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Today's Sports

  • Sperry, Scholes and McDowell...

    Three area players were named to the National Trail Conference's all-conference teams.

    St. Elmo's Ben Sperry was named all-conference, and St. Elmo's Blaine Scholes and Brownstown's Brady McDowell were named honorable mention.

  • Wasmuth gets tennis team's...

    EFFINGHAM – Senior Lauren Wasmuth was the only Lady Vandal to win a match at the tennis sectional tournament last Friday afternoon in Effingham.

    Facing an alternate from Salem, Wasmuth took her first-round match, 6-3, 6-3, before running into the tournament’s No. 3 player, to whom Wasmuth lost, 0-6, 0-6.

    That score, however, was very deceiving.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct....

    REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL
    at Flora
    Monday, Oct. 24
    •(4) Olney vs. (5) Greenville, 5:30 p.m.
    •(3) Vandalia vs. (6) Flora, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Oct. 25
    •(1) Breese Central vs. Winner of Match 1, 5:30 p.m.
    •(2) Carlyle vs. Winner of Match 2, 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Oct. 27
    •Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 6:30 p.m.

  • The College Report: Parrish...

    At 7-15 overall and 2-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Franklin College has struggled.

    Since Oct. 5, however, it has been a pretty good stretch. The team has lost only one match since then, which came against Spalding College. Franklin freshman Taylor Parrish, a Vandalia graduate, has been a big part of that turn-around.

    The Grizzlies have defeated Manchester College (3-2), Indiana University-Northwest (3-1) and Earlham College (3-1).

  • Sports Briefs (Oct. 20)

    Jr. Pro basketball camp starts Oct. 29

    The Vandalia Jr. Pro boys basketball camp will begin on Oct. 29 and conclude on Nov. 12 during Red/White night.

    Boys in grades K-6 may register for the camp, which will emphasize individual attention to develop skills.

    Teaching kids to enjoy the game is one of the primary objectives of the camp.

  • Vandalia football playoff shirts...

    Order forms for Vandalia football playoff T-shirts, lone-sleeved T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are available at the Vandalia Community High School office until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. All orders must be completed by that time.

  • Vandals clinch playoff berth...

    Now, it's official.

    The Vandalia High School football on Friday night clinched its spot in the playoffs with its sixth victory, a 20-14 win against Pana. The playoff appearnace will be the team's first since 2008.

    Seniors Bryan Hosick and Levi Ulmer, and junior Ryan Ambuehl all scored rushing touchdowns for the Vandals (6-2), and Hosick intercepted a pass with less than 30 seconds left to seal the win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Christian...

    Soccer player. Baseball player. Eagle Scout. Band member. Scholar Bowl member. Aspiring valedictorian. Aspiring chemical engineering major.

    And that's just part of the life of Vandalia senior Christian Schroeder, who finished his high school soccer career on Friday.

    So how does one juggle all of those responsibilities, anyway?

    “I don’t know how he does it,” said Vandals soccer coach Walt Kinney. “He’s a superhuman.”

  • Swofford, Leiken make state...

    Junior Blake Swofford will be Vandalia's lone representative at the boys state golf tournament, and junior RaeChelle Leiken qualified for the girls tourney.

    After shooting a 79 at the Carlyle sectional tournament on Monday, Swofford just made it through the cutoff for advancement to this weekend's event.

    Being that close, however, made him a bit nervous as he closed out his round, considering that he missed the state tournament by one stroke last season.

  • Vandals down Piasa to become...

    It is possible for a team with five wins to miss the football playoffs, but in the Vandals' case, even if they lose the final two games of the season, they should still get in.

    A 42-8 drubbing of Southwestern last Friday night – led by four touchdowns by Ryan Ambuehl and a career-high 196 yards from senior Levi Ulmer – gave the Vandals their fifth win, and if historical trends continue, that will be enough for Vandalia to qualify.