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School Sports

  • St. Elmo Holiday Tournament schedule released

    The schedule for this season's St. Elmo Holiday Tournament has been announced, and the hosts have the No. 1 seed.

    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    •Game 1: (1) St. Elmo vs. (8) Mulberry Grove, 6:15 p.m.
    •Game 2: (4) Beecher City vs. (5) Brownstown, 7:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, Dec. 12
    •Game 3: (2) Altamont vs. (7) Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    •Game 4: (3) Cowden-Herrick vs. (6) South Central, 7:45 p.m.

  • Vandals get season-opening win at South Central

    FARINA – A five-point possession in the middle of the third quarter was the turning point for Vandalia in a 46-26 victory at South central in Tuesday’s season-opener.

    Senior Tim Ritchey made a 3-pointer but was fouled after the shot, and senior Michael Wells made a second-chance layup on the ensuing possession to give the Vandals a 30-14 lead and control of the game with 3:51 left in the third period.

  • Senior Spotlight: RaeChelle Leiken

    For the Lady Vandals, it’s a good thing that first impressions don’t always last.

    “At first, I thought I hated them,” said senior RaeChelle Leiken of her teammates. “They were funny from the get-go – that’s not a lie – but it’s funnier to just say that I hated them.”

    Leiken wasn’t sure what to think of the unique personality that engulfs Vandalia’s volleyball team when she moved here from Oregon the summer before her junior year.

  • Cripe's absence felt in season-opener

    LITCHFIELD – Junior Morgan Cripe did not play due to illness, and a reshuffled rotation did what it could in the post in the Lady Vandals’ season-opener on Monday.

    But Nokomis' sophomore  center Ashley Schneider scored 30 points against the undersized Lady Vandals, and Vandalia committed 25 turnovers in a 65-47 loss at the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Several Vandals earn all-conference honors

    Seven Vandalia football players have been selected to receive All-South Central Conference recognition.

    Players named to the first team were:

    •Ryan Ambuehl, defensive back
    •Jeff Lucken, defensive line
    •Luke Smith, linebacker
    •Jake Stone, offensive line

    Players named to the second team were:

    •Tim Ritchey, defensive back
    •Ryan Schmolinger, offensive line
    •Ambuehl, running back
    •Lucken, offensive line

  • Vandalia basketball to travel to DuQuoin Tournament

    The Vandals will be in action next Monday at the DuQuoin Tournament.

    That game will be at 6 p.m. against Cairo, a team the Vandals defeated last season, 80-60.

    Next Friday, the Vandals take on Agape at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, the Vandals face Flora at noon and DuQuoin at 7:30 p.m.

    Last season, Vandalia won the tournament, going 4-0 as part of a 15-3 start.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia fall award winners

    Several teams held banquets last Thursday.

  • Prep Roundup (Nov. 22)

    A slow second half allowed Shelbyville to erase its 27-16 deficit against Brownstown last Thursday, as the Lady Bombers fell, 44-42.

    Juniors Molly Hill and Audriana Pruett each had 12 points to pace Brownstown (1-1), which only scored 15 points in the second half.

    The Lady Bombers missed eight free throws in the second half, and made just 40 percent of those shots in the game.

  • Smith named state football official

    Vandalia resident Jay Smith will be officiating at the state football finals in Champaign.

    He will either work the Class 4A title game Friday night or the class 5A title game Saturday morning.

    He also worked the state finals in 2005.

    In addition, a Vandalia officiating crew of Dave Givens, Mike Critcheloe, Jerry Schukar, Larry Rebbe and Paul Yagow officiated two rounds of games in this season's playoffs.

  • Re-aligned SCC changes winter athletic play

    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.