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School Sports

  • Playoff contention looms after 4th win

    HILLSBORO – The Vandals are one win closer to making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Likely to need just five victories to get into the postseason, Vandalia is now at four after knocking off Hillsboro, 27-20, last Friday night.

    Nothing is ever assured, but a good chance to get that fifth win will come on Friday night against Southwestern (3-3), which has given up the third-most points (209) in the South Central Conference.

  • Swofford, Herker advance to sectionals

    Vandalia senior Derrick Herker and junior Blake Swofford both advanced to the Illinois High School Association Sectional Golf Championships after finishing in the top 10 at the regional match on Tuesday.

    Swofford, who a shot a 69, lost a playoff hole to Marquette Catholic's Danny Selby to finish second.

    Herker placed 10th after shooting a 79.

    Junior Zach Jackson nearly made the sectional, but he lost a playoff hole for the final spot to Andrew Rybolt of Pana.

  • Lady Vandals 'proudly' wear pink in Voilley for the Cure win

    On the verge of losing their first Volley for the Cure game last Thursday, coach Allison Smith gave the Lady Vandals a moving message during a timeout toward the end of the second set.

    With Vandalia trailing 19-18, Smith reminded her club of what was at stake – and it wasn't centered on volleyball.

  • Cougars win MTC championship

    The South Central High School baseball team won its 17th and final Midland Trail Conference Tournament last Friday night, dispatching previously-unbeaten Woodlawn, 10-9.

    Shawn Meyer picked up his fifth win of the season after pitching 6 2/3 innings  and striking out eight. Luke Krajefska picked up the final out to earn the save.

    The Cougars opened the game with a four-run first inning, and added three more in the third and fifth innings.

  • The College Report: Brooke Maxey leading KC in kills

    The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels are 16-6 in volleyball action this year.

    And with only five sophomores on the Kim Potthast-Rahar-led team, the best may be yet to come. Especially if she can get a few more athletes like St. Elmo grad Brooke Maxey and South Central grad Katie Crain.

  • Tennis team earns fourth win vs. EAWR

    The Lady Vandals swept the singles against East Alton-Wood River on Monday and won two of three doubles matches to earn their fourth win of the season.

    That win gives Vandalia some positive momentum as it prepares for Saturday's South Central Conference Tournament in Hillsboro at 9 a.m.

    Coach Kevin Schroeder is hopeful some of his players will be seeded in the top four at Hillsboro, but he expects most of them to be seeded through the draw.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Oct. 6)

    VYO FOOTBALL
    Oct. 1
    vs. Greenville
    5th grade: Vandalia won, 34-6
    6th grade: Vandalia lost, 14-12
    7th grade: Vandalia won, 46-34
    8th grade: Vandalia won, 22-0

  • St. Elmo inducts teams to Wall of Fame

    Two teams were inducted into the St. Elmo High School Wall of Fame on Tuesday night.

  • School sports photos (Oct. 6)

    Feature photos from the Oct. 6 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • South Central wins MTC title

    The South Central High School baseball team held off Woodlawn to win the Midland Trail Conference championship on Friday.

    Shawn Meyer moved his season record to 5-0, while pitching the Cougars to the 10-9 victory. He struck out eight batters in 6 2/3 innings, and Luke Krajefska recorded the final out to earn the save.

    Offensivey, Cole Armstrong was 3-for-5, with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

    Bret Pitts also had two doubles, and Colby Bushue was 3-for-5, with an RBI.