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Today's News

  • Ulmer takes individual sectional title to lead five Vandals into this weekend's state tournament

    ROBINSON – In a wildly entertaining championship match on Saturday, Vandalia senior Levi Ulmer outlasted one of the best 195-pound wrestlers in Illinois to win an individual sectional championship.

    By winning, Ulmer became the fifth Vandal of the day to qualify for this weekend’s individual state tournament.

    Battling Kenny Lindsey – a senior from St. Joe-Ogden who is ranked No. 1 in the class by www.illinoismatmen.com – Ulmer needed both overtime tiebreaker periods to clinch the victory, taking the bout, 4-3.

  • Vandals nearly score 100 points on senior night

    They will never forget.

    On a night when Vandalia’s five seniors were honored, each of them last Friday contributed to the team’s season-best scoring output in a 94-62 win against Southwestern.

    As spectators clamored for the Vandals to reach 100 points, coach Kevin Jackson substituted for each senior with 2:09 left in the game, allowing them to leave their final home game victorious and to a standing ovation.

  • Season coming to a close for Vandalia JH volleyball

    Both of Vandalia's junior high volleyball teams have records better than .500 as the season gets to its final weeks.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals played their final home game on Tuesday against Pana, with the seventh-graders erasing a third-set deficit to win, 25-12, 22-25, 25-17, and the eighth-graders losing, 14-25, 18-25.

    On the season, the seventh-graders are 9-5 (4-1 Jr. Mid-Sate Conference), and the eighth-graders are 11-6 (3-2 JMSC).

    Vandalia has four more matches this season before the regional tournaments, starting on Thursday at Litchfield.

  • Vandalia honors seniors

    Vandalia held senior night last Friday.

  • Fifth-graders win tournament title

    The Vandalia fifth-grade boys basketball team recently won the Vandalia Tournament, beating St. Elmo, 42-24, in the title game.

  • Sports Briefs (Feb. 16)

    Brownstown Sports Boosters holding winter cookout on Friday at 5 p.m.

    The Brownstown Sports Boosters will be holding a winter cookout prior to the boys basketball game against Patoka on Friday.

    The cookout, which includes ribeye, porkburger and hot dog meals or sandwiches, will begin at 5 p.m.

    The ribeye meal will be $6, with the sandwich costing $4; the porkburger meal will be $5, with the sandwich costing $3; and the hot dog meal will be $2, with a single hot dog costing $1.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Feb. 16)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday. Feb. 14
    Mt. Olive 55
    Ramsey 34
    MOHS: 17-11-9-18—55
    RHS:      8-13-7-6—34
    Points: Tyler Pryor, 9; Ryan Kelly, 8; Ryan Black, 6; Austin Cunningham, 6; Jacob Bergin, 2; Jacob Roberts, 2; Tristan Wesselman, 1.
    Record: 4-19

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to the individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.

  • Memories on tape preserve tale of family

    First off, I would like to thank all those who read this column and share with me their enjoyment of the stories that are told here. Many times, more facets of the stories I share come forward and become, as one popular commentator put it, "the rest of the story."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Hazel Albert Stevenson.
    Identifying her were: Thelma Wright, Allen and Vivian Schmid, Donna Chrisman, Evelyn Bennett  and Joann Tessman.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.