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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals seek first regional title since '85

    The last time Vandalia’s volleyball team won a regional championship was in 1985, but the Lady Vandals hope to change that on Thursday when they battle Flora at home for the regional crown at 6 p.m.

    After defeating Altamont on Tuesday, the top-seeded Lady Vandals (24-5) move on to the regional championship game for the second straight season.

    Flora advanced to the game by beating Staunton in three sets, leaving coach Allison Smith to prepare her team to play a team she’s not familiar with.

  • No. 1 Lady Eagles favored in battle of county rivals at St. Elmo Regional

    For six St. Elmo seniors, Thursday night is just the next step in what they hope will be a long journey through the postseason.

    Facing Brownstown at 6 p.m. at St. Elmo High School on Thursday, the Lady Eagles will be pursuing their first regional title since 2010, and each of the team’s seniors has been working toward that goal all season.

    Brownstown hasn’t been to regional championship game since 1996 and will be hungry for a victory.

  • Duncan again ends Ritchey's season

    For the second straight season, Vandalia’s Tim Ritchey was knocked out of the Greenville game after a late hit from Brandon Duncan.

    Ritchey suffered fractures in his T1 and T2 vertebrae and will not be able to play in the postseason after a very late helmet-to-helmet hit from Duncan in the third quarter of last Friday’s game.

    He also missed the playoffs last season when he suffered a concussion following a late hit from Duncan.
    Duncan was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on both plays.

  • Lady Vandals win conference championship

    Just get it in.

    That is all Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith wanted from her leading server on what would prove to be the game-winning point against Pana last Thursday.

    “I looked at her, and said, ‘You have got to get this in,’” Smith said. “She had missed two serves prior to that, but stepped up as a senior and put it over.”

  • Senior class checks off another goal

    Everything that the senior class wanted last Thursday happened – and then some.

    With the 25-23, 25-20, victory against Pana on senior night, Vandalia captured a win against its biggest rival, the conference championship and a victory in the seniors’ final regular-season game.

  • JV team completes 15-0 campaign

    Vandalia’s sophomore class continued its winning ways in volleyball last Thursday, defeating Pana, 25-23, 25-23 to complete an undefeated junior varsity season.

    The sophomores were already heavily decorated coming into the season, having back-to-back regional championships in junior high and just one loss as freshmen.

    “That’s quite a streak,” said coach Jane Bell. “They love to play together, they’re smart and it’s fun to coach them.”

  • Injuries hurt Vandalia vs. Greenville

    Vandalia started with two quick touchdowns against Greenville last Friday, but injuries to two starters allowed Greenville to snatch the momentum and earn a 28-12 victory.

    Senior quarterback/defensive back Tim Ritchey was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a late hit from Greenville’s Brandon Duncan, suffering fractures to his T1 and T2 vertebrae, and junior linebacker C.J. Runkel tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first half.

  • Wadkins named EIC baseball MVP

    Patoka senior Qquinn Wadkins was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference, and several other area players were named all-conference.

    Wadkins hit .464 and had 26 runs for the Warriors (14-2) this season, leading them to the championship of the EIC Tournament.

    On the mound, he was 3-1.

  • Hawkins homers in college exhibition

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins hit a three-run home run and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning during a 4-2 win for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

    Facing Indiana State in a college club baseball exhibition at Vandalia Mutual Field at Vandalia Community High School on Saturday, Hawkins was dominating on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit.

    His home run proved to be the deciding runs in the first game of a doubleheader.

    SIUE won the second game, 5-4, coming back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

  • Prep Roundup (Oct. 25)

    Lady Cougars upset by Noble at regionals

    South Central volleyball coach Mary Brimberry said her team would have to forget about having the No. 1 seed and just be ready to play every team this postseason.

    And it showed why on Tuesday night, as the Lady Cougars were upset by No. 4 Noble, 20-25, 23-25, at the North Clay Regional ending their season and the careers of eight seniors.

    Senior Kallie Garrett paced the attack with eight kills, and senior Riley Williams added a team-high two service aces.