.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

School Sports

  • Vandals beat Litchfield to stay perfect in conference play

    LITCHFIELD - The Vandals overcame a slow start to win 48-34 at Litchfield on Friday night in South Central Conference action.

    Senior Tim Ritchey had 14 points to lead the Vandals, and senior Chase Woolsey had 11 rebounds. Junior Colton Woolsey blocked five shots in the game, and senior Michael Wells had 11 points.

    Vandalia trailed, 13-5, after the first eight minutes, but stormed out to a six-point halftime lead by outscoring the Panthers, 20-6, in the second quarter.

  • St. Elmo advances to championship game of holiday tournament

    ST. ELMO — The Eagles advanced to the championship game of their own holiday tournament on Thursday by coming back in the second half of a 42-33 win against Beecher City.

    Senior Ben Davis hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the third quarter, and junior Levi Maxey made another on the first possession of the fourth quarter to give St. Elmo a 29-22 lead.

    The Eagles had trailed Beecher City, 20-14, at halftime.

    Maxey led the team with 21 points and seven steals, while senior Connor Beasley had a team-high seven rebounds.

  • Wrestlers lose tough match to Civic Memorial

    The Vandal wrestling team lost a close match to Civic Memorial, 37-36, on Wednesday.

    Vandalia (3-3) earned forfeits in the four heaviest classes, but otherwise only won with pins from Zach Jackson (160) and Jake Stewart (170), two of the team's best wrestlers so far this season.

    The dual was the varsity's final event until the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge in Champaign on Dec. 27-28.

  • Tharp pushes Cougars to upset in St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO — Fischer Tharp was on a mission Wednesday night at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring 32 points, he led No. 6 South Central to a 52-48 upset win against third-seeded Cowden-Herrick in the 53rd annual event and secured his team a spot in the championship semifinals on Friday night at 7:45 p.m.

    There, the Cougars will meet No. 2 Altamont, which beat seventh-seeded Ramsey, 61-31, on Wednesday.

  • Semifinals set in St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO — The championship and consolation semifinals have been set in this season's St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    On Thursday, top-seeded St. Elmo will face No. 4 Beecher City in the championship semifinals at 7:45 p.m., and the winner of game one will face either No. 2 Altamont or No. 6 South Central, which play on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

    The championship game will be on Saturday at 8 p.m.

  • Eagles, Beecher City win at St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    The top two seeds which played on Tuesday in the first round of the 53rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament were each victorious.

    No. 1 St. Elmo beat No. 8 Mulberry Grove, 56-32, and No. 4 Beecher City beat No. 5 Brownstown, 67-59.

    The remaining teams played first-round games on Wednesday night, and semifinals will be held on Thursday and Friday nights, with the finals set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    The championship game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

  • Vandals win first two conference games

    The Vandals started strong and never really slowed down in picking up their second conference win of the season on Tuesday night.

    Scoring 19 points in the first quarter, Vandalia set the tone against South Central Conference rival Hillsboro during a 56-34 victory in the home-opener for the Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals get OT win at Neoga

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals picked up an overtime win at Neoga.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 32 points for Vandalia, which outscored Neoga, 11-0, in overtime of a 58-47 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak.

    Junior Morgan Cripe added a season-high 12 points, and junior Megan Godoyo had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points,

    Vandalia (3-5) trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, but held Neoga to just two points in the second period to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

  • Girls notes: Whightsil becoming a scorer

    Senior Morgan Whightsil is emerging as Vandalia’s much-needed third scorer.

    With 20 points in three games since the calendar changed to December, Whightsil has taken some of the scoring pressure off of senior Amber Bruno and junior Megan Godoyo.

    It all started at Southwestern on Dec. 1, when she had a season-high 10 points to help try to bridge the scoring gap that was left because Megan Godoyo was not playing after controversially being ejected the game before.

  • Wrestlers go 2-1 at home quad; demolish Hillsboro

    The Vandal wrestling team went 2-1 at a home quadrangular on Saturday, defeating Oakwood, 50-28, and Herrin, 45-34, before falling to Leroy, 53-16.

    “The effort was there all day,” said coach Jason Clay. “Nobody gave up and everybody was fighting.

    “We have a lot of young guys who just need to keep learning positioning and techniques,” he said.

    Dalton Blankenship, a sophomore, recorded three pins on the day, and senior Zach Jackson also had three wins, including a rematch against Herrin’s Tad Cravens.