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School Sports

  • Boys basketball recaps

    Cougars split final two of MTC Tourney

    After defeating Cisne, 32-18, last Wednesday, the South Central High School boys basketball team lost to North Clay, 47-39, in the consolation championship game of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    The Cougars (6-14) struggled at the start, spotting Cardinals a 19-8 lead after the first quarter. North Clay extended its advantage to 31-14 at halftime.

  • Aces and Rams lose on first day at CORL

    CENTRALIA – Neither Ramsey nor Mulberry Grove were able to secure wins on Monday, the first day of the Christ Our Rock Lutheran Tournament.

    A tough fourth quarter doomed the Aces after they had made a late first-half comeback during a 53-40 loss to Sandoval, and a slow start aided the host's 75-53 win against Ramsey.

    Senior Zach Heilig hit a 3-pointer with 49.4 seconds left in the first half to put the Aces in a tie at 25 with Sandoval.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Jan. 27-Feb. 3)

    Thursday, Jan. 27
    CHRIST OUR ROCK BOYS TOURNEY
    Patoka vs. Sandoval, 6:15 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. CORL, 7:30 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at Dieterich, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 28
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    South Central at Woodlawn, 6:15 p.m.
    CHRIST OUR ROCK BOYS TOURNEY
    Patoka vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    WRESTLING
    Vandalia at Litchfield Invite, TBA

  • Vandal wrestlers go 2-1 at Clinton

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team went 2-1 at the Clinton High School quadrangular on Saturday.
    Senior Justin Hill and junior Levi Ulmer were both 3-0 for the Vandals on the day.

    The Vandals celebrated senior night on Wednesday at home.

  • Vandalia girls lose two, set for tough stretch

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team lost at Litchfield, 74-64, on Monday after narrowly losing to conference leader Pana, 48-42, in Pana on Saturday.

    Monday, Jan. 24
    Litchfield 74
    Vandalia 64

    Points – Haley Wollerman, 27; Hannah Edwards, 12; Amber Bruno, 8; Megan Godoyo, 6; Amy Walton, 5; Morgan Whightsil, 4; Morgan Cripe, 2.
    JV – Vandalia won, 55-51
    Record – 8-13 (4-5 SCC)

  • St. Elmo and Brownstown boys knocked out of NTC Tourney

    ALTAMONT – Both St. Elmo and Brownstown were eliminated from the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing play-in games on Monday.

    The losses leave both teams idle until next Tuesday, while the rest of their conference rivals will continue play in the tournament all week.

    In the first game, it appeared No. 9 St. Elmo would beat eighth-seeded Beecher City for the second time this season.

  • Mulberry Grove tops Ramsey for second time this season

    RAMSEY – Bench players from both Mulberry Grove and Ramsey saw extended minutes during a 65-52 Aces win on Saturday.

    Foul trouble caught up with both team’s starters early and often, forcing several underclassmen into extended roles. What those players did in those minutes was the biggest takeaway for both coaches.

    “Our bench was forced into a lot more minutes than we’d like to see,” said Mulberry Grove coach Chris Johnson. “They played a huge role and really grew up tonight.”

  • Brownstown gets by South Central girls

    FARINA – The South Central High School girls basketball team used a 19-2 run at the end of the second quarter to take a halftime lead against Brownstown on Saturday, but the Lady Bombers made 6-of-8 free throws in the game’s final two minutes to claim a 56-47 win.

    our different Lady Cougars scored during the run – led by senior Ashley Pollard with seven and sophomore Macie Cain with six – while the defense held Brownstown to 1-of-7 shooting and forced four turnovers in taking a 28-27 halftime lead.

  • Seventh-grade boys upset Greenville at regional

    GREENVILLE – After his team posted a scoreless first quarter, Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball coach Eric Sinclair had no worries.

    This season, the Vandals have been slow starters in the majority of their games. Sinclair knew that and simply encouraged his players to continue fighting, knowing there was a good chance that they could find second-half success.

    “It takes us a while to get going, especially on the road,” he said. “It’s not the first time this has happened.”
    Turns out he was right.

  • Senior Spotlight: Allen Tompkins and Blake Hadley

    RAMSEY – Among area players, Mulberry Grove center Allen Tompkins is basically a force of nature.

    The 6-foot-4 senior has the biggest body in the area, and a recent performance against Ramsey prompted Rams coach Bill Eddy to draw comparisons between Tompkins and an actual part of nature.

    “It’s like trying to move an oak tree,” he said.

    Of opposing coaches, Eddy would know, as the Rams and Aces have already met three times this season, with at least one more meeting to come, and Tompkins has been very successful in those games.