School Sports

  • Tough draw 'irrelevant' to Vandals

    Each year, many clamor for the Illinois High School Association dual team sectional and state wrestling tournaments to be seeded, as opposed to the current system, which sets state matchups with a blind draw.

    That debate has come to Vandalia again this season, as the Vandals would have to face the No. 1 team in the state in the first round if they advance to team state.

    Coach Jason Clay and his wrestlers, however, don’t see the potential first-round challenge of facing Dakota as an assured early end to the season.

  • Vandals offense comes alive in win

    GREENVILLE – After three games of allowing at least 80 points to its opponents, something clicked for the Vandals last Friday night.

    Traveling to a hostile environment at Greenville, the Vandals played one of the best defensive games of the season to set up its best offensive output of the season in a 68-57 victory, the team’s first in the South Central Conference.

  • Lady Vandals need 3 OTs to beat Pana

    A 3-pointer from senior Morgan Cripe sent last Thursday’s game in double-overtime, but even that wasn’t enough for Vandalia to get a win.

    But a third overtime period was.

    The Lady Vandals got a career-high 19 points from Cripe, held Pana standout Sydney Lett without a field goal and earned a much-needed 67-65 win in triple-overtime at Pana.

  • Marquee matchups thrill as Vandals top Litchfield

    VANDALIA – Though the team score had already been determined, the marquee matchups lived up to their billing in the final two bouts of last Thursday’s South Central Conference dual against Litchfield.

    Past state qualifers battled each other to tight finishes at 145 and 152 pounds, with Vandalia junior Dalton Blankenship beating Litchfield’s Seth Newkirk, 5-2, with a late near-fall, and Litchfield’s Cole Thompson beating Vandalia senior Tyler Dagen, 2-1 with a third-round escape in a 58-12 Vandals win.

  • Vandals allow 80-plus for third straight

    VANDLIA – Defensive struggles continued for the Vandals last Wednesday, as they allowed more than 80 points to a third straight opponent.

    Gillespie scored consistently in all four quarters to beat Vandalia, 82-66, in a physical South Central Conference game.

    In the two games prior, Vandalia allowed 93 points to Altamont and 83 to Pinckneyville, and coach Brian Buscher said there are many reasons for the recent defensive problems.

  • Patoka beats SEB in key EIC matchup

    In the most anticipated Egyptian-Illini Conference game of the season, Patoka put itself on track to earn the conference title last Friday, with a 61-44 win against St. Elmo/Brownstown.

    The Warriors (10-4, 2-0 EIC) were led by freshman Jered Cain, who continued his stellar first year with a balanced offensive effort that helped Patoka to its fourth straight win.

    He scored in every quarter, putting up at least five points in the last three periods and securing seven in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

  • Zimmerman shines, Lady Rams 1-2 at Sandoval

    Junior Kayla Zimmerman averaged 18.67 points per game to be named all-tournament as Ramsey went 1-2 at the 19th annual Sandoval Tournament.

    Zimmerman scored her tournament-high of 24 during a 66-52 win against Webber Township last Saturday.

    Her tally was nearly matched by senior Kate Jolliff, who scored 20 in the victory.

    A 20-point second quarter gave the Lady Rams a 15-point lead at the break, and they continued scoring with consistency in the second half.

    Skye Kimberlin added 11 points, and Megan Kimberlin had nine.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 23)


    The junior high boys basketball team split a pair of close games against Hillsboro last Thursday.

    The eighth-graders earned a 61-55 victory in double-overtime for their 11th win of the season.

    Marcus Zimmerman’s 24 points paced the Jr. Vandals (11-4), who also got 18 points from Nathan Casey and 10 from Garrett McNary.

    The seventh-graders lost, 51-45, to fall to 7-8.

    Blake Barth led the team with 14 points, and Caleb Slater added 11.


  • For Lady Bombers, 10th win is a big one

    It was the game that everyone on Brownstown/St. Elmo’s roster was waiting for.

    And they got the result they wanted, too.

    BSE scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally from an eight-point deficit and beat Altamont, 39-37, last Thursday in a key National Trail Conference matchup.

    Seniors Molly Hill and Bethany Oberlink keyed the comeback, with both making five free throws and two field goals in the final period.

    Hill had 13 points in the game, and Oberlink added 12.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Jan. 23)

    The Vandalia Jr. wrestlers traveled to Springfield for the only Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation tournament of the weekend, the 30th annual Jon Davis Kids Open.

    Approximately 1,500 wrestlers took part in the event, and Vandalia had three individual champions.

    In the Elite Division – which includes all participants who qualified for state last season – Tanner Swain claimed the championship in the Novice Elite 101 weight class.