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Today's Sports

  • VHT Day Three: Vandals handle...

    Fueled by an intense trapping defense, the Vandalia Vandals ran past the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles, 65-39, on Monday at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The win propelled the Vandals into the fifth-place game on Tuesday night.
    With the loss, the Eagles remained winless at the tourney and headed to the ninth-place game.
    Vandalia had a small lead when it switched from man-to-man to a 1-2-2 trapping press. The game sped up, the Eagles turned the ball over time and time again, and the Vandals began to get easy hoops or wide-open jumpers.

  • Lady Vandals finish fourth at...

    MATTOON — The Vandalia Lady Vandals settled for fourth-place at the Mattoon Girls Christmas Tournament. Mattoon defeated Vandalia, 57-48, on Monday in the third-place game. Emma Meyer scored 17 points,  Madelyn Hosick added 13 and Makayla Tinker had 11 for the Lady Vandals (7-9). Meyer was listed on the all-tourney team.
    Galesburg defeated Vandalia, 76-49, on Saturday. Meyer scored 24 points and Tinker added 11. Mattoon beat Vandalia, 60-33, in the Pool A championship game.

  • VHT Day Three: Cougars will play...

    The South Central Cougars are probably sick of playing first thing in the morning.
    Playing in the first game of the day for the third-straight time, the Cougars appeared sluggish early in a 57-49 loss to Altamont on Day Three of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Monday.
    Early risers all-tourney, the Cougars managed just six points in the first quarter and were playing catch-up the rest of the way.

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament...

    Monday, Dec. 29 scores
    Altamont 57, S. Central 49
    Maroa 65, SEB 54
    Shelbyville 65,
    South Central 56
    Vandalia 65, SEB 39
    Flora 55, St. Anthony 50
    Greenville 62, Pana 42

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Ninth-place, 2 p.m.
    SEB vs. Pana  

    Seventh-place, 3:30
    Maroa-Forsyth vs.
    South Central

    Fifth-place, 5
    Vandalia vs. Shelbyville

    Third-place, 6:30
    St. Anthony vs. Altamont

    Title game, 8 p.m.

  • South Central, BSE girls face...

    South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo met in the fifth-place game of the Dieterich Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday.
    The BSE Lady Bombers held off the Lady Cougars for a 59-51 win. Morgan Brown scored 19 points for BSE, and Emily Bone added 12. Abby Hahn led South Central with 19 points.  
    Hahn and Brown were listed on the all-tourney team.

    Dieterich Girls Tournament
    Fifth-place game
    BSE 59, South Central 51
    SC   19   12    10   10  — 51

  • VHT Day Two: South Central tops...

    As Saturday morning's action began at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament, two teams were searching for their first win in Pool A.
    And when the day's first game concluded, the South Central Cougars were winless no more.
    The Cougars used a big second half rally to knock off Pana, 45-43, on Day Two of the VHT.
    It was the first win at the event for the Cougars. And it was an impressive one.
    South Central overcame a 15-point deficit to shock the Panthers.

  • VHT Day Two: Vandals play well...

    Brian Buscher looked on the bright side.
    Buscher's Vandalia Vandals had just suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Flora on Saturday night at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But despite the disappointing loss, Buscher stayed positive as looked ahead to the rest of the 2014-15 season.
    "Our kids played really well," Buscher said. "I feel bad for them. But if we play like that every night, we're going to win a lot of games."
    The nail-biter was close throughout, but the Wolves got it done in crunch time.

  • The wait is over: Vandals get...

    The host Vandals began the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Friday morning searching for that elusive first victory.
    They got it.
    And they definitely earned it.
    Vandalia overcame a double-digit deficit and used an inspired second half to knock off Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63, in pool play.
    It was the first win of the season for the Vandals after an 0-8 start.

  • VHT Day One: Cougars, Eagles...

    The South Central Cougars had a tough draw to open the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    No. 1 seed Greenville defeated No. 9 South Central, 61-37, on Friday morning to open the 43rd annual event. The Cougars simply ran into a solid team.
    Greenville, a team that has been receiving votes in the Class 2A state rankings, pulled ahead by 18 by intermission en route to the victory to improve to 9-1 overall.
    Will Schaufelberger scored 23 points to lead Greenville, making seven three-pointers. Evan Langley had 12 points and four rebounds for South Central.

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament...

    Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    Saturday's scores

    South Central 45, Pana 43

    Flora 67, St. Elmo/Brownstown 52

    Altamont 62, Shelbyville 55

    St. Anthony 56, Maroa-Forsyth 50

    Flora 68, Vandalia 66

    Greenville 64, Shelbyville 38

    Pana 71, Altamont 65