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School Sports

  • Vandals unable to get victory in individual state preliminaries

    CHAMPAIGN - The Vandals struggled offensively in dropping all four preliminary bouts at the individual state wrestling tournament.

    Battling at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois on Thursday, none of the Vandals who qualified for the event were able to come away with a victory, and only one of them ever had a lead.

  • LIVE UPDATES: IHSA individual wrestling tournament

    CHAMPAIGN -- Please check back throughout the afternoon to see live results and some photos of Vandalia's four matches at the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

    The event began on Thursday, and individuals participating are: Chaston Womack (106), Dalton Blankenship (138), Tyler Dagen (145) and Zach Jackson (160).

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    FRIDAY

  • Four Vandals qualify for state tournament

    VANDALIA – One Vandal wrestler in each grade level advanced to the individual state tournament at Saturday’s Vandalia Sectional.

    But for two others, finishing one match from a qualifying position left them in heartbreak.

    Freshman Chaston Womack (106) and sophomore Dalton Blankenship (138) earned individual sectional championships, while senior Zach Jackson (160) placed third and junior Tyler Dagen (145) took fourth to advance to the state tournament.

  • Vandals honor seniors, but fall to Roxana

    VANDALIA – Roxana had little trouble spoiling Vandalia’s senior night, utilizing a 6-foot-9 post player and a cast of other strong players on Tuesday to beat the Vandals.

    Hunter Reine had 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Shells as they dispatched Vandalia, 58-43.

    “We were overmatched tonight by a good ballclub,” said Vandals coach Brian Buscher.

  • End of the season bittersweet for girls

    TOLEDO – As the season closed for the Lady Vandals with a heartbreaking loss in  last week’s regional tournament, it was a bittersweet moment for coach Michelle McNary.

    On one hand, she was losing a group of four talented seniors, who were freshmen when she began coaching.

    But on the other, she has a host of talented underclassmen who are expected to contribute heavily in the next several seasons.

    Vandalia finished the season at 11-18, and were just one point away from defeating Teutopolis in the regional semifinals, a 44-43 loss.

  • Orrell leads Warriors past Ramsey

    RAMSEY – On a night that Ramsey honored its seniors, it was one of Patoka’s seniors who stole the show.

    Jake Orrell had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds last Friday to lead the Warriors to a 55-35 win in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    “He plays better against bigger post players, because he has to use his athletic ability,” said coach Joe Eddy. “He doesn’t like to defend them, but he likes it on offense.”

  • Maxey scores 36 as Eagles again beat Altamont

    If administrators at St. Elmo High School were to ever allow a student to make the boys basketball schedule, they probably shouldn’t give the duty to junior Levi Maxey.

    Because the Eagles would probably play Altamont in every game of the season.

    Maxey torched the Indians for 36 points in last Friday’s contest, besting the 33 points he scored against Altamont in the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament in December and leading the Eagles to a 58-49 National Trail Conference victory.

  • Cougars upset Cowden in NTC game

    The Cougars picked up their fourth win in five games last Friday with an upset of Cowden-Herrick.

    Senior Austin Schwarm had a season-high 12 points to help lead South Central to a 39-35 National Trail Conference victory.

    Fischer Tharp, a senior, also added 12 points, and senior Rudy Hablewitz had nine for the Cougars (9-16, 3-7 NTC) in the team’s final conference game of the season.

    This was the first year South Central played in the NTC, after moving from the Midland Trail Conference.

  • Mulberry Grove takes third at state

    The Mulberry Grove seventh-grade boys basketball team placed third in the state last 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 School Association Class 7-1A state tournament at St. Joseph Middle School.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 14)

    BOYS BASKETBALL

    Tuesday, Feb. 12
    Brownstown 80
    Mulberry Grove 51
    B: 15-20-24-24—80
    M: 4-18-12-17—51
    Bombers
    Points: Hunter, 24; M. Sefton, 24; Behrends, 16; Frailey, 10; Lawson, 2; Matthews, 2; Oberlink, 2.
    Record: 10-14 (4-2 EIC)
    Aces
    Points: Latham, 17; James, 15; Williamson, 9; Phillips, 7; Crisman, 3.
    JV: Mulberry Grove won, 45-26.