central 8, Noble 5

    Saturday, May 22, South Central in Regional Championship at 11 a.m. at Clay City

    Area Baseball Results

  • BREAKING NEWS: Osorio and Cowger...

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger qualified for state on Friday.

    Osorio is headed to Charleston for the second consecutive year in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches at the Robinson Sectional, placing second.

    Cowger, who missed state by a couple of inches last spring is headed there next week after placing third in the shot put, with a throw of 50 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

    In addition to sending two athletes to state, Vandalia set two new school records.

  • Ruffner, Beasley and Hill...

    Three local athletes will be competing in Charleston on the blue track this weekend at the Illinois girls track and field state finals.

    At Friday's sectional in Newton, Sierah Ruffner of Vandalia Community High School, and Ashlynn Beasley and Abby Hill of St. Elmo High School qualified for state.

    Ruffner has been Vandalia's most-consistent competitor all spring. The freshman will be competing in the high jump at state, an event that has been her bread and butter all year. Ruffner is no stranger to state competition.

  • Vandalia beats Pana on walkoff...

    In two regular season meetings, Vandalia was able to beat Pana easily, winning 12-2 and 8-1. When the Vandals were matched up with the Panthers in the regional quarterfinals, all indications were that it would be another thrashing by Vandalia. But with its season on the line, Pana gave the Vandals a fight, with the game coming down to a bases-loaded safety squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    "Pana came out with nothing to lose and ready to go. They gave us some fits today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Lady Vandals fall to St. Anthony...

    The Lady Vandals had some tough losses this season, but perhaps the most painful will be the 1-0 loss to St. Anthony in the regional quarter final on Tuesday.

    Senior Maggie Childers pitched a gem in her final game for Vandalia, scattering five hits and not allowing an earned run in six innings of work.

    St. Anthony's run came in the bottom of the third after a lead-off single ended up scoring on an error. The Lady Vandals were held to four hits, but couldn't string anything together until the seventh inning