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Today's Sports

  • Tennis season opens on Monday

    The Vandalia tennis season opens next Monday, and the team’s first-year coach would like to see more freshmen join his team.

    Bill Blythe has no freshmen on the squad this season, and he said any girls interested in joining the squad should see him at practice after school.

    The Lady Vandals – led by junior state qualifier Hannah Blythe – get the season started at Roxana with a 4 p.m. match on Monday, and also play at Shelbyville next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    Vandalia’s first home match is on Sept. 11 against Hillsboro.

  • Area teams open NTC play this...

    Both of the area’s National Trail Conference baseball teams will open the season at the start of next week.

    South Central will host Altamont next Monday at 4:30 p.m., and Brownstown/St. Elmo travels to Dieterich next Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., with each team looking to gets its NTC season started with a win.

    The Cougars were defeated 11-6 by Altamont in last season’s opener, and the teams ended up splitting the NTC regular-season title at 6-1 before South Central went on to win the NTC Tournament.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete...

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •Aug. 17 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a save for the Round Rock Express. Patton pitched the final inning for the Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate during a 5-2 win against Tacoma, striking out two.
    •Aug. 15 – Patton pitched an inning of relief, striking out two and allowing a hit, in an 11-9 loss to Reno.
    •Aug. 12 – Patton pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one while allowing a hit and a walk, in a 4-3 win against Reno.

  • PHOTOS: Triple A Tumblers Go To...

    Members of Triple A Tumbling recently competed in a national event in Louisville, Ky.

  • SEBJH at .500 after BCCH...

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown junior high softball team was only able to get in two of its three games at last Saturday’s Beecher City Tournament, and finished with a 1-1 record.

    SEB defeated Mulberry Grove, 6-1, in the first game, but lost to Windsor/Stew-Stras, 16-0.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles were to meet Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick, but rain washed out the contest.

    Against Mulberry Grove, SEB got three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the victory, the second of the season for Natalie Oberlink.

  • PHOTO: Roger Clark Welding wins...

    Members of Roger Clark Welding pose with their championship trophy last week after winning the Vandalia Field of Dreams men's slo-pitch softball championship tournament.

    The team was incorrectly identified as Roger Craig Welding in the league's official scores and standings throughout the year. We apologize for the error.

    The team is also sponsored by Dairy Queen and Union Local 993.

  • Fayette County Speedway (Aug. 15)

    FRIDAY, AUG. 15
    UMP MODIFIED
    HEAT 1
    1. 41G MATT GOULDEN
    2. 52 BILLY KNEBEL JR
    3. 6 TROY CARTER
    4. 101 JOHN RIPPERDA
    HEAT 2
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. 25C CRAIG KERN
    3. 128 ZACH SCHANTZ
    4. BUD 1 LARRY ANDERSON
    DASH
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. 25C CRAIG KERN
    3. 41G MATT GOULDEN
    4. 52 BILLY KNEBEL JR
    FEATURE
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. 41G MATT GOULDEN
    3. 25C CRAIG KERN
    4. BUD 1 LARRY ANDERSON
    5. N59 CHAD EVANS

  • Five to be inducted to VCHS...

    VANDALIA – After a year with no inductees in 2013, Vandalia Community High School will induct four members and one team to its Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the Sept. 26 homecoming football game against Litchfield.

    Individuals to be enshrined are: Dennis Whitten, Mike Hayner, Gary Plum and Jeff Mefford.

    In addition, the 2008-09 girls basketball team will be inducted.

    2008-09 GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • PHOTOS: Vandal football camp...

    A new season of Vandalia Community High School football officially got under way on Monday, with the first practice.

    The Vandals have nearly 70 players spread across the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams this fall, and hope to improve on last year's 1-8 record and contend for the postseason.

    Vandalia's first game is at home on Aug. 29 against Gillespie.

    Official practices for Vandalia's other fall teams began on Wednesday.

  • HARNER: New season brings hope...

    Though there weren’t any dominating teams in Vandalia during the fall season last year, the amount of breakout performers was hard to ignore.

    Each of the five fall sports offered at Vandalia Community High School saw at least one player exceed expectations, and each of those athletes return to his of her respective sport this season, so we get to see their continued improvement as well as look for new surprises.