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School Sports

  • Vandalia makes playoffs for first time since '08

    On the night they were honored for their years of dedication to the team, several seniors made big contributions last Friday night to a 20-14 win against Pana, which gave the Vandals an automatic berth to the football playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    “We told them at halftime, ‘Seniors, hopefully not, but this could be the last time you play on this field,’” said coach John Stout. “‘Think about all the times you have played on this field since fifth grade.’

  • Swofford gets 12th, Leiken 29th at state

    Two Vandalia juniors participated in the state golf tournament this past weekend, and both came away with top-30 finishes.

    Blake Swofford finished in a tie for 12th place at the boys tournament, and RaeChelle Leiken finished in a tie for 29th on the girls side.

    Leiken, who was making her third overall appearance at state, but her first at the Illinois state tournament, said she was disappointed in her finish at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.

  • Vandalia gets big win in Wollerman's final home game

    The night was all about the team’s lone senior, and by the end of the night, every varsity player that entered the game had given her a fitting tribute.

    Haley Wollerman has never missed a game in her four years with the Lady Vandals and has never taken a play off during a game. And by playing with that same desire, all her teammates helped lead Vandalia to a 25-19, 28-26 win last Thursday against Taylorville in Wollerman’s final home game.

  • Midland Trail volleyball title goes to South Central

    The South Central High School volleyball team finished with a perfect season in the Midland Trail Conference after winning the conference tournament last Friday.

    The win marked South Central's fourth straight in the tournament, and also marked the final MTC Tournament for the Lady Cougars (28-4), who next season will participate in the National Trail Conference

    It took the Lady Cougars three sets to get the championship game win against Woodlawn, winning the first set, 25-20; losing the second, 20-25; and winning the third, 15-5.

  • Lady Aces get comeback win

    ST. ELMO – The Mulberry Grove High School volleyball team allowed Beecher City to earn 18 aces through the first set and a half of an Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament game on Monday.

    But then something changed, and while coach Natalie Goestenkors isn't sure why that happens to her team so much, she doesn't mind as long as wins follow, just like on Monday during a 20-25, 26-24, 15-7 victory.

  • Brownstown struggling in tourneys

    EFFINGHAM – Small mistakes plagued the Brownstown High School volleyball team during the National Trail Conference and Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournaments this past week.

    With two wins in seven games over the two tournaments, the Lady Bombers did show some signs of improvement against Beecher City in the final game of the NTC Tournament on Saturday, during a 25-27, 25-17, 25-22 loss.

  • Sperry, Scholes and McDowell named All-National Trail Conference

    Three area players were named to the National Trail Conference's all-conference teams.

    St. Elmo's Ben Sperry was named all-conference, and St. Elmo's Blaine Scholes and Brownstown's Brady McDowell were named honorable mention.

  • Wasmuth gets tennis team's lone win at sectional tourney

    EFFINGHAM – Senior Lauren Wasmuth was the only Lady Vandal to win a match at the tennis sectional tournament last Friday afternoon in Effingham.

    Facing an alternate from Salem, Wasmuth took her first-round match, 6-3, 6-3, before running into the tournament’s No. 3 player, to whom Wasmuth lost, 0-6, 0-6.

    That score, however, was very deceiving.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct. 20)

    REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL
    at Flora
    Monday, Oct. 24
    •(4) Olney vs. (5) Greenville, 5:30 p.m.
    •(3) Vandalia vs. (6) Flora, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Oct. 25
    •(1) Breese Central vs. Winner of Match 1, 5:30 p.m.
    •(2) Carlyle vs. Winner of Match 2, 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Oct. 27
    •Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 6:30 p.m.

  • The College Report: Parrish helping FC

    At 7-15 overall and 2-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Franklin College has struggled.

    Since Oct. 5, however, it has been a pretty good stretch. The team has lost only one match since then, which came against Spalding College. Franklin freshman Taylor Parrish, a Vandalia graduate, has been a big part of that turn-around.

    The Grizzlies have defeated Manchester College (3-2), Indiana University-Northwest (3-1) and Earlham College (3-1).