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Today's Sports

  • The College Report: Doehring...

    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...

    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.

  • Pana uses fourth-quarter run to...

    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...

    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.

  • Super Bowl player has strong...

    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.

  • Vandals win Litchfield...

    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.

  • Cougars win their 14th MTC...

    Poor perimeter shooting plagued South Central during a so-so start to the 2007-08 season.

    What a difference a month and a few shots beyond the arc can make.

    The Cougars (14-5) continued their resurgence last week at the Midland Trail Conference Tournament, as a pair of 3-point barrages helped South Central claim the program's 14th MTC Tournament title.

    The top-seeded Cougars hit 7 of 13 from long distance in the first half of last Wednesday's semifinal against Cisne, enjoying a 13-point halftime lead before holding off a late Lions' comeback for a 60-50 win.

  • Vandals top PORTA, fall to O...

    Quantity is good. Quality is even better.

    And the combination of the two is downright fantastic - especially when there's an element of revenge involved.

    Those facts considered, the Vandalia wrestling team could not have had a better week last week, as it went 4-0 and improved to 21-1 on the season.

    One of those wins came against a team that topped the Vandals a year ago - a team that is ranked fourth in the state this season.

    The Vandals went 3-0 Saturday at the Clinton Quad, with the highlight of the day being a 41-25 victory over Petersburg PORTA.

  • Hillsboro holds off Vandals...

    Vandalia's boys basketball team had its best offensive game of the year Tuesday, hitting 50 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the foul line on its way to a season-high 67 points.

    Unfortunately, the Vandals had one of their worst defensive nights as well.

    The combination led to another frustratingly close defeat, as Vandalia dropped its 10th game by 10 points or fewer this season, falling to visiting Hillsboro, 74-67.

  • Miller's 31 points powers...

    Brownstown center Josh Miller is the kind of player that will stick to the gameplan no matter what.

    And on most nights, the gameplan calls for the 6-foot-3 senior to rebound, defend and contribute a basket here and there - so long as he adheres to the "two-dribble limit" imposed on him by coach Adam Bussard.

    But the gameplan changed a bit Friday night, wisely calling for a guy nicknamed "Moose" to get as many touches as possible against an undersized Ramsey team featuring just one player over 6 feet tall.