Five of the teams in the South Central Conference had football teams in the IHSA playoffs this fall, with four of them winning first round games while one of the teams, Vandalia, made it to Round Three.

This pushed things a bit behind schedule for the Vandals and head basketball coach Brian Buscher.

The basketball squad last season went 20-11 overall, a big improvement from previous seasons and Vandalia made it to the regional semifinals before losing to eventual regional champ, Trenton-Wesclin at Hillsboro.

Coach Buscher said his goodbyes to four seniors in the spring, including Richie Well and Kelly Jones, key components of the club winning the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament a season ago while going 6-3 in the SCC.

Nathan Casey, Garett NcNary and Blake Morrison all return as starters for the Vandals this season.

Casey is a 6-foot-3 senior forward and McNary is a 5-foot-11 senior guard.

Morrison is a 5-foot-9 junior guard.

All three will be important for the team success.

Coach Buscher also mentioned some other Vandals who will want a part of the action this season.

Six-foot-two senior Ethan Ferguson, 5-foot-11 senior Scott Shulman, along with 5-foot-7 Bryce Dunn.

Newcomers include Caleb Wallis, Matthew Wells and Garrett Austin that Coach Buscher could also have at his disposal.

We don't have a set starting five and it might change as the year goes. I feel like we could play 10 kids,” said Coach Buscher. “I always feel that team chemistry is one of the most important qualities in a good team, so we will be focusing on that a lot this year.”

OUTLOOK – With Casey returning they have a guy who can score as he is already over 1,000-points for his career. If they can go ten deep without much of a drop off, they could also be in contention for some more hardware this season.

D1 @ Altamont J6 @ Pinckneyville


@ Litchfield J8-13 Morrisonville Mohawk Invitational
D5 Farina South Central J30 Pana
D8 Gillespie F2 @ Staunton
D9 Carlyle F3 Trenton-Wesclin
D12-16 St. Elmo Holiday Tournament F9 Piasa Southwestern
D19 Hillsboro F13 @ Roxana
D22 @ Greenville F16 Carlinville
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J5 East Alton-Wood River F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD