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School Sports

  • 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

  • Soccer team gets first goal in loss

    The Vandalia soccer team scored its first goal of the season on Tuesday, but the Vandals weren’t able to come away with the win as Christ Our Rock Lutheran won, 3-1.

    “We did some things right, but we did a lot of things wrong,” said coach Walt Kinney. “Right after they scored that first goal in the first five minutes, we deflated and played that way for the next 15 minutes.”

    Senior Sawyer Dickenson connected on the goal, with an assist from Jussi Craycroft.

  • Lady Cougars place third at Altamont Tournament

    ALTAMONT – South Central’s volleyball team put a devastating loss behind and then made a frantic comeback to take third-place at Saturday’s Altamont Tournament.

    After falling to Vandalia, 28-26, 19-25, 15-17, in the final game of pool play, the Lady Cougars had to deal with another South Central Conference team in Greenville.

    After losing the first set, 20-25, South Central dominated in set two, winning, 25-13, and then came out on top in a back-and-forth third set, 17-15.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Sept. 6)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Greeneville Astros

  • Prep Roundup (Sept. 6)

    St. Elmo places third at Mattoon Invitational

    The Lady Eagles posted a 3-2 record and defeated Heyworth in straight sets to place third at Saturday’s Mattoon Invitational.

    Senior Perry Manley was named to the All-Tournament team after posting 75 assists, five kills and two service aces.

    St. Elmo opened the tourney with a 17-25, 25-18, 10-15 loss to Heyworth, before defeating Warrensburg-Latham, 25-20, 25-21, and Taylorville, 20-25, 25-11, 15-3.

  • Vandal Leaders (Sept. 6)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

  • Vandalia golfers struggle in loss at Effingham CC

    The Vandalia golf team fell to Effingham on Tuesday, 154-191.

    Senior Blake Swofford led the Vandals (4-4) at Effingham Country Club, shooting a 41 to finish in a tie for fourth.

    Sophomore Zach Schaal shot a 47 for Vandalia's second-best score, but all six of Effingham's golfers had 44 or lower.

    Senior Leyton Godoyo (51), senior Zach Jackson (52), sophomore Jake Bowen (58) and sophomore Adam Palmer (65) rounded out Vandalia's participants.