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Today's News

  • Be prepared for severe weather

    The tornado that devastated Harrisburg last Wednesday should serve as a warning that we’ve now entered the season in which such storms are possible.
    That powerful storm claimed six lives and injured more than 100 citizens – leaving a swath of destruction across a wide area of Southern Illinois.
    Similar storms have hit Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky in recent days.

  • Senior class plays big role in St. Elmo's success

    BRIDGEPORT – It was quiet walking past the St. Elmo Eagles as they waited to leave Red Hill High School last Wednesday.

    Near the door of a gym that had long since emptied, St. Elmo players stood with straight faces and little to say as they wrestled with defeat in the first round of the sectional tournament for the second straight season.

  • Woodlawn again ousts St. Elmo

    BRIDGEPORT – Every sports team eventually has an off-night.

    Unfortunately for the St. Elmo Eagles, theirs came last Wednesday in the first round of the sectional tournament, where cold shooting left them behind early and unable to come back during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn.

    Junior Gabe Owens hit a pair of 3-pointers in the span of 28 seconds early in the first quarter to push Woodlawn ahead 8-2, and by the end of the game, he, along with A.J. Webb and Christian Hollenkamp, had outscored the Eagles by themselves.

  • PHOTOS: YMCA basketball

    Photos from one of Saturday's games in the YMCA basketball league.

  • Three Vandalia boys and girls basketball players receive all-conference honors

    Six Vandalia athletes were given all-conference honors from the South Central Conference East Division coaches.

    Senior Dathan Berning was the only player to be named to the first team.

    He led the Vandals in scoring, with 13.53 points per game, and was a consistent rebounding threat and a strong ball handler.

    Senior Bryan Hosick and junior Tim Ritchey were both named to the second team.

    Hosick had a career-best 10.97 points per game, and was also key to Vandalia's rebounding efforts and offensive ball movement.

  • New softball field is one of the best in the region

    With the renovation of the Vandalia High School softball field nearing completion, coach Brian Buscher already has seen the benefits.

    Though favorable weather has helped, he said that his team has already been on the field for practice five out of the first six days, which is something that would not have happened in the past.

    “That makes our players that much better,” Buscher said. “Being in the gym is just not the same as catching the ball in the air or fielding a ball off of the dirt.”

  • Vandalia 8th-graders move on while 7th-graders fall

    The Vandalia eighth-grade volleyball team advanced in the Staunton Regional on Tuesday, beating East Alton-Wood River, 25-17, 25-11.

    With the win, the Jr. Lady Vandals played again on Wednesday against Carlinville.

    Top-seeded Vandalia was led by Leah Francis, who had two aces and two kills. Mindy Ritchey and Karlie Bright each added three aces.

  • No IKWF state qualifiers for Vandalia; two younger wrestlers win at sectionals

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow won the intermediate 138-pound division at the Highland Sectional.

    He wrestles for the King Select Wrestling Club and plans to wrestle in next weekend's midget state meet in Danville.

    Vandalia Jr. Club wrestler Tanner Swain won the intermediate 79-pound division at Highland, and at the intermediate 55-pound division, Kyle Miller placed second and Jarek Wehrle placed third.

    Markus Isaiah also wrestled.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 8)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams.

    Audrey Matheny • Soph. • Lake Land College

    •2011-12 – Matheny, a South Central graduate, played in 27 games for Lake Land this past season. She scored 59 points (1.96 per game) in helping Lake Land to a 21-9 record.

  • St. Elmo falls in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT- The St. Elmo boys basketball team had trouble making shots from the field during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Senior Ben Sperry led the Eagles (22-8), with 14 points and eight rebounds, but that was not enough to overcome two first-half runs by Woodlawn that put St. Elmo behind 27-18 at halftime.

    After Sperry hit a layup to open the scoring, Woodlawn used a layup of its own and back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run that put St. Elmo behind, 11-2.