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Today's News

  • Vandalia eighth-graders lose twice

    Vandalia eighth-grader Alex Sasse looks to pass the ball to the perimeter after running into the Greenville defense on her way to the basket during a 39-9 Blue Jays win last Thursday. Sasse scored Vandalia's first two points of the game. Madison Click, Ashley Swain and Nicole Wells also scored for the Vandals. On Tuesday, the Vandals fell to Hillsboro, 37-7. Sasse (four points) and Jordan Wagner (three) scored.

  • St. Elmo falls to Vandalia

    St. Elmo seventh-grader Landon Feezel (left) tries to drive around Vandalia's Brandon Gelsinger during the first round of the Vandalia Seventh-Grade Tournament on Saturday. The Eagles were defeated by the Vandals 33-24 in that game.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Nov. 11-16)

    Thursday Nov. 11
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown at Neoga, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown vs. Beecher City, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 12
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Ramsey, 6 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Stew-Stras, 6 p.m.

    Saturday, Nov. 13
    BASKETBALL
    Vandalia Red/White Night, 5 p.m.

    Monday, Nov. 15
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    South Central at CHBC, 6:15 p.m.

  • Hobbie has fast start for McKendree

    One heartbreaking loss, one victory and two great Eric Hobbie performances.

    McKendree University coach Harry Statham would have liked to have beaten Lindenwood University in its first game of the season, but Hobbie, a Vandalia grad, did everything he could do to power the Bearcats to victory. In the 81-79 loss to the St. Louis-based school, Hobbie poured in 24 points, grabbed five rebounds and doled out three assists. He hit 8-of-21 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. He made 4-of-9 trey opportunities.

  • Patoka junior high boys at 3-4

    The Patoka Junior High boys basketball team is off to a 3-4 start  this season, which included a third-place finish at the St. Peter Tournament.

    Jered Cain was named first-team all-tournament after scoring 49 points over four games. Dylan Back was named to the second team after scoring 44 points.

    Monday, Nov. 8
    at Bethel
    Bethel 48
    Patoka 27
    Scoring – J. Cain, 16; Garrett Belcher, 6; Back, 3; Shane Cain, 2.

  • Eighth-grade boys fall to Hillsboro by one

    A comeback bid fell just short for the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team after it erased as much as a 10-point deficit to finish within a single point in a loss to Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    “It’s a learning curve,” said first-year coach Joe Schaal after the 41-40 loss. “We figured out that we can’t just show up. We have to show up and perform.”

    The Vandals took that message to heart after halftime.

  • Mildred McDowell still going strong at 102

    The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a Depression, population in U.S. was a little more than 87 million … and Mildred M. McDowell was born on Feb. 17.
    The year was 1916 – A little girl was driving her family’s cows home on their rural Fayette County rural when a formation of four or five “flying machines” flew overhead.

  • Vandal seventh-grade girls beat Greenville again

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team defeated Greenville for the third time this season last Thursday, winning 36-26.

    The Vandals (16-1) beat the Blue Jays, 24-7, on Oct. 19 and, 34-29, on Sept. 25 to win the Vandalia Tournament.

    The Greenville coaching staff, however, made some adjustments in hopes it wouldn’t lose to the Vandals again.

  • Veterans Day program is Thursday afternoon

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home.
    The program will include the performance of patriotic songs by Mariann Timmermann, Jake Hathaway and Jerry Brugoto, and brief patriotic speeches by Jeff Bradley, Christina Pennington, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and LaTisha Paslay.
    Dale Timmermann will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program.

  • Vandals excel in all facets of game to win tourney

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade boys basketball team won its own tournament on Saturday by beating St. Elmo and Greenville after it had been defeated by a combined 112-40 in the first three games of the season.

    “It’s amazing,” said coach Eric Sinclair. “They looked like a different team. They ran their offense and got points. We finally found a groove.”