Today's News

  • Seven area players named All-NTC

    Four boys and three girls from the area were recently selected to the all-conference team in the National Trail Conference.

    For the boys, St. Elmo junior Levi Maxey, St. Elmo senior Connor Beasley, South Central senior Fischer Tharp and Brownstown senior Matt Sefton were named to the second team.

    For the girls, Brownstown juniors Molly Hill and Bethany Oberlink, and South Central senior Macie Cain were each given honorable mention selections.

  • Warriors Insider: Top of the order is key

    PATOKA – Some would probably call it an unattainable goal.

    They would say he had his breakout season in the fall, and that he can’t repeat the numbers.

    So it’s a good thing that Quinn Wadkins sets his own goals.

    After being named the Egyptian-Illini Conference’s Most Valuable Player this fall by  hitting an astounding .464 and getting on base in 59.7 percent of his 67 plate appearances, the Patoka senior has set one standard for himself – have a better spring.

  • Lady Eagles Insider: All-EIC players return

    ST. ELMO – Three first-team members of the Egyptian-Illini Conference’s all-conference team from last spring return to St. Elmo as the Lady Eagles look to get back to the top of the conference.

    Seniors Megan Maxey and Savannah Feezel, along with junior Danie Austin, will be back in St. Elmo’s lineup to help the team try to better last season’s 11-20 overall mark and third-place finish in the EIC.

  • Eagles Insider: Maxey out with hand injury

    ST. ELMO – Freshman Malachi Maxey emerged as a valuable contributor during St. Elmo’s fall season of baseball.

    But the starting second baseman will miss at least the first three weeks of the season with a broken hand, a blow to a team which doesn’t have any experienced depth after the nine starters from the fall.

    “It hurts us,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “He’s only a freshman, but he plays good defense, and our team is OK when we have everybody.

  • Lady Aces Insider: Standout pitcher returning from injury

    MULBERRY GROVE – One of the best softball pitchers in the area is returning to the circle this spring.

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham returns to the Lady Aces after missing all of last season due to an injury, and that will only make the team coming off of a super-sectional appearance that much better.

    “Becca is doing really well coming off of her injury,” said first-year coach Sara Burnet. “You can’t even tell that she sat out.”

  • Aces Insider: Sophomore Goodin to miss season with torn ACL

    MULBERRY GROVE - One of the best pitchers, hitters and infielders for the Aces will miss the spring season due to injury.

    Alex Goodin, a sophomore who is a vital member of the team, recently suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will not be available to play this spring.

    “He’s still around and in and out of rehab,” said coach Chad Nelson. “We are keeping our fingers crossed that his surgery and rehab will go well.”

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (March 14)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

    •Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, will bowl in the final regular-season tournament of her college career this weekend. Vanderbilt University will be hosting 28 teams – including 18 of the top 20 – on Friday-Sunday for the Columbia 300 Music City Classic.

  • This week's schedule (March 14-20)

    The area’s spring sports season kicks off in full force this coming week.

    All games are subject to change in the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions. Reported cancellations are posted at www.leaderunion.com.

  • PHOTO: Sixth-Graders Have Winning Season

    Due to recent cuts by the Vandalia school board, this season's sixth-grade boys basketball team will be the final school-sponsored sixth-grade team, and the boys went out on a winning note.

    Posting a 12-6 record, the team was led by Trevor Smalls (7.9 points per game), Blake Morrison (7.1 ppg) and Blake Barth (4.7 ppg).

    Bryce Dunn, Caleb Slater and Austin Weischedel were also regular contributors.

    The B-team went 9-4 and was led by Cole Forehand (5.6 ppg), Zane Steele (3.2 ppg) and Hunter Boren (3.1 ppg).

  • PHOTO: Second-Place Finish for Jr. Vandals

    The Vandalia fourth-/fifth-grade boys basketball team recently placed second in the Centralia Community Youth Center Fifth-Grade Tournament.