School Sports

  • Lady Vandals down EAWR to win opener

    Junior RaChelle Leiken had a nice introduction to Lady Vandals volleyball.

    On the first point of Tuesday night's South Central Conference match, senior Haley Wollerman set the ball to
    Leiken, a transfer student from Oregon, who promptly dropped an authoritative kill in between two East Alton-Wood River players.

    Vandalia would continue on from there, using high-flying leaps and powerful kills throughout the match to beat the Lady Oilers, 25-10, 25-19.

    "The initial pre-game jitters needed to get out of our system," said coach Allison Brown. "But overall, we played well."

  • Vandalia tennis, golf and soccer teams play at home

    Three Vandalia sports teams participated at home last Thursday. Individuals from those teams are pictured.

  • Bombers defeat Patoka; win Ramsey Tourney

    The Hunter brothers did a lot of damage during Brownstown's 9-1 win against Patoka in the championship game of the Ramsey Tournament last Friday.

    The elder Colten Hunter, a senior, pitched a complete game, striking out six, and also scored twice.

    Austin Hunter, a junior, was 3-for-4, with four runs and an RBI.

    Brownstown (3-0) also got a pair of runs from senior Brady McDowell and one from sophomore Jacob Behrends.

    Sophomore Eric Gurtner had a pair of doubles and three RBI. Senior Eddie Carson drove in three runs on a triple.

    Four Bombers had a stolen base in the game.

  • The College Report will soon return to the LU

    The College Report is slated to return to The Leader-Union in September.

    Before that happens, we need help from you, the reading public. We are looking for names of athletes to include for the 2011-12 school year.

    There are only two rules to be included in this column. One is the athlete must be a resident of Fayette County or be a graduate of a high school normally covered by The Leader-Union.

    Secondly, they have to be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen school competes against other colleges/universities.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 1)

    Aug. 29
    at Shoal Creek
    Team Scores:
    •Raymond, 167
    •Vandalia, 183
    •Litchfield, 185
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 37
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 46
    •Zach Schaal, 46
    •Josh Lawson, 47
    •Leyton Godoyo, 51
    Record: 3-4

    Aug. 25
    vs. Ramsey/Altamont
    Team Scores:
    •Vandalia, 170
    •Altamont, 189
    •Ramsey, 262
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 40
    •Josh Lawson, 41
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 45
    •Zach Schaal, 48
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Record: 3-3

    Aug. 25
    Marquette 9, Vandalia 0

  • Ramsey beats Mulberry Grove in third-place game

    RAMSEY – Each Rams batter reached base at least once, and junior Tyler Pryor and sophomore Tylor Knisley allowed just two hits last Friday, as the Ramsey High School baseball team defeated Mulberry Grove, 7-0, for third place at the Ramsey Tournament.

    Pryor did not overpower the Aces – recording just three strikeouts in four innings – but he let his defense make plays behind him, inducing three pop-ups and six grounders.

    Knisley struck out three in two innings of work to close out Ramsey's first win of the season.

  • Vandals beat EAWR in opener

    WOOD RIVER — Four players scored touchdowns to help the Vandalia High School football team win its season-opener at East Alton-Wood River on Friday, 27-6.

    Seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick, and juniors Tim Ritchey and Ryan Ambuehl each scored for the Vandals during the game, which was the fifth straight win against the Oilers.

    EAWR scored toward the end of the second quarter, but did not threaten during the third or fourth.

    A full recap of the game will appear in the Sept. 1 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Football scheduling changes

    The Vandalia JV football game scheduled for Monday has been relocated, and the freshman football game scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

    The Vandals JV squad on Monday was scheduled to play Greenville at home, but due to the ongoing construction of the all-weather track, the game has been moved to Greenville.

    On Thursday, the freshmen were scheduled to play at home against Carlinville, but the game has been canceled.


    The Vandalia High School football team on Friday night opens its season at East Alton-Wood River.

    Vandalia, which finished last season 4-5 and defeated the Oiliers, 24-21, with a last-second field goal in week one, return several starters this season, including senior running back Levi Ulmer and senior linebacker Blake Mills.

    They, combined with the rest of the veterans, are expected to build a strong core that will allow the Vandals to better their 2010 record and move back into the top half of the South Central Conference.

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.