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Today's Sports

  • Life's a Drag for Vandalia...

    Brandy Protz can vividly remember her first time behind the wheel.

    "I was scared," Protz admits, "but right after, I wanted to do it again."

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grader's experience wasn't at all that unusual -until you consider she was only 9 - and that she was driving a 1993 Spitzer Chassie at Coles County Dragway in Charleston.

    Protz first got the urge to do so when she was just 6.

  • Dothager to play softball at...

    All Lyndsey Dothager really wanted to do was go out with a bang.

    She wound up making a dream come true.

    The recent Mulberry Grove grad was having the week of her life at the recent North American Fastpitch Association 18-and-under National Tournament.

    But after going unsigned despite a breakthrough senior season at MGHS, Dothager figured she might well be playing her last organized softball game when her summer traveling team, the Mulberry Grove Jaguars, took the field in an elimination game in the national tournament in St. Louis.

  • Bushue throws 1-hitter, strikes...

    The South Central baseball team has sent a clear message to its Midland Trail Conference foes early in the fall season - the road to the MTC title still goes through Kinmundy.

    And, as an up-and-coming Louisville-North Clay team found out Tuesday night, that road is a particularly treacherous one when Tanner Bushue is on the mound.

    Playing under the lights at Lions Field, Bushue came up with a prime-time performance in a game with huge conference championship implications, hurling a one-hitter and fanning 17 in a 7-0 Cougars win.

  • Lady Cougars top Lady Vandals...

    In volleyball, communication is everything.

    And on Saturday, good communication proved to be the difference for South Central in its 25-21, 25-23 third-place victory over Vandalia at the Altamont Tournament.

    "I was real proud of the girls' passing," South Central coach Mary Brimberry said. "That was probably the best we've passed the ball in two seasons."

    Vandalia, on the other hand, struggled in that department all match long, and, subsequently, could never get in a rythm in a disappointing tournament finale.

  • Vandals rout Roxana

    The only thing more overwhelming than the stench emanating from the oil refineries surrounding Charles Raich Stadium Friday night was the high-octane performance delivered by the visiting Vandalia football team in a dominating 48-0 victory over Roxana.

    Make no mistake - the smell of burning fossil fuels does not bother the Vandals.

    For the second time in as many weeks, VCHS overwhelmed its opponent in every facet of the game, leaving head coach John Stout in a mental state coaches rarely find themselves in - almost 100 percent content.

  • Technicality costs Vandals a 7-0...

    Synergy has helped a young Vandalia golf team race out to a strong start this season.

    But a technicality kept the Vandals from continuing a perfect start Monday at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton.

    Freshman Derrick Herker's 41 would have led the Vandals to victories over host Marquette and Piasa-Southwestern, improving Vandalia's record to 7-0.

    But he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

    Due to the disqualification, VCHS had to count a 51, which dropped its score to 192 - five strokes behind Marquette (187) and just one behind the Birds (191).

  • Vandals outrun the Storm

    It was one of the burning questions regarding the Vandalia football team heading into the 2008 season.

    How would an entirely new starting backfield produce?

    The question was addressed quickly and emphatically Friday night at Mark Greer Field.

    The answer? Nicely. Very nicely.

    In fact, the only question that remains after the Vandals' 55-12 Week 1 waxing of Sangamon Valley is how coach John Stout is going to keep his enviable stable of running backs happy.

  • Ramsey upsets Brownstown, wins...

    For the Ramsey baseball program, five long years of frustration came to an end Thursday night on a hit that traveled no more than 65 feet.

    Noah Belcher's picture-perfect bunt single in the bottom of the seventh wound up scoring Andrew Cunningham all the way from second with the game-winning run, as a wild throw to first by Brownstown pitcher Jared Winters allowed the host team to pull off a 2-1 upset in the title game of its own season-opening tournament.

  • College Report to cover 15 area...

    After a two-month break, I am back.

    As always, we start the year with an introduction article. If I have left someone out of the introduction article, it is completely unintentional. To add a name to my growing list, please send me an e-mail at Dan62801@aol.com. Be sure to include "The Leader-Union" in the subject line.

  • Vandals hope to weather '...

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance of thunderstorms in the area Friday night.

    But you can rest assured, there is a 100 percent chance of a storm passing through Vandalia at about 7 p.m.

    The only question is whether it'll be of the severe variety or a mere thundershower.

    The Sangamon Valley Storm will be visiting Mark Greer Field for its first-ever meeting with the Vandals in both teams' 2008 season-opener.