Today's Sports

  • Wrestling team earns dual wins...

    LITCHFIELD — The Vandalia Vandals split two duals at Litchfield on Thursday night.
    Vandalia beat Highland, 51-21. But Litchfield knocked off the Vandals, 39-30.
    After splitting the duals, the Vandals are now 19-6 in duals.

    Litchfield defeated Vandalia, 39-30.
    Litchfield won by forfeit at 106. Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay defeated Collin Davidson, 7-2, at 113. Chaston Womack earned a 15-0 decision over Tyler Thiessen at 120.

  • Lady Vandals earn payback

    One frustrating loss had tormented the Vandalia Lady Vandals for nearly a month.
    So when the Lady Vandals got another shot at Pana, it's safe to say there was some extra motivation.
    In the end, Vandalia's girls earned some sweet revenge with Thursday's 41-27 victory over the Pana Lady Panthers.
    The Lady Vandals had suffered a upsetting overtime loss at Pana on Dec. 15, with a controversial call playing a big role.
    But this time, the Lady Vandals took care of business, earning some payback in the process.

  • Area boys: Patoka beats SEB,...

    PATOKA — Two of the top small school boys basketball teams in the region met on Saturday in Patoka.
    In the end, Altamont earned a 63-48 win over the host Warriors.
    Jered Cain scored 16 points to lead Patoka (13-6). Garrett Belcher had 12 and Tyler Back added 10 for the Warriors.
    Adam Mayhaus poured in 32 points for the Indians, while Ryan Armstrong scored 27. Altamont made 26 of 33 free throws, while Patoka connected on just 9 of 20 at the foul line.

  • Greenville's depth too much...

    Greenville simply had too much firepower for the Vandalia Vandals.
    Taking advantage of its depth, size and athleticism, Greenville hammered Vandalia, 73-46, on Friday night in front a jam-packed VCHS gymnasium.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort, but gave the Comets credit, too.
    "They're a solid team," Buscher said. "They hurt you everywhere because they're all capable of scoring. Our kids played hard. I'm proud of our effort. I just wish our execution would have been better."

  • Vandals sweep home duals

    The Vandalia Vandals were shorthanded last Wednesday night.
    It was hard to tell.
    The host Vandals went 3-0 in duals on Wednesday, winning all three in impressive fashion.
    Vandalia defeated Belleville East, 42-18, and then knocked off Mascoutah, 63-12. Vandalia beat Roxana, 45-21, in the final dual.
    The Vandals were without Jake Stewart, Kolten Kaiser and Skylar Depew, as all are dealing with injuries. And yet they still won all three duals.


    Ryne Lipsey's wrestling career got off to a late start.
    But he's made up for lost time.
    While most of today's top high school wrestlers began competing in grade school, Lipsey did not.
    In fact, Lipsey didn't get involved in the sport of wrestling until his freshman year of high school, almost a decade after some of his peers got their start.
    But that late start hasn't stopped Lipsey's success on the mat.

  • Vandals take fourth at Princeton...

    Winning an individual title at the Princeton Invitational Wrestling Tournament is no easy task.
    But Vandalia's Jake Stewart pulled off the feat.
    A VCHS senior, Stewart took first place at 182 pounds at Saturday's event. The tourney is often referred to as "mini-state," due to the tough competition.
    And Stewart topped the field at 182, leading the Vandals to a fourth-place finish in the final team standings.

  • Lady Vandals hammer Cougars

    Ignited by a full-court press, the Vandalia Lady Vandals scored 22 straight points in the third quarter and rolled past South Central, 53-36, on Monday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a six-point lead at intermission, but then put on an intense full-court press right away in the third period. The press forced the Lady Cougars into numerous turnovers and allowed the Lady Vandals to go on a 22-0 run to put the game out of reach.
    By the time the third period came to an end, the hosts were up 45-17.

  • Well's clutch shot gives...

    Richie Well said the extra pass was the key.
    His shot was pretty important, too.
    Well swished the game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds left, and the Vandalia Vandals earned a thrilling 56-55 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night.
    The Vandals trailed by two with time running out when Nathan Casey whipped a pass to Well in the corner. A sophomore guard, Well hit nothing but the net. The Indians couldn't get off a shot before time expired, and the Vandals were left celebrating an exciting home victory.

  • VHT: Comets reach new heights

    Greenville made history last Tuesday night.
    For the first time in the long history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Greenville took home the tourney championship.
    Using a balanced attack, the Comets won the 43rd annual tournament by topping Flora, 46-32, in the title game.
    The Comets entered the event as the No. 1 seed, and they lived up to the billing, securing a place in the tourney's record book.
    And with a large crowd looking on, the Comets were the team left celebrating when the four-day event came to a conclusion on Tuesday night.