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School Sports

  • Vandals insider: Spring camp is competitive

    VANDALIA – Despite having six regulars back from last season, Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt isn’t assuring anyone of a starting position at this stage.

    The first game isn’t scheduled until next Monday at Mulberry Grove, so there is still time for players to step up and show that they deserve playing time.

    “No one has a position yet,” Hohlt said. “Right now, we’re just seeing where everyone is at.”

  • Five from area make IKWF state tourney

    Four members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club and one other local wrestler have advanced to the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament after placing first or second at the south sectional in Highland.

    Jarek Wehrle, Tanner Swain, Jarrett Paslay and Shane White each advanced to the state tournament, which will be held on Friday at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

    Additionally, Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow qualified with a first-place finish in the Novice 177 division.

  • Woolsey advances to F/S state tourney

    Vandalia sophomore Kendrick Woolsey last Saturday earned the championship at the Granite City Sectional of the freshman/sophomore wrestling state series.

    With the win at 285 pounds, Woolsey advances to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association's F/S state tournament, which will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

    The non-Illinois High School Association tournament is open to freshmen and sophomores who did not qualify for the IHSA state tournament.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 13)

    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.

    Quenten Austin • Soph. • Carthage • Track

    •March 7 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, and the Carthage College men's track team ended the indoor season with the Gill Athletics Final Qualifier. Austin placed sixth in the pole vault (14 feet, 4 inches), sixth in the triple jump (40 feet, 8 1/4 inches) and eighth in the long jump (20 feet, 1/2 inches).

  • PHOTO: Winning season for Jr. Lady Vandals

    Vandalia's sixth-grade girls basketball team recently closed out a 5-3 season. Wins came against Litchfield, Nokomis, Effingham, St. Anthony and Greenville.

    Award winners for the team were: Samantha Miller, Captain Award; Amelia Smith, Ms. Hustle; Sophie Whitten, Most Improved; and Megan Kern, Most Outstanding Player.

  • Warriors fall in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT – Patoka's historic boys basketball season came to a close on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Playing at the Red Hill Sectional, the Warriors were done in by the size and hot shooting of Dieterich in a 61-39 loss.

    Patoka hadn't played a sectional game since 1989 and had defeated the Movin' Maroons by nine during the regular season, but was unable to answer any of Dieterich's three scoring runs on Wednesday and failed to generate much offense in the first half.

  • Vandals fight to finish despite odds

    BLOOMINGTON – Tasked with beating arguably one of the best small-school wrestling teams in Illinois history, the Vandals put forth one of their best efforts of the season against Dakota in last Saturday’s state quarterfinals.

    But even at their best, it wouldn’t be enough for the Vandals to get past the eventual state champions, who won 11 of 14 bouts in a 45-9 victory.

    “We battled them hard, all the way through,” said coach Jason Clay. “We didn’t give them anything or curl up into the fetal position.

  • Wrestling season was one of Vandalia's best

    It was one of the best winters ever for the Vandalia wrestling program, with the Vandals seemingly adding to their list of accomplishments on a weekly basis.

    Starting with a team championship at the Civic Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 and ending in the state quarterfinals last Saturday, the season was peppered with milestones, tournament titles and big dual wins.

    Below is a season summary, featuring the achievements of the team and each individual wrestler.

  • HARNER: Flawed system hurt Vandals' shot at state trophy

    BLOOMINGTON – The Vandals went into last Saturday’s state quarterfinal dual against top-ranked Dakota truly believing that they could be giant slayers.

    They battled with acute focus in each bout, surrendering just two pins, holding eight bouts to minor decisions and taking two bouts into overtime.

    By the end of the match, there was little doubt that Dakota – a 45-9 winner – was the superior team, but by the end of the state tournament, it was clear that Vandalia had wrestled the Indians better than any other team.

  • Warriors earn first regional title in 25 years with win vs. Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – Two of Patoka’s players scored 80 percent of the team’s points in last Friday’s regional championship game, but it was smaller contributions from several others that ultimately gave the Warriors their first regional title in 25 years.