School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Gabby McNutt

    Tasked with replacing a college-bound player at the most important position on the volleyball court, the nerves that Gabby McNutt felt early in the season were justified.

    Now 15 games later, the Vandalia senior finds setting to be second nature.

    “I was expecting to be the setter, but when I had to step up and do it, there was a lot of pressure,” McNutt said. “Now, I’m comfortable with everyone, because I’ve played with them all.”

  • Lady Vandals reign supreme at Vandalia Tourney

    It was the game everyone wanted to see in the finals of Saturday’s Vandalia Tournament, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

    County rivals Vandalia and South Central clashed in the championship game, with the Lady Vandals maintaining a 13-0 record by earning a 26-24, 25-22 victory in a rematch of a game from earlier this month to win their first-ever Vandalia Tournament.

    “Exactly the result that we wanted,” said coach Allison Smith.

  • Long runs, defense lead Vandals to big win at Roxana

    ROXANA – If Roxana wasn’t some 60 miles away, the Vandals probably just would have run home instead of taking the bus.

    Piling up 479 rushing yards on 47 carries, the Vandals used three touchdown runs at least 59 yards and a strong defensive performance last Friday night to dispatch South Central Conference rival Roxana, 39-7.

  • Lady Vandals now 15-0; next up is Pana

    It’s the game that every Vandalia volleyball player looks forward to each year, and in 2012, it takes on even more meaning.

    Pana, the team that has spoiled many Vandalia accomplishments over the years, will host the undefeated Lady Vandals on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup.

    The Lady Panthers are not as strong this season as they have been in the past, but they are still one of the top three teams in the conference, and getting by them on the road is no easy task.

    The varsity game will start at approximately 7 p.m.

    Volley for the Cure

  • Football notes: Homecoming game is Friday

    Coming home for the first time since Aug. 31, the Vandals will look to bring a homecoming crowd a big victory against Litchfield on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

    Vandalia (3-1) has scored at least 40 points against the Purple Panthers (1-3) in each of the past two seasons, and with the team’s offense coming off of a 483-yard effort at Roxana last Friday, another big win could be on the horizon.

    The game will be played in front of several former players who are being inducted into the VCHS Athletic Hall of Fame with the 2007 wrestling team, as well as former defensive coordinator Glenn Exton.

  • Patoka, Beecher City to battle for EIC crown

    VANDALIA – After watching the top seed fall in the game before theirs, the Warriors had all the more reason to get a win on Tuesday.

    Playing as the No. 2 seed in the semifinals of the Egyptian-Illini Conference at Vandalia, Patoka allowed just three hits to Brownstown while piling on the runs in a five-inning, 13-0 win.

    “This was our goal,” said coach Joe Eddy. “But, our objective wasn’t just to win tonight, it’s to go win Thursday’s championship game.”

  • Vandal golfers set for SCC tourney

    FILLMORE – The Vandalia golf team will compete in the South Central Conference Tournament on Monday at The Rail in Springfield.

    Vandalia has struggled of late, but coach Brandon Taylor said that due to so many good teams being in the conference, a top-three finish would be difficult even if the team was playing well.

    “I hope for the best, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we are on the outside looking in,” he said.

    Title contenders at the event are led by Greenville, which has four losses on the season, Carlinville, and Hillsboro.

  • South Central finishes second at Vandalia

    VANDALIA – The Lady Cougars gave Vandalia all they could in the championship game of Saturday’s Vandalia Tournament, but the hosts were just too strong.

    After back-to-back tight matches to finish pool play, South Central played the Lady Vandals to a 24-26, 22-25 decision.

    The first set was never more than two points apart, with the score being tied 16 times, but the second set was a lot different.

  • Prep Roundup (Sept. 20)

    Lady Bombers take seventh at Vandalia Tourney

    Brownstown beat Beecher City, 25-20, 25012, in the seventh-place game of the Vandalia Tournament on Saturday.

    Dani Austin and Courtney Howard each had nine kills during the tournament to pace Brownstown’s offense, while Brittany Kistler had five service aces and 32 digs, and Michaela Walk had 17 assists.

    In pool play, the Lady Bombers (3-9) lost to Vandalia, 25-11, 25-13; Carlyle, 25-22, 25-16; and East Alton-Wood River, 25-12, 25-12.

    Tournament stats

  • Tennis team splits conference matches

    The Lady Vandals weren't able to get by Roxana on Tuesday, falling 7-2 in their second loss against a conference opponent this season.

    Sophomore Courtney Ulmer picked up a singles win at No. 6, winning, 10-4, and seniors Emilie Britt and Jordan
    Boren teamed to win No. 3 doubles, 10-5.

    The loss moved Vandalia's record to 4-3.

    Tuesday, Sept. 18
    Roxana 7
    Vandalia 2
    •No. 1 Hannah Blythe lost, 5-10
    •No. 2 Karlee Brimberry lost, 4-10
    •No. 3 Britt lost, 2-10
    •No. 4 Bailey Jones lost, 6-10
    •No. 5 Megan Dothager lost, 8-10
    •No. 6 Ulmer won, 10-4