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Today's Sports

  • Vandals top Belleville West in...

    Newcomers put the Vandalia wrestling team in a position to claim victory in VCHS’s season-opener Tuesday, as three Vandals recorded pins in their first-ever varsity matches.

    A familiar face then sealed the deal in style.

  • Etcheson earns all-state Honor

    Sometimes, in order to be considered among of the best, you have to beat the best.

    That old saying has proved doubly true for VCHS senior Jake Etcheson.

    Vandalia football coach John Stout decided to move Etcheson from safety to cornerback in the Vandals’ pivotal Week 7 showdown with Staunton in an effort to shut down the aptly-named Cody Best – considered one of the top wideouts in the region.

    Etcheson did just that, finishing with four pass breakups, including two that saved touchdowns late in the game, helping Vandalia hang on for a 7-0 win.

  • Bombers hold off Mt. Olive in...

    Brownstown boys basketball coach Adam Bussard preached patience – oftentimes at the top of his lungs – during the final four minutes of the Bombers’ season-opening game against Mt. Olive Monday at the Mulberry Grove Thanksgiving Tournament.

    And the second-year head coach proved he practices what he preaches when assessing a 40-34 Brownstown victory after the game.

  • St. Elmo grad earns all-...

    St. Elmo grad Maribel Guerrero was one of the big reasons Kaskaskia College’s volleyball team approached the .500 mark this year.

    That fact was recognized by the Great Rivers Athletic Conference in mid-November. Guerrero, who is a 5-foot-5 sophomore defensive specialist, was named to the GRAC’s first team. She finished her sophomore year with 394 digs and 16 service aces. As a freshman, Guerrero finished with 96 digs and one service ace, bringing her two-year career total to 490 digs and 17 aces.

  • Hobbie off to great start, Bell...

    Eric Hobbie's season has just started, and Rachel Bell is getting ready to close out a great cross country season.

    One thing is certain: better things are on the horizon for both Vandalia grads.

  • 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.