Today's Sports

  • Lady Vandals drop home-opener, 6...

    VANDALIA – Senior Paige Ehrat continued her torrid start at the plate, but the Lady Vandals were overmatched by an out-of-state opponent in last Friday’s home-opener.

    Ehrat was 2-for-3 with two doubles, but Vandalia wasn’t able to get a run across in a 6-0 loss to Plymouth, Wisc., a team that made a stop here during its spring trip.

    Through three games, Ehrat is hitting .625 with three extra-base hits for the Lady Vandals (0-3).

  • PHOTO: Top Times Runner

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel finished 11th in the 1,600-meter run at Saturday's Class 1A Illinois Prep Top Times meet in Bloomington.

    Held in the Shirk Fieldhouse on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, Strobel finished the race in 4:47.67 to place four positions higher than he was seeded.

    The Top Times meet is known as the unofficial indoor state championship meet.

  • Area Prep Roundup (March 28)

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham fired her second no-hitter of the season on Saturday against St. Anthony.

    Oldham struck out nine Lady Bulldogs, and her only blemish in the 15-0 victory was a walk issued in the second inning. She tossed a perfect game against Sandoval in the season-opener.

    Offensively, the Lady Aces scored in just two innings, bringing home six runs in the third and nine in the fifth.

    Kate Jolliff homered, and freshman Lauren Robison reached base four times and scored three runs for Mulberry Grove (2-0).


  • Wehrle is eighth at state meet

    Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club member Jarek Wehrle went 3-3 to place eighth at the Illinois Midget Championships in Danville.

    After receiving a bye in the Midget 60 division, Wehrle wrestled to six decisions, none of which had a margin of fewer than five points.

    Also wrestling for Vandalia was Kyle Miller.

    Miller, wrestling in the Midget 60 division, went 3-2, but did not place in the event.

    He recorded two pins, both coming in under a minute.

  • This week's schedule (March...

    Once the snow clears, reported cancellations will be posted at www.leaderunion.com.

  • PHOTO: First Pitch

    Kyle Anderson of Willms and Yakel Insurance throws out a ceremonial first pitch last Friday prior to the first spring game at Vandalia Mutual Field.

  • Deadline for YMCA dodgeball is...

    The deadline to register for the Family YMCA of Fayette County's youth dodgeball league is Saturday.

    Children in grades 3-8 may register for the league, which begins play on April 9.

    The registration cost is $15 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

    The league will be split into  grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.

    Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursday, with the grade 3-5 games from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the grade 6-8 games from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Games will be played on April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.

  • Vandals win season-opener...

    VANDALIA - The Vandals made an offensive statement in a season-opening win against Ramsey.

    The inexperienced pitching staff and defense may need a little time to catch up.

    Vandalia scored consistently throughout the win against the Rams on Friday, but too many walks and errors allowed Ramsey to keep within striking distance in the 16-11 victory.

    Coach Luke Hohlt said after the game that there were lessons to be learned, and that he believes the players who made mistakes today will grow from them as the season moves along.

  • St. Elmo has fifth straight...

    The St. Elmo baseball team has had another game canceled due to poor weather conditions, marking the fifth straight game that the Eagles have had called off.

    Thursday's game was scheduled at Neoga.

    In addition, home games at Mulberry Grove have been canceled for Thursday.

  • Vandal coaches talk about re-...

    VANDALIA – The revamped South Central Conference debuts this school year, and prior to each season, The Leader-Union will be asking Vandalia’s coaches how they think the changes will affect their team.

    A list of all of the changes follows.

    1)    Gillespie and Staunton have replaced East Alton-Wood River and Marquette Catholic.
    2)    There will no longer be divisional play in any sport, with all teams that used to have divisions to play one game that counts in the conference standings.