Community Sports

  • Bell completes triathlon
    Vandalia graduate Drew Bell last Friday completed an Olympic-length triathlon at the Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Ariz. Competing with a club team from the University of Illinois, Bell completed the event – which combines a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run – in 2:10:47 to finish 239th overall and 224th among men. There were 1,001 overall athletes and 595 men in the field.
  • Community sports briefs (April 18)
    Deadline for YMCA summer baseball and softball is this Saturday night; umpires also sought for YMCA leagues The deadline to register for the YMCA’s summer youth softball and baseball programs is on Saturday at 9 p.m. Several different leagues are available. Boys and girls •T-Ball, 5-and-under •Colt, 7-and-under Baseball •Pinto, 8-and-under •Mustang, 10-and-under •Bronco, 12-and-under •Pony, 14-and-under
  • Local man harvests 23-pound turkey
    Vandalia resident Todd McDowell harvested a 23-pound turkey on Monday, the first day of turkey hunting season. Hunting near the Kaskaskia River, McDowell got the kill early in the morning. In addition to its size, the turkey had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. A photo of McDowell and his turkey was lost due to a memory card malfunction.
  • MLB Pitch, Hit and Run returning
    The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be returning to Vandalia on Saturday, April 27. Hosted by the Family YMCA of Fayette County, the free event is part of a national competition held by the MLB and sponsored by Scott's. The event will be held at the Vandalia high school baseball and softball fields, and is open to all youth ages 7-14. The competition begins at 4 p.m. Boys and girls are divided into age groups of 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, and 13 and 14.
  • Deadline for YMCA dodgeball is Saturday
    The deadline to register for the Family YMCA of Fayette County's youth dodgeball league is Saturday. Children in grades 3-8 may register for the league, which begins play on April 9. The registration cost is $15 for members and $30 for nonmembers. The league will be split into  grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursday, with the grade 3-5 games from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the grade 6-8 games from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Games will be played on April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.
  • PHOTO: Area Players Inducted to KC HOF
    Members of the 1988-89 Kaskaskia College baseball team were recently inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame. On the team were Vandalia's Robert Garrison and Mulberry Grove's Curt Thacker.
  • PHOTO: Tumblers Compete in Edwardsville
    Members of the Triple A Tumbling squad recently participated in a competition in Edwardsville.  The tumblers are coached by Larry and Anita Merriman, Deb Richardson, and Ashley Sebright.
  • Registration open for YMCA soccer
    Registration has opened for the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s spring soccer league. Children who are 4 years old through fifth grade may register, and the registration cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. The registration deadline is March 2, and a late fee for $20 will be assessed from March 3-12. Children will be broken up into three groups: 4-year-olds-kindergarten; grades 1-2; and grades 3-5. All players must be 4 years old by April 30.
  • Several from area to be honored by Kaskaskia College
    Five local natives will be inducted to the Kaskaskia College Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 16. Vandalia’s Robert Garrison and Mulberry Grove’s Curt Thacker will be inducted as members of the 1988-89 baseball team, and Brownstown’s Lyle Doehring, and Patoka’s Luke Walker and Harlan Gerrish will be inducted as members of the 1966-67 men’s basketball team. The induction ceremony will be held following the Blue Angels women’s basketball game at 2:30 p.m. A brunch will be held prior to the induction.
  • Knights of Columbus free-throw shootout is on Sunday
    The Knights of Columbus is hosting a free-throw shoot-out at Vandalia Jr. High on Sunday at 2 p.m. Boys and girls ages 10-14 may enter the free event, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of each age group. All participants will receive a certificate.