Today's Sports

  • Patoka falls in sectional...

    Patoka‘s post season run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon. The Lady Warrior’s volleyball team fell in the Lebanon Sectional final to Bunker Hill, 18-25, 13-25.

    Early in game one, it looked as if Bunker Hill would run away with the championship, leading 14-4. A 12-3 run by Patoka cut the game to just one, at 17-16, putting the Lady Warriors right back in contention. With Patoka hot on its tail, Bunker Hill went on a 8-2 run to close out the game.

  • Going for the green

    Blake Swofford in no “weekend hacker;” in fact he’s far from it. At the age of 14, he’s become a better golfer than most CEO’s and dentists could ever dream to be.

    While the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball, most people consider golf to be the hardest sport to become good at. It’s not hard for Swofford, though. The Vandalia High School freshman said that the game just came naturally to him.

  • South Central wins regional,...

    South Central had been the school getting revenge lately, knocking off Dieteirich and St. Elmo, who had beaten them earlier in the season. But Tuesday the Lady Cougars were the victims of revenge.

    Earlier in the season, South Central had beaten Cumberland, but it wouldn't happen a second time.

    On Tuesday, Lady Pirates controlled game one, winning by seven, 18-25. With the end of the season looming, the Lady Cougars battled through game two, trying to force a decisive third game. In the end, they would come up short, losing 24-26.

  • Staunton bounces Vandals from...

    After easily winning the opening round of regional play over Gillespie on Thursday, the Vandalia Lady Vandals volleyball squad dropped a hard-fought contest to Staunton in Saturday’s regional finals at Southwestern High School in Piasa.

    The loss eliminates the Lady Vandals from postseason competition, ending their season at 20-11. That marks the third consecutive 20-win season for the team.

    After Saturday’s three-game contest, Coach Allison Brown termed the effort “the best any Vandal volleyball team has ever played in the regional.”

  • Vandalia finishes season on a...

    Going into Friday’s game, Vandalia already knew it would be its final game of the season. The overtime loss to Pana on Oct. 16 had sealed the Vandals' fate and made it impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs. On Friday, Vandalia fought for nothing more than another win; they would be denied by Greenville, 26-7.

  • St. Elmo defeats Patoka to win...

    Just a week after placing third at the NTC tournament, St. Elmo won the EIC tournament on their home court at St. Elmo High School.

    The Eagles dispatched Patoka, 25-18, 25-22, in the championship game Friday night. Fayette County schools swept the top four stops, with St. Elmo and Patoka in first and second, respectively, Brownstown beat Ramsey, 25-12, 25-18, to win third place and put Ramsey in fourth.

  • Vandals fall in overtime...

    The Vandals had their work cut out for them on Friday as they fought to remain eligible for postseason play, facing a 5-2 Pana squad that had already shut out three of their opponents.

    But they jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held that lead at halftime, thanks to tough defensive play and a strong running game.

    And despite the loss of running back Drew Stewart due to a sprained wrist, the Vandals stuck with the playoff-bound Panthers score for score throughout four quarters.

  • Vandals beat Taylorville on...

    After digging themselves a 12-3 deficit early in game one, the Vandalia volleyball team stormed back to win that game, 27-25, and then cruised to a 25-15 victory in game two to record a victory over Taylorville on senior night last Thursday.


  • Lady Cougars win MTC Tournament

    After winning the Midland Trail Conference out right with a 10-0 record, it seemed only natural that South Central run the table in the MTC Tournament.


    The Lady Cougars encountered little resistance as they continued to dominate the conference like they did all season. In the opening round last Thursday, they downed Webber Township, 25-13, 25-16. Later in the evening they toppled Wayne City, 25-17, 25-13. And they finished the night with a victory over Noble, 25-19, 25-18.


  • Not Enough: The Vandals'...

    As the Vandals walked off the field Friday night, they had little to show for the last two hours they had spent in the cold and rain. The scoreboard read Southwestern–20, Vandalia–6, but the scoreboard didn’t show the six turnovers by Vandalia and only one significant drive.

    “We didn’t play well,” coach John Stout said. “We didn’t play real well. We turned the ball over, and couldn’t get anything going.”