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Today's News

  • Vandal tennis team set for sectional

    The Vandalia High School tennis team played three matches last week in final preparation for its sectional at Effingham this Friday and Saturday. Match times were not determined by press time.

    The Vandals finished the regular season with 5-11 record.

  • Vandalia volleyball squad visits FCH

  • Vandals still in contention for football playoffs

    The Vandalia football team still has an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

    But it will not be an easy task for the Vandals (4-3) to end the season as one of the top 256 programs in Illinois, as the team will face Pana (6-1) on the road on Friday and host Greenville (6-1) in the season finale next week.

    Coach John Stout does believe that his team has the resilience to play competitive football in those games.

  • Guerrero helping lead Rockford

    The Rockford College volleyball team started the year taking quite a few lumps.

    Now, in Northern Athletics Conference action, they are giving the lumps. The Lady Regents have won their last three NAC matchups, beating Milwaukee School of Engineering (3-1), Lakeland College (3-2) and Aurora University (3-1).

  • Vandalia narrowly beats Litchfield

    The coaches cringed when Holly Goldsmith’s first attack attempt of last Thursday’s volleyball match was blocked by Litchfield.

    Throughout the season, in-game adjustments have been one of the weakest parts of Vandalia’s repertoire, and with Goldsmith’s spike being one of the team’s most valuable assets, the fear of not being able to adjust set in.

    Luckily for coach Allison Smith, history doesn’t always repeat itself in sports, and her team won the match in three sets, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21.

  • Paige Myers' work not yet finished in Patoka

    PATOKA – Her vicious spikes draw cheers from the crowd – even during warm-ups.

    Her jump serve can swing a game’s momentum into her team’s favor in less than a minute.

    Her skills are being pursued by several colleges.

    But at the end of the day, “I don’t consider myself to be better than anybody else,” said senior Paige Myers, the unselfish superstar of Patoka High School’s volleyball team.

  • Herker advances to state golf tournament

    Junior Derrick Herker will represent the Vandalia High School golf team at the state tournament in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday.

    “It’s kind of like a dream,” Herker said.

    Herker advanced to the tournament after shooting a 76 in his sectional round at Crab Orchard Golf Course in Carterville.

    Because there were seven individuals who shot 76s, but only six spots available for the state tournament, Herker had to earn his spot on playoff holes, which he did by shooting par on the second.

  • Vandals fall just short at Southwestern

    PIASA – Trailing 24-7 and having lost a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter, nothing was looking promising for the Vandalia football team last Friday night against Southwestern.

    But then the magic began.

    The defense forced Southwestern to punt for the first time since the first quarter four plays after that fumble.

    The offense then made a fierce comeback, scoring three times in six minutes to take a 27-24 lead.

  • Erin Schaub competes in Ironman competition

    A petite, slender, young woman bearing No. 268 crossed the finish line in the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky., after swimming 2.4 miles, riding a bicycle 104 miles and then running 26.2 miles in only 12 hours and 21 minutes.
    She crossed the finish line with a big smile on her face, and said she enjoyed the experience throughout the three phases of the competition.  

  • CO2 storage firm talks to county

    The Fayette County Board heard on Tuesday from a company that is interested in establishing carbon dioxide capture and storage operations in an area north of St. Elmo.
    JoAnn Givens, Vandalia’s director of economic development and tourism, introduced Martin Culik of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions to the county board.
    Culik said that his company has been in business for about two years, working toward the installation of injection wells to capture carbon dioxide from power plants burning clean coal.