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Community Sports

  • 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.
  • PHOTO: Gymnasts compete at Nationals
    Several members of the Triple A tumbling team recently participated in a national event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • KC to hold open baseball tryouts
    The Kaskaskia College Blue Devils, under head coach Mitch Koester, will hold an open tryout for prospective players next Tuesday 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 for 2-3 hours, with conditioning. For more information, contact Koester at 545-3327 or by email at mkoester@kaskaskia.edu.  
  • 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.
  • PHOTOS: Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the second annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run on Saturday. Overall results in the 5K were:
  • PHOTO: Curll helps fast-pitch team win state title
    Vandalia's Jeremy Curll helped the East Central Illinois Knights to the state championship in fast-pitch softball.
  • PHOTO: Altamont Fast-Pitch Champs
    The Altamont fast-pitch softball league champions were Grobie Flooring. The team includes several players from Fayette County.