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Community Sports

  • YMCA to offer new ball program in 2015
    VANDALIA – Traditional baseball and softball leagues for ages 9-14 will no longer be organized at the Family YMCA of Fayette County starting next summer, and another organization in Vandalia may offer a way to help continue the development of traveling teams. Starting next June, the YMCA will offer a five-week co-ed ball program for kids ages 9-14, which will better teach fundamentals, as well as expose youth to a broader spectrum of sports.
  • VFOD men's slo-pitch softball (Aug. 11-12)
    Top-seeded Roger Craig Welding won the inaugural double-elimination championship tournament of the Vandalia Field of Dreams men’s slo-pitch softball league. Second-seeded BCH Auto Detailing beat RCW, 9-8, in the championship game, but because that was RCW’s first loss of the tournament, the two teams matched up again, with RCW earning a 14-2 victory.
  • HARNER: Weekend statue ceremony brings childhood nostalgia
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Some 20 years ago, Jim Thome purchased a Jeep from the dealership where my dad was employed as a mechanic. To a 6-year-old, the future Cleveland Indians standout was a monster of a man, a gentle giant towering over me as he signed the back of my baseball card in Shelby, Ohio, instantly becoming my favorite player. Last Saturday night, Thome again became a giant of a man, only this time, he was encased in bronze.
  • Atwood All-Stars win two of three; Roger Craig Welding earns slo-pitch league championship
    The Atwood All-Stars won two of three games against the Murray All-Stars on Monday night during the Vandalia Field of Dreams men’s slo-pitch softball All-Star Game, and Roger Craig Welding earned the regular-season championship last Wednesday. Murray took the first All-Star Game, 5-2, while Atwood took 4-3 wins in games two and three. Game three went eight innings. Roger Craig Welding picked up the tournament title on tie-breaking criteria after BCH Detailing won two games on Wednesday to finish with a 13-7 record.
  • Registration open for YMCA youth programs
    Registration is open for a pair of youth sports programs at the Family YMCA of Fayette County. FLAG FOOTBALL Children in grades 2-4 may register for the flag football program at the YMCA, with games beginning in September. The registration deadline is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. There is no late registration. Registration cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. Payment is due at the time of registration. Included are a uniform T-shirt and a mouthpiece, which is required to be worn during all games.
  • PHOTOS: Local youngsters attend camps at KC
    Kaskaskia College recently held several youth sport camps, and several area youngsters attended.
  • One deer hunting season eliminated in Fayette County
    Deer hunting in Fayette County has been affected by recent changes approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Fayette County was one of 20 counties removed from the late-winter antlerless hunting season in changes to the 2014-15 deer hunting season announced last Tuesday by IDNR Director Marc Miller. Bond and Clinton counties were also removed from the list. Additional changes also came in the number of firearm permits available in some counties. Fayette County’s permit numbers were not affected.
  • Third annual Hartz Memorial run/walk a success
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the third annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run/walk last Saturday, with proceeds from the race benefitting the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Scholarship. Kevin Childers won the 5K in 30:17, and Sheba Shimoji was the fastest in the 10K, finishing in 49:28. 10K results •Sheba Shimoji, 49:28 •Roger Hill, 56:05 •Melanie Bowles, 57:34 •Beth Hoffmann, 1:20:44
  • Freight to play in state tourney this weekend
    The Freight will once again come of out retirement this weekend to play in the Amateur Softball Association’s annual state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament in Casey. Vandalia will play its first game on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field against Teutopolis Miller Lite in the opening game of the tournament. With a win, Vandalia would advance to play the Springfield Frannies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Warrior Field.
  • PHOTO: Local Bowlers Win State Championship
    The women's bowling team sponsored by H&R Block of Vandalia was the handicap team winner of the Illinois Women's Bowling Association State Championships.