Today's Sports


    The Vandalia High School football team on Friday night opens its season at East Alton-Wood River.

    Vandalia, which finished last season 4-5 and defeated the Oiliers, 24-21, with a last-second field goal in week one, return several starters this season, including senior running back Levi Ulmer and senior linebacker Blake Mills.

    They, combined with the rest of the veterans, are expected to build a strong core that will allow the Vandals to better their 2010 record and move back into the top half of the South Central Conference.

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.

  • Vandalia tennis team gets strong...

    The Lady Vandals definitely had a chance to defeat Roxana for the second straight season, but two of the three close singles matches went to the Lady Shells, who continued on to win the match, 6-3.

    In both team’s season-opener, Vandalia’s Abby Hickerson, a senior and the No. 3 player, earned Vandalia’s only singles win, downing Jane Pratt, 6-0, 6-4.

    The Lady Vandals’ No. 2 Callie George, a senior, won the first set of her match against Josie Mosinalli, 6-4, but Mosinalli rallied back to beat George, 1-6, 4-6, in the final two sets.

  • Brownstown tops Mulberry Grove...

    RAMSEY – Brownstown senior Brady McDowell capped off an eventful game with a two-run homer that gave the Bombers their final margin of 7-2 against Mulberry Grove at the Ramsey Tournament on Tuesday.

    McDowell earlier in the game had a plume of dust float into his eyes and was later accused of intentionally throwing dirt toward a Mulberry Grove player.

    "There was some intensity there, and the guy got his cleat stuck in Brady's arm sleeve," said Brownstown coach Ken Milano. "He says as he was trying to get up, the dirt just flew.

  • Patoka defeats hosts at Ramsey...

    RAMSEY - Quinn Wadkins pitched a complete game, had three hits and scored four times to power Patoka past Ramsey on the second day of the Ramsey Tournament.

    Wadkins also had four steals during the 9-1 victory.

    He led off Tuesday's game with a bloop single and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.

    With a 3-0 lead by the end of the top of the first, after Jake Orrell and Mark Rogers scored, Wadkins struck out two batters in the bottom half.

  • K-Moe's upsets Buckstop,...

    K-Moe's upset Buckstop Archery, 10-9, last Thursday in the championship semifinals of the Vandalia men's slo-pitch single elimination tournament, and then went on to beat Ugly Koyote, 17-5, to take the title.

    Jeremy Logue in the seventh inning hit a two-run homer to break an 8-8 tie against Buckstop, and K-Moe's would retire the final batter with the winning run on base.

    Against Ugly Koyote, Logue's bases-loaded triple gave K-Moe's a 10-run lead in the sixth inning to end the game.

    Logue was named tournament MVP.

  • VYO football holds season-opener

    Vandalia went 2-2 against Carlinville on Saturday.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug....

    Aug. 22
    at Pana
    Team scores:
    •Vandalia, 169
    •Pana, 189
    Individual scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 35
    •Derrick Herker, 38
    •Josh Lawson, 43
    •Zach Jackson, 53
    •Jake Bowen, 57
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Individual JV scores:
    •Zack Schaal, 44
    •Bo Baldock, 45
    •Adam Palmer, 50
    •Jake Shulman, 61
    •Bradley Wehrle, 67

  • YMCA to offer exercise programs

    The YMCA will offer several fitness programs in September.

    Every Monday and Wednesday starting Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the YMCA will offer aerobics with Lynn Ferguson.

    Every Tuesday starting Sept. 6, the YMCA will offer two bootcamps:  “Wild Bootcamp” from  5-6 p.m. and “Mild Bootcamp”  from 6-7 p.m, with Haron Denton

    On every Tuesday and Thursday starting Sept. 8, Zumba will be offered from 9-10 a.m. with Alison Durbin.

    Contact the YMCA at 283-1258 with questions or to register.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results...

    UMP DIRTcar Modifieds - 18 cars
    Heat 1    
    1    818       Kelby Simmons
    2    66    Michael Fox
    3    89    Norm Wood
    4    2H    Cody Hood
    Heat 2    
    1    25    Brent Keyes
    2    28       Michael Bolyard