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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Wimberly strikes out 15 in...

    The Patoka baseball team has been hitting like a collection of super men early in the fall season, averaging 10 runs per game.

    But soft-tossers have proven to be Kryptonite to the Warriors, and Monday's home game against Noble was no exception.

    "We just don't hit soft pitching," said senior Cody Wimberly after his team came up with just seven safeties and one earned run off Noble's diminutive southpaw starter. "We just can't stay back."

  • Life's a Drag for Vandalia...

    Brandy Protz can vividly remember her first time behind the wheel.

    "I was scared," Protz admits, "but right after, I wanted to do it again."

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grader's experience wasn't at all that unusual -until you consider she was only 9 - and that she was driving a 1993 Spitzer Chassie at Coles County Dragway in Charleston.

    Protz first got the urge to do so when she was just 6.

  • Dothager to play softball at...

    All Lyndsey Dothager really wanted to do was go out with a bang.

    She wound up making a dream come true.

    The recent Mulberry Grove grad was having the week of her life at the recent North American Fastpitch Association 18-and-under National Tournament.

    But after going unsigned despite a breakthrough senior season at MGHS, Dothager figured she might well be playing her last organized softball game when her summer traveling team, the Mulberry Grove Jaguars, took the field in an elimination game in the national tournament in St. Louis.

  • Bushue throws 1-hitter, strikes...

    The South Central baseball team has sent a clear message to its Midland Trail Conference foes early in the fall season - the road to the MTC title still goes through Kinmundy.

    And, as an up-and-coming Louisville-North Clay team found out Tuesday night, that road is a particularly treacherous one when Tanner Bushue is on the mound.

    Playing under the lights at Lions Field, Bushue came up with a prime-time performance in a game with huge conference championship implications, hurling a one-hitter and fanning 17 in a 7-0 Cougars win.

  • Lady Cougars top Lady Vandals...

    In volleyball, communication is everything.

    And on Saturday, good communication proved to be the difference for South Central in its 25-21, 25-23 third-place victory over Vandalia at the Altamont Tournament.

    "I was real proud of the girls' passing," South Central coach Mary Brimberry said. "That was probably the best we've passed the ball in two seasons."

    Vandalia, on the other hand, struggled in that department all match long, and, subsequently, could never get in a rythm in a disappointing tournament finale.