Community Sports

  • Jr. Wrestling program starts Nov. 2
    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club will begin registration and practices on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vandalia High School Wrestling Room. For more information, contact Jerry Stewart at 618-580-3475 or Johnny Swain at 618-339-0154.  
  • IFOR membership drive prizes awarded
    The Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources recently held a membership drive. Winners were: Roger Withers (pictured), 36-gun safe with mystery gun; Jeff Cearlock, Stoeger model 835; Cindy Smith, Tarus 357 magnum; Bob Trexler, H&R slugger 12-gauge; Dillard Smith, .22 Cricket; Richard Schuesteer, H&R 20-gauge; and Don Klingston, .22 semi-automatic.
  • Vandalia Jr. Pro basketball slated to start Oct. 30
    Vandalia High School athletic director and boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson has announced the dates for the Jr. Pro basketball program. Boys in grades K-6 are eligible to participate in the program, which will meet on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9-10:30 a.m.; and at the Red/White game on Nov. 13. Registration is $25 for an individual and $40 for two or more children from the same household. Forms can be picked up at the high school office.
  • Lifeguard given award in California
    J.K. Barnes, grandson of John and Dorothy Barnes of Patoka, and Jennie Alice and the late Joe Harner of Brownstown, received the Mountain Mike McKay Rookie of the Year Award from the city of Solana Beach, Calif., after finishing his first year as an ocean beach lifeguard. He also served as president of a lifeguard association this summer.
  • Phase two of Field of Dreams improvements under way
    Jeff Stone piles up bricks for the new backstop at the Vandalia High School baseball diamond. The work is being done as part of the Field of Dreams committee's second phase of improvements to ball fields in the city. The committee has three more phases it hopes to complete in the next five years and is always accepting donations, which can be made by dropping off a check payable to Vandalia Field of Dreams at Lincoln Land Credit Union or by sending a check to P.O. Box 242 in Vandalia.
  • Brownstown PE students finish archery unit
  • Several programs are upcoming at the Family YMCA
    Ladies church volleyball to begin The Family YMCA of Vandalia is hosting a Ladies Church Volleyball League that will begin on Oct. 22. Games will be played on Friday nights until Dec. 24, and the cost for a team is $100. For more information, contact the YMCA at 283-1258. Deadline approaching for flag football The registration deadline for the YMCA's adult flag football league is Oct. 15.
  • Eighth-grade VYO squad wins
    Eighth-grader Kyle Adermann (left) gets an angle on the Hillsboro quarterback during a VYO game on Saturday. The eighth-graders won the game, 8-6.
  • VYO goes 2-2 against Staunton
    5th Grade Game: Staunton 30 - Vandalia 6 6th Grade Game: Vandalia 22 - Staunton 0 7th Grade Game: Vandalia 12 - Staunton 6 (2OT) 8th Grade Game: Staunton 36 - Vandalia 0 (pictured)
  • 12U AAU tryout coming to Vandalia, Ramsey
    A tryout for the 2011 12U Liberty AAU League will be held at the Vandalia High School JV field from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday. A second tryout will be held at Ramsey High School at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24. Players should bring their own equipment to ensure they have the proper size, and tennis shoes in case the tryout is moved indoors. For more information, contact Matt Cloe at 217-821-4561.