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School Sports

  • Sophomore Strobel personally trains his way to state

    Despite having no formal practices or coach, Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel said it has not been difficult to train for cross county every day.

    His dedication paid off on Saturday when he qualified for state after placing sixth at the Metro-East Lutheran Sectional meet at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

    “I’ve been really determined after not making state in track last year,” Strobel said. “Coach (Jane) Bell was hoping I would make sectionals, but I wanted to get to state.”

  • Senior class accomplishes final goal

    Prior to the season, the Vandalia volleyball team set four major goals for the season, and with last Thursday’s win in the regional championship game, all four have been accomplished.

    The Lady Vandals (25-5) set goals of winning championships in the Altamont Tournament, Vandalia Tournament, South Central Conference and Regional Tournament.

    “This group is so focused and determined,” said coach Allison Smith said. “They are so eager to get everything they want, and they aren’t ready to quit yet.”

  • Team wins first title since 1985

    Prior to last Thursday’s victory, it had been 27 years since Vandalia had won a regional championship in volleyball.

    It was the second try for the core of this season’s volleyball team to win a regional, after the Lady Vandals ran into eventual state placer Breese Central in the title game of last season's Flora Regional.

    But now that the title is theirs after a 25-18, 25-18 win against Flora, players feel accomplished that they were able to close that lengthy gap.

  • 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.