Today's Sports


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Area roundup: BSE girls win,...

    BROWNSTOWN — With three and a half minutes remaining in Monday's girls basketball game, the Brownstown/St. Elmo Bombers had a comfortable double-digit lead.
    Three minutes later, the game was on the line.
    But Gabi Moore made two late free throws, and the Lady Bombers held on for a 45-38 win over Altamont.
    Moore's free throws proved big down the stretch.
    "She stepped up and made her free throws at the end, so I'm really proud of Gabi," Pruett said.

  • 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.

    Enlow takes
    second at two tourneys

  • 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.

  • 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.