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Today's Sports

  • Vandals split wrestling duals at...

    SHELBYVILLE — Two early-season tests.
    That's one way to look at last Wednesday's wrestling duals at Shelbyville High School.
    And for the Vandalia Vandals, the results were mixed.
    Shelbyville defeated Vandalia, 39-24.
    But the Vandals ended the night on a positive note by beating Taylorville, 52-19.
    The dual with Shelbyville was the most intense one of the night, and the hosts were able to secure some close wins to knock off the Vandals.

  • Area girls roundup: BSE girls...

    FARINA — A strong second quarter gave the Brownstown/St. Elmo Lady Bombers the lead. A solid fourth quarter secured a win.
    Brownstown/St. Elmo earned a 41-28 girls basketball victory over South Central last Thursday night.
    South Central held an 8-6 lead after one period of play, but Brownstown/St. Elmo went on an 11-3 run in the second quarter to take a 17-11 lead into intermission.
    The third period was nearly even, and BSE was clinging to a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Rams run past Hornets

    RAMSEY — The Ramsey Lady Rams converted steals into layups again and again in the second half to secure a 37-25 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday night.
    Several easy buckets late in the game turned a close one into a double-digit victory for the hosts, who were playing for the first time in two weeks.
    With active hands and quick guards, Ramsey was able to pressure the visiting Hornets into several turnovers in the second half. Many of those Cowden-Herrick turnovers led directly to layups.

  • Lady Vandals heading to Mattoon...

    The Vandalia Lady Vandals will be among the teams competing at the 36th Annual Mattoon Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament.
    The tourney is scheduled for Dec. 26, 27 and 29.
    Galesburg is the defending champion. The tourney schedule is below.

    Mattoon Christmas Tournament
    Dec. 26 games
    Olney vs. Sullivan, 8:30 a.m.
    Salem vs. Galesburg, 10 a.m.
    Mattoon vs. Effingham St. Anthony, 11:30 a.m.
    Vandalia vs. MacArthur, 1 p.m.
    Galesburg vs. Olney, 3 p.m.
    Sullivan vs. Salem, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    Facing a 13-point deficit, the Vandalia Lady Vandals didn't quit.
    They rallied instead.
    But in the end, a solid comeback was not enough, as Hillsboro held on for a 54-45 win over Vandalia on Thursday night in South Central Conference action.
    Utilizing a solid inside-outside game, the Hiltoppers had a 13-point lead in the first half. But the host Vandals showed some tenacity, fought back and cut the deficit to one.

  • Vandalia girls fall to Hillsboro

    Hillsboro defeated Vandalia, 54-45, in girls basketball action on Thursday night.

    Makayla Tinker scored 17 points to lead the way for the Lady Vandals. Madelyn Hosick added 11 points, while Emma Meyer scored nine.

    The Lady Vandals fell to 5-4 on the season. The Hilltoppers improved to 7-2.

    See the print edition for more.

  • Vandalia voting no on football...

    Will the landscape of high school football in Illinois change?
    Vandalia Coach John Stout hopes not. And he's not alone.
    A proposal that would drastically overhaul how regular-season football games are scheduled in the state will be voted on by Illinois High School Association member schools this month.
    And many coaches like Stout are opposed to the proposal.
    "We're not in favor of it," Stout said. "We're voting no."

  • Lady Vandals earn overtime win

    CENTRALIA — A great finish definitely made up for a poor start for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    Vandalia's girls got it done in crunch time, pulling out an exciting 56-53 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran in overtime on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals overcame a double-digit deficit with a late rally to force overtime. The visitors then held off the Silver Stallions in the extra period.

  • TOURNEY CHAMPS

    BETHALTO — The trip to Bethalto produced quite of a bit of hardware for the Vandalia Vandals.
    With six wrestlers in title matches, the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team took first place at the 2014 Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
    "I thought we did a real nice job," Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said. "We looked pretty good. We attacked more. We faced some good opponents, and we had some good individual performances."

  • Vandalia girls fall to state-...

    PIASA — One bad quarter.
    That was all it took to turn a close game into a blowout.
    Southwestern-Piasa used a big third-quarter to get past the Vandalia Lady Vandals, 50-32, on Saturday.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by only four at halftime, but the Birds went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter to pull away for good.
    In the third period, the Lady Vandals simply went cold from the field, misfiring again and again. A few turnovers also proved costly for the visitors.