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Today's News

  • Riley betters time at state prelims

    As the only freshman in the 200-meter dash state preliminaries, South Central’s Chase Riley was facing tough odds as he competed against athletes who are closer to being men than boys.

    With the slowest qualifying time, Riley had little chance to make the event finals, but he was able to run a faster time than he did at sectionals and better his seed last Thursday.

    Running for the Patoka/South Central co-op, Riley ran the race in 23.87 seconds to finish 29th out of 31 runners on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Involving our youth

    As local residents involved in Vandalia’s tourism efforts discussed possible projects that could take advantage of grant funding through the state’s Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, two ideas surfaced.

  • Several Vandalia athletes named All-SCC

    One Vandalia baseball player and four softball players were named all-conference in the South Central Conference.

    Senior Amber Bruno garnered the school's only first-team selection, being named one of the best infielders in the SCC.

    Also receiving honors for the softball team were: senior Morgan Whightsil, second team outfield; Kylie Sellers, second team outfield; and Taylor Well, third team designated hitter/utility player.

    For the baseball team, senior shortstop Leyton Godoyo was the lone honoree.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia softball awards

    The Vandalia High School softball team held its banquet last Thursday, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards during the event.

  • Band Boosters 5K A Success

    The Vandalia High School Band Boosters held a successful 5K run on Saturday morning, with a large number of individuals participating. Above, the 5K runners take off from the starting line of the race. At left, Dorothy Crawford addresses the runners prior to the race. Below, the 5K walkers begin their walk.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 30)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • PHOTO: Jr. Lady Vandal Camp

    Vandalia High School girls basketball coach Michelle McNary led the Jr. Lady Vandals basketball camp last week.

  • Four area players named All-NTC

    Two softball players from the St. Elmo/Brownstown co-op and two players from South Central have been named all-conference in the National Trail Conference.

    The lone first-team selection was St. Elmo senior Megan Maxey.

    Second-team selections were St. Elmo senior Samantha Austin, and South Central seniors Macie Cain and Kellie Crain.

    South Central finished fifth in the NTC with a 3-4 record, and St. Elmo was tied for sixth at 3-5.

    South Central defeated St. Elmo, 8-3, in the seventh-place game of the NTC Tournament.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Results (May 20)

    Monday, May 20
    Game 1
    Riedle Law Office 9
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    •For Riedle: Brian Stout, 2 2B; Dallas Gray, 3B; Chris Matthews, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 13
    Montgomery 1
    •For Riedle: Matt Riedle, 3 2B; Gray, HR; Matthews, 2B, 3B.
    Game 3
    BCH Auto Detail 7
    Liberty Trading 6
    •For BCH: Justin Atwood, 2B; Shane Depew, 2B; Jordan Harmon, 2B.
    •Game ended on back-to-back sac flies in the bottom of the seventh after Harmon’s double.
    Game 4
    BCH 7

  • PHOTO: Buddy Bass Tournament

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 18.