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Community Sports

  • Field of Dreams committee holds first meeting of year
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee discussed many areas of business last Thursday at its first meeting of the year. •Work on the softball field renovation is mostly complete, but there are still two big sections that need to be finished. Neither of the storage garages on the sides of the dugouts have doors installed, and the committee wants that work done before the season to help ease with organization.
  • Registration begins for spring programs at Family YMCA
    The Fayette County Family YMCA has several upcoming events and sports leagues. For more information regarding any of the following programs or to register, contact the YMCA at 283-1258. •Registration for the spring soccer season has begun, with the deadline to register being Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost is $25 for YMCA members, and $50 for nonmembers, and each player will receive a T-shirt that will serve as their uniform. A late registration fee of $20 will be charged for anyone who registers between Feb. 25 and Feb. 28.
  • Sports Briefs (Jan. 19)
    St. Elmo holding Wall of Fame inductions on Friday St. Elmo High School will hold Wall of Fame inductions on Friday between the varsity and JV boys basketball games. Four individuals – Bob Olson, Bruce Williams, Dan Denton and Fred Moss – and one team – the 1944-45 boys basketball team – will be inducted. The school would like any team members, family, friends and fans to attend the induction ceremony. The Eagles play Mulberry Grove that night, with the JV contest slated to begin at 6:15.
  • Sports Briefs (Jan. 12)
    Free throw contest is this Saturday The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free throw competition at the Vandalia Junior High School gym on Saturday at 9 a.m. All boys and girls aged 10-14 are eligible for the competition, with the winners progressing to a district competition and possibly to a state competition. Last year, 334,000 kids participated across the country.
  • YMCA Basketball Clinic A Success
    The Fayette County Family YMCA recently concluded its basketball clinics, which served as a precursor to the organization's basketball league that will begin in January. A total of 63 kids took part in the clinics, which ended on Saturday and focused on the development of basic basketball skills. Program Director Amber Daulbaugh said the kids who attended enjoyed themselves and improved their individual skills. There are 86 kids signed up for the basketball league, which is split into two divisions – grades 1-2 and grades 3-5.
  • Lucken elected 2012 president of Field of Dreams committee
    Tom Lucken was elected the president of Field of Dreams for 2012 at the committee's last meeting. Steve Ledbetter was elected the vice president, Luke Hohlt the treasurer and Amber Daulbaugh the secretary.  All votes were unanimous. Lucken, who has been a member of the committee for most of its existence, also proposed new by laws for the Field of Dreams, and he will bring amended by laws for approval at the Jan. 17, 2012, meeting.
  • Girls Jr. Pro Basketball
    Vandalia girls basketball coach Michelle McNary has been running a Jr. Pro program, and the participants will show off their skills between the JV and varsity games on Saturday. The JV game begins at 1 p.m.
  • Dodgeball!
    The Fayette County Family YMCA held matches in its youth dodgeball league last Thursday.
  • YMCA karate room nearly complete
    The Fayette County Family YMCA has nearly completed construction of a new room that will primarily be used for its karate program. In addition, the number of participants in the Y's fall and winter programs have been very strong, according to Program Director Amber Daulbaugh. "The Dojo" was put into use earlier this month, and it serves as the training room for the approximately 20 youth who are currently enrolled in the karate program. The only aspect of the room left to complete is installing a punching bag.
  • Several programs coming up at the Family YMCA
    There has been a lot happening at the Fayette County YMCA, and there are several upcoming programs at the Y. For more information regarding any of the programs mentioned below, contact the YMCA at 283-1258 or visit www.fayetteymca.com. •The Fayette County Family YMCA board of directors recently voted not to increase membership rates for 2012. •On Thanksgiving, the Fayette County Family YMCA will be open to anyone – including non-members – from 7-10 a.m. The following day, the YMCA will be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.