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Today's Sports

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf...

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.

  • Atwood named MVP, Buckstop...

    Pitcher Justin Atwood was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia’s men’s slo-pitch softball league after he helped Buckstop Archery to a 23-1 record and the league title.

    Six other Buckstop players were also awarded.

    The league wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday, and began a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday.

    The finishing order of that tourney will determine the seeding of the end-of-season double elimination tournament that begins next Tuesday.

  • The fall season is coming

    The busy fall sports season is nearly upon the seven area high schools, and practice for many teams opened last week.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug....

    ST. ELMO JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL
    Aug. 15
    St. Elmo 23, Altamont Lutheran 6

    SEJH: 9-1-13—23-17-2
    ALJH: 0-6-0—6-2-1
    WP: Elizabeth Biggs (2-1)
    Offense: Sarah Maxey, 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Biggs, 2-for-3, 4 RBI; Morgan Brown, 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Emily Bone, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Kyrstyn Fitch, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Tessa Philpot, 2 runs; Fatima Viramontes, 2 runs; Makenzie Parkison, 1 run; Jenna Long, 1 run; Laura Gurtner, 1 run.
    Record: 3-3 (1-1 NTC)

  • YMCA flag football, soccer...

    Registration for YMCA flag football and soccer is open.

    The YMCA is also registering for a volleyball clinic.

    YMCA flag football is for children in second-fourth grades, and games are played at Miller Field.

    The soccer league is open to children age 4-first grade, and children in grades 2-5. All games are played at Miller Field.

    The volleyball clinic is for children in grades 3-8.

    Registration forms are available at: http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?category_name=membership-registration-forms.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results...

    Modifieds - 20 cars
    Heat 1    
    1.    24H    Mike Harrison
    2.    41M    Brent Mullins
    3.    28         Michael Bolyard
    4.    11    Ed Rolley
    Heat 2    
    1.    K9    Will Krupp
    2.    Bud1     Larry Anderson
    3.    G1    Gabe Menser

  • Field of Dreams and Park...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday received permission from the Park District to tear down the backstop at the high school softball field.

    In addition, the Park District gave the committee $3,000 to put toward the renovation project.

    Other maintanence agreements and communication details were also ironed out between the organizations.

    Much more on this story will appear in the Aug. 18 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Senior Spotlight: Derrick Herker

    Not too many people are blessed with the opportunity to become a professional golfer.

    But that hasn’t stopped Derrick Herker from giving the idea some thought.

    The Vandalia High School senior knows he would be a longshot to make the PGA Tour and isn’t even sure if he will try to play on the Amateur Tour after college, but when talking about his dream of becoming a pro on Monday morning, Herker’s eyes lit up with excitement.

  • Field of Dreams committee wants...

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting.

    During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.

  • Harmeier prepping for first KC...

    The journey to see if Derek Harmeier will become the fourth South Central player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team will begin this fall at Kaskaskia College.

    The 2011 South Central graduate will be pitching for the Blue Devils for the next two seasons, and he said the preparations for a KC fall season are not as demanding as they were in high school.

    Once spring rolls around, however, that will change.