Today's Sports

  • Vandals take fourth at Princeton...

    Winning an individual title at the Princeton Invitational Wrestling Tournament is no easy task.
    But Vandalia's Jake Stewart pulled off the feat.
    A VCHS senior, Stewart took first place at 182 pounds at Saturday's event. The tourney is often referred to as "mini-state," due to the tough competition.
    And Stewart topped the field at 182, leading the Vandals to a fourth-place finish in the final team standings.

  • Vandals sweep home duals

    The Vandalia Vandals were shorthanded last Wednesday night.
    It was hard to tell.
    The host Vandals went 3-0 in duals on Wednesday, winning all three in impressive fashion.
    Vandalia defeated Belleville East, 42-18, and then knocked off Mascoutah, 63-12. Vandalia beat Roxana, 45-21, in the final dual.
    The Vandals were without Jake Stewart, Kolten Kaiser and Skylar Depew, as all are dealing with injuries. And yet they still won all three duals.

  • Lady Vandals hammer Cougars

    Ignited by a full-court press, the Vandalia Lady Vandals scored 22 straight points in the third quarter and rolled past South Central, 53-36, on Monday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a six-point lead at intermission, but then put on an intense full-court press right away in the third period. The press forced the Lady Cougars into numerous turnovers and allowed the Lady Vandals to go on a 22-0 run to put the game out of reach.
    By the time the third period came to an end, the hosts were up 45-17.

  • VHT: Comets reach new heights

    Greenville made history last Tuesday night.
    For the first time in the long history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Greenville took home the tourney championship.
    Using a balanced attack, the Comets won the 43rd annual tournament by topping Flora, 46-32, in the title game.
    The Comets entered the event as the No. 1 seed, and they lived up to the billing, securing a place in the tourney's record book.
    And with a large crowd looking on, the Comets were the team left celebrating when the four-day event came to a conclusion on Tuesday night.

  • Despite scoring drought,...

    The St. Anthony Bulldogs went nearly the entire fourth quarter without a point.
    And they still won.
    St. Anthony held on late for a 44-35 win over Altamont on Tuesday night in the third-place game of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    Clinging to a slim lead, and watching Altamont make one last push, the Bulldogs went minute after minute of the final frame without scoring.
    St. Anthony finally stopped its long scoring drought with only 24 seconds left in the game, as Zach Gardewine made two free throws that sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

  • Vandals gain experience, face...

    CHAMPAIGN — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team gained lots of experience and competed against some of the top teams in the state at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.
    The two-day tournament featured 36 teams, with more than half of Class 1A's ranked teams in attendance. The event also featured 10 of the top 20 state-ranked teams.
    There were six pools, which featured round-robin action. Vandalia went 4-0 in their pool last Monday. The Vandals then went 2-3 in duals on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

  • Vandals look to regroup

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament ended in disappointing fashion for the host Vandals.
    Shelbyville knocked off Vandalia, 60-53, in last Tuesday's fifth-place game of the 43rd annual event.
    The Vandals had an off-shooting night, and also allowed the Rams to convert numerous points in the paint.
    And after solid performances in the first four games of the tourney, the Vandals looked out of sync in the finale. That was disappointing to see, Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher admitted.

  • Sports Briefs: IHSA football...

    IHSA football proposal rejected

    A proposal that would have eliminated conferences for high school football teams did not pass, an IHSA press release stated Tuesday.
    Member schools rejected Proposal 10, which would have revamped the football regular season and playoff system.
    The vote was 395-212 against the proposal.

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  • VHT: Pearce named MVP, Vandals...

    Bryce Pearce of Flora was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    A 5-10 senior guard, Pearce scored 118 points at the VHT and led the Wolves to the championship game for the second-straight year. It was also the second-straight year that Pearce scored more than 100 points at the tourney. He scored 119 points last year, which is the sixth-most all-time. This year's total is tied for seventh-best all-time.

  • Cougars win VHT finale for...

    For the first time all tournament long, the South Central Cougars didn't have to play first thing in the morning.
    And it looked like the change did the Cougars some good.
    South Central took the lead right away and never looked back in a 58-42 victory over Maroa-Forsyth in last Tuesday's seventh-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The Cougars got off to a great start, never trailing and running out to an 11-2 lead.
    South Central Coach Rick Simmons said it was important for his team to get off to a good start.