Today's Sports

  • Pyle takes third place at state

     Trever Pyle is at his best when he’s on the offensive.

    Ultra-quick and aggressive by nature, Pyle has earned a reputation as a quick-strike artist during a wrestling career that started when he was just 4 years old.

    It’s a skill that’s not only helped him take down countless opponents – but the VCHS freshman wins record, as well, during a stellar first high school season.

  • Benton denies Vandals trip to...

     In many ways, John Vosholler's performance Tuesday in the final match of the Vandalia Dual Team Sectional personified the 2008-09 Vandals wrestling team's season.

    Nobody gave the young and inexperienced Vosholler (17-21) much of a chance to defeat Benton's T.J. Tomshack (25-6) in the 125-pound bout.

  • Lady Vandals' season ends...

     Dominating defense carried the Vandalia girls basketball team throughout a wildly successful regular season and an unprecedented postseason run - a run that could very well still be in progress.

    But turnovers - far too many of them - and the clutch play Taylor Stevenson kept Vandalia's vaunted 'D' from carrying it all the way to the Elite Eight last Thursday in a heartbreaking 33-29 overtime loss to the host team at the Olney-East Richland Sectional.

  • Pana ends Vandals' season

     Game in, game out - almost without fail - the Vandalia boys basketball team could be counted on to rebound and play solid defense during the 2008-09 regular season.

    The Vandals' M.O. helped them establish a reputation as a blue-collar team, and they reaped the benefits of their hard-working ways to the tune of 15 victories and a second-place finish in the SCC-East.

  • Vandals edge Panthers on Senior...

     Saturday's Senior Night game plan was a simple one for the Vandalia boys basketball team - have some fun.

    "That's what we talked about," said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson, who indicated the season-long grind has started taking its toll on his team. "There just haven't been as many smiles lately. It's a long season, but at the same time, our time together is short."

  • Lady Vandals survive and advance

    "Survive and advance" is a slogan many teams adopt during the postseason.

    It's a mantra that took on literal meaning for the Vandalia girls basketball team Tuesday night in the first semifinal game of the Olney-East Richland Sectional.

  • Five Vandal Wrestlers Advance to...

     Five Vandal wrestlers proved that experience isn't everything last weekend at the Vandalia Individual Sectional.

    As a result, they will enjoy the experience of a lifetime this weekend at the Class 1A Individual State Tournament.

  • Vandals hold off Roxana

     In many ways, Tuesday's home contest against Roxana was one the Vandalia boys basketball team would just as soon forget.

    But thanks to another outstanding performance at the free-throw line, the final outcome didn't end up being one the Vandals will regret when they look back on the 2008-09 season.


    The reminders were everywhere.

    They litterally surrounded the Vandalia girls basketball team Thursday night in the form of countless championship banners at Teutopolis' J.H. Griffin Gymnasium.

    The message was clear: T-Town does not lose regionals.

    The evidence was undeniable. In their 31-year history, the Lady Shoes had collected 27 regional-title plaques - including 17 in a row.

  • Vandals win 15th straight...


    For the Vandalia wrestling program, it's not only been a source of pride during what many felt would be a rebuilding year - it's been a motivating factor as well.

    "They know our tradition," Vandals coach Jason Clay said of his team. "You've got some of those young kids that grew up watching it in the kids' club. They don't want to let anything slip.