Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals beat Altamont, but...

    The Lady Vandals did not get off to a good start against Altamont on Saturday.

    But coach Michelle McNary called a timeout after watching her team commit three turnovers and score just two points in the first two minutes, pleading with them to play with more intensity.

    It didn’t happen right away, but the Lady Vandals certainly responded.

    Vandalia would force Altamont into 20 first-half turnovers, made 16 first-half free throws and had a good afternoon from the field in a 64-43 nonconference win.

  • Sixth-seeded Cougars take third...

    ST. ELMO – South Central didn’t play its best basketball against Beecher City in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    But coach Rick Simmons was still pleased with his team after it won third place with a 41-35 win against Beecher City on Saturday.

    “We still have to get our offense better,” Simmons said. “We aren’t very crisp on offense, but we did a decent job on defense, even though we don’t play zone very often.”

  • Bombers slowed down by Cowden-...

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown’s offense was slowed down for the first time all season in the fifth-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The Bombers had scored at least 59 points in each of the first nine games, but Cowden-Herrick forced them into some foul trouble and then their shots stopped dropping in Saturday’s 59-38 loss.

  • Rams beat MG in OT for seventh

    ST. ELMO – Ramsey junior Tylor Knisley did not want to finish last in this season’s St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in the fourth period and overtime, Knisley led the Rams to a 42-36 win against Mulberry Grove in Saturday’s seventh-place game.

    He finished the contest with game-highs for points (15) and rebounds (11), while adding a steal and two blocked shots. Ramsey senior Colton Hunt tied his season-high with 11 points.

  • Vandal wrestlers fall by a point...

    The Vandalia wrestling team came up just short against Civic Memorial last Wednesday in the final tuneup before the St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge.

    Vandalia recorded two pins and had four forfeit victories, but Civic Memorial took all of the remaining matches to win, 37-36.

    Senior Zach Jackson pinned his opponent in 1:51 at 160 pounds, and sophomore Jake Stewart picked up his team-leading eighth win by pinning his opponent in 3:50 at 170 pounds.

    Jackson is tied with sophomore Dalton Blankenship for the team lead with five pins.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Dec. 20)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's winter sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

  • Jr. Wrestlers do well at...

    Vandalia's Jr. wrestlers found plenty of success at Sunday's Vandalia Christmas Showdown tournament.

  • Eagles use defense to make title...

    ST. ELMO – A strong second half propelled the Eagles into the championship game of their own holiday tournament last Thursday.

    Senior Ben Davis came off of the bench and drained a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the third quarter, and junior Levi Maxey nailed another 3 on the first possession of the fourth quarter to seal the deal for St. Elmo in a 42-33 win against Beecher City.

  • Bombers beat MG in consolation...

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown senior Austin Hunter dominated the paint in an otherwise ugly game in the consolation semifinals of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    He had his best game of the season with 28 points and 16 rebounds in the Bombers’ 86-54 win against Mulberry Grove last Thursday.

    The game was close through the first 16 minutes, as the Bombers held just a 31-25 halftime lead, but Mulberry Grove had trouble stopping Hunter and senior Matt Sefton in the second half.

  • Cougars upset Cowden-Herrick,...

    ST. ELMO – Senior Fischer Tharp picked apart Cowden-Herrick’s defense to lead South Central to an upset win in the first round of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring a game-high 32 points last Wednesday, Tharp led the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 52-48 victory against No. 3 Cowden-Herrick.