Today's Sports

  • VHT Day Two: Vandals play well...

    Brian Buscher looked on the bright side.
    Buscher's Vandalia Vandals had just suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Flora on Saturday night at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But despite the disappointing loss, Buscher stayed positive as looked ahead to the rest of the 2014-15 season.
    "Our kids played really well," Buscher said. "I feel bad for them. But if we play like that every night, we're going to win a lot of games."
    The nail-biter was close throughout, but the Wolves got it done in crunch time.

  • VHT Day Two: South Central tops...

    As Saturday morning's action began at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament, two teams were searching for their first win in Pool A.
    And when the day's first game concluded, the South Central Cougars were winless no more.
    The Cougars used a big second half rally to knock off Pana, 45-43, on Day Two of the VHT.
    It was the first win at the event for the Cougars. And it was an impressive one.
    South Central overcame a 15-point deficit to shock the Panthers.

  • VHT Day Three: Cougars will play...

    The South Central Cougars are probably sick of playing first thing in the morning.
    Playing in the first game of the day for the third-straight time, the Cougars appeared sluggish early in a 57-49 loss to Altamont on Day Three of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Monday.
    Early risers all-tourney, the Cougars managed just six points in the first quarter and were playing catch-up the rest of the way.

  • Lady Vandals finish fourth at...

    MATTOON — The Vandalia Lady Vandals settled for fourth-place at the Mattoon Girls Christmas Tournament. Mattoon defeated Vandalia, 57-48, on Monday in the third-place game. Emma Meyer scored 17 points,  Madelyn Hosick added 13 and Makayla Tinker had 11 for the Lady Vandals (7-9). Meyer was listed on the all-tourney team.
    Galesburg defeated Vandalia, 76-49, on Saturday. Meyer scored 24 points and Tinker added 11. Mattoon beat Vandalia, 60-33, in the Pool A championship game.

  • VHT Day Three: Vandals handle...

    Fueled by an intense trapping defense, the Vandalia Vandals ran past the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles, 65-39, on Monday at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The win propelled the Vandals into the fifth-place game on Tuesday night.
    With the loss, the Eagles remained winless at the tourney and headed to the ninth-place game.
    Vandalia had a small lead when it switched from man-to-man to a 1-2-2 trapping press. The game sped up, the Eagles turned the ball over time and time again, and the Vandals began to get easy hoops or wide-open jumpers.

  • VHT Day Three: Flora, Greenville...

    In the recent history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Flora has found its way to the championship game time and time again.
    This year is no different.
    Bryce Pearce made five of six free throws with under a minute to play, and Flora edged defending champion St. Anthony, 55-50, on Monday night.
    The win puts the Wolves in the title game, while the Bulldogs had to settle for the third-place game.
    It's the fifth trip to the title game in six years for the Wolves, who always seem to find a way to the title game.

  • Web update: Greenville wins...

    Greenville beat Flora 46-32 in the championship game of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at a packed Vandalia High School gymnasium.

    The VHT title is the first for Greenville.

    St. Anthony won the third place game, 44-35, over Altamont.

    Shelbyville beat Vandalia, 60-53, for fifth place.

    In the seventh place game, South Central beat Maroa-Forsyth, 58-42.

    Pana handled St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in the ninth place game.


    2014 VHT

    All-Tournament Team

  • South Central, BSE girls face...

    South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo met in the fifth-place game of the Dieterich Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday.
    The BSE Lady Bombers held off the Lady Cougars for a 59-51 win. Morgan Brown scored 19 points for BSE, and Emily Bone added 12. Abby Hahn led South Central with 19 points.  
    Hahn and Brown were listed on the all-tourney team.

    Dieterich Girls Tournament
    Fifth-place game
    BSE 59, South Central 51
    SC   19   12    10   10  — 51

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament...

    Monday, Dec. 29 scores
    Altamont 57, S. Central 49
    Maroa 65, SEB 54
    Shelbyville 65,
    South Central 56
    Vandalia 65, SEB 39
    Flora 55, St. Anthony 50
    Greenville 62, Pana 42

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Ninth-place, 2 p.m.
    SEB vs. Pana  

    Seventh-place, 3:30
    Maroa-Forsyth vs.
    South Central

    Fifth-place, 5
    Vandalia vs. Shelbyville

    Third-place, 6:30
    St. Anthony vs. Altamont

    Title game, 8 p.m.

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament...

    Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    Saturday's scores

    South Central 45, Pana 43

    Flora 67, St. Elmo/Brownstown 52

    Altamont 62, Shelbyville 55

    St. Anthony 56, Maroa-Forsyth 50

    Flora 68, Vandalia 66

    Greenville 64, Shelbyville 38

    Pana 71, Altamont 65