School Sports

  • Three Vandals medal at individual state

    CHAMPAIGN – One fought back after losing in the first round of the championship bracket.

    Another finished a season of redemption after missing last year due to a knee injury.

    A third pulled off some impressive upsets to overcome several individuals in one of the state’s tougher weight classes.

    And the Vandal wrestlers left the Illinois High School Association individual state wrestling tournament at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois last Saturday with three state medalists, the most since 2008.

  • Vandals win in OT 61-60 on senior night

    VANDALIA – Down by nine during the fourth quarter in last Friday’s game, Vandalia senior Colton Woolsey saw a chance to create some excitement.

    Knocking away the ball from Carlinville at mid-court, Woolsey picked up speed as he tried to corral the ball and get a dunk.

    It didn’t go down.

    “They called timeout after that, which I thought could have been a disaster for us,” said coach Brian Buscher. “Colton had his head down, but he said, ‘I’m good. I’m good.’

  • Oberlink, Hill named All-NTC

    Two seniors from Brownstown/St. Elmo have been named second-team all-conference in girls basketball by the National Trail Conference.

    Bethany Oberlink (below at left) and Molly Hill each earned second-team honors after leading the Lady Bombers to third place in the standings, with a 4-2 record in conference play.

  • Regional play mostly unkind to local boys basketball teams

    Regional play began for area boys basketball on Monday, but most programs did not fare well and had their season ended.

    Still alive after the first two days were Vandalia, Patoka and Mulberry Grove, which all played on Wednesday in semifinal games.

    On Monday, St. Elmo/Brownstown had an unexpected finish to its season with a 72-56 loss to Beecher City at the Class 1A Nokomis Regional. SEB had beaten Beecher City three times during the regular season.

  • PHOTO: Jr. NTC Champs

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown eighth-grade volleyball team earned the National Trail Conference Tournament championship last Saturday.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles are 17-1 on the season, and defeated Sigel St. Michel, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, in the title match.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 27)

    Friday, Feb. 21
    Ramsey 64
    Mulberry Grove 55
    M: 14-20-15-4—55
    R: 13-10-12-29—64
    Rams: Knisley, 19; Kelly, 14; Wesselman, 10; Lay, 5; Camez, 4; Thomas, 4; Hunt, 2; Casey, 1; Holland, 1.
    Aces: Latham, 18; Crisman, 13; James, 8; Redfern, 7; Criner, 5; Gannon, 2; Sloan, 2.


  • Jr. Vandals to host tournament

    The Vandalia Sports Boosters will be hosting a fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday.

    Vandalia’s sixth-graders (15-3) will play on Friday at 7 p.m. against Newton, and on Saturday at 11 a.m. against St. Joe and at 3:30 p.m. against Dieterich.

    Vandalia’s fifth-graders (14-9) will play on Friday at 8 p.m. against Teutopolis, and on Saturday at 11 a.m. against St. Anthony and at 6:30 p.m. against Altamont Lutheran.

  • Blankenship leads three placers at state tournament

    Vandalia junior Dalton Blankenship's fourth-place finish on Saturday led Vandalia's three placers at the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

    Blankenship lost in the championship preliminaries to Jake Snow, the eventual champion at 145 pounds, but made an impressive run through the wrestle-backs at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois, winning three bouts before falling to Litchfield's Seth Newkirk by fall at 1:52 in the third-place bout.

  • Runkel advances to championship semifinals; will place at state

    Vandalia senior C.J. Runkel will place at this year's individual state tournament, and junior Dalton Blankenship and senior Tyler Dagen will be looking to join him.

    Runkel defeated Wilmington's Nick Hawkins, 5-4, in Friday morning's championship quarterfinals, and will wrestle again on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

    With the victory, Runkel is assured of at least sixth-place in the tournament. His semifinal opponent will be Quincy Kalkbrenner of Lean-Winslow, who beat Runkel, 5-1, in the championship bout of the Litchfield Tournament.

  • State wrestling: Day two preview

    Two Vandals will for sure be wrestling on day two, and several more will await their fate.

    Seniors C.J. Runkel (160) and Tyler Dagen (152) advanced to the championship quarterfinals after posting wins on Thursday, and the remaining six wrestlers will have to wait and see if they will advance to the consolation bracket.

    If the wrestlers who beat them in the preliminaries wins in the quarterfinals, Vandalia's wrestlers will earn a spot in the wrestle-backs.