Today's News

  • Vandal eighth-graders win regional title

    The dream continues.

    Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball team (19-0) came back from a stunning 1-25 loss in the second set to beat Meredian (19-5) in three sets to win the regional championship on its home floor.

    They advance to play Carlinville in Carlinville on Monday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament.

  • Vandal 8th-graders to play for title

    The Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team’s dream season will continue in the regional championship game on Thursday, after the Lady Vandals defeated Greenville, 25-19, 25-12, in the semifinals on Tuesday.

    Coach Geri Reuss’ team is now 18-0 on the season, and the players hope to win their second straight regional championship when they face Blue Mounds Meredian on Thursday at 6 p.m. on their home court.

  • St. Elmo falls to Woodlawn in sectional battle

    ALTAMONT – St. Elmo was able to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but consistent play from Woodlawn on both sides of the ball in the final three periods doomed the Eagles during a 61-38 loss in the first round of the sectional tournament last Wednesday.

    The loss marked the final game in the careers of regulars Garrett Buzzard and Kase Stolte – who both exited the game to standing ovations – and role player Dylan Bullard.

  • Three Jr. Vandals advance to IKWF state tourney

    Three Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers advanced to this weekend's Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation novice and senior  state tournament at the Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford.

    Bobby Bradley (novice 130), and Dalton Blankenship (senior 130) both placed third, and Blake Cripe (senior 156) placed first at the Vandalia sectional on Saturday to advance.

    Fourteen other Jr. Club wrestlers participated at the sectional.

  • Six Vandal players honored by SCC

    Three boys and three girls basketball players from Vandalia were named all-conference in the South Central Conference East Division.

    Senior Marty Johnson was named to the first team, while junior Dathan Berning  and senior Daniel Bell were named second team for the boys.

    For the girls, junior Haley Wollerman  and sophomore Amber Bruno were named second team, and junior Hannah Edwards was named honorable mention.

  • Community Sports Briefs

    St. Elmo Hero wins 24th, then scratched

    St. Elmo Hero, the harness racing horse named after a late St. Elmo man, earned his 24th straight win at Balmoral Park near Chicago to tie the record for most consecutive wins to start a career.

    The horse was scheduled to race at the Cam Fella Stakes in Canada last weekend, but he was scratched because he is sick.

    The stakes would have been the richest prize of his career had he won.

    NWTF holding banquet on Saturday

  • Season in review: Girls Basketball

    For the first time in seven years, the Brownstown High School girls basketball team finished at .500, with a 12-12 mark.

    Five different players – each of the starters – led the Lady Bombers in scoring at least once, with seniors Abby Hill (11 times) and Kel-C Sefton (six times) doing it most often.

    Senior Morgan Myers (four), senior Brooke Maxey (three) and sophomore Megan Maxey (one) were the others.

    Naturally, Hill and Sefton ended the season as Brownstown's scoring leaders, posting 11.2 and  9.3 points per game, respectively.

  • Recognizing Brownstown Students

  • VanUytven is serving area seamstresses

    Patti Van Uytven was climbing up to a sewing machine as soon as she was big enough … and has now climbed all the way to the top of a “fabrics and all the trimmings for sewing and quilting” business, known in Ramsey as  “The Quilt Top Shop.”