Today's Sports

  • Vandals suffer tough loss to...

    OKAWVILLE —After a disappointing loss to start the Okawville Invitational, the Vandalia Vandals were looking to bounce back in a big way.
    It didn't happen.
    Host Okawville blew out Vandalia, 79-49, on Wednesday night.
    The Vandals suffered a lopsided loss to Madison on the opening night of the tourney. And one night later, it was more of the same, as the Vandals didn't get enough defensive stops and couldn't get much going offensively.


    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

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  • For Vandals, a tough loss to take

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's 76-54 loss to Madison left a bad taste in Brian Buscher's mouth.
    Simply put, Buscher wasn't very pleased with his team's performance on Tuesday during  the opening night of the 2015 Okawville Invitational.

  • Lady Vandals winning streak...

    EFFINGHAM — An  11-0  spurt in the fourth quarter propelled the Vandalia Lady Vandals to a 49-42 win over Greenville on Monday night in the first game of the  Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before they got going in a big way. Vandalia's girls scored 11 unanswered points to take control of the game.

  • Vandals shine in home finale

    Even with several key performers missing in action, the Vandalia Vandals celebrated Senior Day by winning two of three wrestling duals on Saturday.
    The Vandals were shorthanded for the quad, but still won two out of three. Vandalia topped Robinson, 47-15. The Vandals then knocked off Monticello, 42-30. Murphysboro took advantage of Vandalia's open weights in a 39-37 win over the hosts in the final dual of the day.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said the open weights were tough to overcome against Murphysboro.

  • Wrestling team earns dual wins...

    LITCHFIELD — The Vandalia Vandals split two duals at Litchfield on Thursday night.
    Vandalia beat Highland, 51-21. But Litchfield knocked off the Vandals, 39-30.
    After splitting the duals, the Vandals are now 19-6 in duals.

    Litchfield defeated Vandalia, 39-30.
    Litchfield won by forfeit at 106. Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay defeated Collin Davidson, 7-2, at 113. Chaston Womack earned a 15-0 decision over Tyler Thiessen at 120.

  • Lady Vandals earn payback

    One frustrating loss had tormented the Vandalia Lady Vandals for nearly a month.
    So when the Lady Vandals got another shot at Pana, it's safe to say there was some extra motivation.
    In the end, Vandalia's girls earned some sweet revenge with Thursday's 41-27 victory over the Pana Lady Panthers.
    The Lady Vandals had suffered a upsetting overtime loss at Pana on Dec. 15, with a controversial call playing a big role.
    But this time, the Lady Vandals took care of business, earning some payback in the process.

  • Area boys: Patoka beats SEB,...

    PATOKA — Two of the top small school boys basketball teams in the region met on Saturday in Patoka.
    In the end, Altamont earned a 63-48 win over the host Warriors.
    Jered Cain scored 16 points to lead Patoka (13-6). Garrett Belcher had 12 and Tyler Back added 10 for the Warriors.
    Adam Mayhaus poured in 32 points for the Indians, while Ryan Armstrong scored 27. Altamont made 26 of 33 free throws, while Patoka connected on just 9 of 20 at the foul line.

  • Greenville's depth too much...

    Greenville simply had too much firepower for the Vandalia Vandals.
    Taking advantage of its depth, size and athleticism, Greenville hammered Vandalia, 73-46, on Friday night in front a jam-packed VCHS gymnasium.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort, but gave the Comets credit, too.
    "They're a solid team," Buscher said. "They hurt you everywhere because they're all capable of scoring. Our kids played hard. I'm proud of our effort. I just wish our execution would have been better."

  • Vandals sweep home duals

    The Vandalia Vandals were shorthanded last Wednesday night.
    It was hard to tell.
    The host Vandals went 3-0 in duals on Wednesday, winning all three in impressive fashion.
    Vandalia defeated Belleville East, 42-18, and then knocked off Mascoutah, 63-12. Vandalia beat Roxana, 45-21, in the final dual.
    The Vandals were without Jake Stewart, Kolten Kaiser and Skylar Depew, as all are dealing with injuries. And yet they still won all three duals.