Today's News

  • Prep Roundup (Sept. 27)

    Lady Cougars take fourth at Herrin Tournament
    South Central’s volleyball team went 3-2 to finish fourth at Saturday’s Herrin Tournament.

    After winning the first three games in pool by defeating Marissa, 25-14, 25-20, Johnston City, 25-17, 25-14, and Crab Orchard, 25-9, 23-25, 15-9, the Lady Cougars ran in to trouble against Carterville in the final game of pool play and Herrin in the third-place match.

    Carterville beat South Central (15-5), 26-24, 25-21, and Herrin won a close match, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11.

  • Soccer team beginning to score more goals

    The offense has been picking up for Vandalia’s soccer team, as the Vandals scored three goals in the past week, but still weren’t able to come away with any victories.

    Vandalia (0-13-1) secured one goal against each Carlyle on Monday, Altamont last Thursday and East Alton-Wood River last Wednesday, but lost those games 4-1, 2-1 and 5-1, respectively.

    Senior A.J. Gaylord now leads the team with two goals, after scoring against Altamont, and Jussi Craycroft leads in assists with three.

  • Vandalia tennis team loses close match to Hillsboro

    The Vandalia tennis team lost a tough match to Hillsboro on Monday, falling to the conference rival for the second time this season.

    After Saturday’s Centralia Invitational and Tuesday's match against Centralia were rained out, the Lady Vandals have a 4-4 record.

    Just like in the first match with Hillsboro, a 6-3 loss on Sept. 10, many matches were close but went Hillsboro's way.

    Four singles matches went three sets and two doubles matches were decided by two or fewer points.

  • Vandal Leaders (Sept. 27)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Sept. 27)

    Logan Mahon • Pitcher • Gateway Grizzlies

    •Mahon, a St. Elmo graduate, recently had his 2013 option exercised by the Gateway Grizzlies. Mahon was a key member of Gateway's bullpen in 2012, and will look to help the team return to the playoffs next season.

  • On the slate (Sept. 27-Oct. 3)

    •Friday vs. Hillsboro, 7 p.m.
    •Thursday at Greenville, 5 p.m.
    •Tuesday vs. Hillsboro, 5 p.m.
    •Thursday at Raymond, 4 p.m.
    •Tuesday at IHSA Regional, TBA
    •Thursday vs. Marquette, 4:30 p.m.
    •Monday at EAWR, 4:30 p.m.
    •Tuesday vs. Shelbyville, 4 p.m.
    •Thursday at Staunton, 5:30 p.m.
    •Tuesday vs. L-wood, 4:15 p.m.
    JV Football

  • Kyle Hawkins to return to town

    Kyle Hawkins, a 2010 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, will be playing in a doubleheader at VCHS with his college club baseball team on Oct. 7.

    The Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville club team will battle McKendree University in an exhibition doubleheader at the high school at 4 p.m. that day.

    Hawkins will start one of the two games for SIUE.

    Last spring, Hawkins was 10-1 for SIUE, with an earned-run average below 2.00, helping SIUE to a 14-2 record.

    The team missed the club World Series by one game.

  • PHOTO: A Vandal among us

    Seth Marler, a senior at Vandalia Community High School, dressed up as a Vandal during spirit week, and served a mascot during last Friday's game against Litchfield.

  • St. Elmo takes third-place in EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – In a quick game that lasted less than 90 minutes last Thursday, St. Elmo beat Brownstown for third place in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament at Vandalia High School.

    The top-seeded Eagles were coming off of a tough eight-inning loss to No. 4 Beecher City in the semifinals, and coach Ryan Beccue was glad his team came away with the 4-1 victory.

  • Mulberry Grove takes fifth at Egyptian-Illini Confernce Tournament

    VANDALIA – The fifth-place game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament started with a no-hitter and ended with a slew of runs.

    Mulberry Grove senior Nate Ketchem carried a no-hitter through the first four innings of last Wednesday’s game against Ramsey, but the teams combined for 15 hits and 15 runs in the final three innings of a 10-8 Aces win, their third of the season.

    “Nate was going after guys,” said Mulberry Grove coach Chad Nelson. “He would get ahead, and then go off-speed late in the counts.”