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  • Three Vandals and team take titles at Litchfield

    Lately, it hasn’t been what the Vandals are accustomed to at the Litchfield Tournament.

    Vandalia, which won 13 of 14 Rich Lovellette Invitationals from 1995-2008, had a five-year championship drought ended last Saturday, fending off a tough Lena-Winslow squad for a 233-230 victory.

    Sophomore Kendrick Woolsey pinned his opponent in the championship bout at 285 pounds to give Vandalia a slight advantage over Lena-Winslow in the final regular-season event of the season.

  • Eighth-graders seek second regional title

    The Jr. Vandals have improved in most aspects this season.

    The eighth-graders already have more wins this season than they did a season ago as seventh-graders, and on Thursday will look to win their second straight regional championship.

    Vandalia defeated Staunton, 39-29, in Monday's regional semifinal at Greenville Junior High, and for the second year in a row will battle the Jr. Blue Jays for the championship.

  • IHSA puts out regional schedules

    Schedules have been released for the Illinois High School Association regional girls basketball tournaments, which begin next Monday.

    Brownstown/St. Elmo has the highest seed among area teams, holding the No. 2 spot in a tough Altamont Regional.

    BSE (14-8) takes on Altamont in the semifinals at 8 p.m. next Wednesday. The Lady Bombers won the regular-season game between the two schools, 39-37.

    Ramsey/Mulberry Grove is No. 5 in that regional, and will face Dieterich in a play-in game next Monday at 7 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Flora

    VANDALIA – The girls basketball season is winding down, and the Lady Vandals will honor their seniors prior to Thursday’s regular-season finale.

    Vandalia will host Carlinville in the last South Central Conference game of the season, and prior to the varsity contest, seniors Morgan Cripe, Randi Evans, Megan Godoyo, Kaitlyn Kershaw, Brandy Protz and Kylie Sellers will be recognized.

    Godoyo was not expected to play this season due to a knee injury, but she made her debut in Monday’s 53-44 nonconference loss to Flora.

  • Vandals strong in loss to Litchfield

    VANDALIA – The Vandals used a 14-0 run at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead, but made just four field goals after that, helping Litchfield escape with a close win.

    A dramatic contrast from the 80-53 beating Vandalia took at Litchfield on Dec. 20, junior Collin Nesteroad had a career-high 19 points and senior Colton Woolsey had a double-double in Litchfield’s 58-53 win, its 19th of the season.

  • SEB dominates for 5th at NTC Tournament

    ALTAMONT – St. Elmo/Brownstown overwhelmed Beecher City in all four quarters of a blowout win in the fifth-place game of the National Trail Conference Tournament.

    Senior Jacob Behrends scored his 1,000th career point, senior Levi Maxey led the team with 21 points, six steals and five rebounds, and the Eagles scored 25 points off of 21 Beecher City turnovers in last Saturday’s 63-37 victory.

  • Seniors lift Vandals in final home dual

    VANDALIA – All four seniors made an impact in their final home dual, leading the Vandals to their seventh straight win, a 34-20 marathon decision against Class 3A O’Fallon and former Vandalia coach Glenn Exton.

    Rodney Tedrick won a 6-5 decision at 138 pounds to start a string of seven straight victories that moved Vandalia from a 6-20 deficit to the 34-20 final.

    Tyler Dagen picked up a critical pin at 152 pounds to put the Vandals ahead, and C.J. Runkel followed with a 13-11 overtime decision at 160 and Seth Purcell earned a 15-4 win at 170 pounds.

  • Vandals get first win against former coach

    VANDALIA – It’s been tough for the Vandals every time they have faced former Vandalia coach Glenn Exton since he left for O’Fallon after the 2005-06 season.

    Annually for the past seven years, the dual has been competitive, but one-sided, with O’Fallon taking every victory.

    Last Wednesday, however, the student finally got the better of his mentor.

    Vandalia coach Jason Clay and his highly-ranked wrestlers earned a 34-20 victory against O’Fallon in the final regular-season dual of the season.

  • South Central finally earns first win

    ALTAMONT – An uncharacteristic offensive explosion in the fourth quarter gave South Central all it needed and then some to pick up its first win of the season.

    Standing at 0-18 going into last Saturday’s consolation game of the National Trail Conference Tournament, the Cougars used that 36-point outburst to overcome a 18-point deficit and take a 61-48 win against Cowden-Herrick.

  • Eagles fend off Windsor comeback

    ALTAMONT – After losing in the first round of the National Trail Conference Tournament last Tuesday, St. Elmo/Brownstown coach Greg Feezel put his players through a “purpose practice” the next day.

    Designed to keep the Eagles in position to continue playing in the 79th annual tournament, the extra work paid off in last Thursday’s consolation semifinal game.

    Though, just barely.