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School Sports

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia Basketball Award Winners

    The Vandalia High School boys and girls basketball teams recently held their award banquets.

  • Peak performance: Jr. Lady Vandals receive school's first-ever state bid

    HILLSBORO – With a win against Auburn in Monday’s sectional game, Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team earned the school’s first-ever state tournament berth.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals came from behind in each set of a 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 victory against Auburn at the Class 8-3A Hillsboro Sectional, and will meet Beecher on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in the first round of the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.

  • HARNER: Vandalia eighth-grader's improbable run continues with sectional win

    HILLSBORO – Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team was pretty much an afterthought going into the postseason.

    Toiling around .500 throughout the season, the Jr. Lady Vandals entered last week’s regional tournament in Hillsboro as the No. 4 seed.

    What followed was the beauty of sports.

    One by one, teams fell victim to Vandalia’s patient style. First fifth-seeded Litchfield, then top-seeded Staunton and finally third-seeded Gillespie.

    But a regional wasn’t enough for this feisty group of eighth-graders.

  • Vandalia's eighth-graders rally for regional volleyball title

    HILLSBORO – The first time Shelbi Stewart came to the service line, she only got to serve once.

    The second time she came around, she rallied her team from a seven-point deficit to get them within one point of the lead.

    Vandalia’s eighth-graders would eventually get the lead and take the first set in last Thursday’s regional championship game against Gillespie, and that momentum continued through the second set of a 26-24, 25-18 victory.

  • Two locals place at IKWF state

    Two area youth wrestlers earned medals at this past weekend’s state tournament.

    Anthony Enlow placed fifth in the Novice 177-pound bracket and Tanner Swain placed seventh in the Novice 101-pound bracket at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament in Rockford.

    Enlow, wrestling for Vandalia Kings, pinned his first opponent in the championship bracket before falling 2-1 to Donovan Ford, the eventual fourth-place finisher.

  • Lady Vandals insider: More tournaments added this year

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have added two tournaments to their schedule, and that heightened competition could help the team in May’s postseason games.

    As has been standard, Vandalia will compete at the Noble Round-Robin on the first weekend of the season, and the Tri-City Tournament on the final weekend of the season.

    But during the season, Vandalia has developed its own tournament on Saturday, April 4, and the team has also added the Nokomis Tournament on Saturday, April 19.

  • Two locals selected All-NTC

    Two players from St. Elmo/Brownstown were named all-conference by coaches of the National Trail Conference.

    Senior Levi Maxey was selected first-team all-conference, and senior Jacob Behrends was named honorable mention.

    The duo paced SEB’s offense this past season, and both scored the 1,000th point of his career during the NTC Tournament, in which the Eagles placed fifth.

  • BSE falls in opener

    BROWNSTOWN – Offense was hard to find for both teams early in Tuesday's season-opener, but once Shelbyville got started, it was hard to stop the Rams.

    Shelbyville scored nine times in the fifth inning to break open a game that Brownstown/St. Elmo had been leading 5-3, and the Rams added three more runs in the seventh for a 15-6 victory.

    Senior Levi Maxey was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Bombers (0-1), and senior Jacob Behrends had a two-run double.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 20)

    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.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Kansas City Royals

    •March 16 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a save by pitching a perfect 10th inning during a spring training game for the Kansas City Royals. Patton struck out one in the 9-6 win against the San Diego Padres. He is expected to open the season with the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers.

  • SEB softball falls to Flora in opener

    St. Elmo/Brownstown lost its softball season-opener, 14-9, at Flora on Tuesday.

    For the Lady Eagles: Audriana Pruett, 2 1B, RBI; Darby Moss, 2 1B; Tiffany Austin, 2B; Kyrstyn Fitch, 1B, RBI; Danie Austin, 1B, RBI; Morgan Brown, 1B; Stephanie Calhoun, 1B; and Tessa Philpot, RBI.