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Today's Sports

  • Vandals Stymy Staunton

    It simply wasn't shaping up to be Cory Bunker's night.

    First, the Vandalia sophomore sustained a brutal hit while fielding a first-quarter punt Friday, fumbling the ball away as a result.

    He then saw a big third-quarter punt return to the Staunton 1-yard line called back to the Vandalia 46 due to a clipping penalty on the Vandals.

    So when Bunker went airborne to challenge Bulldogs defensive back Taylor Wright for a fourth-quarter bomb to the end zone by VCHS quarterback Drew Bell, it seemed almost inevitable that Wright would come away with an interception.

  • Baldridge throws no-hitter,...

    Drew Baldridge was so caught up in helping his team do something it hadn't done since 1999 that he failed to realize he'd done something few ever do.

    "I didn't realize it until coach told me that I threw a no-hitter," said the senior moments after leading the Patoka baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Brownstown Friday in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    "I was just so happy that we won the game that I didn't even think about it," Baldridge said.

  • Vandals clinch program-record...

    It took the Vandalia football program 59 years to get to where it finds itself following Friday's 20-15 win over Pana - in the playoffs for a third straight season.

    So it should come to no surprise that the final step in a journey spanning six decades was not an easy one.

    Pana frustrated the Vandals offensively, holding VCHS to a season-low 181 yards of total offense while forcing three lost fumbles.

    And the Panthers used a pair of fluky big plays to stay in the ballgame, despite a dominating effort by the Vandalia defense.

  • Lady Vandals win 14th straight,...

    There was a time not so long ago that it seemed the Vandalia volleyball team would be hard-pressed to achieve its preseason goal of breaking the program's single-season wins record.

    Now, it appears nothing can stop the Lady Vandals from obliterating it.

    Vandalia won its 14th in a row Tuesday night - matching the program record of 22 victories in the process - by cooling off another hot team on its "Senior Night" with a 25-14, 25-18 over Fayette County rival St. Elmo.

    The Lady Vandals are now just one win away from setting a new program standard with 23 victories.

  • S.C. grad Garrett now playing in...

    While minor league teams in America are finished, South Central grad Shawn Garrett is still playing baseball in the Dominican Republic.

  • Perfect ending gives VYO 8th-...

    It was a perfect ending to another perfect season by the Vandalia Youth Organization eighth-grade football team.

    Aaron Harter's leaping grab in the right corner of the end zone as time expired Saturday gave the Junior Vandals a 14-8 victory on their biggest rival's home field, closing out a memorable run in unforgettable fashion.

  • Herker, Lindsey miss state...

    VCHS golfers Jared Herker and Wes Lindsey overcame adverse conditions last week at Oak Terrace Golf Course, advancing out of the Pana Regional despite having to play 18 holes in a steady downpour.

    But the Vandal duo could not overcome unfamiliar conditions Monday at Arrow Head Heights Golf Course in Quincy - yes, Quincy - as they came up short of qualifying for the state tournament after tough rounds in the Camp Point Central Sectional.

  • Lady Vandals sweep Greenville in...

    Maybe it was the pink uniforms. Maybe it was the raucous throng of supporters who made the trip down I-70 to support them.

    Or it could have simply been the fact that the Vandalia volleyball team wanted very badly to complete a regular-season sweep against archrival Greenville Thursday.

    Whatever the source of inspiration, the Lady Vandals came up with an effort worthy of the cause they were playing for in their inaugural "Volley for the Cure" breast cancer awareness match against the Lady Comets, rolling to a surprisingly easy 25-14, 25-13 victory on the road.

  • Bushue fans 19, Cougars with...

    Tanner Bushue's fall season can be summed up in one word - dominating.

    And thanks in large part to the senior flamethrower's latest masterpiece - a 19-strikeout, three-hit shutout Monday night at North Clay - the South Central baseball program's standing in the Midland Trail Conference can continue being described with that adjective as well.

    With a 6-0 win over the second-seeded Cardinals, the top-seeded Cougars (18-3-1) won their 10th straight MTC Tournament championship. They've won at least a share of the league's regular season 10 years in a row as well.

  • Vandals run wild on Purple...

    On one hand, the Vandalia football team dominated Friday in a 30-7 victory at Hillsboro, racking up a season-high 417 yards rushing while averaging more than 8 yards per carry.

    But on the other hand, the Vandals' effort was flawed, as there were just enough mistakes to keep VCHS humble despite becoming playoff eligible by improving to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in SCC-East play.

    All told, the combination might be a good thing, as the Vandals look to clinch a program-record third straight playoff appearance Friday against Pana at Mark Greer Field.