School Sports

  • Vandalia seventh-graders reach regional title game

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team is headed to Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Beating Staunton, 32-14, on Tuesday placed the Jr. Vandals in the title game, which will be played at Hillsboro Junior High on Thursday at 6 p.m.

    Vandalia will meet Greenville, which won both regular-season matchups.

    Nathan Casey paced the Jr. Vandals with nine points, and Marcus Zimmerman added seven.

    James Taylor (6), Garrett McNary (5), Ethan Bayles (4) and Nic Wollerman (2) also scored for Vandalia (15-8).

  • Jr. Vandals to play for third in own tourney

    VANDALIA – The Jr. Vandals will play for third place in their own eighth-grade tournament.

    Vandalia was knocked off by St. Elmo on Tuesday in the championship semifinals of the 26th annual event. The third-place game is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High, with the championship game to follow.

    St. Elmo will meet Pana in that game, after Pana beat Central A&M on Tuesday.

    Pana won the event in 2010 and 2012, but St. Elmo hasn't captured a championship since 2004.

  • Aces upset St. Elmo

    Two players had season-highs in scoring, and the Aces fended off a late rally to upset St. Elmo last Friday in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    Sophomore Damian Latham had a career-high 23 points, and junior Devonta Williamson had a season-high 16 in the 57-56 victory at Mulberry Grove High School.

    The Aces led throughout much of the first three quarters, taking a nine-point lead into the final period, but St. Elmo would score 20 points in the final eight minutes cut down the lead.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 24)

    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.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 24)

    Eagles fall in first round
    of NTC Tournament
    St. Elmo was defeated by Cowden-Herrick for the second time this season on Tuesday in the first round of the National Trail Conference Tournament.
    The Eagles lost, 56-46.
    Junior Levi Maxey led in scoring with 16 points, and senior Connor Beasley added 14.
    The No. 5 Eagles (10-9) will play No. 8 Neoga in the consolation bracket on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
    Tuesday, Jan. 22
    Cowden-Herrick 56
    St. Elmo 46
    S: 16-10-10-10—46
    C: 10-16-13-17—56

  • Brownstown cook-out is on Feb. 1

    The Brownstown Sports Boosters are holding a winter cook-out next Friday.

    The event will begin at 5 p.m. prior to the boys basketball game against St. Elmo.

    A ribeye sandwich meal will  be $6, a pork burger sandwich meal will be $5 and a hot dog meal will be $2.

    A meal includes chips, drink and a homemade dessert.

    Sandwichs may be purchased separately.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Jan. 24)

    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling club participated in Sunday's Jon Davis Kids' open at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield.

  • Senior Spotlight: Kellie Crain

    FARINA – South Central senior Kellie Crain has elected to continue her softball career in college.

    Crain signed her letter of intent to play catcher for Shawnee Community College for the next two seasons.

    “They are getting a player who works hard and has improved each year,” said Lady Cougars coach Gary Kapper. “When she gets down there, I think she will improve even more, since she’ll be focused strictly on softball.”

  • Team Mindy

    The uplifting story of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s road to recovery from acute promyelocytic leukemia was heard by millions of people throughout the country.

    And for one Vandalia sophomore, it was a call to action.

    After watching 24 Colts players and two of their cheerleaders shave their heads to begin the CHUCKSTRONG donation campaign, Jake Stewart was moved to start a similar campaign right here in town.

    Last Wednesday, it became a reality.

  • Vandals finish 6-3 in busy week of quadrangulars

    The Vandalia wrestling team had a busy seven days dating back to last Thursday, wrestling nine teams and going 6-3.

    Dalton Blankenship, a sophomore, and senior Zach Jackson each went 9-0. They lead the team in wins, with 28 and 27, respectively.

    On Saturday, the Vandals host their third quadrangular of the season with PORTA, Beardston and Clinton coming to town, and they travel to O’Fallon next Thursday.

    But on a downside, Vandalia will be without Blake Cripe for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.