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School Sports

  • Lady Aces Insider: Standout pitcher returning from injury

    MULBERRY GROVE – One of the best softball pitchers in the area is returning to the circle this spring.

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham returns to the Lady Aces after missing all of last season due to an injury, and that will only make the team coming off of a super-sectional appearance that much better.

    “Becca is doing really well coming off of her injury,” said first-year coach Sara Burnet. “You can’t even tell that she sat out.”

  • Aces Insider: Sophomore Goodin to miss season with torn ACL

    MULBERRY GROVE - One of the best pitchers, hitters and infielders for the Aces will miss the spring season due to injury.

    Alex Goodin, a sophomore who is a vital member of the team, recently suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will not be available to play this spring.

    “He’s still around and in and out of rehab,” said coach Chad Nelson. “We are keeping our fingers crossed that his surgery and rehab will go well.”

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (March 14)

    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, will bowl in the final regular-season tournament of her college career this weekend. Vanderbilt University will be hosting 28 teams – including 18 of the top 20 – on Friday-Sunday for the Columbia 300 Music City Classic.

  • This week's schedule (March 14-20)

    The area’s spring sports season kicks off in full force this coming week.

    All games are subject to change in the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions. Reported cancellations are posted at www.leaderunion.com.

  • PHOTO: Sixth-Graders Have Winning Season

    Due to recent cuts by the Vandalia school board, this season's sixth-grade boys basketball team will be the final school-sponsored sixth-grade team, and the boys went out on a winning note.

    Posting a 12-6 record, the team was led by Trevor Smalls (7.9 points per game), Blake Morrison (7.1 ppg) and Blake Barth (4.7 ppg).

    Bryce Dunn, Caleb Slater and Austin Weischedel were also regular contributors.

    The B-team went 9-4 and was led by Cole Forehand (5.6 ppg), Zane Steele (3.2 ppg) and Hunter Boren (3.1 ppg).

  • PHOTO: Second-Place Finish for Jr. Vandals

    The Vandalia fourth-/fifth-grade boys basketball team recently placed second in the Centralia Community Youth Center Fifth-Grade Tournament.

  • Sports Briefs (March 14)

    Jr. Vandals have tough go-around at IKWF state championships

    All three Jr. Vandals participating in Saturday's Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state tournament were unable to advance past the first round.

    Luke Francis lost a 3-0 decision to Benjamin Cottone of Sycamore in the Novice 177 division, and Jarek Wehrle lost, 2-0, to Enzo Silva of Martinez Fox Valley Elite in the Novice 62 division.

    In the Novice 89 division, Tanner Swain was pinned by Ja'Chun Smith of Little Huskies in 1:08.

  • St. Elmo, Mulberry Grove and South Central openers canceled

    Due to the rainy weather over the weekend, many area fields have non-playable conditions.

    Both the St. Elmo and Mulberry Grove baseball and softball games, as well as South Central's softball game, scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.

  • Senior Spotlight: Amber Bruno

    VANDALIA – It’s often said that bad things tend to come three at a time.

    But when applied to the athletic career of Vandalia senior Amber Bruno, the old adage just doesn’t hold up.

    Whether it’s shooting in basketball or hitting in softball, Bruno is a triple threat, and those skills have allowed her to become one of the most decorated female athletes in school history.

  • Eighth-graders to play for regional title

    TEUTOPOLIS – Sometimes, Sarah Bigelow lets the moment engulf her when she’s standing at the service line.

    But in what was thus far Vandalia’s biggest game of the season, she looked calm, cool and collected.

    Taking over the serve with a 16-12 lead in the second set of Saturday’s regional semifinal against St. Elmo,

    Bigelow served six aces in nine points to close out the match and give the Vandalia eighth-graders a spot in the regional title game.