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School Sports

  • PHOTO: Top Times Runner

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel finished 11th in the 1,600-meter run at Saturday's Class 1A Illinois Prep Top Times meet in Bloomington.

    Held in the Shirk Fieldhouse on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, Strobel finished the race in 4:47.67 to place four positions higher than he was seeded.

    The Top Times meet is known as the unofficial indoor state championship meet.

  • Area Prep Roundup (March 28)

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham fired her second no-hitter of the season on Saturday against St. Anthony.

    Oldham struck out nine Lady Bulldogs, and her only blemish in the 15-0 victory was a walk issued in the second inning. She tossed a perfect game against Sandoval in the season-opener.

    Offensively, the Lady Aces scored in just two innings, bringing home six runs in the third and nine in the fifth.

    Kate Jolliff homered, and freshman Lauren Robison reached base four times and scored three runs for Mulberry Grove (2-0).

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  • Wehrle is eighth at state meet

    Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club member Jarek Wehrle went 3-3 to place eighth at the Illinois Midget Championships in Danville.

    After receiving a bye in the Midget 60 division, Wehrle wrestled to six decisions, none of which had a margin of fewer than five points.

    Also wrestling for Vandalia was Kyle Miller.

    Miller, wrestling in the Midget 60 division, went 3-2, but did not place in the event.

    He recorded two pins, both coming in under a minute.

  • This week's schedule (March 28-April 3)

    Once the snow clears, reported cancellations will be posted at www.leaderunion.com.

  • 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.”