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Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals earn overtime win

    CENTRALIA — A great finish definitely made up for a poor start for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    Vandalia's girls got it done in crunch time, pulling out an exciting 56-53 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran in overtime on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals overcame a double-digit deficit with a late rally to force overtime. The visitors then held off the Silver Stallions in the extra period.

  • Vandalia voting no on football...

    Will the landscape of high school football in Illinois change?
    Vandalia Coach John Stout hopes not. And he's not alone.
    A proposal that would drastically overhaul how regular-season football games are scheduled in the state will be voted on by Illinois High School Association member schools this month.
    And many coaches like Stout are opposed to the proposal.
    "We're not in favor of it," Stout said. "We're voting no."

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Miners

    A suffocating full-court pressure defense and Emma Meyer's offensive outburst led the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a convincing 52-40 victory over Gillespie on Thursday night.
    The Lady Vandals had visiting Gillespie out of sorts from the start, trapping and pressing the Lady Miners into turnover after turnover.

  • Vandalia girls fall to state-...

    PIASA — One bad quarter.
    That was all it took to turn a close game into a blowout.
    Southwestern-Piasa used a big third-quarter to get past the Vandalia Lady Vandals, 50-32, on Saturday.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by only four at halftime, but the Birds went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter to pull away for good.
    In the third period, the Lady Vandals simply went cold from the field, misfiring again and again. A few turnovers also proved costly for the visitors.

  • Cain leads Patoka past South...

    FARINA — Joey Eddy had been waiting for a performance like this.
    Eddy's Patoka High School boys basketball team put it all together in a 63-48 victory over South Central on Monday night.
    "It's a big win for us because it's a rivalry win," Eddy said. "When you're at Patoka, it's a big win if you beat South Central."
    This one was all Patoka, as the Warriors raced out to a big lead by the early stages of the second period.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past...

    Vandalia's girls cruised past Gillespie, 52-40, on Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals (4-2) are at Piasa Southwestern on Saturday. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.

     

  • Wrestling team begins 2014-15...

    VANDALIA — The odds were stacked against the Vandalia Vandals before Tuesday's season-opening wrestling dual even began.
    For starters, two returning state-qualifiers were unavailable to compete for the Vandals. That meant some athletes would be wrestling in higher weight classes against bigger opponents.
    Two open weights also hurt the hosts, as well, as the Vandals gave up 12 points to forfeits.
    That's not all. The Class 1A Vandals were also hosting a solid Class 3A program.

  • State qualifiers will lead...

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team returns a solid core.
    The Vandals have regional champions, sectional medalists and state qualifiers up and down the lineup. In fact, Vandals Coach Jason Clay has five returning state qualifiers on the roster in 2014-15.
    All five are expected to lead the way for the Vandals this season.
    Let's take a quick look at each of Vandalia's returning state qualifiers.

    Trevor Philpot
    A sophomore, Philpot advanced to state at 106 pounds last year.

  • Tough Competition

    CANTON — Vandalia's first appearance at the Canton Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament ended in disappointment.
    The Vandals went 0-3 at the 40th edition of the annual event at Canton's Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium.
    Vandalia's boys had their chances in two of the three games, as the team suffered close losses to Delavan and Canton.
    The Vandals suffered a 58-48 loss to Delavan on Friday night before dropping two games on Saturday, falling to the hosts and Peoria Manual.

    Opener vs. Delavan

  • 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.