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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Lady Vandals seek first regional title since '85

    The last time Vandalia’s volleyball team won a regional championship was in 1985, but the Lady Vandals hope to change that on Thursday when they battle Flora at home for the regional crown at 6 p.m.

    After defeating Altamont on Tuesday, the top-seeded Lady Vandals (24-5) move on to the regional championship game for the second straight season.

    Flora advanced to the game by beating Staunton in three sets, leaving coach Allison Smith to prepare her team to play a team she’s not familiar with.

  • No. 1 Lady Eagles favored in battle of county rivals at St. Elmo Regional

    For six St. Elmo seniors, Thursday night is just the next step in what they hope will be a long journey through the postseason.

    Facing Brownstown at 6 p.m. at St. Elmo High School on Thursday, the Lady Eagles will be pursuing their first regional title since 2010, and each of the team’s seniors has been working toward that goal all season.

    Brownstown hasn’t been to regional championship game since 1996 and will be hungry for a victory.

  • Duncan again ends Ritchey's season

    For the second straight season, Vandalia’s Tim Ritchey was knocked out of the Greenville game after a late hit from Brandon Duncan.

    Ritchey suffered fractures in his T1 and T2 vertebrae and will not be able to play in the postseason after a very late helmet-to-helmet hit from Duncan in the third quarter of last Friday’s game.

    He also missed the playoffs last season when he suffered a concussion following a late hit from Duncan.
    Duncan was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on both plays.

  • Lady Vandals win conference championship

    Just get it in.

    That is all Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith wanted from her leading server on what would prove to be the game-winning point against Pana last Thursday.

    “I looked at her, and said, ‘You have got to get this in,’” Smith said. “She had missed two serves prior to that, but stepped up as a senior and put it over.”

  • Senior class checks off another goal

    Everything that the senior class wanted last Thursday happened – and then some.

    With the 25-23, 25-20, victory against Pana on senior night, Vandalia captured a win against its biggest rival, the conference championship and a victory in the seniors’ final regular-season game.

  • JV team completes 15-0 campaign

    Vandalia’s sophomore class continued its winning ways in volleyball last Thursday, defeating Pana, 25-23, 25-23 to complete an undefeated junior varsity season.

    The sophomores were already heavily decorated coming into the season, having back-to-back regional championships in junior high and just one loss as freshmen.

    “That’s quite a streak,” said coach Jane Bell. “They love to play together, they’re smart and it’s fun to coach them.”