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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Girls track squad second at...

    Vandalia placed second in a field of five teams in a girls track meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    The Lady Vandals had six first-place finishes in scoring 72 points in a meet featuring Vandalia, Hillsboro, Mt. Olive, Staunton and Highland.

    Kayla Houston had two first-place finishes, taking the high jump at 5 feet and winning the 400-meter run with a time of 1:01.07.

    Tori Hagy won the triple jump with a jump of 30 feet, 7 inches, and Ashley Durbin won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.

  • Lady Vandals improve to 2-3

    Vandalia picked up its first win of the season in girls softball in placing third at the Woodlawn Tournament over the weekend, then added its second win on Tuesday.

    The Lady Vandals fell to Sparta, 4-0, in their Woodlawn Tourney opener, but bounced back with a 7-6 win over Webber Township to take third.

    Audra Donaldson took the loss against Sparta, then recorded the win against Webber as the Lady Vandals improved to 1-3 on the season.

    On Tuesday, Donaldson tossed a no-hitter as the Lady Vandals defeated St. Elmo, 23-0, in a four-inning contest at St. Elmo.

  • Whightsil to continue football...

    Versatility has been Mitch Whightsil's forté during his time at Vandalia Community High School.

    In addition to being an honor roll student, the senior has found time to excel in football and baseball and as the unofficial leader of Code Red - VCHS's raucous student section (Whightsil was the guy in the Super Man costume... or, on special  occasions, a cheerleader's uniform).