Today's Sports

  • Senior class checks off another...

    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....

    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...

    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...
  • Jr. Pro basketball begins next...

    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...

    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.