Community Sports

  • 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.
  • YMCA hosting charity Free-Throw-Athon
    The YMCA is hosting its first annual Free-Throw-Athon from 9 p.m. on Oct. 15 to 5 a.m. on Oct. 17. During each hour of the event, teams of 10 people representing organizations will shoot 100 free throws each to earn money for both the YMCA and their organization (the money will split 50/50). Individual organizations must solicit pledges before the event. After the event, the YMCA will contact those who pledged money, and participating organizations will receive their check soon after.
  • YMCA sponsoring baseball academy
    Registration is open for a six-week spring training baseball program, sponsored by the YMCA. The program will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. Players in grades 1-12 are eligible for the program, which will be directed by former Vandalia High School baseball coach Tim Summers in conjunction with the U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching. Registration is $99 for six weeks. For more information, visit www.usbaseballacademy.com or call 866-622-4487.
  • Jump for Joel Marathon raises nearly $7,500
    The second annual Jump for Joel Marathon was held Saturday in St. Elmo, with 46 participants either running, walking or biking all or part of the marathon to raise $6,447. A spaghetti dinner was held the night before at the First Church of God in St. Elmo. That event brought in $1,000, bringing the total amount raised to $7,447. The money generated by the two events will be used to provide two meals a week for the next 12 months to children in the Kabiria slum in Kenya, Africa. 
  • VYO goes 2-2 on Saturday
    Fifth-grade quarterback Markus Zimmerman (right) celebrates with teammate Garett McNary after he rushed more than 70 yards for the Vandals' only touchdown. Vandalia lost to Southwestern 14-6. Vandalia's sixth-grade team beat Southwestern 32-0, the seventh-grade team beat Southwestern 30-12 and the eighth-grade team lost 30-6.
  • Merrill stops in Vandalia on coast to coast bike ride
  • Field of Dreams seeking donations
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee is on track to begin its second phase of improvements to community baseball and softball fields, but it is still seeking donations to ensure that the work is completed. Slated to begin Oct. 1, the second phase includes renovating the dugouts and backstops on the high school baseball diamond, installing a warning track on the high school softball diamond and limestoning the infield of the Locust Street softball diamond.
  • Schaub places 17th in her first Ironman
    Erin Schaub’s refrigerator served as motivation after seven months of triathalon training began to wear on her. The Brownstown resident and Vandalia Community High School graduate posted her entry receipt for the Ford Ironman in Louisville, Ky., where she would see it every day to remind her that the training would someday pay off. “The last month, I had really been getting burnt out on training,” Schuab said. “I was really ready for it to be here and ready to do it.”
  • Buddy Bass Tournament Winners
    The Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club held a buddy bass toiurnament on Satuday at Vandalia Lake. The winners, from left to right, were: first, Tom Lindley and Scott Wisnasky, 9.25 pounds; second, Mike Lindley and Steve Booth, 6.86 pounds; and third, Owen Karnes Jr. and John Blythe, 3.96 pounds.  Robert Lindley, right, was the big bass winner, with a catch of 3.01 pounds.
  • Fayette County Speedway Results
    Kelly’s Performance Diesel is sponsoring the Friday night events at Fayette County Speedway. For UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, $750 to win, $100 to start. Also racing are UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned street stocks and hornets, and team cars. There will also be another powder puff event. For hornets, there is a $100 bonus to the driver who beats Rob Shaw; Shaw must finish the race. UMP DIRTcar Modified 20 cars Heat 1 41M Brent Mullins 2. M41 Steve Maisel 3. 89 Norm Wood