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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Lady Vandals drop fourth straight

    After winning the first game of the season, the Lady Vandals basketball team has now lost four straight.

    Monday night, Vandalia lost to Greenville, 62-45. The Lady Vandals were once again led by freshman Amber Bruno, who had 20 points in the loss.

    Vandalia is back in action on Thursday, as it plays host to Hillsboro, with the junior varsity playing at 6 p.m. and varsity following.

    Piasa 59

    Vandalia 20

  • Bombers beat Sandoval again

    For the second time in a little more than a week, Brownstown  picked up a dominating win over Sandoval. On Tuesday night, the Bombers hit 24 free throws enroute to a 72-46 win.

    The Bombers went to the free-throw line 41 times on the night, shooting 59 percent.

    "We need some work on it (free-throw shooting)," Brownstown coach Terry Pruemer said. "We've done a lot of other things and not concentrated on foul shots. To our credit, we got to the line quite a bit."

  • Vandalia finishes sixth at St....

    In the first night of the St. Anthony’s Tournament, Vandalia didn’t put up much of a fight against Effingham, losing 60-35.

    The Vandals knew it wouldn’t get any easier on night two, as they fell to host school St. Anthony, 59-30.

  • Patoka defeats Ramsey to win...

    The day before Thanksgiving, it was brother against brother for the first of three meetings this season between Patoka, coached by Joe Eddy, and Ramsey, coached by Bill Eddy.

    It would be Joe Eddy who would come out on top in the first Fayette County civil war of the season, as Patoka won 55-49.

    Drew Baldrige scored 23 points and was 9-for-16 from the free-throw line for the Warriors.

    Andy Carter of Ramsey had a season-high 26 points as he drained four three-pointers.

  • South Central edges Brownstown...

    Consistent play by Brownstown and poor shooting early on by South Central almost gave the Lady Cougars their first loss of the season and a huge upset by Brownstown.

    South Central made only one of five shots in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against Brownstown. All five attempts were put up by Audrey Matheny. The Bombers' shooting was near-perfect as they hit four of five shots from the field, taking a 12-2 lead after the first quarter.

  • Renaissance Man

    Vandalia Community High School senior Will Cowger is a big guy. At 6 feet 3 inches and 230 pounds, he stands out from the crowd. His size isn’t the only thing that separates him from the rest, though. Cowger is a three-sport star at VCHS. In the fall he’s under the lights on the football field, in the winter he’s on the hardwood of the basketball court and in the spring he’s under the sun, in the shot put ring.

    Even with the demands of his athletic schedule, Cowger maintains a 4.0 in the classroom and is currently at the top of his class.