Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals cruise in season-...

    VANDALIA — A huge first-half spurt propelled the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a dominating 43-20 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night in the 2014-15 season-opener.
    The Lady Vandals forced turnover after turnover on one end, and used a balanced offensive attack on the other in the lopsided win.
    In fact, Vandalia put together a 19-0 run in the first half to pull away for good.
    Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a great way to start the season.

  • Local players earn NTC...

    The area was well-represented on the 2014 National Trail All-Conference Volleyball Team.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore and South Central's Maria Brasel were both recognized as first-team all-conference selections.
    Both schools also had two selections on the second team — St. Elmo/Brownstown's Elizabeth Guerrero and Emily Bone, and South Central's Emily Chapman and Diedra Schaal.
    Megan Nuxoll of Effingham St. Anthony was chosen as the conference's Most Valuable Player.

  • Vandals had memorable football...

    Call it a season to remember.
    After a disappointing 2013, the Vandalia Community High School football team bounced back nicely in 2014.
    The Vandals advanced to the playoffs, earning several memorable victories along the way. The team finished the season with a record of 5-5.
    "We rebounded this season," Vandalia Coach John Stout said. "We had a bad season last year (1-8). But the seniors rededicated themselves. I can't say enough about our senior class and the commitment they made in the offseason."

  • Winter sports practices under way

    Winter sports practices have arrived around the area and throughout the state.
    Vandalia Community High School is once again fielding teams in boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling.
    Here's a quick look at each team as the 2014-15 season arrives.
    Girls Basketball
    The VCHS girls basketball team was the first to begin practicing, as girls teams around the state started practices on Monday, Nov. 3.


    Hannah Blythe won't soon forget the 2014 tennis season.
    Neither will her father.
    A Vandalia High School junior, Blythe just completed a stellar 2014 campaign.
    It was one that saw Blythe go week-after-week and month-after-month without suffering a loss, as the Lady Vandal standout went undefeated until the state finals.
    "I accomplished all of my goals before I got to Chicago," Hannah said. "That was exactly what I wanted to do."

  • A heartbreaking loss

    NASHVILLE — John Stout wasn't surprised.
    In fact, he knew it was coming.
    Stout's Vandalia High School football team pulled off an impressive second-half comeback, overcoming a huge deficit in stunning fashion.
    But in the end, the epic comeback wasn't enough.
    Nashville held on late for a 48-39 victory over Vandalia in a first-round game of the IHSA Class 3A football playoffs on Saturday.

  • Patoka falls to Woodlawn at...

    LOUISVILLE — The realization hit the Patoka Lady Warriors moments after their season came to an abrupt end — there's no shame in losing to a talented team.
    Dominant from the start, Woodlawn defeated Patoka, 25-7, 25-7, in a Class 1A North Clay Sectional semifinal on Tuesday night.
    Woodlawn advanced to the sectional title game with the win, while the season ended for the Lady Warriors. Woodlawn had too much firepower for the Warriors.
    Patoka Coach Paula Copple said her team just ran into a solid opponent.

  • Patoka tops Mulberry Grove for...

    MULBERRY GROVE — As the final whistle blew, contrasting emotions were on full display, just as you'd expect after a postseason thriller.
    Moments after an intense regional championship match concluded, the Patoka Lady Warriors were jumping up and down and screaming in celebration, as their volleyball season would continue in the state tournament.
    On the other hand, the Mulberry Grove Lady Aces were wiping away the tears as they realized their season had come to an abrupt end.

  • South Central's season ends...

    CENTRALIA — The first set went their way. But the next two did not.
    South Central saw the volleyball season come to an end Thursday, as No. 1 seed Woodlawn defeated the second-seeded Lady Cougars, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, at the Class 1A Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran Regional.
    South Central went 19-15 for Head Coach Sherry Hargis.
    South Central rallied late to pull out a close first set, scoring the final two points after the set was tied, 23-23. Alexis Harpster had a key ace late in the set.

  • Web update: Vandals fall to...

    The Vandalia football team made a valliant comeback, but it was not enough, as Nashville earned a 48-39 win over the Vandals in a first round football playoff game on Saturday.

    Look for more on this story in the print edition.