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  • Lady Vandals advance to regional semifinals

    TOLEDO — The Lady Vandals defeated Cumberland, 62-45, to advance to the regional semifinals.

    Despite a slow start that saw them lead by just three at halftime, the Lady Vandals used a strong second half to advance to Tuesday's game against top-seeded Teutopolis. That game begins at 6 p.m. at Cumberland High School.

    Senior Amber Bruno scored a career-high 36 points in the game.

  • Two local junior high teams advance at state

    A pair of local junior high boys basketball teams advanced in their respective state tournament over the weekend.

    Mulberry Grove's seventh-graders advanced to the third-place game of the IESA Class 1A state tournament on Saturday by splitting its first two games at state at St. Joseph's Junior High.

    The Jr. Eagles beat Bradley St. Joseph, 31-24, in the first round, getting eight points from Cortland Latham and seven from Javion Wright.

  • For now, Vandalia wrestling's regional championship streak at 19

    MOUNT CARMEL - As it stands, Vandalia's wrestlers won their 19th straight regional championship on Saturday.

    Coach Jason Clay and Robinson's coach had different results than the scorer's table, which gave the Vandals a 179-175.5 victory. Initially, Vandalia's wrestlers believed they had lost by just half a point, and Robinson now has 48 hours to appeal the result.

    If Robinson's coaches do a double-check of the scoring and find a different result, the meet result would be overturned with a successful appeal.

  • Lady Vandals win season finale; set for regional tournament

    Senior Amber Bruno had 29 points, and the Lady Vandals used a 25-point fourth quarter to beat Carlinville, 58-50, on Thursday in a South Central Conference matchup and the regular-season finale.

    Vandalia (10-17, 3-6 SCC) will travel to Cumberland on Monday to begin play in the regional tournament. The Lady Vandals face Cumberland at 7:30 p.m.

    At halftime, Vandalia held a 24-21 edge, but the Lady Cavaliers went ahead by two going to the fourth quarter before the scoring outburst from the Lady Vandals.

  • Eighth-graders fight back from 14-point deficit but fall in regional title game

    GREENVILLE — The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 5:05 remaining Thursday's regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four points exactly four minutes later, there wasn't enough time to get the win.

    Roxana used a balanced effort on offense and defense, and took advantage of some Vandalia mistakes to take a 42-37 win in the Class 3A regional finals at Greenville Junior High.

  • Vandals receive No. 2 regional seed; Patoka No. 3, St. Elmo No. 4

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team received the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional.

    Teutopolis received the top seed, and Nos. 3-6 are Litchfield, St. Anthony, Greenville and Hillsboro.

    The tournament sechedule is expected to be announced this afternoon by the Illinois High School Association.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, the Eagles have earned the No. 4 seed behind Nokomis, Altamont and Cowden-Herrick. Other teams there are Beecher City, Brownstown and Ramsey.

  • Seventh-graders lose hard-fought sectional contest

    DIVERNON  — The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team never let up in Wednesday's sectional game, but hot shooting from Southwestern allowed the Birds to come away with a 44-37 victory.

    Nathan Casey led the Jr. Vandals (16-9) in scoring with a game-high 18 points, and Marcus Zimmerman added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

    Vandalia led 15-13 early in the second quarter, but Southwestern (22-3) used a 10-0 run over the final 2:48 to take a 23-15 halftime lead.

  • Confidence breeds success for Jr. Vandals in regional title game vs. Greenville

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or, for that matter, that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals win in overtime on senior night

    VANDALIA  – A freshman made the first overtime basket, but it was the senior class that finished out the extra period and gave Vandalia the victory.

    Freshman Karlie Bright had an open drive to the basket 10 seconds into the overtime period against South Central Conference rival Roxana last Thursday, and  seniors Morgan Whightsil and Amber Bruno made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:17 of a 66-56 victory on senior night.

  • Wrestlers finish fourth at Litchfield Invitational

    LITCHFIELD – Despite a tough time in the championship semifinals, five Vandals finished in the top three at the Litchfield Invitational to give Vandalia a fourth-place team finish.

    Six Vandalia wrestlers were in the semifinals on Saturday, but only freshman Chaston Womack prevailed at 106 pounds. His second-place finish would lead the Vandals, who scored 141 team points.