School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 10)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

    •Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, and the No. 3 Vanderbilt University bowling team will travel to the Mid-Winter Classic at Arkansas State University this Friday-Sunday.

  • This week's schedule (Jan. 10-16)

    Boys basketball
    •Jan. 11 vs. Greenville, 6 p.m.
    Girls basketball
    •Jan. 10 vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 12 at Highland Tournament
    •Jan. 10 at Highland, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 12 Home quad, 10 a.m.
    •Jan. 14 at Roxana, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 15 Home JV quad, 6 p.m.
    F/S boys basketball
    •Jan. 10 at Greenville, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 14 vs. Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Jr. High boys basketball
    •Jan. 10 at Greenville, 6 p.m.

  • PHOTOS: F/S boys basketball

    South Central and Vandalia met in a county battle of freshmen/sophomore boys basketball teams on Monday. The Cougars came away with a 50-32 victory.

  • Josie Earnest earns spot on Team USA

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest has qualified for Team USA in women’s bowling for the second straight year.

    Placing third at the Team USA Trials in Henderson, Nev., Earnest is assured a spot on the team, a place in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money.

    Defending trial champ Danielle McEwan took first in the national field, while Diandra Asbaty, a 15-time team USA selection, finished second.

    More information about Earnest’s return to Team USA will be available in this week’s edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Varsity-only girls game on Monday vs. South Central

    There will not be a JV girls basketball game tonight, as South Central does not have enough players.

    A varsity-only girls contest will follow the F/S boys basketball game, which begins at 6 p.m., at VCHS.

  • 78th annual NTC Tournament seeds, schedule announced

    The seeds and schedule have been released for the 78th annual National Trail Conference Tournament, which begins on Jan. 21 at Altamont High School.

    Dieterich was awarded the top seed in the boys basketball event, and Altamont, Stew-Stras, Cowden-Herrick and St. Elmo round out the top five.

    Other area teams in the tournament are No. 7 Brownstown and No. 10 South Central.

  • South Central boys game postponed

    The South Central boys basketball game scheduled for Friday night against Windsor has been postponed until Feb. 1.

  • Lady Vandals get first conference win of season

    The Lady Vandals picked up their first South Central Conference victory of the season, winning at Staunton, 42-25, on Thursday night.

    Senior Amber Bruno paced the team with 23 points, and junior Megan Godoyo had seven points and nine rebounds.

    Vandalia is 6-11 (1-4 SCC) on the season.

  • Senior Spotlight: Michael Wells

    VANDALIA – Michael Wells is not one to brag about his athletic accomplishments.

    But that didn’t stop everyone else from taking note of last Friday’s career game for Wells, when  he scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Maroa-Forsyth to lead the Vandals into the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the first time since 2005.

    Numerous phone and Facebook messages were left for Wells that night, but after the game, he was thinking of everybody but himself.

  • Pana beats Vandalia for VHT championship

    VANDALIA – Pana’s lead was cut down to single digits by the Vandals at one point during the second half of the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Unfortunately, there was only 43 seconds left in the game at the time.

    The Panthers followed by making one shot from the field and all five free throws to win their first VHT since 2002 and sixth overall with a 56-44 win against the Vandals, who last won the event in 1981.