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Today's Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete...

    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.

    Quenten Austin • Soph. • Carthage • Track

    •March 7 – Austin, a Vandalia graduate, and the Carthage College men's track team ended the indoor season with the Gill Athletics Final Qualifier. Austin placed sixth in the pole vault (14 feet, 4 inches), sixth in the triple jump (40 feet, 8 1/4 inches) and eighth in the long jump (20 feet, 1/2 inches).

  • PHOTO: Winning season for Jr....

    Vandalia's sixth-grade girls basketball team recently closed out a 5-3 season. Wins came against Litchfield, Nokomis, Effingham, St. Anthony and Greenville.

    Award winners for the team were: Samantha Miller, Captain Award; Amelia Smith, Ms. Hustle; Sophie Whitten, Most Improved; and Megan Kern, Most Outstanding Player.

  • PHOTO: YMCA Challenge winner

    Jenny Lester was the grand prize winner of the YMCA's recent 31-Day Fitness Challenge.

    Each day, competitors were given a challenge that had to be completed, with those completing all 31 being entered into a grand prize drawing for a $30 Subway gift card.

  • PHOTOS: VPAC dancers perform well

    Dancers with the Vandalia Performing Arts Center recently competed in Collinsville.

    The mini dance team placed first in jazz for 6-year-olds and second overall for in the 8-and-under division.

    The senior dance team of Reyna Arenas, Haley Bigelow, Kacey Elam, Audrey Myers and Mindy Ritchey placed first in the teen lyrical dance and sixth overall.

    Kyleigh Roman placed first in the 7- and 8-year-old division of acrobatics and gymnastics. Makenzie Emerick and Reagan Smith took first place in duet for 8-and-under.

  • Warriors fall in sectional...

    BRIDGEPORT – Patoka's historic boys basketball season came to a close on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Playing at the Red Hill Sectional, the Warriors were done in by the size and hot shooting of Dieterich in a 61-39 loss.

    Patoka hadn't played a sectional game since 1989 and had defeated the Movin' Maroons by nine during the regular season, but was unable to answer any of Dieterich's three scoring runs on Wednesday and failed to generate much offense in the first half.

  • Vandals fight to finish despite...

    BLOOMINGTON – Tasked with beating arguably one of the best small-school wrestling teams in Illinois history, the Vandals put forth one of their best efforts of the season against Dakota in last Saturday’s state quarterfinals.

    But even at their best, it wouldn’t be enough for the Vandals to get past the eventual state champions, who won 11 of 14 bouts in a 45-9 victory.

    “We battled them hard, all the way through,” said coach Jason Clay. “We didn’t give them anything or curl up into the fetal position.

  • Wrestling season was one of...

    It was one of the best winters ever for the Vandalia wrestling program, with the Vandals seemingly adding to their list of accomplishments on a weekly basis.

    Starting with a team championship at the Civic Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 and ending in the state quarterfinals last Saturday, the season was peppered with milestones, tournament titles and big dual wins.

    Below is a season summary, featuring the achievements of the team and each individual wrestler.

  • HARNER: Flawed system hurt...

    BLOOMINGTON – The Vandals went into last Saturday’s state quarterfinal dual against top-ranked Dakota truly believing that they could be giant slayers.

    They battled with acute focus in each bout, surrendering just two pins, holding eight bouts to minor decisions and taking two bouts into overtime.

    By the end of the match, there was little doubt that Dakota – a 45-9 winner – was the superior team, but by the end of the state tournament, it was clear that Vandalia had wrestled the Indians better than any other team.

  • Warriors earn first regional...

    MULBERRY GROVE – Two of Patoka’s players scored 80 percent of the team’s points in last Friday’s regional championship game, but it was smaller contributions from several others that ultimately gave the Warriors their first regional title in 25 years.

  • Odin struggles to contain Cain,...

    MULBERRY GROVE – Johnnie Clift was his old reliable self.

    Jered Cain found another level.

    Together, they led Patoka to its first regional championship since 1989 by scoring 55 of the team’s points in last Friday’s 68-61 win against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Regional.

    Cain, a standout freshman, had a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Clift, a fourth-year starting senior, had a double-double, with 23 points and 10 boards.