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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia picks up much-needed...

    After dropping consecutive conference matches to Greenville and Hillsboro, the Vandalia volleyball team picked up a big win against Litchfield on Tuesday, 25-21, 25-9.

    In game one, Vandalia and the Panthers were locked in a close battle before the Lady Vandals were able to pull away and close the game, after a well-placed time out.

    Vandalia was in control of game two from the start. Litchfield tried to kill Vandalia's  with timeouts, but couldn't gain any momentum and lost 25-9.

  • Vandalia shuts out Roxana for...

    Rebounding from a week two loss to Carlinville, the Vandals shut down Roxana’s offense and forced five turnovers en route to a 35-0 victory, on homecoming.

    In the opening minutes, it was Vandalia’s defense that was doing the scoring. Just six plays into the game, defensive back Cory Bunker intercepted a Roxana pass around midfield. Bunker was able to cut and weave his way to a touchdown, putting Vandalia up 7-0 after the point after-attempt.

    After a failed punt by Roxana several drives later, Vandalia took over in Shells' territory with a short field.

  • Welcome to the Hall

    During his four years at Vandalia High School, Jon Carroll was one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk its halls.

    Carroll was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball during his tenure.

    On the gridiron, he was a receiver and returned punts. His senior year, Carroll was selected as the Hayner Award winner.

    On the hardwood, he collected three varsity letters and led the Vandals to a regional championship in his senior year.

  • End of an era: Freight history...

    After 15 years and two national championships, the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team members hung up their cleats this past weekend, following a third-place finish at the national tournament in Decatur.

    For a decade and a half, The Freight has been a representative of Vandalia both across the state and on a national level. The Freight has not just been a rec league for former ballplayers, but an organization greater than the sum of its parts, pulling together the community at home tournaments and showcasing the community across the state.

  • Second half shutout gives...

    In its second game of the season, Friday night, Vandalia was shut out in the second half by Carlinville, giving the Vandals their first loss of the season, 44-19.

    “We knew they had everybody coming back from last year, and they won the western side of the conference last year. We thought we’d have to come up here and play pretty well,” head coach John Stout said.

  • Vandals run all over Wood River

    The Vandalia football season got off to a running start on Friday, as the Vandals defeated East Alton-Wood River, 40-0.

    It was a combination of Vandalia’s defense and running game that led them past the Oilers.

    “I thought the kids came ready to play,” head coach John Stout said. “I though the offensive line did a great job blocking…It’s a good way to get started.”

  • Murfin's pitching and key...

    Patoka ended South Central's undefeated season with a 9-3 win last Wednesday. The Warriors  also ended a six-year losing streak to the Cougars.

    In his first start of the season, Luke Murfin pitched a gem for Patoka and laid down a pivotal bunt in the Warriors' win.

    Murfin got off to a little bit of a bumpy start as he gave up two runs in the first two innings. Both of the runners that scored reached base via walks.

    The Cougars' starting pitcher, Dylan Sill, had a solid start, as he didn't allow a baserunner through the first three innings.

  • Lady Vandals open season with...

    The Lady Vandals didn’t let pre-game jitters or lack of varsity experience deter them in their first match Tuesday night as they beat EA-Wood River 25-9, 25-11.

    It was senior Katie Vieregge who led the Vandals and played what coach Allison Smth considered to be her best game.

    “I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Smith said. “Being a senior leading us out on the first night, I thought she did a fantastic job.”

    Vieregge was 10-for-11 serving with an ace. Hitting, she was 5-6 with two kills and four digs.

  • Vandals swept in opening meet

    Kevin Schroeder, Vandalia High School's tennis coach, said prior to the season that the first few weeks were going to be rough for the Vandals. Just one match into the season and Schroeder’s prediction is already correct.

    Monday afternoon the Vandals hosted Roxana to open the season. Roxana was no match for the young Vandalia team. Roxana swept them, 9-0.

    Vandalia’s No. 2 plater, Sarah Hutchison, had the closest match, as she was edged out 10-6. Britney Moulton, the No. 6, also went down 10-6.

  • Preview: Vandalia opens season...

    Going into the first week of any season, every team has questions, whether it has returned every starter from the year before or hasn’t returned any. Every team has doubts heading into their first game and no team has any guarantees.This Friday, the Vandals will get answers to a lot of the questions that have been swarming around in their minds the past few weeks.

    Vandalia will be traveling to play EA-Wood River on Friday. The Oilers are coming off a 2-7 season. Their only two wins came against Pana, whhich finished the season 0-9, and Gillespie, which was 3-6 overall.