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Today's Sports

  • Vandalia hosting Pana in playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team learned on Saturday night that it will be hosting conference foe Pana in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at 7 p.m.

    “It’s something we probably didn’t expect,” said coach John Stout of playing at home. “It’s always good to start the first round at home, and I think it’s a big advantage for us.”

    Just two weeks ago, Pana (6-3) came to play in Vandalia, with the Vandals (6-3) holding on for a nail-biting 20-14 win.

  • Two schools to play for regional...

    The South Central and St. Elmo High School volleyball teams will play for regional championships on Thursday.

    The top-seeded Lady Cougars had little trouble in defeating No. 4 Wayne City, earning the win on their own floor, 25-15, 25-10.

    In Altamont, No. 2 St. Elmo defeated third-seeded Ramsey in the semifinals, 22-25, 28-26, 25-16.

    For South Central, it was seniors Kinzie Neilson and Emily Atwood who led the offensive attack, with eight and seven kills, respectively.

    Junior Kellie Crain added four service aces.

  • Senior Spotlight: Blake Mills

    It's hurt for a while now.

    Injured during a game against Marquette Catholic almost a month and a half ago, Blake Mills' ankle has yet to fully heal, but that hasn't stopped the Vandalia senior from taking the field every game this season.

    Playing exclusively on the defensive side of the ball since his injury, save for a couple of snaps at center last Friday, Mills has established himself as the Vandals' top tackler, with 54 solos and six for a loss on the season.

  • Sperry, Scholes named co-MVPs of...

    St. Elmo High School seniors Ben Sperry and Blaine Scholes were named co-MVPs of the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead a group of area players  who made up the entire all-conference first team.

    In total, area players filled all but six of the spots on the second team and honorable mention team, with players from Beecher City rounding out the selections.

    2011 EIC All-Conference

  • St. Elmo wins EIC

    ST. ELMO – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team won the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Friday, defeating Christ Our Rock Lutheran in three sets.

    Junior Megan Maxey led the Lady Eagles with nine kills and junior Katie Stites added eight of her own during the 25-18, 23-25, 15-10 victory on St. Elmo's home floor.

  • Patoka falls in tight battle at...

    ST. ELMO – Patoka kept the game close against Beecher City last Friday, but the Lady Warriors were unable to get the win in the seventh-place game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    The Lady Eagles won the game, 26-24, 25-22.

    That loss came a day after Patoka also had a close battle with Cowden-Herrick in the final game of pool play, which saw Patoka lose, 25-18, 25-20.

  • Mills finds calling in minors

    When attending a minor league baseball game, a decent amount of the entertainment value doesn’t even come from the players on the field.

    At Kane County Cougars games, it’s a St. Elmo graduate who helps ensure that fans get their money’s worth when the team isn't on the field.

    Heather Mills, the salutatorian of the 2005 class, is now employed in the team’s promotions department after a few years in the ticket department.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct....

    CLASS 3A FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
    Upper Bracket
    •(8) Robinson at (1) Greenville
    •(5) Pana at (4) Vandalia
    •(7) North Mac at (2) Marquette
    •(6) Nokomis at (3) Staunton

    •(8) Sesser at (1) Breese Central
    •(5) Eldorado at (4) Anna-Jonesboro
    •(7) Harrisburg at (2) Mt. Carmel
    •(6) Red Bud at (3) Benton

    Lower Bracket
    •(8) Kewanee at (1) Aurora Christian
    •(5) Oregon at (4) Watseka

  • Jr. NTC Champions

    The Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op seventh-grade girls basketball team won the Jr. National Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday, defeating Neoga in the championship game.

  • Sports Briefs (Oct. 27)

    Jr. Pro basketball camp starts Oct. 29

    The Vandalia Jr. Pro boys basketball camp will begin on Oct. 29 and conclude on Nov. 12 during Red/White night.

    Boys in grades K-6 may register for the camp, which will emphasize individual attention to develop skills.

    Teaching kids to enjoy the game is one of the primary objectives of the camp.