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School Sports

  • Vandals start season at St. Anthony Tournament

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season on Tuesday when it plays Charleston in the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 17-12 record, earning the South Central Conference championship and advancing to the finals of the regional tournament.

    In last season's opener, Vandalia fell to Effingham, 60-35 in St. Anthony's tournament. Johnson – who averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year – scored nine of Vandalia's points that game.

  • Vandalia girls open season on Friday

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will start its season on Friday night against Roxana. The game will tip at 6 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 5-21 record, but one of those wins was a 55-47 victory against Roxana in the season-opener.

    In that game, Amber Bruno scored 22 points, Haley Wollerman scored 15 points and Hannah Edwards scored 14 points. Those three players all return this season in hopes of improving the team’s win total
    to the 12-15 range.

  • Smith hands out volleyball awards

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team held its award banquet on Monday. Award winners were, in front, from left: Austyn Krueger, Newcomer of the Year; Ellie Ehrat, Leadership/Spirit Award; Haley Wollerman, Co-MVP, Most Aces, Most Assists and Best Serving Percentage; and Whitney Schaal, Defense Award and Coaches Award. In back are: Taylor Parrish, Co-MVP and Best Hitting Percentage; Sierah Ruffner, Most Improved; Holly Goldsmith, Co-MVP, Most Kills and Most Blocks; Megan Shreve, Coaches Award; and Amy Walton, Coaches Award.

  • Seventh-graders almost win share of Mid-State Conference championship

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team came within a point of sharing the Mid-State Conference championship with Hillsboro after falling to the Dragons last week, 27-26.

    “It was a high-competition game,” said coach Dana Kirk. “I think everyone who was there would agree that if you looked out there and didn’t know they were seventh-graders, you wouldn’t think they were seventh-graders.”

  • Vandalia eighth-graders get first wins

    It was a long 16 games for coach Todd Marquardt and the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade basketball team.

    But once the final seconds ticked off in the team’s first win of the season against Stew-Stras last Friday, Marquardt said the 26-16 score gave the team the confidence it had needed to find.

    “That validates what they’re doing,” Marquardt said. “It shows the girls that when we get against a team that is similar to us, if we can do some things right, we can come out with a win.”

  • VCHS hosts Red/White Night

    Vandalia Community High School celebrated its alumni and the upcoming high school basketball season on Saturday during Red/White.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders lose twice

    Vandalia eighth-grader Alex Sasse looks to pass the ball to the perimeter after running into the Greenville defense on her way to the basket during a 39-9 Blue Jays win last Thursday. Sasse scored Vandalia's first two points of the game. Madison Click, Ashley Swain and Nicole Wells also scored for the Vandals. On Tuesday, the Vandals fell to Hillsboro, 37-7. Sasse (four points) and Jordan Wagner (three) scored.

  • St. Elmo falls to Vandalia

    St. Elmo seventh-grader Landon Feezel (left) tries to drive around Vandalia's Brandon Gelsinger during the first round of the Vandalia Seventh-Grade Tournament on Saturday. The Eagles were defeated by the Vandals 33-24 in that game.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Nov. 11-16)

    Thursday Nov. 11
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown at Neoga, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown vs. Beecher City, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 12
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Ramsey, 6 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Stew-Stras, 6 p.m.

    Saturday, Nov. 13
    BASKETBALL
    Vandalia Red/White Night, 5 p.m.

    Monday, Nov. 15
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    South Central at CHBC, 6:15 p.m.

  • Hobbie has fast start for McKendree

    One heartbreaking loss, one victory and two great Eric Hobbie performances.

    McKendree University coach Harry Statham would have liked to have beaten Lindenwood University in its first game of the season, but Hobbie, a Vandalia grad, did everything he could do to power the Bearcats to victory. In the 81-79 loss to the St. Louis-based school, Hobbie poured in 24 points, grabbed five rebounds and doled out three assists. He hit 8-of-21 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. He made 4-of-9 trey opportunities.