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School Sports

  • Vandals drop first game of DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic

    On Wednesday, the Vandals lost track of the game after a fast start against Flora.

    Vandalia led by as many as nine points in the first half, but faltered late in the second quarter and throughout the third quarter of a 50-43 victory for Flora.

    The Vandals (1-1) led, 12-7, after the first period and increased that lead in the first half of the second quarter, but Flora closed the first half on a 10-0 run and then outscored Vandalia 29-23 over the final two periods.

  • Brownstown seventh-graders going to state tournament

    VANDALIA — The Brownstown Jr. High seventh-grade girls basketball team qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A state tournament with a 24-10 victory against Roxana on Wednesday at the Vandalia Sectional.

    Brownstown led 20-4 going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a strong defensive effort, which included 24 steals, and solid rebounding.

    Dana Shelton led Brownstown with 11 points, while Deana Shelton added 14 rebounds and nine points. Fatima Viramontes had eight steals in the game.

  • Beasley, Tharp score 1,000th point

    ST. ELMO – When it comes to playing basketball, there are a lot of similarities in the styles of Fischer Tharp and Connor Beasley.

    So it’s no wonder that the South Central and St. Elmo seniors each scored their 1,000th career point in the same game on Tuesday, a 45-31 Eagles victory.

    “It was good to get it out of the way early, and it was fun doing it with my friend, Connor,” Tharp said. “It’s really cool. I’m really happy for him.

    “I don’t know how many other friends get to do this.”

  • Feezel, Manley sign with Kaskaskia College for volleyball

    ST. ELMO – Two St. Elmo volleyball players have chosen to continue their athletic careers at Kaskaskia College.

    Setter Perry Manley and middle hitter Savannah Feezel on Tuesday afternoon each signed letters of intent to join the Blue Angel program for the next two seasons.

    “It makes me proud that I can go and watch my kids,” said Lady Eagles coach Elise Asher. “I can take my team down there to give them some inspiration that they can do more.”

  • Vandal wrestlers fall to Belleville West in first match

    The Vandalia wrestling team fell in its season-opener on Tuesday, losing at home to Belleville West, 60-7.

    Jake Stewart won a major decision at 160 pounds, beating Wiil Peterson, 16-4, and Ryne Lipsey won at 113 pounds by defeating Zach Hanusek, 5-2.

    The Vandals return to action on Saturday at the Civic Memorial Tournament.

  • Lady Vandals take third at Litchfield Tourney; junior Godoyo named to all-tournament squad

    LITCHFIELD – She didn’t necessarily post gaudy numbers, but Megan Godoyo consistently made valuable contributions to the Lady Vandals throughout the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.

    And that is why the Vandalia junior was given all-tournament honors after the Lady Vandals placed third in the event following Saturday’s 44-40 win against Carlinville.

  • High-powered offense leads Bombers to title

    Senior Shane Sefton made a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third period to tie the game at 52, and junior Jacob Behrends sealed the win with a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Brownstown’s 70-65 win in Saturday’s championship game of the Mulberry Grove/Ramsey Super Turkey Tournament.
    The victory was the fourth straight game in which Brownstown had scored at least 70 points.

  • Vandals victorious in season-opener at South Central

    FARINA – A five-point possession in the middle of the third quarter was the turning point for Vandalia in a 46-26 victory at South central in last Tuesday’s season-opener.

    Senior Tim Ritchey made a 3-pointer but was fouled after the shot, and senior Michael Wells made a second-chance layup on the ensuing possession to give the Vandals a 30-14 lead and control of the game with 3:51 left in the third period.

  • Eagles beat Cougars in NTC matchup

    ST. ELMO – The Eagles switched defenses to pull away from the Cougars in a National Trail Conference matchup on Tuesday.

    That defensive switch turned a 12-12 tie into a 22-14 halftime lead during a 45-31 St. Elmo victory.

    “We had to go sit in a zone – and I’m stubborn that way – but if we had stayed in man-to-man, we probably never would have pulled away,” said Eagles coach Greg Feezel. “If we have to go to a zone, we will.”

  • Schedule announced for 53rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament; Eagles No. 1

    The schedule for this season's St. Elmo Holiday Tournament has been announced, and the hosts have the No. 1 seed.

    Five area teams are in the field.

    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    •Game 1: (1) St. Elmo vs. (8) Mulberry Grove, 6:15 p.m.
    •Game 2: (4) Beecher City vs. (5) Brownstown, 7:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, Dec. 12
    •Game 3: (2) Altamont vs. (7) Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    •Game 4: (3) Cowden-Herrick vs. (6) South Central, 7:45 p.m.