School Sports

  • St. Elmo Holiday Tournament recap

    The 54th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament kicked off last Tuesday, and games continued every day through last Saturday to determine a champion.

    For the seventh-straight season, St. Elmo/Brownstown and Altamont met to decide the tournament champion, with Altamont prevailing for its first title since 2009.

    Below are the scores from all pool play games, and scoring details of those games. Also included are results of the third-place game between Okaw Valley and Beecher City.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Dec. 26)

    The victory was never in doubt for Vandalia’s eighth-grade boys basketball team last Thursday during a 57-44 win at Pana.
    Marcus Zimmerman put in 15 points for the Jr. Vandals (10-2), and James Taylor added 13 in a game that saw all of the team’s players play.
    Vandalia was sent to the free-throw line 24 times in the game – including 19 times in the fourth quarter. The Jr. Vandals converted 14 of the shots, including 10 in the final period.

  • St. Elmo Holiday Tourney nearing completion

    Tuesday, Dec. 17
    •(1) Altamont 81, (8) Cowden-Herrick 48
    •(4) Okaw Valley 60, (5) South Central 40

    Wednesday, Dec. 19
    •(2) SEB 54, (7) Mulberry Grove 45
    •(3) Beecher City 56, (6) Ramsey 31

    Thursday, Dec. 20
    •Altamont 76, Okaw Valley 36
    •Cowden-Herrick 59, South Central 48

    Friday, Dec. 21
    •Game 7: 6:15 p.m.: Ramsey vs. Mulberry Grove
    •Game 8: 7:45 p.m.: SEB vs. Beecher City

  • Agent (10)00: A big scorer, Clift proud of doing all of the extras

    PATOKA – Johnnie Clift is fearless.

    Standing at just 5-foot-10, Clift has never been afraid to drive through the lane during his four seasons as a starter with the Warriors, and because of that, he was rewarded with his 1,000th career point last Wednesday during a win against South Central.

    “He is a heads-up player and takes advantage of what is given him,” said South Central coach Rick Simmons. “He doesn’t go out of his way to try to get his points.

    “In the process of playing, he finds a way to score.”

  • Wrestlers post big win over Herrin

    VANDALIA – Before the season started, Vandals wrestling coach Jason Clay emphasized that to be successful, his team needed to wrestle strong matches at every weight class.

    Furthermore, he said that is especially true when his athletes are wrestling against state-caliber individuals.

    Against Herrin on Saturday, the Vandals showed that they have bought into the theory.

    Vandal athletes went 1-2 against Herrin’s top three wrestlers, but neither of the two losses were pins, and Vandalia overmatched the Class 2A Tigers, 60-10, in a dual meet.

  • Carlyle uses late bucket, turnovers to slip past Vandals

    VANDALIA – When Austin Durbin dashed into the lane to grab an offensive rebound and turn it into a second-chance layup with 5:07 left in Saturday’s game, it was enough for Carlyle coach Andy Palmer to call a timeout and regroup his team.

    That basket was the signature for Durbin in the best game of his career, but three turnovers by the Vandals in the final 1:08 allowed the Indians to sneak away with a 50-46 win after Durbin’s bucket gave Vandalia a five-point lead.

  • Slow start dooms Lady Vandals on Monday

    A slow start for the Lady Vandals put them too far behind Neoga on Monday night in a 50-40 loss.

    Sophomore Madelyn Hosick had a balanced game with 11 rebounds, seven points, two assists and two steals, and freshman Emma Meyer added 10 points, three rebounds and three steals.

    But with just 14 points in the first half, Vandalia (1-7) was unable to erase its 15-point halftime deficit, even though the Lady Vandals showed improvement in the last two quarters.

    E.C. Thies had a game-high 19 points for Neoga, and she hit four 3-pointers.

  • 10 junior wrestlers take first at Vandalia tourney

    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club hosted its annual tournament at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday, and 10 wrestlers earned first-place finishes.

    Three of those came in the 6-and-under division, with Cazdyn Brown, Max Philpot and Parker Ray each taking titles in their weight classes, and four wrestlers in the 7- and 8-year-old division were winners, with Baelynd

    Brown, Eric McKinney, Owen Miller and Logan Nance taking individual titles.

  • Wrestlers go 2-1 in early-season meets

    VANDALIA – The Vandals had little trouble earning their first South Central Conference win of the season last Thursday, taking down Hillsboro, 73-6, in the home-opener.

    Six Vandals earned forfeit wins against the short-handed Hiltoppers, and Hillsboro’s only victory came on a forfeit at 145 pounds.

    Five of the seven matches ended with a pin for Vandalia (2-2), with seniors Tyler Dagen (0:56) and Seth Purcell (1:06) taking down his opponent in the first round.

  • Patoka shows 'good mix' in topping South Central

    PATOKA – Freshman Jered Cain had a game-high 21 points, senior Johnnie Clift scored the 1,000th point of his career and Patoka had little trouble handling South Central in a 67-42 victory last Wednesday.

    Cain was a force in the paint all game long, falling one point short of his career-high to pace the game in scoring, adding four assists, four steals and a block, and Clift eclipsed his career milestone on a layup in the second quarter. He finished with 12 points for the game.