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School Sports

  • Varsity-only girls game on Monday vs. South Central

    There will not be a JV girls basketball game tonight, as South Central does not have enough players.

    A varsity-only girls contest will follow the F/S boys basketball game, which begins at 6 p.m., at VCHS.

  • 78th annual NTC Tournament seeds, schedule announced

    The seeds and schedule have been released for the 78th annual National Trail Conference Tournament, which begins on Jan. 21 at Altamont High School.

    Dieterich was awarded the top seed in the boys basketball event, and Altamont, Stew-Stras, Cowden-Herrick and St. Elmo round out the top five.

    Other area teams in the tournament are No. 7 Brownstown and No. 10 South Central.

  • South Central boys game postponed

    The South Central boys basketball game scheduled for Friday night against Windsor has been postponed until Feb. 1.

  • Lady Vandals get first conference win of season

    The Lady Vandals picked up their first South Central Conference victory of the season, winning at Staunton, 42-25, on Thursday night.

    Senior Amber Bruno paced the team with 23 points, and junior Megan Godoyo had seven points and nine rebounds.

    Vandalia is 6-11 (1-4 SCC) on the season.

  • Senior Spotlight: Michael Wells

    VANDALIA – Michael Wells is not one to brag about his athletic accomplishments.

    But that didn’t stop everyone else from taking note of last Friday’s career game for Wells, when  he scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Maroa-Forsyth to lead the Vandals into the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the first time since 2005.

    Numerous phone and Facebook messages were left for Wells that night, but after the game, he was thinking of everybody but himself.

  • Pana beats Vandalia for VHT championship

    VANDALIA – Pana’s lead was cut down to single digits by the Vandals at one point during the second half of the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Unfortunately, there was only 43 seconds left in the game at the time.

    The Panthers followed by making one shot from the field and all five free throws to win their first VHT since 2002 and sixth overall with a 56-44 win against the Vandals, who last won the event in 1981.

  • Vandalia beats Maroa-Forsyth to make title game

    VANDALIA – The last few minutes of last Friday’s game against Maroa-Forsyth were not exactly the finest few of Vandalia’s season.

    Luckily, when the Vandals had scoring chances at the free-throw line, players converted at a very high percentage.

    No. 3 Vandalia overcame 20 turnovers, got a career-high 27 points from senior Michael Wells and converted 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:39 to upset No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth, 62-57, to advance to the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

  • Vandalia beats Altamont in defensive struggle to stay in title hunt at VHT

    VANDALIA – In a defensive showcase that featured plenty of lackluster offense from both teams, the Vandals came away with a much-needed 37-34 win against Altamont.

    But to do so, they had to overcome a lot of offensive shortcomings.

    Vandalia committed 25 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and shot 39 percent from the field, but when it mattered most it was able to stop Altamont from scoring on its final three possessions.

  • Vandals go 1-1 on first day of VHT

    Vandalia opened its own tournament with a 1-1 mark last Wednesday.

    Five players scored in double figures during a 70-65 win against St. Anthony that morning in each team's first game of the event.

    Senior Leyton Godoyo led the Vandals with 16 points, while senior Tim Ritchey and Chase Woolsey each had 13, and seniors Aaron Harter and Michael Wells each had 10.

    Jacob Schuette had a game-high 22 for the Bulldogs, and they also got 21 points from John Goeckner.

  • Lady Vandals take sixth at Mattoon

    Prior to beginning play in the Mattoon Tournament last Thursday, the Lady Vandals received a bit of bad news.

    Junior guard Brandy Protz will have to sit out the rest of the season with a stage 4 fracture in her pelvic bone, which she suffered after taking a hard fall on her hip at Neoga on Dec. 8.

    She played two more games before realizing the severity of her injury.

    And once Vandalia got to the tournament, the results weren't much better.