Today's Sports

  • Ramsey ends season with win over...

    Entering Monday afternoon's game, Ramsey's record sat at 7-7. A win would give them a winning record for the fall, following a shortened spring season, while a loss would give them a losing season.

    Russell Snow was on the mound for the Rams trying to pick up perhaps the most important game of their season.

    In the other dugout was St. Elmo, which has struggled all fall at just 3-13. Although the Eagles have flashes of greatness, it has not been enough to carry them all season.

  • Too many turnovers drop Vandalia...

    Entering Friday’s game against Aton-Marquette, Vandalia was coming off a big homecoming win. But the 1-2 Explorers stop the Vandals in their tracks, holding them to a season-low 12 points and forcing three turnovers. Marquette ran for almost 300 yards on its way to a 26-12 victory.

  • Ramsey knocks out Bombers in...

    In the first round of the E-I Conference playoffs on Monday, Ramsey knocked out Brownstown, 1-0.

    Korey McCloskey pitched a gem for the Rams. He scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked one in the shutout.

    The game's lone run came in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Black led the inning off with a single and moved up to second on an out and to third on a steal. Ethan Carlock hit a two-out single, scoring Black and giving the Rams the lead.

    McCloskey was able to work his way through the last two frames without getting in too much trouble, giving Ramsey the win.

  • Vandalia picks up much-needed...

    After dropping consecutive conference matches to Greenville and Hillsboro, the Vandalia volleyball team picked up a big win against Litchfield on Tuesday, 25-21, 25-9.

    In game one, Vandalia and the Panthers were locked in a close battle before the Lady Vandals were able to pull away and close the game, after a well-placed time out.

    Vandalia was in control of game two from the start. Litchfield tried to kill Vandalia's  with timeouts, but couldn't gain any momentum and lost 25-9.

  • Vandalia shuts out Roxana for...

    Rebounding from a week two loss to Carlinville, the Vandals shut down Roxana’s offense and forced five turnovers en route to a 35-0 victory, on homecoming.

    In the opening minutes, it was Vandalia’s defense that was doing the scoring. Just six plays into the game, defensive back Cory Bunker intercepted a Roxana pass around midfield. Bunker was able to cut and weave his way to a touchdown, putting Vandalia up 7-0 after the point after-attempt.

    After a failed punt by Roxana several drives later, Vandalia took over in Shells' territory with a short field.

  • Welcome to the Hall

    During his four years at Vandalia High School, Jon Carroll was one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk its halls.

    Carroll was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball during his tenure.

    On the gridiron, he was a receiver and returned punts. His senior year, Carroll was selected as the Hayner Award winner.

    On the hardwood, he collected three varsity letters and led the Vandals to a regional championship in his senior year.

  • End of an era: Freight history...

    After 15 years and two national championships, the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team members hung up their cleats this past weekend, following a third-place finish at the national tournament in Decatur.

    For a decade and a half, The Freight has been a representative of Vandalia both across the state and on a national level. The Freight has not just been a rec league for former ballplayers, but an organization greater than the sum of its parts, pulling together the community at home tournaments and showcasing the community across the state.

  • Second half shutout gives...

    In its second game of the season, Friday night, Vandalia was shut out in the second half by Carlinville, giving the Vandals their first loss of the season, 44-19.

    “We knew they had everybody coming back from last year, and they won the western side of the conference last year. We thought we’d have to come up here and play pretty well,” head coach John Stout said.

  • Vandals run all over Wood River

    The Vandalia football season got off to a running start on Friday, as the Vandals defeated East Alton-Wood River, 40-0.

    It was a combination of Vandalia’s defense and running game that led them past the Oilers.

    “I thought the kids came ready to play,” head coach John Stout said. “I though the offensive line did a great job blocking…It’s a good way to get started.”

  • Murfin's pitching and key...

    Patoka ended South Central's undefeated season with a 9-3 win last Wednesday. The Warriors  also ended a six-year losing streak to the Cougars.

    In his first start of the season, Luke Murfin pitched a gem for Patoka and laid down a pivotal bunt in the Warriors' win.

    Murfin got off to a little bit of a bumpy start as he gave up two runs in the first two innings. Both of the runners that scored reached base via walks.

    The Cougars' starting pitcher, Dylan Sill, had a solid start, as he didn't allow a baserunner through the first three innings.