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Today's Sports

  • Eller to wrestle at the...

    Josh Eller did more than enough during his high school wrestling career to get attention.

    Three state tournament appearances. A fourth-place showing in his weight class as a junior. And a second-place finish as a senior.

    All told, the recent VCHS grad piled up 99 career wins during his Vandals varsity career and became just the fourth individual in the history of the storied program to place at state multiple times.

    But, ironically, it's what Eller did this offseason that landed him a spot on the Coe College (Iowa) wrestling team for the next four years.

  • 4x400=State Championship for...

    Four x 400.

    Prior to last weekend's IHSA girls state track and field meet, those figures equated to many tremendous accomplishments for Kris Stunkel, Ashley Durbin, Kayla Houston and Paige Dodson during the 2008 season.

    Countless school records, a conference championship and a sectional title - just to name a few.

    But on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston, 4 x 400 equated to something Stunkel, Durbin, Houston and Dodson could have never dreamed coming into the team's first state appearance.

  • Altamont's Braasch no-hits...

    The postgame scene was a very emotional one Monday, as St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue said goodbye to a boatload of seniors following a 3-0 loss to the host team in the championship game of the Altamont Class 1A Regional.

    "I just appreciate all the dedication they've shown over the years," said Beccue of his 10 seniors. "Having that many kids from one class at a small school do what they do, I can never tell them how much they mean to me."

    Beccue credited his seniors for raising the status of the program to new heights.

  • Chiles, Hiltoppers end Vandals...

    Hillsboro's Jordan Chiles has shown the Vandalia baseball team he can hit a baseball just as well as he runs the football, kicks the football and shoots the basketball.

    Turns out, the Vandals' multi-sport nemesis can pitch a little as well.

    Chiles out-dueled Dallas Gray in a battle of aces Friday, leading the host team to a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the Hillsboro Class 2A Regional.

    Chiles had Vandalia frustrated all game long, allowing just one earned run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

    The good news: Chiles has finally graduated.

  • Lady Aces keep the faith, win...

    The Mulberry Grove softball team kept the faith when ace Brittany Crandell went down with a torn rotator cuff early this spring.

    And thanks to that perseverance - and a near-flawless effort Saturday in a 6-2 win over Bunker Hill - the Lady Aces are regional champions for the second time in three seasons.

    Granted, prior to the season, the Lady Aces (25-9) fully expected to be in the position they found themselves in when they were presented the championship plaque at the Valmeyer Class 1A Regional.

  • Cougars take 7th regional title...

    A sense of normalcy has finally settled in this spring.

    The weather is warming up. The rain has finally stopped. And the South Central baseball team has won another regional.

    The host Cougars took home their seventh regional title plaque in nine years Saturday, rolling to a 7-2 victory over Woodlawn in the title game of their own Class 1A Regional.

    The victory South Central's second of the day and sixth straight overall, as the Cougars (19-12-1) started the postseason in typical fashion following a regular season that was anything but.

  • VCHS duo answers 'Bell,...

    Josh Goen and Drew Bell will be making their second trips to the IHSA boys state track and field meet this weekend at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium.

    But their return paths to Charleston have very little in common.

    Bell has been mentally and physically prepping for another shot at the big blue track since making his state debut a year ago as a sophomore.

  • State Champs!

    For VCHS juniors Kayla Houston, Kris Stunkel, Paige Dodson and Ashley Durbin, 4x400=state championship.

    The Lady Vandal fouresome shocked the field in the 1,600-meter relay Saturday at the IHSA Girls State Meet, claiming the first VCHS girls state title in school history by shattering the school record for the second day in a row with a blistering first-place time of 4:03.47.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win...

    Coming off a perfect 7-0 regular season, the VJHS seventh-grade boys track and field team somehow found a way to outdo itself Saturday at the Effingham Sectional.

    By virtue of a strong late push in the final four events of the day, the Junior Vandals stormed from fourth place in a pack of 13 teams all the way to the top of the standings - taking the first sectional title by a Junior Vandals team in coach Kevin Schroeder's 28 years at the helm in the process.

  • VCHS softball falls in...

    The setting for the Vandalia softball team's postseason opener was much like the final three weeks of the regular season.

    Unexpected... and unpleasantly so.

    The Lady Vandals were originally slated to host Shelbyville and celebrate Senior Day Monday afternoon.

    Instead, wet field conditions - similar to those that wiped out VCHS' final two home games, pushing Senior Day back in the process - greeted the Lady Vandals again, forcing their Effingham-St. Anthony Regional quarterfinal game to be played at Shelbyville.