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Today's Sports

  • TOURNEY CHAMPIONS

    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Lady Vandals winning streak...

    EFFINGHAM — An  11-0  spurt in the fourth quarter propelled the Vandalia Lady Vandals to a 49-42 win over Greenville on Monday night in the first game of the  Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before they got going in a big way. Vandalia's girls scored 11 unanswered points to take control of the game.

  • For Vandals, a tough loss to take

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's 76-54 loss to Madison left a bad taste in Brian Buscher's mouth.
    Simply put, Buscher wasn't very pleased with his team's performance on Tuesday during  the opening night of the 2015 Okawville Invitational.

  • Vandals shine in home finale

    Even with several key performers missing in action, the Vandalia Vandals celebrated Senior Day by winning two of three wrestling duals on Saturday.
    The Vandals were shorthanded for the quad, but still won two out of three. Vandalia topped Robinson, 47-15. The Vandals then knocked off Monticello, 42-30. Murphysboro took advantage of Vandalia's open weights in a 39-37 win over the hosts in the final dual of the day.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said the open weights were tough to overcome against Murphysboro.

  • Lady Vandals earn payback

    One frustrating loss had tormented the Vandalia Lady Vandals for nearly a month.
    So when the Lady Vandals got another shot at Pana, it's safe to say there was some extra motivation.
    In the end, Vandalia's girls earned some sweet revenge with Thursday's 41-27 victory over the Pana Lady Panthers.
    The Lady Vandals had suffered a upsetting overtime loss at Pana on Dec. 15, with a controversial call playing a big role.
    But this time, the Lady Vandals took care of business, earning some payback in the process.

  • Greenville's depth too much...

    Greenville simply had too much firepower for the Vandalia Vandals.
    Taking advantage of its depth, size and athleticism, Greenville hammered Vandalia, 73-46, on Friday night in front a jam-packed VCHS gymnasium.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort, but gave the Comets credit, too.
    "They're a solid team," Buscher said. "They hurt you everywhere because they're all capable of scoring. Our kids played hard. I'm proud of our effort. I just wish our execution would have been better."

  • Area boys: Patoka beats SEB,...

    PATOKA — Two of the top small school boys basketball teams in the region met on Saturday in Patoka.
    In the end, Altamont earned a 63-48 win over the host Warriors.
    Jered Cain scored 16 points to lead Patoka (13-6). Garrett Belcher had 12 and Tyler Back added 10 for the Warriors.
    Adam Mayhaus poured in 32 points for the Indians, while Ryan Armstrong scored 27. Altamont made 26 of 33 free throws, while Patoka connected on just 9 of 20 at the foul line.

  • Wrestling team earns dual wins...

    LITCHFIELD — The Vandalia Vandals split two duals at Litchfield on Thursday night.
    Vandalia beat Highland, 51-21. But Litchfield knocked off the Vandals, 39-30.
    After splitting the duals, the Vandals are now 19-6 in duals.

    Litchfield
    Litchfield defeated Vandalia, 39-30.
    Litchfield won by forfeit at 106. Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay defeated Collin Davidson, 7-2, at 113. Chaston Womack earned a 15-0 decision over Tyler Thiessen at 120.

  • REACHING A MILESTONE

    Ryne Lipsey's wrestling career got off to a late start.
    But he's made up for lost time.
    While most of today's top high school wrestlers began competing in grade school, Lipsey did not.
    In fact, Lipsey didn't get involved in the sport of wrestling until his freshman year of high school, almost a decade after some of his peers got their start.
    But that late start hasn't stopped Lipsey's success on the mat.

  • Well's clutch shot gives...

    Richie Well said the extra pass was the key.
    His shot was pretty important, too.
    Well swished the game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds left, and the Vandalia Vandals earned a thrilling 56-55 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night.
    The Vandals trailed by two with time running out when Nathan Casey whipped a pass to Well in the corner. A sophomore guard, Well hit nothing but the net. The Indians couldn't get off a shot before time expired, and the Vandals were left celebrating an exciting home victory.