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School Sports

  • Vandals become playoff eligible with win against Hillsboro

    The touchdowns just kept piling up for the Vandals, and the game ended with the team becoming elibigle for the state playoffs.

    Senior Luke Smith scored three times to help Vandalia take a 42-0 lead at halftime, and the Vandals' JV players played most of the second half to wrap up a 48-6 win, the fifth of the season.

    With another victory, the Vandals (5-1) will be assured a spot in the playoffs, though any team from the South Central Conference with five wins typically gets in.

  • Lady Vandals win Volley for the Cure match

    GREENVILLE — Though the overall meaning of the night far exceeded the volleyball game, the Lady Vandals were able to win Thursday's Volley for the Cure match at Greenville, 25-17, 13-25, 25-7.

    Vandalia (17-1, 7-0 SCC) slipped in the second set, but came back with a strong showing in the third set, winning by the largest margin of victory in a single set on the season.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had nine kills to lead the Lady Vandals, and senior RaeChelle Leiken added eight. Leiken and sophomore Ally Sasse each had four service aces.

  • Cougars undefeated in first NTC season

    South Central finished its first season in the National Trail Conference undefeated after defeating Windsor, 10-0, on Thursday.

    The Cougars have a 9-0 conference record.

    Seniors Dan Diss and Shawn Meyer combined to throw a one-hitter, striking out 10.

    Dylan Smith was 2-for-2, with two RBI, and Kyle Bray was 1-for-3, with a double and two RBI.

    South Central next plays on Monday in the NTC Tournament in Kinmundy.

  • Changes to area sports schedule

    Due to the recent rains, several games have been rescheduled around the area.

    So far reported are:

    •South Central baseball vs. Windsor is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in Kinmundy.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Neoga is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. -- THIS GAME HAS BEEN CANCELED

    •Vandalia soccer vs. Greenville is now on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

  • NTC Tournament schedule released

    The schedule for this season's National Trail Conference baseball tournament has been released.

    Games will start on Friday, with two local teams in action.

    South Central has the No. 1 seed in the event.

    Friday, Sept. 28
    •Game 1: 4 p.m. – (9) Brownstown at (8) Dieterich
    •Game 2: 4 p.m. – (10) Beecher City at (7) St. Elmo

  • Senior Spotlight: Jeff Lucken

    At just 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Vandalia senior Jeff Lucken isn’t a typical football lineman.

    But he doesn’t care.

    The list of successful football players of Asian decent is short.

    But he doesn’t care.

    Some of the biggest rivals in the South Central Conference will bring offensive linemen with much more girth.

    But, again, he doesn’t care.

    And why should he?

  • Despite fumbles, Vandals win for homecoming

    The Vandals scored on their first offensive play of the game, and despite losing seven fumbles after that, Vandalia still came away with a big 47-6 win against Litchfield last Friday in front a large homecoming crowd.

    Senior Alex Newsom rushed nearly untouched for 49 yards on the first play. It was the third time he has gained more than 30 yards on Vandalia's first play this season.

  • Football notes: Vandals can become playoff eligible

    Following this Friday’s game against Hillsboro, the Vandals hope to be playoff eligible.

    Carrying a 4-1 record into the game, Vandalia will be in search of its fifth win to put a check mark next to the season’s first big goal.

    “That is one of our goals, and then we start working for seeding after that,” said coach John Stout. “It’s a big game for us on Friday night.”

  • Seniors Swofford, Leiken are conference champs

    Senior Blake Swofford was the individual champion and the Vandals placed a surprising second as a team at the South Central Conference boys golf tournament at The Rail in Springfield on Monday.

    A day later, senior RaeChelle Leiken shot an 82 to take the title at the girls SCC meet at Litchfield.

    She birdied the 17th hole and eagled the 18th to win by 11 strokes.

    Roxana was the team champion.

  • Lady Vandals take first loss, but big season still looms

    PANA – The Lady Vandals’ perfect season is over, but a dream season is still in the works despite a tough loss at Pana last Thursday.

    Vandalia struggled on both sides of the ball in that non-conference game, falling to the Lady Panthers, 10-25, 19-25.

    “Offensively, we struggled. Defensively, we struggled,” said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith. “We didn’t play our ball, and made too many errors.