Today's News

  • Leiken places 21st at state

    DECATUR - Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken had a rough finish to the girls state tournament on Saturday, shooting a 15-over-par 87 to drop to 21st in the standings.

    Leiken was ninth in the standings after the first day, but struggled on the front nine on Saturday, shooting a 47. There was also a rain delay after five holes.

    Her finish, however, was better than last season's, when she placed 29th.

    More information about the state tournament will be available in this week's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Second round of boys state golf tournament canceled

    BLOOMINGTON - After finishing 17th on the first day of the boys state golf tournament on Friday, Vandalia senior Blake Swofford was looking forward to moving up the standings on Saturday.

    And after playing even par through the first three holes, he may have been well on his way.

    No one will know, however, as the tournament's second round was canceled to due to storms on Saturday afternoon, leaving Swofford with a 17th-place finish, five places worse than the 12th place he recorded last year.

  • Vandals gets seventh win of season at Pana

    PANA - Alex Newsom scored three touchdowns and the varsity defense allowed zero points, as the Vandals earned their seventh win of the season on Friday night, winning 33-13 at Pana.

    The win sets up a vital home matchup aginst Greenville next Friday, which will be a battle of 8-1 teams.

    With Carlinville's win against Southwestern on Friday, there is still a three-way tie at the top of the conference standings.

  • Leiken ninth after day one, Swofford 17th at state golf tournaments

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken is tied for ninth after the first day of the Class 1A girls state golf golf tournament in Decatur, also shooting the only two eagles in the tournament.

    She eagled holes 4 and 6 at Red Tail Run Golf Course, which are both par four.

    Leiken trails by six strokes after day one. She is in the last group to tee off on Saturday, beginning at about 10:27 a.m. on hole 1.

    Vandalia senior Blake Swofford is tied for 17th after the first day of the Class 1A boys state golf tournament in Bloomington.

  • Five local players named All-NTC in baseball

    Four South Central players and one from St. Elmo were named all-National Trail Conference.

    Dan Diss, Fischer Tharp and Noah Powless were named all-conference for South Central, joining St. Elmo's Connor Beasley. South Central's Kyle Bray was named honorable mention.

  • EIC Volleyball Tournament schedule announced

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference Volleyball Tournament schedule has been released. St. Elmo High School will host all games.

    Monday, Oct. 15 (Pool A)
    •5 p.m. – Brownstown vs. Patoka
    •6 p.m. – Beecher City vs. CORL
    •7 p.m. – Patoka vs. Beecher City
    •8 p.m. – CORL vs. Brownstown

  • Swofford, Leiken advance to state

    Two Vandalia seniors will be taking part in state golf tournaments this weekend.

    Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken each placed high enough in their respective sectionals to qualify for their gender’s state tournament, which both will be played on Friday and Saturday.

    Leiken shot an 86 at the Teutopolis Sectional, which was played at Effingham Country Club, to place 11th and beat the cut-off for state by four strokes. Last Wednesday, Leiken was the medalist at the same course during the Effingham Regional, shooting an 81.

  • Vandals charge into playoffs

    PIASA – Vandalia had to work for each of its offensive yards on Saturday, but once the game was over, it was the Vandals who were celebrating an automatic berth to the playoffs.

    Senior Tim Ritchey had his best rushing and passing days of the season, accounting for four total touchdowns and 244 yards, as the Vandals picked up their sixth win of the season with a 36-14 victory at Southwestern.

  • Football notes: Goal is to finish strong

    With postseason qualification secured, the Vandals will now shift their focus to getting the highest playoff seed that they can.

    And neither of the next two games will be easy wins.

    Vandalia travels to Pana (4-3) on Friday and will host Greenville (6-1) next Friday in the final two games before the postseason starts, and coach John Stout said that the opposition doesn’t matter as well as the team executes well.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman was about 15 when this picture was taken nearly 70 years ago.