Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals beat Greenville,...

    "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
    That's how Michelle McNary summed up her team's 33-31 win over Greenville on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a double-digit lead, but the Comets put together a late spurt to make things interesting.
    In the end, the hosts made enough free throws to hold on for the hard-fought win.

  • Vandalia wrestling team earns...

    PETERSBURG — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team improved to 24-7 in duals after two close wins on Saturday.
    Vandalia defeated Beardstown, 40-39.
    The Vandals also edged Petersburg-PORTA, 40-37.
    Beardstown won by forfeit at 106 pounds, but Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay won by forfeit at 113.
    Jake Lux of Beardstown defeated Chaston Womack, 3-2, at 120. Ryne Lipsey of Vandalia pinned Casimir Amare in 42 seconds at 126.


    Jake Stewart has a passion for wrestling.
    And that passion has allowed the Vandalia Community High School senior to make progress year after year in his chosen sport.
    That progress was evident recently, as Stewart recorded the 100th victory of his prep career last Wednesday night at Hillsboro.
    "It's something you think about and strive for when you come into high school as a freshman" Stewart said of getting 100 wins. "It's a good accomplishment."

  • Lady Vandals earn tourney title...

    EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia Lady Vandals lost a game and won a tournament.
    The Vandals suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night. But moments later, they were posing with a trophy.
    Pana edged Vandalia, 47-46, on the final night of the Effingham Round-Robin Girls Basketball Tournament. But despite the loss to the Lady Panthers, the Lady Vandals were crowned the tourney's champions after going 3-1 in the annual event.
    "It's bittersweet," Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said. "A few things just didn't go our way at the end.

  • Vandals unable to win at...

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's last-second shot was off the mark, and the Gibault Catholic Hawks held on for a 71-68 win over the Vandals on Saturday afternoon at the Okawville Invitational.
    The Vandals nearly overcame an 11-point deficit in this one, and they had a chance to tie the game on their final possession. But the late comeback fell just short, as Gibault survived a scare.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort.

  • Vandals suffer tough loss to...

    OKAWVILLE —After a disappointing loss to start the Okawville Invitational, the Vandalia Vandals were looking to bounce back in a big way.
    It didn't happen.
    Host Okawville blew out Vandalia, 79-49, on Wednesday night.
    The Vandals suffered a lopsided loss to Madison on the opening night of the tourney. And one night later, it was more of the same, as the Vandals didn't get enough defensive stops and couldn't get much going offensively.


    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

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  • For Vandals, a tough loss to take

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's 76-54 loss to Madison left a bad taste in Brian Buscher's mouth.
    Simply put, Buscher wasn't very pleased with his team's performance on Tuesday during  the opening night of the 2015 Okawville Invitational.

  • Lady Vandals winning streak...

    EFFINGHAM — An  11-0  spurt in the fourth quarter propelled the Vandalia Lady Vandals to a 49-42 win over Greenville on Monday night in the first game of the  Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before they got going in a big way. Vandalia's girls scored 11 unanswered points to take control of the game.

  • Vandals shine in home finale

    Even with several key performers missing in action, the Vandalia Vandals celebrated Senior Day by winning two of three wrestling duals on Saturday.
    The Vandals were shorthanded for the quad, but still won two out of three. Vandalia topped Robinson, 47-15. The Vandals then knocked off Monticello, 42-30. Murphysboro took advantage of Vandalia's open weights in a 39-37 win over the hosts in the final dual of the day.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said the open weights were tough to overcome against Murphysboro.