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Today's Sports

  • Wrestlers defeated by injuries...

    One might say that Vandalia was lucky to get past Roxana in the sectional last Tuesday, but if that’s the case, Gibson City and the rest of the field were lucky that Vandalia wasn’t at full strength going into the dual team state tournament on Saturday. Not to place Vandalia’s 43-26 loss to the Falcons on the shoulders of those who weren’t well enough to wrestle, but the chatter going on in the stands was full of a lot of “what if’s” surrounding Vandalia’s health. What if Trever Pyle, Brendan Cripe and Justin Hill were all heathy?

  • Field of Dreams meeting moved to...

    The monthly Field of Dreams meeting has been moved to Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • Vandals move on to regional...

    Vandalia used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Hillsboro, 55-51, on Wednesday night. The Vandals hit 13 of 17 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and Marty Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to fuel the late rally.

    Vandalia will play Pana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It has split meetings against Pana this season. Last Saturday the Vandals fell to Pana 77-67. Earlier in the month Vandalia won at home, 57-39.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional...

    Vandalia lost to Pana in the regional championship on Friday night, 48-45. Marty Johnson had 22 points for the Vandals.

    Leading by four with 3:17 remaining, Vandalia missed key free throws down the stretch and were outscored 7-0 to fall to the Panthers.

    Vandalia ends the season 17-13 overall and is the South Central Conference champion with a record of 11-2.

  • 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.