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School Sports

  • Area's Class 1A teams all eliminated at regionals

    The three remaining Class 1A schools in the area were all eliminated on Wednesday.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, St. Elmo lost to Nokomis, 37-35.

    At the Woodlawn Regional, Patoka lost to Christ Our Rock Lutheran, 51-49, and South Central lost to Woodlawn, 54-25.

  • Vandals reach regional championship game

    The Vandals have reached the regional championship game for the second straight season after defeating sixth-seeded Hillsboro, 62-52, on Wednesday.

    No. 2 Vandalia will meet top-seeded Teutopolis at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Hillsboro High School. The Wooden Shoes defeated the Vandals earlier this season, when Vandalia allowed a big run in the third quarter after getting within two points.

  • Vandals headed to state after rout at sectional

    ROBINSON – Will the fourth time be the charm for the Vandals?

    Vandalia has advanced to the dual team state tournament for the fourth straight year and will look to get out of the first round for the first time since 2007 when it meets Litchfield in the state quarterfinals on Saturday after blowing out Murphysboro, 59-6, on Tuesday at the Robinson Sectional.

    The state dual will begin at 9 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, with the winner meeting either Plano or Mercer County in the 2 p.m. semifinals.

  • Vandals lose final game of regular season

    CARLINVILLE - The Vandals were unable to win their final regular season game of the season, falling at Carlinville, 69-63, on Friday in South Central Conference action.

    Vandalia closes the regular season by going 1-5 in the final six games, but has the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional. The Vandals will face either Hillsboro or Litchfield next Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m.

  • Dagen only Vandal to continue in consolation bracket

    Junior Tyler Dagen is the only Vandal wrestler to make the consolation bracket at the Illinois High School Association individual state wrestling tournament.

    His first-round opponent, Brandon Lizer of Dakota, was victorious in the championship quarterfinals, and according to tournament criteria, a consolation bracket qualifier is a wrestler who is beaten by a championship bracket wrestler who advance the semifinals.

  • 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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  • 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.