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Today's Sports

  • Chelsy Durbin to play softball...

    McKendree University softball coach Evelyn Bean admits Chelsy Durbin came in "under the radar" when she participated in a recent Bearcats tryout.

    Initially, not much was known about the St. Elmo High School senior.

    But by the time Durbin left the camp, her ability to play all over the diamond was just one aspect that helped raise Durbin's profile to the point that Bean felt compelled to make her part of McKendree's up-and-coming program.

  • IHSA does Lady Vandals few favors

    Pop quiz.

    What does a 21-4 record, two tournament titles and a second-place finish in a conference featuring the top-ranked 2A team in the state get you in the opening round of the postseason?

    A matchup against a sub-.500 would seem to be the obvious answer.

    But it's not in bizzaro world.

    And, unfortunately, the IHSA has set up permanent residence there.

  • Vandals win 14th straight...

    The only thing more profound than the Vandalia wrestling team's Cumberland Regional title run Saturday was the reaction of the opposition after the Vandals' 14th-straight regional victory was announced.

    You could here a pin drop.

    The silence spoke volumes to the Vandals' status as the New York Yankees of the regional wrestling scene - a role they have openly embraced.

    "It's like that every year," said VCHS coach Jason Clay of being the team everyone roots against, but nobody can seem to beat. "That's just part of the territory. It's fun. The kids feed off of it."

  • Vandals shock South Central on...

    Something unusual was in the air Tuesday, both literally and figuratively, as the Vandalia boys basketball team closed out the home portion of its 2007-08 slate.

    As an unseasonable thunderstorm lit up the night sky outside the VCHS gymnasium, the electricity generated inside by the Vandals' Senior Night festivities was palpable as the home team took the floor against Fayette County rival South Central.

    It carried on throughout the game, as the Vandals hung with another favored opponent right up until crunch time.

  • Lady Vandals seniors shine on...

    From the moment a talented junior class came on the scene at the varsity level, VCHS seniors Julianna Banal and Emily Shields have accepted their roles on the Vandalia girls basketball team.

    And gracefully so.

    "It works," said Banal of being a complementary player on perhaps the best team in the program's history. "We just fit like a puzzle together."

    But on Monday night, the spotlight shined brightly upon the Lady Vandals' lone two seniors in the final regular-season home game of their high school careers.

  • All of Friday's area hoops...

    All local high school boys basketball games scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, have been postponed due to heavy snowfall.

    The VCHS girls basketball team's regular-season finale at Altamont has also been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, due to postseason play beginning next week.

    The Lady Vandals (21-4) were hoping for a chance to break the program's single-season wins record against the Lady Indians, but will now have to wait until Thursday's Vandalia Regional semifinal contest against Effingham-St. Anthony for a shot to make history.

  • The College Report: Doehring...

    Blackburn College's men's basketball team has definitely had its valleys this year.

    But last week was definitely one of its peaks of the season. The Beavers earned their third win overall and their first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win of the year, beating Principia College, 72-66.

    They accomplished the feat behind the double-digit scoring and the shooting performance of Blake Doehring, a VCHS grad. Doehring drained 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to finish with a team-leading 19 points.

  • Edwardsville Liberty tops VJHS...

    The end of the 2007-08 season - much like the beginning - did not play out the way the VJHS seventh-grade boys basketball team hoped it would.

    What happened in between, however, made it a very memorable year in the eyes of seventh-year Junior Vandals coach Doug Forbes.

    "This is probably the best year I've had since I've been coaching," said Forbes, whose team won 18 of 20 games after an 0-2 start - including a perfect 8-0 run through the Junior Mid-State Conference.

  • Pana uses fourth-quarter run to...

    The Vandals' execution was perfect. Unfortunately, the foreboding sense of dj vu that followed was all too familiar.

    Trailing by three points with six seconds to go in Tuesday's game against Pana at VCHS, Vandals coach Kevin Jackson asked senior Brenden Wasmuth to miss the last of his three free-throw attempts in order to give the Vandals a chance to send the game into overtime with a 3-point shot.

    Wasmuth followed the orders to a T, firing up an errant shot that caromed into the hands of Drew Bell. Bell then found Wasmuth behind the 3-point line, again, according to plan.

  • St. Anthony holds off Eagles in...

    Colton Booher had already made some history.

    By virtue of his 22-point performance in Saturday's NTC Tournament title game, the St. Elmo senior had locked up a spot on the all-tournament team long before the final buzzer sounded.

    It was Booher's fourth all-tournament selection - an unprecedented feat in the event's 73-year history.