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Community Sports

  • 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.
  • MG shooting team has openings
    The Mulberry Grove shooting team has openings for youth shooters, coaches and board members. Several youth shooter positions are open on the team, and students from surrounding areas such as Vandalia, Greenville and Hillsboro may join the team. There are also coaching openings and two board positions up for re-election. The board election will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Mulberry Grove community building, and the coach will be selected by the board prior to October.
  • Local man finding success in quest to run 13 marathons
    In most circumstances, it’s much easier to run 338 miles over a calendar year as opposed to 2,012. Just don’t tell that to Rick Myers. The Vandalia resident achieved his goal of running 2,012 miles during 2012 with four days to spare, but when he started to talk to people about his goal for 2013, the distance became much shorter, but the task became a lot more challenging. Talking at church with Pastor Dan Rush and his friend Matt Roberts, an idea was floated, and Myers said he was just crazy enough to give it a try.
  • More gold for Josie
    Josie Earnest’s collection of international medals has gotten even larger. Representing Team USA at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, Earnest teamed with Brittani Hamilton to dominate the field in women’s doubles last Wednesday. The two former Vanderbilt University teammates shot a 1,256 and a 1,246, respectively, to take the gold medal by 113 pins. The duo only trailed after the first game of the six games. Earnest’s 257 in game five was the highest game among women and the third best score among men and women.
  • Registration open for fall youth sports at Family YMCA
    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s fall soccer and flag football programs. The deadline to register for the flag football league is Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Late registration through 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 is available for an extra $20. Registration cost for kids in grades 2-4 is $35 for YMCA members and $70 for non-members. All kids will receive a T-shirt that will serve as their uniform, and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to be worn by all participants.
  • Atwood, Harmon are co-MVPs in slo-pitch
    Justin Atwood and Jordan Harmon were named co-MVPs of the Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league after leading BCH Auto Detail to the regular-season championship. Team awards were given to Riedle Law Firm/Thomas Farms for sportsmanship and most improved team. The league’s single-elimination tournament concluded on Wednesday, and a double-elimination championship tournament begins next Monday and continues through next Wednesday.
  • Goin' Slideways
    VANDALIA – One of the best remote-controlled racing dirt tracks in the state is right here in town, and will soon begin its first championship points series. The Slideways RC club recently completed work on an outdoor RC track by the Kaskaskia Dragon on Rock Island Avenue, and will be hosting an open house at the track on Saturday to give anyone in the community a chance to try it out. Anyone who owns any type of RC car can drive around the track from noon-3 p.m.. Following an hour of maintenance, practice will be held for the 6 p.m. feature races.
  • Earnest a HOFer
    A Vandalia graduate has become the first bowler to be inducted in Vanderbilt University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and that honor came in the same week as she was competing in a major bowling championship and preparing to represent the United States in another tournament. Josie Earnest received her induction notice last Tuesday, one day after she began bowling at the U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio, where she would finish 11th at the end of the tournament.
  • HARNER: Birth of daughter ends long battle, opens next chapter
    ST. LOUIS – We weren’t all made to be athletes. I, along with anyone who has ever had the misfortune of watching me attempt to play sports competitively, can vouch for that. Fortunately, we were all made to do something, and one of the most wonderful life experiences is helping guide someone in finding their life song. I’m only a week into that particular process, but I love every second of it.
  • The Freight to play in state tourney
    The Freight will again come out of retirement to play in the state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament. The two-time national champion squad will play this weekend in Casey during the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame weekend. Vandalia will play the Pinckneyville Falcons in the first game of the tournament at 7 p.m. on Friday. There is a three-game guarantee in the three-day tournament.