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School Sports

  • Lady Vandals win final home game of season

    In their final regular-season game, the Lady Vandals came together.

  • Lady Vandals advance in regional tournament

    TEUTOPOLIS - Senior Haley Wollerman and junior Amber Bruno combined to score 49 points on Monday night during Vandalia's 65-32 win against Casey-Westfield in the first round of the Teutopolis regional tournament.

    Both players, along with sophomore Morgan Cripe, also advanced to the next round of the 3-point shootout, which will start at about 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday. At 6 p.m., the No. 4 Lady Vandals will battle top-seeded Marshall

  • Girls basketball teams begin regional play on Monday

    The Illinois High School Association girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday.

    Vandalia, a fourth seed, will open play at the Teutopolis regional at 6 p.m., with a game against No. 5 Casey-Westfield. The winner will meet top-seeded Marshall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Meanwhile, at North Clay, (4) Brownstown and (5) South Central will battle at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will meet top-seeded Red Hill on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    Last Friday, Brownstown beat South Central, 46-31.

  • Vandal wrestlers win 18th straight regional championship

    TOLEDO - On the strength of six first-place finishes, the Vandalia wrestling team won the Cumberland Regional Tournament, tallying a team score of 202 while securing its 18th straight team title.

    Freshmen Ryne Lipsey (106) and Dalton Blankenship (132); sophomore C.J. Runkel (138); and seniors Daniel Edwards (152), Dayin Godberson (182) and Levi Ulmer (195) each took first-place honors.

    Junior Seth Purcell (145) and senior Anthony Fladeland (285) placed second, while junior Tyler Dagen (126) took third.

  • Senior Spotlight: Harley Tompkins

    MULBERRY GROVE – When she isn’t feeling so good about pushing herself while training or at practice, senior Harley Tompkins just reminds herself of one thing.

    This spring will be the last chance to make the state tournament.

    That inner drive has helped the Mulberry Grove softball standout train for the upcoming season as hard as anyone, and it also helped land her a spot on Parkland College’s squad in the springs of 2013 and 2014.

    Fortunately for her, when she begins playing there, the winning has a good chance to continue.

  • Wrestlers take third in final regular-season event

    LITCHFIELD – Senior Dayin Godberson won an individual championship at 182 pounds to lead eight wrestlers who finished in the top six, as the Vandals placed third at Saturday’s Litchfield Invitational.

    Godberson, who also won the 182-pound weight class at the Civic Memorial Tournament earlier this season, scored the first takedown of his match against Peter Schlafly, the top seed from MICDS.

  • Turnovers, rebounds hurt Vandals in loss

    Vandalia and Pana both scored a lot of points and committed a lot of turnovers during Tuesday’s game, but the Panthers gained the edge in rebounding to give them a 65-60 road victory.

    The teams combined for 51 turnovers (27 for Pana and 24 for Vandalia) throughout the game, but it was Pana’s ability to grab offensive rebounds that hurt the Vandals the most.

    Pana (18-2) scored 16 second-chance points from 12 offensive rebounds, including five points off of two of those boards in the final 2:22 of the game.

  • Vandals use late push to beat Litchfield at home

    For the second straight game, Vandalia was able to contain its opponent's center, but the Vandals still needed a furious fourth-quarter comeback last Friday to defeat Litchfield, 58-50.

    Junior Leyton Godoyo was the primary defender of Litchfield’s Dale Volentine, who had just 12 points during the game. Godoyo was also responsible for guarding Hillsboro’s Matt DeLuka three days before.

    Combined, Volentine and DeLuka had 37 fewer points then they did in the first meetings of the season.

  • Wrestlers defeated by O'Fallon on senior night

    The three Vandalia seniors who wrestled on senior night last Thursday came away victorious, but the team lost to O’Fallon, 36-24.

    Dayin Godberson (182), Levi Ulmer (195) and Anthony Fladeland (285) each earned wins that served as three of the first four for the Vandals, and that was expected, as those three had combined to win 68 matches coming into the dual meet.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (Feb. 2)

    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 played recently.

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University