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School Sports

  • St. Elmo falls in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT- The St. Elmo boys basketball team had trouble making shots from the field during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Senior Ben Sperry led the Eagles (22-8), with 14 points and eight rebounds, but that was not enough to overcome two first-half runs by Woodlawn that put St. Elmo behind 27-18 at halftime.

    After Sperry hit a layup to open the scoring, Woodlawn used a layup of its own and back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run that put St. Elmo behind, 11-2.

  • St. Elmo Eagles win second straight regional championship

    The St. Elmo boys basketball team won its second straight regional championship last Friday, defeating Altamont, 43-34.

    The win was the fourth against the Indians this season and earned St. Elmo a trip to the Bridgeport Sectional for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

    Results of that game will be posted at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday morning.

    The game will be contested against Woodlawn (24-5), the team that knocked St. Elmo (22-7) out of the sectional tournament last season.

  • Vandals routed by Lena-Winslow in team state quarterfinals

    BLOOMINGTON – Junior Zach Jackson had the team’s lone pin, and the Vandalia wrestlers’ only other victory on Saturday came from senior Dayin Godberson during a 58-9 loss to Lena-Winslow at the team state tournament.

    A loss in the first-round match was not out of the question, considering Lena-Winslow had five individual state placers, but no one expected a 49-point defeat, which was the worst showing of any team in any class at the tournament.

    Included were six Vandalia wrestlers getting pinned in less than two minutes.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional title game

    PANA – Vandalia’s season came to a close after last Friday’s loss to Pana in the regional championship game, but this season’s regional tournament will be an event the players will always remember.

    After getting comeback wins in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, the Vandals tried to parlay that momentum into a win against the Panthers, which had beaten Vandalia three times during the regular season.

    But once again, Pana proved to be just too good in its 57-43 win.

  • Overtime thriller put Vandalia in title game

    PANA — Facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter made it seem that the Vandalia boys basketball season was all but over.

    A 16-0 run, which lasted just 2:09 and was sparked by a seven-point possession 1:30 into the final period, changed the dynamics dramatically last Wednesday against Carlyle, and helped the Vandals tie the game at 49 and eventually win 55-52 in overtime.

  • Seventh-graders advance in regional tourney

    GREENVILLE – A rotation switch helped the Vandalia seventh-grade volleyball team score 26 aces during a 25-12, 25-10 win against Litchfield on Monday during the first round of the regional tournament.

    Molly Kern opened the game as the No. 1 server for the Jr. Lady Vandals for the first time this season, and she quickly went to work, earning aces on six of the first nine points of the game to put Vandalia ahead, 9-0.

  • Vandalia sixth-grade boys enjoy winning basketball season

    The Vandalia sixth-grade boys basketball team enjoyed a winning season this year, posting a 12-5 record, including a first-place finish at the Vandalia Tournament.

    Nathan Casey, who won the free-throw shooting contest at the Brownstown Tournament by making 21-of-25 shots, paced the team in scoring, with 9.5 points per game.

    At that tournament, the Jr. Vandals lost to Altamont Luthern in the first round, but beat the hosts, 36-24, to place third.

  • Sports Briefs (March 1)

    South Central's strong second half ends with 12-point loss in regional semifinals

    The South Central boys basketball team had a strong second half, but its season came to a close last Wednesday during the regional semifinals, where it was defeated by Altamont, 50-38.

    The game was knotted at 12 after the first period, but the Indians used a 25-13 run over the middle two quarters to take a 37-25 lead into the final stretch.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 1)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are athletes who played in the past two weeks.

  • Vandalia hosting sectional tournament starting on Tuesday

    Vandalia Community High School will be the host of a sectional boys basketball tournament this week, with the first game to be played on Tuesday.

    The schedule is as follows, and the champion of the tournament advances to the Carbondale Super-Sectional.

    Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Pittsfield vs. Pana, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Breese Central vs. Marquette Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, March 2 — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.