Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Shirley wins final home game at...

     In a game featuring a pair of red-hot teams that play a similar style of disciplined basketball, the unique athleticism of Tanner Bushue and - perhaps - the hoop gods smiling fondly upon South Central coach Gary Shirley proved to be the difference in the Cougars' 53-49 win over Vandalia Tuesday night.

  • Vandals extend win streak to...

     The Vandalia boys basketball team's formula for success revolves around two fundamental concepts - solid defense and patience on offense.

    The Vandals continued to perfect that formula in conference play over the weekend, extending their win streak in South Central Conference East Division play to five games with double-digit victories over Staunton and Hillsboro.

  • Boys basketball postseason...

    Vandalia Sectional

  • Vandals win third straight SCC-...

    Vandalia boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson asked his team to do three things Tuesday night in its SCC East Division contest at Pana: defend, rebound and execute on offense.

    The Vandals followed through on the game plan to a T.

  • VCHS wins highlight FNB/Hosick...

    A pair of VCHS wins highlighted the Third Annual First National Bank/Hosick Motors Vandalia Shootout Saturday.

    Marty Johnson had 15 points and several assists in an MVP performance in the final game of the day, leading the Vandals to a 59-39 win over Hillsboro. Dylan Durr added 10 points and four steals for Vandalia, which moved to 10-10 overall and 4-2 in SCC-East play. 

    The Lady Vandals rolled to a 50-29 win over Pinckneyville, as Shelby Cearlock led the way with a 17-point MVP performance. 

  • Lady Vandals wrap up perfect...

     There's an old saying that proclaims that it's not how you start that's important - but how you finish.

    That said, the Vandalia girls basketball team is feeling great heading into the postseason following its fourth-straight strong showing to close out the regular season, a 45-32 victory Monday at Staunton.

    But, ironically, a key to the Lady Vandals' strong finish has been a string of outstanding starts.