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School Sports

  • St. Elmo falls to Beecher City, Stew-Stras; defeats Altamont

    Aug. 27
    Beecher City 24
    St. Elmo 21
    The St. Elmo Middle School softball team took a 20-5 lead to the bottom of the sixth, but Beecher City rallied for 19 runs and took Friday’s game 24-21.
    Emily Bone was the only Eagle with two hits, but collectively, the team reached base via a walk or a hit-by-pitch 22 times. Kyrstyn Fitch (0-1) took the loss for St. Elmo.

  • Vandalia tennis squad defeated by Marquette

    The Vandalia girls tennis squad fell to 1-1 last Thursday, falling to Marquette Catholic, 9-0.
    Results from the match were:


    Singles
    No.1-Natasha Opfer lost to Caroline Claywell, 1-6, 1-6.
    No. 2-Lauren Wasmuth lost to Anna Morrissey, 0-6, 2-6.
    No. 3-Cassie Goodin lost to Claire Morrissey, 0-6, 0-6.
    No. 4-Micah Dugan lost to Kathryn Randolf, 0-6, 0-6.
    No. 5-Callie George lost to Aletis Silkwood, 0-6, 0-6.
    No. 6-Abby Hickerson lost to Emily Repking, 1-6, 0-6.

  • JV squad wins 33-0

    The Vandalia junior varsity football squad picked off four passes, returning two of them for touchdowns, in opening its season with a 33-0 win at Greenville.
    Ryan Ambuehl and Dalton Wehrle returned interceptions for scores in the win.
    The Vandals’ other scores came on a run by Alex Newsom, who added a two-point conversion, and a pass from Tim Ritchey to Levi Carroll.
    Carroll and Wade Cowger also picked off passes in the win..
    The JV squad travels to Carlinville next Monday for a 5 p.m. game.
     

  • Patoka tops Bombers to win Ramsey title

    After allowing Brownstown to build a 5-0 lead after two innings, Patoka recovered to take the championship of the Ramsey Tournament last week with a 6-5 win.
    Patoka improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, which came on an RBI single by Dylan Adams in the fifth inning.
    Adams’s single was one of four hits in that inning by the Warriors, who took advantage of a walk, a hit batsman and an error.
    Reid McKinley got the win, and Zach Thompson picked up a save.

  • Bell's FG gives Vandals win in opener

    In a game in which Vandalia and East Alton-Wood River evenly exchanged touchdowns, it was two field goal attempts that made the difference.
    The first attempt, made by the Oilers’ Devin Spurlock from about 36 yards out, bounced off of the bottom crossbar of the goal post, hit the left crossbar and fell straight down in front of the post.
    The second, by Vandalia’s Daniel Bell from 26 yards out, sailed through the center of the crossbars with about 4 seconds left in the game to give the Vandals a 24-21 win.

  • Come-from-behind win gives Patoka title at Ramsey

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Area Baseball Roundup

    Patoka 4
    MG 2

    All of Patoka’s runs were unearned in its4-2 win over Mulberry Grove on Monday at the Ramsey Tournament.
    Johnnie Clift reached base on errors twice, and both times he scored. Quinn Wadkins had two singles and two RBIs.
    Zach Thompson and Mark Rodgers scored the other Patoka runs.
    Thompson gave up just two hits and recorded eight strikeouts in picking up the win.
    Heilig took the loss for the Aces, giving up just three hits.

    Brownstown 14
    Ramsey 3

  • St. Elmo falls despite some good pitching

    Even though Tom Fedrigon saw his squad lose to Odin last Thursday, the St. Elmo softball coach took some positive things from it.
    St. Elmo lost to Odin, 10-5, even though the Lady Eagles outhit Odin, 10-9.
    Odin jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and added two runs in the fourth, but St. Elmo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the third.
    Odin put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh. St. Elmo scored one run in each of the last three innings.

  • Tennis squad opens with win

    Vandalia’s tennis squad opened the season on Monday with a 5-4 win over Roxana.
    Natasha Opfer, Lauren Wasmuth and Callie George posted singles wins, and the doubles teams of Opfer-Wasmuth and Cassie Goodin-Micah Dugan won in doubles.
    Results
    No. 1 singles-Opfer over L. Becker, 10-4.
    No. 2 singles-Wasmuth over K. Stanley, 10-6.
    No. 3 singles-Goodin lost to J. Masinelli, 0-10.
    No. 4 singles-Dugan lost to J. Pratt, 3-10.
    No. 5 singles-George over L. Cox, 10-7.
    No. 6 singles-Abby Hickerson lost to S. Kamp, 1-10.

  • Simmons named SC basketball coach

    At last week's South Central School District Board meeting, along-time assistant coach and athletic director at South Central High School, Rick Simmons, was named head coach of the high school boys basketball team.
    Simmons being named the new head coach came as very little of a surprise to most in the area. The only shocking thing for most is that Simmons was not named the coach last season following the retirement of Gary Shirley.