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School Sports

  • Vandals finish 6-3 in busy week of quadrangulars

    The Vandalia wrestling team had a busy seven days dating back to last Thursday, wrestling nine teams and going 6-3.

    Dalton Blankenship, a sophomore, and senior Zach Jackson each went 9-0. They lead the team in wins, with 28 and 27, respectively.

    On Saturday, the Vandals host their third quadrangular of the season with PORTA, Beardston and Clinton coming to town, and they travel to O’Fallon next Thursday.

    But on a downside, Vandalia will be without Blake Cripe for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.

  • Godoyo likely out for the season due to knee injury

    HIGHLAND – Due to a pair of tears in her knee, Vandalia junior Megan Godoyo may have her season ended prematurely for the second year in a row.

    It was learned after Tuesday’s game, a 58-40 loss in the first round of consolation bracket in the Highland Tournament, that she had suffered tears to both her medial and lateral meniscus.

    The tears occurred in the same knee in which she tore her anterior cruciate ligament at about this time last season.

  • Vandalia takes down Comets in SCC game

    VANDALIA – Two small runs on both sides of halftime allowed the Vandals to take a lead on Greenville that wouldn’t be relinquished in a 55-45 win last Friday night that keeps Vandalia perfect in South Central Conference play.

    After falling behind 25-21 with 1:48 left in the first half, coach Brian Buscher called a timeout, and his team responded to his message.

  • 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.