School Sports

  • A look back

    The area’s basketball season has already produced several memorable moments, even though most teams have played just 10 games or less.
    The Leader-Union has put together a brief synopsis of the start to each team’s season, featuring all of the top moments from the first month and a half of games.
    The Vandals have enjoyed a good start to the season, going 6-3 through Tuesday, including three South Central Conference wins. All of the team’s starters average at least six points per game.

  • Maxey's career day leads to MVP award, team championship

    ST. ELMO – He dazzled a packed gym with his scoring, driving to the hoop to get his first several points and later showing off his brilliant outside shot for even more.

    It sure was a night to remember for St. Elmo’s Levi Maxey.

    Scoring a career-high 33 points in the championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the shifty junior guard propelled the Eagles to a 69-62 win against Altamont, capping off an outstanding individual tournament which earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy.

  • Eagles again beat Altamont for tourney title

    ST. ELMO – It was just a two-point game heading into the final period of the championship game at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, and whichever team could battle the fatigue the best was going to win.

    Altamont and St. Elmo played at a furious pace for the first 24 minutes on Saturday night, and it turned out that they wouldn’t play any differently over the final eight.

    St. Elmo made 16-of-22 free throws in that final period to counteract Altamont’s hot fourth-quarter shooting to take its second straight tournament title with a 69-63 victory.

  • Tournament notes: Eagles win another big game

    ST. ELMO – With a victory in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the Eagles notched another big win for their program.

    And that’s been happening quite a bit over the past three seasons.

    Coming into this season after winning back-to-back regional championships, the Eagles were thought to be in somewhat of a rebuilding year.

    But with seniors Connor Beasley and Garrett Bartels, and junior Levi Maxey leading the way, St. Elmo hasn’t missed a step.

  • Vandals' comeback falls short at Carlyle

    CARLYLE – In the fourth quarter, it started to feel like it was February.

    The Vandals began cutting down a double-digit deficit in the final eight minutes at Carlyle, but unlike in last February’s regional tournament when they came back from 17 points down to beat the Indians in overtime, Tuesday’s bid would fall short.

  • Lady Vandals beat Altamont, but lose to two others

    The Lady Vandals did not get off to a good start against Altamont on Saturday.

    But coach Michelle McNary called a timeout after watching her team commit three turnovers and score just two points in the first two minutes, pleading with them to play with more intensity.

    It didn’t happen right away, but the Lady Vandals certainly responded.

    Vandalia would force Altamont into 20 first-half turnovers, made 16 first-half free throws and had a good afternoon from the field in a 64-43 nonconference win.

  • Sixth-seeded Cougars take third at St. Elmo Tourney

    ST. ELMO – South Central didn’t play its best basketball against Beecher City in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    But coach Rick Simmons was still pleased with his team after it won third place with a 41-35 win against Beecher City on Saturday.

    “We still have to get our offense better,” Simmons said. “We aren’t very crisp on offense, but we did a decent job on defense, even though we don’t play zone very often.”

  • Bombers slowed down by Cowden-Herrick

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown’s offense was slowed down for the first time all season in the fifth-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The Bombers had scored at least 59 points in each of the first nine games, but Cowden-Herrick forced them into some foul trouble and then their shots stopped dropping in Saturday’s 59-38 loss.

  • Rams beat MG in OT for seventh

    ST. ELMO – Ramsey junior Tylor Knisley did not want to finish last in this season’s St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in the fourth period and overtime, Knisley led the Rams to a 42-36 win against Mulberry Grove in Saturday’s seventh-place game.

    He finished the contest with game-highs for points (15) and rebounds (11), while adding a steal and two blocked shots. Ramsey senior Colton Hunt tied his season-high with 11 points.

  • Vandal wrestlers fall by a point to Civic Memorial

    The Vandalia wrestling team came up just short against Civic Memorial last Wednesday in the final tuneup before the St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge.

    Vandalia recorded two pins and had four forfeit victories, but Civic Memorial took all of the remaining matches to win, 37-36.

    Senior Zach Jackson pinned his opponent in 1:51 at 160 pounds, and sophomore Jake Stewart picked up his team-leading eighth win by pinning his opponent in 3:50 at 170 pounds.

    Jackson is tied with sophomore Dalton Blankenship for the team lead with five pins.