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School Sports

  • Mulberry Grove takes third in the state

    The Mulberry Grove seventh-grade boys basketball team placed third in the state on Thursday with a 41-38 win against Chrisman Scottland.

    Four Jr. Eagles scored in double-figures, with Presley Gauch's 11 points leading the team. Cortland Latham, Joey Linnaberry and Javion Wright each scored 10 in the Illinois Elementary Scool Association Class 7-1A state tournament at St. Joseph Middle School.

  • In closest result in years, Vandalia has four individual champs in regional win

    MOUNT CARMEL – They believed they had lost.

    After watching Robinson’s Geoffrey Harrison pin his opponent in the third-place bout at 285 pounds, coach Jason Clay’s calculations said that the Vandals’ streak of 18 straight regional titles was over.

    Vandalia’s wrestlers paced for what seemed like an eternity waiting for the official results to be announced.

  • Lady Vandals lose heart-breaker to end year

    TOLEDO – Top-seeded Teutopolis had more size and talent in Tuesday’s regional semifinal game, but the Lady Vandals produced a championship effort in falling just a point short of winning.

    Vandalia led in the Class 2A regional game at Cumberland High School for most of the way, before committing too many turnovers after the Lady Shoes put on a press defense in the fourth quarter of a 44-43 loss.

  • Vandals drop games to tough opponents

    The Vandals will make a long trip on Friday as they look to snap their three-game losing streak.

    But once they get to their destination, they will be in for another tough battle.

    Vandalia returns to South Central Conference action at Southwestern that night, and though the Birds have just a 9-15 record, coach Brian Buscher said that they are a scrappy team which cannot be overlooked.

    Following that game, the Vandals return home for senior night next Tuesday against Roxana, the current leader in the conference standings.

  • Two local JH teams advance at state

    A pair of local junior high boys basketball teams have advanced in two different state tournaments.

    The Patoka Junior High team won in the first round of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class S tournament, but lost to Pinckneyville, 60-54, on Monday night in semifinals.

    Jered Cain had 31 points in the game.

    Patoka closes the season at 22-5.

    In Saturday’s first round, the Jr. Mohawks defeated Breese All Saints Academy, 54-41.

  • Jr. Vandals' work ethic is key to future success

    DIVERNON – After a winning season that saw the team finish in the top 16 of Class 3A in the Illinois Elementary School Association, the Vandalia seventh-grade boys have a bright future.

    And it’s not necessarily because of wins and losses.

    After the team lost 44-37 to Southwestern in the last Wednesday’s sectional, coach Mark Rinehart had nothing but praise for the way his team handled that game and the entire the season.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall in title game

    GREENVILLE – The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 4:30 left in last Thursday’s regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four over the next 3:25, there wasn’t enough time to complete the comeback.

    A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Vandalia a chance, but a balanced Roxana team took advantage of enough mistakes from the Jr. Vandals to pick up a 42-37 win at Greenville Junior High.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall in title game

    GREENVILLE – The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 4:30 left in last Thursday’s regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four over the next 3:25, there wasn’t enough time to complete the comeback.

    A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Vandalia a chance, but a balanced Roxana team took advantage of enough mistakes from the Jr. Vandals to pick up a 42-37 win at Greenville Junior High.

  • St. Elmo wins final matchup vs. Brownstown

    Unless both teams pull off some upsets, last Friday’s boys basketball contest was the final one between St. Elmo and Brownstown High Schools.

    The teams will co-op in the sport at St. Elmo next season, and the Eagles picked up a road win on Friday, taking a 62-54 victory that counted in the standings of both the Egyptian-Illini and National Trail Conference standings.

    It is possible for the teams to meet in the championship game of the St. Elmo Regional, but the Eagles are the No. 4 seed, and the Bombers are the No. 6 seed.

  • Lady Rams beat South Central in regional tourney

    South Central was unable to get its first win of the season in the first round of the regional tournament.

    The Lady Cougars were defeated by Ramsey, 49-38, on Monday.

    Senior Shaunna Rainey had 28 points for Ramsey, and South Central senior Macie Cain had 22 points.

    South Central finished the season at 0-25.

    Ramsey went on to lose to top-seeded CHBC in the semifinals on Tuesday.