School Sports

  • Jr. Vandals are regional champions

    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 pick up OT win on senior night

    On senior night, the Lady Vandals got 29 points from senior Amber Bruno and used a 7-0 run at the start of the overtime period on Thursday night to pick up a 66-56 South Central Conference win against Roxana.

    Junior Kaitlyn Kershaw made a game-tying layup with about two minutes left in regulation, and freshman Madelyn Hosick blocked a second-chance shot in the waning seconds to force the extra period.

    Morgan Cripe, a junior, assisted Kershaw on that basket, and had a double-double for the Lady Vandals (9-16, 2-6 SCC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Vandals celebrate seniors with exciting quad

    VANDALIA – Two veteran wrestlers both went 3-0 in their final home regular-season event on Saturday at Vandalia High School.

    Zach Jackson and Sean Newcomb each had a perfect day as the Vandals went 2-1 in a quadrangular against Clinton, Beardstown and PORTA.

    Newcomb had three pins, while Jackson had a pin, a 6-4 win and a forfeit victory for the Vandals (19-10).

  • Vandals top Patoka in nonconference action

    After splitting a pair of nonconference games in the past week, the Vandals will get back into South Central Conference play next Tuesday.

    Vandalia travels to Pana that night for a rematch of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament championship game, which the Panthers won, 56-44.

    Prior to that, the Vandals will host Litchfield in a nonconference game on Friday night.

    Vandalia won the conference game at Litchfield, 48-34, on Dec. 14.


    On Tuesday, the Vandals couldn't control Taylorville's hot shooting in a 76-52 loss.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Greenville in SCC action

    The Lady Vandals will celebrate their four seniors on Thursday prior to the game against Roxana.

    Morgan Whightsil, Amber Bruno, Haley Cothern and Abby Dugan will all be recognized prior to the South Central Conference contest.

    Coach Michelle McNary said that last season’s game at Roxana is one the team should have won, so she believes that if her team plays well, it can snap its five-game losing streak.

    Roxana is 13-10 (2-5 SCC) this season.


  • Hablewitz leads Cougars to upset victory

    ALTAMONT – Senior Rudy Hablewitz erupted for a career-high 26 points as South Central produced its second-best offensive output of the season in the first round of the 78th annual National Trail Confernce Tournament.

    Hablewitz got better as the game went on, scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 60-47 win against Brownstown at Altamont High School.

  • Vandalia seventh-graders reach regional title game

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team is headed to Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Beating Staunton, 32-14, on Tuesday placed the Jr. Vandals in the title game, which will be played at Hillsboro Junior High on Thursday at 6 p.m.

    Vandalia will meet Greenville, which won both regular-season matchups.

    Nathan Casey paced the Jr. Vandals with nine points, and Marcus Zimmerman added seven.

    James Taylor (6), Garrett McNary (5), Ethan Bayles (4) and Nic Wollerman (2) also scored for Vandalia (15-8).

  • Jr. Vandals to play for third in own tourney

    VANDALIA – The Jr. Vandals will play for third place in their own eighth-grade tournament.

    Vandalia was knocked off by St. Elmo on Tuesday in the championship semifinals of the 26th annual event. The third-place game is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High, with the championship game to follow.

    St. Elmo will meet Pana in that game, after Pana beat Central A&M on Tuesday.

    Pana won the event in 2010 and 2012, but St. Elmo hasn't captured a championship since 2004.

  • Aces upset St. Elmo

    Two players had season-highs in scoring, and the Aces fended off a late rally to upset St. Elmo last Friday in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    Sophomore Damian Latham had a career-high 23 points, and junior Devonta Williamson had a season-high 16 in the 57-56 victory at Mulberry Grove High School.

    The Aces led throughout much of the first three quarters, taking a nine-point lead into the final period, but St. Elmo would score 20 points in the final eight minutes cut down the lead.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 24)

    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.