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Today's Sports

  • Ulmer places 4th at state

    The third time was a charm for Mulberry Grove eighth-grader Levi Ulmer last weekend at the IKWF State Championships.

    Making his third state-tournament appearance, Ulmer came away with his first career state medal, as his fourth-place finish in the Senior 156-pound division led a contingent of four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members at the state's annual youth wrestling showcase, held at Rockford's MetroCentre.

    Fellow Jr. Vandals Seth Purcell, Carl Runkel and Trever Pyle also competed at state, but fell in the opening rounds of their respective divisions.

  • Vandal wrestlers dominate all-...

    Twelve of the VCHS wrestling team's 14 starters - including all seven of its seniors - have earned all-South Central Conference accolades.

    Seniors Josh Eller, Kevin Paulding, Cody Pyle, Adam Bowling, Matt Shroyer and Nathan Stone earned first-team honors, while classmate Curtis Hemminghaus was a second-team pick.

    Sophomore Alex Foster also garnered a first-team nod, while classmate Anthony Wernle was a second-team selection along with juniors Zac Ledbetter, Jake Etcheson and Devin Cook.

  • Wasmuth, Johnson earn all-...

    Vandalia Community High School seniors Brenden Wasmuth and Mitch Johnson have both earned all-South Central Conference-East postseason accolades.

    Wasmuth made the league's second team after leading the Vandals in scoring (10.8 ppg) and assists (81). Johnson garnered an honorable mention after finishing second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and leading the Vandals in rebounding (5.1 per game).

    First-team SCC-East selections were: Pana's Frank Schmitz and Colton Waddington, Greenville's Derek Atchison, Litchfield's Michael Niehaus and Hillsboro's Ryan Reincke.

  • Vandals look to continue...

    The primary objective for any sports team is to improve as the season progresses.

    And the Vandalia Community High School boys basketball squad can rest assured as it looks back on the 2007-08 season that it did just that.

    "In every area possible, without question" said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson. "The improvement from June to the end of February was tremendous."

    The numbers pretty much tell the tale.

    In their first 10 games - all defeats - a group of inexperienced and oftentimes overwhelmed Vandals struggled mightily adjusting to the varsity level.

  • VCHS banquet moved to Tuesday

    The Vandalia Community High School Winter Sports Award Night has been moved from this Thursday to next Tuesday.

    The awards program will be held at 6 p.m. in the VCHS gym.

    All winter sports teams will be recognized during the event, and individual awards will be presented.

  • VCHS Winter Awards Night...

    The VCHS Winter Sports Awards Night, orginally scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. tonight (March 6), has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at VCHS.

    All winter sports student-athletes will be recognized at the event, and individual awards for the VCHS boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams will be presented.

  • Three local players garner all-...

    A trio of area boys basketball players were honored recently by being named to the all-National Trail Conference team.

    St. Elmo's Colton Booher was one of five first-team NTC picks, coming off an outstanding all-around senior season in which he averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

    Booher made NTC history in late January, as he became the only player in league history to make the conference tournament team every year of his career.

  • Three Lady Vandals make all-SCC-...

    Three Vandalia Community High school juniors have been named to the South Central Conference East Division Girls Basketball Team.

    Guard Shelby Cearlock and forward Laura Hobbie were named to the first team, while center Cassie Warner was named to the second team.

    The trio led the Lady Vandals to a school-record 22 victories and a pair of tournament championships last season.

    Hobbie was named to the first team for the second year in a row after leading the Lady Vandals in scoring at just under 12 points per game.

  • Hobbie helps McKendree win 14 of...

    Home, sweet home.

    The McKendree University Bearcats and freshman Eric Hobbie, a Vandalia grad, fought all season to have home-court advantage throughout the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

    They have it, and now they are hoping that their season does not end on the MPCC hardwood. In the last 15 games, McKendree has won 14 of them. The Bearcats have also won their last five games, which included a 116-57 win over Williams Baptist College in their first round game of the AMC Tournament.

  • Four Jr. Vandals qualify for...

    Four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members will be traveling to Rockford this week to compete in the IKWF State Tournament, to be held March 6-8 at the MetroCentre.

    C.J. Runkel, Seth Purcell, Trever Pyle and Levi Ulmer all qualified for the three-day event by coming away with top-three finishes in their respective divisions Saturday at the Vandalia South Sectional.

    The foursome's state-qualifying performances highlighted a strong overall showing by the host team at the VCHS gymnasium.