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  • Vandal wrestlers hope to make state semifinals for first time since '07

    Vandalia seniors opened and closed Tuesday’s team sectional match against Herrin, but without the efforts of some underclassmen throughout, the Vandals probably would not be going back to state.

    Senior Anthony Fladeland scored a pin in the first bout, and senior Levi Ulmer’s 10-7 decision put the Vandals ahead by enough to secure a 39-33 victory against Herrin, giving the Vandals their seventh trip to state in eight years.

    But, the team hasn’t won a first-round match since 2007, when it placed second in the state.

  • Ulmer places fifth at individual state tournament

    CHAMPAIGN – After a one-year hiatus, the Vandals had a wrestler back on the medal stand at the individual state tournament.

    And while it wasn’t the medal that senior Levi Ulmer was hoping to win on Saturday, he ultimately was pleased to place fifth in the 195-pound weight class after an 11-4 victory.

  • Seniors use late play to win regional game

    PANA – It was a play that seniors should make.

    And Bryan Hosick and Dathan Berning made it seem easy.

    Hosick stole an inbounds pass with just more than a minute to play and quickly passed to Berning, whose 3-pointer gave the Vandals their first lead since the halfway point of the second quarter and propelled the team to a 49-45 win against Hillsboro in first-round regional action.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (Feb. 23)

    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.

  • County teams have mixed results at regionals

    Two area teams are still alive in boys basketball regional action at Altamont.
     

    South Central vs. Brownstown
    In first-round action on Tuesday, a late surge from South Central moved it by Brownstown for a 35-28 win.

    Neither team scored more than eight points in any of the first three quarters, and third-seeded South Central led by only two entering the fourth period.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Feb. 23)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Friday, Feb. 17
    St. Elmo 62
    Beecher City 29
    SEHS:  16-6-22-18—62
    BCHS:  10-8-4-7—29
    Points: Blake Pruett, 15; Ben Sperry, 14; Connor Beasley, 8; Jake Mansker, 8; Jacob Denton, 5; Blaine Scholes, 5; Levi Maxey, 3; Willie Magnus, 2; Patrick Schaal, 2.
    Record: 20-7 (8-2 NTC, 7-0 EIC)
    BCHS: Miller had 9 points.

  • Ulmer places fifth at state

    CHAMPAIGN – Senior Levi Ulmer led a group of five wrestlers at the individual state wrestling tournament, placing fifth.

    Ulmer, who narrowly lost in the championship semifinals, ended up dropping to the fifth-place match, which on Saturday he won, 11-4, against Garrett Kestner of Camp Point.

    In that match, Ulmer secured his first points since the championship quarterfinals with a quick takedown of Kestner and continued on without much trouble to become the first Vandal to place since 2010, when Trevor Pyle took third.

  • Saturday updates from the IHSA Individual State Tournament

    CHAMPAIGN - It's the final day of the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament, and at the time of this post, just one Vandal is still alive.

    In the 9 a.m. session, senior Daniel Edwards (152) lost a very tough match to Gage Hedges, 1-0, in the wrestle-back quarterfinals. Had Edwards won the match, he would have placed.

    Senior Levi Ulmer (195) will be wrestling in the wrestle-back semifinals. In that match, he will face Kenny Lindsey of St. Joe-Ogden, a rematch of the Robinson sectional final.

  • Ulmer and Edwards still alive in wrestle-backs at state

    Seniors Levi Ulmer and Daniel Edwards will both wrestle on the third day of the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

    Ulmer, who lost to Logan Staver, 3-0, in the championship semifinals, got an automatic spot in the wrestle-back semifinals, meaning he will place.

  • Bruno makes state in 3-point shootout

    Vandalia junior Amber Bruno qualified for the state round of the 3-point shootout last Thursday by making eight shots at the Fairfield Sectional finals.

    Her appearance at state will give the Lady Vandals two in two years, as Haley Wollerman qualified last season.

    The state shootout preliminaries are on Thursday at Redbird Arena in Bloomington.