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Today's News

  • Vandalia Lions' Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. on Sunday

    The Vandalia Lions Club's Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ruemmelin Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia softball, baseball canceled

    Friday's softball game between Vandalia and Hillsboro at Hillsboro has been canceled.

    The home baseball game against Hillsboro for today is also canceled.

    No makeups have been announced.

  • Johnson picks IC

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson has decided to continue his academic and basketball careers at Illinois College.

    Johnson, a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a three-time all-conference player, scored more than 1,000 points in his career with the Vandals.

    He plans to study accounting at IC.

  • Senior Spotlight: Courtney Gordon

    As a senior, Courtney Gordon understands that taking on a leadership role is an unwritten rule of her membership with the Vandalia High School girls track team.

    Therefore, it’s a good thing, as she puts it, that, “I like being in charge.”

    And she has certainly taken charge to lead by example.

    Gordon has been a staple in four events this season, regularly placing in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles, while also running a leg on a successful 4X100-meter relay team.

  • Senior hurlers face off in Cougars win

    Based on the final score of Monday’s baseball game between South Central and Vandalia, one would never imagine it was a pitching duel.

    South Central may have won 8-1, but Cougar senior Derek Harmeier and Vandal senior Matt Hoffman both had their best outings of the season.

    Logging a combined 23 strikeouts, the two pitchers drew high praise from both coaches.

  • Vandals no-hit by Shelby; beat EAWR to end streak

    Shelbyville scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then no-hit the Vandalia baseball team last Thursday during a 9-1 win.

    The Vandals did draw seven walks while showing good discipline at the plate through the middle innings, working full counts in 8-of-9 at-bats in the second and third innings. In the fourth inning, Vandalia earned four free passes to score their lone run.

    Sophomore Matt Campbell was credited with the RBI after drawing a four-pitch walk to score junior Trevor Montgomery.

  • Mulberry Grove beats Lady Vandals

    MULBERRY GROVE – In a game that had a playoff atmosphere, the Mulberry Grove High School softball team defeated Vandalia, 3-2, on Tuesday.

    Neither team was ever able to get momentum on its side during the game, as big plays defensively for both teams halted rallies.

    For the Lady Vandals, it was a pair of double plays; one coming with one out in the third inning with two runners on base, and the second coming in the sixth inning with one runner on and one out.

  • Lady Vandals end skid against EAWR

    Brian Buscher did not like the way his team looked after it took infield practice before facing East Alton-Wood River.

    Desperately in need of a win after having lost three games in the three days prior to facing their conference foe last Friday, the Lady Vandals botched some grounders and made some poor throws before the game.

    “I don’t think we’re mentally ready to play,” Buscher said as he passed the dugout to turn in the lineup card before the start of the game.

  • Vandals have resolve tested at rainy Pana Open

    PANA – Coach Jane Bell said the Vandalia boys track team had a test in determination on Saturday at the Pana Open, as cold temperatures, wind and rain made for a miserable morning and eventually postponed the finals of the meet until Monday.

    “This is about resolve,” Bell said. “This isn’t about times.”

    The conditions could be a positive, however, Bell said, because if the conditions are poor at the conference meet or the sectional meet in a few weeks, having the experience of battling through them would be beneficial.

  • Lady Eagles lose Myers; hit well to beat Ramsey

    ST. ELMO – The Lady Eagles carried a no-hitter through five innings to help earn a 3-0 win, but once the severity of an injury to senior pitcher Morgan Myers was realized, the joy of the win was diminished.

    Myers started against Ramsey last Wednesday, but she was pulled in the fourth inning, because she had jammed her right pinky finger while diving back to third base on a pickoff attempt in the third inning.