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School Sports

  • Mulberry Grove tops Ramsey for second time this season

    RAMSEY – Bench players from both Mulberry Grove and Ramsey saw extended minutes during a 65-52 Aces win on Saturday.

    Foul trouble caught up with both team’s starters early and often, forcing several underclassmen into extended roles. What those players did in those minutes was the biggest takeaway for both coaches.

    “Our bench was forced into a lot more minutes than we’d like to see,” said Mulberry Grove coach Chris Johnson. “They played a huge role and really grew up tonight.”

  • Brownstown gets by South Central girls

    FARINA – The South Central High School girls basketball team used a 19-2 run at the end of the second quarter to take a halftime lead against Brownstown on Saturday, but the Lady Bombers made 6-of-8 free throws in the game’s final two minutes to claim a 56-47 win.

    our different Lady Cougars scored during the run – led by senior Ashley Pollard with seven and sophomore Macie Cain with six – while the defense held Brownstown to 1-of-7 shooting and forced four turnovers in taking a 28-27 halftime lead.

  • Seventh-grade boys upset Greenville at regional

    GREENVILLE – After his team posted a scoreless first quarter, Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball coach Eric Sinclair had no worries.

    This season, the Vandals have been slow starters in the majority of their games. Sinclair knew that and simply encouraged his players to continue fighting, knowing there was a good chance that they could find second-half success.

    “It takes us a while to get going, especially on the road,” he said. “It’s not the first time this has happened.”
    Turns out he was right.

  • Senior Spotlight: Allen Tompkins and Blake Hadley

    RAMSEY – Among area players, Mulberry Grove center Allen Tompkins is basically a force of nature.

    The 6-foot-4 senior has the biggest body in the area, and a recent performance against Ramsey prompted Rams coach Bill Eddy to draw comparisons between Tompkins and an actual part of nature.

    “It’s like trying to move an oak tree,” he said.

    Of opposing coaches, Eddy would know, as the Rams and Aces have already met three times this season, with at least one more meeting to come, and Tompkins has been very successful in those games.

  • Brownstown to celebrate senior girls on Tuesday

    Brownstown High School will celebrate its senior girls basketball players on Tuesday instead of Thursday, as originally planned.

    That game is against Sandoval and begins at 6:15 p.m.

    The Lady Bombers have five seniors players.

  • Area sports cancellations -- Friday, Jan. 21

    Tonight's boys basketball game between Mulberry Grove and St. Elmo (at Mulberry Grove) has been canceled. The game will be played Feb. 3.

    The Vandalia Junior High volleyball games at St. Elmo have been canceled.

    The Vandalia fifth- and sixth-grade home girls basketball games have been canceled.

    Tonight's Brownstown/Ramsey boys basketball game is canceled.

  • Area sports cancellations -- Jan. 20

    The following Vandalia sporting events have been canceled for Thursday, Jan. 20.

    •High School wrestling Senior Night vs. EAWR/Carlinville (makeup date is Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.)
    •High School girls basketball at Greenville (makeup date is Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.)
    •Junior High volleyball vs. Mulberry Grove (no makeup date yet)
    •Fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball at Hillsboro (no makeup date yet)

    The following South Central High School sporting events have been canceled for Thursday, Jan. 20.

  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 20)
  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 20)
  • VJHS volleyball opens season

    The Vandalia seventh-grade volleyball team opened its season by finishing seventh at the Edwardsville Lincoln Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia was 0-3 in pool play, but defeated Southwestern in the seventh-place match, 19-25, 25-21, 15-10.

    Its opponents in pool play were:

    •Edwardsville Liberty: 16-25, 22-25
    •St. Norbert: 15-25, 13-25
    •Lovejoy: 13-25, 21-25

    Mindy Ritchey paced the Vandals with 25 service points and six service aces. Faye Etcheson had nine service points and five service aces.