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Today's Sports

  • St. Elmo tourney begins next...

    The 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament will begin Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    St. Elmo/Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Cowden-Herrick vs. Beecher City, 7:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont vs. South Central, 6:15 p.m.
    Okaw Valley vs. Mulberry Grove, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 18
    Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2, 6:15 p.m.
    Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2, 7:45 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 19
    Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 6:15 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past...

    Vandalia's girls cruised past Gillespie, 52-40, on Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals (4-2) are at Piasa Southwestern on Saturday. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.

     

  • Wrestling team begins 2014-15...

    VANDALIA — The odds were stacked against the Vandalia Vandals before Tuesday's season-opening wrestling dual even began.
    For starters, two returning state-qualifiers were unavailable to compete for the Vandals. That meant some athletes would be wrestling in higher weight classes against bigger opponents.
    Two open weights also hurt the hosts, as well, as the Vandals gave up 12 points to forfeits.
    That's not all. The Class 1A Vandals were also hosting a solid Class 3A program.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Vandalia girls fall to Hillsboro

    Hillsboro defeated Vandalia, 54-45, in girls basketball action on Thursday night.

    Makayla Tinker scored 17 points to lead the way for the Lady Vandals. Madelyn Hosick added 11 points, while Emma Meyer scored nine.

    The Lady Vandals fell to 5-4 on the season. The Hilltoppers improved to 7-2.

    See the print edition for more.

  • Vandals win Civic Memorial...

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won the Civic Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia had four individual champions at the event — Chaston Womack, Ryne Lipsey, Dalton Blankenship and Jake Stewart.
    Blankenship was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
    The Vandals also had two second-place finishers in Kolton Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey.
    Look for more in the print edition.

  • 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.

  • 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.