Today's Sports

  • Vandal soccer loses at regionals

    Tuesday, Oct. 12
    at Mt. Carmel Regional
    Mt. Carmel 7
    Vandalia 0

    The Vandalia High School soccer team concluded its season on Tuesday, falling, 7-0, to Mt. Carmel in regional action.

    Senior Austa Keppler had nine saves during his final game in goal for the Vandals.

    Six other seniors played their final match for Vandalia, which recorded its lone win of the season against Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Sept. 16.

  • This week's local schedule...

    Wednesday, Oct. 13
    Mulberry Grove at CORL, 6:15 p.m.

    Thursday Oct. 14
    Vandalia at Taylorville, 6 p.m.
    Ramsey at Centralia, 6:15 p.m.
    MTC Volleyball Tournament

    Friday, Oct. 15
    Vandalia at Pana, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, Oct. 16
    Sectional at Effingham

    Monday, Oct. 17
    EIC Volleyball Tournament

  • Vandal tennis team set for...

    The Vandalia High School tennis team played three matches last week in final preparation for its sectional at Effingham this Friday and Saturday. Match times were not determined by press time.

    The Vandals finished the regular season with 5-11 record.

  • Vandalia volleyball squad visits...

  • Vandals still in contention for...

    The Vandalia football team still has an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

    But it will not be an easy task for the Vandals (4-3) to end the season as one of the top 256 programs in Illinois, as the team will face Pana (6-1) on the road on Friday and host Greenville (6-1) in the season finale next week.

    Coach John Stout does believe that his team has the resilience to play competitive football in those games.

  • Guerrero helping lead Rockford

    The Rockford College volleyball team started the year taking quite a few lumps.

    Now, in Northern Athletics Conference action, they are giving the lumps. The Lady Regents have won their last three NAC matchups, beating Milwaukee School of Engineering (3-1), Lakeland College (3-2) and Aurora University (3-1).

  • Vandalia narrowly beats...

    The coaches cringed when Holly Goldsmith’s first attack attempt of last Thursday’s volleyball match was blocked by Litchfield.

    Throughout the season, in-game adjustments have been one of the weakest parts of Vandalia’s repertoire, and with Goldsmith’s spike being one of the team’s most valuable assets, the fear of not being able to adjust set in.

    Luckily for coach Allison Smith, history doesn’t always repeat itself in sports, and her team won the match in three sets, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21.

  • Paige Myers' work not yet...

    PATOKA – Her vicious spikes draw cheers from the crowd – even during warm-ups.

    Her jump serve can swing a game’s momentum into her team’s favor in less than a minute.

    Her skills are being pursued by several colleges.

    But at the end of the day, “I don’t consider myself to be better than anybody else,” said senior Paige Myers, the unselfish superstar of Patoka High School’s volleyball team.

  • Herker advances to state golf...

    Junior Derrick Herker will represent the Vandalia High School golf team at the state tournament in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday.

    “It’s kind of like a dream,” Herker said.

    Herker advanced to the tournament after shooting a 76 in his sectional round at Crab Orchard Golf Course in Carterville.

    Because there were seven individuals who shot 76s, but only six spots available for the state tournament, Herker had to earn his spot on playoff holes, which he did by shooting par on the second.

  • Vandals fall just short at...

    PIASA – Trailing 24-7 and having lost a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter, nothing was looking promising for the Vandalia football team last Friday night against Southwestern.

    But then the magic began.

    The defense forced Southwestern to punt for the first time since the first quarter four plays after that fumble.

    The offense then made a fierce comeback, scoring three times in six minutes to take a 27-24 lead.