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Today's Sports

  • Bell scores 20 as Vandals win...

    EFFINGHAM – After falling behind 10-0 to Charleston in the opening minutes of the first game of St. Anthony's Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, the Vandalia High School boys basketball team  used a barrage of 3-pointers by seniors Daniel Bell and Marty Johnson to take a halftime lead and, eventually, the game, 52-48.

    Bell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, including three in the first quarter, and Johnson added two 3-pointers in the first half. Bell scored a team-high 20 points, while Johnson added 11.

  • In wake of tragedy, Vandals band...

    In a game that was almost canceled after the tragic death of a sophomore student last Tuesday, the Vandalia High School girls basketball team provided students a few hours of distraction on Friday by dismantling Roxana, 54-33, in its season-opener.

    Discussion of calling off the game had been ongoing since Wednesday, but players came to coach Michelle McNary and insisted the game be played in Tammy Vosholler’s honor.

  • Questions arise in South Central...

    The Nokomis High School Board determined after “heated and emotional debate” and by a 4-3 vote at a special meeting Monday night that its sports teams will not join the South Central Conference.

    Nokomis was scheduled to join the SCC in all sports, starting during the 2012-13 school year, but after the other SCC schools denied Nokomis’ request to join the conference in all sports except football, it began considering other options.

  • VJHS, RJHS split boys games

    The Vandalia Junior High boys basketball teams split with Ramsey on Friday night, with the seventh-graders defeating the Rams, 35-19, and the eighth-graders losing, 21-18.

    Seventh-Grade Scoring
    Vandalia – Garrett Grimsley, 17; Enrique Jenner, 4; Eli Bowen, 4; Dillon Beck, 2; Brandon Gelsinger, 2; Kasey Jones, 2; Alex Kleinik, 2; Chaston Womack, 2.
    Ramsey – Brady Black, 7; Brady Reiss, 6; Nick Seaton, 4; Derek Nelson, 2.

  • Classic Bass Fishing Tournament...

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Classic Bass Fishing Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Oct. 23 and 24. The winners were: Mike Grejtak, first place, with 16.62 pounds; Travis Gould, second place, with 13.17 pounds; and Lonnie Gerdes, third place, with 13.11 pounds. The first-day big bass winner was Owens Karnes Jr. with a 3.90-pound catch, and the second-day winner was Ronnie Higgs with a 6.39-pound catch. Fifteen boats entered the tournament, which lasted for eight hours each day. The club will begin its 2011 tournament schedule on April 9.

  • This week's local sports...

    Thursday Nov. 18
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown at Shelbyville, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at North Clay, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Pana St. Pat's, 6:15 p.m.
    JH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Mulberry Grove vs. Pocahontas, 6:15 p.m.
    Ramsey vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Cowden-Herrick, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Roxana, 6 p.m.
    NTC Girls Tourney
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Mulberry Grove, Ramsey hosting...

    Mulberry Grove and Ramsey High Schools will be hosting boys basketball Turkey Tourneys next week.

    Brownstown, Mt. Olive, Odin and Sandoval will join Mulberry Grove, and Centralia Lutheran and Patoka will join Ramsey's varsity and junior varsity squads in the tourneys.

  • South Central girls fall to...

    A short-handed South Central High School girls basketball team was defeated by Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, 88-27.

    CHBC returned most of the team that finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season and faced a Cougars squad that had only six healthy players.

    "The girls played hard and never quit," said coach Gary Kapper. "They played with a lot of heart.

    "We have some things to work on, but if they come out and play hard like this every night, we will be competitive."

  • Vandals start season at St....

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season on Tuesday when it plays Charleston in the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 17-12 record, earning the South Central Conference championship and advancing to the finals of the regional tournament.

    In last season's opener, Vandalia fell to Effingham, 60-35 in St. Anthony's tournament. Johnson – who averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year – scored nine of Vandalia's points that game.

  • Vandalia girls open season on...

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will start its season on Friday night against Roxana. The game will tip at 6 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 5-21 record, but one of those wins was a 55-47 victory against Roxana in the season-opener.

    In that game, Amber Bruno scored 22 points, Haley Wollerman scored 15 points and Hannah Edwards scored 14 points. Those three players all return this season in hopes of improving the team’s win total
    to the 12-15 range.