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Today's News

  • Lady Cougars bow out in second round of regionals

    The South Central High School girls basketball team was the only one in the area to advance to the second round of the regional tournament, but the Lady Cougars lost to North Clay in the second round last Wednesday, 54-35.

    Senior Ashley Pollard scored 14 points in her final game with South Central (4-15, 2-3 Midland Trail Conference).

    She led the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, which was also good for second in the area.

    Fellow senior Haley Rambo scored five points in her South Central finale against the Lady Cardinals, who finished 5-0 in MTC play this season.

  • Boys basketball recaps

    South Central beats Patoka on emotional evening

    The same day a fellow student was found dead, the South Central High School boys basketball team gave students a few hours of distraction by dispatching Patoka, 34-29, last Wednesday.

    Dalton Rogers died in his home last Wednesday morning. He played baseball for the Cougars in the fall.

    The basketball game was very slow to develop, however, as the Cougars trailed the Warriors, 12-8, at halftime.

  • St. Elmo adds to Wall of Fame
  • St. Elmo falls to Altamont

    ST. ELMO – The Eagles three times rallied from at least five points down during Friday's game against Altamont, but when St. Elmo went down by five with 2:31 left in the game, it was too late for a comeback, as the Indians won, 52-42.

    With 5:18 left in the second period, the Eagles faced a six-point deficit, but three free throws and a jumper put the Eagles back within one, and they only trailed 19-18 at halftime.

  • Wollerman advances in 3-point shootout
  • The College Report: Jessica Earnest seeking Team USA selection

    Jessica Earnest has never had to look very far for bowling competition.

    Her older sister, Josie Earnest, is more than enough competition for anyone. It is no surprise that Jessica is doing something that her sister did five times before turning 21: become a part of the Junior Team USA.

    The Vandalia grad drew one step closer to making the team after finishing fourth in a tournament among youth bowlers. She averaged a pin count of 202 over 36 games.

  • Vandals top Piasa Birds

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team started Friday's game at Southwestern on a 13-0 run and never trailed in defeating the Piasa Birds, 74-52.

    Four different Vandals scored in that opening run, with senior Marty Johnson scoring five, junior Dathan Berning scoring four, and senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin each scoring two.

    Southwestern did rally back, however, answering Vandalia's run with a 14-5 run that cut the Vandals' lead to five with about seven minutes left in the second period.

  • Jackson pleased with win over Roxana

    The Vandals contained Roxana’s 6-foot-8 center and made runs every time the Shells crept toward taking a lead during a 63-51 home win on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Hunter Reine came into the game averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds, and while he scored 23 points for Roxana on Tuesday, he wasn’t a big factor on defense, grabbing just nine rebounds.

    “Holding him down on the boards might have been more important than holding him down on points,” said Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson.

  • Ramsey 8th graders make state tourney

    ST. ELMO – Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    “Ramsey doesn’t necessarily have the rich tradition in winning,” Belusko said. “I told them, ‘Just because we have a certain name on the front of our uniform doesn’t mean anything. There’s nothing that says we can’t come out and do great things.’”

  • Two seniors, two juniors and a freshman qualify for this weekend's IHSA individual state tournament

    Five of eight Vandalia wrestlers qualified for the individual state tournament in front of a home crowd on Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Individual Sectional Tournament.

    Senior Justin Hill (125) and junior Levi Ulmer (171) each won sectional championships, and senior John Vosholler (140), junior Daniel Edwards (152) and freshman C.J. Runkel (135) each placed third in his weight classes to advance.