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Today's Sports

  • Earnest takes four gold medals,...

    The final tally: four golds and a silver.

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest, who will begin another college bowling season at Vanderbilt University in approximately one month, earned four gold medals at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships as a member of Junior Team USA. She also grabbed a silver at the competition, which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

    The most important - and last - gold was the one awarded for the overall highest pin count. Earnest's total pin count for the five-day tournament was 5,138.

  • Comets edge Vandals

    The physical toll was evident.

    Blood seeped from Vandalia senior Jake Etcheson's right arm as the final seconds ticked away Friday night at Mark Greer Field.

    And classmate Mitch Whightsil limped gingerly on his injured ankle as the Vandals progressed to midfield for their postgame huddle.

    The emotional toll following the Vandals' 14-7 loss to Greenville was even more transparent, however, as sophomore Cory Bunker clutched his facemask in despair as he stared at the ground, while his teammates' eyes welled up with tears following Vandalia's first loss of the season.

  • S.C. gets 3rd, VCHS 5th at...

    Doing anything besides sleeping at 8 o'clock on weekend morning is a pretty unenviable task.

    So playing a 14-1 South Central team at that early hour was obviously a tall order for the Vandalia volleyball team in the Lady Vandals' opening match of their own tournament Saturday.

    Vandalia was up for the challenge early, jumping out to a 13-3 lead in the opening set against the Lady Cougars. But South Central proved to be a morning team as well, recovering from a slow start to pull out a 25-21, 20-25, 15-7 win over the host team.

  • MGJHS softball headed to state

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team enters its second IESA Class A state tournament in six years with what coach John Barnes believes is a healthy mix of confidence and humility.

    The Lady Eagles have plenty of reasons to believe they can bring home some hardware as they enter Friday's 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal against Springfield Christ the King at Champions Field in Normal with a perfect 16-0 record, a lights-out pitcher in Becca Oldham and a potent offensive attack.

  • Warriors get key EIC win

    It is generally believed that the Brownstown baseball team is capable of beating anybody when ace Jared Winters is on the mound.

    That said, Patoka has to believe the Egyptian-Illini Conference title is their's for the taking following Monday's big 4-2 conference win over Winters and the Bombers at home.

  • Double miracle: Dokey, Earnest...

    VCHS seniors Victoria Dokey and Jessica Earnest started believing in miracles after pulling off an 8-4 upset of the host program's No. 1 team Saturday at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

    But they still can't believe how many more miracles they would go on to experience in a stunning championship run.

    "I'm still in shock that we won," said Earnest when asked to recount the details of she and Dokey's subsequent wins over Greenville and Centralia.

  • Doerhing suffers season-ending...

    For Brock Doehring, the 2008 football season ended far too early.

    The Illinois College sophomore tight end, a Vandalia grad, tore ligaments in his elbow in IC's opener, a 38-20 loss to Millikin University. The grade-three tear effectively ended Doehring's season. The injury should allow him to redshirt and gain another year of eligibility, if cleared by the NCAA. The injury will require surgery.

    "I knew that something was wrong immediately," said Doehring of the injury. "My arm got caught in the turf, and it was hit by a player from Millikin.

  • Bombers and Eagles 'Volley...

    The final score wasn't irrelevant.

    It never is when St. Elmo and Brownstown hook up - especially when you consider the Lady Eagles' 25-12, 25-16 win over the Bombers gave head coach Elise Asher 250 career wins at the school.

    But the figures carrying the most importance following St. Elmo and Brownstown's second annual Volley For a Cure breast cancer awareness match had dollar signs in front of them.

    The event drew nearly $600 worth of donations from the respective communities, and the big crowd present Tuesday at SEHS paid a total of $464 to watch the two teams play.

  • Vandals move to 3-0

    As Drew Bell settled under center Friday for the Vandalia football team's first series against East Alton-Wood River, the Vandals quarterback was faced with a defense that had a different look than what coach John Stout expected.

    "They came out in a 52 defense, with a rover back who would follow our motion," Stout said.

    As a result, the Vandals went three-and-out, forcing Bell to punt for the first time this season.

    But that was pretty much the end of the Oilers' defensive success, as the Vandals improved to 3-0 with a 37-0 Homecoming win.

  • Vandals offense heats up in win

    Scoring isn't everything.

    But - as evidenced by the smile on Brett Ambuehl's face following the Vandalia soccer team's 4-2 victory over Centralia Lutheran Tuesday - it sure is a lot of fun.

    "It feels awesome," said Ambuehl after the Vandals ended a long scoring drought dating back to last season, "We haven't scored in a long time."

    Ambuehl put two of Vandalia's goals in the back of the net, booking the latter on a sweet header set up by teammate Lucas McDowell on an inbounds pass from the corner.

    "Lucas set that one up perfect," Ambuehl said.