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Today's Sports

  • T-Town ends Vandals' season...

    T-Town continues to have Vandalia's number, beating the Vandals 11-0 on Wednesday, ending their season in the regional semifinal for the second straight season.

    "T-Town has had a good program for a very long time, and we're trying to turn our program around. It's only a matter of time before things turn and we take care of business, just like they did today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • UPDATED: Area softball and...

    Area Softball Results

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Anthony 1, Vandalia 0

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Elmo 13, Stew-Stras 2

    Tuesday, May 18, Mt. Olive at Ramsey at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19,  Mulberry Grove vs. (winner of Mt. Olive/Ramsey) at Nokomis at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19, Windsor 8, St. Elmo 7

    Wednesday, May 19, South Central 8, Noble 5

    Saturday, May 22, South Central in Regional Championship at 11 a.m. at Clay City

    Area Baseball Results

  • BREAKING NEWS: Osorio and Cowger...

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger qualified for state on Friday.

    Osorio is headed to Charleston for the second consecutive year in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches at the Robinson Sectional, placing second.

    Cowger, who missed state by a couple of inches last spring is headed there next week after placing third in the shot put, with a throw of 50 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

    In addition to sending two athletes to state, Vandalia set two new school records.

  • Ruffner, Beasley and Hill...

    Three local athletes will be competing in Charleston on the blue track this weekend at the Illinois girls track and field state finals.

    At Friday's sectional in Newton, Sierah Ruffner of Vandalia Community High School, and Ashlynn Beasley and Abby Hill of St. Elmo High School qualified for state.

    Ruffner has been Vandalia's most-consistent competitor all spring. The freshman will be competing in the high jump at state, an event that has been her bread and butter all year. Ruffner is no stranger to state competition.

  • Vandalia beats Pana on walkoff...

    In two regular season meetings, Vandalia was able to beat Pana easily, winning 12-2 and 8-1. When the Vandals were matched up with the Panthers in the regional quarterfinals, all indications were that it would be another thrashing by Vandalia. But with its season on the line, Pana gave the Vandals a fight, with the game coming down to a bases-loaded safety squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    "Pana came out with nothing to lose and ready to go. They gave us some fits today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Lady Vandals fall to St. Anthony...

    The Lady Vandals had some tough losses this season, but perhaps the most painful will be the 1-0 loss to St. Anthony in the regional quarter final on Tuesday.

    Senior Maggie Childers pitched a gem in her final game for Vandalia, scattering five hits and not allowing an earned run in six innings of work.

    St. Anthony's run came in the bottom of the third after a lead-off single ended up scoring on an error. The Lady Vandals were held to four hits, but couldn't string anything together until the seventh inning

  • BREAKING NEWS: SCC will realign...

    As first reported last week in The Leader-Union, the South Central Conference will realign for the 2012-13 season.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the principals of the 10 SCC schools met in Litchfield. Litchfield High School Principal Mark Hunt made a motion to remove Roxana, Alton-Marquette and East Alton-Wood River from the conference and add Nokomis, Staunton and Gillespie. Vandalia Principal Randy Protz seconded the motion and the 10 districts voted 7-3 to pass the motion. The dissenting votes were cast by Roxana, Alton-Marquette and EAWR.

  • Austin leads frosh/soph Vandals...

    Despite the sudden drop in temperature and high winds over the weekend, the Vandalia freshmen and sophomore track and field team was victorious at the frosh/soph South Central Conference Championships on in Litchfield on Saturday.

  • Three Vandals are conference...

    Three Vandalia boys track and field athletes are conference champions and  the team placed third on Tuesday at the South Central Conference Championships in Carlinville.

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger, and sophomore Quenten Austin all took home first-place finishes.

    Osorio cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump to win the event. He also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.7 seconds.

  • Vandalia sweeps Ramsey in...

    The Lady Vandals picked up two wins on Tuesday, sweeping Ramsey in a doubleheader. Vandalia's wins were the second and third in a week's time.

    Game one of the twin-bill was a battle. Ramsey took a  3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Vandalia was able to tie the game in the bottom half, thanks to a couple of errors by the Rams.