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School Sports

  • Seventh-Graders End Season at Regionals

    The Jr. Lady Vandals' season ended on Saturday at the regional tournament in Greenville. Third-seeded Vandalia fell to No. 2 Pana, 33-24.

  • Senior Spotlight: Levi Ulmer

    There are just some arguments that a senior in high school won’t win.

    That’s a tough concept to handle for senior Levi Ulmer, a standout Vandalia football player and wrestler, because he hopes to be a lawyer some day.

    But even when that day comes, Ulmer still might not be able to defeat his most formidable foe.

    “Against my mom,” Ulmer said of the last argument he lost. “It was if she should get a Mini Cooper or a Challenger. She won, and got the Mini Cooper.”

  • South Central's Neilson signs with Lincoln Land

    FARINA – When Kinzie Neilson attended a camp at Lincoln Land Community College prior to her senior year, LLCC coach Jim Dietz had a few suggestions for her arm swing.

    When he scouted Neilson at this season’s regional tournament, he was very pleased to see that she had taken his suggestions seriously.

  • The College Report: IC makes the playoffs

    Illinois College is in uncharted territory.

    Never before has the Illinois College football team qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. That all changed on Sunday evening.

    After posting a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Midwest Conference, the IC Blueboys got the call. They were the final team that did. They will travel to play Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • The College Report: IC makes the playoffs

    Illinois College is in uncharted territory.

    Never before has the Illinois College football team qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. That all changed on Sunday evening.

    After posting a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Midwest Conference, the IC Blueboys got the call. They were the final team that did. They will travel to play Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • Neilson named MTC Player of the Year; five others recognized

    South Central senior Kinzie Neilson was named the Midland Trail Conference Player of the Year, coach Mary Brimberry was named Co-Coach of the Year and four other Lady Cougars were named all-conference.

    Senior Emily Atwood finished second in the voting for Player of the Year honors to earn first-team all-conference status for the second season in a row. Brimberry said that she had hoped Neilson and Atwood would have shared Player of the Year honors.

  • Vandalia volleyball team makes big donation to Relay For Life

    The proceeds from this season's Volley for a Cure game at Vandalia Community High School last week were donated to the Fayette County Relay for Life team. The amount donated was $7,428.13

  • Vandals open season on Tuesday vs. South Central

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season against South Central next Tuesday.

    In last season’s matchup, Vandalia defeated the Cougars, 48-42, with Dathan Berning leading the Vandals in scoring, with 17 points. For South Central, Colby Bushue was the leading scorer, with 12 points.

    For the Vandals, who finished 17-11 last season, the game will serve as a warm-up for the DuQuoin Tip Off Classic, which begins on Nov. 28.

  • Lady Vandals in Farina for season opener

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will open its season next Tuesday at South Central, with a varsity-only contest beginning at 6:15 p.m.

    For the Lady Vandals, the game will serve as the first test in a season during which the goal is to win at least 20 games.

    In last season’s game, Vandalia won, 67-33, with Amber Bruno scoring 12 points and Haley Wollerman and Hannah Edwards each scoring 11. Then-senior Amy Walton also added 11 for the Lady Vandals.

  • Mulberry Grove and Ramsey team up for tournament

    The Mulberry Grove and Ramsey High School Thanksgiving boys basketball tournaments have been consolidated into one event this season.

    Both schools will host a pool of four teams this week, with all eight teams coming together to play on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Mulberry Grove. Next season, the finals will be played at Ramsey.

    The new event is called the Mulberry Grove/Ramsey Super Turkey Tournament.