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Today's Sports

  • Pyle takes third at state

    Late Saturday afternoon, as wrestling fans returned to Assembly Hall following an intermission before the third-place matches in the individual state tournament, Vandalia had just one wrestler left, out of the five who had made the trip to Champaign to compete.

    The other four wrestlers had lost out earlier in the day or during the Friday sessions. Sophomore Trever Pyle was the last man standing.

  • Vandalia wrestlers headed back...

    If the Tuesday night sectional against Roxana proved anything, it's that wrestling is a game of chess, not checkers.

    Vandalia is headed to the dual team state tournament, thanks to a handful of strategic moves by  coach Jason Clay and his staff.

  • Vandals lose to Pana by 10,...

    Vandalia finished its regular season on a bit of a low note on Saturday with a 77-67 loss to Pana.

    Having already locked up the conference championship and a first-round bye in the regional tournament, Vandalia didn't have much on the line against the Panthers.

    Pana came out hitting just about everything, including a couple of threes to jump out to an 11-5 lead at the four-minute mark.

    Vandalia was able to keep the lead at six after a late basket by Marty Johnson in the first period.

  • Weekend Sports Wrap-up

    Trever Pyle takes third at state

    For the second consecutive year Trever Pyle took third place at the individual state wrestling tournament. Pyle defeated Matt Shaidle of Eureka, 8-4, in the third place match of the 119-pound weight class, in Champaign on Saturday. He was the only Vandal to place.

    Vandalia will be back on the the mat Tuesday as it hosts the dual team sectional at 6 p.m. It will face Roxana, which it lost to 40-22, back in January.

    Vandalia ends regular season with loss at Pana

  • Bruno advances to sectional...

    Vandalia High School freshman Amber Bruno advanced to the sectional championship of the three-point shootout on Wednesday night. Bruno hit eight three-pointers to advance. The guard sank nine treys in the regional championship round last Thursday and eight three-pointers in regional semifinal round.

    Bruno will be shooting from beyond the arc again prior to tonight’s sectional championship, in Pana at 6:50 p.m.

    During the season, Bruno was the the Lady Vandals leading scorer with 352 points (13 points per game). She made 22 three-point attempts throughout the year.

  • Five Vandal wrestlers qualify...

    After advancing 13 wrestlers to the individual sectional, Vandalia will advance five to individual state competition this weekend in Champaign.

    "Really good tournament to get five guys through, that's a really good day," Vandalia coach Jason Clay said.

    Sophomore Trevor Pyle is heading back to state for the second straight year. Up two weight classes from a year ago, he will compete in the 119-pound weight class.

  • Vandals bounce back from loss

    The Vandalia boys basketball team survived another close game on Tuesday night,  edging Roxana, 38-37.

    Junior Daniel Bell had a team-high 12 points for the Vandals, and hit a three pointer in the final minute to give them the win.

    It was a close game all night, as neither team could pull away

    Bell got off to a slow start, with his first three points coming from the free-throw line. He broke out in the third quarter, scoring six of Vandalia's nine points in the period.

  • Sweet 16

    "Here's your 16th, coach," Alex Foster said to Vandalia wrestling coach Jason Clay as he handed him the regional championship plaque on Saturday as the Vandals won their 16th consecutive regional championship.

    On Saturday at about 4 p.m. the Vandals were announced as champions of the Cumberland Regional with a total of 218 points, blowing out the competition, as the second-place school, Shelbyville, had 140.5.

  • Lady Bombers upset SC, 50-46

    It may be a little premature to call Brownstown’s win over South Central on Monday the upset of the decade, but it certainly is the upset of the season, as the Lady Bombers took down the Lady Cougars in overtime, 50-46, in the first round of the regional tournament.

    South Central entered the season as the reigning regional champs with extremely-high expectations. The season started with a bang, but over the last four weeks or so, the Lady Cougars have struggled and their season came to an end with red eyes and sniffles as they left the gym on Monday night.

  • Area games canceled

    All of Tuesday night's area basketball games have been canceled. 

    Vandalia vs. South Central has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18.

    St. Elmo at Christ Our Rock has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11.

    Regional tournament games at South Central will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 10. CHBC vs. Dieterich at 6 p.m. and Altamont vs. Brownstown at 8:10 p.m.