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Today's Sports

  • JV squad wins 33-0

    The Vandalia junior varsity football squad picked off four passes, returning two of them for touchdowns, in opening its season with a 33-0 win at Greenville.
    Ryan Ambuehl and Dalton Wehrle returned interceptions for scores in the win.
    The Vandals’ other scores came on a run by Alex Newsom, who added a two-point conversion, and a pass from Tim Ritchey to Levi Carroll.
    Carroll and Wade Cowger also picked off passes in the win..
    The JV squad travels to Carlinville next Monday for a 5 p.m. game.
     

  • Schaub places 17th in her first...

    Erin Schaub’s refrigerator served as motivation after seven months of triathalon training began to wear on her.
    The Brownstown resident and Vandalia Community High School graduate posted her entry receipt for the Ford Ironman in Louisville, Ky., where she would see it every day to remind her that the training would someday pay off.
    “The last month, I had really been getting burnt out on training,” Schuab said.
    “I was really ready for it to be here and ready to do it.”

  • Patoka tops Bombers to win...

    After allowing Brownstown to build a 5-0 lead after two innings, Patoka recovered to take the championship of the Ramsey Tournament last week with a 6-5 win.
    Patoka improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, which came on an RBI single by Dylan Adams in the fifth inning.
    Adams’s single was one of four hits in that inning by the Warriors, who took advantage of a walk, a hit batsman and an error.
    Reid McKinley got the win, and Zach Thompson picked up a save.

  • Bell's FG gives Vandals win...

    In a game in which Vandalia and East Alton-Wood River evenly exchanged touchdowns, it was two field goal attempts that made the difference.
    The first attempt, made by the Oilers’ Devin Spurlock from about 36 yards out, bounced off of the bottom crossbar of the goal post, hit the left crossbar and fell straight down in front of the post.
    The second, by Vandalia’s Daniel Bell from 26 yards out, sailed through the center of the crossbars with about 4 seconds left in the game to give the Vandals a 24-21 win.

  • Bell FG lifts Vandals to win in...

    Daniel Bell's field goal with four seconds left lifted Vandalia over East Alton-Wood River in the Vandals' opener on Friday night.

    But the 24-21 victory wouldn't be secured until an EAWR receiver who caught a hail mary pass was stopped just feet from the goal line.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Come-from-behind win gives...

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Area Baseball Roundup

    Patoka 4
    MG 2

    All of Patoka’s runs were unearned in its4-2 win over Mulberry Grove on Monday at the Ramsey Tournament.
    Johnnie Clift reached base on errors twice, and both times he scored. Quinn Wadkins had two singles and two RBIs.
    Zach Thompson and Mark Rodgers scored the other Patoka runs.
    Thompson gave up just two hits and recorded eight strikeouts in picking up the win.
    Heilig took the loss for the Aces, giving up just three hits.

    Brownstown 14
    Ramsey 3

  • St. Elmo falls despite some good...

    Even though Tom Fedrigon saw his squad lose to Odin last Thursday, the St. Elmo softball coach took some positive things from it.
    St. Elmo lost to Odin, 10-5, even though the Lady Eagles outhit Odin, 10-9.
    Odin jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and added two runs in the fourth, but St. Elmo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the third.
    Odin put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh. St. Elmo scored one run in each of the last three innings.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament Winners

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club held a buddy bass toiurnament on Satuday at Vandalia Lake. The winners, from left to right, were: first, Tom Lindley and Scott Wisnasky, 9.25 pounds; second, Mike Lindley and Steve Booth, 6.86 pounds; and third, Owen Karnes Jr. and John Blythe, 3.96 pounds.  Robert Lindley, right, was the big bass winner, with a catch of 3.01 pounds.

  • Tennis squad opens with win

    Vandalia’s tennis squad opened the season on Monday with a 5-4 win over Roxana.
    Natasha Opfer, Lauren Wasmuth and Callie George posted singles wins, and the doubles teams of Opfer-Wasmuth and Cassie Goodin-Micah Dugan won in doubles.
    Results
    No. 1 singles-Opfer over L. Becker, 10-4.
    No. 2 singles-Wasmuth over K. Stanley, 10-6.
    No. 3 singles-Goodin lost to J. Masinelli, 0-10.
    No. 4 singles-Dugan lost to J. Pratt, 3-10.
    No. 5 singles-George over L. Cox, 10-7.
    No. 6 singles-Abby Hickerson lost to S. Kamp, 1-10.