School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Nov. 8)

    Many athletes that 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.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia Jr. High Boys Basketball

    The Vandalia Jr. High boys basketball teams were in action at home against Hillsboro on Tuesday.

  • Jr. Lady Vandals still above .500

    The Vandalia eighth-grade girls basketball team is still above .500 despite a 1-2 mark in recent game.

    On Tuesday, the Jr. Lady Vandals (10-8) lost at Hillsboro, 35-17.

    Emma Meyer led in scoring with 10 points.

    Madison Klanke added four and Mikayla Ruot scored three.

    It was the second loss to Hillsboro on the season.

    Last Thursday, Vandalia picked up a 35-10 win against Greenville.

    Meyer had 14 points to pace the Jr. Lady Vandals, and Anna Miller added seven and Ruot added six.

  • St. Elmo wins first-ever volleyball sectional

    LEBANON - There was more than one time when it looked like St. Elmo's season was going to come to an end, but with strong serving from senior Heather Seibert and 17 kills from senior Savannah Feezel, the Lady Eagles on Thursday pushed past Lebanon, 16-25, 25-9, 25-22, to win a sectional championship.

    The win gave St. Elmo its first-ever sectional championship in volleyball, and only the second for the school in any sport. On Saturday, the Lady Eagles travel to Valmeyer to take on Valmeyer in a super-sectional contest at 4 p.m.

  • Senior Spotlight: Austyn Krueger

    Even when she is in a bad mood, it doesn’t take much to make Austyn Krueger smile.

    The easy-going senior who transferred to Vandalia as a sophomore not only keeps the team in positive spirits, she also has used an all-around game to help lead the Lady Vandals to one of the best seasons in school history.

    “I feel like if I am in a good mood, then everyone around me will be in a good mood, too,” Krueger said. “You have to look at the positives in everything to make more out of it.”

  • Lady Vandals defeated by Pana at sectional

    TOLEDO – The season may have ended on Tuesday, but it is one that will be remembered for a long time.

    Playing in a sectional tournament for the first time in 27 years, the Lady Vandals found themselves locked in a tight battle with Pana at the Class 2A sectional at Cumberland High School, but despite 11 kills from senior

    Austyn Krueger and 10 more from senior RaeChelle Leiken, it was Pana which came away the 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 winner.

  • Lady Vandals win school's first volleyball regional since 1985

    The Vandalia volleyball team took to the streets following the regional championship game last Thursday.

    “I believe that we just won,” the team chanted as they rode through Vandalia’s Halloween parade after winning the school’s first regional volleyball championship since 1985 with a 25-18, 25-18 win against Flora.

  • St. Elmo to face Lebanon in finals of Class 1A sectional

    It's been a goal all season for the St. Elmo volleyball team to advance as far as possible through the state postseason, and on Tuesday, the Lady Eagles notched another victory.

    Behind 14 kills from senior Savannah Feezel, St. Elmo had little trouble defeating Woodlawn in the first round of the Class 1A sectional in Lebanon, winning the match, 25-14, 25-13.

    With the victory, the Lady Eagles (28-9) advance to Thursday's sectional final against Lebanon. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Lebanon High School.

  • Ambuehl has career day, but Vandals lose in OT

    It was a slow walk off of the field for the Vandals on Saturday after losing to Carterville in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs, as players held on to the last shred of what they had hoped would be a dream season.

    A two-point conversion pass in overtime was batted down to gave the Lions the 35-34 victory, ending the season of Vandalia’s large senior class that had aspirations to go deep in the playoffs before injuries knocked out two starters in week nine.

  • Sophomore Strobel personally trains his way to state

    Despite having no formal practices or coach, Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel said it has not been difficult to train for cross county every day.

    His dedication paid off on Saturday when he qualified for state after placing sixth at the Metro-East Lutheran Sectional meet at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

    “I’ve been really determined after not making state in track last year,” Strobel said. “Coach (Jane) Bell was hoping I would make sectionals, but I wanted to get to state.”