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Today's Sports

  • Junior Legion swept by Effingham

    Vandalia was swept in a doubleheader against Effingham last Wednesday. The Vandals failed to capitalize on opportunities, and errors on routine ground balls and dropped fly balls allowed Effingham second-chance opportunities.

    “You have to take care of your pitcher, and when a pitcher gets ground balls and fly balls, you have to take care of him and make those plays,” coach Luke Hohlt said. “A few guys are playing out of position and we’re kind of short-handed. They have to learn to make the plays when they’re out of position.”

  • Freight looking for redemption...

    For the past year, Guaranteed Air Freight has had time to think about the last year's Fourth of July Tournament in Altamont, where they were blanked in the championship, 7-0, by Cerro Gordo.  This weekend, they will get another shot at the title.

    The Freight is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Kelso Klassic. .

    Friday night, Vandalia will play its first game of the tournament, against T-Town KC at 7:30 p.m. on field A.

    Should Vandalia win, it will play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the Franny’s vs. Kull’s game.

  • Tanner Bushue: Signed, Sealed...

    South Central pitcher Tanner Bushue wasted no time signing with the Houston Astros, on Sunday at his home in Kinmundy.

    The right-handed pitcher for the South Central High School Cougars was drafted 69th overall by the Astros in the second round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 9.

  • Passing the torch

    In 1964, Ron Etcheson was an eighth grader at Vandalia Junior High School. On April 24 of that year, he set the record for the 220-yard dash with a time of 24.6 seconds. In the days after his record-breaking run, Jim Staff, who at the time was the regional superintendent of schools, came and congratulated Etcheson on his accomplishment. The moment stuck in Etcheson mind for years to come.

    “Just as a courtesy, he came and congratulated me,” Etcheson said. “I remembered that and thought it was neat.”

  • Freight takes fourth in Kelso...

    To open its final season The Guaranteed Air Freight softball team went on the road to Kelso, Mo. to compete in the Kelso Klassic. As the reigning champs, the team was looking retain its crown.

    The long layoff between last summer and this past weekend seamed to have some affect on their hitting, but their pitching was top notch.

    Brad Sturdy was just that, sturdy, as he went seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight. He held Lee’s Sports, of Pinckneyville, scoreless.

  • Tanner Bushue drafted 69th...

    Throughout the high school baseball season, scouts flocked to Kinmundy and rumors began to fly about right-handed pitching sensation, Tanner Bushue of South Central High School.

    As the season went on, Bushue’s draft stock rose and many foresaw Bushue being drafted in the first three rounds of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Tuesday night, Bushue was drafted 69th overall by the Houston Astros in the second round.

  • Legion baseball takes the field

    Just like last season, Legion baseball's Post 95 biggest asset will be its pitching. In the first eight games this season, they’ve won just two games but have gotten at least four quality starts from their pitching staff

    The starts have lain by the wayside, though, as the offense is struggling to score runs. Four of the team's six losses are by two runs or less.

  • Track star signs with Greenville

    Paige Dodson, 2009 graduate of Vandalia High School, has announced her intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Greenville College. Dodson, the daughter of Andrew and Michelle Vaughan, will compete in track for the Panthers while pursuing a degree in pre-nursing.

    Dodson had an accomplished career earning several athletic honors competing in track, volleyball and basketball during her four years at VHS. She was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that won back-to-back state championships.

  • Greenville Running Club

    Greenville Running Club

    For any athlete in grades K-12 in the Greenville area.

    Sign up and first practice is Wed, June 10 at the Greenville College track. Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. through July 24 at the Greenville High School track after the first week when it will be at the college track.

    Athletes will compete in their age group competing in USTF and AAU events. Cost is $60 which will pay for entry fees and other expenses.  

  • Bell places 6th at state; first...

    For the first time since 1933, a male Vandalia Community High School runner has placed in the Class A State Track and Field Meet. Over the years, several Vandals have placed in field events, and the girls 4 by 400-meter relay team won state titles last year and this year.