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Today's Sports

  • Vandals top Piasa Birds

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team started Friday's game at Southwestern on a 13-0 run and never trailed in defeating the Piasa Birds, 74-52.

    Four different Vandals scored in that opening run, with senior Marty Johnson scoring five, junior Dathan Berning scoring four, and senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin each scoring two.

    Southwestern did rally back, however, answering Vandalia's run with a 14-5 run that cut the Vandals' lead to five with about seven minutes left in the second period.

  • Jackson pleased with win over...

    The Vandals contained Roxana’s 6-foot-8 center and made runs every time the Shells crept toward taking a lead during a 63-51 home win on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Hunter Reine came into the game averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds, and while he scored 23 points for Roxana on Tuesday, he wasn’t a big factor on defense, grabbing just nine rebounds.

    “Holding him down on the boards might have been more important than holding him down on points,” said Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson.

  • Ramsey 8th graders make state...

    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.

    “Ramsey doesn’t necessarily have the rich tradition in winning,” Belusko said. “I told them, ‘Just because we have a certain name on the front of our uniform doesn’t mean anything. There’s nothing that says we can’t come out and do great things.’”

  • 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...