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  • St. Elmo, Patoka earn top seeds in EIC Tournament

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference will be holding its postseason tournament at Vandalia High School next Monday-Thursday, and St. Elmo and Patoka have earned the top two seeds.

    Those two teams played an exciting game during the regular season, during which St. Elmo won, 3-2, to hand Patoka its only conference loss of the fall.

    Warriors coach Joe Eddy said after that game that he hoped his team would get a rematch in the title game of the EIC Tournament, and that is definitely a possibility.

    The tournament schedule follows:

  • Lady Vandals stay perfect with win at Hillsboro

    HILLSBORO — Vandalia's volleyball team moved to 9-0 after beating Hillsboro, 25-17, 25-18, on Thursday night.

    Senior RaeChelle Leiken led the attack, with nine kills, and the Lady Vandals had a season-high six blocks, including one solo and two assists from Leiken, and three assists from each junior Megan Godoyo and senior Sierah Ruffner.

    The Lady Vandals play four games on Saturday at the Vandalia Tournament, where they are favored to win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Luke Smith

    STAUNTON – For a player who prefers the defensive side of the ball, Vandalia senior Luke Smith has sure made a mark on the team’s offense.

    As one of four players with more than 30 rushing attempts on the season, Smith is the only Vandal with a rushing touchdown in each of the team’s three games this season.

    A red zone threat on any drive, the shifty 6-footer has secured 24 of Vandalia’s 92 points on the season (26 percent), and coach John Stout anticipates that he will continue finding the end zone all season.

  • Vandals take seventh straight win vs. Staunton

    STAUNTON – Two long touchdown plays from the Bulldogs were the only big blemishes for Vandalia on Saturday night, but a strong ground attack led the Vandals to a customary result at Staunton.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl carried the ball for 160 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Vandal defense twice stopped Staunton on key drives as Vandalia picked up a 36-21 road win on Saturday, the seventh straight victory against the Bulldogs.

  • Football notes: Roxana not a game to overlook

    Two years ago, Vandalia traveled to Roxana in week three and were upset, 32-14.

    And if the Vandals aren’t careful this Friday, it could happen again.

    “They are a pretty good ball club,” said coach John Stout of the Shells. “In all three of their games, they have been able to move the ball, and have some guys with some skills.

    “They are a threat to us.”

    The likelihood of Vandalia (2-1) overlooking any opponent this season is minimal, however, as every player on the team has big aspirations.

  • Lady Vandals still have perfect record

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken started her season with just 20 kills through the first games, but she has turned her attack around and had another strong game last Thursday as the Lady Vandals remained undefeated after a 25-19, 17-25, 25-20 win at Southwestern.

    Leiken led the team with 13 kills and has tallied 50 of them in the past four games, leading the team in the past three. She made just one hitting error on 34 attempts at Southwestern.

  • Vandalia volleyball tournament is on Saturday

    The 19th annual Vandalia Volleyball Tournament will be played on Saturday at the high school and junior high.

    Vandalia, Carlyle, East Alton-Wood River and Brownstown will be in Pool A, with games at the high school, and South Central, Greenville, Lebanon and Beecher City will be in Pool B, with games at the junior high.

    There is sure to be come exciting games during the event, with highlights likely to include Vandalia vs. Carlyle in the final game of Pool A play, and Greenville vs. South Central in the final game of Pool B play.

  • St. Elmo wins in final cancer match vs. Brownstown

    ST. ELMO – A large crowd was on hand Tuesday night to support the final Volley for the Cure game between Brownstown and St. Elmo.

    And they didn’t just get to help a great cause, they also got to see some good volleyball.

    In front a crowd that nearly packed both sides of St. Elmo’s gym, the Lady Eagles rallied from early deficits in both sets of a 25-19, 25-15 victory in the final cancer awareness game before the two schools consolidate their programs next season.

  • Tennis team takes second at Highland

    On Saturday, a freshmen doubles team placed first to lead the Lady Vandals to a second-place finish at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

    Karlie Bright and Makayla Tinker won No. 5 doubles, and two other teams placed second to help Vandalia score 13 team points to fall into second place.

    Centralia (19) was the winner, while Hillsboro (nine) took third. Bright and Tinker’s win against Centralia’s Molly Hutson and Sruti Swesh was the Orphan Annies' only loss in the tournament.

  • Eagles beat Warriors in decisive EIC game

    PATOKA – In the biggest game on both teams’ Egyptian-Illini Conference schedule, offense was hard to come by for Patoka and St. Elmo, as each team’s ace took the hill last Thursday.

    St. Elmo senior Connor Beasley and Patoka junior Clinton Hood combined for 17 strikeouts, but it was the Eagles who took advantage of its limited offensive opportunities to take a 3-2 win and improve to 3-0 in conference play.