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School Sports

  • Vandal wrestlers go 6-3 at NYC

    The Vandalia wrestling team placed second in its pool at the St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge this past weekend, but that didn’t translate into a finish in the championship bracket.

    The Vandals went 3-1 on the first day to place second it Pool 5, the loss coming to fifth-place finisher Coal City, and then were beaten by Monmouth-Roseville in the first round of the championship bracket, 42-38.

    Vandalia then defeated Morrison, 42-33, in the first round of the consolation bracket, but lost to St. Joe-Ogden, 42-31.

  • Eagles get OT win to place fifth at VHT

    VANDALIA – Fifth-seeded St. Elmo wasn’t playing for the championship of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But fans never would have guessed that by watching the game.

    Eagles coach Greg Feezel got a championship effort from all of his players in a 58-55 overtime win against No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth in the fifth-place game of the event, helping St. Elmo match its seed for the second straight season.

    “We just played like we wanted to,” Feezel said. “It was a rough, physical ballgame, but our kids handled that really well.

  • Cougars upset Comets in pool play, finish eighth at VHT

    VANDALIA – An upset of Greenville was the highlight of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the Cougars, and it helped the No. 10 seed get into the seventh-place game.

    South Central would ultimately lose that game to Shelbyville, 30-27, but it was the 43-37 comeback win against the Comets last Friday that allowed them to get out of the ninth-place game for the first time since 2008.

  • St. Elmo wins tie-breaker in Pool B

    VANDALIA – St. Elmo struggled at the start of pool play, losing the first three games before beating county rival South Central in the final game.

    Due to the Eagles, Cougars and Greenville each being 1-3 at the end of pool play, St. Elmo was rewarded with a spot in the fifth-place game by winning the tie-breaker, which was based on tournament free-throw shooting percentage.

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    On the tournament’s first day last Wednesday, the fifth-seeded Eagles fell to the eventual champions, No. 4 Pana, 66-48.

  • 2012 VHT All-Tournament Team

    The 2012 Vandalia Holiday Tournament All-Tournament team is pictured.

  • VHT roundup

    Seven out-of-area teams played in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and the following are box scores from games that did not feature a team from Fayette County.

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    No. 7 Altamont outscored top-seeded Flora, 30-17, in the middle two quarters to come away with a win in the third-place game on Saturday.

    Derek Jahraus led three Indian scorers in double-figures with 15 points, which helped counteract a double-double from Flora’s Ethan Leib, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • VHT Quick Hits

    All-tournament team
    •MVP – Robbie Hester, Pana; 8.8 rpg, 7 ppg
    •Kyle Gibson, Pana; 13.6 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Michael Wells, Vandalia; 12 ppg, 7.4 rpg
    •Tim Ritchey, Vandalia; 7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
    •Garrett Ziegler, Altamont; 16 ppg, 1.6 rpg
    •Ethan Leib, Flora; 15.2 ppg. 7.6 rpg
    •Levi Maxey, St. Elmo; 16 ppg, 3.2 rpg
    •Michael Aschermann, Maroa; 11.4 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Brody Bence, Shelbyville; 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
    •Fischer Tharp, South Central; 13 ppg, 6.4 rpg

  • South Central girls winless at Dieterich

    The Lady Cougars are still searching for their first win of the season after going 0-4 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

    Short-handed throughout the event due to several players being out with illness, South Central (0-15) battled despite some lopsided results, according to coach Gary Kapper.

  • St. Elmo Wall of Fame ceremony is Jan. 11

    St. Elmo High School will add several members and teams to its Athletic Wall of Fame next Friday between the JV and varsity games.

    Inductees will be:

    •Curt Simmons
    •Zane Belden
    •Jeni Moore (Haslett)
    •Logan Mahon
    •Chelsea Belden
    •1969 baseball team
    •1942-43 boys basketball team
    •1971-72 boys basketball team

  • Enlow takes title at Rantoul Tourney

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow placed first in the 9- and 10-year-old age division at the Rantoul Tournament this past weekend.

    Enlow pinned all four opponents he faced during the event.