School Sports

  • Vandals top Roxana to claim SCC title

    Two Vandalia wrestlers avenged losses from the Princeton Tournament to help the Vandals earn the South Central Conference championship with a dominating 61-9 win against Roxana.

    Wrestling as part of a triangular at Mascoutah last Thursday, freshman Trevor Philpot (106) and junior Ryne Lipsey (120) both earned wins against a Roxana foe who had beaten them at Princeton earlier this month.

    Philpot topped Blake Whyers, 8-2, to reverse a 6-1 decision from Princeton, and Lipsey beat Jared Foiles, 3-2, after Foiles beat him, 3-1, in overtime at Princeton.

  • Felchlia's shots help Patoka win

    PATOKA – Despite his status as a senior and a second-year starter, Sheldan Felchlia is still gaining confidence.

    And his performance against Vandalia last Friday night may be the one he needs to close out the season with strength.

    Felchlia hit the first shot of the fourth quarter and then buried a 3-pointer on the next possession to give the Warriors the momentum in what was a four-point game, allowing them to cruise to a 62-49 victory.

  • Vandals have tough time in loss to 3A Taylorville

    The Vandals took a lopsided loss to Class 3A Taylorville on Tuesday.

    The Tornadoes hit a barrage of 3-pointers throughout the game, with several coming in a 32-point first quarter, and easily dispatched Vandalia, 87-43.

    Wade Harre, Collin Nestleroad and Carson Smith each had nine points for the Vandals (6-14), who allowed 80 points for the fifth time this season.

    Taylorville had 13 players score in the game, and hit 12 3-pointers in the game.

  • Size, shooting of Litchfield powers win over Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals struggled in the paint in the first half, getting themselves too far behind to recover, despite a strong second half.

    Litchfield grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters to build a 14-point halftime lead, and even with Vandalia’s improved play during the second half, Litchfield had little trouble earning the 56-42 South Central Conference win.

    “In the first half, we gave up too many offensive boards,” said Vandalia coach Michelle McNary. “I think we did a much better job in the second half.

  • Lady Vandals drop pair of games

    The Lady Vandals won the second and fourth quarters, but allowed Greenville too many points in the first and third periods of Tuesday’s 50-39 South Central Conference loss.

    Freshman Emma Meyer led the Lady Vandals (5-17, 0-5 SCC) with nine points, and sophomore Makayla Tinker followed with eight and sophomore Madelyn Hosick had seven.

    Maria Reinhard had 17 for Greenville (1-5, 6-1 SCC), and Kassidy Alderman added 12.

    Vandalia trailed 18-8 after the first period, but got three of those points back in the second quarter.

  • Dierkes named Vandalia boys track coach

    VANDALIA – A former state qualifer who has found success in his brief coaching career has been named the new head coach of Vandalia’s boy’s track team.

    Jim Dierkes, a 2008 graduate of Greenville High School who began teaching art in the Vandalia district last school year, was approved by the school board last week to replace Jane Bell, who resigned in December, and said he is excited about the opportunity.

  • SEB upset by Neoga at NTC Tournament

    ALTAMONT – A pair of 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter got St. Elmo/Brownstown back into Monday’s National Trail Conference Tournament game against Neoga.

    But what was essentially a seven-point possession for the No. 5 Indians later in the quarter doomed the fourth-seeded Eagles in a 53-45 first-round loss.

    Senior Levi Maxey and sophomore Malachi Maxey nailed 3-pointers on the first two possessions of the final period, but there would be little scoring after that until Neoga’s outburst began with 2:06 left in the game.

  • Lady Cougars break 44-game losing streak

    The Lady Cougars broke a 44-game losing streak that dated back to Feb. 2, 2012, on Tuesday, beating Webber, 50-45.

    South Central exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter to help overcome its eight-point halftime deficit.

    Freshman Abby Hahn led the team with 15 points and freshman Autumn McCoy set her career-high, with 11.

    The Lady Cougars (1-18) hadn’t won since beating Wayne City, 47-43, in 2012. Jenna Rose and Bailey Ritter are the only players on the team to have played in both games.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (Jan. 30)

    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.

    Sierah Ruffner • Freshman • Greenville • Track

    •Jan. 25 – Ruffner, a Vandalia graduate, placed first in the high jump at the Illinois College Snow Bird Open. She cleared 4 feet, 11 inches for the win. GC placed seventh of 12 teams.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 30)


    The seventh-grade basketball season ended for Vandalia on Tuesday, with a 52-26 loss to Hillsboro in the regional semifinals.

    Blake Barth had seven points to lead the Jr. Vandals, who finished with a 10-9 record.


    Vandalia's seventh-graders advanced to the regional semifinals, with a 41-28 win against Litchfield on Monday at the Hillsboro Regional.

    Trevor Smalls led the Jr. Vandals (10-8) with 12 points.