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School Sports

  • Jackson is top Vandal at CM Tourney

    Four wrestlers placed in the top five at Saturday’s Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament, but no Vandals came away with individual championships.

    Senior Zach Jackson had the best showing, placing second to Herrin’s Tad Cravens at 170 pounds. He lost the title bout, 9-6.

    He pinned his first two opponents in the quarter- and semifinals.

    Sophomore Blake Cripe had two pins on his way to finishing third at 182 pounds by beating Benton’s Zach Mocaby, 13-3.

  • Tharp nearly sets school scoring record in win

    A game after scoring his 1,000th career point, South Central Fischer Tharp nearly added another milestone to his list of accomplishment.

    Scoring 41 points in a 62-51 win against Odin last Friday, Tharp was just one point short of the school record for single-game scoring. That record was set by Spencer Patton in the 2006 Vandalia Regional Tournament.

    Tharp’s career-high in scoring is the highest single-game total for an area player so far this season. Brownstown senior Matt Sefton set this year’s standard with 31 points in the season-opener.

  • Eagles get double-overtime NTC victory at Neoga

    Senior Connor Beasley had his second straight double-double to lead the Eagles to a 58-52 double-overtime victory last Friday at Neoga.

    Beasley paced St. Elmo’s offense with 18 points and 16 rebounds in the Eagles’ second National Trail Conference win of the season.

    He had 15 points and 11 rebounds three nights earlier against South Central.

    The Eagles (3-0, 2-0 NTC) and Indians played back-and-forth basketball throughout the game, with neither team leading by more than two points at the end of any quarter.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Dec. 6)

    St. Elmo falls in
    dual conference game
    The Eagles took a hit in both the National Trail and Egyptian-Illini Conference standings on Tuesday after losing at Cowden-Herrick, 52-50.
    Senior Connor Beasley had his third straight double-double for the Eagles, scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, but Cowden-Herrick was able to score three extra points in the final period to pull out the win.
    Junior Levi Maxey was the leading scorer for St. Elmo (3-1, 0-1 EIC, 2-1 NTC), with 15 points, and senior Garrett Bartels added 11.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Dec. 6)

    Boys Basketball
    Single-game leaders
    •Points: Wells, Co. Woolsey, 14
    •Rebounds: Ch. Woolsey, 11
    •Team points: 62
    •Team rebounds: 48
    •Team points allowed: 26 (at SCHS)
    •Margin of victory: 20 (46-26)
    Season leaders
    •Points per game: Wells, 9.75
    •Team points:204
    •Field goals: Wells, 18
    •Team field goals: 81
    •Free throws made: Ritchey, 13
    •Individual FT %: Ritchey, .722

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Dec. 6)

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

  • Vandalia Jr. wrestlers open season with success

    Jr. wrestlers from Vandalia went to several tournaments over the weekend, with many individuals placing.

    Vandalia Kings Wrestling
    at Bethalto
    •Anthony Enlow placed second in the 11-12-year-old age group with a 1-1 record.

  • This week's schedule

    VANDALIA
    Boys Basketball
    •Dec. 7 at Gillespie, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 8 at EAWR, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 11 vs. Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Girls Basketball
    •Dec. 6 vs. Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 8 at Neoga, 1 p.m.
    Wrestling
    •Dec. 6 at Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 8 Home Quad, 10 a.m.
    •Dec. 11 JV Home, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 12 vs. Civic Mem., 6 p.m.
    Jr. High Boys Hoops
    •Dec. 8 Home Tournament
    •Dec. 10 at Beecher City, 6 p.m.

  • Vandals fall to third at DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic after up-and-down game

    DUQUOIN - The hosts scored on seven straight possession in the fourth quarter to pry the lead from the Vandals in the final game of the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic, and though they tried to erase their seven point deficit, the visitors would fall, 56-53.

    With the loss, the Vandals fell to 1-2 in the tournament and finished in third place. Flora was the tournament champion, after posting a 3-0 record.

  • Vandals beat Cairo at DuQuoin Tournament

    DUQUOIN - Vandalia was led by a double-double from senior Chase Woolsey and seven different players had at least one assist to lead the Vandals to a 62-56 victory against Cairo in the second game of the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    The Pilots cut Vandalia's lead to one in the second quarter, but the Vandals (2-1) finished off the first half on an 8-0 run, and continued scoring with regularity for the rest of the game.