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Community Sports

  • Atwood named MVP, Buckstop champs of slo-pitch league
    Pitcher Justin Atwood was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia’s men’s slo-pitch softball league after he helped Buckstop Archery to a 23-1 record and the league title. Six other Buckstop players were also awarded. The league wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday, and began a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday. The finishing order of that tourney will determine the seeding of the end-of-season double elimination tournament that begins next Tuesday.
  • YMCA flag football, soccer starts soon
    Registration for YMCA flag football and soccer is open. The YMCA is also registering for a volleyball clinic. YMCA flag football is for children in second-fourth grades, and games are played at Miller Field. The soccer league is open to children age 4-first grade, and children in grades 2-5. All games are played at Miller Field. The volleyball clinic is for children in grades 3-8. Registration forms are available at: http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?category_name=membership-registration-forms.
  • Field of Dreams and Park District reach agreement
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday received permission from the Park District to tear down the backstop at the high school softball field. In addition, the Park District gave the committee $3,000 to put toward the renovation project. Other maintanence agreements and communication details were also ironed out between the organizations. Much more on this story will appear in the Aug. 18 edition of The Leader-Union.
  • Field of Dreams committee wants new backstop
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting. During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.
  • Junior Olympian Champion
    Kassidy VanUytven recently competed in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans, earning a gold medal in tumbling. Kassidy is a member of the Triple AAA tumbing team of Vandalia. She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven of Vandalia, and the granddaughter of Mark Lorton of Vandalia; and Cindy and Huck Scribner, and Dan and Patti VanUytven of Ramsey. She is the great-granddaughter of Faye Lorton of Ramsey; Brad Lorton of Cowden; and Donna and the late John VanUytven of Occonee.
  • SAFE Golf Tournament raises more than $10,000
    A charity golf tournament and luncheon recently raised more than $10,000 for SAFE.
  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball Results from Aug. 2-4
    Tuesday, Aug. 2 Game 1 Ugly Koyote 4 Montgomery Plumbing 2 •Brad Portz tripled for Ugly Koyote, and Cole Rhodes doubled for Montgomery. Game 2 Ugly Koyote 14 Montgomery 7 •For Ugly Koyote, Luke Murfin tripled, and Cody Goldsboro and Jon Spicer doubled. Rhodes had a double and a triple, and Tyler Montgomery had a pair of doubles for Montgomery. Game 3 Buckstop Archery 24 Goldsmith Farms 1
  • Players with local connections play in tourney
    The Illinois Amateur Softball Association held a state wooden bat tournament at the Vandalia Freight field this past weekend. Several local players and some former Vandalia Freight players participated in the fast-pitch tourney.
  • Early-life lessons molded new YMCA program director
    Reflecting back on the reasons why she has worked so hard to find jobs that she loved and where she could also be influential, Amber Daulbaugh pin-pointed a pair of life lessons she learned when she was young. “Whenever I was competing or playing (sports), he was there,” Daulbaugh said of her late father, William. “But he would always be critical, ‘Well, you did good, but you could have done this, too.’
  • Well says ASA wooden bat tourney a success
    Sixth-seeded Teutopolis Wessel’s on Sunday won the country’s inaugural Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state fast-pitch softball tournament at the Freight Field in Vandalia. Wessel’s lost to the Belleville Stallions in the championship game, 11-2, but because that was Wessel’s first loss, the teams met again, with T-Town coming out on top, 9-1. Getting to that title game was somewhat of a chore, however.