Today's Sports

  • Vandals go 0-4 at St. Athony...

    The Effingham-St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament was essentially a weeklong varsity boot camp for an inexperienced Vandalia boys basketball team.

    And just like real-life basic training, the experience was demanding and downright unpleasant at times - yet still positive in the long run, as the Vandals emerged from the tournament a stronger team despite an 0-4 record.

  • VCHS Wrestlers Dominate in Opener

    No Josh Eller? New names up and down the lineup?

    No problem for the VCHS wrestling team.

    The Vandals overcame the abscence of one of their best wrestlers and some understandable nerves in their season opener on Monday, rolling to a thorough 52-23 road victory over Class 2A Belleville West.

    The Vandals recorded wins in 11 of the 14 individual matches, with seven of those victories coming via pins.

  • Bombers win in new coach's...

    Adam Bussard hoped to instill a defense-first mentality in his first year as Brownstown's boys basketball coach.

    And the early returns indicate he's done just that after the Bombers' season-opening 49-39 win over Mt. Olive Monday night at the Mulberry Grove Tournament.

    After closing the first half with a 14-1 run that erased a nine-point deficit and gave the Bombers a 27-23 lead at intermission, Brownstown held Mt. Olive to just 16 second-half points on 6-for-27 shooting.

  • South Central looks to join the...

    The National Trail Conference and South Central High School have always seemed to be a perfect match.

    Problem is, the Fayette County school never had a serious opportunity to court the storied small-school league.

    Until last week.

    Long reluctant to expand, the NTC officially welcomed Dieterich into the fold last Tuesday, bringing the number of member schools in the league to an undesirably uneven total of 11.

    South Central saw this development as an opportunity to make its move. And it did not hesitate to act.

  • Turnovers doom Vandals in season...

    EFFINGHAM - Under normal circumstances, 53 percent shooting from the field is more than good enough to earn a victory.

    And that's the shooting percentage the new-look VCHS boys basketball team finished with Monday night in its season opener.

    But, unfortunately for the Vandals, there was nothing normal about the circumstances they found themselves in against the host team at the Effingham-St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • VJHS 8th-grade girls solid all-...

    With just one regular-season game remaining, the VJHS eighth-grade girls basketball team has to be feeling upbeat as the postseaon quickly approaches.

    Especially after a 31-9 victory at Ramsey Monday night.

    The Lady Junior Vandals (8-8) did several things well in moving back to the .500 mark.

    In the first half, Vandalia's passing stood out, as the Lady Junior Vandals had assists on seven of their 10 baskets.

    In the second half, the Lady Vandals dominated the boards, outrebounding Ramsey 21-11.

  • Defense, rebounding key VJHS 7th...

    For the most part, the Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team's shots just weren't falling Thursday night against Ramsey.

    But thanks to the Junior Vandals' dominating defense and ownership of the offensive glass, it didn't matter.

    The Junior Vandals cruised to a 29-11 victory, as 10 offensive boards in the first eight minutes helped them jump out to an 11-1 lead and suffocating defense throughout kept Ramsey from entertaining serious thoughts of a comeback.

  • VJHS 8th-grade boys bring '...

    Maybe the Junior Vandals were enjoying the carryover affect from their thrilling double-overtime victory at Hillsboro two nights before.

    Maybe the VJHS eighth-grade boys basketball team was just stoked to be playing its first home game of the year.

    Whatever the source of inspiration was, the Junior Vandals came to play Thursday night. And Ramsey had the misfortune of running into a team firing on all cylinders, as Vandalia rolled to a 49-11 win.

  • Great passing helps VJHS 8th-...

    The Vandalia eighth-grade girls basketball team was in a sharing mood Monday night.

    And thanks in large part to the team's pass-first approach, the Junior Vandals cruised to a 26-8 victory over South Central at VJHS.

    Vandalia wound up recording assists on 10 of its 11 field goals. Amber Bruno was especially fond of setting up teammates - particularly Hannah Edwards - as four of her team-high five assists came on Edwards buckets.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win own...

    Stealing is only cool in a couple instances: George Clooney movies and on the basketball court. The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team proved to be doubly cool Saturday, mastering the latter with Ocean's Eleven-like precision in the championship game of its own invitational tournament. The Junior Vandals came up with 18 steals against St. Elmo in a 38-20 win, with Tim Ritchey filled the role of Clooney's Danny Oceans. The Junior Vandals lynchpin came away with 10 of those takeaways, going on to post a rare points-steals double-double by scoring a game-high 14 points.