School Sports

  • Vandals tie Christ Our Rock Lutheran for first non-loss of soccer season

    The Vandalia soccer team tied Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday for its first non-loss of the season.

    Senior A.J. Gaylord scored his first goal of the season, and the second came on an own goal by a Silver Stallion player.

    Jussi Craycroft assisted on both goals for the Vandals (0-6-1) in the road contest. He has three assists on the season.

    In goal, junior Colin Ledbetter had 13 saves.

    This marks the second straight season that the Vandals have tied CORL in a game.

    Also during the week, Vandalia (0-8-1) lost 7-0 at Gillespie on Tuesday and 8-0 at Roxana on Saturday.

  • Vandalia leaders (Sept. 20)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

    Single-game leaders
    •Rushing yards: Ambuehl, 160
    •Passing yards: Ritchey, 45
    •Receiving yards: Cowger, 23
    •Total TD: Ambuehl, 3
    •Tackles for loss: Lucken, 5
    •Team scoring: 42 points
    •Team rushing yards: 393
    •Team passing yards: 45
    •Team receiving yards: 45
    •Team tackles for loss: 11
    •Margin of victory: 32 (39-7)
    Season leaders
    •Rushing yards: Ambuehl, 519
    •Passing yards: Ritchey, 82

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Sept. 20)

    Many athletes that 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.

    Taylor Parrish • Sophomore • Franklin

    •Sept. 15 – Parrish, a Vandalia grad, played in three sets in two games at St. Thomas More. She played one set in a 3-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson, and recorded one kill and two digs in two sets of a 3-0 loss to St. Thomas More. On the season, Franklin is 5-8.

  • Bombers advance to semis of EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – For the first few innings of Monday’s game, it appeared that Brownstown was going to be upset in the first round of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament for the second straight season.

    The third-seeded Bombers committed four errors in the top of the third inning, allowing No. 6 Ramsey to take a 3-1 lead, which was the same score that Mulberry Grove used to upset Brownstown in the same game last September.

  • Lady Eagles take second at Flora

    The St. Elmo volleyball team finished second at the Flora Tournament on Saturday, placing two individuals on the all-tournament team.

    Senior Perry Manley was named co-MVP of the tournament, and senior Katie Stites was named all-tournament. Manley was also named all-tournament at the Mattoon Tournament earlier this month.

    She had a team-high 89 kill assists, 11 kills and three service aces during the tournament, which saw St. Elmo (12-5) go 4-1.

    •vs. North Clay, St. Elmo won, 25-23, 25-13
    •vs. Dieterich, St. Elmo won, 25-16, 24-26, 15-9
    •vs. Flora, St. Elmo lost, 16-25, 16-25

  • Eagles win in extras against Brownstown

    Already having had waited two weeks to finish a suspended game that began on Aug. 31, St. Elmo and Brownstown made sure that coming back to play last Wednesday was worth it.

    Originally suspended in the sixth inning with the score tied at 6-6, it took three more innings before St. Elmo freshman Noah Flowers hit an RBI single to propel the Eagles to a 7-6 win.

    Senior Connor Beasley struck out 17 from the hill, allowing the Bombers just seven hits over nine innings, and Brownstown junior Jacob Behrends was also very effective, striking out 13 batters over 8 1/3 innings.

  • PHOTO: Lady Bombers take seventh at Vandalia

    The Lady Bombers went 1-3 at the event to finish seventh. Full box scores from each of their games appear in the prep roundup.

  • PHOTO: Aces fall in EIC Tournament

    Mulberry Grove sophomore Derek Childress had a solid outing through the first five innings of a 7-2 loss to Beecher City on Monday in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament at Vandalia.

    With the loss, the Aces finished their season in the consolation game against Ramsey on Wednesday, and coverage of that game will be next week's edition of The Leader-Union, and the final score will be at www.leaderunion.com by Thursday morning.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Sept. 20)

    JV photos from the past week.

  • PHOTOS: Old Capitol Classic

    The Old Capitol Classic opened on Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High and Elementary schools.

    Pool play continues on Thursday at both gyms, and the championship round will be on Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at both gyms.