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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Earnest selected for Junior Team...

    Patience has never been Jessica Earnest's strong suit.

    For years, people have been telling the VCHS senior bowling standout that her day in the sun was coming soon.

    "But I didn't want to hear that," Earnest said. "I wanted it now. I am very impatient."

    So after placing eighth last month at the 11th annual Junior Gold Championships in Detroit, Earnest was distinctly out of her element.

  • Oldham pitches MGJHS past St....

    Rebecca Oldham continued her dominating ways Tuesday, pitching the Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team to a 3-0 home victory over St. Elmo.

    Oldham struck out 17 and allowed just one hit, out-dueling St. Elmo starter Samantha Austin, who allowed just one hit of her own, while striking out 10.

    Bases on balls proved to be the difference in the game, as Oldham issued just one walk, compared to seven by Austin.

    Sam Goodin had Mulberry Grove's only hit, while Megan Maxey had St. Elmo's safety.

  • Butler takes over as VCHS AD

    It's a job that can be obscure at best, or thankless at worst.

    Mike Butler understands that.

    "It's the kind of job that nobody realizes what you do until something goes wrong," said VCHS's longtime girls basketball coach of being an athletic director.

    Butler speaks from experience, as he was the AD at Hardin Calhoun High School in western Illinois for four years prior to coming to Vandalia 22 years ago.

  • Vandals hit the ground running...

    The Vandalia football team's M.O. has been a lot like the weather during the first full week of two-a-day preseason practices - much cooler than it was a year ago today.

    "They're real loose," said Vandals coach John Stout of this year's group. "The seniors we had last year were an emotional group. These guys are more business-like. They're not a rah-rah group."

    But that doesn't mean that the Vandals are taking the success of back-to-back playoff appearances for granted.