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Today's Sports

  • Sports Briefs (Oct. 13)

    Knights of Columbus 5K is on Saturday

    The Knights of Columbus are hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit Cardinal Glennon Hospital and the Knights of Columbus.

    Registration is under way, and all runners who pre-register are guaranteed a T-shirt.  Registration on race day begins at 7:30 a.m., but those who register on Saturday cannot be assured a T-shirt.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (Sept. 24)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Senior Spotlight: Chelsey...

    In their first seasons as varsity players, seniors Chelsey Stewart and Erika Blackwell have been a pleasant surprise for Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder.

    Having combined for eight of the team’s 25 singles wins this season (32 percent), the two are now counted among the most important players on the team, each having once won a decisive singles match during the season.

    Schroeder said it was at the beginning of this season, when they both realized they had a chance to latch on to the varsity squad, that their games began to dramatically improve.

  • Lady Vandals beat hosts to win...

    PANA – For the first time since 2008, the Lady Vandals won the Pana Tournament, but they couldn’t even get the trophy out of the gym before breaking it.

    Shortly after taking group pictures, the ’11 snapped off the trophy, but there was no chance of that diminishing the happiness the team took away from Saturday’s effort.

    Vandalia finished 4-1 at the tournament – with the loss coming against Greenville – but because the Lady Vandals beat Pana, which also finished 4-1, they were named tournament champions.

  • Playoff contention looms after...

    HILLSBORO – The Vandals are one win closer to making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Likely to need just five victories to get into the postseason, Vandalia is now at four after knocking off Hillsboro, 27-20, last Friday night.

    Nothing is ever assured, but a good chance to get that fifth win will come on Friday night against Southwestern (3-3), which has given up the third-most points (209) in the South Central Conference.

  • Swofford, Herker advance to...

    Vandalia senior Derrick Herker and junior Blake Swofford both advanced to the Illinois High School Association Sectional Golf Championships after finishing in the top 10 at the regional match on Tuesday.

    Swofford, who a shot a 69, lost a playoff hole to Marquette Catholic's Danny Selby to finish second.

    Herker placed 10th after shooting a 79.

    Junior Zach Jackson nearly made the sectional, but he lost a playoff hole for the final spot to Andrew Rybolt of Pana.

  • Lady Vandals 'proudly...

    On the verge of losing their first Volley for the Cure game last Thursday, coach Allison Smith gave the Lady Vandals a moving message during a timeout toward the end of the second set.

    With Vandalia trailing 19-18, Smith reminded her club of what was at stake – and it wasn't centered on volleyball.

  • Cougars win MTC championship

    The South Central High School baseball team won its 17th and final Midland Trail Conference Tournament last Friday night, dispatching previously-unbeaten Woodlawn, 10-9.

    Shawn Meyer picked up his fifth win of the season after pitching 6 2/3 innings  and striking out eight. Luke Krajefska picked up the final out to earn the save.

    The Cougars opened the game with a four-run first inning, and added three more in the third and fifth innings.

  • The College Report: Brooke Maxey...

    The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels are 16-6 in volleyball action this year.

    And with only five sophomores on the Kim Potthast-Rahar-led team, the best may be yet to come. Especially if she can get a few more athletes like St. Elmo grad Brooke Maxey and South Central grad Katie Crain.

  • Tennis team earns fourth win vs...

    The Lady Vandals swept the singles against East Alton-Wood River on Monday and won two of three doubles matches to earn their fourth win of the season.

    That win gives Vandalia some positive momentum as it prepares for Saturday's South Central Conference Tournament in Hillsboro at 9 a.m.

    Coach Kevin Schroeder is hopeful some of his players will be seeded in the top four at Hillsboro, but he expects most of them to be seeded through the draw.