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Today's Sports

  • South Central invited to join...

    South Central High School’s athletic teams have been invited to join the National Trail Conference, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

    The move to invite the Cougars from the Midland Trail Conference was approved by a 9-2 vote at a meeting last week of NTC member schools. It will not become official until approved by South Central’s school board, which should come at its March meeting.

  • Seventh-graders end season in...

    ASSUMPTION – A very strong Meridian Blue Mound seventh-grade volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to deny the Lady Vandals the regional championship on Tuesday night at Central A&M Middle School.

    Using 14 service aces and 10 kills throughout the straight set, 25-14, 25-15, win, the Hawks used a variety of different techniques, including power and finesse, to defeat Vandalia.

    “They’re very, very consistent,” said coach Jane Bell. “We haven’t played a team this good this year.”

  • Greenville defeats Vandals at...

    GREENVILLE – For the first 12 minutes of last Wednesday’s regional tournament game, Vandalia was in complete control against Greenville.

    But once the Comets began to break the Vandals’ pressure and transition better on defense, they began to chip away at their 10-point deficit, eventually taking an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter that was too much forVandalia to overcome in a 62-59 loss.

  • Hobbie leads Bearcats into...

    It seems like he has been around forever.

    But, it has only been four years.

    Vandalia grad Eric Hobbie is hoping the final stretch of his basketball career will end with a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship.

  • Eighth-graders complete first-...

    The Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team completed the school's first-ever perfect season on Friday by beating Ramsey in straight sets, 25-17, 25-12, to earn a 17-0 record.

    As seventh-graders last season, the Lady Vandals had a 17-1 record.

    Jessica Sullens led the team against Ramsey with 13 points, eight service aces and two kills. Kadi Metzger also had a strong game with eight points, five service aces and four kills.

    Ali Sasse added five points, two service aces and one kill.

  • Sixth-grade boys have undefeated...

    The Vandalia Junior High sixth-grade boys basketball team won the Brownstown Tournament on Friday to complete an undefeated season with a 13-0 record.

    Coach Mark Johnson said he had a balanced team that expected to win every time they took the floor.

    "Defensively, the kids were as good as any group I have ever had, and we rebounded the ball well," he said. "They shared the ball well offensively, and it was a team effort."

  • High School Basketball Briefs

    Wollerman eliminated at state

    Vandalia junior Haley Wollerman was eliminated in the first round of the state 3-point shootout at Redbird Arena in Normal last Thursday.

    Wollerman made six 3-pointers, falling three short of the tie-breaker shoot-off.

    She was one of two South Central Conference players in the shootout.

    The Class 2A champion was Allie Norton of Bloomington Central Catholic. She made 11 shots in the finals.

    South Central boys lose in quarterfinals

  • Community Sports Briefs (March 3)

    Jr. Club wrestlers succeed at regionals, to battle in Vandalia for sectionals

  • St. Elmo wins first regional...

    ST. ELMO – The Eagles boys basketball team completed an improbable comeback on Friday by dispatching North Clay to win the school’s first regional championship since the 1992-93 season.

    St. Elmo started the season 4-13, and at times, struggled to score 40 points in a game, leaving coach Greg Feezel unsure of how to get his team, which he felt was talented, onto a winning streak.

    He never gave up on his players, however, guiding them past top-seeded Altamont last Wednesday to propel them into the regional title game, which the Eagles won, 40-35.

  • Wednesday's regional boys...

    The St. Elmo High School boys basketball team is the only area team remaining in the Illinois High School Association playoffs after it defeated No. 1 Altamont, 47-42, on Wednesday to advance to the regional championship game.

    St. Elmo, a No. 4 seed, will face second-seeded North Clay in St. Elmo on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

    Area players left in the 3-point shootout are: Connor Beasley and Garrett Buzzard of St. Elmo, Harley Steed and John Rickman of Mulberry Grove, Johnnie Clift of Patoka, and Andrew Snow of South Central.