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Today's Sports

  • Cougars take 7th regional title...

    A sense of normalcy has finally settled in this spring.

    The weather is warming up. The rain has finally stopped. And the South Central baseball team has won another regional.

    The host Cougars took home their seventh regional title plaque in nine years Saturday, rolling to a 7-2 victory over Woodlawn in the title game of their own Class 1A Regional.

    The victory South Central's second of the day and sixth straight overall, as the Cougars (19-12-1) started the postseason in typical fashion following a regular season that was anything but.

  • VCHS duo answers 'Bell,...

    Josh Goen and Drew Bell will be making their second trips to the IHSA boys state track and field meet this weekend at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium.

    But their return paths to Charleston have very little in common.

    Bell has been mentally and physically prepping for another shot at the big blue track since making his state debut a year ago as a sophomore.

  • State Champs!

    For VCHS juniors Kayla Houston, Kris Stunkel, Paige Dodson and Ashley Durbin, 4x400=state championship.

    The Lady Vandal fouresome shocked the field in the 1,600-meter relay Saturday at the IHSA Girls State Meet, claiming the first VCHS girls state title in school history by shattering the school record for the second day in a row with a blistering first-place time of 4:03.47.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win...

    Coming off a perfect 7-0 regular season, the VJHS seventh-grade boys track and field team somehow found a way to outdo itself Saturday at the Effingham Sectional.

    By virtue of a strong late push in the final four events of the day, the Junior Vandals stormed from fourth place in a pack of 13 teams all the way to the top of the standings - taking the first sectional title by a Junior Vandals team in coach Kevin Schroeder's 28 years at the helm in the process.

  • VCHS softball falls in...

    The setting for the Vandalia softball team's postseason opener was much like the final three weeks of the regular season.

    Unexpected... and unpleasantly so.

    The Lady Vandals were originally slated to host Shelbyville and celebrate Senior Day Monday afternoon.

    Instead, wet field conditions - similar to those that wiped out VCHS' final two home games, pushing Senior Day back in the process - greeted the Lady Vandals again, forcing their Effingham-St. Anthony Regional quarterfinal game to be played at Shelbyville.

  • Matthews to play football at...

    Despite growing up in a town where wrestling and basketball are king, VCHS senior Devan Matthews's focus has always been football.

    "As a little kid growing up, everything revolved around football," Matthews said. "That's all I wanted to do. I didn't want to play any other sports."

    It's an obsession that began in grade school, when Matthews first started watching his older brother, Chris, play for the Vandals.

    The opportunity to don a helmet and pads finally presented itself during Matthews' fifth-grade year, when he first suited up for the VYO program.

  • Five Lady Vandals headed to state

    Longtime VCHS girls track and field coach Mike Travelstead is beyond elated at the moment.

    In fact, it might be safe to say Travelstead is five times happier than he's ever been this time of year during his previous 18 seasons as the Lady Vandals' mentor.

    "I'm about ready to burst inside," said Travelstead, who saw five VCHS student-athletes qualify for this weekend's state meet in five events at Friday's Robinson Sectional. "I've never had more than one (advance)."

    For the past two seasons, that one person has been Lady Vandals junior Kayla Houston.

  • VCHS regional softball game...

    Today's Vandalia softball regional game against Shelbyville has been moved to Shelbyville due to wet field conditions at the VCHS diamond. Game time is still 4:30 p.m.

  • Grand slam propels Marquette...

    Thomas Hentrich's fourth-inning grand slam knocked the wind out of the VCHS baseball team Monday, turning a scoreless pitcher's duel between Hentrich and VCHS sophomore TK Kinkead into a comfortable 4-0 Alton-Marquette lead.

    Fortunately, the Vandals were eventually able to get their breath back.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't in time to pull out a come-from-behind win on an otherwise picturesque Senior Day, as a seventh-inning rally fell a little short in a 5-3 nonconference loss to the Knights.

  • Mahon off to 8-0 start at KC

    Kaskaskia College's Logan Mahon could not have dreamed up a better first year as a Blue Devil.

    The St. Elmo grad earned his eighth victory, against no defeats, in a 4-1 win over John A. Logan Junior College recently. Mahon, who worked five innings, allowing three earned runs. He fanned six hitters and walked four.