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Today's Sports

  • WOMACK JOINS 100 CLUB

    Chaston Womack has joined the 100 Club.
    A Vandalia Community High School junior, Womack recently recorded the 100th victory of his prep wrestling career.
    He joins Vandalia teammates Dalton Blankenship, Ryne Lipsey and Jake Stewart in the 100 Club.
    Womack began the season with 71 wins. He recorded win No. 100 of his career at Petersburg-PORTA on Jan. 24.
    "It was a great feeling," Womack said of getting to 100 career victories. "It's a good accomplishment.  A lot of people strive for it."

  • Vandals escape Pana with a win

    PANA — By doing just enough down the stretch, the Vandalia Vandals survived and escaped with a 66-63 win at Pana on Tuesday night.
    A wild finish ended with Pana's Adam Miller missing a potential game-tying jumper, as the Vandals made enough foul shots late to secure a rivalry victory.
    "That was crazy," Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said of the game. "The kids played through it, though. I've been coaching since 1999, and it always seems to be crazy when we come to Pana."
    Buscher said his squad got it done in crunch time.

  • Lady Vandals win on Senior Night

    On the night the seniors were recognized, one of them came up with arguably the biggest shot of the game.
    With the host Lady Vandals clinging to a four-point lead, visiting Roxana appeared to have all of the momentum.
    But Vandalia senior forward Elizabeth Miller caught a pass, took a dribble and scored in the lane to make it a six-point game with time running out.
    The hoop proved key as the Vandalia Lady Vandals knocked off Roxana, 55-46, on Thursday night.
    It was Miller's only hoop of the game, but it was a big one.

  • Lady Vandals fall short at Flora

    FLORA — The Vandalia Lady Vandals had the lead early, but the Flora Wolfgals controlled the second half in a 56-37 victory on Monday night.
    Flora outscored Vandalia 36-17 in the second half after the game was tied at halftime.
    A solid Flora squad improved to 23-3 on the season. Flora has already wrapped up the Little Illini Conference title and the Wolfgals are having one of the best seasons in school history.
    Vandalia fell to 15-12 on the season.

  • Vandals finish strong, earn...

    When the Vandalia Vandals played at Litchfield in December, they let one slip away.
    Not this time.
    History did not repeat itself, as the Vandals held off the Litchfield Panthers late, securing a 62-54 home victory on Friday night.
    The loss avenged a Dec. 19 loss to the Panthers. In that game, the Vandals overcame an 11-point deficit late in the game, but then couldn't hold on, suffering a disappointing loss.
    In Friday's rematch, the Vandals built a 10-point lead early in the game, and then held off the Panthers in the fourth quarter.

  • Cougars top Eagles at NTC tourney

    ALTAMONT — South Central overcame a double-digit deficit and knocked off St. Elmo/Brownstown, 59-47, in the third-place game of the 2015 National Trail Conference Tournament.
    The Cougars were down 10 points early in the game, 18-8. But they rallied in the second quarter and never looked back.
    Three players reached double figures for the Cougars, as Brett Harmeier had 16 points, Dre Hill scored 12 and Evan Langley added 11.
    Landon Feezel scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (8-14). He was the only SEB player in double figures.

  • 100 CAREER VICTORIES

    Jake Stewart has a passion for wrestling.
    And that passion has allowed the Vandalia Community High School senior to make progress year after year in his chosen sport.
    That progress was evident recently, as Stewart recorded the 100th victory of his prep career last Wednesday night at Hillsboro.
    "It's something you think about and strive for when you come into high school as a freshman" Stewart said of getting 100 wins. "It's a good accomplishment."

  • Vandalia wrestling team earns...

    PETERSBURG — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team improved to 24-7 in duals after two close wins on Saturday.
    Vandalia defeated Beardstown, 40-39.
    The Vandals also edged Petersburg-PORTA, 40-37.
    Beardstown
    Beardstown won by forfeit at 106 pounds, but Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay won by forfeit at 113.
    Jake Lux of Beardstown defeated Chaston Womack, 3-2, at 120. Ryne Lipsey of Vandalia pinned Casimir Amare in 42 seconds at 126.

  • Lady Vandals beat Greenville,...

    "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
    That's how Michelle McNary summed up her team's 33-31 win over Greenville on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a double-digit lead, but the Comets put together a late spurt to make things interesting.
    In the end, the hosts made enough free throws to hold on for the hard-fought win.

  • Lady Vandals earn tourney title...

    EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia Lady Vandals lost a game and won a tournament.
    The Vandals suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night. But moments later, they were posing with a trophy.
    Pana edged Vandalia, 47-46, on the final night of the Effingham Round-Robin Girls Basketball Tournament. But despite the loss to the Lady Panthers, the Lady Vandals were crowned the tourney's champions after going 3-1 in the annual event.
    "It's bittersweet," Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said. "A few things just didn't go our way at the end.