Community Sports

  • Earnest helps Team USA to gold medal
    Vandalia native Jessica Earnest led Junior Team USA to the gold medal on Sunday at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. In the championship round, Earnest led her team, with a 217, as the girls defeated Singapore, 850-799. In the semifinals, Team USA took down two-time defending champion Korea, 924-846. “I think even just being picked to represent Junior Team USA here was a big accomplishment,” Earnest told bowl.com. “We went out and we won team gold, and that was our goal from the beginning of the week.
  • Jr. Legion team has strong finish to week
    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team had mixed results in the past week, starting off the week with losses to Roxana and Mattoon, but sweeping a doubleheader from Bluford on Sunday. Upcoming games are at Breese on Friday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Mattoon on Saturday (6 p.m. doubleheader), at Teutopolis next Monday (6 p.m. doubleheader) and at Granite City next  Tuesday (5:30 p.m. seven-inning game). The District Tournament opens up in Teutopolis next Thursday. ***
  • PHOTOS: Kaskaskia College/YMCA camps
    Kaskaskia College, in conjunction with the Fayette County Family YMCA, recently held baseball and soccer camps in Vandalia. Those attending are pictured.
  • Postseason starts in community league
    Riedle Law Office and the Pink Panthers were regular-season division champions of the St. Paul summer 3-on-3 basketball league, finishing 15-1 and 14-2, respectively. The league’s playoff tournaments and 3-point contest began on Monday, with the championship game set for next Friday at St. Peter Lutheran School. Players in the league represent five counties and range in age from 17-48. Season leaders Points per game •Angel Osario, Joe’s Pizza, 20.5 •Matt Riedle, Riedle Law Office, 18.2 •Cody Bushue, Team Bushue, 14.4 Rebounds per game •M. Riedle, 8.7
  • Kaskaskia College hosting boys soccer camp
    The Kaskaskia College soccer program will hold a soccer camp for boys entering kindergarten through sixth grades on July 16-20 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Registration cost for the camp is $60, and includes a T-shirt. The camp will be instructed by Kaskaskia College head coach Frankie Basurto and current KC athletes. All players should meet at the KC Soccer Field on the first day. Pre‑registration is required. For a registration form or for further information, contact coach Kim Rahar at 545-3372.
  • Post 95 pranks coach after run-rule victory
    Sr. Legion coach Andy Rincker watched last Wednesday as two of his players prepared to dump the contents of the water cooler on him. But instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, he stood calmly and let the cold water flow over his body. Earlier in the year, players wouldn’t have been able to pull such a prank, but after pounding out 15 hits in five innings for an 11-1 win against Granite City, it was a little easier for Rincker to smile about it.
  • Jr. Legion splits with Granite City, Newton
    It looked like a home run off of the bat, but Collin Nestleroad tracked the ball’s path anyway. And it was a good thing, because his over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in the top of the seventh inning last Wednesday proved to be a game-saver. Johnnie Clift had a pair of doubles and scored twice and three pitchers combined for a four-hitter before Nestleroad’s catch during a 6-5 Jr. Legion win against Granite City.
  • Field of Dreams committee hosting camp
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee will be hosting a pitcher’s and catcher’s camp at the high school baseball field from July 16-20. There will be two sessions of the camp, which is being instructed by Kyle Hawkins. Ages 9-14 will participate from 8-10 a.m. daily, and ages 15-18 will participate from 10 a.m.-noon daily. Older participants in the first session may stay for the second sessions if they choose. The registration cost is $20 per child and must be paid prior to start of camp. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.
  • Vandalia's Men's Slo-Pitch (June 25)
    Monday, June 25 Game 1 Riedle Law Firm 5 Keck's Marsh 2 Riedle: Mark Lewis, 2B; Ryan Thiele, 2B; Marcus Smalls, 2B. Keck's: Hans Christian, 2B. Game 2 Riedle 7 Keck's 5 Riedle: Dallas Gray, GW HR. Game 3 Buckstop Archery 14 Montgomery Plumbing 2 Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B; Brian Rosenkoetter, 2B. Mont.: Tyler Montgomery, 2B. Game 4 Buckstop 14 Montgomery 7 Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B, 3B; Justin Atwood, 2B.
  • Sr. Legion splits against Effingham
    Facing two standout pitchers who will be pitching in college, the Sr. Legion team on Tuesday was able to split a doubleheader against Effingham. In game one, Effingham used Nick Gardewire, who will be attending Kaskaskia College, and he allowed just two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout victory. “We weren’t very good offensively, but they threw a very, very good pitcher,” said Post 95 coach Andy Rincker. “He’s an upper 80s/lower 90s guy who shut us down.”