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School Sports

  • Cherished senior class leaves Smith proud after 21 victories

    Six members of  the Vandalia High School volleyball came crashing through a banner reading “Still daddy’s little girls” with glow sticks wrapped around their necks, arms and legs and onto the home court for their final regular-season match last Thursday.

    Emotions ran high throughout the evening for players, parents and fans as the Vandals fought to the wire in a thrilling 25-19, 27-25 loss to Pana.

    Coach Allison Smith had nothing but praise for the girls following the match.

  • Pana spoils Vandals' senior night; Vandalia hosting regional

    Playing for the rights to the South Central Conference championship, Vandalia and Pana battled to the bitter end last Thursday, with Pana notching a 25-19, 27-25 victory to spoil the Vandals’ senior night.

    Caught up in the pregame festivities ­–­ during which the team honored its six senior members – Vandalia was sluggish at the start of the match, quickly falling behind 9-3.

    “I think it was us being nervous coming out with senior night,” said coach Allison Smith. “It’s typical human nature.”

  • Vandals take tough loss against G-Ville

    Going against the No. 1 offense in the South Central Conference last Friday was a tough enough chore for the Vandalia defense.

    Doing it with several injuries and two players – sophomores Ryan Ambuehl and Luke Smith – making their first varsity starts on defense, would seemingly be an impossible mountain to climb.

    But that’s just what Vandalia did on senior night, though a happy ending was not to be after Greenville defeated the Vandals, 35-28, in another hard-fought game.

  • Vandals fall to Greenville on senior night

    Marty Johnson threw two touchdown passes to senior Daniel Bell, but the Vandals came up just short against Greenville on Friday, falling 35-28.

    The loss eliminated Vandalia from the playoffs and ended the careers of nine players.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Brownstown falls in NTC Tournament

    Tenth-seeded Brownstown was defeated by Windsor (25-11, 25-10), St. Elmo (25-14, 25-20) and Neoga (25-23, 25-15) in the National Trail Conference Volleyball Tournament.

    Kills – Morgan Stinebring, 8; Katy Satterthwaite, 6; Bethany Oberlink, 2; Tara Johnson, 2; Breann Barnick, 1.
    Service Aces – Satterthwaite, 6; Oberlink, 3; Morgan Walk, 2; Stinebring, 1.
    Digs – Johnson, 8, Brittany Kistler, 5

  • Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op junior girls basketball results

    The Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op junior high girls basketball teams have started their seasons.

    The seventh-graders are 1-5 thus far, having defeated Sacred-Heart, 36-10, and lost to Ramsey (28-8), Greenville (30-16), Stew-Stras (43-21), Altamont (39-19) and Greenville (30-11).

  • Hosick Motors sponsoring fund raiser for Vandal athletics

    Hosick Motors will be hosting a tent event and tailgate by KFC/Taco Bell in Vandalia this Friday to raise money for Vandalia High School athletics.

    For each vehicle at the event that is test driven throughout the day prior to the football game, Vandalia athletics will receive $20.

  • Kinney hands out soccer awards

    Coach Walt Kinney handed out the following awards at the Vandalia High School soccer team banquet on Tuesday:

    Most Valuable Player – Lucas McDowell

    Hustle Award – Matt Hubbart

    Hustle Award – Steven Daley

    Iron Man Award – Brett Ambuehl

    Iron Woman Award – Chelsea Roberts

    Most Goals – Matt Grove

    Most Goals – Lucas McDowell

    Most Assists – Lucas McDowell

    Coach's Award – Austa Keppler

  • South Central names assistant basketball coach

    Louis Daugherty, a 2005 graduate of South Central High School, has been hired as an assistant high school basketball coach for the Cougars.

    Additionally, he will coach the JV and freshman/sophomore teams.

    Daugherty played basketball for the Cougars in high school and was named to the IBCA Honorable Mention All-State Team as a senior. He also played baseball for South Central.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall to state champs

    Vandalia eighth-grader Kate Evans calls for a pass during the Vandals' 55-9 loss to Litchfield last Thursday. Members of Litchfield's eighth-grade team won the state championship last season as seventh-graders, and easily outsized Vandalia's players. Haley Cannon, Mercedes Reynolds, Alex Sasse and Evans each scored during the game.