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School Sports

  • 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.

  • St. Elmo, Patoka earn top seeds in EIC Tournament

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference will be holding its postseason tournament at Vandalia High School next Monday-Thursday, and St. Elmo and Patoka have earned the top two seeds.

    Those two teams played an exciting game during the regular season, during which St. Elmo won, 3-2, to hand Patoka its only conference loss of the fall.

    Warriors coach Joe Eddy said after that game that he hoped his team would get a rematch in the title game of the EIC Tournament, and that is definitely a possibility.

    The tournament schedule follows:

  • Lady Vandals stay perfect with win at Hillsboro

    HILLSBORO — Vandalia's volleyball team moved to 9-0 after beating Hillsboro, 25-17, 25-18, on Thursday night.

    Senior RaeChelle Leiken led the attack, with nine kills, and the Lady Vandals had a season-high six blocks, including one solo and two assists from Leiken, and three assists from each junior Megan Godoyo and senior Sierah Ruffner.

    The Lady Vandals play four games on Saturday at the Vandalia Tournament, where they are favored to win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Luke Smith

    STAUNTON – For a player who prefers the defensive side of the ball, Vandalia senior Luke Smith has sure made a mark on the team’s offense.

    As one of four players with more than 30 rushing attempts on the season, Smith is the only Vandal with a rushing touchdown in each of the team’s three games this season.

    A red zone threat on any drive, the shifty 6-footer has secured 24 of Vandalia’s 92 points on the season (26 percent), and coach John Stout anticipates that he will continue finding the end zone all season.

  • Vandals take seventh straight win vs. Staunton

    STAUNTON – Two long touchdown plays from the Bulldogs were the only big blemishes for Vandalia on Saturday night, but a strong ground attack led the Vandals to a customary result at Staunton.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl carried the ball for 160 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Vandal defense twice stopped Staunton on key drives as Vandalia picked up a 36-21 road win on Saturday, the seventh straight victory against the Bulldogs.

  • Football notes: Roxana not a game to overlook

    Two years ago, Vandalia traveled to Roxana in week three and were upset, 32-14.

    And if the Vandals aren’t careful this Friday, it could happen again.

    “They are a pretty good ball club,” said coach John Stout of the Shells. “In all three of their games, they have been able to move the ball, and have some guys with some skills.

    “They are a threat to us.”

    The likelihood of Vandalia (2-1) overlooking any opponent this season is minimal, however, as every player on the team has big aspirations.