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School Sports

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia fall sports senior nights
  • Jr. Pro basketball begins next Tuesday

    Vandalia High School boys basketball coach Brian Buscher, along with his assistants and players, will run the Jr. Pro program starting next Tuesday.

    Boys in grades K-6 may register for the program, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. through Nov. 8.

    The final meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Red/White Nght at Vandalia Community High School.

    Boys in grades K-3 will meet at VCHS, while grades 4-6 will meet at VES.

    Boys in third-grade may choose to attend the 4-6 session.

  • Strobel qualifies for sectional cross country meet

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel runs during the New Athens Regional cross country meet last Saturday. Running as an individual, Strobel placed fourth, with a time of 16:41, to advance to this Saturday's sectional race at Edwardsville. The 2.95-mile regional race was held at Okaw Valley Park, and this Saturday's race at SIUE will begin at 10 a.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Oct. 25)

    Many athletes that 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.

  • Two titles for Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op

    The Brownstown Jr. High basketball team recently were named champions of two tournaments, winning at South Central on Oct. 5, and at the National Trail Conference Tournament in Dieterich last Saturday.

    Team members are: Tessa Philpot, Brooke Mayfield,  Courtney Zasada, Morgan Brown, Mannie Grames, Elissa Baron, Brandi Howard, Deanna Shelton, Fatima Viramontes, Dana Shelton, Makenzie Parkison, Sierra Stevens and Madison Carson. The Jr. Lady Bombers are coached by Emily Dees, who is assisted by Randy Sasse.

  • No. 3 Vandals to face No. 6 Carterville at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Vandalia earned the No. 3 seed in the bottom bracket of the Class 3A state football playoffs, and will face sixth-seeded Carterville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at home in the first round.

    Carterville finished the regular season with a 6-3 record and a 4-1 mark in the Southern Illinois River-to-River (Mississippi) Conference.

    Greenville is the No. 1 team in Vandalia's quad, and Benton is No. 2.

    Other teams in the quad are:

    (4) Vienna

    (5) Sesser

    (7) Robinson

    (8) Anna-Jonesboro

  • Vandals lose Ritchey, Runkel and the game to Greenville

    Vandalia senior quarterback Tim Ritchey was taken from the game by ambulance, C.J. Runkel returned to the sidelines on crutches and the Vandals lost to Greenville, 28-12, on Friday night.

    Ritchey, who was injured on a late hit from Greenville's Brandon Duncan for the second straight season, was flown out of Vandalia after the game, and reportedly suffered a T1 and T2 fracture and will be in a neck brace for the next two weeks.

    Runkel was lost in the first half after suffering a knee injury, which is believed to be a torn ACL.

  • Finals set for EIC Tournment

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament finals have been set for Friday, with St. Elmo to battle Christ Our Rock Lutheran for the championship.

    That game will on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Elmo High School and will be a rematch of the season-opener, when CORL defeated St. Elmo, 15-25, 25-21, 29-27.

    The full schedule is (all games at SEHS):

    Beecher City vs. Mulberry Grove, 5 p.m.
    Patoka vs. Ramsey, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Cowden-Herrick, 7 p.m.
    Christ Our Rock vs. St. Elmo, 8 p.m.

    Thursday night's results were:

  • Lady Vandals win conference title

    The Lady Vandals finished off a perfect conference season on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to Pana with a 25-23, 25-20 victory to earn the South Central Conference championship.

    Vandalia (23-5, 9-0 SCC) had lost at Pana (27-7) on Sept. 20, but a strong attack game and nearly-perfect defense allowed the Lady Vandals to control Thursday's game.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner had eight kills in the match, and seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken each edded seven.

  • Patoka's Wadkins is MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    Patoka senior Quinn Wadkins was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference, and several other area players were named all-conference.

    First-team
    •Wadkins (MVP)
    •Connor Beasley, St. Elmo
    •Clinton Hood, Patoka
    •Tylor Knisley, Ramsey
    •Kaiah Miller, Mulberry Grove
    •Jacob Behrends, Brownstown
    •Johnnie Clift, Patoka
    •Dalton Parks, St. Elmo
    •Donovan Riley, Beecher City