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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Gordon has great week for...

    The Vandalia High School girls track team finished fourth at Hillsboro on Tuesday, with 18 points.

    Courtney Gordon continued to improve on her long jump performances. She jumped 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches, placing third. She also placed third in the 100-meter high hurdles (19.8 seconds) and third in the 300-meter low hurdles (1:00.3)

    Taylor Parrish set a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 26 feet, 4 inches. Her best placed her fourth in the event. Chelsea Roberts placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at 1:13.4.

  • Vandals thrash Aces, fall to T-...

    The Vandalia High School baseball team picked up its third win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, a 13-0 drumming of Mulberry Grove.

    "I thought we did a nice job all around today," Vandalia Coach Luke Hohlt said. "You want to take advantage of every chance you get. Even though the score was that different, you just have to keep playing ball."

    Hohlt took the game as an opportunity to try out some more bench players and make changes to his lineup, to see if players would be more productive in different spots.

  • Lady Vandals win in walk-off...

    The Vandalia High School softball team picked up its second win of the season and second in a row on Tuesday night, in a 2-1 walk-off victory over St. Elmo in the eighth inning.

    Trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, Audra Donaldson drew a walk to lead off the frame. Whitney Newsome followed with another base on balls.

  • Thiele's hot bat helps...

    The Vandalia baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season this past week, due in large part to Ryan Thiele's contributions at the plate. Thiele has hit three home runs in the past three games.

    "He's played a lot of varsity baseball. He's seen a lot of pitching, and it's paying off his senior year," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said. "He just needs to keep driving the ball."

    Vandalia hosted St. Elmo on Monday and came away with its second win of the season in a 16-6 thrashing.

  • Vandals triumphant at Litchfield

    Prior to the season, Vandalia boys track and field coach Jane Bell wasn't sure how many meets the boys team would win this season. After Tuesday's meet at Litchfield, the number is now at least one. Placing first in six events and second or third in 11 more events, the Vandals took first with a team score of 149, edging host school Litchfield by 25 points.