Today's Sports

  • Vandals win Litchfield...

    The Panther Wrestling Tournament is hosted by Litchfield High School. But it might as well be renamed the Vandals' Invitational.

    The Vandalia wrestling team continued its string of dominance at the tournament Saturday, closing out the regular season by claiming its 13th title in 14 years at the event.

    The Vandals will look to keep a similar run of dominance going Saturday when it opens up the postseason at the Cumberland Regional, as VCHS will be shooting for its 14th straight regional title.

  • Cougars win their 14th MTC...

    Poor perimeter shooting plagued South Central during a so-so start to the 2007-08 season.

    What a difference a month and a few shots beyond the arc can make.

    The Cougars (14-5) continued their resurgence last week at the Midland Trail Conference Tournament, as a pair of 3-point barrages helped South Central claim the program's 14th MTC Tournament title.

    The top-seeded Cougars hit 7 of 13 from long distance in the first half of last Wednesday's semifinal against Cisne, enjoying a 13-point halftime lead before holding off a late Lions' comeback for a 60-50 win.

  • Vandals top PORTA, fall to O...

    Quantity is good. Quality is even better.

    And the combination of the two is downright fantastic - especially when there's an element of revenge involved.

    Those facts considered, the Vandalia wrestling team could not have had a better week last week, as it went 4-0 and improved to 21-1 on the season.

    One of those wins came against a team that topped the Vandals a year ago - a team that is ranked fourth in the state this season.

    The Vandals went 3-0 Saturday at the Clinton Quad, with the highlight of the day being a 41-25 victory over Petersburg PORTA.

  • Hillsboro holds off Vandals...

    Vandalia's boys basketball team had its best offensive game of the year Tuesday, hitting 50 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the foul line on its way to a season-high 67 points.

    Unfortunately, the Vandals had one of their worst defensive nights as well.

    The combination led to another frustratingly close defeat, as Vandalia dropped its 10th game by 10 points or fewer this season, falling to visiting Hillsboro, 74-67.

  • Miller's 31 points powers...

    Brownstown center Josh Miller is the kind of player that will stick to the gameplan no matter what.

    And on most nights, the gameplan calls for the 6-foot-3 senior to rebound, defend and contribute a basket here and there - so long as he adheres to the "two-dribble limit" imposed on him by coach Adam Bussard.

    But the gameplan changed a bit Friday night, wisely calling for a guy nicknamed "Moose" to get as many touches as possible against an undersized Ramsey team featuring just one player over 6 feet tall.

  • Lady Vandals win 10th straight

    Success has not gone to the Lady Vandals' heads.

    In fact, some members of the VCHS girls basketball team may be oblivious to the fact that they are on the verge making history.

    "Some of them probably don't even know what our record is," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler, whose team is closing in on the program's all-time victories mark.

    "They just come to play hard every night."

  • Lady Vandals hold off Hillsboro

    The basketball gods seemed to be smiling on the Vandalia girls basketball team Monday night.

    Just 48 hours after draining victory in the championship of the Sandoval Invitational, the unthinkable seemed possible - an easy road victory at Hillsboro.

    It would have been just what the doctor ordered for the visibly weary Lady Vandals, who enjoyed a 31-16 lead early in the third quarter. But it turns out it was too good to be true.

    The Lady Hiltoppers used a 3-point barrage to storm back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit, taking a 39-38 with 2:18 to go.

  • Earnest wins big-time bowling...

    Note to anyone bowling against Jessica Earnest in the near future - do not try to play the intimidation card.

    Especially if you're a dude.

    One of Earnest's male counterparts attempted to do so recently at the Third Annual Chris Barnes Youth Classic, held in Irving, Texas, over Thanksgiving weekend.

    "He kept saying, 'I'm coming after you,'" Earnest recalled. "I just kept telling him to bring it on."

  • Vandals play well in defeat to...

    Sometimes, you just have to give credit where credit is due - even if that credit is being heaped upon a bitter rival.

    The Vandalia boys basketball team could not have played any harder than it did Friday night. The Vandals kept their opponents guessing by switching up defenses and did exactly what they wanted to do on the offensive end of the court.

    Still, it wasn't enough to upset a talented Greenville squad on its home court in a 57-44 loss.

  • Smith has perfect game for...

    It was a perfect performance from the field.

    Blackburn College's Ryan Smith, a Vandalia grad, scored 14 points in Blackburn's 76-53 loss to Fontbonne University recently. Smith hit 7-of-7 from the field. He also pulled down two rebounds in the contest. Smith also had eight points, three steals and two rebounds in Blackburn's 81-52 loss to Webster University.