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Today's Sports

  • Youngsters play well in OT loss...

    BROWNSTOWN – Freshman Jake Behrends made a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining in regulation to force an overtime period last Friday, but the Bombers fell two points short in the extra frame, losing to Cowden-Herrick, 64-62.

    The Bombers committed a turnover with about 13 seconds left in the game, and Cowden-Herrick capitalized, making a basket to take a 54-51 lead with 9.1 seconds left in regulation.

  • Lady Vandals beat EAWR, then...

    The Lady Vandals won another conference game last Friday, but they lost non-conference games to Pinckneyville on Saturday and to Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Monday at the Sandoval Tournament.

    Vandalia defeated East Alton-Wood River, 52-39, on Friday, giving it a 4-3 record in the South Central Conference.

    The Lady Vandals (5-7) trailed 25-19 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Oilers 33-14 in the second half to claim the victory.

  • Wrestlers finish 11th at...

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team finished 11th at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

    Newman won the invitational with 168.5 points. The Vandals scored 107 points, which was just 1.5 points away from ninth place.

    Junior Levi Ulmer was the Vandals’ top individual, taking second place in the 189-pound weight class. He lost to Wilmington's Steve Liaromatis for the championship.

    Seniors Justin Hill (125) and John Vosholler (140) each finished third, and junior Daniel Edwards (152) took fifth.

  • Vandal wrestlers go 3-0 at home...

    Freshman C.J. Runkel gave Vandalia wrestling fans a glimpse of what the program’s future may entail during a dual meet against Belleville East last Wednesday.

    Runkel, wrestling at 140 pounds, trailed Ayiri Ekwejunor, a Lancers junior, by two points with fewer than 10 seconds left in the third round.

    Sparring from neutral position, Runkel took a shot at Ekwejunor and took him down with just six seconds remaining in the period to force overtime.

  • Vandal boys defeat Pinckneyville...

    A strong, 32-minute effort allowed Vandalia to lead wire-to-wire during a 44-40 win against Pinckneyville on Saturday.

    The only blemish was a tie at 38 for 1:15 late in the third quarter.

    “We gave a very good effort,” said coach Kevin Jackson. “We guarded very well and rebounded well. They got nobody in double figures.”

    The Vandals, meanwhile, had three players score in double figures, with Marty Johnson’s 12 points leading the way, while Dathan Berning and Leyton Godoyo each added 10.

  • Senior spotlight: Justin Hill

    In his past 17 matches, Vandalia senior Justin Hill has pinned 11 of his opponents.

    That’s expected from any senior who aspires to represent his team at the individual state meet in February.

    But the way the 125-pounder has pinned most those opponents was not exactly expected.

    At the St. Thomas More Challenge on Dec. 29 and 30, Hill successfully pinned five opponents in 41 seconds or less:

  • Vandalia sports cancellations...

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will now face Cisne at the Sandoval Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    The O'Fallon JV wrestling tournament has been canceled. The Vandals were scheduled to participate.

    The Vandalia Junior High boys basketball teams will now play Greenville on Saturday at 10 a.m.

  • Sports cancellations: Tuesday,...

    Vandalia's boys basketball team will now play Altamont on Feb. 3.

    The Vandalia wrestlers will makeup tonight's meet with Carlinville and East Alton-Wood-River on Jan. 20. That will also be senior night.

    The boys basketball game between St. Elmo and Ramsey for tonight has been rescheduled for Feb. 12.

    The game between the South Central and Wayne City High School boys basketball teams has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday.

  • Jr. Club Wrestling (Jan. 2)

    Sunday, Jan. 2
    at Belleville Beginner
    6-and-under

    First place – Logan Nance
    First place – Derrick Warren
    Second place – Conner Ray
    Second place – Luke Thompson
    Second place – Bryant Willms
    Third place – Eric McKinney
    7- and 8-year-olds
    First place – Dawson McKinney
    Second place – Gavin Mouser
    9- and 10-year-olds
    First place – Austin Weischedel

  • Vandalia softball champs...

    The Vandalia men's fast pitch softball teams that won Class A national championships in 2005 and 2007 will be inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association's Hall of Fame in April.

    On April, 9, members of Vandalia Freight, along with seven individual players and four other teams from the state, will be honored at a ceremony at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center.