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Today's News

  • Vandalia native Dan Themig talks about the start, growth of Packers Plus

    A Vandalia native known as an innovator in his field remembers that his successes in recent years came after tough times in the beginning.
    Dan Themig, back in town for a family reunion, spoke to a small group of community leaders and government officials last Friday at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.

  • Two Vandals out for Friday's game at Carlinville

    GILLESPIE – The Vandals will be without two players for this Friday’s game against Carlinville.

    Juniors quarterback Collin Nestleroad and receiver Codie Jackson will both miss the game due to concussions suffered during last Friday’s season-opening 46-12 loss at Gillespie.

    Neither player played in the second half of that game, and Nestleroad was 2-4 passing for 15 yards and his first career touchdown before leaving the game.

  • Vandals win first soccer game since 2010

    VANDALIA – The Vandals soccer team earned its first win since Sept. 16, 2010, beating Southwestern, 7-3, on Tuesday afternoon, to end a 44-match winless streak.

    “I’m happy for the kids, because they deserved that win,” said coach Walt Kinney, whose team last defeated Christ Rock Our Lutheran when this season's seniors were freshmen. “(Southwestern) scored very early, so when we realized we were in a game, we used our strength and aggressiveness to put some goals in.”

  • Vandals allow mistakes to pile up in loss

    GILLESPIE – The Miners took advantage of Vandalia mistakes on three straight possessions in the second quarter to take a 32-point halftime lead on the way to a 46-12 season-opening win last Friday night.

    Following a touchdown, the Miners intercepted a pass and turned it into a touchdown with 4:17 left in the first half, and seconds later followed by recovering a squib kickoff and scoring 43 seconds later.

  • Stout encouraged by second half play

    GILLESPIE – While the glaring improvement going forward for the Vandals will be to not allow teams to score on several straight possessions, there were smaller improvements that were made during last Friday’s season-opening loss.

    And while some of the second half didn’t feature starters from either team, coach John Stout said there were some areas that were improved in the final two quarters while both teams’ starters were still on the field.

  • Lady Vandals best St. Elmo/Brownstown in opener

    VANDALIA – Both teams played with some inconsistency in last Thursday’s season-opener, but it was Vandalia which came up with big kills and serves when it mattered to knock off St. Elmo/Brownstown in a tight 25-17, 23-25, 25-23 win.

    Senior Megan Godoyo and junior Johanna Walton each had a game-high 11 kills for the Lady Vandals (1-0), who served 11 aces as a team to pick up a win against their county rival by holding off a late comeback attempt in the final set.

  • Lady Vandals hope to defend title at AHS

    It could be a tough task for the Lady Vandals to repeat as champions of the Altamont Tournament this Saturday.

    In a pool that features the likes of Lincolnwood and Altamont, Vandalia will need to play nearly flawless volleyball to make the championship game for the second straight season.

    Vandalia first plays at 9:30 a.m., taking on Lincolnwood and then battling Altamont in the next game.

    The last game of pool play comes at 1:30 p.m. against Beecher City, and place games begin at 2:30 p.m.

  • Tennis team falls to Greenville

    VANDALIA – Sophomore Hannah Blythe continued her torrid start to the season against Greenville last Thursday, and she and the rest of the team now have a long break to further improve their games.

    Blythe was a 10-5 winner in No. 1 singles for the third straight match, but that would be the only singles win for Vandalia, as Greenville would take the match, 6-3.

    The Lady Vandals (1-2) will not be action again until Sept. 12, when they travel to Hillsboro for the start of a seven-event road stretch that spans to Sept. 30.

  • Vandal golfers win second straight event

    VANDALIA – The Vandal golfers won their second straight match last Thursday, defeating both Ramsey and Altamont at Vandalia Country Club.

    Junior Zach Schaal and Richie Well paced the Vandals (5-3-1) by shooting 42s, junior Jake Bowen added a 43 and senior Jake Shulman shot a 45 to give Vandalia a team score of 172 and the win by five strokes.

    Ramsey finished second with a 177. Included in the Rams’ total was a 42 by Brady Reiss, a 44 by Carter Hunt, a 45 by Michael Lay and a 46 by Marckus Coss.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Sept. 5)

    The Lady Vandals earned their first South Central Conference win on Tuesday, taking a three-set victory at Staunton.

    Vandalia started slow in the 20-25, 25-12, 25-18 road win, but rebounded to move to 2-0 on the season.

    Senior Megan Godoyo again paced the offensive attack with 13 kills, and senior Brandy Protz was the team leader with four service aces.