Today's News

  • Senior class accomplishes final goal

    Prior to the season, the Vandalia volleyball team set four major goals for the season, and with last Thursday’s win in the regional championship game, all four have been accomplished.

    The Lady Vandals (25-5) set goals of winning championships in the Altamont Tournament, Vandalia Tournament, South Central Conference and Regional Tournament.

    “This group is so focused and determined,” said coach Allison Smith said. “They are so eager to get everything they want, and they aren’t ready to quit yet.”

  • Team wins first title since 1985

    Prior to last Thursday’s victory, it had been 27 years since Vandalia had won a regional championship in volleyball.

    It was the second try for the core of this season’s volleyball team to win a regional, after the Lady Vandals ran into eventual state placer Breese Central in the title game of last season's Flora Regional.

    But now that the title is theirs after a 25-18, 25-18 win against Flora, players feel accomplished that they were able to close that lengthy gap.

  • St. Elmo seniors are a special group

    ST. ELMO – It’s not easy for a group of six teenage girls to never have a fight from sixth-grade through senior year, but that’s what has happened in St. Elmo.

    This season’s seniors are one of the most unselfish classes the school has ever seen, and their friendship on and off the court has the potential to lead them very far through the postseason.

  • Lady Eagles similar to 2010 team

    ST. ELMO – The 2012 version of the St. Elmo volleyball team looks quite a bit like the 2010 version of the St. Elmo volleyball team.

    Both seasons, a large, closely-bonded senior class that had been playing together since junior high led the Lady Eagles into the sectional tournament.

    Several of this season’s seniors got some playing time during the 2010 season, and playing against the 2010 class in practice that season has been beneficial to this season’s success.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia Soccer Award Winners

    Vandalia soccer coach Walt Kinney handed out several awards at the team's banquet last Thursday.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Nov. 1)

    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.

  • PHOTO: SIUE Wins Metzger-Thiele Classic

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville were the champions of the Metzger-Thiele Classic at Vandalia Mutual Field on Saturday.

    Hawkins was unable to play due to injury. SIUE defeated St. Louis University, 15-3, and Washington University, 7-4.

    In the tournament's opening game, St. Louis won, 5-2, against Washington.

  • Jr. High roundup (Nov. 1)

    Vandalia seventh-grade boys 1-1

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team is 1-1 after the first two games of the season, which were played at the Pana Tournament.

    On Saturday, the Jr. Vandals won their season-opener by beating Shelbyville, 32-29, but on Monday, the team fell to Taylorville, 41-24.

    The Jr. Vandals led throughout the game against Shelbyville, taking a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and holding off a late comeback try by the Jr. Rams.

  • PHOTO: BJHS wins another tournament

    The Brownstown eighth-grade girls basketball team recently won the eighth-grade National Trail Conference championship at Beecher City. BJHS defeated Sacred Heart, Neoga and Altamont during the tournament.

  • PHOTOS: Fishing Tournaments

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held two Bass Tournaments on Vandalia Lake recently.