Congratulations goes to the Van-Far/Community R-VI cooperative football program for clinching the No. 4 seed in this year’s newly formatted district tournament. This accomplishment came in a very tough Class 2, District 5 during the Indians first year at the Class 2 level.
The combination of their win over Winfield, a Bowling Green loss, and Bowling Green’s unwillingness to challenge for home field advantage with a head-to-head victory gave the Indians a home district game against the Bobcats at 7 p.m. Friday, October 26.
This sets up a rematch with the Bobcats just two weeks after Bowling Green rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Indians 21-20.
Needless to say, Van-Far’s and Community R-VI’s players want to get the win that got away from them and end Bowling Green’s season in districts.
The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce is already working hard to motivate the community to support the program with signs, black and gold flags, and any other show of support in time for the big rivalry game.
With the help of four local businesses, The Vandalia Leader printed a “Beat Bowling Green” banner for businesses to hang up in their windows.
Please go to the game on Friday night and show your support for the program. Who would have thought in the first year of this cooperative partnership that Van-Far/Community R-VI would win their way to a No. 4 seed in an eight team district and have a change to knock off Bowling Green in districts?
Go cheer on the team Friday night and hopefully they can come out with a big win.
If they do get the victory, Van-Far will likely travel to Clark County on Wednesday, October 31.
This could force changes to the Halloween Hoopla program scheduled for Halloween night. Follow The Vandalia Leader on Facebook, through Missouri TXT Alerts, or on Twitter to get the update on that event.
I also want to congratulate the Van-Far cheerleading squad for their sixth place finish at state. Those who don’t follow cheerleading might not realize just how tough Van-Far’s competition was, especially for a squad with just one senior.
The Lady Indians responded to the challenge and their experience might help them earn their way to a Top-4 finish next year.
Last week, I traveled with my family to Morristown, Tenn., for our annual Corporate Retreat.
I will let you know that I’m personally excited about many of the new opportunities our publication will be offering to the community in the next year.
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