Today's News

  • First win could be in order for Vandals

    HILLSBORO – Still in search of their first win, the Vandals have their best chance of getting it at home this Friday.

    Southwestern travels to town for a 7 p.m. start in a battle of the last two winless teams in the South Central Conference at Mark Greer Field.

    “Our guys need something good to happen to them,” said Vandals coach John Stout. “They have approached each week in the correct manner, and I would like nothing better than to see us put it all together in the final part of the season.”

  • Soccer team seeking program's first-ever victory at regionals

    VANDALIA – Though the Vandals weren’t able to get a win in the seniors’ final home game last week, the team still has a chance to get the biggest victory in program history.

    On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Vandals will travel to Pana for a first-round regional tournament game in a rematch of the season-opener, which ended with a controversial Pana victory.

    “We thought we should have won the first time we played,” said Vandals coach Walt Kinney. “It was a tough game, and we felt like we did enough to get it into overtime.

  • Tennis team set for SCC Tourney

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals will be in Hillsboro on Saturday morning for the South Central Conference Tournament.

    Sophomore Hannah Blythe is the favorite to win the singles championship, having defeated the No. 1 player from each Greenville, Hillsboro and Roxana twice during the season.

    The closest any of them were to beating Blythe was Roxana junior Sami Owsley, who forced a tiebreaker in a 4-6, 6-2 (10-7) loss on Sept. 24.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Greenville in VFTC match

    VANDALIA – After losing the first set and quickly falling behind in the second, the Lady Vandals needed someone to make a big play last Thursday against Greenville.

    But it seemed that the harder players tried to revitalize energy into the fifth annual Volley for the Cure match, the worse the results became.

    Vandalia struggled in all aspects, posting its lowest kill total since Sept. 7 and recording just four aces and one block during a 21-25, 12-25 South Central Conference loss to Greenville.

  • Miller inspires with story of beating breast cancer

    VANDALIA – More important than the volleyball game last Thursday was recognizing those who have survived a bout with cancer and honoring the memory of those who weren’t fortunate enough to win their battles.

    With 12 survivors on hand for the game, plus many, many more people in the hearts of those in attendance, Vandalia again hosted a successful Volley for the Cure match.

  • Early sequence hurts Vandalia in loss

    HILLSBORO – The first few minutes of last Friday’s football game were rough.

    But if the series of events that allowed Hillsboro to take a 21-0 lead in just 2:35 hadn’t occurred, the 56-28 blowout loss for the Vandals could have been a tight game.

    “We dug ourselves a hole early, obviously,” said coach John Stout. “I couldn’t even speculate (about how it happened).”

    It took just 1:14 before Hillsboro’s Gavin Twitty found the end zone on a 30-yard run to cap the first possession of the game.

  • Cougars advance with win vs. BSE

    KINMUNDY – It turned out that the last out really was the hardest one to get.

    A differing opinion on a rule made for about a 10-minute delay with one out remaining in Monday’s first-round National Trail Conference Tournament game between South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo.

    After the debacle was solved, it took just a couple of pitches to end the game, with No. 2 seed South Central earning the 6-3 win against the seventh-seeded Bombers.

  • Two locals advance to golf sectional

    Two local players advanced to the sectional golf tournament at Tuesday's regional tournament.

    Playing at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle, Vandalia junior Jake Bowen and Ramsey sophomore Brady Reiss qualified for next Monday's Robinson Sectional.

    Reiss shot an 88 and Bowen shot a 92 to advance as individuals. The top 10 scores from players not on sectional-qualifying teams advance.

    Reiss was tied for sixth among those players, and Bowen earned the last spot.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 10)

    Vandalia's eighth-grade girls basketball team took a 26-10 loss at Altamont on Tuesday.
    Alli Palmer had six points, while Sydney Austin and Camryn Murphy each had two points.
    The JV football team posted a 34-16 victory against Hillsboro on Monday to move to 5-1 on the season.
    Senior Brandy Protz finished in a tie for 10th this season at Cole County Dragway.
    She raced in the Jr. Dragster division, and accumulated 26 points.

  • Lady Vandals to return to Highland Bulldog Invitational this weekend

    Vandalia's volleyball team will face the stiffest competition it will see all season when it travels to Highland for the fifth annual Bulldog Invitational.

    The Lady Vandals will play five games in the event, with two on Friday night and three on Saturday morning.

    The event opens for Vandalia at 6 p.m. on Friday, with a match against Class 4A O'Fallon, and continues at 7 p.m., with a Class 3A matchup against Carbondale.

    Both games will be played on the west side of the gym.