Today's News

  • After week of rainouts, Vandals defeat CORL

    Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s were a far cry from the conditions that had canceled six Vandalia baseball games in the nine days before the Vandals met Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday.

    But on a field that still had some wet spots, the Vandals punched out five runs and survived a late surge by the Silver Stallions against their backup defense to beat Christ Our Rock, 5-3, after rain had soaked the area for almost a week.

  • NFHS creates new HS wrestling weights

    Sweeping changes have been made the weight classes in high school wrestling after the National Federation of State High School Associations’ wrestling rules committee approved an upward shift that changes 10 of the 14 weight classes.

    The four weight classes that did not change are 145, 152, 160 and 285 pounds. The new weights are: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (April 16)
  • Vandals beat Pana in dual meet

    The restriction that forces athletes to compete in four or fewer events was lifted on Tuesday for a dual meet between the Pana and Vandalia boys track teams, and the Vandals took full advantage to win the meet, 74-64.

    Only seven Vandalia athletes were available for the meet, and each of them placed, including nine firsts and nine seconds.

    The meet serves as a tune-up for the freshmen and sophomores, who will compete in the South Central Conference Frosh/Soph Championships on Saturday in Litchfield at 9 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs (May 5)

    VCHS athletic physical sign-up under way

    Students at Vandalia Community High School who are in grades 6-12 this year may sign up for an athletic physical that will be administered by staff from Greenville Regional Hospital during the school day on May 24.

    Forms can be picked up from  athletic director Kevin Jackson, or in the high school or junior high offices. Parents must fill out their portion of the form prior to May 24.

  • Vandalia Junior High track results (May 5)

    Monday, May 2
    at Litchfield
    Eighth-grade boys
    First-place finishers
    •Ryan Bayles, long jump
    •Devin Durbin, 110-meter hurdles
    •Luke Hollinshead, shot put
    •Ben Strobel, 800-meter run
    •Strobel, 1600-meter run
    •Bayles, Sarchet, Lott and Kinney, 4X200-meter relay
    Second-place finishers
    •Lucian Kinney, shot put
    •Robbie Lott, high jump
    •Blake Murphy, 400-meter dash
    •Austin Robson, discus

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from April 29

    UMP DIRTcar Modified
    26 cars
    Heat 1         
    1.    24H       Mike Harrison
    2.    41M    Brent Mullins
    3.    49    Craig Kern
    4.    83    Kasey Schrock
    Heat 2         
    1.    4J    Scott Weber
    2.    K9    Will Krup

  • Tuesday is busy day for Vandalia athletics

    All four of Vandalia High School's varsity athletic teams will be in action on Tuesday.

    The premier event is the South Central Conference Girls Track Championships in Carlinville at 3 p.m.

    The boys track team will be in Pana at 4 p.m., the baseball team in Litchfield at 4:30 p.m. and the softball team home against Litchfield at 4:30 p.m.

    For results of all these events, see Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • WANTED: Your reaction

    We're particularly looking for the reaction of veterans, especially those who have served in the past decade and may even have enlisted after and as a result of the attacks on 9/ll. We also want to hear from those who have served in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Leave comments here or e-mail them to rbauer@leaderunion, or go to our Facebook page. If you have served as a part of the fight against terror and wish to speak with us, contact me, Rich Bauer, at 283-3374, ext. 226.

  • Dugan, Vosholler crowned VCHS royalty

    Micah Dugan and John Vosholler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom on Saturday night.