Community Sports

  • 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.
  • 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.