School Sports

  • Hosick shines but Vandals downed at Pana

    PANA – Though the Vandalia High School boys basketball team clawed its way to only a three-point deficit on three different occasions in the second half of Monday’s road game at Pana, the Panthers used their superior height and speed to pull away to a 67-52 victory.

    That 15-point final margin doesn’t reflect the closeness of the game, as the Vandals went toe-to-toe with the Panthers, who are now 18-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

  • Vandals defeat Cougars for second time

    FARINA – Vandalia allowed the first basket of Tuesday’s game to South Central, but the Vandals would then outscore the Cougars 17-0 over the next 7:19 in what proved to be the difference-maker in a 45-40 win.

    “I really liked our start,” said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson. “I thought our kids came out ready to play, and that was a big key to the game.”

    In the second period, however, the Cougars (8-16) started off on a 6-0 run over the first 4:15 to cut Vandalia’s lead to three.

  • Lady Vandals fall in regional tournament

    Nine points were scored in the final 46 seconds of regulation to tie a first-round regional tournament game between the Lady Vandals and Greenville at 50 on Monday night, but the Lady Comets made several free throws in overtime to secure a 64-60 victory.

    With 1:05 left in regulation, senior Amy Walton committed the seventh team foul for Vandalia, and one Greenville free throw gave the Lady Comets a three-point lead.

  • Horse named for St. Elmo man nearing record

    A gelding named in tribute to a late St. Elmo man is making quite an impression on followers of harness racing.

    St. Elmo Hero, a 5-year-old horse named after lifelong St. Elmo resident John Nessa, recently earned his 23rd win in 23 starts at the Complex Series finals at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, N.J., on Jan. 29.

    In those 23 races since July 14, St. Elmo Hero has earned almost $200,000, and his breeder and former owner, Carl Becker owner of Fair Meadow Farm in Altamont, said the horse could win $1 million in 2011.

  • Ulmer claims 100th victory as Vandalia wins 17th straight regional title

    SHELBYVILLE – Vandalia junior Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career victory in helping the Vandal wrestling team earn its 17th straight regional championship on Saturday.

    Ulmer, ranked No. 4 among 171-pound Illinois wrestlers, earned the milestone victory against Carlyle senior Brett Dieters in the semifinals of Vandalia’s victory to become one of just a handful of the school’s wrestlers to reach the mark as a junior.

  • Vandal wrestlers win 17th straight regional title

    SHELBYVILLE -- Justin Hill, C.J. Runkel and Daniel Edwards all won individual regional championships to help Vandalia win its 17th straight regional title on Saturday.

    Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career win in the semifinals and lost to the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state in the championship bout.

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

  • Sports schedule -- Saturday, Feb. 5

    The Vandalia High School wrestlers are at the Shelbyville Regional Tournament. The finals begin at 1 p.m.

    A decision on the Vandalia High School boys basketball game (6 p.m. start against Marquette Catholic) has yet to be made. We will bring that information when it becomes available.

    The Vandalia Eighth-Grade Volleyball Tournament was canceled.

  • Sports cancellations -- Thursday, Feb. 3

    Please continnue to check back through the day for more cancellation updates.

    The following Vandalia athletic events have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3

    •Boys basketball against Altamont is canceled and rescheduled for Feb. 17.
    •Junior high volleyball against Pana is canceled.

    The following St. Elmo athletic events have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3:

  • Sports briefs (Feb. 3)

    Vandal 8th-graders win tournament

    For the first time on Saturday, the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team won the Edwardsville Tournament.

    In the first game, the Lady Vandals beat St. Norberts, 25-14, 25-16. Jessica Sullens had 12 points and five service aces, and Kadi Metzger had five points and four service aces.

    In the second game, the Lady Vandals beat Edwardsville Liberty, 25-17, 19-25, 15-13. Jori Wagner had nine points, and Ali Sasse had eight points and four service aces.

  • Two Vandalia games rescheduled

    Tuesday's boys basketball game at Pana was canceled due to inclement weather. It was rescheduled for Monday.

    The boys are scheduled to play on Thursday against Altamont, but the weather may force that game to be canceled, as well. Game cancellations are posted on www.leaderunion.com as soon as they are announced.

    The Vandals also host Marquette Catholic on Saturday at 6 p.m. and play at South Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


    Tuesday's Lady Vandals basketball game at Greenville was canceled due to inclement weather.