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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia falls in rain-delayed...

    Steady rains marred the second half of one of the biggest games on Vandalia's football schedule, as Carlinville's dominating rushing attack was too much for the Vandals to handle in a 32-14 loss on Friday.

    Brendan Stewart rushed for more than 200 yards and had touchdowns of 77 and 65 yards for Carlinville (2-0).

    Vandalia's scores came on a 2-yard run by Luke Smith in the first quarter and a 10-yard pass from Tim Ritchey to Ryan Ambuehl in the third quarter.

    Vandalia (1-1) travels to Staunton (2-0) next Friday.

  • Vandalia, South Central to play...

    The Vandalia and South Central High School volleyball teams will be playing in Saturday's Altamont Tournament. Both schools will be playing at Altamont Grade School.

    Vandalia's schedule is as follows:

    •8:30 a.m. vs. Beecher City

    •11:30 a.m. vs. Raymond-Lincolnwood

    •1:30 p.m. vs. South Central

    South Central's schedule is as follows:

    •9:30 a.m. vs. Raymond-Lincolnwood

    •10:30 a.m. vs. Beecher City

    •1:30 p.m. vs. Vandalia

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Newsom

    The big question coming into this football season was, “How are the Vandals going to replace Levi Ulmer?”

    The bruising fullback moved on to Ripon College, leaving a 1,200-yard void at the fullback position, but ask anyone in the Vandalia football program whether they think a void really exists, and you’ll get a pretty standard answer.

  • Earnest wins two Team USA medals

    Vandalia native Josie Earnest added to her collection of bowling awards by taking the individual bronze medal for Team USA in a tournament this past week.

    Bowling at the international PABCON Adult Championships in Henderson, Nev., Earnest finished third in the Master’s Division all-events on Saturday by averaging nearly 220 pins per game throughout the week-long tournament.

    The all-events pin totals included games bowled earlier in the week as an individual and those bowled with a team.

  • Big names in VCHS Athletic HOF...

    Vandalia’s last state-champion wrestler and the last wrestling team to place at state join the coach who brought

    Vandalia’s wrestling team to prominence and one of the best basketball players ever to play at the school in the 2012 athletic hall of fame class.

    Jo-E Smith, the 2007 individual state wrestling champion at 152 pounds, will be inducted as an individual, as well as with the 2007 wrestling team, which placed second in the state.

  • Lady Vandals open season with...

    Two seniors dominated the attack and 12 service aces helped bring the Lady Vandals a season-opening conference win on Tuesday, as they defeated Staunton, 25-18, 25-19.

    Sierah Ruffner led the offense in the first set, putting down all five of her kills during the set, including three in four points during a stretch that saw Vandalia widen its lead to five points at 16-11.

  • Seniors star as Vandals defeat...

    Ryan Ambuehl could feel the pressure from behind him as he ran through open space on the first play of Vandalia’s third first-quarter drive.

    So the senior running back kicked himself into a higher gear.

    Ambuehl threw a stiff-arm and then rumbled 69 yards for Vandalia’s second touchdown of the quarter, helping set the tone of a 42-14 season-opening win against Gillespie last Friday.

  • Football notes: Tough challenge...

    The good news is that the Vandals get to play Carlinville at home.

    The bad news is that when Carlinville comes to town, it brings along arguably the best running backs in the conference.

    Vandalia's defense will have one of its toughest challenges of the year on Friday when it tries to stop senior running backs Brendan Stewart and Cory Farneti from repeating their Week 1 performances, as the Vandals try to avenge last season's 28-21 loss in a critical South Central Conference matchup.

  • Orrell's late hit gives...

    RAMSEY – Senior Jake Orrell stroked a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie with Brownstown for the winning runs last Friday in the championship game of the Ramsey Tournament.

    After struggling in game one of the tournament, Orrell drove in four runs in the final two games, and coach Joe Eddy is hopeful that is a sign that Orrell can help Patoka to a strong season.

  • Jones shows toughness in win vs...

    She was tired, but it was worth it.

    “I am totally exhausted,” said senior Bailey Jones as she came off of the court after winning her doubles match last Thursday to secure Vandalia’s 5-4 win against Greenville.

    Prior to her doubles match, Jones was entrenched in a battle with Greenville’s Abby Gaffner, erasing a 6-9 deficit to force a tiebreaker.