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  • Wrestling gathers momentum with...

    Vandalia’s wrestling squad has been somewhat of a gathering storm in recent weeks, as the end of the season creeps nearer, as coach Jason Clay works to get all of the weight classes settled out.

    The Vandals hosted a quad that included Monticello, Murphysboro and Alton on Saturday morning.

    "It was a good day," Clay said. "The kids really wrestled tough. I saw a lot of things we've been working on in practice, which is really encouraging."

    Vandalia 59

    Murphysboro 21

  • Vandals outlasted by Altamont...

    Playing on the road at Altamont on Tuesday, the Vandalia boys basketball team was trying to avenge a 66-61 overtime loss to the Indians in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    And after playing a back-and-forth game for most of the contest, it came down to a last-second shot for the Vandals. Trailing by three with just seconds remaining in regulation, the Vandals were looking to get the ball to their leading scorer, Marty Johnson.

  • Wrestlers on a roll, taking down...

    It's been a busy week of highs and lows for the Vandalia wrestling squad. It looks as if the worst is over, as it picked up two big conference wins and had a great showing at the prestigious Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

    Vandalia was carried by the strength of its middle weights on Tuesday night against East Alton Wood River. Trevor Pyle, John Vosholler, Trevor Alstat and Zack Jackson all won their matches over the Oilers, solidifying the 48-27 victory.

    Jacob Whalen (215) and Marcus Mosley (285) also picked up hard-fought wins.

  • Cougars come from behind for win...

    Going into the season, one of the South Central girls basketball team’s goals was a 20-win season. With six regular season games remaining and a record of 15-3, there’s a good chance the Lady Cougars will reach their goal before the regional tournament.

    South Central picked up its 15th victory on Monday night at North Clay, downing the Cardinals 58-48 in a dramatic come-from-behind win.

    Trailing by five entering the final period, South Central knocked down 11 of 14 free-throw attempts, outscoring North Clay 19-4 in the fourth quarter.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Tonight's...

    Vandalia vs. Carlinville has been canceled.

    Brownstown at Cowden-Herrick has been canceled.

    South Central at Webber has been canceled and moved to Monday, Jan 11.

    Ramsey at Mulberry Grove has been canceled.

    St. Elmo vs. Stew-Stras has been canceled and moved to Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.

     

     

     

  • Flora wins seventh holiday...

    After some upsets on day one and thrilling games throughout the tournament, the final day of the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was far from sensational. The closest game was a 70-61 win by Pana over Altamont, and only two lower seeds beat higher seeds (No. 5 Greenville over No. 3 Wesclin and No. 9 Shelbyville over No. 8 Central A&M).

    The finale and title game Wednesday night was a blowout of No. 2 Stew-Stras at the hands of No. 1 Flora. The Wolves were led by sophomore Paul Knapp, who scored 28 and was named tournament MVP.

  • Vandals end tourney with win...

    With both South Central and Vandalia entering the ninth place game at the VHT sitting at 0-4 last Wednesday, only one team would finish the tournament with a win.

    Even with an 0-4 record, Vandalia arguably had the better tournament, losing by an average of only 4.5 points. Meanwhile, the Cougars were losing by an average of 26 points a game. Even so, Wednesday afternoon's game between the two Fayette County rivals was a toss-up for ninth place in the tournament.

  • Lady Cougars place second at...

    With the boys basketball team struggling, it has been the South Central girls basketball team that has stepped into the spotlight.

    The Lady Cougars suffered only their second loss of the season in the Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament title game against Cowden Herrick-Beecher City (CHBC), 71-56, last Wednesday.

  • Altamont beats Brownstown for...

    Brownstown and Altamont gave the crowd in St. Elmo’s gymnasium a championship game worthy of the 50th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

    The two teams battled for four quarters, with Altamont pulling off the victory, thanks to a strong performance in the fourth quarter. The Indians held the Bombers to only one point in the final quarter to get the 63-42 victory.

    “We played pretty well, we just got a little impatient,” Brownstown coach Terry Pruemer said.

  • Flora and Stew-Stras headed to...

    Pool play for the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament came to a close Tuesday night. The tournament started with a couple of upsets, but by the end the pieces had fallen into place. The best two teams are headed to the title game, while the worst two are headed to the ninth-place game, trying to earn their first victory of the tournament. It’s only fitting that Flora and Stew-Stras the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will face off in the title game. The two were tied for points after coach voting prior to the tournament.