Community Sports

  • 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:
  • Riedle Law Office wins St. Paul basketball league
    The St. Paul summer basketball league recently held its championship tournament, with Riedle Law Office winning the title. Riedle won the best-of-three championship series against the Pink Panthers, winning game one, 49-45, and game two, 58-52. The tournament started with play-in games for seeds 3-6. Joe’s Pizza defeated the Opfer Clan, and China Gate defeated Team Bushue. China Gate went on to defeat Joe’s Pizza, 68-46, while the Opfer Clan beat Team Bushue.
  • PHOTOS: First Annual St. Elmo Kickball Tournament
    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee held its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Saturday morning, with three teams competing.
  • PHOTO: National champion tumbler
    Vandalia resident Kassidy VanUytven, 8, recently won a gold medal in tumbling at the AAU Jr. Olympics in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven.
  • Leiken wins SIGA player's title
    Rising Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the player's championship and the points championship on the Southern Illinois Golf Association's Jr. Tour. With a 72, Leiken won the SIGA JGT Vogler Ford-Linoln-Mazda Player's Championship by seven strokes in the 16-18-year-old girls division at Franklin County Country Club on Monday. It was Leiken's 10th victory of the summer in 12 events, giving her a wide margin in the points championship, which she won, 160.25-139.
  • PHOTOS: Cardinals Motorcycle Powers Through Town
    Hobi Timmons of Germantown and his award-winning customized St. Louis Cardinals Harley Davidson motorcycle made a stop in Vandalia last Thursday, when Timmons was visiting the Krueger family. Timmons' motorcycle has twice been driven on the field at Busch Stadium and has placed in motorcycle shows in several states. The bike includes hand-painted details, such as a photo of Busch Stadium and baseball cards of 13 Cardinal legends, and a seat modeled after a baseball glove.
  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball (July 30 and Aug.6)
    Monday, Aug. 6 Game 1 Riedle Law Firm 7 Copper Penny 5 Riedle: Marcus Smalls, 3 hits. CP: Joe Eddy, 2B. Game 2 Riedle 9 Copper Penny 8 Riedle: Marcus Smalls, HR; Kyle Hawkins, 3B, 2B, GW hit. CP: Joe Eddy, 2B. Game 3 Keck's Marsh 10 Montgomery Plumbing 2 Keck's: Jon Lotz, HR; Dustin Murray, 2B. Game 4 Keck's Marsh 13 Montgomery Plumbing 2 Keck's: Jon Lotz, HR, 2B; Andy Hipsher, 3B.
  • PHOTOS: Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run on Saturday morning, with all of the proceeds benefitting the DeeDee Hartz Memorial Scholarship.
  • Post 95's season ends in division tourney
    After being thrown into the mix against the toughest Jr. Legion teams in the region, it wasn’t a huge shock that Vandalia lost both of its games in the division tournament, but an upset win or two wouldn’t have been that surprising either. Granted an automatic berth to the tournament because it was hosted in Vandalia, Post 95 had trouble finding an offensive rhythm, falling to Belleville, 11-1, on Saturday and to Altamont, 8-3, on Sunday.