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School Sports

  • Vandals fall to Pana in close playoff game

    Six seniors played their final football game in front of a home crowd during the first round of the state playoffs last Friday night, taking a tough loss to Pana, 14-7.

    Those players – Levi Ulmer, Bryan Hosick, Blake Mills, Quenten Austin, Daniel Edwards and Anthony Fladeland – all played significant roles in allowing the Vandals to place third in the South Central Conference and earn the team’s first playoff berth since 2008.

  • Lady Vandals run into one of state's top teams

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith said she will not be surprised if Breese Central finishes its season at the state tournament.

    So after the Lady Cougars defeated her squad in the regional championship game last Thursday, Smith made sure to remind her team of all the accomplishments that were achieved throughout the season.

  • St. Elmo falls in regional championship game; ends season with 21 wins

    The St. Elmo High School volleyball team put up a challenge against Altamont in a Class 1A regional championship game last Thursday, but the Lady Indians were able to scrape out a win in three sets, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23.

    The loss put the Lady Eagles' final record at 21-15 for the season, and the team achieved that mark without any senior starters.

    Seniors Patricia Guerrero and Taylor Spain were both role players, and made key contributions throughout the season.

  • The College Report: Bowling begins

    Vanderbilt University could not have started off the bowling season much better.

    Although Vanderbilt has just one outing in the books, the women's bowling team, of which Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, is a member, won the Alabama A&M University Tri-Meet. In the head-to-head competition, Vanderbilt defeated Alabama A&M (970-948) and Alabama State University (960-850). In the win over Alabama A&M, Earnest bowled a 200. She rolled a 194 in the win over ASU.

  • Jr. High basketball scores (Nov. 3)

    Vandalia 7th-grade boys
    at Pana Tournament
    Monday, Oct. 31
    Central A&M 42
    Vandalia 11
    Points: Alec Schroeder, 5; Cole Horner, 3; Richie Well, 3.
    Rebounds: Well, 7.
    Record: 0-2

    Saturday, Oct. 29
    Taylorville 28
    Vandalia 25
    Points: Richie Well, 10; Kain DuFaux, 6; Dakota Graham, 4; Curtis Gordon, 3; Alec Schroeder, 2.
    Rebounds: DuFaux, 5; Schroeder, 5; Graham, 3; Gordon, 2; Well, 1.
    Record: 0-1

  • South Central to play for sectional championship

    DIETERICH — The South Central High School volleyball team overcame an early seven-point deficit on Tuesday to defeat Edwards County in three sets to advance to Thursday's sectional championship game at 7 p.m.

    The Lady Cougars won, 20-25, 25-17, 25-12, on the strength of strong serving and hitting in the final two sets, notably from senior Kinzie Neilson, who had eights aces and nine kills on the night.

    Four of her aces came in the second set and another four came in the final set.

  • South Central wins regional championship; Vandalia, St. Elmo lose

    FARINA — South Central's volleyball team won its third straight regional championship on Thursday, defeating North Clay, 25-16, 25-15.

    The top-seeded Lady Cougars got 14 kills from senior Kinzie Neilson, and three aces and 16 assists from Natalie Chapman.

    On Tuesday, South Central (31-4) will battle Edwards County at the Dieterich Sectional at 6 p.m.

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    FLORA — The Vandalia volleyball team ran into state-championship contender Breese Central at the Flora Regional on Thursday, losing, 25-10, 25-13.

  • Lady Vandals advance to regional title game

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith probably didn’t even know what a regional championship was the last time the Lady Vandals won one.

    It’s been 26 seasons, but the hope is that the drought will end on Thursday.

    “I think this team is really eager to get a championship,” Smith said. “They keep saying, ‘1985.’ I say, ‘Yes, in 1985, I was 5 years old, so let’s get this done.’”

  • Vandalia hosting Pana in playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team learned on Saturday night that it will be hosting conference foe Pana in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at 7 p.m.

    “It’s something we probably didn’t expect,” said coach John Stout of playing at home. “It’s always good to start the first round at home, and I think it’s a big advantage for us.”

    Just two weeks ago, Pana (6-3) came to play in Vandalia, with the Vandals (6-3) holding on for a nail-biting 20-14 win.

  • Two schools to play for regional titles

    The South Central and St. Elmo High School volleyball teams will play for regional championships on Thursday.

    The top-seeded Lady Cougars had little trouble in defeating No. 4 Wayne City, earning the win on their own floor, 25-15, 25-10.

    In Altamont, No. 2 St. Elmo defeated third-seeded Ramsey in the semifinals, 22-25, 28-26, 25-16.

    For South Central, it was seniors Kinzie Neilson and Emily Atwood who led the offensive attack, with eight and seven kills, respectively.

    Junior Kellie Crain added four service aces.