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Today's News

  • Vandals suffer another close loss

    LITCHFIELD — "This one hurts."
    That's how Brian Buscher summed it up after his team's disappointing 51-44 loss at Litchfield on Friday night.
    Buscher's Vandals battled back from an 11-point deficit and took the lead in the fourth quarter, only to see the host Panthers score the final five points of the game to secure a close victory.
    Once again, a victory eluded the Vandals.

  • St. Elmo Tourney: Rams fall in third place game, Aces top hosts for fifth

    ST. ELMO — The Ramsey Rams began the 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament with a bang.
    They ended it with a dud.
    The Rams looked out of sync from the start in a 53-36 loss to Okaw Valley on Saturday night in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    The eighth-seeded Rams began the tourney by knocking off the No. 1 seed. But in the third-place game, the Rams struggled.

  • 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament recap

    St. Elmo Holiday
    Tournament
     
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    Ramsey  56,
    St. Elmo/Brownstown 53
    Cowden-Herrick 52, Beecher City 42

    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont 66, South Central 48
    Okaw Valley 72, Mulberry Grove 63

    Thursday, Dec. 18
    SEB 57, Beecher City 44
    Cowden-Herrick 43, Ramsey 35

    Friday, Dec. 19
    Mulberry Grove 61, S. Central 59
    Altamont 48, Okaw Valley 47

    Saturday, Dec. 20
    Seventh place

  • Vandals win three wrestling duals

    WHITFIELD, Mo. — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won all three duals at Whitfield, Mo. on Friday.
    The Vandals are now 7-2 in duals.
    Vandalia dominated St. Clair, 61-6. Vandalia won 12 of 13 matches against the St. Clair Bulldogs.
    Trevor Philpot defeated Jason Landing, 4-1, at 113 pounds. Jarrett Paslay pinned Thomas Maple at 120, Ryne Lipsey won by fall over Lucas Davis at 126 and Luke Tessman earned a 6-2 win over Kris Heembrack at 132.

  • Area girls roundup: South Central tops Webber, BSE, Ramsey girls fall

     FARINA — South Central held on late for a 38-31 win over Webber on Thursday night.
    The win pushed South Central's record to 4-6 on the season.
    Webber led, 15-11, at halftime. But the Lady Cougars went on an 11-4 run in the third period to take the lead. South Central outscored Webber, 16-12, in the fourth quarter to finish off the game.
    Keely Smith scored 14 points to lead the Lady Cougars, with Abby Hahn adding 11 points.
    South Central will head to the Dieterich Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26.

  • Lady Vandals suffer frustrating overtime loss at Pana

     PANA — Missed opportunities and a questionable call late in the game proved too much to overcome for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    On the other hand, Pana got it done in crunch time in a 49-46 overtime victory over Vandalia on Thursday night.
    Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a disappointing loss to take.
    "We had a lot of chances, but we just couldn't capitalize on them," McNary said. "We struggled from the floor shooting again. And if you do that, you're probably not going to win."

  • Ramsey stuns top seed SEB in opener

    ST. ELMO — Ramsey looked nothing like an eighth seed.
    The St. Elmo Holiday Tournament began with an upset, as the Ramsey Rams stunned the No. 1-seeded tourney hosts, handing St. Elmo/Brownstown a 56-53 loss on Tuesday night.
    Ramsey's Kyle Adermann hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to give the Rams the upset victory.
    The game saw the Rams race out to a big early lead, only to see the Eagles claw back into the game with a big third quarter.

  • A CLEAN SWEEP

    Three duals. Three wins.
    That's how Saturday went for the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team.
    The Vandals weren't very gracious hosts, as they earned wins over the other three teams in attendance at Saturday's quadrangular.
    Vandalia got past Herrin, 49-30, and then had little trouble in knocking off Leroy, 57-14. The Vandals topped Oakwood, 51-25, to finish the day at 3-0.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said he saw several positives from his team.

  • Another painful loss for Vandals

    Another solid effort, another close loss.
    That was the painful reality for the Vandalia Community High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night.
    Despite a valiant comeback by the hosts, Hillsboro held on late for a 67-62 overtime victory over the Vandals.
    The Vandals battled until the end, but ultimately fell, remaining winless on the season.
    Each and every time the Hiltoppers appeared to have Tuesday's game secure, the Vandals made a run.

  • Shop with a Cop a good program

    While some police officers across this country are drawing media focus for the wrong reasons, Vandalia’s finest are showing that they are deserving of that title.
    Led by Chief Jeff Ray, the VPD conducted a Shop with a Cop for the first time this holiday season. Through that program, with financial support from some local businesses, groups and individuals, city officers were able to provide 11 youngsters with a merry Christmas.