School Sports

  • Two locals place at IKWF state

    Two area youth wrestlers earned medals at this past weekend’s state tournament.

    Anthony Enlow placed fifth in the Novice 177-pound bracket and Tanner Swain placed seventh in the Novice 101-pound bracket at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament in Rockford.

    Enlow, wrestling for Vandalia Kings, pinned his first opponent in the championship bracket before falling 2-1 to Donovan Ford, the eventual fourth-place finisher.

  • Lady Vandals insider: More tournaments added this year

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have added two tournaments to their schedule, and that heightened competition could help the team in May’s postseason games.

    As has been standard, Vandalia will compete at the Noble Round-Robin on the first weekend of the season, and the Tri-City Tournament on the final weekend of the season.

    But during the season, Vandalia has developed its own tournament on Saturday, April 4, and the team has also added the Nokomis Tournament on Saturday, April 19.

  • Two locals selected All-NTC

    Two players from St. Elmo/Brownstown were named all-conference by coaches of the National Trail Conference.

    Senior Levi Maxey was selected first-team all-conference, and senior Jacob Behrends was named honorable mention.

    The duo paced SEB’s offense this past season, and both scored the 1,000th point of his career during the NTC Tournament, in which the Eagles placed fifth.

  • BSE falls in opener

    BROWNSTOWN – Offense was hard to find for both teams early in Tuesday's season-opener, but once Shelbyville got started, it was hard to stop the Rams.

    Shelbyville scored nine times in the fifth inning to break open a game that Brownstown/St. Elmo had been leading 5-3, and the Rams added three more runs in the seventh for a 15-6 victory.

    Senior Levi Maxey was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Bombers (0-1), and senior Jacob Behrends had a two-run double.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 20)

    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.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Kansas City Royals

    •March 16 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a save by pitching a perfect 10th inning during a spring training game for the Kansas City Royals. Patton struck out one in the 9-6 win against the San Diego Padres. He is expected to open the season with the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers.

  • Jr. Lady Vandals state-bound after sectional win

    HILLSBORO - Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball team is the first one in school historyl to qualify for the state tournament after knocking off Auburn in an exciting three-set sectional match on Monday.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals scrapped their way to a 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 victory in the Class 8-3A sectional game at Hillsboro, advancing to the Saturday's Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.

  • Eighth-grade volleyball team wins regional title

    HILLSBORO – Vandalia's eighth-grade volleyball finished off an improbable run through the regional tournament, winning the tournament on Thursday with a 26-24, 25-18 win against Gillespie.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals (11-7) were the No. 4 seed in the Class 8-3A Hillsboro Regional had beaten the No. 1 seed Staunton on Wednesday and then finished off the run with a victory against third-seeded Gillespie.

  • Historic season ends at sectionals

    BRIDGEPORT – Dieterich didn’t use any fancy tactics in a rematch against Patoka last Wednesday at the Red Hill Sectional.

    And that worked out just fine.

    The Movin’ Maroons defense swarmed Patoka’s best offensive weapons, and Dieterich used a balanced offensive approach to avenge a regular-season loss and knock off the Warriors, 61-39, in the sectional semifinals.

  • Patoka's seniors will always be remembered

    BRIDGEPORT – Patoka’s senior class beat the odds.

    With just 73 students enrolled at Patoka High School, that eight from one class have stuck together since kindergarten and been competitive in a sport is an accomplishment in itself.

    That they teamed up to help the Warriors make their first sectional appearance in 25 years takes it to another level.

  • Patoka draws big crowd at sectional game

    BRIDGEPORT – It’s a good thing the criminals didn’t get word of where most of Patoka’s residents were last Wednesday.

    A large contingent of fans made the nearly two-hour 87-mile drive to Red Hill High School to watch their high school basketball team’s sectional contest against Dieterich, filling one half of a large gym.

    “You probably could have robbed the whole town,” said coach Joey Eddy.