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School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 17)

    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.

  • Vandalia eighth-grade tournament, seventh-grade regional begin Monday

    The Vandalia Jr. High eighth-grade boys basketball tournament begins on Monday at Vandalia Junior High and Vandalia Elementary School.

    On Monday at VJHS, Vandalia plays Mulberry Grove at 6 p.m., and St. Elmo plays Taylorville at 7:15 p.m.

    The winners play at VJHS on Tuesday at 6 p.m., while the losers play at VES at the same time.

    At VES, Pana plays Ramsey at 6 p.m., Central A&M plays Staunton at 7:15 p.m.

    The winners play at VJHS on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., while the losers play at VES at the same time.

  • Vandalia's Josie Earnest returning to Team USA

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest has qualified for Team USA in women’s bowling for the second straight year.

    Placing third at the Team USA Trials in Henderson, Nev., Earnest is assured a spot on the team, a place in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money.

    Defending trial champ Danielle McEwan took first in the national field on Monday, while Diandra Asbaty, a 15-time team USA selection, finished second.

    In the championship ladder semifinals, Earnest lost to McEwan, 199-181, but the third-place finish was good enough to qualify for Team USA.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Whightsil

    VANDALIA – Morgan Whightsil does all of the little things well.

    And while those small things may not generate many headlines or highlight plays, they do help earn wins, respect of coaches and teammates, and potentially a spot on a college roster.

    The 5-foot-5 defensive guru is the best post defender for the Lady Vandals this season, using strong fundamentals to make up for her small stature.

  • Vandals beat Altamont with potent attack

    VANDALIA – After losing to Pinckneyville on Saturday in what may have been the worst performance of the season, first-year boys basketball coach Brian Buscher gave the Vandals a homework assignment.

    Players were required to write down 10 reasons why they play basketball, and at Monday’s practice, they worked together to learn each other’s answers and set new team goals.

  • Lady Vandals begin 2013 with three straight wins

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have opened the calendar year with three straight wins after beating county rival South Central, 72-11, on Monday.

    Eleven Lady Vandals scored in the game against the inexperienced Lady Cougars, with senior Amber Bruno pacing the offense with 18 points.

    Junior Megan Godoyo had 15, while junior Kaitlyn Kershaw had a season-high 10 and freshman Karlie Bright matched her career-high with seven for the Lady Vandals (8-11).

  • Wrestlers take 23rd at Princeton

    Vandalia’s wrestling team had three individual placers at the Princeton Invitational Tournament, and finished 23rd as a team with 50 points.

    Senior Zach Jackson had the highest finish, with sixth place, while sophomore Dalton Blankenship and senior Sean Newcomb each placed eighth.

    Dakota was the team champion with 190 points.

    Sophomore Ryne Lipsey recorded the fastest pin of his career, taking down Princeton’s Tyler Webster in 10 seconds in first-round action.

    Results

  • Wrestlers crush pair of opponents at EAWR

    The Vandalia wrestlers throttled a pair of opponents on Tuesday night at a tri-meet in East Alton-Wood River.

    The Vandals knocked off EAWR, 84-0, and then dismantled Carlinville, 78-4.

    Against EAWR, Vandalia (11-6) received eight forfeit wins and posted pins in the remaining matches.

    Included were the first career pins for sophomore Todd Ashdown and freshman Luke Tessman.

    Against Carlinville, the Vandals got nine forfeit wins and four pins.

  • Strong finish gives Bombers win vs. Cowden-Herrick

    BROWNSTOWN – After watching their big lead evaporate through the middle two quarters, the Bombers made sure they played a strong fourth quarter to get their first Egyptian-Illini Conference win of the season.

    Leading by just one entering the final period of last Friday’s game against Cowden-Herrick, Brownstown (8-6, 1-0 EIC) played well in the last four minutes to secure a 70-63 victory.

    “Our guys came in and decided to work over Christmas break,” said coach Vince Rohr. “That came out and translated tonight.

  • Area prep roundup (Jan. 10)

    St. Elmo dismantles Ramsey in EIC action

    The Eagles posted a 51-14 win at Ramsey on Tuesday night.

    Led by Levi Maxey’s 16 points and Connor Beasley’s 15 points, St. Elmo (9-6, 1-1 EIC) cruised to victory, holding the Rams (3-11, 0-5 EIC) to just five points in the first half.

    Kyle Hardimon scored his first career points for the Eagles, securing a three-point play in the fourth quarter; Nick Bauer had his season’s first points, with a field goal in the fourth quarter; and freshman Malachi Maxey tied his career-high of five points.