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School Sports

  • Swofford, Leiken make state tourney

    Junior Blake Swofford will be Vandalia's lone representative at the boys state golf tournament, and junior RaeChelle Leiken qualified for the girls tourney.

    After shooting a 79 at the Carlyle sectional tournament on Monday, Swofford just made it through the cutoff for advancement to this weekend's event.

    Being that close, however, made him a bit nervous as he closed out his round, considering that he missed the state tournament by one stroke last season.

  • Vandals down Piasa to become playoff eligible

    It is possible for a team with five wins to miss the football playoffs, but in the Vandals' case, even if they lose the final two games of the season, they should still get in.

    A 42-8 drubbing of Southwestern last Friday night – led by four touchdowns by Ryan Ambuehl and a career-high 196 yards from senior Levi Ulmer – gave the Vandals their fifth win, and if historical trends continue, that will be enough for Vandalia to qualify.

  • George, Hickerson named all-conference in tennis

    HILLSBORO – Seniors Abby Hickerson and Callie George were named all-South Central Conference on Saturday, after placing third in doubles play at the SCC Tournament.

    Getting that honor, however, turned out to be quite a challenge for the duo.

    Facing the team of Gianna Paden and Breanna Speraneo from Hillsboro after a first-round bye, George and Hickerson had to take the match to three games before closing out the 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 second-round victory.

    Included was winning the final three points of the third game.

  • Lady Vandals get 20th win at Stew-Stras; get third seed at regionals

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season on Monday, with a 25-18, 25-12 win at Stew-Stras.

    Against Stew-Stras, junior RaeChelle Leiken and sophomore Megan Godoyo led the offensive attack, recording a combined 13 kills.

    Leiken was also strong at the service line, scoring two aces. Senior Haley Wollerman also served two aces, and had eight assists.

    Vandalia got its 19th win at Litchfield last Thursday, 26-24, 25-14.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct. 13)

    VYO FOOTBALL
    Final Records
    5th grade: Vandalia was 6-2
    6th grade: Vandalia was 5-3
    7th grade: Vandalia was 8-0
    8th grade: Vandalia was 7-1
    *Vandalia swept Litchfield on Saturday, but scores were not reported

    VANDALIA TENNIS
    Oct. 8
    at Greenville
    Greenville 8, Vandalia 1
    Singles:
    •No. 1 Lauren Wasmuth lost, 2-6, 1-6
    •No. 2 Callie George lost, 2-6, 4-6
    •No. 3 Abby Hickerson lost, 1-6, 1-6

  • Eighth-graders off to fast start

    The Jr. Lady Vandals are 7-0.

  • Senior Spotlight: Chelsey Stewart/Erika Blackwell

    In their first seasons as varsity players, seniors Chelsey Stewart and Erika Blackwell have been a pleasant surprise for Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder.

    Having combined for eight of the team’s 25 singles wins this season (32 percent), the two are now counted among the most important players on the team, each having once won a decisive singles match during the season.

    Schroeder said it was at the beginning of this season, when they both realized they had a chance to latch on to the varsity squad, that their games began to dramatically improve.

  • Lady Vandals beat hosts to win Pana Tourney

    PANA – For the first time since 2008, the Lady Vandals won the Pana Tournament, but they couldn’t even get the trophy out of the gym before breaking it.

    Shortly after taking group pictures, the ’11 snapped off the trophy, but there was no chance of that diminishing the happiness the team took away from Saturday’s effort.

    Vandalia finished 4-1 at the tournament – with the loss coming against Greenville – but because the Lady Vandals beat Pana, which also finished 4-1, they were named tournament champions.

  • Playoff contention looms after 4th win

    HILLSBORO – The Vandals are one win closer to making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Likely to need just five victories to get into the postseason, Vandalia is now at four after knocking off Hillsboro, 27-20, last Friday night.

    Nothing is ever assured, but a good chance to get that fifth win will come on Friday night against Southwestern (3-3), which has given up the third-most points (209) in the South Central Conference.

  • Swofford, Herker advance to sectionals

    Vandalia senior Derrick Herker and junior Blake Swofford both advanced to the Illinois High School Association Sectional Golf Championships after finishing in the top 10 at the regional match on Tuesday.

    Swofford, who a shot a 69, lost a playoff hole to Marquette Catholic's Danny Selby to finish second.

    Herker placed 10th after shooting a 79.

    Junior Zach Jackson nearly made the sectional, but he lost a playoff hole for the final spot to Andrew Rybolt of Pana.