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School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Sept. 20)

    Many athletes that 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.

    Taylor Parrish • Sophomore • Franklin

    •Sept. 15 – Parrish, a Vandalia grad, played in three sets in two games at St. Thomas More. She played one set in a 3-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson, and recorded one kill and two digs in two sets of a 3-0 loss to St. Thomas More. On the season, Franklin is 5-8.

  • Bombers advance to semis of EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – For the first few innings of Monday’s game, it appeared that Brownstown was going to be upset in the first round of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament for the second straight season.

    The third-seeded Bombers committed four errors in the top of the third inning, allowing No. 6 Ramsey to take a 3-1 lead, which was the same score that Mulberry Grove used to upset Brownstown in the same game last September.

  • Lady Eagles take second at Flora

    The St. Elmo volleyball team finished second at the Flora Tournament on Saturday, placing two individuals on the all-tournament team.

    Senior Perry Manley was named co-MVP of the tournament, and senior Katie Stites was named all-tournament. Manley was also named all-tournament at the Mattoon Tournament earlier this month.

    She had a team-high 89 kill assists, 11 kills and three service aces during the tournament, which saw St. Elmo (12-5) go 4-1.

    •vs. North Clay, St. Elmo won, 25-23, 25-13
    •vs. Dieterich, St. Elmo won, 25-16, 24-26, 15-9
    •vs. Flora, St. Elmo lost, 16-25, 16-25

  • Eagles win in extras against Brownstown

    Already having had waited two weeks to finish a suspended game that began on Aug. 31, St. Elmo and Brownstown made sure that coming back to play last Wednesday was worth it.

    Originally suspended in the sixth inning with the score tied at 6-6, it took three more innings before St. Elmo freshman Noah Flowers hit an RBI single to propel the Eagles to a 7-6 win.

    Senior Connor Beasley struck out 17 from the hill, allowing the Bombers just seven hits over nine innings, and Brownstown junior Jacob Behrends was also very effective, striking out 13 batters over 8 1/3 innings.

  • PHOTO: Lady Bombers take seventh at Vandalia

    The Lady Bombers went 1-3 at the event to finish seventh. Full box scores from each of their games appear in the prep roundup.

  • PHOTO: Aces fall in EIC Tournament

    Mulberry Grove sophomore Derek Childress had a solid outing through the first five innings of a 7-2 loss to Beecher City on Monday in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament at Vandalia.

    With the loss, the Aces finished their season in the consolation game against Ramsey on Wednesday, and coverage of that game will be next week's edition of The Leader-Union, and the final score will be at www.leaderunion.com by Thursday morning.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Sept. 20)

    JV photos from the past week.

  • PHOTOS: Old Capitol Classic

    The Old Capitol Classic opened on Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High and Elementary schools.

    Pool play continues on Thursday at both gyms, and the championship round will be on Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at both gyms.

  • Lady Vandals reign supreme at own tournament

    It was the game everyone wanted to see in the finals of Saturday's Vandalia Tournament, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

    The Lady Vandals beat South Central, 26-24, 25-22, in the championship game to win their second tournament of the season and improve their record to 13-0.

    Both teams were 3-0 in pool play, with Vandalia beating Brownstown, East Alton-Wood River and Carlyle, and South Central defeating Beecher City, Lebanon and Greenville, to set up a rematch of a thrilling game from the Altamont Tournament earlier this fall.

  • Long runs, defense lead Vandals to big win at Roxana

    ROXANA - Eight tackles for loss and three touchdown runs of at least 59 yards propelled the Vandals to a 39-7 victory at Roxana on Friday night.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl scored on a 71-yard run on the second play of the game for the team's longest rush of the season, and senior Tim Ritchey scored on runs of 59 and 62 yards on back-to-back drives in the second quarter to give Vandalia a 27-7 halftime lead.