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Today's Sports

  • Wrestling team gets big win over...

    Emotion can carry a team a long way. On Saturday, it carried the Vandalia wrestling team to perhaps its biggest victory of the year.

    Pumped up by a big home crowd and the presence of a highly regarded visiting team, the Vandals (17-2) finished off a quadrangular sweep in thrilling fashion, as Anthony Coney's pin in the 130-pound match clinched a 37-36 victory over state-ranked Murphysboro.

  • Comets hold off Vandals down the...

    January 16 was a date the Vandalia boys basketball team had circled on the calendar for weeks.

    Now, Feb. 6 is a day that cannot come soon enough.

    That's the date the IHSA will release postseason pairings. And you can rest assured, the Vandals are practically salavating at the possibility that another shot at archrival Greenville could await them when the Pana Regional pairings are revealed in a couple weeks.

  • Hobbie leads McKendree to ninth-...

     To most people, it was simply the day after Thanksgiving.

    To McKendree University men's basketball fans, it is the last time they lost a basketball game.

    On Nov. 29, the Bearcats started a winning streak, which, with a win over Columbia College on Jan. 20, has been extended to nine games.

  • Vandals pick up key road victory...

    The road can be a cruel place.

    Especially when you're coming off a loss like the Vandalia boys basketball team suffered against Altamont Saturday at VCHS.

    And even more so when the destination is Staunton.

  • Lady Vandals advance to title...

    The Vandalia girls basketball team will get a chance to defend its Sandoval Tournament title Saturday night thanks to a 40-26 semifinal victory over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Thursday.

    Defense and rebounding keyed the Lady Vandals' latest victory, as they held a 28-16 advantage on the boards and forced the Lady Hornets into 26 turnovers.

    Laura Hobbie led the way in the first half, scoring all 10 of her points, as VCHS enjoyed a 19-10 lead at intermission.

  • Lady Vandals move to 17-1

    The Vandalia girls basketball team took three steps toward attaining two major goals over the past seven days, moving its record to 17-1 in the process.

    The sixth-ranked Class 2A team in the state finds itself in the driver's seat in the race to win the program's first-ever South Central Conference East Division title after moving to 5-0 in league play with wins over Staunton and Greenville last week.

  • Altamont pulls away late in wild...

    It was a game that had many fans on the edge of their seats - and some on the verge of arrest.

    Fifty-one fouls, 71 free throws, two technicals and two ejections later, Altamont managed to repel the Vandalia boys basketball team's second valiant upset attempt in as many weeks, rallying for a 75-63 victory Saturday at VCHS.

  • Bombers rally to top Hornets

    Jared Winters banked in a shot in the low post with 1.8 seconds remaining Friday night, giving the Brownstown boys basketball team a thrilling 53-52 come-from-behind victory over Cowden-Herrick.

    The Bombers (6-6) trailed by eight points early in the fourth quarter, but rallied for a key win that counts in both the NTC and EIC standings. It was the Bombers first game in three weeks and just one of six home games on their schedule this year.

    Winters finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Brownstown, while Michael Kramer added 16 points.

  • Lady Vandals defend Mattoon...

    Nobody is more aware of how difficult it is to repeat as champions at the Mattoon Christmas Tournament than longtime Vandalia girls basketball coach Mike Butler.

    "I told our kids that I've been here since '92, and it's been a long, long time since there's been a repeat champion," said Butler, who has been taking Vandalia teams to the tournament more years than some of his current players have been alive.

  • Cougars win fourth VHT title...

     The script would have been too cheesy to believe - had the South Central boys basketball team not written it in Vandalia.

    The Cougars entered the 37th Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26 with a pedestrian 4-4 record and few believing they could even come close to competing for another tournament title.