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School Sports

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders
  • This week's local sports schedule (Jan. 6-13)

    Thursday, Jan. 6
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at EAWR, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown at CORL; 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at MTC Tourney, TBA
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Windsor, 6:15 p.m.

  • The College Report: Eric Hobbie returning for McKendree

    Vandalia grad Eric Hobbie has been waiting for this moment for months.

    On Thursday, it will finally happen. After missing two months of games, Hobbie will once again be on the court for McKendree University.

    "I am very happy to be back," said the Bearcat senior. "There were several players that had an opportunity to play because I was injured. That may actually help us in the long run. The leg is not 100 percent, but it is getting better all the time."

  • Basketball roundup: area teams have tough Tuesday

    PATOKA – The Patoka High School boys basketball team struggled to combat Cisne's patient offense in the first half of a 48-35 loss on Tuesday.

    The Warriors, at one point, trailed the Runnin' Lions 21-5, despite preparing for the offensive scheme on Monday.

    "We ran their offense for 30 minutes yesterday," said coach Joe Eddy. "We knew they going to be deliberate."

    He said he "hopes" the poor play was the result of a long layoff. The Warriors had not played since Dec. 18 at the Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

  • Wesclin upsets Flora in OT for VHT title

    Flora’s Paul Knapp passed the ball out of bounds as time expired in regulation, giving Wesclin an extra four minutes to compile a lead and win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, 57-51, in overtime.

    Alex Wilken made a 3-pointer 38 seconds into the extra period, and the second-seeded Warriors (10-2, 5-0 VHT) would not trail after that in an upset of the tournament’s top seed.

    Wilken had a game-high 25 points and averaged 15.4 points per game, but was left off the all-tournament team.

  • Vandals finish fourth at VHT after OT loss to Pana

    A 3-pointer by Pana’s Mitchell Beyers at the regulation buzzer forced the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament to overtime, and a gassed Vandalia squad was no match for the Panthers in the extra period, eventually swallowing a tough, 77-65 loss.

    "I don't have an air pump to pump them back up (after that shot),” said coach Kevin Jackson. “They were deflated. I was deflated."

    The Panthers (9-3, 4-1 VHT) scored on their first four possessions of overtime, quickly dashing any hopes of a Vandalia win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Andrew Snow

    On the court, Andrew Snow might be the most vocal basketball player in the area.

    The senior point guard from South Central barks out nearly every offensive play for the Cougars and often berates opposing ball-handlers with screams of "ball, ball, ball" in hopes of forcing a turnover on defense.

    "It's a good role,” Snow said. “Somebody's got to be out there to direct and tell people what to do, even though they know what to do."

  • Wesclin wins VHT; Vandalia takes fourth

    Wesclin won its record eighth Vandalia Holiday Tournament, defeating Flora in overtime, 57-51, on Thursday night. Flora's Paul Knapp committed a turnover with about a second left in regulation, which forced the extra period.

    Vandalia fell to Pana in overtime, 77-65, in the third-place game. Pana's Mitchell Beyers hit a 3-pointer with about half a second left in regulation to force the extra period.

    In the fifth-place game, Stew-Stras upset Altamont in overtime, 68-62. Matt Tabbert had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Comets.

  • Vandals to play for third at VHT

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play for third place at its own holiday tournament on Thursday.

    The No. 4 Vandals lost to No. 1 Flora on Wednesday night and will face third-seeded Pana on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Flora will play No. 2 Wesclin in the championship game at 8 p.m.

    Other games on Thursday are:

    Ninth-place: No. 7 St. Elmo vs. No. 10 South Central, 2 p.m.
    Seventh-place: No. 9 Shelbyvillle vs. No. 8 Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
    Fifth-place: No. 5 Altamont vs. No. 6 Stew-Stras, 5 p.m.

  • South Central girls winless at Dieterich

    The South Central High School girls basketball team was 0-3 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament through Tuesday.

    On Tuesday, the Cougars lost to North Clay, 40-33.

    Senior Alexis Phillips scored all 18 of her points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter as South Central tried to overcome a small deficit.

    North Clay, however, used double-team defense against senior Ashley Pollard, limiting her to just eight points in the game.