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Today's News

  • VJHS volleyball opens season

    The Vandalia seventh-grade volleyball team opened its season by finishing seventh at the Edwardsville Lincoln Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia was 0-3 in pool play, but defeated Southwestern in the seventh-place match, 19-25, 25-21, 15-10.

    Its opponents in pool play were:

    •Edwardsville Liberty: 16-25, 22-25
    •St. Norbert: 15-25, 13-25
    •Lovejoy: 13-25, 21-25

    Mindy Ritchey paced the Vandals with 25 service points and six service aces. Faye Etcheson had nine service points and five service aces.

  • NTC Tournament opens Monday

    The 2011 National Trail Conference boys basketball tournament will open with play-in games on Monday at Altamont.

    St. Elmo, the No. 9 seed, will face eighth-seeded Beecher City at 5 p.m.

    The Eagles defeated Beecher City, 77-65, on Dec. 17 at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The winner will face No. 1 Teutopolis on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

    Brownstown drew the No. 11 seed and opens play at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday against No. 6 Stew-Stras.

  • Boys Basketball Briefs

    Tompkins records triple-double

  • This week's local sports schedule (Jan. 20-26)

    Thursday, Jan. 20
    WRESTLING
    Vandalia vs. EAWR/Carlinville, 6 p.m.
    Vandalia F/S at Centralia, 5:30 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Greenville, 6 p.m.
    South Central vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Dieterich, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 21
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. St. Elmo, 6:15 p.m.

  • Grapperhaus named Player of the Week

    South Central grad Isaac Grapperhaus has been coming off the bench about 50 percent of the time for the Illinois College men's basketball team.  But if he keeps making field goals at his current rate, he'll probably be starting 100 percent of the time.

  • SC opens MTC Tournament with win against Clay City

    FARINA – The South Central High School boys basketball team used consistent scoring and got strong play from its bench players during a 64-31 win on Monday against Clay City/Noble in the first round of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament.

    The seventh-seeded Cougars (5-13) ensured they didn't overlook the No. 10 Wolves by recording four steals and posting a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Senior Taylor Cain secured six of those points, while fellow seniors Derek Harmeier and Nathan Hill added four each.

  • Vandals go 2-0 at dual; will celebrate seniors on Thursday

    Anthony Fladeland’s return to the Vandalia High School wrestling team paid its first significant  benefits on Saturday.

    Sidelined until the Princeton Invite on Jan. 8 with an injury, Fladeland pinned Monticello’s Dylan Benson in 2:49 to give the Vandals their first points against the Sages during a dual meet which they won, 49-24.

    Before his match, Vandalia trailed 12-0 after junior Dayin Godberson was pinned with one second left in his match, and Sean Newcomb was pinned in the first round.

  • Lady Vandals down Brownstown at Sandoval Tournament

    SANDOVAL – The Lady Vandals started slow, but displayed more consistency in the second half of a 52-39 defeat of Brownstown to win the consolation championship at the Sandoval Tournament on Saturday.

    The Lady Bombers led by as much as six before Vandalia coach Michelle McNary called timeout with 3:38 left in the first quarter to give her team a very strong message.

  • Vandal boys lose to Greenville in OT and Teutopolis

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team had a tough week with an overtime loss to Greenville on Friday and a 32-point defeat to Teutopolis on Tuesday.

    Coach Kevin Jackson said a loss against Teutopolis was not necessarily unexpected – given that they are one of the top teams in the state – but that a strong effort against the Wooden Shoes could have provided a lesson to the team.

    Sloppy play, however, has Jackson planning to make adjustments to his starting five.

  • Senior Spotlight: Marty Johnson

    To Marty Johnson, it was just another shot.

    But the 3-pointer from the left wing had a perfect angle, and there was little doubt it would fall.

    And with the resounding swish of the net, he became the 25th male or female from Vandalia Community High School to score 1,000 career points, securing the landmark 10 minutes into a 73-41 loss to Teutopolis on Tuesday.

    "It's a real nice accomplishment to have," Johnson said. "But I give a lot of credit to my teammates. A lot of good players give me the ball when they could have shot."