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Community Sports

  • National relay to pass through area
    A local marathon enthusiast is in charge of a local stage of the charitable One Run for Boston cross-country relay. Rick Myers, who ran 13 marathons last year, is the lead runner of Stage 214 of the relay that will begin at 11:10 p.m. on April 3 at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City and continue on U.S. Route 40 for 11 miles to Interstate Drive in St. Elmo. From there, Charles Rubright will take over as the lead runner for the next 13 miles, ending at Putnam Trucking in Funkhouser.
  • PHOTO: YMCA Challenge winner
    Jenny Lester was the grand prize winner of the YMCA's recent 31-Day Fitness Challenge. Each day, competitors were given a challenge that had to be completed, with those completing all 31 being entered into a grand prize drawing for a $30 Subway gift card.
  • Locals to be inducted in ASA Hall
    Two of the top players from the Vandalia Freight men’s fast-pitch softball team will be inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in April. Catcher/manager Rich Well and first baseman/outfielder Nick Casey are among the 12 individuals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame on April 12 at a ceremony held at the Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur. Both men were key members of the team when The Freight picked up ASA Class A national championships in 2005 and 2007.
  • Vandalia man finishes quest to run 13 marathons in 2013
    A local man was among the 22,094 finishers at the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii on Dec. 8, and by crossing the finish line, he achieved quite an accomplishment. The race marked the 13th marathon Rick Myers finished during the calendar year, completing a journey that began on Jan. 20. After running 2012 miles during 2012, Myers and a few of his friends came up with the 13 marathon goal, and Myers then took it a step further to schedule a race in 13 different states to help meet his career goal of finishing in a marathon in all 50 states.
  • Youth sports programs coming soon to YMCA
    Registration is open for three upcoming youth basketball programs at the Family YMCA of Fayette County. BASKETBALL CLINIC A basketball clinic for players in grades 1-5 will be held on Thursday and Saturdays in December. Registration for clinic ends on Nov. 20, and the registration cost is $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. All participants will receive a T-shirt. The clinic will feature two age groups, with grades 1-2 in the first group and grades 3-5 in the second group.
  • South Central graduate Patton helps earn Class AAA national title
    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was included on the postseason roster for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers, and he helped the team win the Pacific Coast League championship. The Kansas City Royals prospect has had a stellar season in the lower levels of the farm system, and was rewarded with a spot on the playoff roster. Last Saturday, he struggled in an outing, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning during a 9-0 loss to Salt  Lake.
  • Dallas Gray in the world long drive finals
    As a youth, Dallas Gray would watch the Remax World Long Drive Championship with his parents, Gary and Dianna Gray. “That’s going to be me someday,” his mother said. That “someday” for Gray is Oct. 30. The graduate of Vandalia Community High School and Blackburn College is headed for the long drive finals after having the longest drive at a local qualifier at Red Tail Golf Course in Decatur and placing second at the regional competition at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Club in Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Former MLB pitcher Hobbie dies at 77
    A former Major League Baseball pitcher who lived in the area has passed away. Glen Hobbie, who played in the majors from 1957-1964, died on Aug. 9 in Springfield. He was 77. Hobbie played most of his career with the Chicago Cubs, debuting at age 21 and pitching in 271 of his 284 career games with the club before being traded to St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of the 1964 season. He pitched in 13 games for the Cardinals before being demoted to the minors. St. Louis would win the World Series that year.
  • The Freight is third at state tourney
    The Freight once again came out of retirement and posted a strong finish at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association state wooden bat tournament by finishing third for the second straight year. The two-time fast-pitch national champions based in Vandalia went 2-2 in the event from Aug. 2-4. In game one, Bryan Hobbie had a home run and Alan Meinhart struck out five and allowed four hits in a complete game in a 2-1 win against the Pinckneyville Falcons.
  • Blythe wins at Carbondale
    Hannah Blythe, who will be a sophomore on Vandalia's tennis team, won the Saluki Junior/Adult Open on Saturday in Carbondale. She defeated Katie Ranie, 6-4, 6-3, and Carlie Kopkins, 6-1, 6-3, to win the Girls 16 Championship.