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School Sports

  • Jr. Lady Vandals state-bound after sectional win

    HILLSBORO - Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball team is the first one in school historyl to qualify for the state tournament after knocking off Auburn in an exciting three-set sectional match on Monday.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals scrapped their way to a 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 victory in the Class 8-3A sectional game at Hillsboro, advancing to the Saturday's Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.

  • Eighth-grade volleyball team wins regional title

    HILLSBORO – Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball finished off an improbable run through the regional tournament, winning the tournament on Thursday with a 26-24, 25-18 win against Gillespie.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals (11-7) were the No. 4 seed in the Class 8-3A Hillsboro Regional had beaten the No. 1 seed Staunton on Wednesday and then finished off the run with a victory against third-seeded Gillespie.

  • Historic season ends at sectionals

    BRIDGEPORT – Dieterich didn’t use any fancy tactics in a rematch against Patoka last Wednesday at the Red Hill Sectional.

    And that worked out just fine.

    The Movin’ Maroons defense swarmed Patoka’s best offensive weapons, and Dieterich used a balanced offensive approach to avenge a regular-season loss and knock off the Warriors, 61-39, in the sectional semifinals.

  • Patoka's seniors will always be remembered

    BRIDGEPORT – Patoka’s senior class beat the odds.

    With just 73 students enrolled at Patoka High School, that eight from one class have stuck together since kindergarten and been competitive in a sport is an accomplishment in itself.

    That they teamed up to help the Warriors make their first sectional appearance in 25 years takes it to another level.

  • Patoka draws big crowd at sectional game

    BRIDGEPORT – It’s a good thing the criminals didn’t get word of where most of Patoka’s residents were last Wednesday.

    A large contingent of fans made the nearly two-hour 87-mile drive to Red Hill High School to watch their high school basketball team’s sectional contest against Dieterich, filling one half of a large gym.

    “You probably could have robbed the whole town,” said coach Joey Eddy.

  • Vandals insider: Spring camp is competitive

    VANDALIA – Despite having six regulars back from last season, Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt isn’t assuring anyone of a starting position at this stage.

    The first game isn’t scheduled until next Monday at Mulberry Grove, so there is still time for players to step up and show that they deserve playing time.

    “No one has a position yet,” Hohlt said. “Right now, we’re just seeing where everyone is at.”

  • Five from area make IKWF state tourney

    Four members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club and one other local wrestler have advanced to the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament after placing first or second at the south sectional in Highland.

    Jarek Wehrle, Tanner Swain, Jarrett Paslay and Shane White each advanced to the state tournament, which will be held on Friday at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

    Additionally, Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow qualified with a first-place finish in the Novice 177 division.

  • Woolsey advances to F/S state tourney

    Vandalia sophomore Kendrick Woolsey last Saturday earned the championship at the Granite City Sectional of the freshman/sophomore wrestling state series.

    With the win at 285 pounds, Woolsey advances to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association's F/S state tournament, which will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

    The non-Illinois High School Association tournament is open to freshmen and sophomores who did not qualify for the IHSA state tournament.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 13)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Quenten Austin • Soph. • Carthage • Track

    •March 7 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, and the Carthage College men's track team ended the indoor season with the Gill Athletics Final Qualifier. Austin placed sixth in the pole vault (14 feet, 4 inches), sixth in the triple jump (40 feet, 8 1/4 inches) and eighth in the long jump (20 feet, 1/2 inches).

  • PHOTO: Winning season for Jr. Lady Vandals

    Vandalia's sixth-grade girls basketball team recently closed out a 5-3 season. Wins came against Litchfield, Nokomis, Effingham, St. Anthony and Greenville.

    Award winners for the team were: Samantha Miller, Captain Award; Amelia Smith, Ms. Hustle; Sophie Whitten, Most Improved; and Megan Kern, Most Outstanding Player.