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Community Sports

  • 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.
  • Pro ballplayers offering pitching lessons
    St. Elmo graduate Logan Mahon and Shelbyville graduate Jason Sullivan, who are both professional pitchers, will offer pitching lessons during the winter. A 30-minute session for any pitcher in grades 5-12 will cost $30. For more information, contact Mahon at 267-1244, or Sullivan at 217-273-3160.
  • College tourney coming to Vandalia
    A college club baseball tournament named in memory of two local individuals will take place at Vandalia Mutual Field at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Metzger-Thiele Classic, named in honor of Fred Metzger and Brenda Thiele, will be a three- or four-team tournament, featuring college club teams from the region. Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins will be pitching for for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during the tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m.
  • PHOTOS: YMCA Soccer
    Photos from Saturday's YMCA soccer game.
  • YMCA is free to everyone this weekend
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will be open for free to non-members from Friday- Monday during Autumn Family Fun Days. In addition to free access to the facility, the YMCA will be offering hour-long training sessions for children and adults. The sessions are open to members and non-members. Any child who participates in  all of the activities will be entered into a drawing for a $75 gift card to Wal-Mart and a three-month long family membership to the YMCA. The following training sessions will be offered:
  • Sports Briefs (Sept. 20)
    5K run to be part of Grand Levee The National Road Interpretive Center is holding a 5K run as part of Vandalia’s Grand Levee on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. Registration on the day of the run is $25 and opens at 8 a.m. The race begins in Ruemmelin Park, and the top five males and females will each receive an award. Proceeds from the race will benefit the National Road Interpretive Center, by providing money to help with the maintenance of the center’s exhibits. Questions should be directed to 283-9380 or nationalroadil@yahoo.com. St. Elmo Golf Club hosting tournament