Today's News

  • VCHS HOFer is tennis coach

    A Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee has been selected as the next varsity tennis coach.

    Dana (Kirk) Kern was approved as coach by the school board at a meeting last week, and she will take over the program from 18-year veteran Kevin Schroeder, who resigned as head coach after last season due to family reasons.

    Kern is very familiar with Vandalia tennis, having been one of the best players to play for the Lady Vandals in the past 10 years.

  • Post 95 rained out of games vs. Olney

    VANDALIA – Post 95 seemed to be on the way to victory against Olney in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, but steady rains for the next several hours canceled that game in the third inning.

    The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when lightning was spotted, and about 20 minutes later, rain began to fall and did not let up for several hours.

    Vandalia was ahead, 5-2, when play was stopped and had a runner on first base.

  • Sr. Legion set for Firecracker Classic


    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team will spend the next several days playing at the Mattoon Firecracker Classic.

    Starting on Thursday, the 15-team tournament – which features teams from Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota – will be played through Sunday at three different locations in Mattoon.

    Vandalia is in Pool A, which also features Mattoon, Shelby County, Rantoul and Funkhouser, Ind.

  • Third shootout finished

    VANDALIA – The Vandals picked up their first tournament win of the summer at the third shootout on Tuesday, and were just short of securing a win in the second round.

    Vandalia scored furiously against an overmatched Cumberland squad, using a 17-0 run at the start of the game to cruise to a 32-4 victory.

    Seven Vandals scored in the blowout, with rising senior Colton Woolsey leading the way with eight points, and rising juniors Jake Bowen and Austin Durbin following with six.

  • Vandalia is only area team in shootout No. 4

    Vandalia's varsity and JV teams will be the only teams from the area represented in the final summer shootout this Thursday and Friday.

    The two teams are among 18 in the field for the fourth summer shootout.

    Schedules for Vandalia's teams follow.

  • PHOTO: Hospital Hosts 2nd Annual 5K

    Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital and Long-Term Care held its second annual 5K fun run and walk on Saturday morning, raising $3,029.75.

    Andy Powell was the overall winner, crossing the finish line in 21:54.2, and he was followed in the men's standings by James Crawford (22:41.4) and Ken Keener (22:43.8).

    The top female finisher was Lynn Portz (23:28.2), and she was followed in the women's standings by Tracy Cearlock (28:55.1) and Amy Willenborg (30:52.6).

  • PHOTO: Wrestlers Go To Camp

    Several members of the Vandalia High School wrestling team participated at the Iron Sharpens Iron Wrestling Camp in Dewitt, Iowa, from June 10-13.

    The Vandals placed second out of 40 teams from eight states in the meet portion, and a B-team also placed 12th.

    Several wrestlers won individual weight-class honors.

    Technique sessions of the camp were taught by various college national champions, and the team also got to meet wrestling icon Dan Gable.

  • PHOTOS: Local athletic camps

    Several camps took place in the past week.

  • PHOTO: Hosick's Hurler

    Last Wednesday, an exhibition game between the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad and Hosick's Motors, a team made up of employees and other former players, was played at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    The Sr. Legion team would pick up the victory in the nine-inning game.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (June 27

    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.