Today's Sports

  • Dugan ends career with tight...

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Vandals must win to make playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team will look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Greenville this Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

    After losing its last two games, Vandalia’s only hope to continue its season is by winning its regular-season finale against the 7-1 Comets.

    Vandals coach John Stout, who has led the team to a 4-4 record this season, said that just because Greenville looks superior on paper does not mean his team should be counted out.

  • Herker finishes 26th at state...

    Battling winds gusting up to 40 mph, Vandalia junior Derrick Herker finished in a tie for 26th at the Illinois State Golf Tournament last weekend, shooting a two-day total of 157 in Bloomington.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said first-year coach Brandon Taylor. “Hopefully, it shows him he can hang with the big dogs in the state tournament, and next year, he can go back and improve on his finish.”

  • Vandalia fights to finish in...

    PANA – With about a minute left in Friday’s night game against Pana, senior Matt Hoffman stormed through the Panthers’ offensive line and wrapped up quarterback Max Mosely for a sack.

    The play had no effect on the outcome of a 41-0 Pana victory, but it was one of three high-energy plays from the Vandals in the second half that showed the perseverance of a team which must win its final game on Friday against Greenville (7-1) to become playoff eligible.

  • Pana shuts down Vandalia, 41-0

    The Vandalia High School football team was shut out by Pana, 41-0, on Friday night.

    The Panthers (7-1) have allowed just 49 points all season and showed their superiority against the Vandals (4-4).

    Now, Vandalia is focusing all of its energy on beating Greenville at home next Friday to send its seniors out with a win and most likely earn a spot in the playoffs.

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

  • Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op win SC...

    The Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op eighth-grade girls basketball team won the South Central Eighth Grade Tournament last Friday. Team members are pictured. In front, from left to right: Tessa Philpot, Gabi Moore, Krystyn Fitch, Audrianna Pruett and Stefanie Sap. In back are: head coach Casie Bowman, Morgan Brown, Emily Bone, Elizabeth Biggs, Hallie Leigh and assistant coach Kathleen Rebbe.

  • JV football tops Southwestern

    Ryan Ambuehl runs past a Southwestern defender during Vandalia's 28-26 win Monday afternoon. The JV football team is now 6-1 on the season and will host Pana for its final game next Monday at 6 p.m.

  • Vandalia eighth-grade basketball...

    Tuesday, Oct. 12
    at Pana
    Panthers 37
    Vandals 2

    Scoring – Mercedes Reynolds, 2 points.
    Team Record – 0-7

    Thursday, Oct. 7
    at Effingham Sacred Heart
    ESH 33
    Vandals 26

    Scoring – Reynolds, 21 points; Kate Evans, 3 points; Haley Cannon, 1 point; Elizabeth Miller, 1 point.

  • Vandalia seventh-grade...

    Tuesday, Oct. 12
    at Pana
    Vandals 32
    Panthers 22

    Scoring – Madelyn Hosick, 13 points; Karlie Bright, 11 points; Makayla Tinker, 6 points; Leah Francis, 2 points.
    Team Record – 8-0

    Thursday, Oct. 7
    at Effingham Sacred Heart
    Vandals 49
    ESH 2

    Scoring – Bright, 20 points; Hosick, 12 points; Francis, 6 points; Tinker, 6 points; Haley Bigelow, 3 points; Jalea Paslay, 2 points.
    Team Record – 7-0

  • Local volleyball results (Oct. 5...

    Thursday, Oct. 7
    vs. Teutopolis

    Set 1: THS 25, BHS 11
    Set 2: THS 25, BHS 21
    Kills – Morgan Stinebring, 6; Tara Johnson, 3; Bethany Oberlink, 3; Katy Satterthwaite, 3.
    Service Aces – Michaela Walk, 2.
    Digs – Johnson, 6; Brittany Kistler, 6.
    Record – 3-17 (0-10 NTC).