Today's Sports

  • VYO football program enjoying...

    Back when Smoky Newsom was a student at VCHS in the mid 1980s, the state of Vandalia football was bleak, to say the least.

    Not only was there no youth program to speak of, there was talk of doing away with the high school program.

    My, how things have changed.

    Thoughts of folding the high school program now would seem ludicrous, as the Vandals will be looking to make their third straight playoff appearance this coming season.

  • Wales native brings soccer...

    The only thing that stood out more than Rhys Thomas thick British accent and bright-yellow jumpsuit Thursday at the VCHS soccer field was his game.

    The guy can flat play soccer.

    And for good reason.

    Back home, I started playing when I was 4 or 5, said the 21-year-old recent college graduate and native of soccer-obsessed Wales. I play semi-professional, and we train two to three times a week. And if Im not playing, Im coaching.

  • Freight's bid for repeat...

    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team has had its fair share of good fortune over the years at the ASA Class A State Tournament.

    Three state titles in the past five seasons attest to that fact.

    But the tables were turned on the Freight on Sunday at Altamonts Gilbert Park, as Petes Blues of Swansea used a improbable play to deny the defending champs a fourth title in six years.

  • Post 95's comeback falls...

    The Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball team kicked things into full gear late in its game Wednesday at the 23rd District East Division Tournament.

    But, unfortunately, early mistakes and missed opportunities left the Red Ninjas kicking themselves in the end, as a late comeback came up just short in a 7-5 season-ending loss to Olney at Effinghams Evergreen Hollow Park.

    A pair of unsightly stats pretty much tell Post 95s story.

    First, Vandalia stranded 13 runners on the basepaths.

  • Freight wins first game at state...

    Guaranteed Air Freight advanced in the winner's bracket of the state fastpitch softball tournament in Altamont on Saturday.

    Nick Casey slammed two home runs as the Freight slammed Radom 16-0 in a five-inning contest.

    Brad Sturdy got the win for the Freight, who now play at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Freight take John Heather...

    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team saw its quest for perfection evaporate in the blistering sun Sunday in the final game of the John Heather Tournament.

    But despite watching a 7-3 seventh-inning lead slip away in an eventual 9-8 extra-inning loss to Lee's Sports Falcons, the Freight can thank dominating play in their prior three games for a second-straight tournament title.

  • 'Red Ninjas' still...

    It was a debacle in every sense of the word.

    Despite 16 strikeouts by Jared Winters, the Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball team fell into the loser's bracket of the 23rd District East Division Tournament Saturday, as seven errors led to a 7-5 loss to Newton.

    Not many teams would be able to bounce back from such a discouraging defeat.

    But not many teams have dubbed themselves "The Red Ninjas."

  • South Central ends Vandalia Jr....

    With storm clouds looming in the west and just nine players in the dugout, the Vandalia Junior American Legion baseball team had to feel fortunate just to take the field Friday in an elimination game at the 23rd District East Division Tournament at Salem.

    Vandalia's luck ran out long before those storm clouds emptied onto the field in the middle of the seventh, however, as Post 95 saw its season come to an end with an 8-2 rain-shortened loss to South Central.

    The lopsided defeat came to a team that Vandalia beat earlier in the season.

  • Murfin leads Post 95 to DH sweep...

    Moments prior to the second game of the Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball team's doubleheader at Centralia Tuesday night, Luke Murfin promised coach Steve Hosick a seven-inning no-hitter.

    "I was kidding around," Murfin said.

    Centralia would beg to differ.

    Despite throwing three innings the night before - and being just 15 years old - Murfin nearly delivered on his half-serious prediction, as the Patoka junior-to-be dominated an overwhelmed host team, completing a Post 95 doubleheader sweep with a one-hit gem.

  • Gray and Reuscher to play golf...

    Since Dallas Gray introduced Danny Reuscher to the game of golf back in junior high, the two recent VCHS grads have become fixtures on the links at Vandalia Country Club.

    "We both like to play together and watch each other, and see if there are any glitches in our swings," Gray said. "We play all the time."

    The duo's friendship and mutual love for the game helped the VCHS golf program put together an unprecedented four-year run of success.