Today's Sports

  • Patoka draws big crowd at...

    BRIDGEPORT – It’s a good thing the criminals didn’t get word of where most of Patoka’s residents were last Wednesday.

    A large contingent of fans made the nearly two-hour 87-mile drive to Red Hill High School to watch their high school basketball team’s sectional contest against Dieterich, filling one half of a large gym.

    “You probably could have robbed the whole town,” said coach Joey Eddy.

  • Vandals insider: Spring camp is...

    VANDALIA – Despite having six regulars back from last season, Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt isn’t assuring anyone of a starting position at this stage.

    The first game isn’t scheduled until next Monday at Mulberry Grove, so there is still time for players to step up and show that they deserve playing time.

    “No one has a position yet,” Hohlt said. “Right now, we’re just seeing where everyone is at.”

  • Five from area make IKWF state...

    Four members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club and one other local wrestler have advanced to the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament after placing first or second at the south sectional in Highland.

    Jarek Wehrle, Tanner Swain, Jarrett Paslay and Shane White each advanced to the state tournament, which will be held on Friday at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

    Additionally, Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow qualified with a first-place finish in the Novice 177 division.

  • Woolsey advances to F/S state...

    Vandalia sophomore Kendrick Woolsey last Saturday earned the championship at the Granite City Sectional of the freshman/sophomore wrestling state series.

    With the win at 285 pounds, Woolsey advances to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association's F/S state tournament, which will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

    The non-Illinois High School Association tournament is open to freshmen and sophomores who did not qualify for the IHSA state tournament.

  • 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.