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  • Vandalia Holiday Tournament seeds and schedule released

    The seeds and schedule for the 40th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament have been released. The tournament runs from Dec. 26-29.

    Pool A:

    (1) Flora

    (4) Wesclin

    (6) Greenville

    (7) Altamont

    (10) South Central

    Pool B:

    (2) Vandalia

    (3) Pana

    (5) St. Elmo

    (8) Stew-Stras

    (9) Shelbyville

    Schedule

    Monday, Dec. 26

  • Vandals win DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic

    DUQUOIN - Despite having to play three games in 24 hours, the Vandalia boys basketball team was able to win them all to win the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    In the team's first appearance at the tournament, the Vandals went 4-0 to defeat Cairo, DuQuoin, Benton and Waltonville to take the tournament championship.

    The title was technically won after Vandalia beat Benton, 34-31, in a physical game on Saturday afternoon, but coach Kevin Jackson wasn't completely satisfied until the team finished off against Waltonville, with a 68-44 win Saturday night.

  • Brownstown 7th-grade girls make state; Vandalia 8th-graders eliminated

    The Brownstown Junior High seventh-grade basketball team advanced to Saturday's state tournament, with a 28-17 win against Oblong at the sectional tournament on Wednesday.

    Brownstown will play the Paris/Crestwood co-op on Saturday at 1 p.m. in LeRoy, and the tournament finals are on Saturday, Dec. 8.

    Meanwhile, the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade girls basketball team closed out a 20-2 season last night with a 38-23 loss to Central A&M in the regional championship game at Assumption.

  • Vandalia goes to 2-0 with win at DuQuoin Tourney

    DUQUOIN – Watching the concentration Vandalia players were giving to free throws in the final three minutes of a win against Cairo on Monday, no one would guess the Vandals were leading by 20 points.

    For the first 37 minutes of the game, however, the Vandals had shot just 53.5 percent from the free-throw line, and until that point, they had collectively made less than 60 percent of the season’s attempts.

  • Lady Vandals open season with two road wins at South Central and Marquette

    The Lady Vandals opened the season with a pair of road wins, getting by both South Central and Marquette Catholic in the past 10 days.

    "We're doing about what I expected to do," said coach Michelle McNary. "Overall, I'm pleased, and I'm excited about Saturday to see what we can do against Piasa."

  • Vandalia wrestlers win first dual meet

    Tuesday, Nov. 29
    at Belleville West
    Vandalia 38
    Belleville 37
    •106 – Ryne Lipsey lost by fall at 0:25
    •113 – Belleville won by forfeit
    •120 – Belleville won by forfeit
    •126 – Tyler Dagen won by fall at 3:00
    •132 – Ben Davis lost by fall at 3:40
    •138 – C.J. Runkel won by fall at 1:59
    •145 – Dalton Blankenship won by fall at 1:40
    •152 – Blake Cripe lost, 11-0
    •160 – Daniel Edwards won, 11-9

  • Ribbon-cutting to be held at track

    A ribbon-cutting and the first races will be held at the finish line of the new track at Vandalia Community High School on Friday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.

    At the event, an unofficial 400-meter dash will be held for both boys and girls.

  • BJHS wins regional title

    The top-seeded Brownstown Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team last Tuesday won a regional championship by defeating No. 3 Altamont, 32-22, at the Class 7-2A regional in Beecher City. Brownstown played Oblong at the Albion sectional on Wednesday night.

  • Atwood signs with JAL

    South Central senior Emily Atwood will be a rival to a former teammate next season.

    By signing a letter of intent to play volleyball for John A. Logan Community College last Tuesday, Atwood will be joining the Great Rivers Athletic Conference next fall, which also includes Lake Land Community College, the chosen school of fellow SCHS senior Kinzie Neilson.

    The long-time friends won't let that get in the way of their friendship, however, and South Central coach Mary Brimberry said that Atwood should be successful at the college level.

  • St. Elmo boys earn win in season-opener

    FARINA – The seniors stepped up to get the lead, and the young buck made the plays to put the game away for St. Elmo in double-overtime on Tuesday.

    Seniors Blaine Scholes and Ben Sperry combined to make 4-of-5 free throws in the first 30 seconds of the second overtime period, and sophomore Levi Maxey then recorded a 3-pointer, steal and layup in a span of 14 seconds to bump St. Elmo’s lead to seven during a 53-50 season-opening win on Tuesday.