Today's Sports

  • Web update: Vandals drop...

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team began the 2014-15 season with a dual against Belleville West on Tuesday night. Belleville West defeated a short-handed Vandalia squad, 54-18. Look for more in the print edition.

  • Web update: Vandals fall at...

    The Vandalia Community High School boys basketball team went 0-3 at the Canton Thanksgiving Tournament.

    The Vandals lost to Delavan, 58-48, on Friday night. The team returned to the tourney on Saturday. Peoria Manual defeated Vandalia, 80-27. Canton knocked off the Vandals, 60-51.

    Manual won the tourney for the fifth-straight season.


    Lady Vandals earn win

    Vandalia's girls basketball team finished the Litchfield Tournament on Saturday night with a 60-52 win over Mt. Olive.

  • South Central boys knock off...

    FARINA — South Central held off Vandalia's late rally and earned a 67-61 victory over the Vandals on Tuesday night in the season-opener.

    The Cougars had a 15-point lead by halftime, but the Vandals made things interesting late. Vandalia cut South Central's lead down to two points in the fourth quarter before the hosts got it done in crunch time to secure the win.

    Tuesday's boxscore is below.

    Look for more on this game in the print edition.

  • Web Update: Aces, Rams earn wins...

    MULBERRY GROVE — The 2014 Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament began on Monday night.

    Odin defeated Cowden-Herrick, 84-64, in the first game.

    Ramsey stunned Patoka, 56-54, in the second game.

    With a huge game from Ty James, Mulberry Grove defeated Sandoval, 64-57.

    Monday's boxscores are below.

    Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament

  • Web update: Lady Vandals fall in...

    Nokomis used a big first quarter in a 55-43 win over Vandalia in a first round game of the Litchfield Niehaus-McDonald's Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday night.

    The Lady Redskins led 19-8 after one period of play. Vandalia played nearly even the rest of the way, but could not overcome the early deficit.

    Monday win

    Vandalia's girls earned a 38-36 win over Carlinville on Monday night.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • SEB's Moore repeats as EIC...

    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore has earned the Egyptian Illini Conference's Most Valuable Player award for the second-straight volleyball season.
    A junior, Moore led the Eagles to a conference title. St. Elmo/Brownstown had two other first-team all-conference selections — Emily Bone and Elizabeth Guerrero.
    Sarah Maxey of SEB and Patoka's duo of Morgan O'Brien and Lindsay Cain were all recognized on the second team. Kayla Zimmerman of Mulberry Grove and Abbi Cunningham of Ramsey were honorable mention selections.


    Tony Alstat was hooked from the start.
    From the first time he competed in the grueling endurance event, he knew it was just his thing.
    What others see as extreme or nearly impossible, Alstat sees as exhilarating, enjoyable and rewarding.
    A Vandalia native, Alstat has a strong passion for competing in arguably the toughest single athletic event around — the Spartan Race.
    Pushing his body to the limits, coming out in one piece and the personal satisfaction that comes with finishing a grueling event is why he does it.

  • 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."