Today's News

  • Vandals excel in many facets to win at Pana

    PANA – Vandalia’s defense has been making statements all season as the conference’s No. 1 unit, but its loudest mark yet this season came in the third quarter last Friday.

    Holding Pana to minus-7 yards on just eight plays over four drives in that quarter, the defensive showcase helped allow the Vandals to build a 33-0 lead during an eventual 33-13 victory that spoiled the Panthers’ senior night.

  • Swofford cut short at state, takes 17th

    BLOOMINGTON – Blake Swofford sat in the back seat of the team’s van, just itching to get back on the course.

    But with a thunderstorm passing over Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington on Saturday, Swofford and the rest of the field had to take a break from the second round of the Class 1A state tournament until the weather cleared up.

  • Conference championship on the line for Lady Vandals

    An undefeated conference season is in reach for the Lady Vandals, but to get it, they have to beat Pana on Thursday.

    Seven seniors will be recognized prior to the varsity game, and all of them will be looking to make contributions to avenge a loss from earlier this season, when Pana knocked off the Lady Vandals, 10-25, 19-25, in a nonconference game on Sept. 20.

  • Tennis season ends at sectional

    EFFINGHAM – The Vandalia tennis season came to a close last Friday with no wins at the sectional tournament.

    But coach Kevin Schroeder had no complaints about how his girls performed.

    “They gave it a very good effort,” Schroeder said. “The effort was there, but the results don’t show where the effort was.

    “It just didn’t go our way, kind of the opposite of the conference meet.”

  • Lady Cougars take third in NTC Tourney

    EFFINGHAM – There was a lot of fight in the South Central volleyball team in two matches on Saturday, but the Lady Cougars couldn’t quite get past the top two teams in the National Trail Conference.

    Playing in the gold flight of the NTC Tournament at St. Anthony High School, South Central played poorly in the first sets of losses to St. Anthony and Windsor, but both times unsuccessfully tried to rally to force a third set to finish third in the tournament.

  • Lady Eagles champions of silver flight

    The Lady Eagles went 3-2 at the National Trail Conference Tournament, but still earned fourth place as champions of the silver flight.

    Senior Savannah Feezel had 58 kills during the tournament, which saw St. Elmo (22-8) beat Cowden-Herrick, 25-13, 25-20, and Brownstown, 25-21, 25-10, last Thursday; lose to South Central, 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, last Friday; and beat Neoga, 25-7, 25-10, and fall to Stew-Stras, 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, on Saturday.

    Because Neoga went on to beat Stew-Stras, the Lady Eagles came away with the silver flight on tie=breaker criteria.

  • Five county players named all-NTC

    Five local players were recently awarded all-conference honors from the National Trail Conference in baseball.

    South Central’s Dan Diss, Fischer Tharp and Noah Powless, and St. Elmo’s Connor Beasley were named all-conference, while South Central’s Kyle Bray was named honorable mention.

    Dan Diss

    The senior was South Central’s ace this season, striking out 51 batters en route to a 5-2 record. He also had a save and a 3.13 earned-run average.

    Offensively, he hit .365, with 15 RBI. His on-base percentage was .469.

  • Strobel earns all-conference honors in cross country

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel entered Monday's South Central Conference cross country championship meet as an individual and earned all-conference honors by placing fourth at Southwestern. His time of 17:05 was just 28 seconds behind the champion.

  • PHOTO: Soccer season ends

    The Vandalia soccer season ended last Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to Hillsboro at the regional tournament.

    Blake Torbeck had 17 saves for the Vandals, and the game was the final one for Jeff Bradley (pictured) and five other seniors.

  • Vandalia leaders (Oct. 18)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.