School Sports

  • Senior class checks off another goal

    Everything that the senior class wanted last Thursday happened – and then some.

    With the 25-23, 25-20, victory against Pana on senior night, Vandalia captured a win against its biggest rival, the conference championship and a victory in the seniors’ final regular-season game.

  • JV team completes 15-0 campaign

    Vandalia’s sophomore class continued its winning ways in volleyball last Thursday, defeating Pana, 25-23, 25-23 to complete an undefeated junior varsity season.

    The sophomores were already heavily decorated coming into the season, having back-to-back regional championships in junior high and just one loss as freshmen.

    “That’s quite a streak,” said coach Jane Bell. “They love to play together, they’re smart and it’s fun to coach them.”

  • Injuries hurt Vandalia vs. Greenville

    Vandalia started with two quick touchdowns against Greenville last Friday, but injuries to two starters allowed Greenville to snatch the momentum and earn a 28-12 victory.

    Senior quarterback/defensive back Tim Ritchey was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a late hit from Greenville’s Brandon Duncan, suffering fractures to his T1 and T2 vertebrae, and junior linebacker C.J. Runkel tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first half.

  • Wadkins named EIC baseball MVP

    Patoka senior Qquinn Wadkins was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference, and several other area players were named all-conference.

    Wadkins hit .464 and had 26 runs for the Warriors (14-2) this season, leading them to the championship of the EIC Tournament.

    On the mound, he was 3-1.

  • Hawkins homers in college exhibition

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins hit a three-run home run and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning during a 4-2 win for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

    Facing Indiana State in a college club baseball exhibition at Vandalia Mutual Field at Vandalia Community High School on Saturday, Hawkins was dominating on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit.

    His home run proved to be the deciding runs in the first game of a doubleheader.

    SIUE won the second game, 5-4, coming back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

  • Prep Roundup (Oct. 25)

    Lady Cougars upset by Noble at regionals

    South Central volleyball coach Mary Brimberry said her team would have to forget about having the No. 1 seed and just be ready to play every team this postseason.

    And it showed why on Tuesday night, as the Lady Cougars were upset by No. 4 Noble, 20-25, 23-25, at the North Clay Regional ending their season and the careers of eight seniors.

    Senior Kallie Garrett paced the attack with eight kills, and senior Riley Williams added a team-high two service aces.

  • Vandal Leaders (Oct. 25)

    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.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia fall sports senior nights
  • Jr. Pro basketball begins next Tuesday

    Vandalia High School boys basketball coach Brian Buscher, along with his assistants and players, will run the Jr. Pro program starting next Tuesday.

    Boys in grades K-6 may register for the program, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. through Nov. 8.

    The final meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Red/White Nght at Vandalia Community High School.

    Boys in grades K-3 will meet at VCHS, while grades 4-6 will meet at VES.

    Boys in third-grade may choose to attend the 4-6 session.

  • Strobel qualifies for sectional cross country meet

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel runs during the New Athens Regional cross country meet last Saturday. Running as an individual, Strobel placed fourth, with a time of 16:41, to advance to this Saturday's sectional race at Edwardsville. The 2.95-mile regional race was held at Okaw Valley Park, and this Saturday's race at SIUE will begin at 10 a.m.