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Today's Sports

  • 'Hustle plays' key to...

    GREENVILLE – Two second-half plays defined Vandalia’s 52-39 win against Greenville last Friday.

    Junior Bryan Hosick lost control of his dribble late in the third quarter with the Vandals leading 30-23.

    But instead of giving up on the loose ball, Hosick dove to the floor, briefly gained control the ball and flipped it to senior Marty Johnson, who promptly made a bucket to put Vandalia ahead by nine.

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Rigdon...

    BROWNSTOWN –– Senior Zach Rigdon did not think long before pronouncing himself a better basketball player than teammate Bryce Mason.

    “Most definitely me,” he said.

    Mason, also a senior, insists on the opposite.

    “I can take him,” he said. “No doubt.”

    A neutral party, coach Vince Rohr, left the debate open.

  • Sports scheduling changes

    1. The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will not play Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 21 as a makeup for Monday's game that was canceled. A new makeup date is to be announced. On Saturday, the girls will play Altamont at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m., as originally scheduled. The girls were scheduled to play at Pana, starting at 5 p.m. Friday night, but that has been canceled. A makeup date is to be announced.

    2. The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Litchfield.

  • Sports cancellations: Monday,...

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team's game against Litchfield, scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m., has been canceled due to inclement weather. A makeup date will be determined at a later date.

    The South Central High School girls basketball team's game against Woodlawn, scheduled for Monday at 6:15 p.m., has been canceled due to inclement weather. A makeup date on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. has been scheduled.

  • Area tumblers succeed at...

  • Ramsey JH boys beat Patoka in...

    Both the Ramsey Junior High seventh-grade and eighth-grade boys basketball teams defeated Patoka last Thursday.

    The seventh-graders were led by Brady Reiss, who had 11 points, in a 21-17 victory, and the eighth-graders were led by Isac Gann, who nine points, in a 35-16 win.

    Patoka's squad  was defeated by Odin on Monday, 53-25, and by New Horizons on Tuesday, 41-35.

  • SC girls earn first victory of...

    Senior Ashley Pollard went on a scoring flurry in the fourth quarter in helping the South Central High School girls basketball team earn its first victory last Thursday.

    Pollard scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the final period of a 43-40 back-and-forth win against Midland Trail Conference foe, Webber.

    Not to be ignored, sophomore Macie Cain had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Minus Heilig, Aces drop two EIC...

    The Mulberry Grove  High School boys basketball played without senior Zach Heilig in two games last week.

    Heilig suffered a concussion last Tuesday and missed a 70-40 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Friday, and a 50-40 loss to Patoka on Tuesday.

    Heilig may play on Friday at Odin.

    A poor second quarter from Mulberry Grove gave CORL all it needed to defeat the Aces last Friday.

    Leading 14-12 after the first, CORL scored 21 points in the second period, while holding the Aces to four points to take a commanding, 35-16, halftime lead.

  • St. Elmo drops season-opener;...

    A poor second quarter doomed the St. Elmo High School boys basketball team in its season-opener last Friday, as it lost to Neoga, 42-36.

    Junior Jake Mansker led the Eagles with eight points, all of which he scored in the third quarter, when St. Elmo nearly erased an eight-point deficit.

    The Eagles (0-2, 0-2 National Trail Conference) trailed 14-12 after the first period, but only scored two points in the second quarter to fall behind 22-14 at halftime.

  • Flora takes No. 1 seed at VHT;...

    Seeds were selected for the 39th Vandalia Holiday Tournament Wednesday night at a gathering of coaches at the Vandalia Country Club.

    Flora - which won last year's tournament - was a unanimous No. 1 selection for this season's tourney. Wesclin took the No. 2 seed, while Pana and Vandalia used a coinflip to determine the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.

    Fayette County schools also in the tournament: St. Elmo, No. 7 seed; and South Central, No. 10 seed.

    A schedule for the tournament - which runs from Dec. 27-30 - will be announced as soon as possible.