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Today's Sports

  • Wrestlers start new year with...

    The Vandalia wrestling team had a strong start to the new year by going 2-1 at a quad meet in Belleville, placing 11th at the  Princeton Tournament, and defeating East Alton-Wood River and Carlinville.

    The Vandals return to the mats on Thursday for a dual meet at Highland, and for a home tri-meet against Monticello and Murphysboro at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    Results from this past week's events follow.

  • The Next Level: College athlete...

    Josie Earnest • Coach • Vanderbilt University

  • Prep scores and schedule (Jan....

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    St. Elmo 73
    Ramsey 25

    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    South Central 46
    Wayne City 41

    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    Beecher City 54
    Brownstown 43

  • Sports Briefs (Jan. 12)

    Free throw contest is this Saturday

    The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free throw competition at the Vandalia Junior High School gym on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    All boys and girls aged 10-14 are eligible for the competition, with the winners progressing to a district competition and possibly to a state competition.

    Last year, 334,000 kids participated across the country.

  • Senior Spotlight: Colby Bushue

    For someone who averaged eight points per game as a junior, to be averaging just 6.36 points per game through the first 11 games of the next season is an obvious disappointment.

    Raising that average to 8.57 in three games, however, can give a boost to any senior’s confidence.

    Enter Colby Bushue, a shifty guard from South Central, who appears to have gotten himself going offensively during the final two days of last week's Vandalia Holiday Tournament by scoring 15.7 points per game.

  • 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