School Sports

  • Seniors Swofford, Leiken are conference champs

    Senior Blake Swofford was the individual champion and the Vandals placed a surprising second as a team at the South Central Conference boys golf tournament at The Rail in Springfield on Monday.

    A day later, senior RaeChelle Leiken shot an 82 to take the title at the girls SCC meet at Litchfield.

    She birdied the 17th hole and eagled the 18th to win by 11 strokes.

    Roxana was the team champion.

  • Lady Vandals take first loss, but big season still looms

    PANA – The Lady Vandals’ perfect season is over, but a dream season is still in the works despite a tough loss at Pana last Thursday.

    Vandalia struggled on both sides of the ball in that non-conference game, falling to the Lady Panthers, 10-25, 19-25.

    “Offensively, we struggled. Defensively, we struggled,” said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith. “We didn’t play our ball, and made too many errors.

  • Vandalia holds Athletic Hall of Fame inductions

    Three individuals and one team were inducted into Vandalia Community High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to last Friday’s football game against Litchfield.


    During his 14-year stay as coach of Vandalia’s wrestling team, Glenn Exton brought the program to prominence, advancing the team to state in his third season and going back eight more times.

  • Warriors win EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – Patoka played as a cohesive unit last Thursday, winning the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament by beating fourth-seeded Beecher City.

    The No. 2 Warriors got big hits from several players along with a near pefect game from junior Clinton Hood to help lead them to a 7-2 victory.

    “The goal all along was to win the conference tournament,” said coach Joe Eddy said. “And we didn’t play our best game tonight, but we got a couple of bigs hits.”

  • Cougars earn at least share of NTC

    South Central’s baseball team  remained perfect in its first season of play in the National Trail Conference, clinching at least a share of the conference championship with a 5-4 win against Neoga last Thursday.

    Noah Powless homered  during a five-run third inning – his three-run blast being his fifth of the season for the Cougars (13-3-1, 8-0 NTC).

    Neoga scored twice in each the second and fifth innings.

  • Prep Roundup (Sept. 27)

    Lady Cougars take fourth at Herrin Tournament
    South Central’s volleyball team went 3-2 to finish fourth at Saturday’s Herrin Tournament.

    After winning the first three games in pool by defeating Marissa, 25-14, 25-20, Johnston City, 25-17, 25-14, and Crab Orchard, 25-9, 23-25, 15-9, the Lady Cougars ran in to trouble against Carterville in the final game of pool play and Herrin in the third-place match.

    Carterville beat South Central (15-5), 26-24, 25-21, and Herrin won a close match, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11.

  • Soccer team beginning to score more goals

    The offense has been picking up for Vandalia’s soccer team, as the Vandals scored three goals in the past week, but still weren’t able to come away with any victories.

    Vandalia (0-13-1) secured one goal against each Carlyle on Monday, Altamont last Thursday and East Alton-Wood River last Wednesday, but lost those games 4-1, 2-1 and 5-1, respectively.

    Senior A.J. Gaylord now leads the team with two goals, after scoring against Altamont, and Jussi Craycroft leads in assists with three.

  • Vandalia tennis team loses close match to Hillsboro

    The Vandalia tennis team lost a tough match to Hillsboro on Monday, falling to the conference rival for the second time this season.

    After Saturday’s Centralia Invitational and Tuesday's match against Centralia were rained out, the Lady Vandals have a 4-4 record.

    Just like in the first match with Hillsboro, a 6-3 loss on Sept. 10, many matches were close but went Hillsboro's way.

    Four singles matches went three sets and two doubles matches were decided by two or fewer points.

  • Vandal Leaders (Sept. 27)

    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.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Sept. 27)

    Logan Mahon • Pitcher • Gateway Grizzlies

    •Mahon, a St. Elmo graduate, recently had his 2013 option exercised by the Gateway Grizzlies. Mahon was a key member of Gateway's bullpen in 2012, and will look to help the team return to the playoffs next season.