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Today's News

  • Aces win on Goodin's buzzer-beater

    MULBERRY GROVE — Alex Goodin's buzzer-beater capped off a furious comeback.
    It also gave the Mulberry Grove boys basketball team a thrilling 53-52 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday night.
    Christ Our Rock had a 10-point halftime lead, 31-21.
    At one point in the second half, the Silver Stallions had a 17-point advantage.
    CORL held a 42-34 lead entering the fourth period, but the Aces went on a 19-10 run to finish the game.

  • Area Girls Basketball Roundup

    BSE girls cruise to lopsided win

  • St. Elmo tourney begins next Tuesday

    The 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament will begin Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    St. Elmo/Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Cowden-Herrick vs. Beecher City, 7:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont vs. South Central, 6:15 p.m.
    Okaw Valley vs. Mulberry Grove, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 18
    Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2, 6:15 p.m.
    Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2, 7:45 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 19
    Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 6:15 p.m.

  • Vandals win Civic Memorial Tournament

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won the Civic Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia had four individual champions at the event — Chaston Womack, Ryne Lipsey, Dalton Blankenship and Jake Stewart.
    Blankenship was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
    The Vandals also had two second-place finishers in Kolton Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey.
    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Gillespie

    Vandalia's girls cruised past Gillespie, 52-40, on Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals (4-2) are at Piasa Southwestern on Saturday. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.

     

  • Wrestling team begins 2014-15 season

    VANDALIA — The odds were stacked against the Vandalia Vandals before Tuesday's season-opening wrestling dual even began.
    For starters, two returning state-qualifiers were unavailable to compete for the Vandals. That meant some athletes would be wrestling in higher weight classes against bigger opponents.
    Two open weights also hurt the hosts, as well, as the Vandals gave up 12 points to forfeits.
    That's not all. The Class 1A Vandals were also hosting a solid Class 3A program.

  • State qualifiers will lead Vandals

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team returns a solid core.
    The Vandals have regional champions, sectional medalists and state qualifiers up and down the lineup. In fact, Vandals Coach Jason Clay has five returning state qualifiers on the roster in 2014-15.
    All five are expected to lead the way for the Vandals this season.
    Let's take a quick look at each of Vandalia's returning state qualifiers.

    Trevor Philpot
    A sophomore, Philpot advanced to state at 106 pounds last year.

  • Birth

    Seiley Suzanne Hortenstine
    Ben and Dana Hortenstine of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 7:04 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

    Seiley Suzanne weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Harold and Janet Smedley of Pana, and Marc and Diane Hortenstine of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Carolyn Hortenstine of Ramsey and the late Dan Hortenstine, the late Ben and Hester Allen, the late Arthur and Dorothy Smedley, and the late John and Millie Thull.

  • Donations to Shriners' Hospitals

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and ABATE Chapter 27 ($4,800) and JK Builders ($1,000) recently made donations to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

    The ABATE chapter also donated a box of shirts for children in the hospitals. In front are Jim Pryor and Terri VanHuss of ABATE, Ron Rauch of the Old National Trail Shrine Club and Kathlynn Max of J&K Builders. In back are Mick Eddington and Eric Ward of ABATE, Carl Hall of Shriners Hospitals, Bob White of ABATE and Jeremy Marx of JK Builders.

  • Taylor - 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor of rural Shobonier were honored at a reception on Saturday as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.