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School Sports

  • Vandal 8th-graders to play for title

    The Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team’s dream season will continue in the regional championship game on Thursday, after the Lady Vandals defeated Greenville, 25-19, 25-12, in the semifinals on Tuesday.

    Coach Geri Reuss’ team is now 18-0 on the season, and the players hope to win their second straight regional championship when they face Blue Mounds Meredian on Thursday at 6 p.m. on their home court.

  • St. Elmo falls to Woodlawn in sectional battle

    ALTAMONT – St. Elmo was able to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but consistent play from Woodlawn on both sides of the ball in the final three periods doomed the Eagles during a 61-38 loss in the first round of the sectional tournament last Wednesday.

    The loss marked the final game in the careers of regulars Garrett Buzzard and Kase Stolte – who both exited the game to standing ovations – and role player Dylan Bullard.

  • Six Vandal players honored by SCC

    Three boys and three girls basketball players from Vandalia were named all-conference in the South Central Conference East Division.

    Senior Marty Johnson was named to the first team, while junior Dathan Berning  and senior Daniel Bell were named second team for the boys.

    For the girls, junior Haley Wollerman  and sophomore Amber Bruno were named second team, and junior Hannah Edwards was named honorable mention.

  • Season in review: Girls Basketball

    For the first time in seven years, the Brownstown High School girls basketball team finished at .500, with a 12-12 mark.

    Five different players – each of the starters – led the Lady Bombers in scoring at least once, with seniors Abby Hill (11 times) and Kel-C Sefton (six times) doing it most often.

    Senior Morgan Myers (four), senior Brooke Maxey (three) and sophomore Megan Maxey (one) were the others.

    Naturally, Hill and Sefton ended the season as Brownstown's scoring leaders, posting 11.2 and  9.3 points per game, respectively.

  • St. Elmo loses sectional game; Harter out of shootout

    ALTAMONT -- St. Elmo was able to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but consistent play from Woodlawn on both sides of the ball in the final three periods doomed the Eagles during a 61-38 loss in the first round of the sectional tournament on Wednesday.

    Junior Jake Mansker and senior Garrett Buzzard both scored 10 points for St. Elmo, but Mansker missed a key layup in the final seconds of the first half, which left the Eagles down 22-18.

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (March 3)
  • Harter advances in 3-point shootout
  • Vandal wrestlers swallow tough loss at state

    BLOOMINGTON – It was a shame either team had to lose.

    Vandalia and Prairie Central engaged in a chess match during the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association Dual Team Wrestling Tournament at U.S. Cellular Arena, altering their lineups to match each other’s strengths.

    The end result?

    A hard-fought 32-31 win for the Hawks, and a gut-wrenching early exit for the Vandals that left some of their toughest wrestlers consoling each other in the hallway leading out of the arena.

  • South Central invited to join National Trail

    South Central High School’s athletic teams have been invited to join the National Trail Conference, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

    The move to invite the Cougars from the Midland Trail Conference was approved by a 9-2 vote at a meeting last week of NTC member schools. It will not become official until approved by South Central’s school board, which should come at its March meeting.

  • Seventh-graders end season in title game

    ASSUMPTION – A very strong Meridian Blue Mound seventh-grade volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to deny the Lady Vandals the regional championship on Tuesday night at Central A&M Middle School.

    Using 14 service aces and 10 kills throughout the straight set, 25-14, 25-15, win, the Hawks used a variety of different techniques, including power and finesse, to defeat Vandalia.

    “They’re very, very consistent,” said coach Jane Bell. “We haven’t played a team this good this year.”