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School Sports

  • St. Elmo seniors are a special group

    ST. ELMO – It’s not easy for a group of six teenage girls to never have a fight from sixth-grade through senior year, but that’s what has happened in St. Elmo.

    This season’s seniors are one of the most unselfish classes the school has ever seen, and their friendship on and off the court has the potential to lead them very far through the postseason.

  • Lady Eagles similar to 2010 team

    ST. ELMO – The 2012 version of the St. Elmo volleyball team looks quite a bit like the 2010 version of the St. Elmo volleyball team.

    Both seasons, a large, closely-bonded senior class that had been playing together since junior high led the Lady Eagles into the sectional tournament.

    Several of this season’s seniors got some playing time during the 2010 season, and playing against the 2010 class in practice that season has been beneficial to this season’s success.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia Soccer Award Winners

    Vandalia soccer coach Walt Kinney handed out several awards at the team's banquet last Thursday.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Nov. 1)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

  • Jr. High roundup (Nov. 1)

    Vandalia seventh-grade boys 1-1

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team is 1-1 after the first two games of the season, which were played at the Pana Tournament.

    On Saturday, the Jr. Vandals won their season-opener by beating Shelbyville, 32-29, but on Monday, the team fell to Taylorville, 41-24.

    The Jr. Vandals led throughout the game against Shelbyville, taking a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and holding off a late comeback try by the Jr. Rams.

  • PHOTO: BJHS wins another tournament

    The Brownstown eighth-grade girls basketball team recently won the eighth-grade National Trail Conference championship at Beecher City. BJHS defeated Sacred Heart, Neoga and Altamont during the tournament.

  • Vandals fall in overtime in playoffs

    It was the Vandalia players who wanted to go for the two-point conversion in overtime, but that pass would fall incomplete to give Carterville a 35-34 overtime win in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday afternoon.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl had more than 30 carries during the game and played every down on offense, defense and special teams. He was the team's primary quarterback during the game, though senior Wade Cowger and sophomore Collin Nestleroad also took snaps.

  • St. Elmo beats Brownstown for regional title

    St. Elmo beat county rival Brownstown, 25-16, 25-22, to win its first regional championship since 2010 and end the Lady Bombers' program.

    Brownstown will co-op at St. Elmo next season.

    Seniors Savannah Feezel and Katie Stites led the attack, with sevenand six kills, respectively. Senior Megan Maxey added three aces, and senior Perry Manley had 17 assists for the Lady Eagles (27-9).

    For Brownstown (12-19), Courtney Howard had four kills, and Tara Johnson had three aces.

  • Vandalia wins first regional volleyball title since 1985

    It's about time.

    The Vandalia volleyball team beat Flora, 25-18, 25-18, to win to school's first regional championship since 1985 on Thursday night, earning a trip to the Cumberland Sectional, where the Lady Vandals will play Pana on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

    Senior RaeChelle Leiken had the game-winning kill, the final of her team-high 10 in the match. Senior Austyn Krueger added eight, and Sierah Ruffner had seven to help the Lady Vandals record 30 in the game.

    Vandalia had five blocks in the match, with Leiken having one solo and four assists.

  • Vandals at home for playoff game vs. Carterville

    It’s not often that a football game is decided in the first quarter, but if season trends continue, fans will want to make sure they don’t miss the first 12 minutes of Saturday’s playoff game.

    The No. 3 Vandals (7-2) host sixth-seeded Carterville (6-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m., and any points that get scored in the first quarter could prove to be decisive.

    On the season, Vandalia has allowed just 19 first-quarter points, but Carterville’s defense is just as tough, having allowed only 21.