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Today's Sports

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title...

    LEBANON – Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes spilled plenty of appreciation for his nine-person team after the Lady Aces lost to Calhoun, 5-4, on Monday.

    “This was the hardest year of coaching,” Barnes said. “I had nine kids, who could take advantage of their coach anytime they wanted, as far as, ‘I don’t have to listen or do what you say, because you barely have enough (players).’

    “That didn’t happen, and that’s the type of kids we have.”

  • Austin, Bell fail to make finals...

    Through rainy conditions, the Illinois High School Association state meet went on as scheduled, with preliminaries last Thursday.

    Two Vandalia athletes – senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin – battled through those conditions, and while neither made the finals, both bettered their qualifying marks.

    “I think the goal was for them to run a personal best, and their personal best would re-set the school record,” said coach Jane Bell. “It was a little disappointing that the weather prevented them from doing that.

  • College Report: Mahon named all-...

    No team is complete without a relief pitcher.

    Not even for the Ohio Valley all-conference team. When selecting a relief pitcher, St. Elmo grad and Southeast Missouri State  senior Logan Mahon was definitely going to be discussed and be in the mix. Mahon was named to the OVC's second team.

    In league action, there was almost none better. Mahon got the proper setup, and he earned six saves in OVC games. His six saves were  the best in conference.

  • Vandalia, South Central legion...

    Legion baseball will be back on the diamonds in Vandalia this week, with both the Sr. and Jr. Legion teams opening their seasons.

    Between June 1 and June 9, the Sr. Legion team, which is coached by Luke Hohlt, will play seven games, including five at home. The season opened on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Carlyle.

    The Jr. Legion team, which is coached by TK Kinkead, has its first game on Thursday at Salem and opens the home season on Monday against South Central. Both games are 6 p.m. doubleheaders.

  • Vandalia High School Softball...

    The Vandalia High School softball team held its banquet last week, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards.

  • Girls basketball camp

    Vandalia High School girls basketball coach Michelle McNary last week held a skills camp for girls in grades K-8.

  • Monster Racing

    The Monster Energy Sprint Car Series, a part of the Midwest Open Wheel Association, held a race at Fayette County Speedway last Friday night. Prior to the races, which were postponed due to rain, two cars were on display at Harmon's Market in Vandalia.

  • Community Sports Briefs (June 2)

    Special show coming to Fayette County Speedway on Friday

    A special show will take place at Fayette County Speedway on Friday, and the special show from last Friday, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up at a later date this summer.

    This Friday, the POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints will be featured at the speedway. Regular racing of modifieds, street stocks, hornets and team cars will also take place.

  • Bass Tournament (June 2)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 14.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title...

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team lost to Calhoun in the sectional championship game on Monday, 5-4.

    The Lady Aces scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and had two runners on when the final out was recorded.

    For Calhoun, it was the school's first-ever sectional title.

    A full story from the game will appear on Page 1B of the June 2 edition of The Leader-Union, and a photo gallery from both sectional tournament games will be posted on www.leaderunion.com later in the week.