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School Sports

  • St. Elmo Wall of Fame Inductions

    St. Elmo High School made inductions to its Wall of Fame last Friday night. 

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 17)

    Eagles pick up NTC win

    St. Elmo had little trouble defeating Windsor on Tuesday in National Trail Conference action.

    The Eagles earned the 69-27 win behind a game-high 22 points from junior Levi Maxey, and 14 points and 10 rebounds from senior Connor Beasley.

    Reece Wells matched his career-high with 11 points for St. Elmo (10-7, 3-3 NTC).

  • Jr. Wrestling Results

    The Jr. Vandal wrestlers have found plenty of success in recent events, including a third-place team finish at the Pittsfield Full Mat Tournament.

    Sunday, Jan. 13
    at Belleville Crusaders Open
    11- and 12-year-olds
    •Dustin Lott placed second
    •Tanner Swain placed second
    •Luke Francis placed third

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 17)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Vandalia eighth-grade tournament, seventh-grade regional begin Monday

    The Vandalia Jr. High eighth-grade boys basketball tournament begins on Monday at Vandalia Junior High and Vandalia Elementary School.

    On Monday at VJHS, Vandalia plays Mulberry Grove at 6 p.m., and St. Elmo plays Taylorville at 7:15 p.m.

    The winners play at VJHS on Tuesday at 6 p.m., while the losers play at VES at the same time.

    At VES, Pana plays Ramsey at 6 p.m., Central A&M plays Staunton at 7:15 p.m.

    The winners play at VJHS on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., while the losers play at VES at the same time.

  • Vandalia's Josie Earnest returning to Team USA

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest has qualified for Team USA in women’s bowling for the second straight year.

    Placing third at the Team USA Trials in Henderson, Nev., Earnest is assured a spot on the team, a place in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money.

    Defending trial champ Danielle McEwan took first in the national field on Monday, while Diandra Asbaty, a 15-time team USA selection, finished second.

    In the championship ladder semifinals, Earnest lost to McEwan, 199-181, but the third-place finish was good enough to qualify for Team USA.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Whightsil

    VANDALIA – Morgan Whightsil does all of the little things well.

    And while those small things may not generate many headlines or highlight plays, they do help earn wins, respect of coaches and teammates, and potentially a spot on a college roster.

    The 5-foot-5 defensive guru is the best post defender for the Lady Vandals this season, using strong fundamentals to make up for her small stature.

  • Vandals beat Altamont with potent attack

    VANDALIA – After losing to Pinckneyville on Saturday in what may have been the worst performance of the season, first-year boys basketball coach Brian Buscher gave the Vandals a homework assignment.

    Players were required to write down 10 reasons why they play basketball, and at Monday’s practice, they worked together to learn each other’s answers and set new team goals.

  • Lady Vandals begin 2013 with three straight wins

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have opened the calendar year with three straight wins after beating county rival South Central, 72-11, on Monday.

    Eleven Lady Vandals scored in the game against the inexperienced Lady Cougars, with senior Amber Bruno pacing the offense with 18 points.

    Junior Megan Godoyo had 15, while junior Kaitlyn Kershaw had a season-high 10 and freshman Karlie Bright matched her career-high with seven for the Lady Vandals (8-11).

  • Wrestlers take 23rd at Princeton

    Vandalia’s wrestling team had three individual placers at the Princeton Invitational Tournament, and finished 23rd as a team with 50 points.

    Senior Zach Jackson had the highest finish, with sixth place, while sophomore Dalton Blankenship and senior Sean Newcomb each placed eighth.

    Dakota was the team champion with 190 points.

    Sophomore Ryne Lipsey recorded the fastest pin of his career, taking down Princeton’s Tyler Webster in 10 seconds in first-round action.

    Results