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School Sports

  • NFHS creates new HS wrestling weights

    Sweeping changes have been made the weight classes in high school wrestling after the National Federation of State High School Associations’ wrestling rules committee approved an upward shift that changes 10 of the 14 weight classes.

    The four weight classes that did not change are 145, 152, 160 and 285 pounds. The new weights are: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

  • Vandals beat Pana in dual meet

    The restriction that forces athletes to compete in four or fewer events was lifted on Tuesday for a dual meet between the Pana and Vandalia boys track teams, and the Vandals took full advantage to win the meet, 74-64.

    Only seven Vandalia athletes were available for the meet, and each of them placed, including nine firsts and nine seconds.

    The meet serves as a tune-up for the freshmen and sophomores, who will compete in the South Central Conference Frosh/Soph Championships on Saturday in Litchfield at 9 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs (May 5)

    VCHS athletic physical sign-up under way

    Students at Vandalia Community High School who are in grades 6-12 this year may sign up for an athletic physical that will be administered by staff from Greenville Regional Hospital during the school day on May 24.

    Forms can be picked up from  athletic director Kevin Jackson, or in the high school or junior high offices. Parents must fill out their portion of the form prior to May 24.

  • Vandalia Junior High track results (May 5)

    Monday, May 2
    at Litchfield
    Eighth-grade boys
    First-place finishers
    •Ryan Bayles, long jump
    •Devin Durbin, 110-meter hurdles
    •Luke Hollinshead, shot put
    •Ben Strobel, 800-meter run
    •Strobel, 1600-meter run
    •Bayles, Sarchet, Lott and Kinney, 4X200-meter relay
    Second-place finishers
    •Lucian Kinney, shot put
    •Robbie Lott, high jump
    •Blake Murphy, 400-meter dash
    •Austin Robson, discus

  • Tuesday is busy day for Vandalia athletics

    All four of Vandalia High School's varsity athletic teams will be in action on Tuesday.

    The premier event is the South Central Conference Girls Track Championships in Carlinville at 3 p.m.

    The boys track team will be in Pana at 4 p.m., the baseball team in Litchfield at 4:30 p.m. and the softball team home against Litchfield at 4:30 p.m.

    For results of all these events, see Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Sports cancellations and schedule changes -- Thursday, April 28

    Vandalia vs. Christ Our Rock baseball has been canceled for today. It will be made up tomorrow.

    On May 6, Vandalia will makeup its game with Pana at home, following a scheduled game against Litchfield. Because of that, the May 5 game against Mater Dei has been canceled.

    The St. Elmo baseball game scheduled at Beecher City on Thursday has been canceled.

  • Rain soaks Vandalia at poor time for ball teams

    The continuous rainy weather that recently soaked the region came at a bad time for the Vandalia High School baseball and softball teams, canceling a combined six games at a crucial juncture in the season.

    The baseball team has lost six of its past seven games, and coach Luke Hohlt considers that stretch more as bad luck than a slump, but still would have preferred to play the missed games to try to break out of it.

  • Boys and girls track teams learned some things at Teutopolis

    TEUTOPOLIS – Coaches for both the Vandalia High School boys and girls track teams said many of their athletes can take their experiences from a meet at Teutopolis on Tuesday and learn from them.

    After finishing her leg of the 4X400-meter relay, senior Christina Pennington worked her way off the track to the infield to find her coach. She was visibly winded and said, “It hurts.”

    Veteran coach Mike Travelstead had a simple answer to that.

  • The College Report: Earnest named All-American

    Another one for the trophy case.

    For Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia grad and Vanderbilt University bowler, it was another certificate for her wall. But, this one might mean more than most.

    The Vanderbilt sophomore was named to the National Ten Pin Coaches Association All-American team. Earnest was named to the second team and was one of three Vanderbilt bowlers selected.

  • Newsom has another walk-off for Lady Vandals

    Whitney Newsom has a flair for the dramatic.

    For some reason, the Vandalia senior always seems to find a bat in her hands with the game on the line.

    Not that anyone cares, since she seems to deliver every time.

    Such was the case last Wednesday when her sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning brought home sophomore Morgan Whightsil to give the Lady Vandals a 3-2 comeback win against Greenville.

    That was Newsom's second walk-off at-bat of the season.