Today's Sports

  • Shroyer gets second in 189-pound...

    In many ways, Saturday's 189-pound championship match at the Class A Individual State Tournament was vintage Matt Shroyer.

    The Vandalia senior showed relentless will in battling Durand's Mitch Alberstett tooth-and-nail for all the marbles.

    He scratched. He clawed. He left everything on the mat.

    Such has been the case countless times before during a stellar senior, but with one big difference this time around: Shroyer did not emerge victorious.

  • Vandals bring program-record...

    CHAMPAIGN - Prior to Saturday, no Vandalia wrestling team - not last year's state runner-up, not the squad that placed third at state in 2002, not even the Vandals 1996 state championship team - managed to advance multiple wrestlers to the finals of the Class A Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

  • Pana ends Vandals' season

    In many ways, the Vandalia boys basketball team's postseason opener paralleled its regular-season journey.

    Rough start. Strong finish.

    That latter fact considered, it's a shame a Vandals team that was just finding its identity saw its season end with a heartbreaking 48-47 loss to SCC-East rival Pana Monday in the opening round of the Shelbyville Class 2A Regional.

  • Vandals clinch state berth

    What has been anticipated for weeks became official Tuesday night.

    By virtue of its 47-17 thrashing of Litchfield at its own dual team sectional, the VCHS wrestling team will be making the program's 11th Class A Dual Team State Tournament appearance.

    And a rematch of last year's championship dual against Wilmington awaits the Vandals, who will look to get revenge against the defending state champs and Illinois' current No. 1 Class A squad when the two teams clash at 11 a.m. Saturday at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse.

  • BHS cheerleaders win state title

    The Brownstown High School cheerleading squad is proof positive that perseverance pays off.

    Early in the school year, the Bombers set an ambitious goal of advancing to the 2008 Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association state finals.

    But it looked like they might not even get a chance to compete in the preliminary competition necessary to qualify for state, as the first two regionals the Bombers signed up for were cancelled.

    Undeterred, the Bombers finally found a venue to showcase their talents at the Highland Regional.

  • Vandals come up a little short...

    The Vandalia boys basketball team pushed a 17-victory Roxana squad to the edge of the edge on the Shells' Senior Night.

    The host team escaped in a triple-overtime thriller, however, 68-65.

    Vandalia twice got big game-tying 3-point shots from Brenden Wasmuth, forcing the second and third overtimes. But the Vandals were unable to get a third game-tying 3-pointer to fall at the end of the third O.T., as a pair of good looks from beyond the arc were off the mark.

  • Eagles edge Bombers in 2 OT...

    With his team up two points with 11 seconds remaining Saturday night at St. Elmo, Brownstown forward Jared Winters was overcome by a foreboding sense of deja vu.

    But to the Bomber sophomore's credit, he tried to go the diplomatic route in an attempt to stave it off.

    "Winters came up to me and said, 'Do us a favor and try not to hit a last-second shot,'" said St. Elmo senior Colton Booher.

    Unfortunately for the Bombers, Booher was not about to oblige in the final home game of his career.

  • Hemminghaus, Foster to make...

    The Vandalia wrestling team's five state-tournament veterans have offered up a little advice to teammates Curtis Hemminghaus and Alex Foster as they get set to make their state-tournament debuts Friday.

    "They just said, 'Don't look up,'" said Hemminghaus, refering to the potentially overwhelming scene that will greet him when he hit the mats at the 16,000-plus seat Assembly Hall.

    "And I'm not going to look up," Hemminghaus added.

  • Vandals' five sectional...

    If experience is everything, the Vandalia wrestling team could be in for a record-setting weekend at the IHSA Class A Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

    The Vandals are not only sending a whopping seven grapplers to Assembly Hall this weekend - they're sending five salty veteran wrestlers with a combined 10 state tournaments under their belts.

    That experience factor could go a long way toward helping the Vandals break last year's program record of three state medalists.

  • Seven Vandals qualify for state

    Most high school programs could make the trip to the IHSA Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament in a Yugo.

    The Vandalia wrestling program might have to take a bus.

    The Vandals came up just one wrestler shy of tying the program record for individual state qualifiers, as half of the team's starting lineup qualified for state Saturday by placing in the top three in their weight divisions at the Robinson Sectional.