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Today's Sports

  • Aces achieve goal at EIC Tourney

    ST. ELMO – After losing twice in pool A play of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Tuesday, Mulberry Grove High School volleyball coach Natalie Lappe said the team was determined to win a late-season match.

    “We’re doing a lot of things right, we just need to put it all together,” she said. “We have to learn to play 100 percent the whole time.”

  • Brownstown places sixth at EIC

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown coach Toby Harms knew he had a challenge on his hands once Patoka was upset and had to settle for playing in the silver flight of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Thursday.

    After his team beat Mulberry Grove (25-14, 17-25, 15-8) and lost to St. Elmo (12-25, 9-25) last Tuesday to advance to the silver flight, Harms immediately knew what his team needed to do to be successful against the No. 2 seed two days later.

  • Eagles crowned EIC volleyball...

    ST. ELMO – Top-seeded St. Elmo won the Egyptian-Illini Conference championship after defeating third-seeded Cowden-Herrick and fifth-seeded Beecher City in the EIC Tournament finals on Friday.

    Veteran coach Elise Asher had to be pleased with the finish after the Eagles finished a disappointing fifth in the National Trail Conference Tournament on Oct. 16.

    Going into the championship flight, the matchup Asher was most looking forward to was against Beecher City, which is coached by Katy Heckert, who, in high school, played under Asher.

  • Cherished senior class leaves...

    Six members of  the Vandalia High School volleyball came crashing through a banner reading “Still daddy’s little girls” with glow sticks wrapped around their necks, arms and legs and onto the home court for their final regular-season match last Thursday.

    Emotions ran high throughout the evening for players, parents and fans as the Vandals fought to the wire in a thrilling 25-19, 27-25 loss to Pana.

    Coach Allison Smith had nothing but praise for the girls following the match.

  • Pana spoils Vandals' senior...

    Playing for the rights to the South Central Conference championship, Vandalia and Pana battled to the bitter end last Thursday, with Pana notching a 25-19, 27-25 victory to spoil the Vandals’ senior night.

    Caught up in the pregame festivities ­–­ during which the team honored its six senior members – Vandalia was sluggish at the start of the match, quickly falling behind 9-3.

    “I think it was us being nervous coming out with senior night,” said coach Allison Smith. “It’s typical human nature.”

  • Vandals take tough loss against...

    Going against the No. 1 offense in the South Central Conference last Friday was a tough enough chore for the Vandalia defense.

    Doing it with several injuries and two players – sophomores Ryan Ambuehl and Luke Smith – making their first varsity starts on defense, would seemingly be an impossible mountain to climb.

    But that’s just what Vandalia did on senior night, though a happy ending was not to be after Greenville defeated the Vandals, 35-28, in another hard-fought game.

  • IFOR membership drive prizes...

    The Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources recently held a membership drive. Winners were: Roger Withers (pictured), 36-gun safe with mystery gun; Jeff Cearlock, Stoeger model 835; Cindy Smith, Tarus 357 magnum; Bob Trexler, H&R slugger 12-gauge; Dillard Smith, .22 Cricket; Richard Schuesteer, H&R 20-gauge; and Don Klingston, .22 semi-automatic.

  • Vandals fall to Greenville on...

    Marty Johnson threw two touchdown passes to senior Daniel Bell, but the Vandals came up just short against Greenville on Friday, falling 35-28.

    The loss eliminated Vandalia from the playoffs and ended the careers of nine players.

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

  • Fayette County Speedway Results...

    UMP DIRTcar Modified Division
    - Saturday (33 cars)
    Heat 1        
    1.    73B    Brian Bielong
    2.    5    Rob Timmons
    3.    6B    Dave Baldwin
    4.    28X    Kevin Morrow
    Heat 2        
    1.    N59    Chad Evans
    2.    1X    Tim Hancock

  • Brownstown falls in NTC...

    Tenth-seeded Brownstown was defeated by Windsor (25-11, 25-10), St. Elmo (25-14, 25-20) and Neoga (25-23, 25-15) in the National Trail Conference Volleyball Tournament.

    Kills – Morgan Stinebring, 8; Katy Satterthwaite, 6; Bethany Oberlink, 2; Tara Johnson, 2; Breann Barnick, 1.
    Service Aces – Satterthwaite, 6; Oberlink, 3; Morgan Walk, 2; Stinebring, 1.
    Digs – Johnson, 8, Brittany Kistler, 5