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Community Sports

  • PHOTO: Tumbling Meet
    Members of the Triple A tumbling team recently participated in a meet in Effingham. Individual high score for the meet went to Emily Manley and Lauren Kaiser, who both earned perfect 10s. Highest All-Around score went to Emily Manley, 41.90. The tumblers are coached by Larry and Anita Merriman, Deb Richardson and Ashley Sebright.
  • VFOD men's slo-pitch (May 22)
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams men’s slo-pitch softball league is two weeks into the season. Monday, May 19 BCH Detailing 13, Patoka Fire Dept. 3 BCH 15, Patoka 14 Montgomery Electric 13, Roger Craig Welding 12 Roger Craig 10, Montgomery 9 Standings •BCH, 4-0 •Patoka, 2-2 •Montgomery, 1-1 •Roger Craig, 1-3 •Copper Penny, 0-2
  • Vandalia grad inducted at Greenville College
    Donna (Lay) Collins, a Vandalia graduate, was recently inducted into the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame. A three-sport athlete at Greenville College, Collins earned 12 letters in her four-year career while leading her teams in volleyball, women’s basketball and softball to winning seasons every year. In volleyball, Collins earned numerous all-conference and all-district awards, and in basketball, she was the team’s leading free-throw shooter each season.
  • PHOTO: Pepsi State Qualifier
    Vandalia's Sophia Richardson recently qualified for the Pepsi state bowling tournament by finishing third in the 15U division at Bowlmor Laketown Lanes in Springfield. The tournament will take place next Wednesday at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Also bowling at the qualifier from Vandalia Bowl were: Kennedy Fiscus, Emma Warner, Mattie Howard, Karsyn Garrison, Joey Giller, James Seely, James Taylor, Dylan Garrett, Brendon Howard and Ty Wright.
  • PHOTOS: Well, Casey inducted to state ASA Hall of Fame
    Two of the best players from the two-time national champion Vandalia Freight fast-pitch softball team were recently inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. Nick Casey and Rich Well gave their induction speeches at a ceremony on April 12 in Decatur. Casey holds team records in home runs (144), triples (45), walks (286) and slugging percentage (.684), playing in 567 games. He also held a 74-59 record as a pitcher, and drove home 560 runs, while scoring 481 times.
  • PHOTO: YMCA program concludes at VES
    More than 100 students at Vandalia Elementary School participated in the Family YMCA of Fayette County's 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go! program, which encourages students to make healthy food choices and exercise.
  • Sports Briefs (April 24)
    FCH 5K run is on June 21 Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital will be hosting a 5K fun run/walk on June 21. The event will begin and end at the southwest parking lot of the hospital. The race will start at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and all registrants who are signed up before May 31 will be guaranteed a race T-shirt.
  • Rain doesn't slow up national relay stage
    A national relay raising money for One Run For Boston passed through Fayette County last Thursday night, despite cold and rainy conditions. Rick Myers, a Vandalia resident and marathon enthusiast, was joined for Stage 214 by Matt Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Ealy of Effingham for an 11-mile run beginning at 11:10 p.m. at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City. The run continued to the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate Drive in St. Elmo, with the trio arriving slightly ahead of schedule at 1:12 a.m.
  • Sports Briefs (April 10)
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will once again be hosting a local level competition in Major League Baseball’s national Pitch, Hit and Run and contest. The free skills competition will be held at the YMCA’s soccer fields on April 26 at 1:30 p.m., with registration to begin at 1 p.m. Boys and girls will be divided into age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) for the competition in the first of four levels of the contest.
  • Sports Briefs (April 3)
    C-Bar Rodeo holding Capitol show Farina-based C-Bar Rodeo Co. is hosting the second annual Clash at the Capitol rodeo at the coliseum on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on April 11 and 12. Featured at the event is championship bull riding and barrel racing, with the event to begin at 7 p.m. each night. Trick and roman rider Dusti Lynn Crain, a St. Peter native who performs at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be participating at the Springfield event.