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Ledbetter Throws First Pitch at Busch Stadium

About 5 1/2 months after he was miraculously kept alive after sustaining gunshot wounds while on duty as a St. Louis Municipal Police Department officer, Colin Ledbetter was honored by the St. Louis Cardinals and American Red Cross. Ledbetter throws out the first pitch prior to a Cardinals game on June 13 while his partner,…

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Well gets postseason honor

VCHS alum Richie Well was recently recognized for this successful season with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars. Well, a 2017 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region second team for the Midwest Region. The all-region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association, with the…

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Regional Champs

  Well tosses another complete game gem as Vandals win school’s 1st regional baseball title By RICH BAUER Correspondent Though it hovered around the .500 mark through much of the regular season, this year’s edition of the Vandalia Vandals baseball accomplished something that none of its predecessors had. The Vandals shut out Salem, 2-0, on…

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Medals From State

These four wrestlers brought home medals from the 2022 Midget State Tournament: Jaxton Carroll, state champ at 115 pounds; Riley Hinton, fifth place at 74 pounds; Mikey Braun, fifth place at 90 pounds; and Jaren Rebbe, sixth place at 90 pounds. Submitted Photo

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SC’s Aidan Dodson gets all-state mention

South Central guard Aidan Dodson has received all-state honors. Dodson, a junior, was among the players given honorable mention on the Associated Press All-State Team for Class 1A. Dodson finished the season averaging 15.7 points per game and three points per game. Dodson shot 58 percent in two-point range and made 43 percent of this…

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VJHS wrestlers bring home medals

Four Vandalia Junior High School wrestlers came home with medals from the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation. Also, Layla McFarland earned a medal at the Illinois Girls Folkstyle State Championships • Dillon Hinton placed second in the Senior 126 pounds division. • Dominic Swyers placed third in the Novice 216 pounds division. • Max Philpot placed…

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Cougars fall short in sectional semis

Rich Bauer, Interim Editor “We were just one possession short.” South Central’s postseason ended last Wednesday with a three-point loss to Macon Meridian. Brandt Hiestand’s three-pointer at the buzzer brought the Cougars within three of the Hawks, but South Central was out of time. The Cougars were up by one, 12-11, after one quarter, and…

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All-Conference Teams

Eqyptian Illini Boys The Egyptian Illini Conference Boys Basketball All-Conference Team consists mainly of local players. Jadon Robertson of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City was named the conference MVP. Joining Robertson on the first team were: Drew Belcher, Patoka/Odin Caleb Campbell, St. Elmo/Brownstown Sebastian Herrera, Martinsville Brady Maxey, SEB Named to the second team were: Gavyn Smith, SEB…

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Three area players are NTC All-Stars

Two South Central players and one from St. Elmo/Brownstown were named to the National Trail Conference All-Star Team. Keenin Willshire and Spencer Johannes from South Central are among the team members. Others are: • Noah Klimpel of Altamont. • Jason Robertson of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City. • Bryce Budde and Andrew Lidy of Dieterich. • Paci McClure…

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Seven VJHS wrestlers headed to state

Sectional Results Dayton Patterson 1st Riley Hinton 1st Kaden Daugherty DNP Jaren Rebbe 2nd Michael Braun 2nd Chandler Rickett DNP Jaxton Carroll 1st Aaron Lash 2nd Benton Hickerson 3rd *Aiden Evans 3rd Nicholas Jackson DNP *Cole Yarbrough 1st Brody Matthews DNP Zayden Doehring DNP Baylen Kopp DNP *Dominic Swyers 1st *Max Philpot 1st *Eli Mabry…

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