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Today's Sports

  • VHT: Comets reach new heights

    Greenville made history last Tuesday night.
    For the first time in the long history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Greenville took home the tourney championship.
    Using a balanced attack, the Comets won the 43rd annual tournament by topping Flora, 46-32, in the title game.
    The Comets entered the event as the No. 1 seed, and they lived up to the billing, securing a place in the tourney's record book.
    And with a large crowd looking on, the Comets were the team left celebrating when the four-day event came to a conclusion on Tuesday night.

  • Despite scoring drought,...

    The St. Anthony Bulldogs went nearly the entire fourth quarter without a point.
    And they still won.
    St. Anthony held on late for a 44-35 win over Altamont on Tuesday night in the third-place game of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    Clinging to a slim lead, and watching Altamont make one last push, the Bulldogs went minute after minute of the final frame without scoring.
    St. Anthony finally stopped its long scoring drought with only 24 seconds left in the game, as Zach Gardewine made two free throws that sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

  • Area roundup: BSE girls win,...

    BROWNSTOWN — With three and a half minutes remaining in Monday's girls basketball game, the Brownstown/St. Elmo Bombers had a comfortable double-digit lead.
    Three minutes later, the game was on the line.
    But Gabi Moore made two late free throws, and the Lady Bombers held on for a 45-38 win over Altamont.
    Moore's free throws proved big down the stretch.
    "She stepped up and made her free throws at the end, so I'm really proud of Gabi," Pruett said.

  • Sports Briefs: IHSA football...

    IHSA football proposal rejected

    A proposal that would have eliminated conferences for high school football teams did not pass, an IHSA press release stated Tuesday.
    Member schools rejected Proposal 10, which would have revamped the football regular season and playoff system.
    The vote was 395-212 against the proposal.

    Enlow takes
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  • Vandals gain experience, face...

    CHAMPAIGN — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team gained lots of experience and competed against some of the top teams in the state at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.
    The two-day tournament featured 36 teams, with more than half of Class 1A's ranked teams in attendance. The event also featured 10 of the top 20 state-ranked teams.
    There were six pools, which featured round-robin action. Vandalia went 4-0 in their pool last Monday. The Vandals then went 2-3 in duals on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

  • VHT: Pearce named MVP, Vandals...

    Bryce Pearce of Flora was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    A 5-10 senior guard, Pearce scored 118 points at the VHT and led the Wolves to the championship game for the second-straight year. It was also the second-straight year that Pearce scored more than 100 points at the tourney. He scored 119 points last year, which is the sixth-most all-time. This year's total is tied for seventh-best all-time.

  • Eagles leave VHT without a win

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles didn't want to leave the Vandalia Holiday Tournament without a win.
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, they did.
    Pana rolled past St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in Tuesday's ninth-place game of VHT.
    The Eagles stayed close early, but cold shooting and numerous turnovers doomed SEB in this one. The loss left SEB winless in five tournament games.

  • Cougars win VHT finale for...

    For the first time all tournament long, the South Central Cougars didn't have to play first thing in the morning.
    And it looked like the change did the Cougars some good.
    South Central took the lead right away and never looked back in a 58-42 victory over Maroa-Forsyth in last Tuesday's seventh-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The Cougars got off to a great start, never trailing and running out to an 11-2 lead.
    South Central Coach Rick Simmons said it was important for his team to get off to a good start.

  • Vandals look to regroup

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament ended in disappointing fashion for the host Vandals.
    Shelbyville knocked off Vandalia, 60-53, in last Tuesday's fifth-place game of the 43rd annual event.
    The Vandals had an off-shooting night, and also allowed the Rams to convert numerous points in the paint.
    And after solid performances in the first four games of the tourney, the Vandals looked out of sync in the finale. That was disappointing to see, Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher admitted.

  • The wait is over: Vandals get...

    The host Vandals began the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Friday morning searching for that elusive first victory.
    They got it.
    And they definitely earned it.
    Vandalia overcame a double-digit deficit and used an inspired second half to knock off Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63, in pool play.
    It was the first win of the season for the Vandals after an 0-8 start.