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  • By beating Vandals, Pana to play Flora for the Vandalia Holiday Tournament championship

    It was expected that there would be plenty of upsets during this season's Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but there were just two during pool play as most teams finished pool play according to their seed.

    Third-seeded Pana earned one of those upsets, defeating No. 2 Vandalia, 63-52, Wednesday night to earn a spot in the championship game against top-seeded Flora, which beat No. 4 Wesclin, 63-49, in the final game of pool play.

    The Vandals will face No. 6 Greenville in the third-place game. The Comets upset Wesclin on the first day of the tournament.

  • Vandals 3-0 through first two days of own tourney

    The Vandals are 3-0 through the first two days of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and they had a showdown with Pana Wednesday night that decided who would represent Pool B in Thursday's championship game.

    The results of that game and the entire championship day schedule will be available at www.leaderunion.com by Thursday morning.

    In the first three games of the tournament, Vandalia rallied to beat Stew-Stras, 55-46, on Tuesday, while on Monday grinding out a win against St. Elmo, 48-43, and using a fast start to down Shelbyville, 57-37.

    Vandalia vs. Stew-Stras

  • Vandalia grad has memorable senior season at Illinois College

    During his college career, Brock Doehring has been through a lot.

    But as he exits Illinois College, he leaves a team that is on the rise.

    This year, the IC Blueboys finished second in the Midwest Conference and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history.

  • South Central streaky in pair of losses at Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    South Central had stretches of good play during losses to Flora and Wesclin in its first two games of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but until the Cougars play more consistently, wins could be hard to come by.

    Coach Rick Simmons said that there were positives in both a 55-45 loss to Flora on Monday and a 47-36 loss to Wesclin on Tuesday, but that the Cougars have yet to play well throughout a whole game.

  • Eagles fail to upset Vandalia or Pana

    For the Eagles to better their seed in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, they would have had to had upset either second-seeded Vandalia or third-seeded Pana, but fifth-seeded St. Elmo was unable to do so.

    The Eagles did get a 67-49 win against No. 8 Stew-Stras on Monday morning, before falling to Vandalia, 48-43, that night, and Pana, 60-44, Tuesday afternoon.

    St. Elmo vs. Pana

    The Eagles led by two at halftime, but Pana used a 12-2 run in the third period to take a 10-point lead, which would be all it needed during a 60-44 win Tuesday afternoon.

  • After two days, the Vandalia Holiday Tournament is far from decided

    Through the first two days of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, the top three seeds – Flora, Vandalia and Pana – are tied at the top of the standings with 3-0 records.

    Following with one loss are No. 4 Wesclin and No. 6 Greenville, both at 2-1.

    No. 5 St. Elmo stands at 1-2, while No. 7 Altamont and No. 8 Stew-Stras are 0-3, and No. 9 Shelbyville and No. 10 South Central are 0-2.

    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    Flora vs. Greenville
    Flora held Greenville to just two points in the first quarter during a dominating 30-point win on Tuesday night.

  • Girls basketball scores (Dec. 29)

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    at Mattoon Tourney
    East Richland 58
    Vandalia 51
    VHS: 16-17-10-9—51
    ERHS: 11-12-21-14—58
    Points: Amber Bruno, 18; Megan Godoyo, 12; Hannah Edwards, 6; Morgan Whightsil, 6; Morgan Cripe, 5; Haley Wollerman, 5.
    Record: 6-7

    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    at Mattoon Tourney
    Vandalia 47
    St. Anthony 40
    VHS: 15-15-13-4—47
    SAHS: 8-6-9-17—40
    Points: Amber Bruno, 16; Hannah Edwards, 10; Haley Wollerman, 10; Megan Godoyo, 7; Morgan Cripe, 2; Morgan Whightsil, 2.
    Record: 5-7

    Thursday, Dec. 22
    Pana 65
    Vandalia 35
    VHS: 7-12-9-7—35
    PHS: 23-15-14-13—65

  • Senior Spotlight: Blake Pruett

    ST. ELMO – It was like he couldn’t miss, and he never imagined it happening that way.

    Slowed by a sinus infection at the start of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, Eagles senior Blake Pruett never would have guessed that in the championship game he would score a career-high 24 points to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

    But sometimes, far-fetched thoughts become lasting memories.

  • Eagles get by rival Altamont to win holiday tourney

    ST. ELMO – Altamont’s reign over the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament is over.

    The four-time defending champions were defeated by St. Elmo in the championship game on Saturday, 56-46, behind 24 points from tournament Most Valuable Player, senior Blake Pruett.

    Altamont trailed 31-19 just three minutes into the second half, but the Indians used a 10-0 run that spanned 2:10 between the third and fourth quarters to make the score 37-35.

  • Vandals enter VHT with 2 wins, OT loss

    The Vandals enter next week's  Vandalia Holiday Tournament after winning two games this past week before losing one in overtime.

    Vandalia begins play in its tournament on Monday at 11:30 a.m., and a full schedule for the tournament appears in the scoreboard on Page 4B of this issue.

    Vandalia vs. Carlyle
    The Vandals used an 18-4 run at the start of the second half to erase a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday, but they couldn’t hang on in the end against Carlyle, falling in overtime, 82-75.