School Sports

  • Gordon strong in debut

    Freshman Curtis Gordon has had a strong start to his high school pole vaulting career.

    He recently set a new school record by clearing 14 feet at an indoor meet in Carbondale, and his vault of 13 feet at last Saturday’s Charleston Indoor earned him a spot in this weekend’s Illinois Top Times Meet, the unofficial indoor state meet.

    The Vandals finished 32nd of 35 teams at the Charleston meet.

    Both the boys and girls were scheduled to travel to Litchfield for the outdoor season-opener, but that was canceled due to the cold weather.

  • Area Prep Roundup (March 27)


    Jacob Behrends continued his mastery of Patoka’s lineup on Monday, striking out 14 Warriors during a 7-2 victory for Brownstown/St. Elmo.

    It was the second straight strong start against the Warriors after Behrends picked up 22 strikeouts this past September during the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Freshman Landon Feezel and sophomore Noah Flowers each had two-run singles, and senior Dustin Lawson and junior Drake Hall each also drove in a run for the Bombers (2-1).

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 27)

    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.

  • Bombers top Rams in five innings

    BROWNSTOWN – The Bombers scored in every inning against county rival Ramsey last Friday to pick up their first win of the season.

    Senior Levi Maxey struck out seven Rams over his three innings of work and added an RBI double to lead Brownstown/St. Elmo to a 15-5 win in six innings.

    BSE’s offense got rolling early, scoring five runs in the first inning, and the Bombers (1-1) led 11-1 going to the fifth inning.

    Ramsey, however, wasn’t ready to be run-ruled that quickly, scoring four times in the fifth to force another inning.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia Basketball Award Winners

    The Vandalia High School boys and girls basketball teams recently held their award banquets.

  • Peak performance: Jr. Lady Vandals receive school's first-ever state bid

    HILLSBORO – With a win against Auburn in Monday’s sectional game, Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team earned the school’s first-ever state tournament berth.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals came from behind in each set of a 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 victory against Auburn at the Class 8-3A Hillsboro Sectional, and will meet Beecher on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in the first round of the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.

  • HARNER: Vandalia eighth-grader's improbable run continues with sectional win

    HILLSBORO – Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team was pretty much an afterthought going into the postseason.

    Toiling around .500 throughout the season, the Jr. Lady Vandals entered last week’s regional tournament in Hillsboro as the No. 4 seed.

    What followed was the beauty of sports.

    One by one, teams fell victim to Vandalia’s patient style. First fifth-seeded Litchfield, then top-seeded Staunton and finally third-seeded Gillespie.

    But a regional wasn’t enough for this feisty group of eighth-graders.

  • Vandalia's eighth-graders rally for regional volleyball title

    HILLSBORO – The first time Shelbi Stewart came to the service line, she only got to serve once.

    The second time she came around, she rallied her team from a seven-point deficit to get them within one point of the lead.

    Vandalia’s eighth-graders would eventually get the lead and take the first set in last Thursday’s regional championship game against Gillespie, and that momentum continued through the second set of a 26-24, 25-18 victory.

  • Two locals place at IKWF state

    Two area youth wrestlers earned medals at this past weekend’s state tournament.

    Anthony Enlow placed fifth in the Novice 177-pound bracket and Tanner Swain placed seventh in the Novice 101-pound bracket at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament in Rockford.

    Enlow, wrestling for Vandalia Kings, pinned his first opponent in the championship bracket before falling 2-1 to Donovan Ford, the eventual fourth-place finisher.

  • Lady Vandals insider: More tournaments added this year

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have added two tournaments to their schedule, and that heightened competition could help the team in May’s postseason games.

    As has been standard, Vandalia will compete at the Noble Round-Robin on the first weekend of the season, and the Tri-City Tournament on the final weekend of the season.

    But during the season, Vandalia has developed its own tournament on Saturday, April 4, and the team has also added the Nokomis Tournament on Saturday, April 19.