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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Freight get 2nd at Altamont...

    Rich Well's walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team's battle back through the loser's bracket in the Altamont Tournament, vaulting the Freight into the championship game Sunday with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Cerro Gordo Broncos.

    But the Freight ran out of gas against the same team in the winner-take-all title tilt, settling for second place after a 7-0 loss in the double-elimination tournament, which resumed Saturday after wet weather postponed action the previous weekend.

  • VanUytven to play volleyball at...

    Apparently, there is at least one advantage to having four different head coaches in four years - networking opportunities.

    After enduring a coaching carousel and playing in relative obscurity at Ramsey High School during her prep career, Laura VanUytven's dream of playing college volleyball seemed to be on life support, as she remained unsigned well into her final semester at RHS.

  • Crandell signs with Kaskaskia...

    For about as long as she could remember, Brittany Crandell's right arm was the source of countless positive things.

    Past success, to the tune of 65 victories during her first three varsity years at Mulberry Grove.

    The possibility for even more success as a senior, considering the Lady Aces were bringing everyone back from a 22-7 team.

    And seemingly unlimited possibilities in the future, with a number of colleges showing interest in bringing Crandell aboard.

    But that all changed in an instant during the Lady Aces' 2008 season-opener against South Central.