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School Sports

  • Vandals earn three wins to move record to 15-3

    Senior Dathan Berning made five 3-pointers, and the Vandals used a fourth-quarter rally on Tuesday to defeat Altamont, 55-51.

    Trailing 37-33 entering the final period, Vandalia scored 22 points to Altamont's 14 in erasing its deficit.

    The victory gives the Vandals 15 on the season, but the team has some tough challenges in the next week.

    On Friday, the Vandals travel to Greenville for a rematch of the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and on Tuesday, the Vandals travel to perennial power Teutopolis.

  • Lady Vandals end week with 2-1 mark

    Playing without its three guards for the final four minutes against Greenville on Tuesday was too much for the Vandalia girls basketball team to overcome during a 52-48 loss.

    Senior Haley Wollerman was hit with her fifth foul with 5:54 left in the game, and junior Amber Bruno got her fifth 1:37 later.

  • Patoka boys grind out win against North Clay

    PATOKA – The Warriors had a season high in points scored on Monday, but that was just enough to fend off a pesky North Clay squad during a 72-63 win, Patoka’s first since Dec. 12.

    “A win is a positive right now,” said coach Joe Eddy. “It’s a quality win, but the good win is on Friday, when we play a conference game.”

    That, however, would actually be a great win.

  • Wrestlers start new year with success

    The Vandalia wrestling team had a strong start to the new year by going 2-1 at a quad meet in Belleville, placing 11th at the  Princeton Tournament, and defeating East Alton-Wood River and Carlinville.

    The Vandals return to the mats on Thursday for a dual meet at Highland, and for a home tri-meet against Monticello and Murphysboro at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    Results from this past week's events follow.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup

    Josie Earnest • Coach • Vanderbilt University

  • Prep scores and schedule (Jan. 12)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    St. Elmo 73
    Ramsey 25

    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    South Central 46
    Wayne City 41

    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    Beecher City 54
    Brownstown 43

  • Senior Spotlight: Colby Bushue

    For someone who averaged eight points per game as a junior, to be averaging just 6.36 points per game through the first 11 games of the next season is an obvious disappointment.

    Raising that average to 8.57 in three games, however, can give a boost to any senior’s confidence.

    Enter Colby Bushue, a shifty guard from South Central, who appears to have gotten himself going offensively during the final two days of last week's Vandalia Holiday Tournament by scoring 15.7 points per game.

  • Vandals defeat Greenville to place third at VHT

    The Vandals opened the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament on a torrid pace last Thursday, allowing them to maintain at least an 11-point lead for the entire second half during a 53-41 win against Greenville.

    Vandalia and Greenville played even basketball for the first five minutes of play, but after a 3-pointer by junior Tim Ritchey opened up a five-point lead, it was all Vandals from there.

    That basket started a 28-6 run that lasted until halftime, leaving the Vandals ahead, 34-10, and giving the team its biggest halftime lead of the season.

  • Flora wins VHT by downing Pana by 6

    Pana held a halftime lead, but it was tournament MVP Paul Knapp’s 26 points that helped lead Flora last Thursday to a 75-69 win in the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    The Wolves (15-1) also got a double-double from Ethan Leib, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while winning their eighth overall VHT title and second in three seasons. Knapp became the first player in tournament history to be named all-tournament four times.

    Flora’s eight titles are tied with Wesclin for the most all-time.

  • Eagles take fifth at VHT after thriller vs. Wesclin

    An extremely hard-fought defensive stand over the final 25 seconds of the fifth-place game at the Vandalia Holiday Tournament last Thursday allowed St. Elmo to come away with a narrow 53-52 victory against Wesclin.

    The Warriors thought they had several good looks at the basket during their final possession, but each time a player prepared to take a shot, they found a St. Elmo defender nearby.