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School Sports

  • Warriors fall in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT – Patoka's historic boys basketball season came to a close on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Playing at the Red Hill Sectional, the Warriors were done in by the size and hot shooting of Dieterich in a 61-39 loss.

    Patoka hadn't played a sectional game since 1989 and had defeated the Movin' Maroons by nine during the regular season, but was unable to answer any of Dieterich's three scoring runs on Wednesday and failed to generate much offense in the first half.

  • Vandals fight to finish despite odds

    BLOOMINGTON – Tasked with beating arguably one of the best small-school wrestling teams in Illinois history, the Vandals put forth one of their best efforts of the season against Dakota in last Saturday’s state quarterfinals.

    But even at their best, it wouldn’t be enough for the Vandals to get past the eventual state champions, who won 11 of 14 bouts in a 45-9 victory.

    “We battled them hard, all the way through,” said coach Jason Clay. “We didn’t give them anything or curl up into the fetal position.

  • Wrestling season was one of Vandalia's best

    It was one of the best winters ever for the Vandalia wrestling program, with the Vandals seemingly adding to their list of accomplishments on a weekly basis.

    Starting with a team championship at the Civic Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 and ending in the state quarterfinals last Saturday, the season was peppered with milestones, tournament titles and big dual wins.

    Below is a season summary, featuring the achievements of the team and each individual wrestler.

  • HARNER: Flawed system hurt Vandals' shot at state trophy

    BLOOMINGTON – The Vandals went into last Saturday’s state quarterfinal dual against top-ranked Dakota truly believing that they could be giant slayers.

    They battled with acute focus in each bout, surrendering just two pins, holding eight bouts to minor decisions and taking two bouts into overtime.

    By the end of the match, there was little doubt that Dakota – a 45-9 winner – was the superior team, but by the end of the state tournament, it was clear that Vandalia had wrestled the Indians better than any other team.

  • Warriors earn first regional title in 25 years with win vs. Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – Two of Patoka’s players scored 80 percent of the team’s points in last Friday’s regional championship game, but it was smaller contributions from several others that ultimately gave the Warriors their first regional title in 25 years.

  • Odin struggles to contain Cain, Clift in title game

    MULBERRY GROVE – Johnnie Clift was his old reliable self.

    Jered Cain found another level.

    Together, they led Patoka to its first regional championship since 1989 by scoring 55 of the team’s points in last Friday’s 68-61 win against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Regional.

    Cain, a standout freshman, had a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Clift, a fourth-year starting senior, had a double-double, with 23 points and 10 boards.

  • Warriors have improved since season-opening loss to Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – When Patoka opened the season on Nov. 25 against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament, there were a lot of unknowns.

    Gone was the team’s best post player from a year before and a scrappy guard, and in to replace them were a talented freshman and a junior transfer student.

    And on that night, the Warriors lost.

    The 67-62 defeat was the first of six losses on the season, but that five-point margin turned out to be the third widest margin in a loss during the regular season.

  • Vandals done in by 3-pointers in semis

    WOOD RIVER – It was a 9-0 swing that never should have happened, and it was all Roxana needed to end Vandalia’s season.

    The Shells knocked down 3-pointers on three straight possessions while Vandalia rushed and missed three of the same shots in the final two minutes of the first half of last Wednesday’s regional semifinal game at East Alton-Wood River High School.

    Those treys were part of a first half-ending 13-0 run that led Roxana to a 20-point halftime lead, and that margin would remain steady for the rest of the 62-42 victory.

  • Jr. Vandals have successful regional

    The Vandalia Jr. wrestling club had all 20 of its participating wrestlers advance to this weekend’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation South Sectional in Highland.

    Eight wrestlers picked up first-place finishes at last Saturday’s South Regional in Carbondale, and five others took second.

    As a team, the Jr. Vandals placed first in the Intermediate Division, with 113 points. Muprhysboro was second, with 94 points.

    Ryan Kaiser, Dawson McKinney, Eric McKinney, Kyle Miller and Gavin Mouser earned first in that division.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 6)

    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.