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School Sports

  • Senior Spotlight: Blake Mills

    It's hurt for a while now.

    Injured during a game against Marquette Catholic almost a month and a half ago, Blake Mills' ankle has yet to fully heal, but that hasn't stopped the Vandalia senior from taking the field every game this season.

    Playing exclusively on the defensive side of the ball since his injury, save for a couple of snaps at center last Friday, Mills has established himself as the Vandals' top tackler, with 54 solos and six for a loss on the season.

  • Sperry, Scholes named co-MVPs of EIC; area players dominate selections

    St. Elmo High School seniors Ben Sperry and Blaine Scholes were named co-MVPs of the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead a group of area players  who made up the entire all-conference first team.

    In total, area players filled all but six of the spots on the second team and honorable mention team, with players from Beecher City rounding out the selections.

    2011 EIC All-Conference

  • St. Elmo wins EIC

    ST. ELMO – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team won the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Friday, defeating Christ Our Rock Lutheran in three sets.

    Junior Megan Maxey led the Lady Eagles with nine kills and junior Katie Stites added eight of her own during the 25-18, 23-25, 15-10 victory on St. Elmo's home floor.

  • Patoka falls in tight battle at EIC Tourney

    ST. ELMO – Patoka kept the game close against Beecher City last Friday, but the Lady Warriors were unable to get the win in the seventh-place game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    The Lady Eagles won the game, 26-24, 25-22.

    That loss came a day after Patoka also had a close battle with Cowden-Herrick in the final game of pool play, which saw Patoka lose, 25-18, 25-20.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct. 27)

    CLASS 3A FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
    Upper Bracket
    •(8) Robinson at (1) Greenville
    •(5) Pana at (4) Vandalia
    •(7) North Mac at (2) Marquette
    •(6) Nokomis at (3) Staunton

    •(8) Sesser at (1) Breese Central
    •(5) Eldorado at (4) Anna-Jonesboro
    •(7) Harrisburg at (2) Mt. Carmel
    •(6) Red Bud at (3) Benton

    Lower Bracket
    •(8) Kewanee at (1) Aurora Christian
    •(5) Oregon at (4) Watseka

  • Jr. NTC Champions

    The Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op seventh-grade girls basketball team won the Jr. National Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday, defeating Neoga in the championship game.

  • Vandals get rematch with Pana in first round of playoffs on Friday

    The Vandalia High School football team will get a rematch against Pana when it hosts the Panthers in a first-round playoff game on Friday at 7 p.m.

    The Vandals (6-3) are the No. 4 seed in their bracket, with Pana (6-3) earning the fifth seed. In the regular season, Vandalia defeated Pana, 20-14, at home in a tense battle.

    The winner of that game will meet the winner of (1)Greenville/(8)Robinson. In the quarterfinals, it could be another matchup of South Central Conference schools, as Marquette Catholic is the No. 2 seed in the bracket.

  • St. Elmo to play for EIC title; Lady Vandals earn big win against Pana

    ST. ELMO — St. Elmo fended off a pesky Ramsey volleyball team on Thursday to advance to Friday night's Egpytian-Illini Conference Tournament championship game, where the Lady Eagles will face Christ Our Rock Lutheran.

    That game will be at 8 p.m.

    St. Elmo got around Ramsey in three sets, winning 20-25, 25-20, 15-14. The Lady Eagles trailed 14-11 during the final set, which would be won by the first team to 15 points.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Stinebring

    EFFINGHAM – By the time this season is finished, Brownstown senior Morgan Stinebring will have her name littered among the statistical leaders since coach Toby Harms took over the program in 1998.

    As the team’s primary setter, Stinebring, who has started since her freshman season, is already the school’s all-time leader in assists, with 687 through Monday, and is in the top five in several other categories.

  • 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.’