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Today's Sports

  • Litchfield spoils Lady Vandals...

    Freshman Megan Godoyo had her best varsity performance, but more than 20 Vandal turnovers allowed Litchfield to spoil senior night with a 68-60 victory last Friday.

    Godoyo finished the game with a career-high 16 points and came one rebound short of a double-double.

    She played a lot of minutes at the point guard position, both to spell junior Haley Wollerman, who suffered an ankle injury at Carlinville the night before, and because coach Michelle McNary plans to start Godoyo there next season.

  • Vandals improve, but fall to...

    With 4:15 left in Saturday’s game against Marquette Catholic, the Vandalia High School boys basketball team trailed by 12 points.
    Just 2:10 later, that deficit was cut to five by a free throw from sophomore Tim Ritchey, and the Vandals seemed to have had found the stroke they had been seeking since the second quarter, when they outscored the Explorers, 13-10.
    But Vandalia went cold again, making just one basket in the final 2:05, while the Explorers added seven more points to earn a 60-50 win.

  • Hosick shines but Vandals downed...

    PANA – Though the Vandalia High School boys basketball team clawed its way to only a three-point deficit on three different occasions in the second half of Monday’s road game at Pana, the Panthers used their superior height and speed to pull away to a 67-52 victory.

    That 15-point final margin doesn’t reflect the closeness of the game, as the Vandals went toe-to-toe with the Panthers, who are now 18-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

  • Vandals defeat Cougars for...

    FARINA – Vandalia allowed the first basket of Tuesday’s game to South Central, but the Vandals would then outscore the Cougars 17-0 over the next 7:19 in what proved to be the difference-maker in a 45-40 win.

    “I really liked our start,” said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson. “I thought our kids came out ready to play, and that was a big key to the game.”

    In the second period, however, the Cougars (8-16) started off on a 6-0 run over the first 4:15 to cut Vandalia’s lead to three.

  • Lady Vandals fall in regional...

    Nine points were scored in the final 46 seconds of regulation to tie a first-round regional tournament game between the Lady Vandals and Greenville at 50 on Monday night, but the Lady Comets made several free throws in overtime to secure a 64-60 victory.

    With 1:05 left in regulation, senior Amy Walton committed the seventh team foul for Vandalia, and one Greenville free throw gave the Lady Comets a three-point lead.

  • Horse named for St. Elmo man...

    A gelding named in tribute to a late St. Elmo man is making quite an impression on followers of harness racing.

    St. Elmo Hero, a 5-year-old horse named after lifelong St. Elmo resident John Nessa, recently earned his 23rd win in 23 starts at the Complex Series finals at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, N.J., on Jan. 29.

    In those 23 races since July 14, St. Elmo Hero has earned almost $200,000, and his breeder and former owner, Carl Becker owner of Fair Meadow Farm in Altamont, said the horse could win $1 million in 2011.

  • Ulmer claims 100th victory as...

    SHELBYVILLE – Vandalia junior Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career victory in helping the Vandal wrestling team earn its 17th straight regional championship on Saturday.

    Ulmer, ranked No. 4 among 171-pound Illinois wrestlers, earned the milestone victory against Carlyle senior Brett Dieters in the semifinals of Vandalia’s victory to become one of just a handful of the school’s wrestlers to reach the mark as a junior.

  • Vandal wrestlers win 17th...

    SHELBYVILLE -- Justin Hill, C.J. Runkel and Daniel Edwards all won individual regional championships to help Vandalia win its 17th straight regional title on Saturday.

    Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career win in the semifinals and lost to the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state in the championship bout.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Sports schedule -- Saturday, Feb...

    The Vandalia High School wrestlers are at the Shelbyville Regional Tournament. The finals begin at 1 p.m.

    A decision on the Vandalia High School boys basketball game (6 p.m. start against Marquette Catholic) has yet to be made. We will bring that information when it becomes available.

    The Vandalia Eighth-Grade Volleyball Tournament was canceled.

  • Sports cancellations -- Thursday...

    Please continnue to check back through the day for more cancellation updates.

    The following Vandalia athletic events have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3

    •Boys basketball against Altamont is canceled and rescheduled for Feb. 17.
    •Junior high volleyball against Pana is canceled.

    The following St. Elmo athletic events have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3: