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Today's News

  • Regional superintendents caught in the political crossfire

    Julie Wollerman has a job to do, and she’s not going to let a little thing like a paycheck get in the way.

    She – like all the regional superintendents of schools around the state – hasn’t seen the eagle fly since July 1, yet she is still on the job. And it doesn’t look like anything will be changing soon.

    “People ask me why I don’t just quit working,” Wollerman said.

  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Hosick

    WOOD RIVER – Bryan Hosick rumbled through the night against East Alton-Wood River last Friday.

    The Vandalia senior carried the ball just six times for the Vandals during a 27-6 season-opening win, but all but one of those dashes were at least 10 yards, and two of them – a 34-yard scamper and a shifty 68-yard run – set up Vandal touchdowns.

    “The line blocked awesome, and there were holes everywhere,” Hosick said. “It was easy to run like that.”

    His 144 yards were more than double his career-high of 67 yards, which he gained against Roxana last season.

  • Vandalia Fall Leaders (Week 1)

    See the photo below to see Vandalia's team leaders through the first week of the fall season.

  • Vandals open season with fifth straight win against EAWR

    WOOD RIVER – Four different Vandalia High School football players scored touchdowns during a 27-6 win against East Alton-Wood River last Friday night in what is likely to be the final conference game between the schools.

    Juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Tim Ritchey, and seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick all scored in the last game against EAWR before the South Central Conference re-aligns at the start of next season.

  • Lady Vandals down EAWR to win opener

    Junior RaChelle Leiken had a nice introduction to Lady Vandals volleyball.

    On the first point of Tuesday night's South Central Conference match, senior Haley Wollerman set the ball to
    Leiken, a transfer student from Oregon, who promptly dropped an authoritative kill in between two East Alton-Wood River players.

    Vandalia would continue on from there, using high-flying leaps and powerful kills throughout the match to beat the Lady Oilers, 25-10, 25-19.

    "The initial pre-game jitters needed to get out of our system," said coach Allison Brown. "But overall, we played well."

  • Vandalia tennis, golf and soccer teams play at home

    Three Vandalia sports teams participated at home last Thursday. Individuals from those teams are pictured.

  • Bombers defeat Patoka; win Ramsey Tourney

    The Hunter brothers did a lot of damage during Brownstown's 9-1 win against Patoka in the championship game of the Ramsey Tournament last Friday.

    The elder Colten Hunter, a senior, pitched a complete game, striking out six, and also scored twice.

    Austin Hunter, a junior, was 3-for-4, with four runs and an RBI.

    Brownstown (3-0) also got a pair of runs from senior Brady McDowell and one from sophomore Jacob Behrends.

    Sophomore Eric Gurtner had a pair of doubles and three RBI. Senior Eddie Carson drove in three runs on a triple.

    Four Bombers had a stolen base in the game.

  • The College Report will soon return to the LU

    The College Report is slated to return to The Leader-Union in September.

    Before that happens, we need help from you, the reading public. We are looking for names of athletes to include for the 2011-12 school year.

    There are only two rules to be included in this column. One is the athlete must be a resident of Fayette County or be a graduate of a high school normally covered by The Leader-Union.

    Secondly, they have to be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen school competes against other colleges/universities.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 1)

    VANDALIA GOLF
    Aug. 29
    at Shoal Creek
    Team Scores:
    •Raymond, 167
    •Vandalia, 183
    •Litchfield, 185
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 37
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 46
    •Zach Schaal, 46
    •Josh Lawson, 47
    •Leyton Godoyo, 51
    Record: 3-4

    Aug. 25
    vs. Ramsey/Altamont
    Team Scores:
    •Vandalia, 170
    •Altamont, 189
    •Ramsey, 262
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 40
    •Josh Lawson, 41
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 45
    •Zach Schaal, 48
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Record: 3-3

    VANDALIA TENNIS
    Aug. 25
    Marquette 9, Vandalia 0
    Singles:

  • Ramsey beats Mulberry Grove in third-place game

    RAMSEY – Each Rams batter reached base at least once, and junior Tyler Pryor and sophomore Tylor Knisley allowed just two hits last Friday, as the Ramsey High School baseball team defeated Mulberry Grove, 7-0, for third place at the Ramsey Tournament.

    Pryor did not overpower the Aces – recording just three strikeouts in four innings – but he let his defense make plays behind him, inducing three pop-ups and six grounders.

    Knisley struck out three in two innings of work to close out Ramsey's first win of the season.