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School Sports

  • Eighth-graders to play for regional title

    TEUTOPOLIS – Sometimes, Sarah Bigelow lets the moment engulf her when she’s standing at the service line.

    But in what was thus far Vandalia’s biggest game of the season, she looked calm, cool and collected.

    Taking over the serve with a 16-12 lead in the second set of Saturday’s regional semifinal against St. Elmo,

    Bigelow served six aces in nine points to close out the match and give the Vandalia eighth-graders a spot in the regional title game.

  • Three seniors earn all-conference honors

    Three Vandalia seniors have been selected to all-conference teams in basketball by coaches in the South Central Conference.

    Amber Bruno was named second team for the girls, and Michael Wells took second-team honors and Aaron Harter took third-team honors for the boys.

    Bruno had the best season of her career in 2012-13, leading the team in scoring in all but five games as she averaged 19.4 points per game.

  • Sophomore Stewart qualifies for state in AAU freshmen/sophomore tournament

    Vandalia sophomore Jake Stewart has advanced to the state level in an AAU freshmen/sophomore wrestling tournament.

    The 152-pounder placed third at the Granite City Sectional on Saturday to earn his spot in this weekend’s state event, which is being held in Springfield on Saturday and Sunday.

    Sophomores Ryne Lipsey and Adam Palmer, and freshman Luke Tessman also participated in the event, which was not divided into classes like the Illinois High School Association state series.

  • Three IKWF wrestlers advance to state event

    Three Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers have advanced to the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament.

    Jarek Wehrle, Tanner Swain and Luke Francis each placed third at Saturday’s Highland Sectional to earn their spot at this weekend’s state championships.

    The event will be held at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford on Friday and Saturday.

    All three will be wrestling in the novice division, with Wehrle going at 62 pounds, Swain at 89 pounds and Francis at 177 pounds.

  • Vandalia to return a lot of wrestling talent

    BLOOMINGTON – When most teams finish a rebuilding season, athletes and coaches look to see how much improvement was made in what was usually a subpar season.

    This season’s Vandalia wrestling squad wasn’t like most teams.

    Wrestling without four individuals who made the 2012 individual state tournament, the Vandals turned to several young, inexperienced athletes to fill the holes in their lineup.

    “Coming in, I was hoping to be respectable,” said coach Jason Clay, “but we did more than that.”

  • Vandals set to begin rebuilding team

    HILLSBORO – With another boys basketball season coming  to an end on Feb. 22, the Vandals now find themselves at a crossroads.

    Gone are six seniors who played the majority of this year's minutes, and it will up to a group of mostly inexperienced players to come together as a team to give Vandalia a winning season in 2013-14.

  • PHOTO: Girls Basketball Award Winners

    The Vandalia girls basketball team held its banquet on Monday, and coach Michelle McNary handed out several awards.

  • PHOTO: St. Elmo/Brownstown Nearly Makes State

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown seventh-grade volleyball nearly made the state tournament after losing a close sectional match to undefeated Robinson Nutall at Casey-Westfield on Monday. The Jr. Lady Eagles lost, 25-17, 26-24, 24-26.

  • PHOTO: VJHS Cheerleading Awards

    The Vandalia Junior High cheerleading squad recently held its awards banquet. The award winners are pictured.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (March 7)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

    •Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, finished her senior season with 11.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She was 14th in scoring in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.