Today's News

  • Hawkins pitching well for SIUE club team

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins has been a very effective pitcher for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville club baseball team this spring.

    In his last four games, he has pitched 18 1/3 innings, striking out 28 batters.

    Included in those starts were a complete game in a 7-1 win against SIU-Carbondale on Sunday, and a four-hitter against St. Louis University last Tuesday.

    Against SIUC, Hawkins struck out eight, walked one and allowed just five hits to keep SIUE undefeated in conference play, at 8-0.

  • Vandalia prep roundup (April 18)

    Girls track
    Monday, April 15, 2013
    at Roxana Relays
    First-place finisher
    •Sierah Ruffner, high jump, 5 feet, 4 inches (tied meet record)
    Third-place finishers
    •Johanna Walton, high jump, 5 feet, 2 inches
    •Sprint medley (Karlie Bright, Ruffner, Ally Sasse and Jalea Pasley), 2:04.1
    Fifth-place finishers
    •Makayla Tinker, long jump, 14 feet, 5 inches
    •4X800-meter relay (Paslay, Hallie Leigh, Kelsey Rubin and Makenzie Roberts), 12:52.9
    Team score

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 18)

    Tuesday, April 16
    North Clay 4
    South Central 0
    S: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0—0-3-2
    N: 4-0-0-0-0-0-X—4-4-0
    LP: Diss (1-2); 5 IP, 4 K
    Cougars: Schwarm, 1-for-2, 2B; Bray, 1-for-3; Tharp, 1-for-3.
    Record: 5-7
    Friday, April 12
    South Central 6
    Dieterich 5
    D: 0-0-0-0-0-5-0—5-6-2
    S: 1-0-1-0-4-0-X—6-6-2
    WP: King; 7 IP, 6 K

  • This week's schedule (April 18-24)

    •April 19 vs. Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 22 at Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 24 vs. Pana, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 18 at Breese Cent., 4:15 p.m.
    •April 19 at Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 22 vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 24 at Pana, 4:30 p.m.
    Boys track
    •April 19 at Robinson, 4:30 p.m.
    •April 23 at T-Town, 4:15 p.m.
    Girls track
    •April 19 at Greenville, 3:30 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 18)

    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.

  • Bell completes triathlon

    Vandalia graduate Drew Bell last Friday completed an Olympic-length triathlon at the Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Ariz.

    Competing with a club team from the University of Illinois, Bell completed the event – which combines a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run – in 2:10:47 to finish 239th overall and 224th among men.

    There were 1,001 overall athletes and 595 men in the field.

  • School sports briefs (April 18)

    Nomination period open for VCHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductions

    The nomination period is open for this year’s Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductions.

    Forms are available in the high school office, and should be sent to Kevin Jackson, VCHS Athletic Director, 1109 N. 8th St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

    In order to be nominated, the following conditions must be met.

  • Community sports briefs (April 18)

    Deadline for YMCA summer baseball and softball is this Saturday night; umpires also sought for YMCA leagues

    The deadline to register for the YMCA’s summer youth softball and baseball programs is on Saturday at 9 p.m.

    Several different leagues are available.

    Boys and girls
    •T-Ball, 5-and-under
    •Colt, 7-and-under

    •Pinto, 8-and-under
    •Mustang, 10-and-under
    •Bronco, 12-and-under
    •Pony, 14-and-under

  • Sports cancellations: April 17, 2013

    South Central softball vs. Ramsey had been canceled for Wednesday.

    South Central baseball at Noble has been canceled for Wednesday.

    Patoka baseball vs. Woodlawn has been canceled for Wednesday.

    St. Elmo softball at Dieterich has been canceled for Wednesday, and rescheduled for next Wednesday.

  • Council will discuss river intake on Wednesday

    The Vandalia City Council will hold a work session on Wednesday evening to discuss the raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.

    At the meeting, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, the council will discuss the river intake with a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who is new to the project.