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Today's News

  • Vandals shock South Central on Senior Night

    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.

  • Pana uses fourth-quarter run to edge Vandals

    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 NTC title game

    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.

  • Vandals win Litchfield Tournament for 13th time in 14 years

    The Panther Wrestling Tournament is hosted by Litchfield High School. But it might as well be renamed the Vandals' Invitational.

    The Vandalia wrestling team continued its string of dominance at the tournament Saturday, closing out the regular season by claiming its 13th title in 14 years at the event.

    The Vandals will look to keep a similar run of dominance going Saturday when it opens up the postseason at the Cumberland Regional, as VCHS will be shooting for its 14th straight regional title.

  • Super Bowl player has strong local ties

    Super Bowl parties at Sue Miller's house have been pretty standard in recent years.

    There's lots of food, lots of people, lots of mingling... and, oh yeah - there's a football game on TV.

    As is the case at many get-togethers on America's biggest non-declared holiday, the big game has, on occasion, taken a backseat at the Millers' Shobonier residence during their annual Super Bowl bash.

    Not this year, though.

    "I'm not going to be playing cards or anything else once the game starts," Miller said.

  • Lady Vandals seniors shine on their night

    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 games cancelled/postponed

    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 leads Blackburn's surge

    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 in title game

    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.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.