School Sports

  • Confidence breeds success for Jr. Vandals in regional title game vs. Greenville

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or, for that matter, that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals win in overtime on senior night

    VANDALIA  – A freshman made the first overtime basket, but it was the senior class that finished out the extra period and gave Vandalia the victory.

    Freshman Karlie Bright had an open drive to the basket 10 seconds into the overtime period against South Central Conference rival Roxana last Thursday, and  seniors Morgan Whightsil and Amber Bruno made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:17 of a 66-56 victory on senior night.

  • Wrestlers finish fourth at Litchfield Invitational

    LITCHFIELD – Despite a tough time in the championship semifinals, five Vandals finished in the top three at the Litchfield Invitational to give Vandalia a fourth-place team finish.

    Six Vandalia wrestlers were in the semifinals on Saturday, but only freshman Chaston Womack prevailed at 106 pounds. His second-place finish would lead the Vandals, who scored 141 team points.

  • Vandals suffer tough week of basketball

    PANA – The Vandals suffered one of their worst losses in the past several years, and if the problems that led to it aren’t fixed soon, a new cast of players will likely see extended playing time.

    Vandalia trailed just 12-10 early in the second quarter, but poor rebounding and ball handling for the rest of the game let Pana run away with a 71-29 South Central Conference victory on Tuesday night.

  • Eighth-graders make regional finals

    The Jr. Vandal eighth-graders came from behind in the fourth quarter to take a 34-33 win from Hillsboro on Tuesday to advance to the regional championship game.

    Third-seeded Vandalia trailed by two going to the fourth quarter, but outscored No. 2 Hillsboro, 7-4, in that period to secure the upset in the Class 3A regional at Greenville Junior High.

    The Jr. Vandals take on top-seeded Roxana at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will face Auburn at the Vandalia Sectional next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

  • PHOTO: Another Maxey headed to KC

    St. Elmo senior Megan Maxey has committed to play softball for Kaskaskia College for the next two years.

    Maxey, who will be counted on as one of the top hitters in the Lady Eagles' lineup this spring, signed her letter of intent last Friday.

    Her older sister, Brooke, played volleyball for KC the past two seasons.

  • Von Behren inducted to Hall of Fame

    Vandalia native Seth Von Behren was inducted to the Waterloo Bucks Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    Von Behren played for the Bucks, an Iowa collegiate summer team in the Northwoods League, in 1998 and 1999.

    “This is probably a top one or two places in the country that you could send a kid to play summer baseball, and it’s because of the fans and the atmosphere,” Von Behren said in his induction speech. “I appreciate everything you did for me and my family.”

  • Maxey named all-tourney for St. Elmo at NTCs

    St. Elmo junior Levi Maxey was the only area player named to the all-tournament team at the 78th annual National Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday after leading the Eagles to a sixth-place finish at Altamont High School.

    Brownstown placed eighth in the event, and South Central was eliminated in the consolation semifinals.

    Top-seeded Dieterich beat No. 2 Altamont, 68-54, for the championship, its first ever, and third-seeded Stew-Stras took third, with a 68-58 win against No. 4 Cowden-Herrick..


  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 31)

    Tuesday, Jan. 29
    regional semifinals
    Mulberry Grove 46
    Sorento 41
    *MGJH advances to Thursday’s title game at home at 6 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 25
    Regional Championship
    Patoka 53
    Odin 48
    P: 12-8-13-20—53
    O: 8-9-15-16—48
    Points: Cain, 30; Belcher, 17; Organ, 6.
    Record: 21-4
    *Patoka advances to the Rend Lake Sectional on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 31)

    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.