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  • Odin struggles to contain Cain, Clift in title game

    MULBERRY GROVE – Johnnie Clift was his old reliable self.

    Jered Cain found another level.

    Together, they led Patoka to its first regional championship since 1989 by scoring 55 of the team’s points in last Friday’s 68-61 win against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Regional.

    Cain, a standout freshman, had a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Clift, a fourth-year starting senior, had a double-double, with 23 points and 10 boards.

  • Warriors have improved since season-opening loss to Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – When Patoka opened the season on Nov. 25 against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament, there were a lot of unknowns.

    Gone was the team’s best post player from a year before and a scrappy guard, and in to replace them were a talented freshman and a junior transfer student.

    And on that night, the Warriors lost.

    The 67-62 defeat was the first of six losses on the season, but that five-point margin turned out to be the third widest margin in a loss during the regular season.

  • Vandals done in by 3-pointers in semis

    WOOD RIVER – It was a 9-0 swing that never should have happened, and it was all Roxana needed to end Vandalia’s season.

    The Shells knocked down 3-pointers on three straight possessions while Vandalia rushed and missed three of the same shots in the final two minutes of the first half of last Wednesday’s regional semifinal game at East Alton-Wood River High School.

    Those treys were part of a first half-ending 13-0 run that led Roxana to a 20-point halftime lead, and that margin would remain steady for the rest of the 62-42 victory.

  • Jr. Vandals have successful regional

    The Vandalia Jr. wrestling club had all 20 of its participating wrestlers advance to this weekend’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation South Sectional in Highland.

    Eight wrestlers picked up first-place finishes at last Saturday’s South Regional in Carbondale, and five others took second.

    As a team, the Jr. Vandals placed first in the Intermediate Division, with 113 points. Muprhysboro was second, with 94 points.

    Ryan Kaiser, Dawson McKinney, Eric McKinney, Kyle Miller and Gavin Mouser earned first in that division.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (March 6)

    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.

  • Vandals wrestle tough, but fall short in state quarterfinals

    BLOOMINGTON - No one gave the Vandals much of a shot of winning against Dakota in Saturday morning's state quarterfinals, but that didn't keep them from wrestling with their best effort.

    And while Vandalia only won three bouts against the consensus No. 1 team in Class 1A, the team surrendered just two pins and forced overtime in two bouts of a 45-9 loss to the Indians at the U.S. cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

  • Warriors win first regional title since 1989

    MULBERRY GROVE - Patoka and Odin battled for an intense 32 minutes, but the Warriors made the last scoring run to take a 68-61 victory on Friday night to win their first regional championship since 1989.

    The teams traded runs for most of the game, with Odin finally taking a lead in the fourth quarter, but Patoka used a 9-0 right after to reclaim its lead and take the win at the Class 1A Mulberry Grove Regional, earning a spot in the Red Hill Sectional against Dieterich. That game is next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Bridgeport.

  • Vandals season ends; Patoka to play for regional title

    WOOD RIVER – The Vandalia boys basketball season came to a close on Wednesday night with a 62-42 loss to Roxana at the Wood River Regional.

    The first four minutes of the game saw a steady pace and back-and-forth scoring leave Vandalia behind by just two, but from there, Roxana took control with several 3-pointers.

    Three of those long-range shots came in the last two minutes of the first half, as the Shells amassed a 13-0 run to take a 20-point halftime lead.

    That lead would stay steady in the second half, ending Vandalia's season at 8-20.

  • Vandals top Shelbyville for fifth straight dual team state appearance

    LITCHFIELD – Tuesday’s sectional wrestling match was everything that was expected – a tough battle that would likely be decided in the last few matches.

    Standing in the way of Vandalia’s return to the dual team state tournament was Shelbyville, which had edged the Vandals, 32-31, earlier in the season.

    This time around, two late match pins and stellar performances from several other wrestlers gave the Vandals a 31-24 victory over Shelbyville and their fifth straight trip to the state finals

  • Vandals draw Dakota at state

    A team with three individual state champions – including the nation’s No. 1 wrestler at 132 pounds – and seven other state medalists will give the Vandals a stiff challenge in the first round of Saturday’s dual team state tournament.

    Vandalia was paired with defending champion Dakota during a blind draw in January, and will take on the Indians at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.