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  • PHOTO: St. Peter volleyball

    The St. Peter Lady Saints volleyball team placed fourth at the Holly Reeb Tournament in Belleville on Sept. 14-15.

  • Vandalia gets big homecoming victory, despite fumbles

    VANDALIA - Despite losing seven fumbles during the game, Vandalia came away with a 47-6 win against Litchfield for homecoming by scoring a touchdown on its other seven drives.

    Ryan Ambuehl scored four times during the game, rushing for three touchdowns and catching a 24-yard pass from Tim Ritchey, who later threw another 24-yard touchdown pass to Luke Smith.

    Alex Newsom added a pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 49-yard run on Vandalia's first play from scrimmage.

    The Vandal defense played well, recording 13 tackles for loss.

  • Patoka wins EIC Tournament; St. Elmo is third

    VANDALIA — Patoka beat Beecher City, 7-2, Thursday night to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Clinton Hood picked up the win for the second-seeded Warriors, keeping the No. 4 Eagles at bay all game.

    In the third-place game, St. Elmo beat Brownstown, 4-1.

    Connor Beasley picked up the win and had two RBI for the top-seeded Eagles.

  • Lady Vandals suffer first loss of season at Pana

    PANA — A subpar attack against a very disciplined Pana volleyball team led to Vandalia's first loss of the season Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals made too many errors in a 25-10, 25-19 loss, said coach Allison Smith.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had six kills, and senior Shelby Foster had three service aces to lead the Lady Vandals (15-1) in the nonconference game. The conference date is in Vandalia on Oct. 18.

    The next game is on Monday at Taylorville.

  • Senior Spotlight: Gabby McNutt

    Tasked with replacing a college-bound player at the most important position on the volleyball court, the nerves that Gabby McNutt felt early in the season were justified.

    Now 15 games later, the Vandalia senior finds setting to be second nature.

    “I was expecting to be the setter, but when I had to step up and do it, there was a lot of pressure,” McNutt said. “Now, I’m comfortable with everyone, because I’ve played with them all.”

  • Lady Vandals reign supreme at Vandalia Tourney

    It was the game everyone wanted to see in the finals of Saturday’s Vandalia Tournament, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

    County rivals Vandalia and South Central clashed in the championship game, with the Lady Vandals maintaining a 13-0 record by earning a 26-24, 25-22 victory in a rematch of a game from earlier this month to win their first-ever Vandalia Tournament.

    “Exactly the result that we wanted,” said coach Allison Smith.

  • Long runs, defense lead Vandals to big win at Roxana

    ROXANA – If Roxana wasn’t some 60 miles away, the Vandals probably just would have run home instead of taking the bus.

    Piling up 479 rushing yards on 47 carries, the Vandals used three touchdown runs at least 59 yards and a strong defensive performance last Friday night to dispatch South Central Conference rival Roxana, 39-7.

  • Lady Vandals now 15-0; next up is Pana

    It’s the game that every Vandalia volleyball player looks forward to each year, and in 2012, it takes on even more meaning.

    Pana, the team that has spoiled many Vandalia accomplishments over the years, will host the undefeated Lady Vandals on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup.

    The Lady Panthers are not as strong this season as they have been in the past, but they are still one of the top three teams in the conference, and getting by them on the road is no easy task.

    The varsity game will start at approximately 7 p.m.

    Volley for the Cure

  • Football notes: Homecoming game is Friday

    Coming home for the first time since Aug. 31, the Vandals will look to bring a homecoming crowd a big victory against Litchfield on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

    Vandalia (3-1) has scored at least 40 points against the Purple Panthers (1-3) in each of the past two seasons, and with the team’s offense coming off of a 483-yard effort at Roxana last Friday, another big win could be on the horizon.

    The game will be played in front of several former players who are being inducted into the VCHS Athletic Hall of Fame with the 2007 wrestling team, as well as former defensive coordinator Glenn Exton.

  • Patoka, Beecher City to battle for EIC crown

    VANDALIA – After watching the top seed fall in the game before theirs, the Warriors had all the more reason to get a win on Tuesday.

    Playing as the No. 2 seed in the semifinals of the Egyptian-Illini Conference at Vandalia, Patoka allowed just three hits to Brownstown while piling on the runs in a five-inning, 13-0 win.

    “This was our goal,” said coach Joe Eddy. “But, our objective wasn’t just to win tonight, it’s to go win Thursday’s championship game.”