School Sports

  • Eighth-graders fight back from 14-point deficit but fall in regional title game

    GREENVILLE — The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 5:05 remaining Thursday's regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four points exactly four minutes later, there wasn't enough time to get the win.

    Roxana used a balanced effort on offense and defense, and took advantage of some Vandalia mistakes to take a 42-37 win in the Class 3A regional finals at Greenville Junior High.

  • Vandals receive No. 2 regional seed; Patoka No. 3, St. Elmo No. 4

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team received the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional.

    Teutopolis received the top seed, and Nos. 3-6 are Litchfield, St. Anthony, Greenville and Hillsboro.

    The tournament sechedule is expected to be announced this afternoon by the Illinois High School Association.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, the Eagles have earned the No. 4 seed behind Nokomis, Altamont and Cowden-Herrick. Other teams there are Beecher City, Brownstown and Ramsey.

  • Seventh-graders lose hard-fought sectional contest

    DIVERNON  — The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team never let up in Wednesday's sectional game, but hot shooting from Southwestern allowed the Birds to come away with a 44-37 victory.

    Nathan Casey led the Jr. Vandals (16-9) in scoring with a game-high 18 points, and Marcus Zimmerman added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

    Vandalia led 15-13 early in the second quarter, but Southwestern (22-3) used a 10-0 run over the final 2:48 to take a 23-15 halftime lead.

  • Confidence breeds success for Jr. Vandals in regional title game vs. Greenville

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or, for that matter, that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals win in overtime on senior night

    VANDALIA  – A freshman made the first overtime basket, but it was the senior class that finished out the extra period and gave Vandalia the victory.

    Freshman Karlie Bright had an open drive to the basket 10 seconds into the overtime period against South Central Conference rival Roxana last Thursday, and  seniors Morgan Whightsil and Amber Bruno made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:17 of a 66-56 victory on senior night.

  • Wrestlers finish fourth at Litchfield Invitational

    LITCHFIELD – Despite a tough time in the championship semifinals, five Vandals finished in the top three at the Litchfield Invitational to give Vandalia a fourth-place team finish.

    Six Vandalia wrestlers were in the semifinals on Saturday, but only freshman Chaston Womack prevailed at 106 pounds. His second-place finish would lead the Vandals, who scored 141 team points.

  • Vandals suffer tough week of basketball

    PANA – The Vandals suffered one of their worst losses in the past several years, and if the problems that led to it aren’t fixed soon, a new cast of players will likely see extended playing time.

    Vandalia trailed just 12-10 early in the second quarter, but poor rebounding and ball handling for the rest of the game let Pana run away with a 71-29 South Central Conference victory on Tuesday night.

  • Eighth-graders make regional finals

    The Jr. Vandal eighth-graders came from behind in the fourth quarter to take a 34-33 win from Hillsboro on Tuesday to advance to the regional championship game.

    Third-seeded Vandalia trailed by two going to the fourth quarter, but outscored No. 2 Hillsboro, 7-4, in that period to secure the upset in the Class 3A regional at Greenville Junior High.

    The Jr. Vandals take on top-seeded Roxana at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will face Auburn at the Vandalia Sectional next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

  • PHOTO: Another Maxey headed to KC

    St. Elmo senior Megan Maxey has committed to play softball for Kaskaskia College for the next two years.

    Maxey, who will be counted on as one of the top hitters in the Lady Eagles' lineup this spring, signed her letter of intent last Friday.

    Her older sister, Brooke, played volleyball for KC the past two seasons.

  • Von Behren inducted to Hall of Fame

    Vandalia native Seth Von Behren was inducted to the Waterloo Bucks Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    Von Behren played for the Bucks, an Iowa collegiate summer team in the Northwoods League, in 1998 and 1999.

    “This is probably a top one or two places in the country that you could send a kid to play summer baseball, and it’s because of the fans and the atmosphere,” Von Behren said in his induction speech. “I appreciate everything you did for me and my family.”