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  • Vandalia hosting sectional tournament starting on Tuesday

    Vandalia Community High School will be the host of a sectional boys basketball tournament this week, with the first game to be played on Tuesday.

    The schedule is as follows, and the champion of the tournament advances to the Carbondale Super-Sectional.

    Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Pittsfield vs. Pana, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Breese Central vs. Marquette Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, March 2 — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

  • Advance tickets not available for St. Elmo sectional game

    There will not be any pre-sale tickets for Wednesday night's Red Hill sectional game featuring St. Elmo and Woodlawn. All $5 tickets will have to be purchased at the door.

  • Vandal wrestlers struggle against Lena-Winslow at state tournament

    BLOOMINGTON - The Vandal wrestlers had trouble against Lena-Winslow in the team state quarterfinals on Saturday morning, falling 58-9 and only securing two match wins.

    Those back-to-back wins came from junior Zach Jackson, who pinned Dakota Cain in 1:36, and senior Dayin Godberson, who won a 9-5 decision against Dylan Gahm.

    After that, however, that Vandals still trailed, 16-9, and then were not able to secure any more wins, with five of the next seven wrestlers losing by fall.

  • St. Elmo wins second straight regional championship

    St. Elmo trailed at halftime, but used a third-quarter run to get ahead of Altamont, and the Eagles would eventually prevail, 43-34, during Friday's night regional championship game in Altamont.

    Junior Connor Beasley had a double-double to lead St. Elmo to its second straight regional title. With the win, the Eagles will play Woodlawn at Red Hill High School on Wednesday night.

    This will be the second straight season those teams have met in the sectional tournament.

  • Vandals fall in regional title game

    PANA - The Vandalia boys basketball team put up a valient effort, but it did not have enough offensive weapons to keep up with Pana during a 57-43 loss on Friday night.

    Senior Dathan Berning was Vandalia's leading scorer, with 11 points, and junior Leyton Godoyo had a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    But Pana secured a lead at the start of the game, and the Vandals would never regain it in their fourth loss to the Panthers this season.

  • St. Elmo to play for second straight regional title

    ALTAMONT — St. Elmo played nearly flawless basketball in the first half to build an insurmountable lead during a 68-40 victory against North Clay in Wednesday night's regional semifinals.

    The Eagles scored first, but after a short tie at 2-2, St. Elmo pulled away to a 20-2 lead. The team led 37-11 at halftime.

    Senior Blake Pruett was the leading scorer with 20 points, and junior Connor Beasley (13) and senior Patrick Schaal (11) also reached double-digits.

  • Furious rally gives Vandals upset OT win in regional semifinals

    PANA — Facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter made it seem that the Vandalia boys basketball season was all but over.

    A 16-0 run, which lasted just 2:09 and was sparked by a seven-point possession 1:30 into the final period, changed the dynamics dramatically, and helped the Vandals tie the game at 49 and eventually win 55-52 in overtime.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Fayette County’s Cooperative Extension Service’s executive council voted unanimously on Tuesday to form a three-county cluster with Effingham and Shelby counties.
    Births – Joshua Michael to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Perkins of Effingham; Kenny Robert to Jackie Richards and Kendall Pryor of Shobonier; and Hayley Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Jahn of Centralia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler:  ghitsn yam moec ot shote how tiwa, tub lyno het gistnh flet yb setoh ohw letshu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. (Robert Shaffer)

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    For the past two weeks, we've included a ballot in The Leader-Union and The Leader-Union Extra. Those ballots give you the chance to reward those merchants whose commitment to excellence has earned your support.