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School Sports

  • The College Report: Bell finds success in first ever cross country race at UI

    One might be surprised to find that Drew Bell ran his first- ever cross country meet about two weeks ago.
    The University of Illinois freshman, a Vandalia grad, has run many track races in his career, but during his prep days, he competed in football during the fall months.
    But, on Sept. 4, Bell became the third member of his immediate family to compete in NCAA Division I cross country. He finished 23rd in the University of Illinois hosted Illini Challenge, which was held at the Illinois Arboretum. Bell finished the 6,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 6 seconds.

  • Vandals improving in each soccer game

    The Vandalia High School soccer team has done no better than a draw this season, but the young team has still taken strides in the right direction.
    Coach Walt Kinney said the team has shown improvement in each game, and while the collective results appear to read otherwise, Kinney said his team could be in line for a win very soon.
    “Definitely,” Kinney said. “We have a game Thursday against Centralia, who we tied a week ago.

  • Improving Vandals tennis squad drops pair

    Though the season is still young, Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder believes his team has already surpassed its level of play from last season.
    “I think we’re already better than last year,” Schroeder said. “At the beginning of the season, I was thinking if we won three matches, that would be pretty good.
    “Now, I think we could win four, five, six matches.”

  • Vandal netters down Greenville

    Losing against rival Greenville could have been devastating for the Vandalia volleyball team’s confidence.
    And after dropping the first set 25-19 on Tuesday night, a loss seemed to be lurking.
    “I don’t think we were prepared,” coach Allison Brown said. “We were overcranked as far as excitement goes.”
    Several Vandalia blocks and tips from that set were not hit with control, leading to easy Greenville points. But the Vandal squad recognized those miscues and made sure to not repeat them the rest of the night.

  • Vandals start strong but lose to Roxana

    ROXANA – The Vandalia football team started off fast against Roxana last Friday, but costly turnovers and missed tackles allowed the Shells to rally from an early deficit to top the Vandals, 32-14.
    The Vandals (1-2) needed just 13 seconds to open the scoring, as junior Bryan Hosick raced 82 yards down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff.

  • Vandalia falls to Roxana 32-14

    Despite an early 14-0 lead, the Vandalia High School football team lost to Roxana on Friday, 32-14.

    Bryan Hosick returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Marty Johnson also rushed for a score.

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

  • This week's local sports schedule

    Thursday Sept. 9
    BASEBALL
    Patoka vs. St. Elmo, 4:15 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Sandoval, 4:15 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove at Altamont, 4:15 p.m.
    Ramsey at Beecher City, 4:15 p.m.
    VOLLEYBALL
    Vandalia at Southwestern, 6 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove at Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Brownstown at Cowden-Herrick, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Teutopolis, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at Corhls, 6:15 p.m.
    GOLF
    Vandalia at Greenville, 4 p.m.
    TENNIS
    Vandalia vs. Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.

    Friday, Sept. 10

  • St. Elmo softball results

    Wednesday, Sept. 1
    The St. Elmo and Mulberry Grove Junior High softball team were rained out after 1/2 inning last Wednesday. The game is not expected to be rescheduled.

  • Vandalia tennis results (Aug. 31)

    Tuesday, Aug. 31
    At Taylorville
    Vandalia 9, Taylorville 0

    Singles
    No. 1 Natasha Opfer (V) def. Amber Morgan, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
    No. 2 Lauren Wasmuth (V) def. Julia Sheep, 6-2, 6-2
    No. 3 Cassie Goodin (V) def. Eryna Hendricks, 6-1, 6-1
    No. 4 Micah Dugan (V) def. Kristen Funderburk, 6-2, 6-1
    No. 5 Callie George (V) def. Kelsi Champley, 6-2, 6-1
    No. 6 Abby Hickerson (V) def. Morgan Smith, 6-4, 6-0

  • Vandalia golf results (Aug. 31-Sept. 7)

    Tuesday, Sept. 7
    at Effingham
    Effingham 164
    Vandalia 167
    Vandalia scores — Blake Swofford, 39; Derrick Herker, 42; Wes Lindsey, 43; Zach Jackson, 43; Josh Lawson, 49; Zach Reiss, 59

    Wednesday, Sept. 1
    at Belk Park
    EAWR 155
    Vandalia 163
    Litchfield 163
    Vandalia scores — Swofford, 37; Herker, 40; Lindsey, 41; Lawson, 45; Jackson, 45; Devin Schukar, 58

    Tuesday, Aug. 31
    At Litchfield Country Club
    Hillsboro 159
    Litchfield 164
    Vandalia 172