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Today's News

  • Vandal wrestling to open season on Monday

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team will open its season with two home matches this week.

    The first, a freshmen/sophomore quadrangular, is on Monday at 6 p.m., and that will be followed by a varsity match against Belleville West on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Coach Jason Clay said the team might start slow this season as he slowly adjusts several freshmen and sophomores to high school wrestling, but he said the team should have no problems winning its 17th straight regional championship and sending several individuals to the state tournament.

  • Ramsey JH boys take second at own tournament

    RAMSEY – The Ramsey Junior High seventh-grade boys basketball team came within one shot of winning its own seventh-grade tournament.

    The Rams fought back from a 22-16 deficit to pull within one point of Sorento during the championship game on Saturday, but after Sorento took a 24-21 lead, Brady Black had a bad bounce on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game and forced overtime.

  • Depot burns again

     

    A little more than three years after a Vandalia restaurant and lounge was gutted by fire, and just eight months after new owners reopened the business, it was destroyed by an early-morning blaze.
    Investigators are continuing to look into the fire early last Thursday morning that burned out The Depot Steakhouse and Lounge, located in the structure in the 100 block of South Sixth St. that formerly served as the town’s railroad depot.

  • Hobbie day-to-day after practice injury

    The McKendree University Bearcats were 1-2 with Eric Hobbie.

    Now, the Bearcats will have to figure out how to win without him. At least they have for the last few games since Hobbie took a knee to the thigh in practice. The Bearcats have two more games this weekend, and according to McKendree coach Harry Statham, Hobbie is not likely to dress for those games.

  • Patoka erases deficit but loses to CORL

    RAMSEY – The Patoka High School boys basketball team erased deficits of seven points three times but was unable to hold the lead it took on the first shot of the fourth quarter during a 50-42 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran in the Ramsey Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Senior Cody Allen forced a tie with a few seconds left in the third quarter after converting a 3-point play when he was fouled on a layup.

    Allen then grabbed a defensive rebound to open the fourth quarter and converted another 3-point play at the other end of the court.

  • Ramsey overcomes poor first half to win

    RAMSEY – In a game that featured almost 50 fouls, upward of 30 turnovers and 43 missed free throws, the Ramsey High School boys basketball team still came away with a 21-point victory on the first day of the Ramsey Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Ramsey coach Bill Eddy said the 60-39 win against the Beecher City JV team was “by far” the worst 20-point win he has ever coached.

    “The first half was ugly,” Eddy said. “It was like no one wanted to play ball.”

  • Bell scores 20 as Vandals win first game

    EFFINGHAM – After falling behind 10-0 to Charleston in the opening minutes of the first game of St. Anthony's Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, the Vandalia High School boys basketball team  used a barrage of 3-pointers by seniors Daniel Bell and Marty Johnson to take a halftime lead and, eventually, the game, 52-48.

    Bell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, including three in the first quarter, and Johnson added two 3-pointers in the first half. Bell scored a team-high 20 points, while Johnson added 11.

  • In wake of tragedy, Vandals band together for victory

    In a game that was almost canceled after the tragic death of a sophomore student last Tuesday, the Vandalia High School girls basketball team provided students a few hours of distraction on Friday by dismantling Roxana, 54-33, in its season-opener.

    Discussion of calling off the game had been ongoing since Wednesday, but players came to coach Michelle McNary and insisted the game be played in Tammy Vosholler’s honor.

  • Questions arise in South Central Conference re-alignment

    The Nokomis High School Board determined after “heated and emotional debate” and by a 4-3 vote at a special meeting Monday night that its sports teams will not join the South Central Conference.

    Nokomis was scheduled to join the SCC in all sports, starting during the 2012-13 school year, but after the other SCC schools denied Nokomis’ request to join the conference in all sports except football, it began considering other options.

  • Remembering Loved Ones

    The Fayette County Health Department Hospice held its fourth annual Community Memorial Service on Sunday at First Church of God in rural Vandalia.