School Sports

  • Dagen, Runkel win at state

    CHAMPAIGN - Vandalia had two wrestlers advance to the semifnals on the first day of the individual state wrestling tournament.

    Senior C.J. Runkel picked up an 11-3 decision, and senior Tyler Dagen earned a 6-5 decision last Thursday at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois on the first day of the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

  • Individual state wrestling preview

    106 –Trevor Philpot

    •Year: Freshman
    •Regional finish: First
    •Sectional finish: Fourth
    •Season record: 27-18

    •Preliminary bouts
    -Byron's Brady Wilsie (36-2)
    -Herscher's Anthony Rink (36-5)

    -Peotone's Chase Emerson (18-15)
    -Benton's Oliver Davis (31-7)

    -Lisle's Drew Sonnefeldt (25-8)
    -Monticello's Nick Tankersley (25-8)

    -Mercer County's Drake Stirn (36-13)
    -Gibson City's Hunter Lowry (26-5)

    -EAWR's Drew Sobol (34-4)
    -Plano's Jake Krotz (22-21)

    -Quincy Notre Dame's Ashton Meyers (31-3)
    -Dakota's Dillon Swift (30-11)

    -LeRoy's Trevor Bullington (15-3)

  • Eight at state

    ROBINSON – C.J. Runkel looks more like a warrior than usual.

    A gash across his left eye brow, a black eye and a cut on his chin are all battle scars received last weekend as he conquered the 160-pound weight class at the Robinson Sectional as one of Vandalia’s program record-tying eight individual state qualifiers. 

  • Dual team sectional preview: Vandalia vs. Shelbyville

    VANDALIA – It’s the rematch that not many expected.

    The Vandals will take to the mats at the dual team sectional at Litchfield High School next Tuesday night, but they will face Shelbyville instead of Monticello.

    Both schools defeated Vandalia during the regular season, so revenge was on the minds of all 14 wrestlers regardless, but an injury to one of Monticello’s best wrestlers allowed Shelbyville to sneak by the early-favored
    Sages in their regional and advance to meet the Vandals.

  • Warriors claim EIC title with 6-0 mark

    PATOKA – With eight seniors on his roster, Patoka coach Joey Eddy might have thought the most difficult part of last Thursday’s senior night game would be determining who would start.

    Turned out that beating the upstart Ramsey Rams for the third time this season was quite the challenge, too.

  • Boys regional play starts Monday

    Regional play begins for area boys basketball teams next week, and one area team has earned a No. 1 seed.

    Patoka is the team to beat at the Class 1A Mulberry Grove Regional, and the Warriors collectively are 9-2 against teams in that regional this season.

    The Warriors open play next Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Monday’s contest between No. 4 Sandoval and No. 5 Mulberry Grove. Patoka is 3-0 against MGHS and 2-0 vs. SHS.

  • Jr. Vandals ousted by Southwestern

    VANDALIA – The Jr. Vandals fought to the final seconds of last Wednesday’s sectional game against Southwestern, and though they came away with a loss, the improvement the squad has made since last season is not forgotten.

    Starting their seventh-grade season toiling near .500, Vandalia made a run over the second half of that season, ending with a loss to Southwestern in the sectional game to finish at 16-9.

    As eighth-graders, the goals were more defined and the results much better.

  • Vandals drop pair of SCC matchups

    VANDALIA – The Vandals will recognize their seniors on Thursday, as the team hosts Carlinville in the final scheduled home game of the season.

    Vandalia will also play at home on Saturday, making up a game against Pana, for the regular-season finale.

    Seniors Wade Harre, Colin Ledbetter, Jake Shulman, Carson Smith and Colton Woolsey will be honored prior to Thursday’s game, as will senior cheerleaders Shianne Ambuehl, Nicole Craycroft, Jaden Evans, Kelsey Rubin and Breanna Schwager.

  • BSE upset by Altamont

    ALTAMONT – Freshman Morgan Brown was fouled after making a 3-pointer in the third quarter of last Wednesday’s regional semifinal game against Altamont.

    With an extra possession because the foul occurred after the shot, the Lady Bombers got three more looks at the basket by grabbing offensive rebounds before sophomore Krystyn Fitch made a layup.

    The five-point possession was part of a 15-2 run that extended Brownstown/St. Elmo’s lead to 35-24 late in the period.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 20)


    Tuesday, Feb. 18

    Cowden-Herrick 55

    Mulberry Grove 48

    M: 10-16-15-7—48

    C: 16-13-13-13—55

    Points: Jack Criner, 18; Damian Latham, 10; Dalton Crisman, 6; Ty James, 6; Austin Redfern, 5; Michael Sloan, 3.


    Wednesday, Feb. 12

    Patoka 67