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Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals open season with...

    The Lady Vandals didn’t let pre-game jitters or lack of varsity experience deter them in their first match Tuesday night as they beat EA-Wood River 25-9, 25-11.

    It was senior Katie Vieregge who led the Vandals and played what coach Allison Smth considered to be her best game.

    “I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Smith said. “Being a senior leading us out on the first night, I thought she did a fantastic job.”

    Vieregge was 10-for-11 serving with an ace. Hitting, she was 5-6 with two kills and four digs.

  • Vandals swept in opening meet

    Kevin Schroeder, Vandalia High School's tennis coach, said prior to the season that the first few weeks were going to be rough for the Vandals. Just one match into the season and Schroeder’s prediction is already correct.

    Monday afternoon the Vandals hosted Roxana to open the season. Roxana was no match for the young Vandalia team. Roxana swept them, 9-0.

    Vandalia’s No. 2 plater, Sarah Hutchison, had the closest match, as she was edged out 10-6. Britney Moulton, the No. 6, also went down 10-6.

  • Preview: Vandalia opens season...

    Going into the first week of any season, every team has questions, whether it has returned every starter from the year before or hasn’t returned any. Every team has doubts heading into their first game and no team has any guarantees.This Friday, the Vandals will get answers to a lot of the questions that have been swarming around in their minds the past few weeks.

    Vandalia will be traveling to play EA-Wood River on Friday. The Oilers are coming off a 2-7 season. Their only two wins came against Pana, whhich finished the season 0-9, and Gillespie, which was 3-6 overall.

  • Cougars power past Clay City and...

    South Central is off to a hot start, Tuesday night, the Cougars picked up a 12-2 win over Clay City, in five innings.

    Ryan Gesell got his first win of the season, going five strong innings, striking out 12. Although he sat down a dozen, he had trouble at times with finding the strike zone and walked seven.

    Ian King was 3-for-3 on the night, driving in three runs and scoring three times himself.

    Shane Donoho reached base three times, twice via walk and on a run scoring triple.

    Dylan Sill was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

  • Field of Dreams project under way

    Tuesday night’s meeting of the Field of Dreams Committee was meant to update the community on the status of the project to revitalize area baseball and softball fields. The hour-and-forty-minute round table may have brought up more questions than it answered and revealed how much work the committee still has to do in order to see their “field of dreams” come to life.

    The second meeting of the committee brought new faces and a slew of questions, concerns and ideas.

  • Mulberry Grove sweeps Beecher...

    Mulberry Grove Junior High went undefeated in Saturday’s Beecher City Tournament. The Eagles went 3-0 with wins over Beecher City, St. Elmo and Stew-Stras.

    “I thought the tournament went rather well,” Mulberry Grove coach John Barnes said, better than I expected.”

    St. Elmo went 1-2 on the day.

    Mulberry Grove 8 – Beecher City 2

  • Mercury Rising

    As the Vandalia football team takes the field this week to start practice, the Vandals are not only battling each other in the trenches and on the depth chart, but they are also fighting off heat illness. For head coach John Stout, heat illness is the “No. 1 concern.”

    Heat illness can be as minor as a heat rash, when sweat ducts on the skin are covered and the covered area itches, to as severe as heatstroke, when the body fails to regulate its own temperature. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can be fatal.

  • St. Elmo wins shoot out with...

    Monday afternoon, St. Elmo’s junior high softball team opened its season with a win over Ramsey, 19-10.

    Although the Eagles only had eight hits in the game, they were able to capitalize on nine errors by the Ramsey defense. In addition to dominating on offense, three St. Elmo pitchers combined for a no-hitter, they did walk 19 batters.

  • Heartbreaker

    Losing is never easy.

    For the Guaranteed Air Freight Fast Pitch Softball team, losing in the ASA State Championship game to the Decatur Pride is just heartbreaking.

    After a weekend of five games, two rain delays, a fog delay and a 10-inning championship game, second place wasn’t enough to buoy The Freight's spirits.

    The narrow loss against The Pride is Vandalia's third straight loss to Decatur, after Vandalia started the season 2-0 against The Pride.

  • British invasion as Challenger...

    For the United States, it’s soccer. But for Ryan Elsbury and just about every other country in the world, it’s football.

    Elsbury, a native of Bristol, a city in south west England, was in Vandalia last week coaching the Challenger Sports Soccer Clinic. In addition to trying to say soccer instead of football, Elsbury worked with groups of kids 9 and under and ages 10-14 on soccer skills.