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Today's Sports

  • Bell and Holloway advance to...

    Three Vandalia High School track and field athletes and one St. Elmo High School athlete competed in the preliminary round of the Class A State Meet on Thursday at Charleston, with two advancing to the finals on Saturday.

  • Repeat!

    It was, as they say, déjà vu all over again.

    The defending state champion Vandalia Community High School girls 4-by-400-meter relay team was in the runner-up position to Eureka after Thursday’s preliminary heats. Just like last year.

    They drew the same lane assignment in the finals – lane 8, next to the outside. Just like last year.

    And they ran an electrifying race – leading virtually pole to pole in the four-lap race. Just like last year.

  • T-Town blanks Vandals 13-0

    Three days after winning the first game of its regional tournament, Vandalia exited the tourney in the semifinal round against Teutopolis.

    Teutopolis, the No. 1 seed in the region, showed its depth and talent in the 13-0 win.

    “They [Teutopolis] know how to play game,” Coach Luke Hohlt said, “We just have to come out and be ready from the get go, and a few at-bats here and there may have changed the outcome of this game. We had some chances there, could have made the pitcher work a little harder, but that’s a learning experience.”

  • Ruffner takes third in high jump...

    Going up to Peoria for the IESA Class AA State track and Field meet, VJHS coach Kevin Schroeder and his Junior Vandals had just one goal, win a medal.

    Competing in just nine of the 57 events, against the best seventh-graders and eighth-graders in the state, their goal would not be an easy one.

    Sierah Ruffner, however, rose to the occasion.

    Ruffner, an eighth grader, competed in the eighth-grade girls’ high jump. Despite the event start time of noon, she had to wait until 2 p.m. before her first jump, in the third flight.

  • VCHS relay team returns to state...

    The defending state champion girl’s 4-by-400-meter relay from Vandalia Community High School was runner-up to Eureka in Thursday’s preliminary heat, but still qualified for Saturday’s final on the basis of time.

  • Lady Vandals end season with...

    The Lady Vandals softball season ended on a low note as they fell to Carlyle 12-2 Monday afternoon in the first round of the regionals.

    Carlyle was in control from the first pitch. Its defense and pitching kept Vandalia off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.

  • Going back for more

    A year ago, the Vandalia girl’s track and field team was returning to Vandalia as state champs in the 4-by-400-meter relay. This weekend they will attempt to repeat as state champions.

    For the second straight year, the girls 4x400 team qualified for state. The squad posted a first-place finish at last weekend’s sectionals, with a time of 4:07.976.

    Although the team is returning to state, the parts won’t be the same as last year. Paige Dodson, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin are all back. Missing is Kristen Stunkel. In her place will be Tori Hagy.

  • Vandals upset Shelbyville in...

    In the opening round of the baseball regional on Monday Vandalia pulled off a shocking upset of Shelbyville.

    “I just really proud of the boys the way they came out from the first pitch today and went from the first inning to the seventh inning,” head coach Luke Hohlt said. “That’s how you’ve got to play this game.”

    The Vandals pitching and hitting was both on point in the 16-5 win over the Rams. Freshman pitcher Ian Murrell earned the win.

  • VJHS thinclads heading to state

    Four days after winning their second consecutive conference championship, the Vandalia Junior High School boys track team advanced to state by winning a sectional championship.

    The VJHS squad won the 13-team Springfield sectional on Saturday with 80 points, three more than Chatham.

    Those qualifying for the state tournament included sectional champions Blake Swofford and Ryan Ambuel. Swofford won the long jump title at 18 feet, 11 inches, and Ambuel won the 110-hurdles with a time of 16.4 seconds.

  • Boys place second at conference...

    The Vandalia boys track and field team scored 38 points and placed sixth out of 12 teams at the South Central Conference meet Tuesday night at Pana.

    The host Panthers won the conference title with 108 points, outdistancing runner-up Piasa Southwestern with 104 and third-place Litchfield with 98. Finishing just in front of the Vandals were Staunton with 46 and Carlinville with 40.

    The Vandals were led by a pair of second-place finishes by Angel Osorio in the high jump and Drew Bell in the 1,600-meter run, and Will Cowger placed third in the shot put.