School Sports

  • Oldham fires perfect game in Mulberry Grove's opener

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham had little trouble getting back into the high school game.

    In her first game back after missing all of last season due to injury, Oldham fired a perfect game for the Lady Aces on Thursday in a 31-0 drubbing of Sandoval.

    More information on this game will be available in the March 21 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • South Central softball team again postponed

    The South Central softball game scheduled at Altamont for Thursday has been canceled due to poor field conditions. No makeup date has been set at this time.

  • Vandal coaches enjoying improved shed

    VANDALIA – Ever since the building was constructed in the 2000s, many opposing teams have been envious of Vandalia High School’s indoor hitting shed.

    Constructed with money raised by the Sports Boosters, the metal building between the high school baseball and softball fields has allowed many players an opportunity to face live pitching during the offseason or when the spring weather doesn’t allow players to be outside.

    But despite its many benefits, the building still needed some improvements.

    Enter the Field of Dreams committee.

  • Vandals Insider: Small-ball in order

    VANDALIA – Any general baseball fan who is interested in seeing high school players hit a lot of home runs probably will want to find games other than Vandalia’s.

    But just because the Vandals won’t be a power-hitting team in 2013, it doesn’t mean that coach Luke Hohlt’s team won’t be scoring runs.

    Returning just one home run – from senior Michael Wells – Vandalia will rely heavily on speed, bunting and good contact-hitting to produce runs this season.

  • Lady Vandals Insider: Godoyo will return

    VANDALIA – Megan Godoyo didn’t throw a pitch for the Lady Vandals during her sophomore season.

    And when she injured her knee in the middle of January, it looked like her junior season would be in jeopardy, too.

    Godoyo will miss part of the season, but she is expected to return to the Lady Vandals in the middle of April.

    “Megan is projected to come back in about a month or so, if everything goes well,” coach Brian Buscher said last Friday. “She’ll be back before the end of the season for sure.”

  • Reuss' career ends with loss in regional finals

    TEUTOPOLIS – Geri Reuss was doing good with keeping her emotions under control after losing the final volleyball game of her coaching career.

    But when her team emerged from the locker room to thank her for all she had done for them, she couldn’t quite hold back all the tears.

    Reuss called it a career after nearly 30 years of coaching last Thursday after the Vandalia eighth-grade volleyball team couldn’t get past Cumberland in a 24-26, 18-25 loss in the finals of the Teutopolis Regional.

  • PHOTO: Boys Basketball Award Winners

    The Vandalia boys basketball team held its banquet last Thursday, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards.

  • PHOTO: Wrestling Award Winners

    The Vandalia wrestling team held its banquet on Tuesday, and coach Jason Clay handed out several awards.

  • PHOTO: All-Conference Wrestlers

    The Vandals had eight wrestlers named all-conference by South Central Conference coaches.

  • Three Lady Vandals finish in top 10 at Charleston Indoor Invitational

    The Vandalia girls track team opened its season on Saturday at the Charleston Indoor Invitational, and three athletes placed in the top 10.

    Senior Sierah Ruffner took eighth in the high jump, with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches, and freshman Karlie Bright set a school record with 7 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to place eighth.

    Iris Daiber, a junior, finished ninth in the long jump, with 15 feet, 5¾ inches.