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Today's Sports

  • Vandals pick up big win over Pana

    The Vandalia boys basketball team picked up a big win on Tuesday night over conference foe Pana, 57-39.

    The Vandals (12-9, 8-0 SCC) went on a 20-0 run at the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to pull away from the Panthers and move to 8-0 in the conference.

    "Obviously, that's huge," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said. "We settled in and played really good offense and I thought we guarded really well...and that's a big part of what we want to do."

  • Lady Vandals rain threes in 51-...

    The Vandalia girls basketball team seems to be peaking at the right time, or coach Michelle McNary and the Lady Vandals would like to think so, as Vandalia won its second-straight contest and fourth of its last seven games on Monday night. The Lady Vandals hit seven three-pointers in their 51-41 victory over East Alton-Wood River.

    "I saw a lot of good things tonight," McNary said. "I like to think we're peaking, but there's obviously a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season."

  • Wrestlers take third at...

    Heading into the individual regional this weekend, the Vandalia wrestling squad is on a nice clip after picking up a third-place finish at the Litchfield Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

    "I though we wrestled pretty well all weekend," Vandalia coach Jason Clay said. "We had some matches that we could have won, but we had some matches that I didn't know how we'd do in. So it was a good tournament all the way around."

    Vandalia had eight wrestlers finish in the top five of their weight class, with two of them taking home first-place honors.

  • Vandals use third-quarter surge...

    "We have to go play," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said to his team at half time.

    The simple and obvious statement  shook Vandalia out of the vegetable torpor that it had fallen into in the first half against Hillsboro on Tuesday night.

    The Vandals went on an 8-2 run to start the third quarter and take control of what was a four-point game at the half, in recording a 54-42 win.

  • Lady Vandals drop back-to-back...

    After winning back-to-back games for the first time all season, the Lady Vandals basketball team fell into an all-too-familiar pattern, as they lost back-to-back games in the last week.

    On Monday night, Vandalia faced Litchfield for the second time this season, and the results of the rematch weren't much better than the 73-44 drumming that the Lady Vandals got back in December.

    Vandalia was outscored 37-9 in the second and third quarters to fall out of contention and lost 60-29.

  • St. Elmo avenges last week'...

    St. Elmo was able to get a little sweet revenge on Monday night in the first round of the NTC tournament. Last Tuesday, the Eagles lost a close game to Windsor, 71-67, but Monday night, it was St. Elmo that came out on top, as they beat the Blue Devils, 64-48.

    St. Elmo was led by Zeke Asher’s 25 points. The senior drained four threes in the victory.

    The rematch was close in the first two quarters, as the Eagles and Blue Devils went into the locker room knotted up at 24-24.

  • The drought is over

    Entering Thursday  night's game, the Lady Vandals sat at 1-17, as the basketball season headed into the final weeks before the regional. Vandalia needed to make a run soon, and it took the first step toward that with back-to-back wins at the Sandoval Invitational  

    Following a 32-point loss to Cowden-Herrick to open the tournament, Vandalia beat Webber Township, 54-35, and Wayne City, 47-41, to get its first wins since a season-opening victory against Roxana.

  • Vandals knock off Greenville...

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Vandalia boys basketball team. In the Vandals' last six games, they’ve gone 1-5, with all five losses coming by six or less points. Despite the run of close losses, Vandalia was still sitting pretty in the South Central Conference at 4-0.

    Needless to say, Friday’s game against Greenville would be a big win, not just for the rivalry and conference standings, but because Vandalia need a win, badly.

  • 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.