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Today's Sports

  • Comets pull away late, end...

    Three factors kept the Vandalia football team from elevating a great 2008 season into, perhaps, the greatest season in program history on Saturday: turnovers, penalties - and arch rival Greenville's ability to take advantage of both.

    It all added up to a nasty case of dj vu for the Vandals in a season-ending 28-10 loss.

  • Lady Eagles fall in sectional...

    Up 11-5 in the opening game of its semifinal match against Lincolnwood Tuesday at the Dieterich Sectional, the St. Elmo volleyball team seemed to have enough momentum to extend its unlikely postseason run to Thursday's championship and beyond.

    "We came out (early) and played good volleyball," Lady Eagles coach Elise Asher said. "We were making good passes and getting the ball to our setters."

  • St. Elmo wins own regional

    An old saying states it's not important how you start, but how you finish.

    It proved to be doubly true for the St. Elmo volleyball team Saturday night in the championship of its own Class 1A regional.

    The second-seeded Lady Eagles made sure their season did not end the way it started - with a loss to South Central - by racing out to a 9-1 lead in the decisive third game of a 25-16, 18-25, 25-18 upset of the top-seeded Lady Cougars.

    The regional title was St. Elmo's first since 2003.

  • Vandals blitz Wolves, now on...

    For 11 long years, the Vandalia football program had a monkey on its back.

    But it took just 77 seconds for the Vandals to shake that stubborn primate loose Friday night.

    Coach John Stout's team then sacked the past into oblivion, rolling to a 34-12 win over Flora at Mark Greer Field for its first postseason victory since 1997.

    Jake Etcheson scored from 89 yards out on the opening kickoff and added an 11-yard TD run a little more than a minute later, after VCHS recovered a Flora fumble.

  • Lady Vandals' historic...

    Coming off a regular season in which it accomplished just about everything it set out to do, it was only natural for the Vandalia volleyball team to want even more success in the postseason.

    A regional title was not in the cards, however, as a hard-hitting Newton team ended Vandalia's historic 2008 campaign Saturday with a 25-17, 25-23 win over the Lady Vandals in the championship of the Olney-East Richland Class 2A Regional.

  • VCHS JV and freshman volleyball...

    The present couldn't be much brighter for the Vandalia varsity volleyball team.

    The Lady Vandals recently set a program-record with their 23rd win - taking their first-ever outright SCC-East title in the process - and they will be favored to win their first regional title since 1985 this week at Olney.

    But despite facing the loss of five senior starters next year, the varsity team's future seems bright as well, as the Vandalia junior varsity and freshman teams recently wrapped up highly-successful seasons, combining for a 30-5-3 record.

  • Local woman qualifies for Boston...

    Imagine for a moment that your Saturday mornings for the past three months consisted of getting up at 5 a.m. to do something most people would find unimaginable at any hour of the day - running 20-plus miles.

    Now imagine that the point of all that hard work - to prepare to run in the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles - was wiped away by a hurricane.

    Yes, a hurricane.

  • Vandals' offense comes...

    When the postseason - and all the pressure that comes along with it - is just around the corner, even 7-1 teams can use a little boost of confidence.

    And fortunately, the Vandalia football team got a much-needed shot of self-esteem Friday at Mark Greer Field with a 33-18 "Senior Night" win over Carlinville.

    Much like it did last year, the Vandals entered Week 9 in great shape record-wise, but struggling offensively.

    Unlike last year, coach John Stout's team emerged from its offensive funk just in time to enter postseason play with a much better mindset.

  • Vandals to host Flora in first...

    It's difficult not to look ahead when something you really want is just down the road.

    But, by the same token, the Vandalia football team knows its hopes of getting where it wants to go - to Highland for another shot at Greenville in Week 2 of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs - will hinge on its ability to focus on what's directly in front of it Friday night at Mark Greer Field, where the Vandals (8-1) will take on Flora (7-2) at 7 p.m. in the first round.

  • Lady Vandals have historic...

    Tears were flowing prior to the Vandalia volleyball team's Senior Night match against Pana Thursday, as VCHS seniors Amanda Walton, Shelby Cearlock, Mary Davis, Tori Hagy and Stephanie Henna were recognized in an emotional pre-game ceremony.

    Tears were flowing after the match as well.

    Fortunately they were tears of joy instead of tears of sorrow - thanks to a remarkable turnaround by the Lady Vandals.