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Today's Sports

  • Rams take third in own tourney

    RAMSEY – The Rams played catch-up all game, but when the time limit was reached, they were on top in the third-place game of the Ramsey Tournament, earning a 7-6 win.

    Ramsey scored four times in the third, capped by a two-run double from senior Austin Cunningham to tie the game at six, and senior Ryan Black added an RBI double in the fourth to take the team’s first lead of the game and secure the win.

    Junior Tylor Knisley pitched a perfect fifth inning to earn the victory, with the game ending early on the tournament’s 1:45 time limit rule

  • Well, Casey seeking 50 players...

    Former Vandalia Freight players Rich Well and Nick Casey are seeking 50 players seventh-grade age and older to join a fall men's fast-pitch softball league in Vandalia.

    The registration cost is $20 per player, and wooden bats will be provided. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

    Teams will be picked by four team captains on Sept. 5, and players will notified shortly after.

    Games will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9 and be played every Sunday until Oct. 14. Game times will be 2 and 4 p.m. at Ruemellin Field.

  • Brownstown Sports Boosters...

    The Brownstown Sports Boosters are hosting their third annual fish fry on Sept. 14 at Brownstown Elementary School.

    The all-you-can eat event will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 12-and-under and $8.50 for carryout.

    Food served at the event will include catfish curls, walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans, steak fries, desserts and drinks.

    Tickets are available from any Bomber athlete, or at the door. A 50/50 raffle will be held during the event.

  • Greenville College hosting...

    The Greenville College softball coaching staff will soon be hosting five softball camps.

    On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a defense and hitting clinic for ages 8-12, with the defensive session from 9 a.m-noon, and the hitting session from 1-4 p.m. Each session is $35, or $60 for both.

    An identical camp will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 15, but for ages 13-18.

    On Saturday, Sept. 22, a pitching clinic will be held for all ages from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.

  • This week's schedule (Aug....

    VANDALIA
    Football
    Friday, vs. Carlinville, 7 p.m.
    Volleyball
    Thursday at Roxana, 5 p.m.
    Saturday at Altamont Tourney, TBA
    Tuesday vs. Carlinville, 5 p.m.
    Golf
    Tuesday at Effingham, 4 p.m.
    Wednesday vs. CORL/Litch., 4 p.m.
    Soccer
    Thursday vs. Effingham, 4:15 p.m.
    Monday vs. Centralia, 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday vs. CORL, 4:30 p.m.
    JV Football
    Monday at Carinville, 6 p.m.
    Freshmen Football
    Thursday at Carlinville, 6 p.m.
    VYO Football

  • Corrections (Aug. 30)

    The following players were incorrectly identified in last week’s Fall Sports Preview: Tristan Hull of Patoka's baseball team and Steven Schienschang. of Mulberry Grove's baseball team.

    Also in that section, Brownstown sophomore Katie Kroll was listed as a freshman.

    In last week’s sports section, a computer glitch caused a photo of Noah Powless to be replaced by that of Sevan Wright.

    We apologize for the errors.

  • St. Elmo baseball game canceled

    Monday's baseball game scheduled at St. Elmo against Sandoval has been canceled due to wet grounds.

  • Vandals earn season-opening 42-...

    Led by two long touchdown runs and stifling play from the defensive line, the Vandalia football team came away a 42-14 win against Gillespie in Friday night's season-opener.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl rumbled 69 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, and senior Luke Smith added a 43-yard run for his second score of the game in the fourth quarter to lead the Vandal offense.

    Defensively, senior Jeff Lucken had a monster game in Gillespie's backfield, recording two sacks, one sack assist and two other tackles for loss.

  • Senior Spotlight: Quinn Wadkins

    PATOKA – Last fall, Quinn Wadkins wore a pink shirt on picture day, and since then, every time that the Warriors have lined up for a team picture, someone is sure to remind him of the moment.

    Then, there was the time as a freshman that in one of his four at-bats that season, he stumbled and fell on the way to first base.

    And he knows that the nine-hole 53 he recently shot on a golf course is sure to be something that will follow him around for awhile.

  • Vandalia coaches excited about...

    The revamped South Central Conference debuts this school year, and prior to each season, The Leader-Union will be asking Vandalia’s coaches how they think the changes will affect their team.

    A list of all of the changes include:

    •Gillespie and Staunton have replaced East Alton-Wood River and Marquette Catholic.
    •There will no longer be divisional play in any sport, with all teams that used to have divisions to play one game that counts in the conference standings.