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  • Vandals lose Ritchey, Runkel and the game to Greenville

    Vandalia senior quarterback Tim Ritchey was taken from the game by ambulance, C.J. Runkel returned to the sidelines on crutches and the Vandals lost to Greenville, 28-12, on Friday night.

    Ritchey, who was injured on a late hit from Greenville's Brandon Duncan for the second straight season, was flown out of Vandalia after the game, and reportedly suffered a T1 and T2 fracture and will be in a neck brace for the next two weeks.

    Runkel was lost in the first half after suffering a knee injury, which is believed to be a torn ACL.

  • Finals set for EIC Tournment

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament finals have been set for Friday, with St. Elmo to battle Christ Our Rock Lutheran for the championship.

    That game will on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Elmo High School and will be a rematch of the season-opener, when CORL defeated St. Elmo, 15-25, 25-21, 29-27.

    The full schedule is (all games at SEHS):

    Beecher City vs. Mulberry Grove, 5 p.m.
    Patoka vs. Ramsey, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Cowden-Herrick, 7 p.m.
    Christ Our Rock vs. St. Elmo, 8 p.m.

    Thursday night's results were:

  • Lady Vandals win conference title

    The Lady Vandals finished off a perfect conference season on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to Pana with a 25-23, 25-20 victory to earn the South Central Conference championship.

    Vandalia (23-5, 9-0 SCC) had lost at Pana (27-7) on Sept. 20, but a strong attack game and nearly-perfect defense allowed the Lady Vandals to control Thursday's game.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had eight kills in the match, and seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken each edded seven.

  • Patoka's Wadkins is MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

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

    First-team
    •Wadkins (MVP)
    •Connor Beasley, St. Elmo
    •Clinton Hood, Patoka
    •Tylor Knisley, Ramsey
    •Kaiah Miller, Mulberry Grove
    •Jacob Behrends, Brownstown
    •Johnnie Clift, Patoka
    •Dalton Parks, St. Elmo
    •Donovan Riley, Beecher City

  • College exhibition game to played in Vandalia

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville's club baseball team will take on Indiana State University at Vandalia Mutual Field on Saturday at noon.

  • Three county teams have No. 1 seeds in volleyball regionals

    Vandalia, St. Elmo and South Central are all No. 1 seeds in three different regional volleyball tournaments that begin next Monday.

    The Lady Vandals are the top seed in the Class 2A Vandalia Regional, and will play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against either (4) Metro-East Lutheran or (5) Altamont.

    Other teams in the regional are (2) Flora, (3) Staunton and (6) Marquette Catholic.

    During the regular season, Vandalia only played against Staunton, winning that season-opening match, 25-18, 25-17.

  • Leiken places 21st at state golf tournament

    DECATUR – After posting her best round of the high school season last Friday, Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken had positioned herself to finish in the top 10 of the state.

    But on a rainy Saturday at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, Leiken couldn’t repeat her 78, shooting an 87 on day two of the Class A state tournament to finish 21st, eight spots higher than last season.

    And she still can’t put her finger on what  exactly went wrong.

  • Vandals have a lot at stake vs. Greenville

    Is this the year?

    Vandalia and Greenville’s storied rivalry has been one-sided recently, but the Vandals are hoping that this year, the Battle of I-70 will result in a Vandalia victory for the first time since 1999.

    “They like to spread it out, so we have to cover everybody and be aware that they can run it up the middle,” said senior Alex Newsom. “We can’t let them think they have a chance, or if we do get down, we can’t think that we don’t have a chance.”

  • Vandals excel in many facets to win at Pana

    PANA – Vandalia’s defense has been making statements all season as the conference’s No. 1 unit, but its loudest mark yet this season came in the third quarter last Friday.

    Holding Pana to minus-7 yards on just eight plays over four drives in that quarter, the defensive showcase helped allow the Vandals to build a 33-0 lead during an eventual 33-13 victory that spoiled the Panthers’ senior night.

  • Swofford cut short at state, takes 17th

    BLOOMINGTON – Blake Swofford sat in the back seat of the team’s van, just itching to get back on the course.

    But with a thunderstorm passing over Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington on Saturday, Swofford and the rest of the field had to take a break from the second round of the Class 1A state tournament until the weather cleared up.