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Today's Sports

  • State qualifiers will lead...

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team returns a solid core.
    The Vandals have regional champions, sectional medalists and state qualifiers up and down the lineup. In fact, Vandals Coach Jason Clay has five returning state qualifiers on the roster in 2014-15.
    All five are expected to lead the way for the Vandals this season.
    Let's take a quick look at each of Vandalia's returning state qualifiers.

    Trevor Philpot
    A sophomore, Philpot advanced to state at 106 pounds last year.

  • Lady Vandals finish tourney with...

    LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Tournament ended on a positive note for the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team.
    The Lady Vandals knocked off Mt. Olive, 60-52, on Saturday  to finish off the 16th Annual Niehaus-McDonald's Thanksgiving Tournament with a solid victory.
    Vandalia improved to 3-2 on the season overall with the hard-fought win.

  • Tough Competition

    CANTON — Vandalia's first appearance at the Canton Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament ended in disappointment.
    The Vandals went 0-3 at the 40th edition of the annual event at Canton's Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium.
    Vandalia's boys had their chances in two of the three games, as the team suffered close losses to Delavan and Canton.
    The Vandals suffered a 58-48 loss to Delavan on Friday night before dropping two games on Saturday, falling to the hosts and Peoria Manual.

    Opener vs. Delavan

  • Cougars knock off Vandals in...

    FARINA — The Vandalia Vandals nearly overcame a 15-point deficit.
    But in the end, fired-up South Central made all the plays down the stretch in a 67-61 victory over Vandalia last Tuesday night in the 2014-15 season-opener for both teams.
    For the Cougars, it was a great way to start the 2014-15 season.

  • SEB boys drop opener vs. North...

    ST. ELMO — The third quarter was the difference as North Clay defeated St. Elmo/Brownstown, 37-34, last Tuesday night in the boys basketball season-opener.

  • Odin wins Mulberry Grove Turkey...

    MULBERRY GROVE — The Odin Eagles soared to the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament championship with solid play over the course of the five-night event.
    Odin's 67-47 win over Mulberry Grove on Saturday night secured the title for the Eagles, who went 4-1 at the tourney.
    In Saturday night's finale, Odin led, 39-23, by halftime. Mulberry Grove used a 19-8 third-quarter run to get back into the game. As the fourth-quarter began, Odin's lead was 47-42.  But the Eagles outscored the Aces, 21-5, in the final frame.

  • James powers Aces to victory

    MULBERRY GROVE — Each and every time the Mulberry Grove Aces needed a hoop, Ty James delivered.
    In a breakout performance, James erupted for 33 points in Mulberry Grove's 64-57 win over Sandoval in a first-round contest of the 2014 Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament last Monday.
    "He has the potential to do that every night," Mulberry Grove Coach Bobby Koontz said of James' big night. "He's that good."

  • Ramsey stuns Patoka in season-...

    MULBERRY GROVE — The season couldn't have started any better for the Ramsey Rams.
    The Rams stunned Patoka, 56-54, last Monday in a first round game of the 2014 Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament, surprising the field in the process with a solid season-opening victory.
    "This is the best start to a season we've had since I've been here," Ramsey Coach Rodney Hunt said. "This is a great win. Any win over Patoka is great. They've had our number for a long time. I have a lot of respect for their program. It's a good win for us."

  • Lady Bombers, Rams earn wins at...

    COWDEN — Brownstown/St. Elmo and Ramsey were among the teams competing at the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Girls Basketball Round-Robin Thanksgiving Tournament.
    Neoga ended up the tourney champion.
    The Lady Bombers earned two wins at the tourney, beating Ramsey, 43-35, and topping North Clay, 39-37.
    BSE suffered losses to Neoga (56-28) and to Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 38-33.

  • BSE girls knock off Cougars

    BROWNSTOWN — A big first-half carried the Brownstown/St. Elmo girls basketball team to 42-30 victory over South Central on Monday night.
    BSE raced out to a 28-11 lead by intermission en route to the victory.
    Sophomore post player Elissa Baron scored 12 points to lead the Lady Bombers. Kyrstyn Fitch added eight points.
    Sophomore guard Abby Hahn scored 15 points to lead the Cougars. Freshman Keely Smith added eight points off the bench.
    For South Central, a poor start was too much to overcome.