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School Sports

  • 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.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 7)

    Brownstown was victorious against an Egyptian-Illini Conference rival on Tuesday in the school's last-ever home boys basketball game.

    The Bombers beat Ramsey, 61-50, in what is the last home game before the team co-ops at St. Elmo in the sport next season.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Feb. 7)

    Many athletes who 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.

  • Enlow is repeat champ at Indy Nationals

    This past weekend, Vandalia's Anthony Enlow became a two-time champion at the Indy Nationals Jr. Wresting Tournament in Indianapolis. He earned the 140-pound bracket victory, despite facing a 218-pound wrestler, who Enlow pinned.

  • Vandals get No. 2 seed for regionals; local teams will need upset wins

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team received the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional.

    Teutopolis received the top seed, and Nos. 3-6 are Litchfield, St. Anthony, Greenville and Hillsboro.

    Tournament play for Vandalia will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., against either Litchfield or Hillsboro.

    Vandalia has defeated Litchfield twice this season, and was victorious in one game against the Hiltoppers.

    For other local teams, they will need to pull some upsets to reach their title game.

  • PHOTO: JV Corner (Feb. 7)

    The junior varsity boys basketball team defeated Staunton, 50-27, last Friday.