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School Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.