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Today's Sports

  • Free fishing and crawdad...

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club will be hosting its annual Free Fishing and Crawdad Tournament on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon next to the walking trail at Vandalia City Park, located west from the high school on the south side of Fillmore Street.

    There will be a weiner roast afterwards. For more information, call John Blythe at 283-2475.

  • Post 95 roughs up Trenton

    After watching his team split a doubleheader with Olney Sunday, Vandalia Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick reiterated his belief that Post 95 has a very good team this summer.

    "When we've got everybody here, I think we can play with anybody," Hosick said. "But it's hard to say you've got a good ballclub when you've lost twice as many as you've won."

  • Barnes is L-U Spring Coach of...

    Faith is defined by Webster's Dictionary as something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

    It is a word that has become synonymous with Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes' teams in recent years.

    And the Lady Aces' 2008 campaign is a perfect example of faith rewarded.

    Mulberry Grove entered the season positioned for unprecedented success, with everyone back from a 22-7 team, including ace hurler Brittany Crandell and her 65 career victories.

    But then the plane seemingly crashed into the mountain.

  • Brewer is L-U Softball Player of...

    It seemed the softball gods were playing a cruel joke on Mulberry Grove's Rachel Brewer.

    Long known for terrorizing opposing pitchers, the hard-hitting Brewer suddenly felt her adversaries' pain shortly after ace Brittany Crandell suffered a torn rotator cuff in the Lady Aces' season-opener this past spring.

  • Huber leads Post 95 to split...

    Hillsboro import Kyle Huber tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking just one, leading the Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team to 6-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Teutopolis.

    Huber's teammates gave him all the support he'd need in the opening frame, as Luke Murfin continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and Trevor Summers had an RBI single.

    Adam Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth.

  • VCHS Athletics HOF nominations...

    Nominations for this year's class of the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame are due by July 31. Forms should be sent to Brian Kern, VCHS Athletic Director, 1109 N. 8th St., Vandalia, IL, 62471. Forms are available at the high school office and may also be dropped off there.

    In order to be nominated, the following qualifications must be met:

    The candidate must be a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, a distinguished varsity team, a former coach or a supportive fan.

  • Booher is L-U's Baseball...

    St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue couldn't help but laugh.

    Sitting at his desk in the coach's office at St. Elmo High School recently, Beccue listened with amusement as Colton Booher reflected on his final spring season and the "slump" that had him stressing early on.

    "I knew I'd come around and hit eventually," Booher said. "But it was just a crappy way to start."

    To hear Booher talk, you'd think he started the season 0 for 20. But Beccue quickly interjected and put things in proper perspective.

  • Jr. Legion off to 4-2 start

    Sporting a 4-2 record after one week of play, the Post 95 Junior American Legion baseball team is already having a better summer than it did a year ago - and the summer of 2008 has yet to officially begin.

    The trick now is keeping it up.

    "Some of the kids were talking about already having more wins than last year," said Post 95 coach Luke Hohlt Tuesday after Vandalia's 9-4 victory over visiting Centralia. "But we can't stop here. We've just got to keep rolling."

  • Freight sweep way to Kelso...

    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fastpitch softball team is back - with a vengance.

    Coming off a second national title and an offseason of uncertainty regarding its future, the Freight showed it'll be a force to be reckoned with once again by sweeping its way to the title at the Kelso, Mo., Klassic over the weekend.

  • Sr. Legion loses heartbreaker to...

    Visiting Taylorville did absolutely everything it needed to do to get a win Tuesday.

    But that didn't make the Vandalia Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team's first loss of the young season any easier to swallow.

    Despite timely hitting, spectacular defense and stingy pitching by Taylorville throughout the first 8 1/2 innings, Post 95 had a golden opportunity to steal a win in the bottom of the ninth.

    The Cardinals had just scored two runs to cut a three-run Taylorville lead to just one, and had the bases loaded with nobody out.