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  • Mulberry Grove struggles at own Turkey Tourney

    MULBERRY GROVE – The Mulberry Grove High School boys basketball team did not win a game in its own Turkey Tourney last week.

    Senior center Allen Tompkins was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 15.25 points per game.

    In the final game of the tournament on Saturday, Mulberry Grove (0-4) was defeated by tournament champion Odin, 56-40.

    Odin (4-0) took a commanding lead at halftime by allowing the Aces just two second-quarter points, a bucket by Harley Steed. The game was knotted at 11 after the first period.

  • Future is bright for seventh-grade girls

    GREENVILLE – Coach Dana Kirk said there was “no shame” in losing the regional championship game, 37-19, to a Central A&M team which now has a 23-0 record.

    “This loss doesn’t define our season,” the Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball coach said. “We are still 18-4.

    “Most kids at the seventh-grade level don’t dream of having a season like that.”

    As they get older, members of this team will be able to realistically dream for a lot more.

  • Vandalia girls win third straight

    The five-win girls basketball team of last season is no more for Vandalia High School.

    By notching its third straight win Monday against Marquette Catholic, the Vandals – who start just one senior – erased any doubt that the growing pains from last season would continue into this season by defeating the Explorers, 59-47.

  • Vandalia wrestlers battle in loss to BW

    Junior Daniel Edwards had Vandalia’s lone victory in the varsity wrestling team’s first match of the season on Tuesday night, a 57-6 loss to Belleville West.

    Edwards – wrestling at 152 pounds – pinned his opponent 3:16 into the match to prevent the Maroons from shutting out the Vandals.

    “He had one of their weaker kids, but he did what he is supposed to do,” said coach Jason Clay. “He had a couple of nice takedowns.”

  • Vandals learn from mistakes at Turkey Tourney

    Though the Vandalia High School boys basketball team only won one game in the annual St. Anthony Turkey Tournament, the team had a shot at third place, thanks to a stingy defensive effort in its first three contests.

    Three teams in the Vandals’ bracket ended the day Friday with a record of 1-2, but the Vandals earned the right to play in the third-place game on Saturday, based on allowing the fewest total points by their opponents.

  • Halfway there

    The renovation of the building that will be the new home of the Fayette County Health Department is about 50-percent completed, and the cost of the renovation is running close to projections.

    The health department plans to begin moving about half a block east, to the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, in a little more than two months.

  • IDOT presents new set of Route 51 alignments

    A steady stream of citizens converged on the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Tuesday to study six maps on display during a four-hour public information meeting hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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