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School Sports

  • Questions arise in South Central Conference re-alignment

    The Nokomis High School Board determined after “heated and emotional debate” and by a 4-3 vote at a special meeting Monday night that its sports teams will not join the South Central Conference.

    Nokomis was scheduled to join the SCC in all sports, starting during the 2012-13 school year, but after the other SCC schools denied Nokomis’ request to join the conference in all sports except football, it began considering other options.

  • VJHS, RJHS split boys games

    The Vandalia Junior High boys basketball teams split with Ramsey on Friday night, with the seventh-graders defeating the Rams, 35-19, and the eighth-graders losing, 21-18.

    Seventh-Grade Scoring
    Vandalia – Garrett Grimsley, 17; Enrique Jenner, 4; Eli Bowen, 4; Dillon Beck, 2; Brandon Gelsinger, 2; Kasey Jones, 2; Alex Kleinik, 2; Chaston Womack, 2.
    Ramsey – Brady Black, 7; Brady Reiss, 6; Nick Seaton, 4; Derek Nelson, 2.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Nov. 17-23)

    Thursday Nov. 18
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown at Shelbyville, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at North Clay, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Pana St. Pat's, 6:15 p.m.
    JH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Mulberry Grove vs. Pocahontas, 6:15 p.m.
    Ramsey vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Cowden-Herrick, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Roxana, 6 p.m.
    NTC Girls Tourney
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Mulberry Grove, Ramsey hosting Turkey Tournaments

    Mulberry Grove and Ramsey High Schools will be hosting boys basketball Turkey Tourneys next week.

    Brownstown, Mt. Olive, Odin and Sandoval will join Mulberry Grove, and Centralia Lutheran and Patoka will join Ramsey's varsity and junior varsity squads in the tourneys.

  • South Central girls fall to Cowden/Beecher City

    A short-handed South Central High School girls basketball team was defeated by Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, 88-27.

    CHBC returned most of the team that finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season and faced a Cougars squad that had only six healthy players.

    "The girls played hard and never quit," said coach Gary Kapper. "They played with a lot of heart.

    "We have some things to work on, but if they come out and play hard like this every night, we will be competitive."

  • Vandals start season at St. Anthony Tournament

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season on Tuesday when it plays Charleston in the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 17-12 record, earning the South Central Conference championship and advancing to the finals of the regional tournament.

    In last season's opener, Vandalia fell to Effingham, 60-35 in St. Anthony's tournament. Johnson – who averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year – scored nine of Vandalia's points that game.

  • Vandalia girls open season on Friday

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will start its season on Friday night against Roxana. The game will tip at 6 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 5-21 record, but one of those wins was a 55-47 victory against Roxana in the season-opener.

    In that game, Amber Bruno scored 22 points, Haley Wollerman scored 15 points and Hannah Edwards scored 14 points. Those three players all return this season in hopes of improving the team’s win total
    to the 12-15 range.

  • Smith hands out volleyball awards

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team held its award banquet on Monday. Award winners were, in front, from left: Austyn Krueger, Newcomer of the Year; Ellie Ehrat, Leadership/Spirit Award; Haley Wollerman, Co-MVP, Most Aces, Most Assists and Best Serving Percentage; and Whitney Schaal, Defense Award and Coaches Award. In back are: Taylor Parrish, Co-MVP and Best Hitting Percentage; Sierah Ruffner, Most Improved; Holly Goldsmith, Co-MVP, Most Kills and Most Blocks; Megan Shreve, Coaches Award; and Amy Walton, Coaches Award.

  • Seventh-graders almost win share of Mid-State Conference championship

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team came within a point of sharing the Mid-State Conference championship with Hillsboro after falling to the Dragons last week, 27-26.

    “It was a high-competition game,” said coach Dana Kirk. “I think everyone who was there would agree that if you looked out there and didn’t know they were seventh-graders, you wouldn’t think they were seventh-graders.”

  • Vandalia eighth-graders get first wins

    It was a long 16 games for coach Todd Marquardt and the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade basketball team.

    But once the final seconds ticked off in the team’s first win of the season against Stew-Stras last Friday, Marquardt said the 26-16 score gave the team the confidence it had needed to find.

    “That validates what they’re doing,” Marquardt said. “It shows the girls that when we get against a team that is similar to us, if we can do some things right, we can come out with a win.”