Today's Sports

  • Lady Cougars place second at...

    With the boys basketball team struggling, it has been the South Central girls basketball team that has stepped into the spotlight.

    The Lady Cougars suffered only their second loss of the season in the Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament title game against Cowden Herrick-Beecher City (CHBC), 71-56, last Wednesday.

  • Altamont beats Brownstown for...

    Brownstown and Altamont gave the crowd in St. Elmo’s gymnasium a championship game worthy of the 50th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

    The two teams battled for four quarters, with Altamont pulling off the victory, thanks to a strong performance in the fourth quarter. The Indians held the Bombers to only one point in the final quarter to get the 63-42 victory.

    “We played pretty well, we just got a little impatient,” Brownstown coach Terry Pruemer said.

  • Flora and Stew-Stras headed to...

    Pool play for the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament came to a close Tuesday night. The tournament started with a couple of upsets, but by the end the pieces had fallen into place. The best two teams are headed to the title game, while the worst two are headed to the ninth-place game, trying to earn their first victory of the tournament. It’s only fitting that Flora and Stew-Stras the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will face off in the title game. The two were tied for points after coach voting prior to the tournament.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Vandalia beats...

    Vandalia picked up its first and only win of the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Wednesday afternoon against Fayette County foe, South Central, 59-39.

    The Vandals were lead by Marty Johnson with 16 points.

    Vandalia was getting production from all over the court from the early minutes on. Daniel Bell knocked down back-to-back shots to the start of the second quarter, putting Vandalia up 20-11.

  • Flora wins first tournament...


  • Altamont upsets Stew-Stras on...

    Saturday's games may have been the most exciting of the tournament, as there were several close games and one major upset that threatened to throw the whole tournament into a tailspin.

    Game one

    Flora 67

    South Central 36

    South Central’s chances entering the Vandalia Holiday tournament were slim. The No. 10 Cougars had just one win on the season and had yet to really play as a team or put together a complete game.

  • Pana continues to roll on Monday...

    Teams fell into familiar patterns on Monday as Pana, Flora and Wesclin all picked up wins and South Central Vandalia, and Central A&M fell.

    Session III

    Game eight

    Pana 53

    South Central 19

    In what was probably the worst team performance of the tournament during pool play, South Central scored only 19 points in a dreadful 34-point loss to Pana, 53-19.

  • Stew-Stras punches ticket to...

    Tuesday night's games decided who would end up in Wednesday's title game, as Stew-Stras defeated Wesclin to head to the championship for the second straight year, while Flora went undefeated in pool play to cruise into the championship.

    Session V

    Game 15

    Central A&M 51

    South Central 37

    In its pool play finale, South Central looked the best it had all tournament.

    The Cougars played well throughout the game, despite losing by 14, and were as close as 10 with two minutes to go.

  • Baseball academy coming to...

    In Vandalia, there are sports camps and leagues for just about everything.

    There are basketball camps and shootouts for kids of all ages throughout the year. There is VYO football and flag football. There is Jr. Pro wrestling and numerous other camps and leagues for sports.

    But one sport that has been lagging behind in these areas is baseball. Vandalia has struggled to cultivate a "farm system" for the high school baseball teams the way other sports have.

    The interest level for baseball isn't as high in the area as it is for basketball and football.

  • Vandals win streak at five games

    After seeing the junior varisty win in double overtime, Tuesday night, the Vandalia varsity refused to be upstaged by the underclassmen and had two overtimes of its own.

    "We were fortunate to come out on top at the end of the game," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said. "They kept battling."

    Carlyle took three game-winning shots but none fell as Vandalia won, 52-51.