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Today's Sports

  • Seventh-graders win first...

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grade girls volleyball team won its first regional title since 2001, defeating Toledo Cumberland, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 on last Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals advanced to the sectional on Monday night, with a trip to state on the line. They couldn't overcome Casey-Westfield attack heavy offense and lost, 25-14, 25-23.

    "This was the best team we've played all year," Coach Jane Bell said. "They had the most attacks on us all year."

  • Bushue waits to hear for spring...

    It was about nine months ago that Houston Astros’ legend Craig Biggio walked to the podium on draft day and called out Tanner Bushue’s name.

    This spring, the former South Central High School pitcher is gearing up for his first full season in the minor leagues. Bushue was drafted last summer in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The righty was taken in the second round, 69th overall, by the Astros.

    Shortly after being drafted, Bushue signed a deal worth $530,000, plus about $1,200 a month.

  • VJHS seventh-graders win...

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team advanced to sectional play by winning their IESA regional on Thursday.

    This is the first seventh-grade regional title won by VJHS since 2001.

    The VJHS squad will play Casey-Westfield for the sectional tile at 6 p.m. on Monday at Casey-Westfield.

  • No March Madness for Vandalia

    Vandalia fans will have to be content with following Illinois High School basketball March Madness from the stands and in their homes this month, as the Vandals season came to an end three-points short of spilling over into the third month of the year.

    Friday night in front of one of its biggest crowds of the season, the Vandals fell to Pana, 48-45. The third time this season and the second in the past seven days, the game was really a toss up for teams who had split the two regular season meetings.

  • Wrestlers defeated by injuries...

    One might say that Vandalia was lucky to get past Roxana in the sectional last Tuesday, but if that’s the case, Gibson City and the rest of the field were lucky that Vandalia wasn’t at full strength going into the dual team state tournament on Saturday. Not to place Vandalia’s 43-26 loss to the Falcons on the shoulders of those who weren’t well enough to wrestle, but the chatter going on in the stands was full of a lot of “what if’s” surrounding Vandalia’s health. What if Trever Pyle, Brendan Cripe and Justin Hill were all heathy?

  • Field of Dreams meeting moved to...

    The monthly Field of Dreams meeting has been moved to Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • Vandals move on to regional...

    Vandalia used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Hillsboro, 55-51, on Wednesday night. The Vandals hit 13 of 17 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and Marty Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to fuel the late rally.

    Vandalia will play Pana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It has split meetings against Pana this season. Last Saturday the Vandals fell to Pana 77-67. Earlier in the month Vandalia won at home, 57-39.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional...

    Vandalia lost to Pana in the regional championship on Friday night, 48-45. Marty Johnson had 22 points for the Vandals.

    Leading by four with 3:17 remaining, Vandalia missed key free throws down the stretch and were outscored 7-0 to fall to the Panthers.

    Vandalia ends the season 17-13 overall and is the South Central Conference champion with a record of 11-2.

  • Pyle takes third at state

    Late Saturday afternoon, as wrestling fans returned to Assembly Hall following an intermission before the third-place matches in the individual state tournament, Vandalia had just one wrestler left, out of the five who had made the trip to Champaign to compete.

    The other four wrestlers had lost out earlier in the day or during the Friday sessions. Sophomore Trever Pyle was the last man standing.

  • Vandalia wrestlers headed back...

    If the Tuesday night sectional against Roxana proved anything, it's that wrestling is a game of chess, not checkers.

    Vandalia is headed to the dual team state tournament, thanks to a handful of strategic moves by  coach Jason Clay and his staff.