Today's Sports

  • Flora wins fourth Vandal...

    Flora won the championship of the fourth Vandal Shootout tournament last week.
    Flora, which defeated Red Bud in semifinal play, won the championship by defeating Harrisburg, which advanced by beating Pinckneyville in the other semifinal contest.
    In the opening round of the tournament, Vandalia defeated Central A&M. Other winners were Illini Central (over Cumberland), Harrisburg (over Edwards County), Flora (over Eldorado) and Putnam County (over St. Elmo).

  • Five area softball players named...

    Five area players were named to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State team.
    St. Elmo senior Brooke Maxey, and Mulberry Grove sophomore Becca Oldham and junior Harley Tompkins were named to the second team.
    In addition, Mulberry Grove senior Zoe Zinkgraf and freshman Kate Jolliff were named to the third team.
    Maxey was the co-MVP of the Egyptian-Illini Conference and an all-National Trail Conference first-team selection this past season and will be attending Kaskaskia College next fall to play volleyball.

  • Godoyo tosses perfect game

    Megan Godoyo pitched a perfect game to give Vandalia a split in a doubleheader last Thursday evening in Ramsey. In the first photo, Morgan Whightsil gets ready to attempt a bunt in the win; on the next pitch, Whightsil delivered an RBI double to centerfield. In the second photo, Godoyo throws a pitch during her perfect game.

  • VCHS Hall of Fame inductees...

    The 2011 inductees into the Vandalia Community High School Hall of Fame were announced this week.

    Joining the Hall of Fame are:

    • Rachel Bell-2005 graduate

    • Josie Earnest-2005 graduate

    • Dana Kirk-2005 graduate

    • Gretchen (Schneider) Bland-1998 graduate

  • Local man makes Hole-in-One

    Shane Henson of Vandalia recorded a hole-in-one on the par three hole No. 8 at the Ramsey Lake Golf Course last Tuesday during a league match.

    Henson, 40, who has played golf for 28 years, said he didn’t actually see the ball go in the hole, but some of his friends began celebrating after it rolled in.

    He is dedicating the shot to his late father, who taught him how to golf.

  • Field of Dreams to sell brick...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams Committee determined the price for engraved brick pavers and kicked around several ideas for their layout at its monthly meeting on Monday.

    A 4-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to three lines of text, can be purchased for $40, and an 8-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to seven lines of text, can be purchased for $80.

  • Donors needed for track equipment

    A fundraising campaign to help purchase equipment for the new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School has been launched by boys track coach Jane Bell.

    All donations are tax-deductible through the Vandalia Schools Foundation, and donors will be recognized on a board at the facility.

    Donation levels on that board are: platinum ($10,000), gold ($5,000), silver ($3,000) and bronze ($1,000).

    Items needed for the track include:

  • Vandalia, Ramsey split...

    The joke during the first game of a doubleheader against Ramsey last Thursday was that Brandy Protz was never coming to Taylor Well’s house again.

    Because Ramsey had just seven players for the game, the two Vandalia sophomores found themselves on opposite teams, as Protz and Caitlin Alverson played for Ramsey to give them a full roster.

    The joking came because Protz put out Well twice, but by the end of the game, Well was ahead, as she earned the game-tying RBI during the Lady Vandals’ 9-7 win.

  • Jr. Legion squad loses, gets...

    The Vandalia Jr. Legion team struggled against Altamont in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday, falling 10-0 in five innings.

    Post 95 surrendered six runs in the first inning, and Altamont added four more in the third by stringing together several hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles.

    Meanwhile, Vandalia threatened just once. Connor Beasley hit a double to left-center field in the fourth inning and later advanced to third on a single. Vandalia, however, would leave the bases loaded in the inning.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo play in...

    The Vandalia and St. Elmo High School boys basketball teams played in the third Vandal Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.

    Both teams were 4-2 in pool play and won their first-round tournament games.

    In the tournament, St. Elmo defeated Chrisman, 24-16, and Vandalia beat DuQuoin, 31-23.

    Marshall was the tournament champion having defeated Mascoutah in the final tournament game.

    The final Vandal Shootout is on Thursday and Friday. Both Vandalia and St. Elmo will partake in the event, which is hosting 18 teams.