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Community Sports

  • YMCA hosting Parents' Night Out on Friday night
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is hosting Parents' Night Out on Friday. The fun-filled evening for kids ages 5-12 offers parents a night to themselves and a night of fun for their children. There will be an open gym, games, face-painting, movies and a concession stand at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. Registration opens at 5:15 p.m. and the cost is $10 per child, and $5 for any siblings.
  • Two Guys & Two Gals golf tourney coming to St. Elmo
    The St. Elmo Golf Club is hosting its Two Guys & Two Gals tournament this Saturday and Sunday. The four-person scramble will have shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Limited space is still available. The entry fee is $200 per team and includes green fees, Saturday lunch and a free practice round. For more information, call 829-3390 or visit www.stelmogolfclub.com/events.html.
  • PHOTO: Women Out Walking
    The Fayette County Health Department recently held a Women Out Walking program to encourage women to regularly walk. The winners in the program were members of Team 7, which was led by Elise Sarchet. Team members averaged 22,020 steps per person per day during the program's 12 weeks.
  • Protz finding success in Charleston
    Vandalia resident Randy Protz is currently in second place in the points standings for the Super Pro Division at Coles County Dragway. At the end of August, Protz qualified for the 2012 Coles County bracket finals team. His daughter, Brandy, also qualified in the High School division.
  • Earnest wins two Team USA medals
    Vandalia native Josie Earnest added to her collection of bowling awards by taking the individual bronze medal for Team USA in a tournament this past week. Bowling at the international PABCON Adult Championships in Henderson, Nev., Earnest finished third in the Master’s Division all-events on Saturday by averaging nearly 220 pins per game throughout the week-long tournament. The all-events pin totals included games bowled earlier in the week as an individual and those bowled with a team.
  • Well, Casey seeking 50 players to start fast-pitch softball league in Vandalia
    Former Vandalia Freight players Rich Well and Nick Casey are seeking 50 players seventh-grade age and older to join a fall men's fast-pitch softball league in Vandalia. The registration cost is $20 per player, and wooden bats will be provided. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Teams will be picked by four team captains on Sept. 5, and players will notified shortly after. Games will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9 and be played every Sunday until Oct. 14. Game times will be 2 and 4 p.m. at Ruemellin Field.
  • Brownstown Sports Boosters hosting third annual fish fry on Sept. 14
    The Brownstown Sports Boosters are hosting their third annual fish fry on Sept. 14 at Brownstown Elementary School. The all-you-can eat event will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 12-and-under and $8.50 for carryout. Food served at the event will include catfish curls, walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans, steak fries, desserts and drinks. Tickets are available from any Bomber athlete, or at the door. A 50/50 raffle will be held during the event.
  • Greenville College hosting softball clinics
    The Greenville College softball coaching staff will soon be hosting five softball camps. On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a defense and hitting clinic for ages 8-12, with the defensive session from 9 a.m-noon, and the hitting session from 1-4 p.m. Each session is $35, or $60 for both. An identical camp will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 15, but for ages 13-18. On Saturday, Sept. 22, a pitching clinic will be held for all ages from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.
  • Buckstop wins slo-pitch tourney championship
    Justin Atwood and Jordan Harmon were named tournament co-MVPs as Buckstop Archery won the Vandalia men's slo-pitch double-elimination tournament. In the title game, Buckstop defeated Keck's Marsh, 19-2, with Jordan Harmon hitting a grand slam, and Justin Atwood, Josh Atwood and Tyler Pilcher each doubling. Harmon was 8-for-8 in two games of the tournament. The tournament all-star team follows:
  • Atwood is MVP of men's slo-pitch league
    The Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league will be holding the finals of its annual double-elimination league championship tournament on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Seeding for that tournament, which started on Monday, was determined in a single-elimination tournament that was held last Thursday, and Buckstop Archery, the regular-season champs, earned the No. 1 seed. One day before, the league handed out individual awards, with Justin Atwood bringing home most valuable player honors. Other award winners included: