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Today's Sports

  • Cougars edge Eagles in thriller

    Isaac Grapperhaus was not having a good day.

    The South Central junior had spent much of Friday's game against St. Elmo on the bench with foul trouble. And when he was on the floor, his production was well below his normal standards, as he had just four points and four rebounds heading into the final minute of play.

    So when the 6-foot-5 center reached over a St. Elmo player to coral a Tanner Bushue miss in the closing seconds of a tie game, just about everyone in the building figured he would be whistled for an over-the-back foul.

    But that whistle never came.

  • Hillsboro rallies to hand Lady...

    The Lady Vandals' disappointment was palpable Thursday as they walked off the court following a 57-46 setback to state-ranked Pana.

    For good reason.

    They had just watched the Lady Panthers escape VCHS with a victory for the third straight time, doing so, once again, by rallying from a second-half deficit.

    But as the team emerged from the locker room after taking a moment to let their first setback of the season sink in, a sense of pride and optimism was just as evident.

  • Vandals still searching for...

    Mitch Johnson had just completed a Vandalia comeback from a nine-point first-half deficit with a putback that tied the game at 27 early in the second half.

    Carlyle, having fallen in love with the 3-point shot after making three of its first six attempts early, had just seen its 10th-consecutive heave from beyond the arc clang off the rim.

    Barring something unforeseen, Vandalia appeared to have the edge down the stretch at home Tuesday night.

  • VCHS boys and girls games...

    Saturday's VCHS boys and girls basketball games have been postponed due to today's snowfall and additional snow expected tonight.

    The boys team was scheduled to play Shelbyville at home tonight at 6 p.m., while the girls were to play at Altamont. Neither game has been rescheduled. The Lady Vandals will return to action Monday at Breese Central, while the boys will host Carlyle Tuesday.

  • Hobbie earns conference Player...

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie is hot on Matt Laur's trail.

    While Laur, a South Central grad who is currently an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State University, has not been a McKendree basketball player for years. In the last 10 years, no Bearcat player had a more successful freshman season than Laur.

    Until now.

    So far, Hobbie has scored 202 points in his first dozen college games, an average of 16.8 points per game. Laur, who grew 4 inches during his time at McKendree, averaged 17.4 points per game during his freshman season.

  • Vandal wrestlers move to 6-0

    If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of doubt.

    "I heard they're better than last year," said an opposing coach during the Vandalia wrestling team's season-opener at Belleville West.

    "He's got his work cut out for him," said an Oakwood wrestler Saturday before his teammate's match against the Vandals' Josh Eller. "This guy got fourth at state last year."

    The Vandals' reputation precedes them. And, according to VCHS coach Jason Clay, it can be a huge advantage if taken advantage of properly.

  • Hillsboro holds off Vandals with...

    The Vandalia boys basketball team could not be stopped inside Tuesday night at Hillsboro, as big men Mitch Johnson and Will Cowger combined to score 44 points.

    But, unfortunately, the Hiltoppers couldn't miss from the outside.

    Hillsboro held off the Vandals by connecting on 12 shots from beyond the arc in a 69-59 SCC-East victory.

  • VJHS 7th-graders fall one win...

    DIVERNON - The Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team's pressure defense helped carry it all the way to the Divernon Sectional by harassing and frustrating the opposition throughout the season.

    But on Wednesday night, the Junior Lady Vandals met their match, as Auburn stopped Vandalia just one win short of the state tournament with relentless defensive pressure and the scoring touch of guard Shelby Mangold in a 30-16 win in the Divernon Sectional title game.

  • Vandals fall to Oilers in home...

    It was a sequence that became all-to-common during the second half of the Vandalia boys basketball team's home opener Friday night: Shot leaves East Alton-Wood River player's hand. Shot clangs off the iron. Ball winds up back the hands of an Oilers player.

    And ultimately, that disturbing trend led to a frustrating 45-41 loss for the Vandals.

    Overall, Vandalia finished with a 28-25 advantage on the glass. But 12 of the Oilers' 25 boards were of the offensive variety, leading to 11 second-chance points.

  • Vandal wrestlers win CM...

    For the sixth time in seven years, the Vandalia wrestling team has claimed the championship of the Bethalto Civic Memorial Invitational.

    The Vandals bounced back from last year's third-place finish in a big way Saturday, as first-place finishes by Nathan Stone, Matt Shroyer and Adam Bowling helped VCHS reclaim the crown.

    Curtis Hemminghaus and Cody Pyle added second-place showings, as Vandalia finished with 232 points, far outpacing formidable opponents such as Murphysboro (199) and Civic Memorial (191.5), which placed second and third, respectively.