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  • Buscher gets 300th win at...

    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s basketball team gave head coach Paula Buscher a milestone win at Vadalabene Center on Feb. 1.
    Buscher, the daughter of Mick and Pat Buscher of Vandalia, earned her 300th win as the Cougars defeated Tennessee Tech, 65-58, in an Ohio Valley Conference contest.
    It was the Cougars ninth win in 11 games.
    “Getting 300 wins means that I have had a lot of great players who have played for me,” said Buscher, who picked up her 90th win in her six years at SIUE.

  • Eagles post regional win

    Lewis Brown scored 41 points last Wednesday to lead St. Elmo/Brownstown to a 79-73 win over Palestine and advance to the championship game of the Hutsonville Regional on Friday.
    Brown, who reached the 1,000-point plateau a couple of weeks ago, made four of seven from three-point range and was 13 of 24 from the free-throw line.
    The Eagles were down 17-14 after one quarter and 31-25 at halftime before scoring 30 points to Palestine’s 17 in the third quarter and holding a 15-9 edge in the final quarter.

  • Two Lady Vandals get all-...

    Two Lady Vandals have been named given South Central Conference all-conference honors.
    Olivia Marquardt of Vandalia was named to the first team, and teammate Lanee McNary was named to the third team.
    First team – Nancy Fritzsche, Greenville; Olivia Marquardt, Vandalia; Sammi Matoush, Hillsboro; Paige Niemeyer, Gillespie; and Shania Schoonover, Pana.
    Second team – Ally Cantrill, Greenville; Aubrey Funneman, Pana; Megan Hallemann, Greenville; Rachel Olroyd, Carlinville; and Aubry Rupert, Hillsboro.

  • Eagles' season ends at...

    Altamont outscored St. Elmo/Brownstown by five points in the fourth quarter on Friday to win the regional title.
    The Indians held a 20-10 lead after one quarter, but the Eagles narrowed the gap to just two at halftime by outscoring Altamont 16-8 in the second quarter.
    The Eagles also had a scoring edge in the third quarter, 11-7, but Altamont took the regional title by outscoring St. Elmo/Brownstown 23-18 in the final quarter.
    Lewis Brown led the Eagles with 20 points and Isaac Maxey contributed 15.

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  • Two Vandals SCC all-conference

    Two Vandals were named to this year’s South Central Conference all-conference boys basketball teams.
    Nathan Casey of Vandalia was named to the first team, and teammate Blake Morrison was named to the second team.
    First team – Nathan Casey, Vandalia; Caden Heyen and Ben Lowis, Southwestern; Chad Stearns, Greenville; and Kaiden White, Hillsboro.
    Second team – Blake Morrison, Vandalia; Justin Bailey, Southwestern; Jacob Beeson, Pana; Brady Kinder, Staunton; Brock Nelson, Greenville; and Dale Paden of Hillsboro.

  • Eleven Vandal wrestlers are all-...

    Eleven members of this year's Vandalia wrestling team have been named to the South Central Conference all-conference team, eight receiving first team honors.
    The South Central first team included:
    • 106 pounds – Jarek Wehrle, Vandalia
    • 113 pounds – Dakota Gasaway, Vandalia
    • 120 pounds – Will Carlile, Litchfield.
    • 126 pounds – Tanner Swain, Vandalia.
    • 132 pounds – Zack Stephenson, Vandalia.

  • No. 2 in the state

    Vandalia’s wrestlers completed one of the best seasons in the history of the program, and the school, by finishing as one of the top two teams in the state.

  • Back in the quarterfinals

    Vandalia’s wrestlers recorded nine pins in defeating Murphysboro and advancing the state tournament quarterfinals for the 20th time in program history on Tuesday at Benton.

  • JH Volleyball

    Vandalia Junior High School’s eighth-graders improved to 15-3 on the season with a 25-9, 25-7 win over Greenville on Tuesday night.
    The seventh-graders also beat Greenville, 21-25, 25-18, 25-9.

    Last Thursday, Vandalia’s seventh-graders defeated Litchfield, 25-11, 25-15, to improve to 6-8 on the year.
    The VJHS eighth-graders improved to 14-3 with a 25-10, 25-5 win over Litchfield.

    Patoka’s junior high squad fell to South Central in three games, 21-25, 25-18, 16-25 last Wednesday.