School Sports

  • 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.


  • PHOTOS: Jr. Vandals in action

    Photos from Vandalia junior high sporting events in the past week.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Jan. 30)

    The Vandalia Jr. wrestlers participated in two events this past weekend.
    Saturday, Jan. 25
    at Hillsboro
    •Ross Miller placed first
    •Parker Ray placed first
    •Cazdyn Brown placed second
    •Chase Cearlock placed second
    •Max Philpot placed second
    •Dillon Hinton placed fourth
    •Jonathan Jackson placed fourth
    •Brody Matthews placed fourth
    •Paddric McDowell placed fourth
    •Keagen Timmons placed fourth

  • PHOTO: Fourth-graders place third

    Vandalia's fourth-grade boys basketball team recently placed third at the Nokomis Tournament.

  • Sports Roundup – Jan. 28, 2014

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team advanced to the regional semifinals in Hillsboro after beating Litchfield, 41-28, on Monday. The Jr. Vandals take the court on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Hillsboro.

    The Lady Vandals fell to Litchfield, 56-42, on Monday night.

    At the NTC Tournament in Altamont, Windsor beat Cowden-Herrck, 61-38, and Stew-Stras beat South Central, 47-36. On Tuesday night, St. Anthony faces Windsor at 6:15 p.m., and St. Elmo/Brownstown faces Neoga at about 7:45 p.m.

  • Weekend sports roundup – Jan. 27

    Vandalia's wrestling team went 4-0 at Beardstown on Saturday, with the signature win coming against No. 3 PORTA.

    Vandalia opened with a 57-23 win against West Hancock, and followed with a 66-11 win against Beardstown and a 61-12 win against Pittsfield.

    The Vandals then earned seven pins to dispatch No. 3 PORTA, 48-24.

    Patoka beat the Vandalia boys basketball team, 62-49. Vandalia's Collin Nestleroad (18) and Patoka's Johnnie Clift (16) were the leading scorers.