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Today's Sports

  • Pana continues to roll on Monday...

    Teams fell into familiar patterns on Monday as Pana, Flora and Wesclin all picked up wins and South Central Vandalia, and Central A&M fell.

    Session III

    Game eight

    Pana 53

    South Central 19

    In what was probably the worst team performance of the tournament during pool play, South Central scored only 19 points in a dreadful 34-point loss to Pana, 53-19.

  • Stew-Stras punches ticket to...

    Tuesday night's games decided who would end up in Wednesday's title game, as Stew-Stras defeated Wesclin to head to the championship for the second straight year, while Flora went undefeated in pool play to cruise into the championship.

    Session V

    Game 15

    Central A&M 51

    South Central 37

    In its pool play finale, South Central looked the best it had all tournament.

    The Cougars played well throughout the game, despite losing by 14, and were as close as 10 with two minutes to go.

  • Baseball academy coming to...

    In Vandalia, there are sports camps and leagues for just about everything.

    There are basketball camps and shootouts for kids of all ages throughout the year. There is VYO football and flag football. There is Jr. Pro wrestling and numerous other camps and leagues for sports.

    But one sport that has been lagging behind in these areas is baseball. Vandalia has struggled to cultivate a "farm system" for the high school baseball teams the way other sports have.

    The interest level for baseball isn't as high in the area as it is for basketball and football.

  • Vandals win streak at five games

    After seeing the junior varisty win in double overtime, Tuesday night, the Vandalia varsity refused to be upstaged by the underclassmen and had two overtimes of its own.

    "We were fortunate to come out on top at the end of the game," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said. "They kept battling."

    Carlyle took three game-winning shots but none fell as Vandalia won, 52-51.

  • St. Elmo outlasts Beecher for...

    St. Elmo’s basketball future looks brighter everyday. The reason the next few seasons hold so much promise is because of Connor Beasley and Blake Pruett. Beasley, who is only a freshman, has had a sensational first half of the season and capped it off with a 17-point performance in the third-place game of the 50th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday night. Beasley was named tournament MVP later in the evening and has all of St. Elmo buzzing.

  • 99, 100, 101...

    Starting in his freshman year, Vandalia Community High School wrestler Alex Foster got off to a pretty good clip in stacking up victories. After his sophomore season, he was already at 62 wins, more than halfway to the coveted 100 wins club. It's an exclusive club that only 18 former Vandal wrestlers are a part of.

    “Knowing that not everyone is going to get their hundred wins, this is a pretty hard achievement,” Foster said.

    On Saturday afternoon, the group welcomed Foster as its first new member since Adam Bowling a few years ago.

  • Johnson powers Vandals past...

    Vandalia had three starters in double figures on Tuesday night as they defeated Hillboro, 60-46.

    The Vandals picked up their third consecutive win and moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season with the win.

    Marty Johnson scored a team-high 22 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. On defense, he battled down low for 10 rebounds.

    Holding a narrow lead after the first quarter, Vandalia outscored the Hilltoppers 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead at the half.

  • St. Elmo squeaks past Cowden, 53...

    After seeing Cowden-Herrick last week and winning easily behind a 23-point performance by Nathaniel Maxey, St. Elmo should have felt pretty confident going into Tuesday night’s game against the Hornets. Only this time, the Eagles would be without their leading scorer. But that didn’t hurt their confidence at all.

     

  • Vandalia comes back from down...

    Last Friday night, the Vandalia boys basketball team opened up its season at home with an nail-bitter of a game. The edge-of-your-seat action came down to the final second and pair of free throws by Will Cowger to clinch Vandalia’s 40-38 win over East Alton-Wood River.

  • Lady Cougars roll to 6-0

    The South Central girls basketball team picked up its sixth win of the season to move to 6-0 on Monday night, and became the only remaining undefeated team in Fayette County.

    South Central downed Sandoval, 53-38, on Monday thanks to double-digit performances by Audrey Matheny and Macie Cain. Matheny had 17 points and nine rebounds and Cain had 16 points.

    The Lady Cougars outscored their opponent 15-6 in  the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into the half. The onslaught would continue into the third, as Sandoval was outscored 22-4.