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Today's Sports

  • Two seniors, two juniors and a...

    Five of eight Vandalia wrestlers qualified for the individual state tournament in front of a home crowd on Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Individual Sectional Tournament.

    Senior Justin Hill (125) and junior Levi Ulmer (171) each won sectional championships, and senior John Vosholler (140), junior Daniel Edwards (152) and freshman C.J. Runkel (135) each placed third in his weight classes to advance.

  • Live updates from Saturday'...

    Check back throughout the morning and afternoon to get results from the wrestling sectional tournament being held at Vandalia Community High School today. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the finals starting around 2 p.m.

    You can also get highlights through the Leader-Union Sports Facebook page by clicking here.

    10:20 a.m. Freshman Tyler Dagen won his opening match in the consolation bracket by fall at 1:21. 

  • Ramsey Junior High boys advance...

    ST. ELMO -- Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    The Rams (15-7) will meet Normal Metcalf Junior High (17-8) on Saturday at Mt. Pulaski Grade School (see map below) at 1 p.m. The state championship game is next Thursday.

  • Three youngsters win free-throw...
  • Jr. Club wrestling results (Jan...

    The Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers participated in three different events this past weekend.

    Saturday, Feb. 5
    at O'Fallon, Mo.

    •Markus Isaiah got first place in the 65-pound division
    •Anthony Enlow got first place in the midget heavyweight division
    •Garret Stewart got sixth place in the 95-pound division
    •Jake Stewart got second place in the 125-pound division.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Ramsey eighth-graders win regional

    The Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Altamont, 35-27, on Tuesday to win a regional championship.

    On Monday, the top-seeded Rams defeated Beecher City, 39-16. Ramsey had a first-round bye.

    The Rams will face either Findlay Okaw Valley or Oblong at St. Elmo on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a sectional battle.

    The Vandalia eighth-graders also had a first-round bye, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 29-27, on Monday.

  • Brownstown cheerleaders qualify...
  • Lady Bombers end disappointing...

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost in its first-round regional tournament game to Dieterich, 58-53, on Monday to end its season with a 12-12 record.

    A .500 record is a disappointing finish for a team that before the season had aspirations of, at the very least, playing in a regional championship game.

    That would have been challenging, considering the state-ranked Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City co-op would have been the next opponent for the Lady Bombers had they defeated the Movin' Maroons.

  • South Central girls win regional...

    The South Central High School girls basketball was unable to play all its regular-season games due to cancellations, but a shortened season did not stop the Lady Cougars from winning their first-round regional tournament game at Red Hill on Monday.

    Facing Midland Trail Conference rival Clay City, South Central got 12 points from senior Ashley Pollard in a 37-30 win, despite not having practiced in eight days.

    The Lady Cougars advanced to play MTC regular-season champion North Clay on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

  • Area boys basketball roundup

    Brownstown celebrates seniors with big win against Ramsey

    Brownstown honored its seniors before Monday's game against Ramsey and followed up the celebration with its best offensive output of the season in a dominating 82-53 win against Ramsey.

    Senior Bryce Mason had a season-high 28 points, and fellow senior Zach Rigdon added 15.

    Despite the lopsided outcome, the Bombers and Rams were tied at 16 after the first period.