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Today's Sports

  • Vandals defeat Greenville to...

    The Vandals opened the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament on a torrid pace last Thursday, allowing them to maintain at least an 11-point lead for the entire second half during a 53-41 win against Greenville.

    Vandalia and Greenville played even basketball for the first five minutes of play, but after a 3-pointer by junior Tim Ritchey opened up a five-point lead, it was all Vandals from there.

    That basket started a 28-6 run that lasted until halftime, leaving the Vandals ahead, 34-10, and giving the team its biggest halftime lead of the season.

  • Flora wins VHT by downing Pana...

    Pana held a halftime lead, but it was tournament MVP Paul Knapp’s 26 points that helped lead Flora last Thursday to a 75-69 win in the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    The Wolves (15-1) also got a double-double from Ethan Leib, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while winning their eighth overall VHT title and second in three seasons. Knapp became the first player in tournament history to be named all-tournament four times.

    Flora’s eight titles are tied with Wesclin for the most all-time.

  • Eagles take fifth at VHT after...

    An extremely hard-fought defensive stand over the final 25 seconds of the fifth-place game at the Vandalia Holiday Tournament last Thursday allowed St. Elmo to come away with a narrow 53-52 victory against Wesclin.

    The Warriors thought they had several good looks at the basket during their final possession, but each time a player prepared to take a shot, they found a St. Elmo defender nearby.

  • Cougars looking ahead after VHT

    South Central is looking ahead to its conference schedule after struggling to 0-5 mark in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    After battling five teams with better records than their own, the Cougars (2-11) will look to improve on their 1-1 Midland Trail Conference mark in the second half of the season.

    Last season, the Cougars were 2-10 following the VHT, but finished with an 11-7 record over the final 18 games of the year, and coach Rick Simmons is very hopeful that his team will repeat that trend.

  • Many players star during...

    With several exciting matchups and plenty of standout individual performances, the 40th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was a success.

    Below are the all-tournament team, other star performers and recaps of games featuring out-of-county teams.

    Final standings
    •Flora, 5-0
    •Pana, 4-1
    •Vandalia, 4-1
    •Greenville, 3-2
    •St. Elmo, 3-2
    •Wesclin, 2-3
    •Altamont, 2-3
    •Stew-Stras, 1-4
    •Shelbyville, 1-4
    •South Central, 0-5

  • Prep scores and schedule (Jan. 5)

    BOYS BASKETBALL

    Tuesday, Jan. 3
    CORL 77
    Brownstown 55

    BHS: 12-11-14-18—55
    COR: 15-27-15-20—77
    Points: Austin Hunter, 17; Colten Hunter, 16; Jacob Behrends, 15; Matt Sefton, 7.
    Record: 5-8
    CORL: Turner had 26 points.
    JV: Brownstown lost, 46-37
    BHS: 5-4-15-13—37
    COR: 12-7-11-16—46
    Points: Frailey, 17; Rhodes, 10; Lawson, 4; Hall, 3; Matthews, 3.

    GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Lady Vandals take fourth at...

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team placed fourth at the Mattoon Tournament last Thursday.

    Junior Amber Bruno and senior Haley Wollerman were both named to the all-tournament team. Wollerman was also selected last season.

    The Lady Vandals had a 2-3 record at the tournament, and now stand at 7-9 on the season.

  • Wrestlers get six team wins at...

    The Vandalia wrestlers earned wins in six of nine dual meets at the St. Thomas More Challenge last Thursday and Friday.

  • Cheer Champions

    The Brownstown High School cheerleading squad recently won the cheerleading competition at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

  • Flora wins Vandalia Holiday...

    The Flora Wolves are now eight-time champions of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament after dispatching Pana, 75-69, Thursday night to win their second title in three years.

    Tournament MVP Paul Knapp led the Wolves with 26 points during the game, and all-tournament selection Nick Painter added 17, despite having to sit on the bench with foul trouble for extended time periods.

    All-tournament selections Jared McMillen and Mitchell Beyers led Pana in scoring, with 23 and 20 points, respectively.