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  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: We do experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.

  • Vandals win first two conference games

    The Vandals started strong and never really slowed down in picking up their second conference win of the season on Tuesday night.

    Scoring 19 points in the first quarter, Vandalia set the tone against South Central Conference rival Hillsboro during a 56-34 victory in the home-opener for the Vandals.

  • Death of L-U staffer leaves void in plant

    They don’t make ’em like him anymore.

  • Lady Vandals get OT win at Neoga

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals picked up an overtime win at Neoga.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 32 points for Vandalia, which outscored Neoga, 11-0, in overtime of a 58-47 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak.

    Junior Morgan Cripe added a season-high 12 points, and junior Megan Godoyo had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points,

    Vandalia (3-5) trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, but held Neoga to just two points in the second period to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

  • Mahon fought in Revolutionary War

    Thomas Mahon did not come to Fayette County until he was quite up in years. At age 76, he cut his ties with old Virginia and settled his family on the Illinois prairie of Wheatland Township.

  • Girls notes: Whightsil becoming a scorer

    Senior Morgan Whightsil is emerging as Vandalia’s much-needed third scorer.

    With 20 points in three games since the calendar changed to December, Whightsil has taken some of the scoring pressure off of senior Amber Bruno and junior Megan Godoyo.

    It all started at Southwestern on Dec. 1, when she had a season-high 10 points to help try to bridge the scoring gap that was left because Megan Godoyo was not playing after controversially being ejected the game before.

  • Wrestlers go 2-1 at home quad; demolish Hillsboro

    The Vandal wrestling team went 2-1 at a home quadrangular on Saturday, defeating Oakwood, 50-28, and Herrin, 45-34, before falling to Leroy, 53-16.

    “The effort was there all day,” said coach Jason Clay. “Nobody gave up and everybody was fighting.

    “We have a lot of young guys who just need to keep learning positioning and techniques,” he said.

    Dalton Blankenship, a sophomore, recorded three pins on the day, and senior Zach Jackson also had three wins, including a rematch against Herrin’s Tad Cravens.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Dec. 13)

    Photos from JV contests from the past week.

  • Jr. Vandals place second at home tournament

    The seventh-grade boys basketball team got the rematch it wanted in the championship game of the Vandalia Tournament on Saturday.

    Unfortunately for the Jr. Vandals, the result was the same.

    Greenville posted a 47-43 win in that game to beat Vandalia for the second time in five days. Last Tuesday, the Blue Jays won, 47-38.

    The Jr. Vandals fell behind 25-9 after the first quarter, but stormed back with 22 points in the second period to close Greenville’s lead to just a point.

  • Jr. Wrestlers set for home tournament this Sunday

    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling club will be hosting a tournament at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday at 9 a.m.

    Wrestlers age 10-and-under will begin at 9 a.m., and those between ages 11-14 will immediately follow.

    Club wrestlers participated in a pair of the tournaments this past weekend.