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School Sports

  • Cougars are MTC volleyball champs

    The South Central High School volleyball team won the Midland Trail Conference championship after defeating Grayville and Clay City last Friday during the MTC Tournament.

    No. 2 seed South Central downed top-seeded Grayville, 25-22, 25-17, and No. 3 seed Clay City, 25-15, 25-10.
    South Central (24-5) also beat Sandoval (25-8, 25-12) and Cisne (25-18, 25-19) during the tournament.

  • Seventh-graders stay perfect

    The key to Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team’s fast 9-0 start is that coach Dana Kirk has a team that learns from every situation.

    “We just learn from every game and keep getting better and better every time we step out on the floor,” Kirk said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but it’s still early in the season.”

    One of the bigger mistakes Kirk has noticed thus far is that her team often plays at a high-tempo, even when it should be playing slower to run down the clock.

  • Patoka upset in pool B of EIC Tournament

    ST. ELMO – The Patoka High School volleyball team was upset by fifth-seeded Beecher City in pool B of the Egyptian Illini Conference Tournament on Monday night in St. Elmo.

    The second-seeded Warriors got off to a fast start, dominating eighth-seeded Odin in straight sets in the opening game of pool play, 25-13, 25-11. But after Beecher City defeated Odin, 25-10, 25-15 in game two, it came into game three against Patoka seeking an upset.

    The Eagles then did what Odin could not by keeping the Warriors entrenched in a battle.

  • Eagles satisfied with NTC Tourney finish

    EFFINGHAM – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team finished second in the silver pool of the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing an exciting match to Dieterich, 25-22, 25-20.

    The third-seeded Eagles also faced sixth-seeded Cowden-Herrick in silver pool play, defeating the Hornets 25-21, 25-15, but losing to second-seeded Dieterich forced St. Elmo to settle for fifth place in the tournament.

  • Dugan ends career with tight match

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Dugan ends career with tight match

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Vandals must win to make playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team will look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Greenville this Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

    After losing its last two games, Vandalia’s only hope to continue its season is by winning its regular-season finale against the 7-1 Comets.

    Vandals coach John Stout, who has led the team to a 4-4 record this season, said that just because Greenville looks superior on paper does not mean his team should be counted out.

  • Herker finishes 26th at state golf tournament

    Battling winds gusting up to 40 mph, Vandalia junior Derrick Herker finished in a tie for 26th at the Illinois State Golf Tournament last weekend, shooting a two-day total of 157 in Bloomington.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said first-year coach Brandon Taylor. “Hopefully, it shows him he can hang with the big dogs in the state tournament, and next year, he can go back and improve on his finish.”

  • Vandalia fights to finish in loss to Pana

    PANA – With about a minute left in Friday’s night game against Pana, senior Matt Hoffman stormed through the Panthers’ offensive line and wrapped up quarterback Max Mosely for a sack.

    The play had no effect on the outcome of a 41-0 Pana victory, but it was one of three high-energy plays from the Vandals in the second half that showed the perseverance of a team which must win its final game on Friday against Greenville (7-1) to become playoff eligible.

  • Pana shuts down Vandalia, 41-0

    The Vandalia High School football team was shut out by Pana, 41-0, on Friday night.

    The Panthers (7-1) have allowed just 49 points all season and showed their superiority against the Vandals (4-4).

    Now, Vandalia is focusing all of its energy on beating Greenville at home next Friday to send its seniors out with a win and most likely earn a spot in the playoffs.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.