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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.