Today's Sports

  • Leader-Union Boys Basketball...

     One of the top students in his class, South Central senior Isaac Grapperhaus has always been good with numbers.

    That said, the 6-foot-5 center knew that although his statistics from his junior season were good - 14.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game - they needed to be better during his senior year, as the Cougars were losing four varsity regulars, including team MVP Will Crain.

  • Mahon throws no-hitter for KC

     St. Elmo grad Logan Mahon has yet to taste defeat on the pitching mound at the college level.

    The Kaskaskia College sophomore hurler has had close calls before, but in 11 decisions, which include eight from one year ago, he has not had to put any number besides "0" in the right hand column. But even Mahon can improve.

  • Bauer Steps Down As Boys Hoops...

     Ryan Bauer tendered his letter of resignation as Mulberry Grove High School boys basketball coach and athletic director Monday night so that he can concentrate on his new duties as MGHS principal.

    "With the time it takes to coach basketball anymore, it's just better for myself, the district and my family as well," said Bauer, an MGHS alum who enjoyed a three-year stint as the head coach at his alma mater.

  • Leader-Union Boys Basketball...

    It wasn't the mere fact that the South Central boys basketball team was losing at the start of the 2008-09 season that seemed cause for concern.

    It was how the Cougars were losing and who they were losing to - and the unfortunate timing of it all - that proved most disturbing for South Central fans.

    It all started with the program's first-ever defeat at the hands of Odin. Then there was a nine-point loss to an extremely young Flora team.

  • Pyle takes third place at state

     Trever Pyle is at his best when he’s on the offensive.

    Ultra-quick and aggressive by nature, Pyle has earned a reputation as a quick-strike artist during a wrestling career that started when he was just 4 years old.

    It’s a skill that’s not only helped him take down countless opponents – but the VCHS freshman wins record, as well, during a stellar first high school season.

  • Benton denies Vandals trip to...

     In many ways, John Vosholler's performance Tuesday in the final match of the Vandalia Dual Team Sectional personified the 2008-09 Vandals wrestling team's season.

    Nobody gave the young and inexperienced Vosholler (17-21) much of a chance to defeat Benton's T.J. Tomshack (25-6) in the 125-pound bout.

  • Lady Vandals' season ends...

     Dominating defense carried the Vandalia girls basketball team throughout a wildly successful regular season and an unprecedented postseason run - a run that could very well still be in progress.

    But turnovers - far too many of them - and the clutch play Taylor Stevenson kept Vandalia's vaunted 'D' from carrying it all the way to the Elite Eight last Thursday in a heartbreaking 33-29 overtime loss to the host team at the Olney-East Richland Sectional.

  • Pana ends Vandals' season

     Game in, game out - almost without fail - the Vandalia boys basketball team could be counted on to rebound and play solid defense during the 2008-09 regular season.

    The Vandals' M.O. helped them establish a reputation as a blue-collar team, and they reaped the benefits of their hard-working ways to the tune of 15 victories and a second-place finish in the SCC-East.

  • Vandals edge Panthers on Senior...

     Saturday's Senior Night game plan was a simple one for the Vandalia boys basketball team - have some fun.

    "That's what we talked about," said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson, who indicated the season-long grind has started taking its toll on his team. "There just haven't been as many smiles lately. It's a long season, but at the same time, our time together is short."

  • Lady Vandals survive and advance

    "Survive and advance" is a slogan many teams adopt during the postseason.

    It's a mantra that took on literal meaning for the Vandalia girls basketball team Tuesday night in the first semifinal game of the Olney-East Richland Sectional.