Holiday Tourney runs through Saturday

The 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened on Wednesday, and the championship games will be held on Saturday.
The Vandals are ranked No. 3 in the event and will be after their first tourney title since 1981.
But to get there, Vandalia will be facing some very tough competition along the way.
The Vandals opened tournament play on Wednesday against St. Anthony, and Shelbyville.
Results of those games, as well as all games from the tournament, will be available at www.leaderunion.com throughout the week.
On Thursday, Vandalia takes on Altamont at 8 p.m., and the premiere game for the Vandals is on Friday against Maroa-Forsyth at 6:30 p.m.
***
St. Elmo is another Fayette County team in the tournament, as the No. 5 seed, and comes into the event with the momentum of winning its own holiday tournament.
The Eagles opened pool play next Wednesday against Pana.
On Thursday, they takes on Greenville at 9:30 a.m. and Flora at 6:30 p.m.
The following day, the Eagles wrap up pool play against conference rival South Central at 3:30 p.m.
***
South Central is the No. 10 seed in the tournament.
The Cougars began pool play in the first game of the tournament on Wednesday against Flora, and then take on Pana at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
South Central’s double day is Friday, when it will face Greenville at 11 a.m. and St. Elmo at 3:30 p.m.
***
Flora has been awarded the top seed for the fourth straight year and will look to win its third tournament in four years.
The VHT opened up with Flora facing South Central on Wednesday, and the Wolves also played Greenville.
On Thursday, Flora will battle No. 5 St. Elmo at 6:30 p.m., and in the final game of pool play on Friday, the Wolves take on Pana at 8 p.m.
***
No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth is a newcomer to the VHT, but adds another strong team to the field.
The Trojans played Okaw Valley Conference rival Shelbyville and Altamont in pool play on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Maroa-Forsyth battles ninth-seeded St. Anthony at 11 a.m., and the Trojans conclude pool play against No. 3 Vandalia on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
***
No. 4 Pana has a new cast of players but will still to look to at least match last season's second-place finish by making the title game.
Pana opens the tournament on Wednesday against St. Elmo.
On Thursday, the Panthers have a double day, facing South Central at 12:30 p.m. and Greenville at 5 p.m.
Pana closes pool play against Flora at 8 p.m. on Friday.
***
An improved team, No. 6 Shelbyville will be looking to break into the top five of the VHT this season.
Shelbyville opened the VHT on Wednesday against Maroa-Forsyth and Vandalia.
On Thursday, the Rams will battle St. Anthony at 3:30 p.m., and on Friday, Shelbyville faces Altamont at 12:30 p.m.
***
Coming off of a second-place finish at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, one-loss Altamont will look to better its No. 7 seed in the VHT.
On Wednesday, the Indians opened pool play against Maroa-Forsyth, and on Thursday, Altamont will face Vandalia at 8 p.m.
On the final day of pool play, the Indians will battle Shelbyville at 12:30 p.m. and St. Anthony at 5 p.m.
***
No. 8 Greenville is the third South Central Conference team in the tournament, and though the Comets have struggled early-on, they are still a dangerous team.
Greenville opened pool play with Flora on Wednesday.
The Comets' double-day is on Thursday against St. Elmo at 9:30 a.m. and Pana at 5 p.m.
Pool play closes for the Comets on Friday against South Central at 11 a.m.
***
Another newcomer, No. 9 St. Anthony will try to avoid the ninth-place game of the VHT.
The Bulldogs opened pool play on Wednesday against Vandalia, and their double-day is Thursday against Maroa-Forsyth at 11 a.m. and Shelbyville at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday, St. Anthony takes on conference rival Altamont to close pool play at 5 p.m.
***
The championship round is on Saturday, beginning with the ninth-place game at 2 p.m.
The seventh-place game will start at about 3:30 p.m., the fifth-place will start at about 5 p.m., the third-place game will start at about 6:30 p.m. and the championship game will begin at about 8 p.m.

Leave a Comment