Today's Sports

  • All-EIC baseball squads announced

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference has announced its all-conference baseball teams and season Most Valuable Player.

    Five St. Elmo players, four Patoka players, three Brownstown players, three Mulberry Grove players and two Ramsey players were awarded.

    Austin Miley – Beecher City

  • Ramsey wins the consolation...

    Ramsey won the consolation round of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Thursday after defeating Mulberry Grove and Odin to finish the season 11-16.

    In pool C last Monday, Ramsey lost to Cowden-Herrick and Christ Our Rock Lutheran.

  • Hobbie expected to lead McKendree

    It probably came as no surprise to fans of McKendree University or Vandalia grad Eric Hobbie.

    Within the last week, the American Midwest Conference men’s basketball coaches met to make their preseason selection for the best team in the conference, and seven of the AMC coaches were of one mind. They cast their first-place votes for the McKendree Bearcats, who finished with 49 points. Park University finished second with 42 points and one first place vote.

  • Aces achieve goal at EIC Tourney

    ST. ELMO – After losing twice in pool A play of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Tuesday, Mulberry Grove High School volleyball coach Natalie Lappe said the team was determined to win a late-season match.

    “We’re doing a lot of things right, we just need to put it all together,” she said. “We have to learn to play 100 percent the whole time.”

  • Brownstown places sixth at EIC

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown coach Toby Harms knew he had a challenge on his hands once Patoka was upset and had to settle for playing in the silver flight of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Thursday.

    After his team beat Mulberry Grove (25-14, 17-25, 15-8) and lost to St. Elmo (12-25, 9-25) last Tuesday to advance to the silver flight, Harms immediately knew what his team needed to do to be successful against the No. 2 seed two days later.

  • Eagles crowned EIC volleyball...

    ST. ELMO – Top-seeded St. Elmo won the Egyptian-Illini Conference championship after defeating third-seeded Cowden-Herrick and fifth-seeded Beecher City in the EIC Tournament finals on Friday.

    Veteran coach Elise Asher had to be pleased with the finish after the Eagles finished a disappointing fifth in the National Trail Conference Tournament on Oct. 16.

    Going into the championship flight, the matchup Asher was most looking forward to was against Beecher City, which is coached by Katy Heckert, who, in high school, played under Asher.

  • Cherished senior class leaves...

    Six members of  the Vandalia High School volleyball came crashing through a banner reading “Still daddy’s little girls” with glow sticks wrapped around their necks, arms and legs and onto the home court for their final regular-season match last Thursday.

    Emotions ran high throughout the evening for players, parents and fans as the Vandals fought to the wire in a thrilling 25-19, 27-25 loss to Pana.

    Coach Allison Smith had nothing but praise for the girls following the match.

  • Pana spoils Vandals' senior...

    Playing for the rights to the South Central Conference championship, Vandalia and Pana battled to the bitter end last Thursday, with Pana notching a 25-19, 27-25 victory to spoil the Vandals’ senior night.

    Caught up in the pregame festivities ­–­ during which the team honored its six senior members – Vandalia was sluggish at the start of the match, quickly falling behind 9-3.

    “I think it was us being nervous coming out with senior night,” said coach Allison Smith. “It’s typical human nature.”

  • Vandals take tough loss against...

    Going against the No. 1 offense in the South Central Conference last Friday was a tough enough chore for the Vandalia defense.

    Doing it with several injuries and two players – sophomores Ryan Ambuehl and Luke Smith – making their first varsity starts on defense, would seemingly be an impossible mountain to climb.

    But that’s just what Vandalia did on senior night, though a happy ending was not to be after Greenville defeated the Vandals, 35-28, in another hard-fought game.

  • IFOR membership drive prizes...

    The Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources recently held a membership drive. Winners were: Roger Withers (pictured), 36-gun safe with mystery gun; Jeff Cearlock, Stoeger model 835; Cindy Smith, Tarus 357 magnum; Bob Trexler, H&R slugger 12-gauge; Dillard Smith, .22 Cricket; Richard Schuesteer, H&R 20-gauge; and Don Klingston, .22 semi-automatic.