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School Sports

  • On the slate (Sept. 6-11)

    VANDALIA
    Football
    Friday at Staunton, 7 p.m.
    Volleyball
    Thursday at Southwestern, 5 p.m.
    Golf
    Thursday at Greenville, 5 p.m.
    Monday at Belk Park, 4:15 p.m.
    Tennis
    Thursday vs. Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday at Highland Tourney, 9 a.m.
    Tuesday vs. Effingham, 4:15 p.m.
    Soccer
    Monday vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday vs. Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.
    JV Football
    Monday vs. Staunton, 6 p.m.
    Freshmen Football
    Thursday vs. Gillespie, 6 p.m.

  • Vandalia High School golf event canceled

    Wednesday's golf event between Vandalia, Litchfield and Christ Our Rock Lutheran high schools scheduled at Vandalia Country Club has been canceled due to the weather. No makeup date has been set at this time.

  • Lady Vandals win Altamont Tournament; South Central is third

    ALTAMONT - The Lady Vandals continued their hot start to the season, winning the Altamont Tournament on Saturday to move their season record to 6-0.

    Vandalia eeked into the title game, getting by South Central, 26-28, 25-19, 17-15, in the final game of pool play. The Lady Cougars went on to beat Greenville in three sets to place third.

    In the championship game, Vandalia battled Cumberland, winning 25-9, 24-26, 15-12. Senior RaeChelle Leiken secured 12 kills in the title match.

  • Vandalia falls in rain-delayed football game

    Steady rains marred the second half of one of the biggest games on Vandalia's football schedule, as Carlinville's dominating rushing attack was too much for the Vandals to handle in a 32-14 loss on Friday.

    Brendan Stewart rushed for more than 200 yards and had touchdowns of 77 and 65 yards for Carlinville (2-0).

    Vandalia's scores came on a 2-yard run by Luke Smith in the first quarter and a 10-yard pass from Tim Ritchey to Ryan Ambuehl in the third quarter.

    Vandalia (1-1) travels to Staunton (2-0) next Friday.

  • Vandalia, South Central to play in Altamont Volleyball Tournament on Saturday

    The Vandalia and South Central High School volleyball teams will be playing in Saturday's Altamont Tournament. Both schools will be playing at Altamont Grade School.

    Vandalia's schedule is as follows:

    •8:30 a.m. vs. Beecher City

    •11:30 a.m. vs. Raymond-Lincolnwood

    •1:30 p.m. vs. South Central

    South Central's schedule is as follows:

    •9:30 a.m. vs. Raymond-Lincolnwood

    •10:30 a.m. vs. Beecher City

    •1:30 p.m. vs. Vandalia

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Newsom

    The big question coming into this football season was, “How are the Vandals going to replace Levi Ulmer?”

    The bruising fullback moved on to Ripon College, leaving a 1,200-yard void at the fullback position, but ask anyone in the Vandalia football program whether they think a void really exists, and you’ll get a pretty standard answer.

  • Big names in VCHS Athletic HOF class of '12

    Vandalia’s last state-champion wrestler and the last wrestling team to place at state join the coach who brought

    Vandalia’s wrestling team to prominence and one of the best basketball players ever to play at the school in the 2012 athletic hall of fame class.

    Jo-E Smith, the 2007 individual state wrestling champion at 152 pounds, will be inducted as an individual, as well as with the 2007 wrestling team, which placed second in the state.

  • Lady Vandals open season with victory

    Two seniors dominated the attack and 12 service aces helped bring the Lady Vandals a season-opening conference win on Tuesday, as they defeated Staunton, 25-18, 25-19.

    Sierah Ruffner led the offense in the first set, putting down all five of her kills during the set, including three in four points during a stretch that saw Vandalia widen its lead to five points at 16-11.

  • Seniors star as Vandals defeat Gillespie, 42-14

    Ryan Ambuehl could feel the pressure from behind him as he ran through open space on the first play of Vandalia’s third first-quarter drive.

    So the senior running back kicked himself into a higher gear.

    Ambuehl threw a stiff-arm and then rumbled 69 yards for Vandalia’s second touchdown of the quarter, helping set the tone of a 42-14 season-opening win against Gillespie last Friday.

  • Football notes: Tough challenge lies ahead

    The good news is that the Vandals get to play Carlinville at home.

    The bad news is that when Carlinville comes to town, it brings along arguably the best running backs in the conference.

    Vandalia's defense will have one of its toughest challenges of the year on Friday when it tries to stop senior running backs Brendan Stewart and Cory Farneti from repeating their Week 1 performances, as the Vandals try to avenge last season's 28-21 loss in a critical South Central Conference matchup.