Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals take three losses...

    HIGHLAND - The Lady Vandals volleyball team won just two of their five games at this weekend's Highland Tournament, but now have 20 victories on the season. Senior RaeChelle Leiken was named to the all-tournament team.

    Class 2A Vandalia played up at least one class in all but one game.

    Defeating Class 3A Carbondale in three sets on Friday night gave Vandalia its 20th win of the season. The Lady Vandals then defeated Class 2A Wesclin on Saturday morning.

  • Vandals qualify for playoffs...

    PIASA - The Vandalia football team earned an automatic playoff bid on Saturday, earning its sixth win of the season with a 36-14 victory at Southwestern.

    Big plays highlighed the Vandals' offensive day, as senior Ryan Ambuehl had a season-long 83-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after he dropped the snap on a punt.

    Senior Tim Ritchey then dashed 59 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and added a 14-yard score minutes later to help Vandalia post a 19-0 halftime lead. Southwestern gained just 27 first-half yards against the Vandal defense.

  • Leiken wins regional title by...

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the girls regional tournament at Effingham Country Club on Wednesday, shooting an 81 to win by one stroke.

    Competing individually, Leiken just inched past St. Anthony's Miranda Rohlfing to earn medalist honors. She placed third in her regional last season.

    On Monday, Leiken will play at the Teutopolis Sectional, which is also being played at Effingham C.C.

    Full result of her regional can be found here: http://center.ihsa.org/reports/gog94265.htm

  • Senior Spotlight: Jordan Boren

    Consistency has been the key ingredient to the tennis success of Vandalia senior Jordan Boren.

    She isn’t a hard-hitter, but she always places her shots where they need to go, and by primarily teaming with the same player since she was a freshman, it has allowed Boren to lead the team in doubles wins this season, with 11.

    “Her shots are consistent,” said coach Kevin Schroeder. “She doesn’t try to overhit things, and I think she is always looking ahead to where she can go with a shot.”

  • Vandals become playoff eligible...

    Players came into last Friday’s game against Hillsboro with two goals in mind – become playoff eligible and offensively redeem themselves after losing seven fumbles the week before.

    And after a 48-6 drubbing of Hillsboro and zero fumbles, the team can put those goals away and begin working toward the next ones.

  • Football Notes: Vandals near...

    The last time Vandalia traveled to Southwestern, the Birds clipped the Vandals with a late score, ruining the team’s playoff hopes in 2010.

    This time around, the Vandals will be looking to assure themselves a spot in the postseason, but the Birds will again be looking to play spoiler.

    An unpredictable team so far this season, Southwestern is 3-3, and comes into the game with the momentum of back-to-back upset road wins against Pana and Staunton.

  • Lady Vandals win Volley for the...

    After two big wins in the past week, the Lady Vandals will have their toughest challenge to date this weekend at the Highland Tournament.

    On Friday night, Vandalia will play a pair of games, taking on O’Fallon at 6 p.m. and Carbondale at 7 p.m. Both games will be played in the west gym.

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals have three games, playing Wesclin in east gym at 9 a.m., and Highland (11 a.m.) and Breese Central (noon) in the west gym.

  • Vandalia qualifies for sectional...

    The Vandals achieved another of their season goals on Tuesday by advancing the sectional tournament as a team.

    Led by regional champion Blake Swofford, who had five birdies, the Vandals shot a 346 to place third and advance to next Monday’s Carterville Sectional.

    Swofford shot a 71 (-1) and won the tournament on the third playoff hole against Marquette Catholic’s Brian Gibbon. Both shot par on the first two holes, but Swofford secured a birdie on No. 3 to secure the victory.

  • Soccer team honors seniors

    Vandalia’s soccer team celebrated its seniors on Tuesday, during halftime of a 6-1 loss to Lincolnwood.

    Colin Ledbetter scored his second goal of the season on the fourth assist of the year from Jussi Craycroft.

    Blake Torbeck had 10 saves in-goal, while Bailey Cearlock added three for Vandalia (0-15-1)

    After the game, coach Walt Kinney commented on each of his seniors.

  • South Central perfect in first...

    South Central finished its first season as a member of the National Trail Conference undefeated after shutting out Windsor, 10-0, last Thursday.

    The victory gave the Cougars (14-4-1) a 9-0 conference record.

    Seniors Dan Diss and Shawn Meyer combined to fire a one-hitter, striking out 10 batters and walking just three.

    Dylan Smith and Kyle Bray paced the offense, with Smith going 2-for-2, with two RBI, and Bray going 1-for-3, with a double and two RBI.