Today's News

  • Jr. Lady Vandals go 2-1 in past week

    The Vandalia eighth-grade girls basketball team went 2-1 over the past week.

    In a 33-24 overtime to Litchfield last Thursday, Emma Meyer, Madison Klanke and Jensen Hollinshead each had six points, while Molly Kern had three, Lindsay Dagen had two and Anna Miller had one.

    Last Friday, Vandalia beat Mulberry Grove, 38-17.

    Meyer and Mikayla Ruot each had 10 points, while Kern had eight, Klanke and Bailey Arndt had four, and Tabitha Leigh had two.

    On Tuesday, the Jr. Lady Vandals won at Greenville, 18-15.

  • VYO teams perfect in make-up games

    Though scheduled games for the VYO football teams ended last week, there was still one more set of games to play – make-ups from Sept. 18 at East Alton-Wood River.

    And Vandalia sure made the extra date counted.

    The Vandalia fifth-graders won the conference championship after a 22-6 victory at East Alton-Wood River on Saturday.

    In addition, the sixth-graders won, 62-6; the seventh-graders won, 50-38; and the eighth-graders won, 58-6.

  • College tourney coming to Vandalia

    A college club baseball tournament named in memory of two local individuals will take place at Vandalia Mutual Field at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    The Metzger-Thiele Classic, named in honor of Fred Metzger and Brenda Thiele, will be a three- or four-team tournament, featuring college club teams from the region.

    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins will be pitching for for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during the tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m.

  • This week's schedule (Oct. 18-24)

    •Friday vs. Greenville, 7 p.m.
    •Thursday vs. Pana, 5 p.m.
    •Tuesday vs. TBA, 6 p.m.*
    *at Vandalia Regional
    Freshmen Football
    •Thursday at Greenville, 6 p.m.
    Jr. High Girls Basketball
    •Thursday vs. Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    •Monday vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Tuesday at Brownstown, 6:15 p.m.
    YMCA Flag Football
    •Thursday SCON vs. CIM, 5:30 p.m.
    •Saturday LCBB vs. MTAX, 9 a.m.

  • 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