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Today's Sports

  • One-derful week for Vandals on...

    The Vandalia boys track and field team won its second straight meet on Thursday, scoring 89 points to defeat Greenville (59) and Pana (34).

     

    Vandalia had 11 first-place finishes, sweeping the relays and the hurdles and taking the top three spots in the shot put.  

     

  • Vandalia has record-breaking week

    Prior to the start of the season, Vandalia High School boys track and field coach Jane Bell asked athletic director Mike Butler to schedule the Vandals a meet against a school east of Vandalia.

    Bell wanted the team to get some regular-season experience against some of the competition it would face in the sectional in May.

    If Tuesday night's meet at Flora is any indication of how the final weeks of the season will go, then Bell and the Vandals have a lot to look forward to.

    Vandalia won the Flora meet, edging the host 92-82 also defeating Odin and Wayne City.

  • Lady Vandals losing streak hits...

    For the fifth straight game, the Lady Vandals have failed to score more than two runs, as they lost to Hillsboro 12-1 on Tuesday. Their losing streak hit four games, and they dropped to 3-14 on the season.

    While Vandalia was able to pick up a 2-0 victory against EA-Wood River last week, the Lady Vandals and Coach Brian Buscher know that if they are going to win, they need to pick up the offense heading into the last few weeks of the season.

  • Vandals unprepared for Hillsboro...

    Before Vandalia could really settle in on Tuesday night, Hillsboro had already hit them up for a couple runs. It ended up giving the Vandals one of their worst losses of the season, 14-3, second only to a 17-1 defeat at Effingham.

    "It didn't take long for it to get out of hand," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said. "When you're not ready to play from the first pitch, then you might as well forget about it. Hillsboro came ready to play today, ready to get themselves a conference win, and we did not."

  • South Central slips past...

    The Vandalia High School baseball team faced its final county foe on Monday, traveling to Kinmundy to play South Central. The Vandals went 4-2 against the other five schools this season. South Central, whose record is almost the exact opposite of Vandalia’s at 13-4, was on its heels all night, but came away with the 5-4 win after coming from behind twice.

    “It was a good one for the fans to watch, not a good one if you’re sitting where I am,” Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Vandalia falls to Mulberry Grove

    After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Vandalia High School softball team dropped its 11th game of the year, falling to Mulberry Grove, 4-0.

    "We're hoping our defense can play a little better than what it did. We're not playing bad, we just have to keep improving defensively," Vandalia coach Brian Buscher said.

  • Vandals see tough competition at...

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team traveled east on Tuesday to complete in the Pirate Invitational at Cumberland. Of the 11 teams competing, Vandalia placed seventh, with 44 points.

    Vandalia had one first-place finish. Will Cowger took top honors in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 3 inches. The throw was a personal and school best for this season.

    Quenten Austin placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. He recorded a time of 42.74 seconds, a season-best for him.

  • Vandalia track and field has...

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team was edged out for first by just a couple of points two times this week.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Vandalia (73 points) came in second to Greenville (83 points). Last Thursday, Vandalia (99) fell just short of Carlinville (102)

    Tuesday afternoon at Hillsboro, Vandalia had five first-place finishes, three by Quenten Austin and two by Drew Stewart.

    Austin dominated in the hurdles once again, winning the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.1 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.8.

  • Vandalia powers past Pana, gets...

    Friday's game against Pana marked one of Vandalia's best-looking games of the season. Tuesday night against Altamont was another story, as the Vandals fell to the Indians, 12-7.

    On Tuesday, Vandalia jumped out to a strong 7-1 lead in the first two innings, with four of those runs coming off the bat or Trevor Montgomery. However, the lead was not insurmountable for the Indians.

  • Vandalia victim of a perfect...

    Perfect games are a rare thing in softball; it’s the ultimate high for one team, while being an embarrassing low for the other team.

    Unfortunately for the Vandalia High School softball team, it suffered the low feeling on Tuesday night.

    The Vandals were on the bad side of perfection against Altamont, which defeated Vandalia 9-0 en route to its perfect game.