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Today's Sports

  • VanUytven to play volleyball at...

    Apparently, there is at least one advantage to having four different head coaches in four years - networking opportunities.

    After enduring a coaching carousel and playing in relative obscurity at Ramsey High School during her prep career, Laura VanUytven's dream of playing college volleyball seemed to be on life support, as she remained unsigned well into her final semester at RHS.

  • Crandell signs with Kaskaskia...

    For about as long as she could remember, Brittany Crandell's right arm was the source of countless positive things.

    Past success, to the tune of 65 victories during her first three varsity years at Mulberry Grove.

    The possibility for even more success as a senior, considering the Lady Aces were bringing everyone back from a 22-7 team.

    And seemingly unlimited possibilities in the future, with a number of colleges showing interest in bringing Crandell aboard.

    But that all changed in an instant during the Lady Aces' 2008 season-opener against South Central.

  • Shroyer and Bowling to wrestle...

    Matt Shroyer and Adam Bowling spent their high school careers adding to Vandalia's well-established wrestling tradition.

    Now, two of VCHS wrestling's all-time best will look to help Rend Lake College build a tradition of its own.

    Shroyer and Bowling recently signed letters of intent to continue their grappling careers for RLC coach Kevin Tate's young program, which will begin its third season of competition this October.

    And in signing on the dotted line, the recent VCHS grads made a little history in the process.

  • Free fishing and crawdad...

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club will be hosting its annual Free Fishing and Crawdad Tournament on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon next to the walking trail at Vandalia City Park, located west from the high school on the south side of Fillmore Street.

    There will be a weiner roast afterwards. For more information, call John Blythe at 283-2475.

  • Post 95 roughs up Trenton

    After watching his team split a doubleheader with Olney Sunday, Vandalia Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick reiterated his belief that Post 95 has a very good team this summer.

    "When we've got everybody here, I think we can play with anybody," Hosick said. "But it's hard to say you've got a good ballclub when you've lost twice as many as you've won."

  • Barnes is L-U Spring Coach of...

    Faith is defined by Webster's Dictionary as something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

    It is a word that has become synonymous with Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes' teams in recent years.

    And the Lady Aces' 2008 campaign is a perfect example of faith rewarded.

    Mulberry Grove entered the season positioned for unprecedented success, with everyone back from a 22-7 team, including ace hurler Brittany Crandell and her 65 career victories.

    But then the plane seemingly crashed into the mountain.

  • Brewer is L-U Softball Player of...

    It seemed the softball gods were playing a cruel joke on Mulberry Grove's Rachel Brewer.

    Long known for terrorizing opposing pitchers, the hard-hitting Brewer suddenly felt her adversaries' pain shortly after ace Brittany Crandell suffered a torn rotator cuff in the Lady Aces' season-opener this past spring.

  • Huber leads Post 95 to split...

    Hillsboro import Kyle Huber tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking just one, leading the Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team to 6-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Teutopolis.

    Huber's teammates gave him all the support he'd need in the opening frame, as Luke Murfin continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and Trevor Summers had an RBI single.

    Adam Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth.

  • VCHS Athletics HOF nominations...

    Nominations for this year's class of the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame are due by July 31. Forms should be sent to Brian Kern, VCHS Athletic Director, 1109 N. 8th St., Vandalia, IL, 62471. Forms are available at the high school office and may also be dropped off there.

    In order to be nominated, the following qualifications must be met:

    The candidate must be a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, a distinguished varsity team, a former coach or a supportive fan.

  • Booher is L-U's Baseball...

    St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue couldn't help but laugh.

    Sitting at his desk in the coach's office at St. Elmo High School recently, Beccue listened with amusement as Colton Booher reflected on his final spring season and the "slump" that had him stressing early on.

    "I knew I'd come around and hit eventually," Booher said. "But it was just a crappy way to start."

    To hear Booher talk, you'd think he started the season 0 for 20. But Beccue quickly interjected and put things in proper perspective.