School Sports

  • PHOTO: First Pitch

    Kyle Anderson of Willms and Yakel Insurance throws out a ceremonial first pitch last Friday prior to the first spring game at Vandalia Mutual Field.

  • Vandals win season-opener against Ramsey

    VANDALIA - The Vandals made an offensive statement in a season-opening win against Ramsey.

    The inexperienced pitching staff and defense may need a little time to catch up.

    Vandalia scored consistently throughout the win against the Rams on Friday, but too many walks and errors allowed Ramsey to keep within striking distance in the 16-11 victory.

    Coach Luke Hohlt said after the game that there were lessons to be learned, and that he believes the players who made mistakes today will grow from them as the season moves along.

  • St. Elmo has fifth straight cancellation; Mulberry Grove games also called off

    The St. Elmo baseball team has had another game canceled due to poor weather conditions, marking the fifth straight game that the Eagles have had called off.

    Thursday's game was scheduled at Neoga.

    In addition, home games at Mulberry Grove have been canceled for Thursday.

  • Vandal coaches talk about re-aligned SCC

    VANDALIA – The revamped South Central Conference debuts this school year, and prior to each season, The Leader-Union will be asking Vandalia’s coaches how they think the changes will affect their team.

    A list of all of the changes follows.

    1)    Gillespie and Staunton have replaced East Alton-Wood River and Marquette Catholic.
    2)    There will no longer be divisional play in any sport, with all teams that used to have divisions to play one game that counts in the conference standings.

  • Track Insider: Girls bonding already

    VANDALIA – For Gena Nance, the track season has already created memories even though the Lady Vandals have participated in just one indoor meet.

    With a team of “genuine athletes” who care about each other’s performances, Nance said that how the team came together in the first few weeks of practice is a lasting memory.

  • Lady Vandals show good signs at Noble

    The Lady Vandals may have started the season at 0-2, but had there not been an hour time limit at Saturday’s Noble Round-Robin, their record may have been better.

    Losing to Hutsonville/Palestine, 4-3, in five innings, and Red Hill, 11-6, in three innings, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher didn’t have too many complaints about the games.

    “We played pretty well the first game,” Buscher said. “We had a couple of errors, but it wasn’t a bad game. If there wasn’t a time limit, we probably could have scored more runs.”

  • Oldham fires perfect game; Goodin hits for cycle

    Missing all of last season proved to not be a setback for Lady Aces senior Becca Oldham.

    Oldham hurled a perfect game for the Mulberry Grove during last Thursday’s season-opener, a 31-0 win against Sandoval.

    Offensively, Sam Goodin hit for the cycle.

    Oldham struck out seven and nothing that the overmatched Lady Blackhawks hit in fair territory made it out of the infield. Two batters did get to a full count in Oldham's first start since her sophomore season.

    She missed her junior year due to a leg injury.

  • PHOTOS: Vandal boys open season in Charleston

    The Vandalia boys track team opened its season at the Charleston Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

    The Vandals finished in 25th place out of 33 teams.

    Senior Wade Cowger would place fourth out of 46 runners, with a time of 2:08.74, in the 800-meter run.

    Ben Strobel finished sixth out of 54 runners in the 1,600-meter run, with a personal-best time of 4:44.64, and Dalton Smith placed 11th of 28 in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 0:24.79.

  • Ramsey Insider: Top players returning

    RAMSEY – After being named the Most Vaulable Player in her conference last season, Shaunna Rainey is hoping to the follow up that performance with an even better season.

    Taking the top honor in the Egyptian-Illini Conference for the second straight season will involve the senior continuing to hit consistently, but adding in more extra-base hits.

    “I hope she does the same things she did last year,” said coach Mike Jackson. “I’d like to see more power, but she had an average around .580, so we’re fine there.”

  • PHOTO: Enlow wins about state title

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow won his second straight championship at the Midget State Championships in Danville.

    Enlow went 4-0 in the 150-pound bracket for 9-10-year-olds.