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School Sports

  • Sports Briefs (March 7)

    Spring season begins next week

    With another season of winter sports having gone by, some of the area’s spring teams will open their seasons next week.

    The Vandalia girls track team will travel to Eastern Illinois University for the Charleston Indoor Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    Teams at Mulberry Grove and St. Elmo then take to the fields next Tuesday.

    In baseball action, Mulberry Grove is hosting Sandoval, and St. Elmo will travel to Shelbyville. Both games are at 4:15 p.m.

  • Jr. Lady Vandals make regional finals

    TEUTOPOLIS  — Taking over the serve with a 17-12 lead in the second set of Saturday’s regional semifinal against St. Elmo, Sarah Bigelow served five aces in eight points to close out the match and give the Vandalia eighth-graders a spot in the regional title game.

    Those serves were the first of the game for Bigelow, and secured a 25-21, 25-12 win in the semifinals of the Teutopolis Regional.

  • Three seniors named all-conference in basketball

    Three Vandalia seniors have been selected to all-conference teams in basketball by coaches in the South Central Conference.

    Amber Bruno was named second-team for the girls, and Michael Wells took second-team honors and Aaron Harter took third-team honors for the boys.

    Bruno had the best season of her career in 2012-13, leading the team in scoring in all but five games as she averaged 19.4 points per game.

  • Vandal wrestlers lose heartbreaker at state

    BLOOMINGTON – After some of the early bouts didn’t go as well as Vandalia had planned, it was up to a pair of freshmen to keep alive the team’s hopes of advancing at state.

    Kolten Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey each refused to get pinned in their bouts, leaving the Vandals a chance to win the match against Litchfield in the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association dual team state tournament.

    But it wasn’t to be, as Vandalia fell just short in a 31-29 loss.

  • Vandals fall to T-Town in regional title game

    HILLSBORO – Unlike the first time the teams matched up on Feb. 5, Teutopolis was not going to let the Vandals hang around in last Friday’s regional championship game.

    Vandalia trailed by as few as two points in the second half of that first matchup, but the Wooden Shoes used strong man-to-man defense and transition offense to take a 12-point lead after the first quarter of an 85-48 rout.

  • Schroeder steps down as tennis coach

    VANDALIA – For the first time since 1995, the Vandalia tennis program will have a new coach when the girls begin the season in August.

    Citing family reasons, Kevin Schroeder has resigned as coach of the team after 18 seasons.

    “I am getting out of it because (my youngest son) Alec is in high school sports, and when (my oldest son) Christian was in high school, I never really got to see him,” Schroeder said. “I missed at least three-fourths of his soccer matches and baseball games.”

  • Area teams out in regional semis

    None of the area's Class 1A boys basketball teams were able to advance to a regional championship game last week.

    Three of the six teams made it into last Wednesday's semifinals, but none of them were able to come away victorious.

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    At the St. Elmo Regional, the hosts of the event fell in a heart-breaking 37-35 loss to eventual champion Nokomis.

    Junior Levi Maxey finished his stellar season with a game-high 21 points to end the season with 500 points (17.2 per game).

  • Two Brownstown girls make state in 3-point contest; two boys advance

    Two Brownstown girls basketball players reached the state level in the 3-point showdown, but neither of them were able to advance to the finals.

    Junior Danie Austin and sophomore Audriana Pruett shot with the best Class 1A girls sharpshooters in the state last Thursday, with Austin making one 3 and Pruett making seven. Nine makes were needed to make the finals.

    The event took place at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal.

    On the boys side, two local players advanced out of the regional 3-point showdown.

  • Eighth-grade volleyball team No. 1 seed at regionals

    The Vandalia Jr. High eighth-grade volleyball team has earned the No. 1 seed in the Teutopolis Regional, and will open play there on Saturday.

    Vandalia will meet either No. 4 Cowden-Herrick or No. 5 St. Elmo at 10 a.m. at Teutopolis Jr. High, with the winner advancing to next Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional championship game.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals enter the game with a 14-5 record after sweeping Jr. Mid-State Conference play.

  • Seven Jr. Vandals earn wrestling regional titles

    Seven Jr. Vandals earned regional championships on Saturday at the South Regional in Herrin, with five of them advancing to this weekend’s sectional.

    In the Novice Division for 11- and 12-year-olds, champions were: Jarek Wehrle (62), Tanner Swain (89) and Garret Stewart (130).

    In the Senior Division for 13- and 14-year-olds, champions were: Jarrett Pasley (89) and Shane White (166).

    All five of them will compete at this Saturday’s South Sectional at Highland High School. The event begins at 9 a.m.