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Today's News

  • TOURNEY CHAMPS

    BETHALTO — The trip to Bethalto produced quite of a bit of hardware for the Vandalia Vandals.
    With six wrestlers in title matches, the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team took first place at the 2014 Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
    "I thought we did a real nice job," Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said. "We looked pretty good. We attacked more. We faced some good opponents, and we had some good individual performances."

  • Vandalia girls fall to state-ranked Birds

    PIASA — One bad quarter.
    That was all it took to turn a close game into a blowout.
    Southwestern-Piasa used a big third-quarter to get past the Vandalia Lady Vandals, 50-32, on Saturday.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by only four at halftime, but the Birds went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter to pull away for good.
    In the third period, the Lady Vandals simply went cold from the field, misfiring again and again. A few turnovers also proved costly for the visitors.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Miners

    A suffocating full-court pressure defense and Emma Meyer's offensive outburst led the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a convincing 52-40 victory over Gillespie on Thursday night.
    The Lady Vandals had visiting Gillespie out of sorts from the start, trapping and pressing the Lady Miners into turnover after turnover.

  • Cain leads Patoka past South Central

    FARINA — Joey Eddy had been waiting for a performance like this.
    Eddy's Patoka High School boys basketball team put it all together in a 63-48 victory over South Central on Monday night.
    "It's a big win for us because it's a rivalry win," Eddy said. "When you're at Patoka, it's a big win if you beat South Central."
    This one was all Patoka, as the Warriors raced out to a big lead by the early stages of the second period.

  • Area Boys Basketball Roundup

    Patoka knocks off Mulberry Grove

  • Aces win on Goodin's buzzer-beater

    MULBERRY GROVE — Alex Goodin's buzzer-beater capped off a furious comeback.
    It also gave the Mulberry Grove boys basketball team a thrilling 53-52 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday night.
    Christ Our Rock had a 10-point halftime lead, 31-21.
    At one point in the second half, the Silver Stallions had a 17-point advantage.
    CORL held a 42-34 lead entering the fourth period, but the Aces went on a 19-10 run to finish the game.

  • Area Girls Basketball Roundup

    BSE girls cruise to lopsided win

  • St. Elmo tourney begins next Tuesday

    The 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament will begin Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    St. Elmo/Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Cowden-Herrick vs. Beecher City, 7:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont vs. South Central, 6:15 p.m.
    Okaw Valley vs. Mulberry Grove, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 18
    Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2, 6:15 p.m.
    Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2, 7:45 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 19
    Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 6:15 p.m.

  • Vandals win Civic Memorial Tournament

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won the Civic Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia had four individual champions at the event — Chaston Womack, Ryne Lipsey, Dalton Blankenship and Jake Stewart.
    Blankenship was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
    The Vandals also had two second-place finishers in Kolton Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey.
    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Gillespie

    Vandalia's girls cruised past Gillespie, 52-40, on Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals (4-2) are at Piasa Southwestern on Saturday. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.