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School Sports

  • PHOTOS: VYO football vs. Litchfield

    The VYO football teams took to Mark Greer Field on Saturday against Litchfield, winning all four contests in the second-to-last week of the season. The teams will make up games at EAWR on Saturday.

  • Swofford, Leiken advance to state tournaments

    Vandalia seniors Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken qualified for the state golf tournaments on Monday.

    Swofford shot a 79 at the Carterville Sectional, and Leiken shot an 86 at the Teutpolis Sectional.

    The tournaments are both being run on Friday and Saturday, with the boys in Bloomington and the girls in Decatur.

  • Lady Vandals take three losses at Highland, but get to 20 wins

    HIGHLAND - The Lady Vandals volleyball team won just two of their five games at this weekend's Highland Tournament, but now have 20 victories on the season. Senior RaeChelle Leiken was named to the all-tournament team.

    Class 2A Vandalia played up at least one class in all but one game.

    Defeating Class 3A Carbondale in three sets on Friday night gave Vandalia its 20th win of the season. The Lady Vandals then defeated Class 2A Wesclin on Saturday morning.

  • Vandals qualify for playoffs with win at Southwestern

    PIASA - The Vandalia football team earned an automatic playoff bid on Saturday, earning its sixth win of the season with a 36-14 victory at Southwestern.

    Big plays highlighed the Vandals' offensive day, as senior Ryan Ambuehl had a season-long 83-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after he dropped the snap on a punt.

    Senior Tim Ritchey then dashed 59 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and added a 14-yard score minutes later to help Vandalia post a 19-0 halftime lead. Southwestern gained just 27 first-half yards against the Vandal defense.

  • Leiken wins regional title by one stroke

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the girls regional tournament at Effingham Country Club on Wednesday, shooting an 81 to win by one stroke.

    Competing individually, Leiken just inched past St. Anthony's Miranda Rohlfing to earn medalist honors. She placed third in her regional last season.

    On Monday, Leiken will play at the Teutopolis Sectional, which is also being played at Effingham C.C.

    Full result of her regional can be found here: http://center.ihsa.org/reports/gog94265.htm

  • Senior Spotlight: Jordan Boren

    Consistency has been the key ingredient to the tennis success of Vandalia senior Jordan Boren.

    She isn’t a hard-hitter, but she always places her shots where they need to go, and by primarily teaming with the same player since she was a freshman, it has allowed Boren to lead the team in doubles wins this season, with 11.

    “Her shots are consistent,” said coach Kevin Schroeder. “She doesn’t try to overhit things, and I think she is always looking ahead to where she can go with a shot.”

  • Vandals become playoff eligible with big win

    Players came into last Friday’s game against Hillsboro with two goals in mind – become playoff eligible and offensively redeem themselves after losing seven fumbles the week before.

    And after a 48-6 drubbing of Hillsboro and zero fumbles, the team can put those goals away and begin working toward the next ones.

  • Football Notes: Vandals near playoff berth

    The last time Vandalia traveled to Southwestern, the Birds clipped the Vandals with a late score, ruining the team’s playoff hopes in 2010.

    This time around, the Vandals will be looking to assure themselves a spot in the postseason, but the Birds will again be looking to play spoiler.

    An unpredictable team so far this season, Southwestern is 3-3, and comes into the game with the momentum of back-to-back upset road wins against Pana and Staunton.

  • Lady Vandals win Volley for the Cure, then beat Hillsboro

    After two big wins in the past week, the Lady Vandals will have their toughest challenge to date this weekend at the Highland Tournament.

    On Friday night, Vandalia will play a pair of games, taking on O’Fallon at 6 p.m. and Carbondale at 7 p.m. Both games will be played in the west gym.

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals have three games, playing Wesclin in east gym at 9 a.m., and Highland (11 a.m.) and Breese Central (noon) in the west gym.

  • Vandalia qualifies for sectional golf tournament

    The Vandals achieved another of their season goals on Tuesday by advancing the sectional tournament as a team.

    Led by regional champion Blake Swofford, who had five birdies, the Vandals shot a 346 to place third and advance to next Monday’s Carterville Sectional.

    Swofford shot a 71 (-1) and won the tournament on the third playoff hole against Marquette Catholic’s Brian Gibbon. Both shot par on the first two holes, but Swofford secured a birdie on No. 3 to secure the victory.