School Sports

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional title game

    PANA – Vandalia’s season came to a close after last Friday’s loss to Pana in the regional championship game, but this season’s regional tournament will be an event the players will always remember.

    After getting comeback wins in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, the Vandals tried to parlay that momentum into a win against the Panthers, which had beaten Vandalia three times during the regular season.

    But once again, Pana proved to be just too good in its 57-43 win.

  • Overtime thriller put Vandalia in title game

    PANA — Facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter made it seem that the Vandalia boys basketball season was all but over.

    A 16-0 run, which lasted just 2:09 and was sparked by a seven-point possession 1:30 into the final period, changed the dynamics dramatically last Wednesday against Carlyle, and helped the Vandals tie the game at 49 and eventually win 55-52 in overtime.

  • Seventh-graders advance in regional tourney

    GREENVILLE – A rotation switch helped the Vandalia seventh-grade volleyball team score 26 aces during a 25-12, 25-10 win against Litchfield on Monday during the first round of the regional tournament.

    Molly Kern opened the game as the No. 1 server for the Jr. Lady Vandals for the first time this season, and she quickly went to work, earning aces on six of the first nine points of the game to put Vandalia ahead, 9-0.

  • Vandalia sixth-grade boys enjoy winning basketball season

    The Vandalia sixth-grade boys basketball team enjoyed a winning season this year, posting a 12-5 record, including a first-place finish at the Vandalia Tournament.

    Nathan Casey, who won the free-throw shooting contest at the Brownstown Tournament by making 21-of-25 shots, paced the team in scoring, with 9.5 points per game.

    At that tournament, the Jr. Vandals lost to Altamont Luthern in the first round, but beat the hosts, 36-24, to place third.

  • Sports Briefs (March 1)

    South Central's strong second half ends with 12-point loss in regional semifinals

    The South Central boys basketball team had a strong second half, but its season came to a close last Wednesday during the regional semifinals, where it was defeated by Altamont, 50-38.

    The game was knotted at 12 after the first period, but the Indians used a 25-13 run over the middle two quarters to take a 37-25 lead into the final stretch.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 1)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are athletes who played in the past two weeks.

  • Vandalia hosting sectional tournament starting on Tuesday

    Vandalia Community High School will be the host of a sectional boys basketball tournament this week, with the first game to be played on Tuesday.

    The schedule is as follows, and the champion of the tournament advances to the Carbondale Super-Sectional.

    Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Pittsfield vs. Pana, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Breese Central vs. Marquette Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, March 2 — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

  • Advance tickets not available for St. Elmo sectional game

    There will not be any pre-sale tickets for Wednesday night's Red Hill sectional game featuring St. Elmo and Woodlawn. All $5 tickets will have to be purchased at the door.

  • Vandal wrestlers struggle against Lena-Winslow at state tournament

    BLOOMINGTON - The Vandal wrestlers had trouble against Lena-Winslow in the team state quarterfinals on Saturday morning, falling 58-9 and only securing two match wins.

    Those back-to-back wins came from junior Zach Jackson, who pinned Dakota Cain in 1:36, and senior Dayin Godberson, who won a 9-5 decision against Dylan Gahm.

    After that, however, that Vandals still trailed, 16-9, and then were not able to secure any more wins, with five of the next seven wrestlers losing by fall.

  • St. Elmo wins second straight regional championship

    St. Elmo trailed at halftime, but used a third-quarter run to get ahead of Altamont, and the Eagles would eventually prevail, 43-34, during Friday's night regional championship game in Altamont.

    Junior Connor Beasley had a double-double to lead St. Elmo to its second straight regional title. With the win, the Eagles will play Woodlawn at Red Hill High School on Wednesday night.

    This will be the second straight season those teams have met in the sectional tournament.