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  • Wesclin upsets Flora in OT for...

    Flora’s Paul Knapp passed the ball out of bounds as time expired in regulation, giving Wesclin an extra four minutes to compile a lead and win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, 57-51, in overtime.

    Alex Wilken made a 3-pointer 38 seconds into the extra period, and the second-seeded Warriors (10-2, 5-0 VHT) would not trail after that in an upset of the tournament’s top seed.

    Wilken had a game-high 25 points and averaged 15.4 points per game, but was left off the all-tournament team.

  • Vandals finish fourth at VHT...

    A 3-pointer by Pana’s Mitchell Beyers at the regulation buzzer forced the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament to overtime, and a gassed Vandalia squad was no match for the Panthers in the extra period, eventually swallowing a tough, 77-65 loss.

    "I don't have an air pump to pump them back up (after that shot),” said coach Kevin Jackson. “They were deflated. I was deflated."

    The Panthers (9-3, 4-1 VHT) scored on their first four possessions of overtime, quickly dashing any hopes of a Vandalia win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Andrew Snow

    On the court, Andrew Snow might be the most vocal basketball player in the area.

    The senior point guard from South Central barks out nearly every offensive play for the Cougars and often berates opposing ball-handlers with screams of "ball, ball, ball" in hopes of forcing a turnover on defense.

    "It's a good role,” Snow said. “Somebody's got to be out there to direct and tell people what to do, even though they know what to do."

  • Wesclin wins VHT; Vandalia takes...

    Wesclin won its record eighth Vandalia Holiday Tournament, defeating Flora in overtime, 57-51, on Thursday night. Flora's Paul Knapp committed a turnover with about a second left in regulation, which forced the extra period.

    Vandalia fell to Pana in overtime, 77-65, in the third-place game. Pana's Mitchell Beyers hit a 3-pointer with about half a second left in regulation to force the extra period.

    In the fifth-place game, Stew-Stras upset Altamont in overtime, 68-62. Matt Tabbert had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Comets.

  • Vandals to play for third at VHT

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play for third place at its own holiday tournament on Thursday.

    The No. 4 Vandals lost to No. 1 Flora on Wednesday night and will face third-seeded Pana on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Flora will play No. 2 Wesclin in the championship game at 8 p.m.

    Other games on Thursday are:

    Ninth-place: No. 7 St. Elmo vs. No. 10 South Central, 2 p.m.
    Seventh-place: No. 9 Shelbyvillle vs. No. 8 Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
    Fifth-place: No. 5 Altamont vs. No. 6 Stew-Stras, 5 p.m.

  • Jr. Club Wrestling (Dec. 26)

    Sunday, Dec. 26
    at Granite City
    6-and-under
    Connor Ray, Second Place

    9- and 10-year-olds
    Garret Stewart, Fifth Place

    11- and 12-year-olds
    Anthony Enlow, Fifth Place
    Chaston Womack, Fifth Place
    Kolten Kaiser, Sixth Place
    James Crawford, Sixth Place

  • Longtime Vandalia bowler...

    Longtime Vandalia resident and league bowler Farrell Gruenbaum, seen below, second from the left, with teammates at the 1970 Women's International Bowling Congress tournament in Tulsa, Okla., was recently the subject of a feature article by the United States Bowling Congress. The article was published on the USBC's website, www.bowl.com. Gruenbaum bowled in leagues for more than 80 years and will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 19.

  • South Central girls winless at...

    The South Central High School girls basketball team was 0-3 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament through Tuesday.

    On Tuesday, the Cougars lost to North Clay, 40-33.

    Senior Alexis Phillips scored all 18 of her points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter as South Central tried to overcome a small deficit.

    North Clay, however, used double-team defense against senior Ashley Pollard, limiting her to just eight points in the game.

  • Brownstown girls 1-1 at Okaw...

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost to Mt. Zion, 63-36, on the second day of the Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.

    Mt. Zion scored 22 first-quarter points and led the Bombers by 10 at halftime. It again posted 22 points in the third quarter, pushing its lead to  49-26.

    Senior Abby Hill led Brownstown with 15 points and four rebounds.

    On Monday, the Bombers defeated Deland-Weldon, 52-29, in their opening game of the tournament.

    Senior Morgan Myers paced the Bombers with 18 points and eight rebounds.

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournament wide...

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened with plenty of excitement on Monday.

    After two days, the tournament standings are:

    1. Flora is 3-0
    2. Wesclin is 3-0
    3. Pana is 3-0
    4. Vandalia is 3-0
    5. Altamont is 1-2
    6. Stew-Stras is 0-2
    7. St. Elmo is 0-3
    8. Greenville is 0-3
    9. Shelbyville is 1-2
    10. South Central is 0-2