School Sports

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    The Lady Vandals held an early advantage, but Hillsboro’s Shelby Gray stole the show in the second half of a 58-40 loss to Hillsboro on Thursday.

    Gray had a game-high 29 points for the Lady Toppers, including all of their second-quarter points.

    The win also marked the 200th in the career of Hillsboro coach Brett Tuetken.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 13 points to lead Vandalia, and junior Morgan Cripe had a career-high 12 rebounds.

  • Wrestlers pick up first win of the season

    On Thursday, Vandalia dismantled South Central Conference opponent Hillsboro, 65-15, recording seven pins during the dual meet.

    At 285 pounds, freshman Kendrick Woolsey recorded a pin in 1:59 in his first-ever varsity match, and freshman Bobby Bradley (170) was also in his first varsity match, but he was pinned in 1:28.

    Sophomore Ryne Lipsey (113) had the fastest pin of the night, taking down Nichole Vieweg in 23 seconds.

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournamet schedule announced

    The schedule for the 2012 Vandalia Holiday Tournament has been released.

    Flora has the No. 1 seed for the 41st annual event, and Vandalia is seeded No. 3.

    Maroa-Forsyth and St. Anthony replace Wesclin and Stew-Stras in this year’s VHT.

    Other local teams are No. 5 St. Elmo and No. 10 South Central.

  • Tip-Off Classic notes: Four honored

    DUQUOIN – Four Vandals were given tournament awards on Saturday following the conclusion of the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    Seniors Chase Woolsey and Tim Ritchey, and junior Colton Woolsey were selected to the All-Tournament team, and senior Leyton Godoyo received the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.

    It is the second straight season that Vandalia has earned those same awards.

    “They are very deserving,” said coach Brian Buscher said.

  • Vandals take third at DuQuoin Tourney

    DUQUOIN – The Vandals will begin South Central Conference play this Friday.

    Vandalia (2-2) will travel to Gillespie for the conference-opener, before hosting Hillsboro in a conference game next Tuesday. That will double as the team’s home-opener.

    “It can’t get here soon enough,” said coach Brian Buscher of the SCC season. “If we keep improving our play and focus, we can be right there (in contention for a title).”

    Gillespie is 0-1 in conference play after falling to Carlinville, 65-47.

  • BJHS seventh-grade girls lose in first round at state

    The Brownstown seventh-grade girls basketball team ran into a tough test at the state tournament on Saturday at Central A&M Jr. High.

    Taking on one-loss Eureka, Brownstown was unable to continue its dream season after a 42-27 loss. Strong defense from Eureka created a 10-point halftime lead that wouldn't be lost.

    Deana Shelton had 11 points to lead Brownstown (16-6), and Dana Shelton added six and Fatima Viramontes added five.

    Eureka (23-1) went on to qualify for this Thursday’s state championship game. Monticello (27-0) awaits.

  • Lady Vandals suffer tough week of games

    Short several players, the Lady Vandals had a rough go at Southwestern on Saturday.

    Junior Megan Godoyo did not play due to her controversial ejection from the previous game, and seniors Abby Dugan and Haley Cothern were also out for the 63-34 Southwestern win in South Central Conference action.

    Senior Amber Bruno led Vandalia with 13 points, and senior Morgan Whightsil chipped in a season-high 10.
    Juniors Kaitlyn Kershaw and Brandy Protz each had a season-high four points.

  • PHOTOS: Jr. High boys basketball

    Vandalia's Junior High's boys basketball teams battled Greenville on Tuesday.

  • Jackson is top Vandal at CM Tourney

    Four wrestlers placed in the top five at Saturday’s Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament, but no Vandals came away with individual championships.

    Senior Zach Jackson had the best showing, placing second to Herrin’s Tad Cravens at 170 pounds. He lost the title bout, 9-6.

    He pinned his first two opponents in the quarter- and semifinals.

    Sophomore Blake Cripe had two pins on his way to finishing third at 182 pounds by beating Benton’s Zach Mocaby, 13-3.

  • Tharp nearly sets school scoring record in win

    A game after scoring his 1,000th career point, South Central Fischer Tharp nearly added another milestone to his list of accomplishment.

    Scoring 41 points in a 62-51 win against Odin last Friday, Tharp was just one point short of the school record for single-game scoring. That record was set by Spencer Patton in the 2006 Vandalia Regional Tournament.

    Tharp’s career-high in scoring is the highest single-game total for an area player so far this season. Brownstown senior Matt Sefton set this year’s standard with 31 points in the season-opener.