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Community Sports

  • Fayette County Family YMCA holds weekend road races
    Two runners finished the 10K race, nine runners finished the 5K race and four individuals completed the 2-mile walk. A photo gallery from the day will be posted at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday.
  • Jr. Wrestlers hold car wash
    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club, in conjunction with Old Capital View Restaurant, held a car wash last Thursday. The club was raising funds to purchase an ultra light wrestling mat, and organizer Johnny Swain said that about $400 was raised during the event. The club is still short of the $4,500 it needs for the mat, and will have more events in the future.
  • Kaskaskia College to hold baseball tryouts on Aug. 16
    The Kaskaskia College baseball team, under head coach Mitch Koester, will hold an open tryout for prospective players on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. at the college baseball field.   Players throughout the area are welcome to attend, and all players participating must have a completed physical form with them.   The tryout will be held two to three hours with conditioning. For further information, please contact coach Mitch Koester at 545-3327 or e-mail mkoester@kaskaskia.edu.
  • YMCA to host sand volleyball tourney
    The Fayette County Family YMCA is hosting a double-elimination sand volleyball tournament on Sept. 24-25. The registration fee is $90 per team. A maximum of eight people high school-age or older can be on a team, but only six individuals will receive a T-shirt. At least two women must on the court at all times. Those younger than 18 will need a parent's signature to play, and all players must sign a waiver. The minimum number of players on the court is four, and the maximum is six.
  • Journey of Hope Push America team pedals through Vandalia
    A Journey of Hope Push America team pedaled through Vandalia this week and was hosted for the night at the Fayette County Family YMCA. Journey of Hope riders bicycle about 75 miles a day during a cross-country trek that supports people with disabilities.
  • Altamont fast-pitch softball team wins tournament
    A fast-pitch softball team featuring several local players won the Teutopolis Invitational on July 16. Altamont Home Center was 4-1 in the tournament, winning the championship game against Teutopolis KC's, 10-0.  Anthony Grobengieser was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, after hitting two home runs and having several other hits, and Jarred Simmons was named the Most Valuable Pitcher, after going 3-1 and pitching the championship game.
  • Revival Run top finishers
    Proceeds from the 4-mile run benefitted the Liberty Christian Youth Group.
  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Results from July 19-21
    Tuesday, July 19 Game 1 Montgomery Plumbing 11 Goldsmith Farms 2 •Cole Rhodes had two triples, Tyler Montgomery had one triple and Dave Milam had a double for Montgomery, while Reid McKinley tripled for Goldsmith. Game 2 Montgomery 11 Goldsmith 5 •Rhodes, Milam and Dathan Berning each doubled for Montgomry, and McKinley and Cody Allen doubled for Goldsmith.
  • YMCA instructor earns black-belt promotion
    If interested in Derrick Jones' YMCA classes, contact either 292-9029 or 283-1258.
  • 19-year-old Jr. Legion coach happy to be part of team's tourney run
    SALEM – TK Kinkead isn’t sure if he will coach the Vandalia Jr. Legion team next summer. The 19-year-old Collinsville resident and former Vandalia player said that being a college student and driving to games only to have them rained out, at times, made coaching difficult this season. But after guiding Post 95 through an improbable run to the semifinals of the District Tournament this past weekend, he may just get the coaching itch next June.