Taking a look back at the top sports stories in 2012
—Top sports stories published in The Vandalia Leader during the entire year as they appeared in 2012.
Van-Far’s Brian Kurz returns from injury but Indians fall to Cairo in the Madison Tournament.
Community R-VI Trojans basketball team beats Paris but falls to Salisbury in third place game at Madison Tournament.
Community R-VI Lady Trojans beat rival Van-Far before finishing fourth in the Madison Tournament.
Van-Far graduate David Hall excels for track and field team at Southwest Baptist University.
Community R-VI Trojans upset Monroe City.
Van-Far 7th grade girls end season on a winning note by crushing Montgomery County 39-8.
Community R-VI boys get big EMO Conference victory over Clopton 36-33.
Community R-VI girls avenge previous year’s loss in districts with 45-38 victory over Louisiana.
Van-Far’s Lyndsie Baumbach signs letter of intent to play softball with St. Charles Community College.
Community R-VI girls fall to Paris in fourth place game at Sturgeon Tournament.
Community R-VI boys beat Madison for third place trophy at Sturgeon Tournament.
Van-Far Lady Indians win Consolation Championship at Bowling Green.
Van-Far senior Kasey Gatson scores her 1,000th career point.
Vandalia’s Nick Lower makes headlines around the world after appearance at Super Bowl Media Day dressed up as a Tom Brady look-alike.
Community R-VI Lady Trojans pick up big win over South Callaway 49-42.
Van-Far set to host Class 2, District 5 basketball tournament.
Van-Far Lady Indians pick up big win over Silex.
Van-Far’s Leah Johnson signs with Culver-Stockton College.
Van-Far Indians go on a roll with wins over Silex and Bowling Green.
Van-Far Indians win three straight games.
Community R-VI’s Brittni Brandwein scores 1,000th career point.
Van-Far Lady Indians win two games in a row.
Vandalia’s Angela Caryle reflects on time as a Golden State cheerleader in the NBA.
Van-Far Lady Indians advance in districts with upset of Paris.
Ryan Rentfro, grandson of Jim and Velma Rentfro and the late Dr. Richard Lange, signs with North Texas for football.
Van-Far graduate Sally Brookshier shines in softball with Lindenwood University.
Alissa Curtis won the Regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shootout.
Community R-VI’s Justin Durham hits 3-pointer at buzzer to knock out Silex in district semifinals. Trojans fall in finals to Louisiana.
Van-Far and Community R-VI baseball seasons get ready for season.
Golf and Track and Field squads at Van-Far and Community R-VI ready for spring season.
Top Van-Far and Community R-VI players shine in boys and girls EMO All-Star games.
Community R-VI’s Paige Harris sets school record in discus.
Women’s shooting club forms under assistance of firearms instructor David Ray.
Community R-VI basketball drops back down to Class 1.
Van-Far’s Chevi Windland wins 3,200-meter event at Louisiana race.
Community R-VI baseball starts season at 3-0.
Community R-VI golf sets school record for team low score of 206. Freshman Treyton Kobush broke new low score record for a first year player with a 48.
Van-Far/Community R-VI football to be in Bowling Green’s district.
Community R-VI golf wins tri-match with home course victories over Wright City and Van-Far. Caleb Bertels gets medalist with a 50.
Community R-VI’s Caroline Schafer sets school record in 300-meter low hurdles.
Paige Harris sets new school record in shot put.
Nick Jensen ties school record in long jump. Emmalee McCoskey sets school record in the high jump.
Community R-VI baseball knocks off Sturgeon.
Van-Far names Sarah Asbury as new girls basketball coach.
Van-Far baseball gets needed win over Wellsville.
Van-Far graduates David Hall and Tanisha Terrell reconnect during a college track and field meet.
Van-Far’s Woodrow Jackson wins 400 meters at Paris.
Community R-VI golfers play EMO Conference Championships with heavy hearts after loss of their friend Zack Fennewald.
Savannah Drew, granddaughter of Fred and Ann Kohl as well as Rich and Lisa Lovell, signs with William Jewell College to play tennis.
Emmalee McCoskey, Megan Byrd, Paige Harris, and Morgan Kuda break school record in 4×100-meter relay at Community R-VI. Kaitlin Orr sets school record in long jump.
Community R-VI golfers Chris Wieberg and Caleb Bertels advance to state sectionals.
Van-Far graduate Mike Smith enjoys first year of pro basketball in Germany.
Van-Far’s Kasey Gatson officially signs letter of intent with Westminster College.
Angela’s Dance Company holds annual recital.
Community R-VI’s Emmalee McCoskey takes sixth at sectionals in high jump.
Community R-VI baseball beats Higbee in first round of district before falling in semifinals.
Perry man Dylan Gilmore sets state bass record with fish weighing nine pounds and eight ounces.
Vandalia Aquatic Center opens for 2012.
NEMO Hotshots 12U take second at tournament in Kahoka, Mo.
Vandalia Gamecocks of the Juvenile Baseball Division push winning streak to 18 straight games.
Mike Smith holds first basketball camp at Van-Far High School. It featured more than 100 aspiring, young basketball players.
Vandalia Gamecocks wins 20 games in a row.
NEMO Hotshots 12U take second in Palmyra Tournament.
Community R-VI head boys basketball coach James Benson takes job at Class 5 school in Boulder, Colo.
NEMO Stixx wins USSSA state championship.
NEMO Hotshots 14U win Class C state championship.
NEMO STIXX 12U wins AAA State Championship.
MO Rockets 8th grade boys basketball team takes first at MAYB.
Angela’s Dance Company Chic Division softball team finishes in second place after ending the season with a 12-2 record.
Former Silex and University of Missouri standout Ashley Fleming holds softball camp at Van-Far.
Van-Far cheerleaders take fourth at regionals.
The 12U NEMO Hot Shots take third at East State Championships.
Community R-VI hires Dave Smith as new boys basketball coach.
Martinsburg native Steve Wieberg leaves USA Today after stellar career that includes covering 29 consecutive Final Fours.
Bowlers Zack Flowers, Lucas Nilges, Hunter Scrogin, Lee Scrogin, and Steve Nilges won medals at the Show-Me State Games.
The 12U Columbia Cardinals won the gold medal in the Show-Me State Games.
Van-Far and Community R-VI athletes begin fall sports season with practices.
“Fredbird” visits the Fisher Farm in Middletown and the Cox family farm in Martinsburg.
New era begins in Van-Far football as the program features players from both Van-Far and Community R-VI. Team participates in Jamboree at Monroe City.
Softball teams at Van-Far, Community R-VI get ready for fall season.
Van-Far/Community R-VI cooperative football falls in opener to Living Word Christian.
Lady Trojans softball team beats Marion County in opener.
Youth bowlers Hunter Scrogin, Zach Flowers, Lucas Nilges, and Joe Cheney excel at MSUSBC Youth Championships.
Van-Far/R-VI football ends 27-game losing streak with 44-15 victory over MMA in Vandalia.
Van-Far softball opens 2-0 in EMO Conference.
Lady Trojans’ softball team makes second most errors in a game in state history with 14.
Community R-VI cross country boys team scores first ever team points.
Community R-VI Junior High softball team wins first ever game with 14-6 victory over Monroe City.
Van-Far/Community R-VI football wins first Homecoming game in several years after a 28-14 win over Wright City.
Community R-VI cross country runner Leah Mays wins cross country race with a personal best time of 23:45.
Lady Trojans softball team enters state record books after recording second most walks by a team in a single inning and picking up 15 runs in the first.
Van-Far softball team wins consolations in EMO Tournament.
Community R-VI Lady Trojans get big win over Wright City.
Van-Far Junior High softball team finishes with 8-4 record after win over Silex.
Van-Far and Community R-VI softball teams have season end in districts.
North Callaway’s Anthony Moses blocks two punts to tie a state record against Van-Far/R-VI football. The Indians’ minus six yards passing was the second fewest amount of passing yards in a single game in state history.
Community R-VI cross country runner Leah Mays medals at Hamburger Meet.
Area fifth and sixth graders win championship game of Mexico Optimist League.
Van-Far players Mackenzie Baumbach, Melani Hamlett and Community R-VI players Paige Curtis and Paige Harris earn all-EMO Conference honors.
Van-Far/R-VI cooperative football earns No. 4 seed and right to host Bowling Green in districts. Defeats Winfield on Senior Night 20-16.
Van-Far cheerleaders finish sixth in Class 1 Small Division at state.
Community R-VI Junior High girls basketball team wins Madison Touranment.
Community R-VI cross country runners Leah Mays and Ryan Kitchen advance to the state championships.
Van-Far/R-VI cooperative football team’s season ends in district loss to rival Bowling Green.
Van-Far and ETSU graduate Mike Smith gets drafted in the NBA D-League by the Iowa Energy.
Community R-VI cross country runners Leah Mays and Ryan Kitchen compete at the state championships.
Five Van-Far/R-VI football players named to All-EMO team. They include Brian Kurz, Todd Udelhoven, Brandon Billings, Logan Boyd, and Ethan Gooch.
Kasey Gatson officially joins the Westminster College women’s basketball roster.
Van-Far discusses “F” policy and MSHSAA.
Previews of Van-Far and Community R-VI boys and girls basketball teams.
“Shar the Harvest” low in deer donations in Audrain County.
Community R-VI Junior High girls basetball team wins the tournament they host.
Van-Far honors fall athletes with top awards.
Community R-VI Junior High girls basketball team finishes season at 10-2.
Van-Far Junior High girls basketball team gets two wins. Boys beat Canton.
Community R-VI Junior High boys basketball team ends season with final-second victory over St. Brendan.
Van-Far boys basketball team defeats Mark Twain in season opener.
Community R-VI Varsity/JV girls basketball team sweeps Van-Far.
Community R-VI boys basketball team thumps Madison.
Van-Far Junior High girls basketball team takes consolations at Mark Twain.
Van-Far boys basketball team travels to South Callaway and gets big road victory.
Van-Far and ETSU graduate Mike Smith breaks hand in NBA D-League and needs five to six weeks for recovery.
Van-Far V/JV boys basketball team defeats Wellsville.
Van-Far JH girls basketball team defeats Elsberry.
Van-Far JH boys basketball team knocks off Canton.
Community R-VI Lady Trojans get big win over Van-Far. Van-Far’s five points tied them for the fourth lowest total in a game by a team in state history.
Community R-VI Trojans basketball team knocks off Van-Far.
Laddonia’s Shawn Evans bowls an 835 at Spare Time Bowl and Grill.
Community R-VI girls basketball team gets big victory on Clopton’s home court. Boys also pick up big win over the Hawks.