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Today's Sports

  • Booher is L-U's Baseball...

    St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue couldn't help but laugh.

    Sitting at his desk in the coach's office at St. Elmo High School recently, Beccue listened with amusement as Colton Booher reflected on his final spring season and the "slump" that had him stressing early on.

    "I knew I'd come around and hit eventually," Booher said. "But it was just a crappy way to start."

    To hear Booher talk, you'd think he started the season 0 for 20. But Beccue quickly interjected and put things in proper perspective.

  • Jr. Legion off to 4-2 start

    Sporting a 4-2 record after one week of play, the Post 95 Junior American Legion baseball team is already having a better summer than it did a year ago - and the summer of 2008 has yet to officially begin.

    The trick now is keeping it up.

    "Some of the kids were talking about already having more wins than last year," said Post 95 coach Luke Hohlt Tuesday after Vandalia's 9-4 victory over visiting Centralia. "But we can't stop here. We've just got to keep rolling."

  • Freight sweep way to Kelso...

    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fastpitch softball team is back - with a vengance.

    Coming off a second national title and an offseason of uncertainty regarding its future, the Freight showed it'll be a force to be reckoned with once again by sweeping its way to the title at the Kelso, Mo., Klassic over the weekend.

  • Sr. Legion loses heartbreaker to...

    Visiting Taylorville did absolutely everything it needed to do to get a win Tuesday.

    But that didn't make the Vandalia Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team's first loss of the young season any easier to swallow.

    Despite timely hitting, spectacular defense and stingy pitching by Taylorville throughout the first 8 1/2 innings, Post 95 had a golden opportunity to steal a win in the bottom of the ninth.

    The Cardinals had just scored two runs to cut a three-run Taylorville lead to just one, and had the bases loaded with nobody out.

  • Earnest named NCAA '...

    Each and every time Vanderbilt bowling coach John Williamson calls Josie Earnest, he says the Vandalia native is doing one of three things.

    Getting ready to practice. Practicing. Or finishing up a practice.

    "She's a relentless worker," Williamson said. "She's always trying to do something a little bit better."

    And thanks in large part to that relentless work ethic, Williamson had the pleasure of dialing up the MVP of his 2007 national championship team last Thursday with news no Vanderbilt coach before him has had the pleasure of delivering.

  • Four local players sign to play...

    If the Kaskaskia College softball program continues its upward trend over the next two seasons, there's a pretty good chance some familiar names will have a lot to do with it.

    Blue Devils coach Lori Cox describes her 2008 recruiting class as a "great" one. And that class just so happens to include South Central graduate Lauren Matheny and three players from a Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick team that won a program-record 20 games last season - Randi Lilly, Heather Shelton and Kayla Ohnesorge.

  • COLLEGE REPORT: Lovett still...

    Brownstown grad Aaron Lovett wouldn't change a thing about his pitching career at the University of Kentucky.

    He finished a two-year stint at the Southeastern Conference School with the fourth-best career earned run average (3.38) in the program's history, after all, and he helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament by going 5-1 his senior year.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for Lovett to hear his name called during last weekend's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

  • Sr. Legion has plenty of...

    Pitchers and catchers are to summer-league baseball what oil is to the world market at the moment.

    Scarce and in demand.

    That said, Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick has to feel like a Saudi Arabian prince right now, as his roster features an unprecedented reserve of pitchers and catchers.

    "We have at least eight pretty salty pitchers right now," said Hosick as he scanned his roster last Thursday. "And we've got at least three guys who can catch for us."

    Potential battery combinations will, indeed, be numerous for the Cardinals.

  • Taking a look back at the top...

    When looking back on the 2007-08 school year, I will remember three things:

    Lot's of long road trips. Even longer hours in the office.

    And that - in the end - it was all worthwhile.

    Just one glance at the images above and the list of the top 10 sports stories from the 2007-08 school year convinced me of that.

    A vast majority of the most memorable stories from this past prep sports season were marked by two ingredients that makes sports so enjoyable to me: the element of surprise, and the joy that comes along with exceeding expectations.

  • Holloway finishes 6th in shot at...

    Dillon Holloway is starting to think state championship.

    And considering how the Brownstown High School student finished his sophomore track and field season, he has every right to.

    Holloway broke his own school record for the third meet in a row Friday in the preliminaries of the shot put at the IHSA state track and field meet.

    Even more impressively, his toss of 51 feet, 2 1/4 inches wound up placing him sixth out of 37 competitors - with each of the five finishers in front of Holloway being seniors.