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School Sports

  • Vandals take third at DuQuoin Tourney

    DUQUOIN – The Vandals will begin South Central Conference play this Friday.

    Vandalia (2-2) will travel to Gillespie for the conference-opener, before hosting Hillsboro in a conference game next Tuesday. That will double as the team’s home-opener.

    “It can’t get here soon enough,” said coach Brian Buscher of the SCC season. “If we keep improving our play and focus, we can be right there (in contention for a title).”

    Gillespie is 0-1 in conference play after falling to Carlinville, 65-47.

  • BJHS seventh-grade girls lose in first round at state

    The Brownstown seventh-grade girls basketball team ran into a tough test at the state tournament on Saturday at Central A&M Jr. High.

    Taking on one-loss Eureka, Brownstown was unable to continue its dream season after a 42-27 loss. Strong defense from Eureka created a 10-point halftime lead that wouldn't be lost.

    Deana Shelton had 11 points to lead Brownstown (16-6), and Dana Shelton added six and Fatima Viramontes added five.

    Eureka (23-1) went on to qualify for this Thursday’s state championship game. Monticello (27-0) awaits.

  • Lady Vandals suffer tough week of games

    Short several players, the Lady Vandals had a rough go at Southwestern on Saturday.

    Junior Megan Godoyo did not play due to her controversial ejection from the previous game, and seniors Abby Dugan and Haley Cothern were also out for the 63-34 Southwestern win in South Central Conference action.

    Senior Amber Bruno led Vandalia with 13 points, and senior Morgan Whightsil chipped in a season-high 10.
    Juniors Kaitlyn Kershaw and Brandy Protz each had a season-high four points.

  • PHOTOS: Jr. High boys basketball

    Vandalia's Junior High's boys basketball teams battled Greenville on Tuesday.

  • 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