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Today's Sports

  • Vandals come up a little short...

    The Vandalia boys basketball team pushed a 17-victory Roxana squad to the edge of the edge on the Shells' Senior Night.

    The host team escaped in a triple-overtime thriller, however, 68-65.

    Vandalia twice got big game-tying 3-point shots from Brenden Wasmuth, forcing the second and third overtimes. But the Vandals were unable to get a third game-tying 3-pointer to fall at the end of the third O.T., as a pair of good looks from beyond the arc were off the mark.

  • Eagles edge Bombers in 2 OT...

    With his team up two points with 11 seconds remaining Saturday night at St. Elmo, Brownstown forward Jared Winters was overcome by a foreboding sense of deja vu.

    But to the Bomber sophomore's credit, he tried to go the diplomatic route in an attempt to stave it off.

    "Winters came up to me and said, 'Do us a favor and try not to hit a last-second shot,'" said St. Elmo senior Colton Booher.

    Unfortunately for the Bombers, Booher was not about to oblige in the final home game of his career.

  • Hemminghaus, Foster to make...

    The Vandalia wrestling team's five state-tournament veterans have offered up a little advice to teammates Curtis Hemminghaus and Alex Foster as they get set to make their state-tournament debuts Friday.

    "They just said, 'Don't look up,'" said Hemminghaus, refering to the potentially overwhelming scene that will greet him when he hit the mats at the 16,000-plus seat Assembly Hall.

    "And I'm not going to look up," Hemminghaus added.

  • Vandals' five sectional...

    If experience is everything, the Vandalia wrestling team could be in for a record-setting weekend at the IHSA Class A Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

    The Vandals are not only sending a whopping seven grapplers to Assembly Hall this weekend - they're sending five salty veteran wrestlers with a combined 10 state tournaments under their belts.

    That experience factor could go a long way toward helping the Vandals break last year's program record of three state medalists.

  • Seven Vandals qualify for state

    Most high school programs could make the trip to the IHSA Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament in a Yugo.

    The Vandalia wrestling program might have to take a bus.

    The Vandals came up just one wrestler shy of tying the program record for individual state qualifiers, as half of the team's starting lineup qualified for state Saturday by placing in the top three in their weight divisions at the Robinson Sectional.

  • Vandals win second straight

    Though the Vandalia boys basketball team led by 10 points or more for most of the game, the Staunton Bulldogs launched a fourth-quarter comeback that closed the gap to three points with 50 seconds remaining Saturday.

    Fortunately, the Vandals responded by making several foul shots in the final seconds of the contest to capture their first conference victory of the season, 70-61, at Staunton.

    It was also was the squad's first road win of the season, and, combined with last week's victory over South Central, the team is riding a two-game winning streak.

  • T-Town too tough for Lady...

    More so than his team's school-record 22 victories.

    More so than the two tournament championship trophies the Lady Vandals added to the VCHS trophy case.

    What will bring a smile to longtime coach Mike Butler's face when he looks back on the 2007-08 season will be the way his team went about putting together a historic season - not necessarily the Lady Vandals many accomplishments themselves.

    "The thing I liked was that we just battled every night," Butler said. "I think anyone that played us this year walked away with respect for this team.

  • Seven Vandal wrestlers heading...

    Five Vandalia wrestlers won titles Saturday at the Class A Robinson Sectional, and a grand total of seven VCHS grapplers will be heading to Champaign this weekend for the individual state tournament.

    Seniors Josh Eller (112), Cody Pyle (135), Adam Bowling (145), Matt Shroyer (189) and Nate Stone (285) all won championships in their respective divisions, while senior Curtis Hemminghaus and sophomore Alex Foster clinched their first-ever state appearances with thrilling wins in their respective third-place matches.

  • Lady Vandals advance to regional...

    In fitting fashion, the Vandalia girls basketball team broke the program's single-season wins mark by dominating on the defensive end against an overwhelmed St. Anthony squad Thursday, rolling to a 52-35 victory in a semifinal game of their own Class 2A Regional.

    Vandalia (22-4) will go for its first regional title since 1993 tonight at 7:30 against Teutopolis. The Lady Wooden Shoes (26-4) will be shooting for their 17th regional crown.

  • Chelsy Durbin to play softball...

    McKendree University softball coach Evelyn Bean admits Chelsy Durbin came in "under the radar" when she participated in a recent Bearcats tryout.

    Initially, not much was known about the St. Elmo High School senior.

    But by the time Durbin left the camp, her ability to play all over the diamond was just one aspect that helped raise Durbin's profile to the point that Bean felt compelled to make her part of McKendree's up-and-coming program.