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    Thursday, Jan. 8

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located on the Vandalia Community High School campus west of the high school.

    Friday, Jan. 9

  • Sports Briefs: IHSA football proposal rejected, upcoming camps

    IHSA football proposal rejected

    A proposal that would have eliminated conferences for high school football teams did not pass, an IHSA press release stated Tuesday.
    Member schools rejected Proposal 10, which would have revamped the football regular season and playoff system.
    The vote was 395-212 against the proposal.

    Enlow takes
    second at two tourneys
     

  • Vandals gain experience, face top talent at tourney

    CHAMPAIGN — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team gained lots of experience and competed against some of the top teams in the state at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.
    The two-day tournament featured 36 teams, with more than half of Class 1A's ranked teams in attendance. The event also featured 10 of the top 20 state-ranked teams.
    There were six pools, which featured round-robin action. Vandalia went 4-0 in their pool last Monday. The Vandals then went 2-3 in duals on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

  • VHT: Pearce named MVP, Vandals listed on all-tourney team

    Bryce Pearce of Flora was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    A 5-10 senior guard, Pearce scored 118 points at the VHT and led the Wolves to the championship game for the second-straight year. It was also the second-straight year that Pearce scored more than 100 points at the tourney. He scored 119 points last year, which is the sixth-most all-time. This year's total is tied for seventh-best all-time.

  • Eagles leave VHT without a win

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles didn't want to leave the Vandalia Holiday Tournament without a win.
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, they did.
    Pana rolled past St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in Tuesday's ninth-place game of VHT.
    The Eagles stayed close early, but cold shooting and numerous turnovers doomed SEB in this one. The loss left SEB winless in five tournament games.

  • Cougars win VHT finale for seventh

    For the first time all tournament long, the South Central Cougars didn't have to play first thing in the morning.
    And it looked like the change did the Cougars some good.
    South Central took the lead right away and never looked back in a 58-42 victory over Maroa-Forsyth in last Tuesday's seventh-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The Cougars got off to a great start, never trailing and running out to an 11-2 lead.
    South Central Coach Rick Simmons said it was important for his team to get off to a good start.

  • Vandals look to regroup

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament ended in disappointing fashion for the host Vandals.
    Shelbyville knocked off Vandalia, 60-53, in last Tuesday's fifth-place game of the 43rd annual event.
    The Vandals had an off-shooting night, and also allowed the Rams to convert numerous points in the paint.
    And after solid performances in the first four games of the tourney, the Vandals looked out of sync in the finale. That was disappointing to see, Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher admitted.

  • The wait is over: Vandals get first taste of victory

    The host Vandals began the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Friday morning searching for that elusive first victory.
    They got it.
    And they definitely earned it.
    Vandalia overcame a double-digit deficit and used an inspired second half to knock off Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63, in pool play.
    It was the first win of the season for the Vandals after an 0-8 start.

  • VHT Day One: Cougars, Eagles fall to top seeds

    The South Central Cougars had a tough draw to open the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    No. 1 seed Greenville defeated No. 9 South Central, 61-37, on Friday morning to open the 43rd annual event. The Cougars simply ran into a solid team.
    Greenville, a team that has been receiving votes in the Class 2A state rankings, pulled ahead by 18 by intermission en route to the victory to improve to 9-1 overall.
    Will Schaufelberger scored 23 points to lead Greenville, making seven three-pointers. Evan Langley had 12 points and four rebounds for South Central.

  • VHT Day Two: Vandals play well in close loss to Flora

    Brian Buscher looked on the bright side.
    Buscher's Vandalia Vandals had just suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Flora on Saturday night at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But despite the disappointing loss, Buscher stayed positive as looked ahead to the rest of the 2014-15 season.
    "Our kids played really well," Buscher said. "I feel bad for them. But if we play like that every night, we're going to win a lot of games."
    The nail-biter was close throughout, but the Wolves got it done in crunch time.