Today's Sports

  • A stripe for Ethan

    MULBERRY GROVE – Wearing an Aces baseball cap emblazoned with a black stripe to honor his older brother’s memory, sophomore Dalton Crisman sat mostly quiet in the dugout prior to last Thursday’s game.

    It was his first game back with the team since the death of his brother, Ethan, who died last Tuesday, and he was itching to get back to his starting post in left field.

    But before he could do that, teammates, coaches, opponents and fans all stood for a moment of silence to honor Ethan’s memory.

  • South Central tops Vandalia with...

    South Central has lived on the edge all season.

    Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars exploded for eight runs to secure an 11-5 victory on Monday, their sixth comeback win in 13 games.

    “That’s the way it’s gone so far, but that’s something hard to do every game,” said coach Curt Jones. “I sure hope they don’t plan on doing that the rest of the season.”

    It’s a nerve-racking way to win, but the Cougars have seemed to always get the job done this spring.

  • Baseball notes: County rivals...

    Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt and South Central coach Curt Jones both had positive things to say about their opponents after Monday’s game.

    Jones, a veteran coach who has seen Vandalia play for many years and coached Hohlt during summer baseball years ago, said he could “by far” see drastic improvement in the Vandals’ approach.

    “When I was watching them take infield, I said, ‘This is a pretty good looking group,’” Jones said. “Luke is obviously doing a great job with them.

  • Lady Aces take down Vandalia

    The Lady Aces didn’t have any problems with not having a game for almost a week.

    Senior Harley Tompkins homered and Mulberry Grove pounded out 13 hits on Tuesday during a 12-1 win against

    Vandalia, a team that still struggled defensively in taking its fourth straight loss by double digits.

    “We hit very well today,” said  Mulberry Grove coach Teresa Tompkins. “I didn’t know what we were going to do, since we haven’t played in a week.

  • Mulberry Grove's Potts...

    VANDALIA – Mulberry Grove senior Jennifer Potts will become the third local individual in recent years to bowl for an NCAA college.

    Potts signed a National Letter of Intent last Wednesday, committing to bowl for the University of Central Missouri for the next four years, joining former Vandalia High Schoolers Josie and Jessica Earnest as NCAA-level bowlers from the area.

  • Mulberry Grove upsets Altamont

    MULBERRY GROVE – There were some tense moments, but in the end, the Aces were the upset winner.

    Everything from uncalled balks and name-calling to an inning with two RBI triples and an uncoventional pickoff were scattered throughout the Aces’ 13-8 win against Altamont last Thursday.

    Mulberry Grove blew the game open in the second inning, scoring nine runs on offense.

    Jesse Sloan got the first big hit of the game, a three-run triple to right field to give the Aces a 3-0 lead.

  • Junior high track teams have...


  • The Next Level: College athlete...

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

    •April 11 – Earnest, a Vandalia grad, was for the second time named a second-team All-American. She had a 205.43 average for the year.

    •April 12 – Vanderbilt was given the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championships after posting a 5-2 record in first-day round-robin action. The Commodores beat the No. 1, 2 and 5 ranked teams during the day. Earnest averaged 199.57 over seven games, with high scores of 224 and 222.

  • Prep roundup (April 19)

    Both the Vandalia boys and girls high school track teams had positive results in recent meets.

    The boys team did not participate in the Pana Open, which was canceled on Saturday due to heavy rains, but on Tuesday, placed fifth at Cumberland.

    For the girls, the team has not finished all that high, but coach Gena Nance said that many personal records have been broken in recent meets.

  • Field of Dreams committee...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee had a brief meeting on Tuesday to discuss a few items of business.

    •The committee has received a grant for $3,900 to install a concrete floor in the hitting shed between the high school fields.

    All of the materials will be purchased with the grant money.

    The dirt that will be dug out of areas in the hitting shed will be moved to the area between the softball backstop and the road, where flooding occurs when it rains.