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Community Sports

  • Four to participate in Special Olympics
    Four area athletes will be participating in a local Special Olympics individual basketball skills challenge in January. Cameron Houston, A.J. Runkel and Veronica Doehring of Vandalia, and Michael Seward of Ramsey are each practicing once a week with volunteer coach Erica Foltz at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in preparation for the Special Olympics Illinois Area 12 event at Mascoutah Junior High School on Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • Mahon to play for Baltimore Orioles
    St. Elmo native Logan Mahon is heading back to Major League Baseball. The Baltimore Orioles have purchased Mahon’s contract from the Gateway Grizzlies, according to the team. “We’re excited for Logan and happy that he will get another chance in affiliated ball,” Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said in a release.  “He’s deserving of the chance, and we wish him well.”
  • PHOTO: Enlow wins Jr. tournament
    Vandalia's Anthony Enlow placed first at the Danville Winter Classic, where he went 2-0 with two pins for Vandalia Kings Wrestling.
  • Miller Field has been an asset to youth, YMCA
    In the fall, there were more than 170 children registered for YMCA soccer and flag football. Fortunately, the generosity of the Miller family allowed the Y to accommodate that many kids without any problems. Miller Field, which opened in 2009, sits in front of the YMCA building on Rock Island Avenue, and has three soccer fields and a flag football field that always see plenty of action during the fall.
  • PHOTO: 23-point deer harvested
    Rex Rosenberger of Ramsey recently harvested a 23-point deer in northern Fayette County. He said he has seen the deer the past three years, but had never been close enough to kill it. The deer measured 234.5 inches.
  • Field of Dreams works to nail down finances
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee took care of some offseason business at Tuesday’s meeting, and also took a big step toward straightening out its future financial success. A motion was carried to use the current money saved in the bank for operating expenses, while using any additional revenue that comes in by the middle of summer to be put toward making a loan payment.
  • Variety of YMCA programs are open for registration
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County are several programs currently open for registration. For more information about any of the following programs, contact Program Director Amber Daulbaugh at 283-1258 or adaulbaugh@fayetteymca.com. *** The YMCA will be hosting a Parents' Night Out program for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, Dec. 1. Registration cost is $10 and $5 for siblings, and will begin at 5:15. Parents may pre-regsiter at the YMCA.
  • YMCA basketball programs open for registration
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is gearing up for basketball season with several upcoming programs. For more information about any of the following programs, contact Program Director Amber Daulbaugh at 283-1258 or adaulbaugh@fayetteymca.com. Online information and registration forms are available at: http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?p=2560. *** A basketball clinic for children in grades 1-5 will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from Nov. 29-Dec. 15.
  • Rotary raises most money at YMCA event
    Four organizations raised more than $1,000 in the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s Free-Throw-Athon at the end of October. The Vandalia Rotary Club raised the most money, with $1,476. Money was raised by individuals on each team receiving pledges for each of the 100 free throws they attempted. Others which broke the $1,000 threshold were the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial ($1,447), Hillsboro Jr. High basketball ($1,137) and YMCA Fitness ($1,009).
  • PHOTO: SIUE Wins Metzger-Thiele Classic
    Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville were the champions of the Metzger-Thiele Classic at Vandalia Mutual Field on Saturday. Hawkins was unable to play due to injury. SIUE defeated St. Louis University, 15-3, and Washington University, 7-4. In the tournament's opening game, St. Louis won, 5-2, against Washington.