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School Sports

  • Old Capitol Classic starts next Tuesday

    The Jr. High girls basketball season kicks off at the beginning of next week with the Old Capitol Classic.

    Games in the annual tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Vandalia junior high and elementary schools.

    Local teams in the tournament include Vandalia, Brownstown and Mulberry Grove.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Sept. 13)

    JV photos from the past week.

  • PHOTOS: VYO football vs. Roxana

    The VYO football teams took to Mark Greer Field on Saturday against Roxana.   

    This Saturday, the Jr. Vandals travel to Pana. Action from two weeks ago at East Alton-Wood River was canceled due to rain.

  • Vandals win at Staunton

    STAUNTON - The Vandals got three touchdowns and more than 150 yards from Ryan Ambuehl during a 36-21 win at Staunton on Saturday night.

    Vandalia's victory comes as a boost after the team was defeated by Carlinville last Friday, as the Vandals (2-1) now have a string of winnable games, with the next big challenge not until week 9 against Greenville, which lost to Carlinville 59-14 on Saturday.

    Luke Smith and Tim Ritchey also scored for the Vandals to help drop Staunton to 2-1 on the season.

  • Vandalia Football game postponed until Saturday.

    STAUNTON-Vandalia's football game at Staunton was canceled at about 7:00pm on Friday night and rescheduled for Saturday at 7:00pm. The game was called off due to heavy rains.

  • Senior Spotlight: Shelby Foster

    ALTAMONT – As part of a senior class that features three front-row hitters who are good enough to play at the next level, Vandalia’s Shelby Foster sometimes can get lost in the mix of thunderous kills.

    Her contributions aren’t the ones that get the crowd on its feet or create a collective gasp from everyone in a gym.

    But they are the ones that help a team like the Lady Vandals start the season 7-0.

  • Lady Vandals win Altamont Tournament

    ALTAMONT – Seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken combined for 59 kills in four matches, leading the Lady Vandals to the championship at the Altamont Tournament on Saturday.

    Each player more than doubled her season total in kills to lead Vandalia past South Central for the first time in many years in the final game of pool play and then by Cumberland in the title game to give the team a 6-0 start for the first time since coach Allison Smith took over the program in 2004.

  • Lady Vandals stay perfect at 7-0

    The Lady Vandals stayed undefeated on Tuesday night, winning their third conference match of the season by beating Carlinville in thrilling fashion, 20-25, 28-26, 28-26.

    The match marked the fourth time that at least one set in a Vandalia match has gone past the 25-point threshold.
    “This is my team’s demeanor,” said coach Allison Smith.

    The match was decided late in the third set, when superior efforts from three Vandalia players broke a match-point serve for Carlinville and resulted in a deflating kill that tied the set at 26.

  • Cavalier run game again gets best of Vandalia in loss

    Carlinville’s potent running game proved to be too much for the Vandalia defense, as the Cavaliers ran away to a 32-14 win last Friday in a game that was marred by downpouring rain in the second half.

    In one of the premier games on the Vandals’ schedule this season, Carlinville showed its offensive might on its second possession, when Brendan Stewart carried the ball 77 yards for a touchdown, breaking several tackles along the way.

  • Football notes: Tough game looms

    A new conference rival will be another big challenge for the Vandalia football team on Friday, when the Vandals travel to Staunton.

    The Bulldogs (2-0) have returned to the South Central Conference this season, and have already showed that they came to contend for championships, having held both Pana and Hillsboro to just seven points.

    Staunton is led by dual-threat quarterback Jake Bruhn, who has thrown for at least 115 yards and run for at least 59 yards in both games this season.

    Rainy night