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Community Sports

  • PHOTO: Ameren Donates to YMCA
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently received a $2,000 donation from Ameren to its Strong Kids Campaign. The campaign is used to help those with financial hardships enjoy the YMCA facility and money is also used for scholarships. In 2013, the YMCA gave out $16,844 in Strong Kids scholarships, while bringing in $13,967. The campaign budget for 2014 is $15,000. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund should contact the YMCA at 283-1258. Donations are accepted all year.
  • Vandalia man finishes quest to run 13 marathons in 2013
    A local man was among the 22,094 finishers at the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii on Dec. 8, and by crossing the finish line, he achieved quite an accomplishment. The race marked the 13th marathon Rick Myers finished during the calendar year, completing a journey that began on Jan. 20. After running 2012 miles during 2012, Myers and a few of his friends came up with the 13 marathon goal, and Myers then took it a step further to schedule a race in 13 different states to help meet his career goal of finishing in a marathon in all 50 states.
  • Youth sports programs coming soon to YMCA
    Registration is open for three upcoming youth basketball programs at the Family YMCA of Fayette County. BASKETBALL CLINIC A basketball clinic for players in grades 1-5 will be held on Thursday and Saturdays in December. Registration for clinic ends on Nov. 20, and the registration cost is $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. All participants will receive a T-shirt. The clinic will feature two age groups, with grades 1-2 in the first group and grades 3-5 in the second group.
  • Registration deadline approaching for YMCA youth dodgeball league
    The registration deadline for the Family YMCA of Fayette County's youth dodgeball league is approaching.   Students in grades 2-8 may register for the league by Friday, Oct. 4.
  • South Central graduate Patton helps earn Class AAA national title
    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was included on the postseason roster for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers, and he helped the team win the Pacific Coast League championship. The Kansas City Royals prospect has had a stellar season in the lower levels of the farm system, and was rewarded with a spot on the playoff roster. Last Saturday, he struggled in an outing, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning during a 9-0 loss to Salt  Lake.
  • Field of Dreams All-Stars go 2-2 at Metzger-Thiele
    VANDALIA – The Vandalia Field of Dreams All-Stars had a solid showing at Saturday’s Metzger-Thiele Classic, reaching the championship game of the tournament. Playing in a field with club baseball teams from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Washington (Mo.) University in the second annual event, the VFOD All-Stars had a strong showing for a team with a mixed roster that had very little practice time.
  • PHOTO: Local Shooters Compete
    The Tri-County Clay Grinders – representing Fayette, Bond and Montgomery counties – recently participated at the Aim Grand American at the World Shooting complex in Sparta.
  • BCH Auto Detail is slo-pitch champ
    BCH Auto Detail earned the championship of Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league last Wednesday by defeating Liberty Trading, 9-4, in the title game of the league’s double-elimination tournament. Shawn Harris and Justin Atwood were named the co-MVPs of the tournament after both had extra-base hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie. In the semifinals, Liberty beat Montgomery Plumbing, 13-1, to earn the right to face BCH in the title game.
  • Grobie Flooring gets top 5 finish at state
    Grobie Flooring, a fast-pitch softball team based in Altamont, recently finished fourth at the state wooden bat tournament in Casey. In game one, Grobie beat the Belleville Stallions, 8-2; in game two, Grobie lost to Vandalia Freight, 3-0; in game three, Grobie beat Pinckneyville Lee's Sports, 5-1; and in game four, Grobie lost to Belleville, 1-0.
  • Dallas Gray in the world long drive finals
    As a youth, Dallas Gray would watch the Remax World Long Drive Championship with his parents, Gary and Dianna Gray. “That’s going to be me someday,” his mother said. That “someday” for Gray is Oct. 30. The graduate of Vandalia Community High School and Blackburn College is headed for the long drive finals after having the longest drive at a local qualifier at Red Tail Golf Course in Decatur and placing second at the regional competition at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Club in Maryland Heights, Mo.