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School Sports

  • Vandals top Piasa Birds

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team started Friday's game at Southwestern on a 13-0 run and never trailed in defeating the Piasa Birds, 74-52.

    Four different Vandals scored in that opening run, with senior Marty Johnson scoring five, junior Dathan Berning scoring four, and senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin each scoring two.

    Southwestern did rally back, however, answering Vandalia's run with a 14-5 run that cut the Vandals' lead to five with about seven minutes left in the second period.

  • Jackson pleased with win over Roxana

    The Vandals contained Roxana’s 6-foot-8 center and made runs every time the Shells crept toward taking a lead during a 63-51 home win on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Hunter Reine came into the game averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds, and while he scored 23 points for Roxana on Tuesday, he wasn’t a big factor on defense, grabbing just nine rebounds.

    “Holding him down on the boards might have been more important than holding him down on points,” said Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson.

  • Ramsey 8th graders make state tourney

    ST. ELMO – Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    “Ramsey doesn’t necessarily have the rich tradition in winning,” Belusko said. “I told them, ‘Just because we have a certain name on the front of our uniform doesn’t mean anything. There’s nothing that says we can’t come out and do great things.’”

  • Two seniors, two juniors and a freshman qualify for this weekend's IHSA individual state tournament

    Five of eight Vandalia wrestlers qualified for the individual state tournament in front of a home crowd on Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Individual Sectional Tournament.

    Senior Justin Hill (125) and junior Levi Ulmer (171) each won sectional championships, and senior John Vosholler (140), junior Daniel Edwards (152) and freshman C.J. Runkel (135) each placed third in his weight classes to advance.

  • Live updates from Saturday's wrestling sectional

    Check back throughout the morning and afternoon to get results from the wrestling sectional tournament being held at Vandalia Community High School today. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the finals starting around 2 p.m.

    You can also get highlights through the Leader-Union Sports Facebook page by clicking here.

    10:20 a.m. Freshman Tyler Dagen won his opening match in the consolation bracket by fall at 1:21. 

  • Ramsey Junior High boys advance to state tournament

    ST. ELMO -- Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    The Rams (15-7) will meet Normal Metcalf Junior High (17-8) on Saturday at Mt. Pulaski Grade School (see map below) at 1 p.m. The state championship game is next Thursday.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Ramsey eighth-graders win regional

    The Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Altamont, 35-27, on Tuesday to win a regional championship.

    On Monday, the top-seeded Rams defeated Beecher City, 39-16. Ramsey had a first-round bye.

    The Rams will face either Findlay Okaw Valley or Oblong at St. Elmo on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a sectional battle.

    The Vandalia eighth-graders also had a first-round bye, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 29-27, on Monday.

  • Brownstown cheerleaders qualify for state
  • Lady Bombers end disappointing season at 12-12

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost in its first-round regional tournament game to Dieterich, 58-53, on Monday to end its season with a 12-12 record.

    A .500 record is a disappointing finish for a team that before the season had aspirations of, at the very least, playing in a regional championship game.

    That would have been challenging, considering the state-ranked Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City co-op would have been the next opponent for the Lady Bombers had they defeated the Movin' Maroons.

  • South Central girls win regional game

    The South Central High School girls basketball was unable to play all its regular-season games due to cancellations, but a shortened season did not stop the Lady Cougars from winning their first-round regional tournament game at Red Hill on Monday.

    Facing Midland Trail Conference rival Clay City, South Central got 12 points from senior Ashley Pollard in a 37-30 win, despite not having practiced in eight days.

    The Lady Cougars advanced to play MTC regular-season champion North Clay on Wednesday at 8 p.m.