Today's Sports

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Vandals, Lady Vandals named to...

    Five Vandalia Community High School football players have earned all-conference honors from the South Central Conference for 2014.
    Vandalia had two first-team all-conference selections.
    Kendrick Woolsey was a first-team pick on the defensive line and Collin Nestleroad was a first-team pick at defensive back. Woolsey is a junior and Nestleroad is a senior.
    Vandalia senior Bobby Bradley was a second-team pick at running back, while classmate Gage Miles was a second-team pick on the offensive line.

  • Area roundup: Hahn leads South...

    COWDEN — Abby Hahn put on a show in the season-opener.
    A sophomore guard, Hahn scored a career-high 30 points in the first game of the season as the South Central Lady Cougars knocked off Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 44-35, on Monday night in girls basketball action.
    "The girls played hard tonight to pick up a win in our first game of the year," South Central Coach Gary Kapper said. "We moved the ball pretty well and were patient in our offense for the most part. We just need to get more aggressive in attacking the basket when we can."

  • Lady Vandals heading to...

    The Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team will be competing at the Litchfield McDonald's/Niehaus Cycle Girls Round Robin Tournament.
    The event features five teams — Mount Olive, Carlinville, Vandalia, Nokomis and host Litchfield.

  • 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.