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Today's Sports

  • SAFE Tournament P.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place p.m. women's team are pictured.

  • SAFE Tournament A.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place a.m. women's team are pictured.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (July 16)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, July 16.

  • Nance hired as VCHS girls track...

    Vandalia Community High School’s new girls track coach hopes to build a program based on allowing athletes to have fun, while still getting better as the season progresses.

    Gena Nance, who qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet four years for Charleston High School, was recently hired by VCHS to fill the void left by Mike Travelstead, who retired in May.

  • Summertime thrill

    DECATUR – By the sixth inning of the double-elimination championship game on Saturday, the Vandalia High School softball team had left the bases loaded twice and left runners in scoring position in the other three innings.

    Coach Brian Buscher sensed a change.

    And he was right.

    The Lady Vandals brought all their hitters to the plate, scoring five runs in the sixth to regain the lead that they had traded with Warrensburg-Latham all game en route to a 15-13 victory that gave them the title in the Decatur league.

  • Lady Vandals fall to L-W in 1st...

    DECATUR – As the game between Warrensburg-Latham and the “No-Names” played out, the Lady Vandals sat and waited to see which team they would face in the 2 p.m. title game.

    The problem was that the game being played didn’t end until just after 3 p.m., and by that point, the Lady Vandals had been sitting in an heat index of about 120 degrees for almost two hours before learning they would face top-seeded Warrensburg-Latham in the title game.

  • All players benefit from league

    DECATUR – Looking back at the Decatur summer league, Vandalia High School softball coach Brian Buscher realized something after his short-handed team won the championship game on Saturday night.

    The long drives to Decatur every week paid off, as every player gained something from the 19 games the Lady Vandals played.

    “Everybody,” Buscher said. “Getting those at-bats, and any time you can have live situations, kids can learn on the field. That’s why we come up here.”

  • Softball alums split with HS...

    A collection of 12 former Vandalia High School softball players gathered for a doubleheader against the current high school team on Monday night.

    The former stars got the best of a short-handed varsity squad in the first game, pulling away to a 13-5 victory, but the alumni did not fare as well in the second game, falling, 5-2.

    The alumni got on the board first, thanks to Hannah Edgar's second-inning single that brought in Whitney Newsom and Michelle McNary.

  • ASA state wooden bat tourney is...

    The Illinois Amateur Softball Association is hosting a state wooden bat fast-pitch tournament at the Freight Field in Vandalia from Friday-Sunday.

    Eight teams are entered in the tournament, with several coming from the local region, including a team from Altamont, one from Shelbyville and three teams from Teutopolis.

  • Fayette County Family YMCA holds...

    Two runners finished the 10K race, nine runners finished the 5K race and four individuals completed the 2-mile walk.

    A photo gallery from the day will be posted at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday.