Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Local Scoreboard/schedule

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship – Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game – Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 – Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

  • Bombers' pitching...

    Bombers lefty Wes Kistler was outstanding for the second game in a row, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in six innings, but Beecher City's Tyler McKay was even better, as the Eagles edged the Brownstown baseball team Tuesday, 1-0.

    McKay allowed just two hits - singles by Levi Tackett and Cody Robbins - in a complete-game effort, as he struck out 15 and walked four.

  • Casey resigns as Ramsey...

    Nick Casey is a man accustomed to wearing many hats.

    Husband. Father. Principal. Athletic director.

    And - as if that weren't enough - he's spent the past 12 winters coaching the boys basketball team at his alma mater, Ramsey High School.

    But with a growing family, Casey has concluded that there are simply not enough hours in the day to continue multi-tasking at the same pace.

    Therefore, the man who led the Rams to their first regional title since 1942 has decided to step down as head basketball coach.

  • Vandal baseball wins 3 of 4...

    When the VCHS baseball team plays sound defense, it has shown the ability to be a championship-caliber club.

    That was evident last week in three straight conference victories, as the Vandals positioned themselves nicely for an SCC-East title run coming down the home stretch of the league slate, thanks in large part to solid glovework.

    But when the Vandals struggle defensively, things have tended to get out of hand in a hurry.

    Such was a case against Greenville Monday in a deceiving 10-3 setback.

  • Baseball/Softball Postseason...


    Hillsboro Class 2A Regional

    At Hillsboro Sports Complex

    Industrial Park Dr.

    Hillsboro, IL

    All games at regional site unless otherwise indicated.

    Tuesday, May 13

    Game 1 - (8) Carlinville at (6) Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 14

    Game 2 - (1) Piasa (Southwestern) vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday, May 15

    Game 3 - (3) Hillsboro vs. (5) Vandalia, 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, May 17

    Game 4 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

  • VCHS grad Smith saves best for...

    During his coaching career, Blackburn College Coach Kirk Chandler has seen a few players that can hit from anywhere on the floor.

    Vandalia grad Ryan Smith happens to be one of them. With good size, both in height (6-foot-5) and weight (215 pounds), Smith could more than hold his own on the inside. He also had the tools to hit from beyond the arc.

  • Lady Vandals lose fourth straight

    The VCHS softball team had its best offensive showing of the spring Monday at Litchfield.

    Unfortunately, the host Purple Panthers did as well.

    After being shut out over the first three innings, Litchfield exploded during the second half of the game, putting up crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in a 13-7 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Vandals.