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Today's Sports

  • Two local junior high teams...

    A pair of local junior high boys basketball teams advanced in their respective state tournament over the weekend.

    Mulberry Grove's seventh-graders advanced to the third-place game of the IESA Class 1A state tournament on Saturday by splitting its first two games at state at St. Joseph's Junior High.

    The Jr. Eagles beat Bradley St. Joseph, 31-24, in the first round, getting eight points from Cortland Latham and seven from Javion Wright.

  • For now, Vandalia wrestling...

    MOUNT CARMEL - As it stands, Vandalia's wrestlers won their 19th straight regional championship on Saturday.

    Coach Jason Clay and Robinson's coach had different results than the scorer's table, which gave the Vandals a 179-175.5 victory. Initially, Vandalia's wrestlers believed they had lost by just half a point, and Robinson now has 48 hours to appeal the result.

    If Robinson's coaches do a double-check of the scoring and find a different result, the meet result would be overturned with a successful appeal.

  • Lady Vandals win season finale;...

    Senior Amber Bruno had 29 points, and the Lady Vandals used a 25-point fourth quarter to beat Carlinville, 58-50, on Thursday in a South Central Conference matchup and the regular-season finale.

    Vandalia (10-17, 3-6 SCC) will travel to Cumberland on Monday to begin play in the regional tournament. The Lady Vandals face Cumberland at 7:30 p.m.

    At halftime, Vandalia held a 24-21 edge, but the Lady Cavaliers went ahead by two going to the fourth quarter before the scoring outburst from the Lady Vandals.

  • Eighth-graders fight back from...

    GREENVILLE — The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 5:05 remaining Thursday's regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four points exactly four minutes later, there wasn't enough time to get the win.

    Roxana used a balanced effort on offense and defense, and took advantage of some Vandalia mistakes to take a 42-37 win in the Class 3A regional finals at Greenville Junior High.

  • Vandals receive No. 2 regional...

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team received the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional.

    Teutopolis received the top seed, and Nos. 3-6 are Litchfield, St. Anthony, Greenville and Hillsboro.

    The tournament sechedule is expected to be announced this afternoon by the Illinois High School Association.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, the Eagles have earned the No. 4 seed behind Nokomis, Altamont and Cowden-Herrick. Other teams there are Beecher City, Brownstown and Ramsey.

  • Seventh-graders lose hard-fought...

    DIVERNON  — The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team never let up in Wednesday's sectional game, but hot shooting from Southwestern allowed the Birds to come away with a 44-37 victory.

    Nathan Casey led the Jr. Vandals (16-9) in scoring with a game-high 18 points, and Marcus Zimmerman added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

    Vandalia led 15-13 early in the second quarter, but Southwestern (22-3) used a 10-0 run over the final 2:48 to take a 23-15 halftime lead.

  • Confidence breeds success for Jr...

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or, for that matter, that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals win in overtime on...

    VANDALIA  – A freshman made the first overtime basket, but it was the senior class that finished out the extra period and gave Vandalia the victory.

    Freshman Karlie Bright had an open drive to the basket 10 seconds into the overtime period against South Central Conference rival Roxana last Thursday, and  seniors Morgan Whightsil and Amber Bruno made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:17 of a 66-56 victory on senior night.

  • Wrestlers finish fourth at...

    LITCHFIELD – Despite a tough time in the championship semifinals, five Vandals finished in the top three at the Litchfield Invitational to give Vandalia a fourth-place team finish.

    Six Vandalia wrestlers were in the semifinals on Saturday, but only freshman Chaston Womack prevailed at 106 pounds. His second-place finish would lead the Vandals, who scored 141 team points.

  • Vandals suffer tough week of...

    PANA – The Vandals suffered one of their worst losses in the past several years, and if the problems that led to it aren’t fixed soon, a new cast of players will likely see extended playing time.

    Vandalia trailed just 12-10 early in the second quarter, but poor rebounding and ball handling for the rest of the game let Pana run away with a 71-29 South Central Conference victory on Tuesday night.