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Community Sports

  • PHOTOS: Dancers Perform at Regional Competitions
    Several members of Beautiful Chaos Dance Center recently competed at a pair of regional competitions. At the Midwest Cheer and Dance Championships in St. Louis, the senior dance team place first, and the junior dance team placed second with hip-hop routines. At the Showstoppers Regional Competition in St. Charles, Mo., the senior dance team placed first in hip-hop and jazz, and second in lyrical. The junior dance team placed first in hip-hop and jazz, and second in lyrical.
  • Vandalia native to be a charity runner in the Chicago Marathon in October
    A Vandalia native will run her first-ever marathon in October as a charity runner. Stacy White has nearly reached her goal of raising $750 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and earning a spot in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13. The Foundation helps children who are diagnosed with cancer, and is named for Alexandria Scott, a 4-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 1.
  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Results (May 20)
    Monday, May 20 Game 1 Riedle Law Office 9 Montgomery Plumbing 2 •For Riedle: Brian Stout, 2 2B; Dallas Gray, 3B; Chris Matthews, 2B. Game 2 Riedle 13 Montgomery 1 •For Riedle: Matt Riedle, 3 2B; Gray, HR; Matthews, 2B, 3B. Game 3 BCH Auto Detail 7 Liberty Trading 6 •For BCH: Justin Atwood, 2B; Shane Depew, 2B; Jordan Harmon, 2B. •Game ended on back-to-back sac flies in the bottom of the seventh after Harmon’s double. Game 4 BCH 7
  • PHOTO: Bowling champs
    The Purple Strikers were the champions of the Tuesday night women's league at Vandalia Bowl for the 2012-13 season.
  • PHOTO: YMCA hosts Martial Arts Tournament
    The spring martial arts grappling tournament was recently held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
  • PHOTOS: State champion tumblers
    Four area tumblers were recently named state champions at Highland High School, with all of them plus several other members of the Triple A Tumbling team qualifying for the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this June.
  • 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.