Today's Sports

  • Hobbie collects postseason...

    The rumors have been flying. Eric Hobbie's cell phone has been ringing non-stop.

    And even those closest to the former VCHS hoops standout have succumb to the gossip mill's deceiving charms.

    "(Former Vandal teammate) Derek Wright called me the other day and said, 'What the heck? Why are you transferring?'" said Hobbie. "I said, 'I didn't know I was transferring.'"

    The speculation is the direct byproduct of Hobbie's wildly successful freshman season at McKendree University. And it's been running wild.

  • Tuesday's VCHS baseball...

    Tonight's scheduled VCHS/Mulberry Grove varsity game has been moved from Vandalia to Mulberry Grove. Game time is set for 4:15 p.m.

    The VCHS softball team's home game against St. Elmo has been cancelled, however. The VCHS JV baseball game at Nokomis has been cancelled as well.

  • Thursday's VCHS sporting...

    Today's VCHS softball game at T-Town has been cancelled, as has the Lady Vandals' track meet at Shelbyville.

    Monday's postponed VCHS softball game at South Central has been rescheduled for April 7.

  • Hobbie, McKendree's...

    One Vandalia Community High School alum just returned from nationals. In a few weeks, another will be there, helping defend a NCAA Division-I national title.

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie, a former Vandalia basketball player, scored 17 points as McKendree vanquished Texas Wesleyan University, 73-71, in the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships, which is being held in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Vandals shut out Eagles in opener

    Often relegated to practicing in a facility designed for basketball due to field conditions designed for a monster-truck rally, the Vandals wisely partook in one of the few baseball-related activities a team can pull off in a gymnasium during preseason practices.

    They threw - a lot.

    "We worked 40-45 minutes after every practice on our pitcher's program," said first-year Vandals head coach Luke Hohlt. "(Assistant coach) Steve Hosick pitched a little minor league ball, and he's been working with our guys."

  • Haxton signs to play softball at...

    Cheynne Haxton suffered a misfortune few student-athletes have to deal with during their high school careers - the final game of her junior year turned out to be the last game of her prep career.

    The former VCHS student is being forced to sit out her senior year due to IHSA transfer rules following her move out of the Vandalia School District.

    Fortunately, Haxton will have the fortune of doing something else few high school athletes experience during their careers - she will get the chance to play at the next level.

  • VCHS softball season-opener...

    Due to wet field conditions, today's VCHS softball season opener at South Central has been cancelled.

    The Vandal baseball team's season opener against St. Elmo is still on, however, First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at Vandalia.

  • Leader-Union Basketball Coach of...

    The news immediately brought a smile to Brownstown sophomore Michael Kramer's face.

    It wasn't necessarily word that BHS coach Adam Bussard had been named The Leader-Union's 2007-08 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, coming off a season in which he led the Bombers to a surprisingly successful 16-10 record.

    It was confirmation that Bussard is committed to bringing the program something else it's been sorely lacking in recent seasons - stability - that made Kramer's day.

  • Leader-Union Basketball Player...

    It was a sequence that pretty much summed up Colton Booher's career.

    First, the St. Elmo senior came up with a steal and took the ball the length of the court for a two-handed dunk.

    The 6-foot-4 point guard then went airborne once again, this time to vehemently reject an opponent's feeble attempt at a jumper.

    Moments later, Booher grabbed a defensive board and alertly found a teammate downcourt with a baseball pass for an easy transition bucket.

    Final tally: one steal, an assist, a block, a rebound and a field goal.

    All in the span of 90 seconds.

  • Ulmer places 4th at state

    The third time was a charm for Mulberry Grove eighth-grader Levi Ulmer last weekend at the IKWF State Championships.

    Making his third state-tournament appearance, Ulmer came away with his first career state medal, as his fourth-place finish in the Senior 156-pound division led a contingent of four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members at the state's annual youth wrestling showcase, held at Rockford's MetroCentre.

    Fellow Jr. Vandals Seth Purcell, Carl Runkel and Trever Pyle also competed at state, but fell in the opening rounds of their respective divisions.