Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • City posts highway signs...

    Over the past few weeks, city officials have posted highway signs acknowledging Vandalia’s achievements in both junior high and high school athletics.

    This past spring, as an eighth grader at Vandalia Junior High School, Sierah Ruffner placed third in the high jump at the ISEA State Track and Field Meet.

    Ruffner qualified for state with a jump of 5 feet at the sectional championships. At the state meet in Peoria, Ruffner placed third with another jump of 5 feet. Her jump is also the school record in the event.

  • Field of Dreams Committee...

    Tuesday night, the newly formed “Field of Dreams Committee” held its first meeting regarding renovating and upgrading baseball and softball fields throughout the city of Vandalia.

    The committee outlined its proposed goals in a four-phase plan.

  • Cowger takes home MVP honors at...

    While most high school students pass the summer months working at odd jobs around town, playing video games or simply relaxing, Will Cowger has spent his summer trying improve his chances of playing college football.

    Cowger, entering his senior year as a defensive lineman for VCHS, finished last season with 36 solo tackles, sixth on the team and second among returning players. He assisted in another 32 stops. Cowger had a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, totaling 113 lost yards for opponents.