Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Dave Scott to be inducted into...

    Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight ace Alan Meinhart does not mince words when discussing a man he loved playing with as much as he hated pitching against.

    "For years, I regarded Dave Scott as one of the most challenging and worthy opposing hitters that I had a chance to pitch against," Meinhart said. "Simply put, he was regarded by most as the best leadoff hitter in the state for over a decade."

    The American Softball Association recognized this commonly held belief recently by announcing Scott will be inducted into its hall of fame next month.

  • Wilmington too tough for Vandals...

    Adam Bowling's teammates certainly felt he had scored himself a takedown.

    So did the throng of red- and white-clad supporters sitting behind the Vandalia wrestling team's bench Saturday at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse.

    To such a degree, that both parties - almost in unison - extended two fingers to the air in anticipation of a pair of points that would have kicked off Vandalia's 11th Elite Eight appearance with a momentum-seizing victory.

    Problem is, neither of the referees officiating the match did the same. And their opinions were the only ones that mattered.

  • Stone gets 4th in 285-pound class

    If only Nate Stone would have had a burger and fries.

    Instead, the Vandalia senior opted for Chinese the night before his 285-pound state quarterfinal match against Macomb's Ethan Kline at the Class A Individual State tournament.

    It would turn out to be a decision Stone deeply regretted.

    "I was sicker than a dog Friday night," Stone said. " I had some bad Chinese Thursday, and I was sick all night Thursday and Friday."

  • Eller places second in 112-pound...

    The situation seemed to be right up Josh Eller's alley.

    The Vandalia senior found himself in the midst of a low-scoring, tightly contested bout against Byron's Allen Fish in Saturday's 112-pound championship match at the Class A Individual State Tournament.

    It was the kind of match Eller regularly pulled out during the regular season.

    And it was eerily similar to his state quarterfinal and semifinal victories before it - matches Eller won in thrilling fashion by 5-4 and 4-2 scores, respectively.

  • Pyle makes most of second chance...

    Cody Pyle waited a long time for another shot at state tournament glory.

    And the VCHS senior certainly did not squander his second opportunity once it finally came along.

    After a 10-5 quarterfinal upset of Wilmington's Jeff Goodwin in his first state-tournament match since his freshman year, Pyle pulled off a near-miraculous overtime victory over Orion's R.J. Emerick in the 135-pound semifinals Saturday at the Class A Individual State Tournament.