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School Sports

  • Four area players named all-tournament at VHT

    Four players from Fayette County were selected to the all-tournament team for the 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Vandalia seniors Michael Wells and Tim Ritchey, St. Elmo junior Levi Maxey, and South Central senior Fischer Tharp were each selected for the squad.

    Pana's Robbie Hester was the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and he was joined by teammate Kyle Gibson.

  • Pana beats Vandalia for VHT title, St. Elmo takes fifth with overtime win; South Central finishes eighth

    Pana beat Vandalia, 56-44, in the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Robbie Hester of the fourth-seeded Panthers was named the tournament MVP. For the Vandals, seniors Michael Wells and Tim Ritchey were each named all-tournament.

    The game was a rematch of the 2002 VHT title game, which was the last time Pana won the event. Had the third-seeded Vandals won on Saturday, it would have been their first tourney title since 1981.

  • Michael Wells propels Vandals to title game of VHT; will play Pana

    Vandalia senior Michael Wells had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Vandals into the championship game of their own tournament with a 62-57 win against Maroa-Forsyth on Friday night to win Pool B.

    That game will be played at about 8 p.m on Saturday, and is Vandalia's first title game appearance since 2005.

    The Vandals have not won the tournament since 1981, and to do so will have to beat Pana, which beat Flora on Saturday night to win Pool A.

  • Two undefeated teams remain in VHT after day two

    Top-seeded Flora and No. 4 Pana remained undefeated in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Thursday, and the top two seeds in Pool A will play for a championship game berth on Friday night at 8 p.m.

    Meanwhile, Pool B remains far from undecided with four teams still holding a chance at making the title game, including the Vandals, who beat Altamont, 37-34, on Thursday night.

  • Four teams in Pool B still able to make championship game

    The final day of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament may be more exciting than the championship day, due to four teams in Pool B still having a shot at finishing pool play at 3-1.

    Vandalia, Maroa-Forsyth and Shelbyville are each 2-1, and Altamont is 1-1 after day two, making day three games for those teams critically important.

    At 12:30 p.m., Shelbyville will battle Altamont. Shelbyville has a win against Vandalia, but lost to Maroa-Forsyth; Altamont beat Maroa-Forsyth, but lost to Vandalia.

    At 5 p.m., Altamont will also play St. Anthony.

  • All but one early game on day two of VHT plays out by seed

    All but one early game on day two of the VHT played out by seed. The upset came from No. 8 Greenville, which beat No. 5 St. Elmo.

    Game 8
    Greenville 50
    St. Elmo 49
    For the Comets: Jacob Hall had 11 points.
    For the Eagles: Levi Maxey had 25 points.

    Game 9
    Maroa-Forsyth 72
    St. Anthony 55
    For the Trojans: Four players had at least 14 points, including 19 for Curtis Clawson.
    For the Bulldogs: Jacob Schuette had 16 points, and John Goeckner had 15 points.

  • Day one of Vandalia Holiday Tournament produces several close games and upsets

    A pair of games decided by five points or fewer and two upsets led an exciting first day at the Vandalia Holiday Tourmnament on Wednesday.

    No. 3 Vandalia went 1-1 on the day, beating ninth-seeded St. Anthony, 70-65, before being upset by No. 6 Shelbyville, 55-42 in the final game of the night.

    Shelbyville had earlier lost to No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth, 60-56, but M-F was upset by No. 7 Altamont, 55-44, later in the day.

    That left Maroa-Forsyth, Vandalia and Shelbyville all 1-1 in Pool B. Altamont leads the pool, with a 1-0 record, and St. Anthony is 0-1.

  • Lady Vandals Alumni Game

    The Lady Vandals held their alumni game recently.

    In the first photo, current coach Michelle McNary (left) battles Amber Durbin for a rebound. In the second photo, Jessica Pollard drives around Shelby Cearlock.

  • A look back

    The area’s basketball season has already produced several memorable moments, even though most teams have played just 10 games or less.
    The Leader-Union has put together a brief synopsis of the start to each team’s season, featuring all of the top moments from the first month and a half of games.
    VANDALIA BOYS
    The Vandals have enjoyed a good start to the season, going 6-3 through Tuesday, including three South Central Conference wins. All of the team’s starters average at least six points per game.

  • Maxey's career day leads to MVP award, team championship

    ST. ELMO – He dazzled a packed gym with his scoring, driving to the hoop to get his first several points and later showing off his brilliant outside shot for even more.

    It sure was a night to remember for St. Elmo’s Levi Maxey.

    Scoring a career-high 33 points in the championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the shifty junior guard propelled the Eagles to a 69-62 win against Altamont, capping off an outstanding individual tournament which earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy.