School Sports

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 14)


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

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Feb. 14)

    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.

  • PHOTO: Senior cheerleaders

    Vandalia's senior cheerleaders were honored prior to Tuesday's boys basketball game.

  • Four Vandal wrestlers qualify for individual state tournament

    VANDALIA - Each grade level will be represented by Vandalia at the Illinois High School Association individual state wrestling tournament, as four Vandals qualified for the event at Saturday's Vandalia Sectional.

    Freshman Chaston Womack (106) and sophomore Dalton Blankenship (138) each were crowned sectional champion, while senior Zach Jackson (160) placed third and junior Tyler Dagen (145) placed fourth.

    The preliminary rounds at state will begin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign.

  • 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.