http://www.leaderunion.com/sports/rss.xml en Penalties, turnovers hurt Vandals in loss http://www.leaderunion.com/content/penalties-turnovers-hurt-vandals-loss <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14_2017_fb_gv_marcustd.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Marcus Zimmerman outruns Greenville defenders on his way to a 65-yard touchdown on Friday night at Mark Greer Field." title="Vandalia&#039;s Marcus Zimmerman outruns Greenville defenders on his way to a 65-yard touchdown on Friday night at Mark Greer Field." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> Reasons for the Vandals loss to Greenville in the annual Pink Bowl game on Friday at Mark Greer Field could, in part, be summarized by the Comets&rsquo; winning drive in the fourth quarter.</p> Lady Vandals 2-3 at tourney, SEB 3-2 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/lady-vandals-2-3-tourney-seb-3-2 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14_2017_vb_10.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Bailey Younker goes up to tip the ball over two Southwestern players last Thursday." title="Vandalia&#039;s Bailey Younker goes up to tip the ball over two Southwestern players last Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> The Lady Vandals went 2-3 at A Grace Filled Tournament over the weekend.</p> VJHS Wins Regional Opener http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vjhs-wins-regional-opener <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14_2017_vjhs_hagy.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> The Vandalia Junior High School baseball team advanced to the second round in regional play with a 2-1 win over Alton in Vandalia on Tuesday afternoon. In defeating the fifth-seeded Alton, the fourth-seeded Vandals now face Edwardsville Lincoln at Greenville Junior High at 10 a.m. on Saturday. In the first photo, the Vandals Matthew Hagy successfully lays down a sacrifice bunt on Tuesday. In the second photo, winning pitcher Jayden Lotz fires a pitch while shortstop Owen Miller gets ready to field.</p> Laack advances to IESA State Golf Tournament for second straight year http://www.leaderunion.com/content/laack-advances-iesa-state-golf-tournament-second-straight-year <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14_2017_laack_state_golf.jpg" alt="Chase Laack" title="Chase Laack" align="left" hspace="6" width="49" height="85" /><p> Vandalia&rsquo;s Chase Laack advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association State Golf Tournament for the second straight year with a fourth-place finish at the Sectional Tournament last Tuesday.</p> Area Baseball http://www.leaderunion.com/content/area-baseball <p> South Central 6, WSS 4<br /> South Central scored three runs in the sixth inning and once in the seventh to defeat Windsor/Stew-Stras in a road contest on Tuesday.<br /> Hunter Brandt gave up four runs on six hits while striking out five, and Trent Geiler held WSS to one hit in two innings of work to pick up the win.<br /> South Central &ndash; Dodson 2-4, 1 run, double, 1 RBI; Geiler 2-3, 2 runs; Brandt 1-4, 1 run; Matheny 1-3, double, 2 RBI; McCown 0-4; C. Blomberg 2-3, 1 RBI; J. Blomberg 1-2, 1 run; Roberts 0-3, 1 run; Lotz 0-2.<br /> Teutopolis 10, South Central 0<br /> Vandals roll to 49-20 win in opener http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandals-roll-49-20-win-opener <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_smalls.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Trevor Smalls (5) heads to the end zone after taking a handoff from quarterback Matthew Wells (9, far left) in the season opener on Friday night at Gillespie. Garret McNary (14) and Nathan Casey (4) trail on the play. Smalls and teammate Marcus Zimmerman each scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Vandals built up a 49-7 lead by halftime." title="Vandalia&#039;s Trevor Smalls (5) heads to the end zone after taking a handoff from quarterback Matthew Wells (9, far left) in the season opener on Friday night at Gillespie. Garret McNary (14) and Nathan Casey (4) trail on the play. Smalls and teammate Marcus Zimmerman each scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Vandals built up a 49-7 lead by halftime." align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s doubtful that Marcus Zimmerman heard his coach as he was returning the opening kickoff on Friday at Gillespie. But Zimmerman followed Jason Clay&rsquo;s instructions to &ldquo;Take it to the house, Marcus.&rdquo;</p> Lady Vandals top SEB in three games http://www.leaderunion.com/content/lady-vandals-top-seb-three-games <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug31_2017_v_seb.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Lauren Hagy goes up for a spike, while St. Elmo/Brownstown&#039;s Madison Carson (1) and Natalie Oberlink try for a block. In back is SEB&#039;s Marlee Nolen." title="Vandalia&#039;s Lauren Hagy goes up for a spike, while St. Elmo/Brownstown&#039;s Madison Carson (1) and Natalie Oberlink try for a block. In back is SEB&#039;s Marlee Nolen." align="left" hspace="6" width="101" height="85" /><p> The season opener for both Vandalia and St. Elmo/Brownstown went to three games, with the second game decided on an Eagles comeback and the first on the Lady Vandals&rsquo; ability to fight off a comeback effort.</p> Vandals open season with big win (PHOTOS) http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandals-open-season-big-win-photos <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_jt.jpg" alt="James Taylor celebrates after making a tackle and causing a fumble that led to a Vandalia score." title="James Taylor celebrates after making a tackle and causing a fumble that led to a Vandalia score." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" />