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School Sports

  • Three Vandalia boys and girls basketball players receive all-conference honors

    Six Vandalia athletes were given all-conference honors from the South Central Conference East Division coaches.

    Senior Dathan Berning was the only player to be named to the first team.

    He led the Vandals in scoring, with 13.53 points per game, and was a consistent rebounding threat and a strong ball handler.

    Senior Bryan Hosick and junior Tim Ritchey were both named to the second team.

    Hosick had a career-best 10.97 points per game, and was also key to Vandalia's rebounding efforts and offensive ball movement.

  • New softball field is one of the best in the region

    With the renovation of the Vandalia High School softball field nearing completion, coach Brian Buscher already has seen the benefits.

    Though favorable weather has helped, he said that his team has already been on the field for practice five out of the first six days, which is something that would not have happened in the past.

    “That makes our players that much better,” Buscher said. “Being in the gym is just not the same as catching the ball in the air or fielding a ball off of the dirt.”

  • Vandalia 8th-graders move on while 7th-graders fall

    The Vandalia eighth-grade volleyball team advanced in the Staunton Regional on Tuesday, beating East Alton-Wood River, 25-17, 25-11.

    With the win, the Jr. Lady Vandals played again on Wednesday against Carlinville.

    Top-seeded Vandalia was led by Leah Francis, who had two aces and two kills. Mindy Ritchey and Karlie Bright each added three aces.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 8)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams.

    Audrey Matheny • Soph. • Lake Land College

    •2011-12 – Matheny, a South Central graduate, played in 27 games for Lake Land this past season. She scored 59 points (1.96 per game) in helping Lake Land to a 21-9 record.

  • 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.