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Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals win 10th straight

    Success has not gone to the Lady Vandals' heads.

    In fact, some members of the VCHS girls basketball team may be oblivious to the fact that they are on the verge making history.

    "Some of them probably don't even know what our record is," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler, whose team is closing in on the program's all-time victories mark.

    "They just come to play hard every night."

  • Lady Vandals hold off Hillsboro

    The basketball gods seemed to be smiling on the Vandalia girls basketball team Monday night.

    Just 48 hours after draining victory in the championship of the Sandoval Invitational, the unthinkable seemed possible - an easy road victory at Hillsboro.

    It would have been just what the doctor ordered for the visibly weary Lady Vandals, who enjoyed a 31-16 lead early in the third quarter. But it turns out it was too good to be true.

    The Lady Hiltoppers used a 3-point barrage to storm back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit, taking a 39-38 with 2:18 to go.

  • Earnest wins big-time bowling...

    Note to anyone bowling against Jessica Earnest in the near future - do not try to play the intimidation card.

    Especially if you're a dude.

    One of Earnest's male counterparts attempted to do so recently at the Third Annual Chris Barnes Youth Classic, held in Irving, Texas, over Thanksgiving weekend.

    "He kept saying, 'I'm coming after you,'" Earnest recalled. "I just kept telling him to bring it on."

  • Vandals play well in defeat to...

    Sometimes, you just have to give credit where credit is due - even if that credit is being heaped upon a bitter rival.

    The Vandalia boys basketball team could not have played any harder than it did Friday night. The Vandals kept their opponents guessing by switching up defenses and did exactly what they wanted to do on the offensive end of the court.

    Still, it wasn't enough to upset a talented Greenville squad on its home court in a 57-44 loss.

  • Smith has perfect game for...

    It was a perfect performance from the field.

    Blackburn College's Ryan Smith, a Vandalia grad, scored 14 points in Blackburn's 76-53 loss to Fontbonne University recently. Smith hit 7-of-7 from the field. He also pulled down two rebounds in the contest. Smith also had eight points, three steals and two rebounds in Blackburn's 81-52 loss to Webster University.

  • Vandal wrestlers dominate on...

    The timing of the Vandalia wrestling team's "Senior Night" was a bit unconventional.

    The results were not.

    The Vandals celebrated "Senior Night" in their patented dominating fashion, kicking off the Thursday evening's triangular with a surprisingly easy win over SCC rival Litchfield, 63-3, before easing by Class 2A Highland, 53-15.

  • Lady Vandals win Sandoval...

    A boxing analogy might seem apt to describe the Vandalia girls basketball team's championship-game tilt with Webber Township Saturday at the Sandoval Tournament.

    But boxing is too civil a sport to compare to what transpired in the Lady Vandals' 30-26 victory over the previously undefeated Lady Trojans.

  • Vandals place 5th at Princeton,...

    Five Vandals placed Saturday at the prestigious Princeton Invitational, helping VCHS edge out Byron for fifth-place in a field featuring a "who's who" list of Illinois wrestling programs.

    Senior Matt Shroyer led the way, claiming the title in the 189-pound division, helping the Vandals move up two spots from last year's seventh-place finish in a field that included four of the state's top 10 Class A teams.

    Still, the Vandals left the 25-team extravaganza feeling they could have made a bigger statement.

  • St. Elmo State-Tournament Squad...

    The situation seemed ideal for Dan Denton.

    A 2 1/2-hour drive. A scenery-free stretch of interstate.

    Plenty of time and minimal distractions in his quest to come up with the perfect words to honor a special team.

    But by the time Denton completed his journey from his home just south of Kankakee to the small south-central Illinois town where he enjoyed the most memorable season of his 32-year coaching career, the perfect words had yet to materialize.

    It wasn't for lack of material, though. Quite the opposite.

  • Wilmington takes state-title...

    Wilmington's wrestling team is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason.

    The defending Class A champions return a strong core from a squad that edged Vandalia via a tiebreaker in last year's dual team state final.

    So it wasn't that surprising the Vandals lost to the Wildcats Saturday at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.

    But it was how the Vandals dropped a 47-23 dual that bugged VCHS coach Jason Clay.