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School Sports

  • 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)

    MULBERRY GROVE
    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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.