A youngster sprints out to an early lead as participants take off in last Saturday's 5K run sponsored by the Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital, a non-profit organization which has purchased more than $1.5 million of medical equipment for FCH since 1988.
SUMMER LEISURE SERIES
The Family YMCA of Fayette County will hold its first session of the Summer Leisure Series next week.
The program is designed to introduce lesser-played sports to youth ages 10-14, and will be held for one week in each June, July and August.
Among the sports to be instructed are: ultimate Frisbee, bocce ball, badminton, sand volleyball, soccer, flag football, table tennis, dodge ball and relay races/obstacle courses.
Prior knowledge of the sports is not a requirement.
Donna (Lay) Collins, a Vandalia graduate, was recently inducted into the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame.
A three-sport athlete at Greenville College, Collins earned 12 letters in her four-year career while leading her teams in volleyball, women’s basketball and softball to winning seasons every year.
In volleyball, Collins earned numerous all-conference and all-district awards, and in basketball, she was the team’s leading free-throw shooter each season.
Two of the best players from the two-time national champion Vandalia Freight fast-pitch softball team were recently inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Nick Casey and Rich Well gave their induction speeches at a ceremony on April 12 in Decatur.
Casey holds team records in home runs (144), triples (45), walks (286) and slugging percentage (.684), playing in 567 games. He also held a 74-59 record as a pitcher, and drove home 560 runs, while scoring 481 times.
A national relay raising money for One Run For Boston passed through Fayette County last Thursday night, despite cold and rainy conditions.
Rick Myers, a Vandalia resident and marathon enthusiast, was joined for Stage 214 by Matt Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Ealy of Effingham for an 11-mile run beginning at 11:10 p.m. at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City.
The run continued to the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate Drive in St. Elmo, with the trio arriving slightly ahead of schedule at 1:12 a.m.
The Family YMCA of Fayette County will once again be hosting a local level competition in Major League Baseball’s national Pitch, Hit and Run and contest.
The free skills competition will be held at the YMCA’s soccer fields on April 26 at 1:30 p.m., with registration to begin at 1 p.m.
Boys and girls will be divided into age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) for the competition in the first of four levels of the contest.
C-Bar Rodeo holding Capitol show
Farina-based C-Bar Rodeo Co. is hosting the second annual Clash at the Capitol rodeo at the coliseum on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on April 11 and 12.
Featured at the event is championship bull riding and barrel racing, with the event to begin at 7 p.m. each night.
Trick and roman rider Dusti Lynn Crain, a St. Peter native who performs at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be participating at the Springfield event.
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.
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.