Today's Sports

  • City posts highway signs...

    Over the past few weeks, city officials have posted highway signs acknowledging Vandalia’s achievements in both junior high and high school athletics.

    This past spring, as an eighth grader at Vandalia Junior High School, Sierah Ruffner placed third in the high jump at the ISEA State Track and Field Meet.

    Ruffner qualified for state with a jump of 5 feet at the sectional championships. At the state meet in Peoria, Ruffner placed third with another jump of 5 feet. Her jump is also the school record in the event.

  • Field of Dreams Committee...

    Tuesday night, the newly formed “Field of Dreams Committee” held its first meeting regarding renovating and upgrading baseball and softball fields throughout the city of Vandalia.

    The committee outlined its proposed goals in a four-phase plan.

  • Cowger takes home MVP honors at...

    While most high school students pass the summer months working at odd jobs around town, playing video games or simply relaxing, Will Cowger has spent his summer trying improve his chances of playing college football.

    Cowger, entering his senior year as a defensive lineman for VCHS, finished last season with 36 solo tackles, sixth on the team and second among returning players. He assisted in another 32 stops. Cowger had a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, totaling 113 lost yards for opponents.

  • Field of Dreams Committee...

    A number of interested parents have organized into a "Field of Dreams Committee" in the hopes of revitalizing the Vandalia baseball fields.

    "Anyone who has ever played on them knows that they are in bad shape," Kenny Montgomery an interested parent, former baseball coach and member of the committee said. "We want to make sure that the fields are a decent place for our kids to play."

  • 2009 John Heather Memorial...

    Another chapter in the history of Guaranteed Air Freight softball was finished this weekend. The Freight hosted its final John Heather Memorial Tournament, and finished second with a record of 3-1.

    “I think we’re cognizant of that [this is the final year of Freight softball] every weekend that we play,” manager Rich Well said. “This will probably be the last men’s fast pitch that will be here.

  • Track star signs letter of...

    Another member of the two-time state championship 4x400 relay team has signed a letter of intent to run in college.

    On Wednesday, Maryville University announced that Ashley Durbin would run cross country for the Saints.

    While at VCHS, Durbin ran track and played basketball. This past spring, Durbin qualified for three track events at state. She also holds five school records in track events. On the basketball court, Durbin was a guard.

  • The Freight beats Decatur Pride...

    Guaranteed Air Freight improved its record to 8-4 last Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Decatur Pride. The Freight also improved its record against the Pride to 2-0 this season. Vandalia beat Decatur 1-0 during the Altamont Fourth of July Tournament, on June 27.

    On Wednesday, runs weren’t as hard to come by. Decatur took a lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run and tacked on others in the second and fourth.

  • Senior Legion ends season with...

    Following Monday night’s loss in the opening round of the district tournament, Post 95 would have to win five straight games in order to be district champions. Vandalia only won eight games all season.

    Post 95 could not even manage to win the first game in what would be a near-impossible comeback through the loser’s bracket. Vandalia lost Tuesday night to Olney, 26-6, in Effingham.

  • Junior Legion ends four-game...

    Tuesday night Vandalia defeated Centralia, 6-5, to win its second straight game.

    Trevor Montgomery was on the hill the whole game for Post 95, rebounding from his last start when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up 10 runs.

    Ian Murrell, Kyle Hawkins, Russell Snow and Jacob Rau each drove in a run for Vandalia.

    Post 95 also played a doubleheader at T-Town Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    The district tournament begins Friday, Vandalia will play at Salem, at 5:30 p.m.

    Vandalia 9 – Trenton 4

  • Sr. Legion gets No. 2 seed in...

    Despite an overall record of 8-18, the Senior Legion team has secured a No. 2 seed in the district tournament, which starts this weekend. Of Post 95’s eight wins, five of them came against district opponents. Monday night, Vandalia will play T-Town in Effingham at 8 p.m.

    Vandalia 7 – Toledo 5

    Post 95 had to come from behind to win Tuesday night against Toledo.