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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Hemminghaus to play football at...

    Curtis Hemminghaus has always been enamored with hitting - whether it be the weight room or opposing players on the football field.

    And, in a matter of a few weeks, he'll be hitting the books at Illinois College in pursuit of a degree related to one of his other favorite things.

    "I know I want to be a teacher," said the VCHS senior. "I think I want to start out teaching biology, because that's my passion. I really like it."

  • Booher one-hits Bombers again,...

    Strange as it sounds, Colton Booher was starting to seriously question his ability to hit a baseball Tuesday night.

    To such a degree, that following the St. Elmo senior's second strikeout against Brownstown ace Jared Winters, Booher stepped outside the dugout, tossed a baseball up in the air, and proceeded to smash a long drive into the woods adjacent to the first base dugout at Deken Park - just to remind himself what it felt like to make contact.

  • Vandals win first meet since 1989

    Synergy reigned supreme for the Vandalia boys track team Monday in a quadrangular meet at Breese Mater Dei.

    Enduring winter's latest attempt to hijack spring and running on a track featuring a cinder/weed mix not conducive to record-breaking performances, VCHS coach Jane Bell asked her team to forget about individual ambitions.

    Instead, she asked almost every Vandal to go outside of their comfort zones and compete in up to four events - many of which they had never been in before.

  • Lady Vandals tie for 3rd at SCC...

    An 11-person roster is ideal for basketball. Track and field, though? Not so much.

    But the Lady Vandals' lack of depth didn't keep them from equaling last year's solid third-place finish Tuesday at the South Central Conference Meet at Carlinville.

    Despite competing without defending 100-meter dash champion Emma Krummel, who is out with an Achilles rupture, the short-handed Lady Vandals proved that quality can trump quantity, as their 70 points tied for third with Greenville in a field of 12 teams.