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Today's Sports

  • Day one of Vandalia Holiday...

    A pair of games decided by five points or fewer and two upsets led an exciting first day at the Vandalia Holiday Tourmnament on Wednesday.

    No. 3 Vandalia went 1-1 on the day, beating ninth-seeded St. Anthony, 70-65, before being upset by No. 6 Shelbyville, 55-42 in the final game of the night.

    Shelbyville had earlier lost to No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth, 60-56, but M-F was upset by No. 7 Altamont, 55-44, later in the day.

    That left Maroa-Forsyth, Vandalia and Shelbyville all 1-1 in Pool B. Altamont leads the pool, with a 1-0 record, and St. Anthony is 0-1.

  • YMCA Basketball Clinic

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently concluded a pair of youth basketball clinics.

    The younger group is pictured in the first photo, and the older group is pictured in the second. The YMCA's youth basketball league begins in January.

  • Lady Vandals Alumni Game

    The Lady Vandals held their alumni game recently.

    In the first photo, current coach Michelle McNary (left) battles Amber Durbin for a rebound. In the second photo, Jessica Pollard drives around Shelby Cearlock.

  • A look back

    The area’s basketball season has already produced several memorable moments, even though most teams have played just 10 games or less.
    The Leader-Union has put together a brief synopsis of the start to each team’s season, featuring all of the top moments from the first month and a half of games.
    VANDALIA BOYS
    The Vandals have enjoyed a good start to the season, going 6-3 through Tuesday, including three South Central Conference wins. All of the team’s starters average at least six points per game.

  • Holiday Tourney runs through...

    The 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened on Wednesday, and the championship games will be held on Saturday.
    The Vandals are ranked No. 3 in the event and will be after their first tourney title since 1981.
    But to get there, Vandalia will be facing some very tough competition along the way.
    The Vandals opened tournament play on Wednesday against St. Anthony, and Shelbyville.
    Results of those games, as well as all games from the tournament, will be available at www.leaderunion.com throughout the week.

  • Maxey's career day leads to...

    ST. ELMO – He dazzled a packed gym with his scoring, driving to the hoop to get his first several points and later showing off his brilliant outside shot for even more.

    It sure was a night to remember for St. Elmo’s Levi Maxey.

    Scoring a career-high 33 points in the championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the shifty junior guard propelled the Eagles to a 69-62 win against Altamont, capping off an outstanding individual tournament which earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy.

  • Eagles again beat Altamont for...

    ST. ELMO – It was just a two-point game heading into the final period of the championship game at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, and whichever team could battle the fatigue the best was going to win.

    Altamont and St. Elmo played at a furious pace for the first 24 minutes on Saturday night, and it turned out that they wouldn’t play any differently over the final eight.

    St. Elmo made 16-of-22 free throws in that final period to counteract Altamont’s hot fourth-quarter shooting to take its second straight tournament title with a 69-63 victory.

  • Tournament notes: Eagles win...

    ST. ELMO – With a victory in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the Eagles notched another big win for their program.

    And that’s been happening quite a bit over the past three seasons.

    Coming into this season after winning back-to-back regional championships, the Eagles were thought to be in somewhat of a rebuilding year.

    But with seniors Connor Beasley and Garrett Bartels, and junior Levi Maxey leading the way, St. Elmo hasn’t missed a step.

  • Vandals' comeback falls...

    CARLYLE – In the fourth quarter, it started to feel like it was February.

    The Vandals began cutting down a double-digit deficit in the final eight minutes at Carlyle, but unlike in last February’s regional tournament when they came back from 17 points down to beat the Indians in overtime, Tuesday’s bid would fall short.

  • Lady Vandals beat Altamont, but...

    The Lady Vandals did not get off to a good start against Altamont on Saturday.

    But coach Michelle McNary called a timeout after watching her team commit three turnovers and score just two points in the first two minutes, pleading with them to play with more intensity.

    It didn’t happen right away, but the Lady Vandals certainly responded.

    Vandalia would force Altamont into 20 first-half turnovers, made 16 first-half free throws and had a good afternoon from the field in a 64-43 nonconference win.