Today's News

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on Tuesday

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals split doubleheader with Woodlawn

    The momentum shifted several times during each game of a doubleheader between Vandalia and Woodlawn on Saturday, and the end result was a win for each side.

    Woodlawn twice snatched the momentum during a 7-3 win in the first game, but the Lady Vandals were able to gain it when they needed it in game two to win 9-8 in eight innings.

    “I wish we could have gotten two today,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher, “but I’m glad we split.”

  • Lady Vandals earn first conference win

    Senior Alex Henna had a home run, double and six RBI to lead the Lady Vandals to a 13-3 win against Carlinville in the team’s South Central Conference opener last Friday.

    Henna had one RBI in each of her first three at-bats – a single, error and double – and she lifted the fourth pitch of her final at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer that moved Vandalia ahead, 12-3.

  • Lady Vandal notes: Single-game goals being met

    Vandalia softball coach Brian Buscher has set five single-game goals for his team to achieve this season, and so far, four of the five are being met every game.

    The goals being met are: have fun, hustle, communicate and be a good teammate. The Lady Vandals have failed to commit one error or less in any game.

    Buscher, however, said that even though several errors are being committed, he has noticed that the other goals have helped counteract any negativity that could come from the miscues.

  • Junior high track teams have success in first meet

    Two school records were set in the first meet on Vandalia's all-weather track on Monday

    The seventh-grade girls 4X100-meter relay team of Emma Meyer, Madeline Cade, Anna Miller and Jensen

    Hollinshead placed first in 57.5 seconds to set a new school mark, and seventh-grader Curtis Gordon cleared 8 feet in the pole vault to break a record.

  • South Central defeats Brownstown

    BROWNSTOWN – South Central won its fifth straight game in handing Brownstown a 15-3 loss last Thursday.
    Senior Cole Armstrong was 4-for-5 for the Cougars, including a triple and two RBI.

    Seniors Colby Bushue, senior Bret Pitts, Larry Schoreck and Luke Krajefska, and juniors Fischer Tharp and Drake Ritter each had two hits.

    Bushue and Krajefska added two RBI each.

    Sophomore Calvin Boggs led Brownstown's offense with a pair of doubles and two runs.

    Senior Brady McDowell also doubled and junior Shane Sefton was 2-for-2.

  • Ram notes: Hohlt impressed by Ramsey's play

    RAMSEY – Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt praised the Ramsey baseball team following the Vandals’ 12-4 victory last Wednesday.

    “I want to hand it coach (Tony) Kreke, because he’s got this team putting the ball in play and doing things right,” Hohlt said. “They made plays (on defense), too.”

    In last season’s game, the Vandals run-ruled the Rams, 11-1, in five innings, but under Kreke, a first-year coach, Hohlt said he could see a renewed mental approach in Ramsey’s players.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (April 5)

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

    •March 29 – Earnest, a Vandalia grad, helped Vanderbilt to its seven straight appearance in the NCAA Bowling Championships. The No. 4 Commodores will bowl on April 12-14 in Wickliffe, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Vanderbilt had an 86-36 record this season, and last won a national championship in 2007. If the Commodores make the championship game, it will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. central time on the 14th.

  • Prep roundup (April 5)

    South Central notched its first win of the season last Thursday after scoring 13 times in the second inning of a 14-0 win against Sandoval.

    The Lady Cougars (1-7) got three hits from senior Celeste Fox and a gem of a game from senior ace Alexis Phillips, who pitched five innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit.

    Mia Campbell and Sierra Gunnels each had multi-hit games for South Central, and Fox, Phillips and junior Lexi Schafer each had two RBI.

  • Lake Land cheerleaders place first

    The Lake Land College cheerleaders recently placed first in their division at the Windy City Classic.