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School Sports

  • Bombers, Warriors to battle for title at Ramsey Tournament

    RAMSEY – Patoka and Brownstown will battle for the championship of the Ramsey Tournament for the third straight season, and the Warriors will be looking to avenge last season’s loss.

    The championship game will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

    The Bombers took down Patoka, 9-1, in last season’s title game, but after scoring 34 runs in the first two games this year, the Warriors’ offense is hoping to make sure that a loss doesn’t happen again.

  • Patoka, Brownstown pick up day one victories

    RAMSEY – Senior Austin Hunter threw a complete game for Brownstown and collected three hits to lead the Bombers to a 5-1 win against the hosts on Monday in the opening game of the Ramsey Tournament.

    Hunter (1-0) surrendered a few hard-hit balls, but only a handful made it through Brownstown’s defense, which committed no errors during the game.

  • South Central coaches eager for National Trail Conference play

    FARINA – South Central High School has joined the National Trail Conference this season, coming into the NTC at the same time Teutopolis is leaving.

    South Central has previously been in the Midland Trail Conference for many years.

    Prior to each sports season, The Leader-Union will be asking South Central’s coaches how they think the conference switch will effect their team.

    Baseball

  • Prep Roundup (Aug. 23)

    Lady Vandals win first tennis match

    The Lady Vandals tennis team won its first match of the season on Tuesday, defeating Shelbyville, 6-3.

    A match at Roxana on Monday was canceled due to a scheduling error.

    Vandalia swept all but one singles match against the Lady Rams, and won one doubles match.

    Box score
    Tuesday, Aug. 21
    at Shelbyville
    Vandalia 6
    Shelbyville 3

  • Dear Mrs. Wooten

  • Swofford wins at Belk Park; Vandals place seventh

    Senior Blake Swofford won the season's first golf tournament on Monday, shooting a three-under 69 at Belk Park.
    As a team, the Vandals placed seventh out of 11 teams in the field in East Alton-Wood River.

    Swofford had four birdies during his round, on holes 5, 10, 11 and 13, and he bogeyed hole 6. Otherwise, he was par for the course.

    Sophomore Zach Schaal had the next-best round for Vandalia, shooting an 89.

    Senior Zach Jackson followed with a 94. He birdied hole 10.

  • PHOTOS: Vandal practices begin

    Fall practices are well under way for Vandalia's High School teams, with the seasons set to begin at the end of the month.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Aug. 16)

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Idaho Falls Chukars

    •Aug. 10 – Patton, a South Central graduate, struck out two in three innings of relief during a 12-5 win against Orem. He allowed four hits, but no runs or walks.  On the season, Patton is 0-6, with a 6.91 earned-run average, in 10 games, including eight starts. He has struck out 55 batters in just 41 2/3 innings pitched.

  • St. Elmo Jr. High Softball (Aug. 16)

    The St. Elmo Junior High softball team is 2-4 through the first six games of the season.

    Box scores for those games follow:

    Tuesday, Aug. 14
    Mulberry Grove 15
    St. Elmo 3
    SE:   2-0-1-0—3-3-4
    MG: 5-4-2-4—15-8-2
    LP: Hoopingarner
    Lady Eagles: Parkison, 1-for-2, run, RBI; Viramontes, 1-for-2, run; Brown, 1-for-2, run; Moss, RBI; Hoopingarner, BB; Da. Shelton, BB.

  • Von Behren hired by Maryville University

    A Vandalia Community High School graduate has been hired as the head baseball coach at Maryville University, a Division II school in St. Louis.

    Seth Von Behren is the ninth coach in Maryville’s history, and the Saints will be the fourth team he has coached for at the collegiate level.