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School Sports

  • Legion seasons begin Tuesday

    Vandalia’s Legion baseball teams will both open the summer season next Tuesday.

    The Jr. Legion and the Sr. Legion teams will be in action throughout July, with the Jr. Legion team hosting eight games, and the Sr. Legion team hosting 10 games at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    The teams are made up of players from several schools in the area.

    Schedules for each team follow, with all games not in a tournament being a doubleheader unless otherwise noted.

  • KC to hold several camps at main campus

    Kaskaskia College will soon be holding several sports camps at the main campus in Centralia.

    BASEBALL

    The Kaskaskia College baseball program will hold a pair of youth baseball camps in June.   

    A hitting camp will be held June 10- 11 from 9-11 a.m., and a pitching camp will be held June 12- 13 from 9-11 a.m.    

    Both camps will be held for students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

    The registration cost for each camp is $30, and each camper will receive a T-shirt.  

  • Sports camps to be held in Vandalia

    Jr. Vandal basketball camp is June 3-7

    The Jr. Vandal boys basketball camp will be June 3-7.

    Boys will be divided into groups of grades K-3 and 4-7.

    Registration cost for K-3 is $25, and that camp will run from 8:30-9:45 a.m. each day.

    Registration cost for 4-7 is $35, and that camp will run from 10-11:45 a.m. each day.

    The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and man-to-man defense. Individual offensive moves and team play will also be instructed.

  • Ramsey softball sectional game moved to Macon

    The sectional softball game between Ramsey and Cumberland has been moved from Moweaqua to Macon for Tuesday.

  • Ramsey softball team wins first regional title since 1993; South Central also earns regional championship in baseball

    The Ramsey High School softball team picked up a 2-1 win against Nokomis to win its first regional title since 1993.

    The Lady Rams will play Cumberland at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the sectional tournament.

    The South Central baseball team beat Altamont, 4-3, to win a regional championship.

    The Cougars will play North Clay at Cumberland High School on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the sectional tournament.

  • Ambuehl, Strobel headed to state for the Vandals

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl and sophomore Ben Strobel will represent Vandalia at next week's Illinois High School Association state track meet.

    Ambuehl qualified for the meet in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, while Strobel made it in the 3,200-meter run.

    Running at the Lawrenceville Sectional on Friday, Ambuehl won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.47 seconds, and took second in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 51.84 seconds.

    Strobel took third in the 3,200, but beat the automatic state qualifying time with a school-record time of 9:59.07.

  • Meyer takes fourth in the state in pole vault

    EAST PEORIA - Vandalia eighth-grader Emma Meyer placed fourth in the pole vault state finals on Saturday, clearing a school record 9 feet, 9 inches.

    Vaulting at the Illinois Elementary School Association state finals at the EastSide Centre, Meyer was one of four vaulters to make it to 9-9, but she was unable to get over 10 feet.

    But with a school record and a top-five finish, Meyer said she was still pleased with her day.

  • Ruffner places 11th at state in high jump

    Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner ended her high school athletic career with an 11th-place finish in the high jump at the Illinois High School Association state finals.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet, 2 inches - as she had in the prelims - but was unable to get over 5-3.

    More information about Ruffner's trip to state will be available in the May 25 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Gordon repeats as state champion

    EAST PEORIA - Vandalia eighth-grader Curtis Gordon has repeated as state champion, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault.

    Gordon battled an athlete from Parkside all the way to the final height, with Gordon clearing 12-9 on his third attempt.

    Prior to the pole vault, Gordon placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

    The Illinois Elementary School Association state finals are held at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

    Much more information on Gordon's day will be available in the May 25 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Three area teams make regional championship games

    Three teams from the area have made regional championship games.

    SOFTBALL

    On Friday, (2) Mulberry Grove will battle (1) Altamont at St. Elmo at 4:30 p.m.

    On Saturday, (2) Ramsey will battle (1) Nokomis at Ramsey at 11 a.m.

    BASEBALL

    On Saturday, (2) South Central will battle (1) Altamont at Lions Field in Kinmundy at 11 a.m.